History Faculty

David Brown

Professor of History
brownds@etown.edu | 717-361-1249

David Brown, Raffensperger Professor of History, is interested in American culture, politics, and literature.  He is the author of several books including Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Harvard, 2017), Moderates: The Vital Center of American Politics (North Carolina, 2016), and Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography (Chicago, 2006); the latter was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  His work has been reviewed in the New York TimesNew York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, New Yorker, Wall Street JournalBoston GlobeWashington PostLos Angeles Times, (London) Sunday Times, The Irish Times, and The Australian.  

Kathryn Densford

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
densfordk@etown.edu | 717-361-1370

Kathryn Densford earned her Ph.D. from George Washington University in 2018. Her research focuses on the First World War in Habsburg Central Europe. She has published in European Review of History (2017) and in the edited volume World War I in Central and Eastern Europe: Politics, Conflict and Military Experience (I.B. Tauris, 2018). She teaches Western Civilization and Modern European History.

Kathryn Densford

David Kenley

Professor of History, Department Chair 

kenleyd@etown.edu | 717-361-1238 | Faculty Website

Dr. David Kenley (Ph.D. University of Hawaii) has been at Elizabethtown College since 2004. His research focuses on the history of Asia, particularly modern China. He is the author of New Culture in a New World: The May Fourth Movement and the Chinese Diaspora in Singapore (Routledge Press), Modern Chinese History (Key Issues in Asian Studies), and Contested Communities: Identities, Spaces, and Hierarchies of the Chinese in the Cuban Republic (co-authored with Miriam Herrera Jerez and Mario Castillo Santana and published by Brill).  In addition to these, he has published dozens of scholarly articles, chapters, and reviews focused on Chinese intellectual history and diasporas in world history. Fluent in Chinese, he enjoys taking students to study in Beijing each year.

David Kinley

Brian Newsome

Professor of History, Dean for Curriculum and Honors
newsomewb@etown.edu | 717-361-1251 | Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Brian Newsome is Professor of History and Dean for Curriculum and Honors. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina and teaches modern European, Middle Eastern, and North African history. Dr. Newsome specializes in the urban and religious history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century France. His dissertation led to articles in French Historical Studies and French Politics, Culture and Society, among others, as well as his book on French Urban Planning, 1940-1968: The Construction and Deconstruction of an Authoritarian System (New York: Peter Lang, 2009). More recently, Dr. Newsome has been analyzing French Catholic organizations, leading to articles in Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques (which he serves as co-editor) and in Transaction Publishers’ series Religion and Public Life. His latest project, which McGill-Queen's University Press published in 2016, is a new translation and annotated edition of Invasion 14, Catholic novelist Maxence Van der Meersch's account of the German occupation of northern France during World War I. In 2014 Dr. Newsome won the New York State Association of European Historians’ Triennial Charles R. Bailey Memorial Prize for best journal article. He received the award for “The Women of the Pavillons: A Case Study,” which appeared in Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques in the Winter of 2012. Dr. Newsome is also the recipient of several grants, including a Fulbright Grant, as well as numerous awards for outstanding teaching and service.

Brian Newsome

Steve Nolt

Professor of History and Anabaptist Studies
Senior Scholar, Young Center
(717) 361-1459 | nolts@etown.edu | website

The author or coauthor of fourteen books on Amish, Mennonite, and Pennsylvania German history and contemporary life, Steve Nolt is widely recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups across North America. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame. He also serves as series editor for Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Steve Nolt

Carl J. Strikwerda

President, Professor of History

Carl J. Strikwerda is professor of history and president of Elizabethtown College and teaches a course every fall on “Peace and War in a Global World”. He previously served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at the College of William and Mary and Associate Dean at the University of Kansas. He received a B.A. from Calvin College and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, both in history. Besides articles in the American Historical Review, Journal of Social History, and many other journals and edited volumes, he has published books on Belgian labor history, international migration, and consumer cooperation around the world. His most recent publication is “Imagining a Global World: Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Tragedy of Great Power Politics In the First Era of Globalization, 1870-1914,” which appeared in Cosmopolitanism and the Global Polity, ed. Gabriel Ricci, Volume 5 in the series Culture and Civilization (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2012). A new article, “World War I in the History of Globalization,” is forthcoming in the journal Historical Reflections/Reflexions historiques. President Strikwerda has served as a historical consultant to the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lancaster County Economic Development Company, public radio and television station WITF in Harrisburg, and the Presidents’ Trust of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. When not serving as president or being a historian, he bicycles on the Conewago Trail.  

Carl J. Strikwerda

Faculty Emeriti

Paul Gottfried
Raffensperger Professor of Humanities Emeritus (U.S. and Europe)

J. Kenneth Kreider
Professor of History Emeritus (Russia and Europe)

Richard Mumford
Professor of History Emeritus (U.S. and Japan)

H. Herbert Poole, Jr.
Professor of History Emeritus (Britain)

Bela Vassady
Raffensperger Professor of History Emeritus (Africa and African-American)

History Staff

Beatrix Kalman

Administrative Assistant 

Beatrix Kalman started working at Elizabethtown College in October 2018 as the administrative assistant for the History, Modern Languages, and Religious Studies departments. She is a graduate of Drew University and also studied at Debrecen University in Hungary.  Beatrix translated a series of Hungarian WWII political cartoons for the Drew University Center of Holocaust and Genocide Study which are now a part of their Imre Farkass Collection.

Office: Wenger 105
Phone: 717-361-1381