Painting: Busy Hands by Howard Baer

Leadership and Faculty

Gregory A. Daddis, PhD

Center for War and History Director, USS Midway Chair in Modern U.S. Military History, and Professor

Office: AL 528 | Phone: (619) 594-4716
Email: [email protected]

Gregory A. Daddis

Gregory A. Daddis joined SDSU after directing the M.A. program in War and Society Studies at Chapman University. Prior, he served as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A retired U.S. Army colonel, he deployed to both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Daddis specializes in the history of the Vietnam Wars and the Cold War era and has authored five books, including Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men's Adventure Magazines (2020) and Withdrawal: Reassessing America’s Final Years in Vietnam (2017). He has also published numerous journal articles and several op-ed pieces commenting on current military affairs, to include writings in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Interest magazine.


Pierre Asselin, PhD

Dwight E. Stanford Chair in American Foreign Relations and Professor

Pierre AsselinOffice: AL 568
Email: [email protected]

Pierre Asselin is originally from Quebec City in Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Glendon College (Canada), a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His area of primary expertise is the history of American foreign relations, with a focus on East and Southeast Asia and the larger Cold War context. He is a leading authority on the Vietnam War. Asselin is particularly interested in the decision-making of Vietnamese communist authorities in the period 1954-75. He speaks Vietnamese and regularly travels to Vietnam for research.


Pablo Ben, Ph.D.

Associate ProfessorPablo Ben

Office: AL 584 | Phone: (619) 594-3761
Email: [email protected]

Pablo Ben holds his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and comes to San Diego State from the University of Northern Iowa, where he was an assistant professor. His research focuses on the history of sexuality and urban social history, and his dissertation was a study of male same-sex sexual relationships in the city of Buenos Aires from 1880 to 1955. This was a period of massive European immigration to Argentina, bringing significant demographic change that impacted family life and sexual relations in Buenos Aires particularly as Argentina sought to pursue modernizing policies. Dr. Ben will teach courses in modern Latin American history and the history of the Atlantic world.


David P. Cline, Ph.D.

Associate ProfessorDavid P. Cline

Office: AL 513 | Phone: (619) 594-0476
Email: [email protected]

David P. Cline is an historian specializing in 20th and 21st century U.S. social movements, oral history, the digital humanities, and public history. Since 2013 he has also been a Lead Interviewer and Research Scholar for the Civil Rights History Project of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. His public and digital history projects have included an augmented and virtual reality experience of a World War I battlefield site in Vauquois, France; an augmented reality iPad-accessible application that helps teach African American history and the skills of historic inquiry; major national oral history projects and local projects focusing on African American, university, and LGBTQ history; and museum and historic site exhibits. He is currently finishing Twice Forgotten, a book that uses oral histories to delve into the African American experience of the Korean War and to connect these to the civil rights movement.


Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley, Ph.D.

ProfessorKathryn Edgerton-Tarpley

Office: AL 538 | Phone: (619) 594-6985
Email: [email protected]

Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley is Professor of Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History.  Her research focuses on cultural and political responses to major disasters in nineteenth and twentieth-century China, while her teaching interests include World History, famine studies, gender and sexuality, comparative responses to trauma and disaster, and recent Sino-Japanese and Sino-US relations.  Her current book project maps changes and continuities in Chinese responses to calamity by employing case studies of major famines and floods that struck North China under governments with markedly different ideological foundations.  Over the past several years Professor Edgerton-Tarpley conducted extensive archival research on a pair of major Republican-era disasters, and wrote a series of articles on them.  At present Professor Edgerton-Tarpley is putting a Mao-era catastrophe, China’s Great Leap Famine of 1958-62, in dialogue with late imperial and Republican-era case studies. 


Annika Frieberg, Ph.D.

Associate ProfessorAnnika Frieberg

Office: AL 576 
Email: [email protected]

Originally from Sweden, Annika Frieberg studied Modern and Central European History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She teaches courses in 19th and 20th century European and East European history. Her research and teaching interests center on war and genocide, gender, conflict resolution, media, national, and transnational questions in Central Europe. She has published several articles, including “Reconciliation Remembered. Early Activists and the Polish-German Relations” in Re-Mapping Polish-German Memory, which was published by Indiana University Press in 2011. She is also the co-editor of Reconciliing with the Past: Resources and Obstacles in a Global Perspective published by Routledge in 2017. Dr. Frieberg is the author of Peace at All Costs: Transnational Networks and Media in post-war Polish-German Relations, published by Berghahn Books in 2019.


Ranin Kazemi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Ranin Kazemi

Office: AL 515
Email: [email protected]

Ranin Kazemi is Professor of Middle Eastern and North African History. His research focuses on social and economic causes of popular protests and natural disasters in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Iran. He has also written about the history of consumer culture and recreational drugs in the medieval and modern periods. His teaching interests include world history, war and revolutions, history of capitalism, medieval and modern Islam, and relations between Islam and the West. He is currently working on a series of articles about the history of food, famine, recreational drugs, and popular protest in modern Iran, and a book manuscript that traces the economic, social, and political origins of one of the earliest revolutionary movements in the modern Middle East.



Top image credit: Busy Hands, Howard Baer. Courtesy of Paintings of Naval Aviation, Naval History and Heritage Command.