Brian Armstrong

 Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy, Literature, Dostoevsky, Wittgenstein

ABOUT Dr. Armstrong >> 


Brian Armstrong has an academic background in both philosophy and literature, with a particular focus on European literature, philosophy, and ethics. He uses a wide ranging texts – from Japanese Buddhist poetry to contemporary superhero films – to teach critical thinking, sharpening students’ ability to know and understand the world. His current work focuses on the philosophical implications of Dostoevsky’s fiction.



Michael B. Bishku

 Professor of 
Middle East, Africa, Nationalism

ABOUT Dr. Bishku >> 

Michael BishkuPROFESSOR OF History

Michael B. Bishku teaches history courses on the Middle East and Africa. He has traveled extensively in those regions as well as elsewhere in the world. Dr. Bishku has published numerous articles on the modern history and politics of the Middle East and Africa as well as on regional/interregional relations and minorities. He is a former president of both the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies and the Association of Global South Studies.


William Bloodworth

Professor of American Studies; President Emeritus,

Augusta State University

American Studies

ABOUT Dr. Bloodworth >> 

William BloodworthPROFESSOR OF American Studies; President Emeritus, Augusta State University

Bill Bloodworth is president emeritus of Augusta State University (1993-2012). He is past national president of the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. He is the author of books on Upton Sinclair, the American muckraker and novelist, and Max Brand, author of hundreds of popular novels. Dr. Bloodworth has also published articles on the literature of the American West, American Indian autobiographies, and other topics.


Angela Bratton

 Associate Professor of Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology, Africa

ABOUT Dr. Bratton >> 

Associate PROFESSOR OF Anthropology

Angela Bratton researches in the areas of gender, sexuality, reproduction, education, socialization, identity/representation, adolescence, Africa, and feminist ethnography. Her book An Anthropological Study of Factors Affecting the Construction of Sexuality in Ghana examined identity, schooling, and teenage pregnancy in a West African country.




Lee Ann Caldwell

Professor of History;

Director of the Center for the
Study of Georgia History; University Historian-in-Residence

ABOUT Dr. Caldwell >> 

PROFESSOR OF History; Director of the Center
for the Study of Georgia History; University

Dr. Caldwell researches and publishes on women’s history, Georgia history, and colonial American history. In 2011 her textbook Georgia: Its Heritage and Its Promise was published by Clairmont Press. She is on the editorial board of the Georgia Historical Quarterly. She is currently the co-editor of the Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians and in 2011 won that organization’s triennial Piper Award for service to the profession of history in the state of Georgia.



Sandrine Catris

 Assistant Professor of History
Asia, China, Islam, Memory

ABOUT Dr. Catris >> 


Sandrine Catris is a historian of East Asia, with a research expertise on the intersection of politics and memory in 20th China. She teaches a wide range of courses about East Asia and World History.





Heather Chiero

 Associate Professor of History
Latin America, Latino/Hispanic U.S.

ABOUT Dr. Chiero >> 

  Heather ChieroAssociate PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

Dr. Chiero is a historian of the Americas, bringing her interdisciplinary background in Anthropology and Geography to her scholarship and teaching. Her areas of expertise include Central America, Caribbean, Mexico, and the U.S. West, with topics centered on under-represented populations, material culture, and environmental activism. She is a graduate of HERS Women in Higher Education Leadership institute, NEH Summer Institute "Shaping the American West," and Columbia County Leadership Class 2016. She also serves as Regional Representative to Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, university appointee on the Americas Council, and Conference Organizer for the Annual Conference on the Americas. 


Andrew Goss

 Professor of History and

Department Chair

Asia, Indonesia, Science

ABOUT DR. Goss >> 

   and Department Chair

Dr. Andrew Goss’ research examines the scientific and technological interactions that have contributed to creating the modern world, in particular in the context of empires and colonialism. His teaching interest extends to the political and cultural history of Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. He is a leading expert on the history of science in Indonesia, and has published about the history of science, empire, and medicine.


John Hayes

 Associate Professor of History
19th-20th c. US, the South

ABOUT Dr. Hayes >> 

John HayesAssociate PROFESSOR OF History

John Hayes is a historian of the late 19th-20th century US South, with a focus on religion as it intersects with race and class. He teaches survey classes in US History and upper-level classes in Southern history, 19th and 20th century US History, and American religion. He is the author, most recently, of Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South (UNC, 2017) and "Deconstructing the Bible Belt" in Coffey and Skipper, eds., Navigating Souths (UGA, 2017). A native of Atlanta, he has been on the faculty since 2011. 


