History Dept


Mary Sprunger
Department Chair and Professor

Mary Susan Sprunger has taught at EMU since 1992. She earned a B.A. in history and German at Bethel College (Kansas) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her teaching interests include European history, world history, women’s history, Mennonite history and historical movies. She is writinig a book on the economic and cultural dimensions of a wealthy, urban Mennonite church during the Dutch Golden Age (the seventeenth-century). She is married and is the mother of two children.

DeAnne Chenoweth

DeAnne Chenoweth has been teaching in higher education for over 10 years, including the last two at EMU. DeAnne grew up in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Bethany College (Bethany, WV) with a degree in political science, she then pursued Master’s Degrees on both coasts. She earned an M.A. in International Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, and an M.A. in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

DeAnne’s academic focus is on issues related to the international political economy of development and development assistance. She has done graduate field research in Japan along with undergraduate internships in both Paris and Washington, D.C. Her teaching interests center in political studies including human rights, comparative politics, international relations and constitutional law.

DeAnne is married to Joe Hinshaw, a professor in the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University. She is an active member at Trinity Presbyterian Church and the busy mom of two children.

Mark Metzler Sawin

Mark Metzler Sawin grew up in Hesston, a small, Mennonite town in rural Kansas. He attended Goshen College (Indiana) and then the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his MA and PhD in American Studies. Before coming to Eastern Mennonite University in 2001, Mark apprenticed as a chef, wrote for a culinary magazine, and managed a coffee shop, experiences that continue to color his teaching which is marked by an interdisciplinary hodgepodge of cultural studies, popular culture, literature and history. At EMU he currently serves as professor of U.S. History and as the director of the Honors program. In the larger academic world, Mark serves as a member of the Regional Chapters Committee of the American Studies Association and chaired that committee from 2011-13. He has also served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb, Croatia (2008-09) and as the President of the Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association (2006-08). His scholarship focuses largely on the religious, literary, and popular culture of antebellum America (1850s); his book Raising Kane addresses Arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane who authored two “best-selling” books about his travels while masterfully manipulating the popular media to enhance his celebrity status. Mark is currently launching a new project, editing a collection of stories by the notorious antebellum pop-fiction author and political rabble-rouser, Ned Buntline.
Mark is married to Erika Metzler Sawin, a nursing professor at James Madison University, and has two children, Cora and Isaac.

Holly Scott
Assistant Professor


Joan Chamberlain
Office Coordinator

Joan Chamberlain is the Office Coordinator for Roselawn Academic Building, third floor, where the departments of Bible & Religion, History and Psychology are located. She came to Eastern Mennonite University in 2007 after serving as Office Manager in a local business. Prior to coming to the Shenandoah Valley, Joan taught and coached at Barrington College (RI) and Messiah College (PA) and coached at Eastern Mennonite High School. Joan enjoys spending time with her extended family, bicycling, sailing, and agility and pet therapy with her dog Bailey.

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