Meet Our History Faculty
Sharon Bailey Glasco - Associate Professor - Latin American and World History
Education: Ph.D. in History (Mexico/Latin American emphasis; secondary fields in comparative gender history and world history), University of Arizona (2002) M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Arizona (1993) B.A. in International Studies and Spanish, Whitworth University (1989)
Dr. Bailey Glasco's areas of expertise include Mexico (colonial and modern periods; urban history of Mexico City); histories of women and gender in Latin America; and histories of the US/Mexico borderlands region. Her freshman seminar course (INQS) focuses on the history of Mexican immigration to the United States. She has also led Jan Term courses to Mexico, and Spain/Morocco. She is always looking for students who are interested in assisting her with her long-term research projects on the history of Mexico City, as well as on the history of women, race, and family in the Oregon wine industry.
Jeffrey Glasco - Adjunct Professor of History - Britain, Ireland, Atlantic and World History
B.A. German Studies, University of Arizona 1985 B.A. History, University of Arizona 1992 M.A. Modern European History, University of Arizona 1994 Ph.D. Modern European History, University of Arizona 2001
Dr. Glasco's areas of expertise are British, Scottish, Irish, and Atlantic World History with a focus on masculinity, cultural ideas and values, and the military as a workplace. He teaches courses on these subjects as well as courses in World History. In the 2020-2021 academic year, he will teach History 122 Western Civ I, History 123 Western Civ II, and History 362 The History of Ireland.
Thomas Mertes - Visiting Assistant Professor - Competitive Scholarship Advisor - Economic and Political, US
C.Phil., U. S. History, Northern Illinois University, 1988. M. A., U. S. History, Northern Illinois University, 1986. B. A., History, Carroll College, 1983
Tom Mertes is the Competitive Scholarship Advisor and Director of Arts and Humanities in Action program. He also teaches classes in INQS and the History Department. His current research is on the financial reorganization of US railroads in the 1890s. He is the editor and co-author of A Movement of Movements: Is Another World Really Possible (Verso 2004). He taught a new history topics course in Jan Term 2019 entitled, "1919: Race, Rebellion, and Repression". Tom will teach HIST 150 and 151 Surveys of US History in 2019-20.
Steven Rutledge - Adjunct Professor - Ancient Greece and Rome
Mac Hall 207
BA in Latin and Ancient Greek and BA in History, University of Massachusetts at Boston
PhD in Classics, Brown University
NEH fellow at the American Academy in Rome
John Sagers - Professor - Japan, China, East Asia
BA, History, University of California at Berkeley
Master of Pacific International Affairs, University of California at San Diego
PhD, East Asian History, University of Washington
John Sagers teaches courses on China, Japan, and East Asia. His research specializes on the political and economic history of modern Japan. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at Rikkyo University in Tokyo and held a Japan Foundation Fellowship. His publications include the books Origins of Japanese Wealth and Power: Reconciling Confucianism and Capitalism, 1830 – 1885 and Confucian Capitalism: Shibusawa Eiichi, Business Ethics, and Economic Development in Meiji Japan. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, playing guitar, and exploring Oregon.
Rachel Schley - Assistant Professor - Europe and the Mediterranean World
- Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
- M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
- B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Rachel Schley is a historian of modern Europe and the Mediterranean, with specialties in the history of modern France and its North African empire and modern Jewish history. Her research focuses on the relationship between colonialism, liberalism, and legal regimes; religion and identity; as well as the politics of difference and citizenship. She teaches courses in European history that examine the interconnectedness of different cultures, ideas, and individuals within and beyond European borders. She received her PhD in History from UCLA and was previously a research associate at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Harvard University.
Lissa Wadewitz - Associate Professor & Department Chair
Ph.D. UCLA (U.S. History) M.A. UCLA (U.S. History) B.A. Cum Laude Pomona College (Asian Studies)
Professor Wadewitz teaches courses in American environmental, western, and Native American history--all key topics for better understanding this place we call home. Her current research focuses on the history of Pacific whaling. She has worked with students in summer student-faculty collaborative projects, supervised departmental student workers, and is a co-founder of the Linfield College Oral History Project.