Ruth McClelland-Nugent

 Associate Professor of History
Culture, Gender, Atlantic World

ABOUT Dr. McClelland-Nugent >> 

Associate PROFESSOR OF History

Ruth McClelland-Nugent is interested in transatlantic popular culture, from the rowdy heroines of Restoration comedies to military nurses in World War II movies. Her dissertation considered the image of witches, rebels, and heretics in 17th century English cheap print (all of which is more exciting than it sounds). More recently, her research has focused on gender in 20th century comic books, including the place of psychology and other sciences in early Wonder Woman comics.



Holly Pinheiro

 Assistant Professor of History
African-American History,

Civil War, Gender

ABOUT DR. Pinheiro >> 


Dr. Pinheiro’s research focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in the military from 1850 through the 1910s. Counter to the national narrative which championed the patriotic manhood of soldiering from the Civil War through the World War 1, his research reveals that African American veterans and their families' military experience were much more fraught. Economic and social instability introduced by military service resonated for years and even generations after soldiers left the battlefield.



Lita Sacks

Lecturer of Anthropology

ABOUT DR. Sacks >> 

Lecturer of Anthropology

Dr. Lita Sacks is a biological anthropologist specializing in human osteology, bioarchaeology, and paleopathology. Her primary research interests include genetic syndromes and the social construction of disability in ancient past, as well as the intersections among health, diet, mortuary practices, and social status in the prehistoric Midwest. Dr. Sacks utilizes non-destructive osteological methods, including geometric morphometrics, to answer complex biological and archaeological research questions. She is currently developing a guide for the identification and diagnosis of genetic syndromes solely based on skeletal remains.

Jennifer Trunzo

 Associate Professor of Anthropology
Historical Archaeology, Eastern U.S.

ABOUT Dr. Trunzo >> 

Jennifer TrunzoAssociate PROFESSOR OF Anthropology

Jen Trunzo's research focuses on Historical Archaeology from the colonial period until about 1900. Her specific research interests are consumerism, ceramics, politics, identity, and war. She is also the archaeologist in charge of historical preservation and research regarding the Augusta Arsenal, which is the Summerville Campus of Augusta University. She has a wide range of archaeological experience, including North American prehistory, cultural resource management, and several forensic archaeological recovery operations.


Wendy Turner

Professor of History
Medieval Europe, Medicine

ABOUT Dr. Turner >> 

Wendy TurnerPROFESSOR OF History

Wendy J. Turner is a medieval historian, researching the intersection between law and medicine in medieval England, with special attention given to disabilities. She is also a professor with the Center for Bioethics and Health Policy at AU. Other research includes medieval law more generally, medicine, alchemy, and power. Well published, she is active on three editorial boards: “Premodern Health, Disease, and Disability” with Amsterdam University Press, “Peculiar Bodies” with the University of Virginia Press, and “Explorations in Medieval Culture” with Brill. Among other grants, Turner received a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship (University of Swansea) and a British Academy Fellowship. 


Hubert van Tuyll

Professor of History
Military, Europe, Russia

ABOUT Dr. Van Tuyll >> 

Hubert van TuyllPROFESSOR OF History

Hubert P. van Tuyll was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Alabama. He received his BA (Economics) from the University of Montevallo (AL), a JD in law from Duke University, and the Ph.D. in History from Texas A&M University. A military historian, he has published six academic books, including two focusing on World War I. He and wife, Debra, are both professors at Augusta University.


Steven D. Weiss

 Associate Professor of Philosophy
Ethics, Nietzsche, Medicine

ABOUT Dr. Weiss >> 

Steven WeissAssociate PROFESSOR OF Philosophy

Steven Weiss's research interests cover ethical theory, applied ethics, 19th-century European philosophy, the history of philosophy, political theory, aesthetics, and critical thinking. He is advisor to the University Ethics Debate Team, and teaches a wide range of philosophy courses, including numerous courses about bioethics.



Office Staff

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Jackie Meggett

Administrative Assistant
Allgood Hall E222

Retired Faculty

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Charles W. Clark

Professor Emeritus of History and Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (2012-17)
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Mark C. Fissel

Professor Emeritus of History
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Elna Green

Professor of History; Dean of the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (2017-2020)
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Christopher Murphy 

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology 
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Michael Searles 

Assistant Professor of History