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Department Governance

Administrative Positions

  • The Head of the Department of History is Stephen Mihm.
  • The Director of Graduate Studies is Jennifer Palmer.
  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Kevin Jones.


Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

Guidelines for the Annual Evaluation of Faculty


Much of the work of the department is carried out by standing committees. Current committees and their membership include:

Franklin Senate (3-year term; elected spring)

  • Joey Kellner (term expires April 2024)
  • Peter Hoffer (term expires April 2025)

Graduate Studies (3-year term; elected spring)

  • Claudio Saunt (term expires May 2026)
  • Susan Mattern (term expires May 2026)
  • Jake Short (term expires May 2024)
  • Jennifer Palmer (ex officio)

Graduate Funding Committee (2-year term; elected fall)

  • James Brooks (term expires August 2025)
  • Oscar Chamosa (term expires August 2025)
  • Tim Cleaveland (term expires August 2024)

Personnel (2-year term; elected fall)

  • Scott Nelson (term expires August 2024)
  • Reinaldo Rom├ín (term expires August 2024)
  • Dan Rood (term expires August 2023)

Policy (2-year term; elected spring)

  • Claudio Saunt (term expires May 2026)
  • Akela Reason (term expires May 2024)
  • Joseph Kellner (term expires May 2024)
  • Susan Mattern (term expires May 2024)
  • Tim Yang (term expires May 2026)
  • Kevin Jones (ex officio)
  • Stephen Mihm (ex officio)

Undergraduate Studies (3-year term; elected spring)

  • Kalyani Ramnath (term expires May 2025)
  • Steve Soper (term expires May 2024)
  • Brian Drake (term expires May 2025)
  • Kevin Jones (ex officio)

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