History Dept

Faculty

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.

Myrrl Byler
CC Leader China
Ji Eun Kim
Assistant Professor
Mark Metzler Sawin
Department Chair and Professor

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 which he chaired from 2011-13, and as a board member for the Eastern American Studies Association. 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.

Kimberly Schmidt
Professor

Kimberly D. Schmidt is professor of history and director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center. She received her Ph.D. in American history from Binghamton University in 1995. Publications include Magpie’s Blanket, a Women Writing the West WILLA Literary Awards Finalist, historical fiction category and Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History, from the Johns Hopkins University Press. Kimberly divides her research interests between Amish and Mennonite women’s social history and women’s histories of the Southern Cheyenne. She teaches local multicultural history in Washington, DC and is particularly interested in accessing the histories of social movements and poor people’s experiences through various visual and performing arts media. She has lived in the Washington area since 1989 and has two children.

Holly Scott
Assistant Professor

Holly Scott holds a PhD in history from American University and an MA in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg. She earned a B.A. from Eastern Mennonite University in English and Justice, Peace & Conflict studies. Her research focuses on the social change movements of the 1960s; she is the author of Younger Than That Now: the Politics of Age in the 1960s (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016). She teaches courses in the History Department and tutors graduate and adult degree completion students at the Graduate & Professional Studies Writing Center.

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