About Our Team

Our team is a diverse mix of historians representing various institutions across the nation. We’d like to extend a special thanks to our senior contributors who worked tirelessly to ensure the coverage and level is appropriate for students.

Senior Contributing Authors

P. Scott Corbett, PhD—Ventura College Dr. Corbett’s major fields of study are recent American history and American diplomatic history. He teaches a variety of courses at Ventura College, and he serves as an instructor at California State University’s Channel Islands campus. A passionate educator, Scott has also taught history to university students in Singapore and China.

Volker Janssen, PhD—California State University–FullertonBorn and raised in Germany, Dr. Janssen received his BA from the University of Hamburg and his MA and PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He is a former Fulbright scholar and an active member of Germany's advanced studies foundation "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes." Volker currently serves as Associate Professor at California State University’s Fullerton campus, where he specializes in the social, economic, and institutional history of California, and more recently, the history of technology.

John M. Lund, PhD—Keene State College Dr. Lund’s primary research focuses on early American history, with a special interest in oaths, Colonial New England, and Atlantic legal cultures. John has over 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to working with students at Keene State College, he lectures at Franklin Pierce University, and serves the online learning community at Southern New Hampshire University.

Todd Pfannestiel, PhD—Clarion UniversityDr. Pfannestiel is a Professor in the history department of Clarion University in Pennsylvania, where he also holds the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Todd has a strong history of service to his institution, its students, and the community that surrounds it.

Paul Vickery, PhD—Oral Roberts UniversityEducating others is one of Dr. Vickery’s delights, whether in the classroom, through authoring books and articles, or via informal teaching during his travels. He is currently Professor of History at Oral Roberts University, where his emphasis is on the history of ideas, ethics, and the role of the church and theology in national development. Paul reads Portuguese, Italian, French, and Hebrew, and has taught on five continents.

Sylvie Waskiewicz, PhD—Lead EditorDr. Waskiewicz received her BSBA from Georgetown University and her MA and PhD from the Institute of French Studies at New York University. With over 10 years of teaching experience in English and French history and language, Sylvie left academia to join the ranks of higher education publishing. She has spent the last eight years editing college textbooks and academic journals.


Amy BixIowa State University
Edward BondAlabama A&M University
Tammy ByronDalton State College
Benjamin CarpBrooklyn College, CUNY
Sharon DeubreauRhodes State College
Gene FeinFordham University
Joel FranksSan Jose State University
Raymond FreyCentenary College
Richard GianniIndiana University Northwest
Larry GraggMissouri University of Science and Technology
Laura GravesSouth Plains College
Elisa GuernseyMonroe Community College
Thomas Chase HagoodUniversity of Georgia
Charlotte HallerWorcester State University
David HeadSpring Hill College
Tamora HoskissonSalt Lake Community College
Jean KellerPalomar College
Kathleen KennedyMissouri State University
Mark KlobasScottsdale Community College
Ann KordasJohnson & Wales University
Stephanie LafferMiami International University of Art and Design
Jennifer LangDelgado Community College
Jennifer LawrenceTarrant County College
Wendy Maier-SartiOakton Community College
Jim McIntyreMoraine Valley Community College
Marianne McKnightSalt Lake Community College
Brandon MorganCentral New Mexico Community College
Caryn NeumannMiami University of Ohio
Michelle NovakHouston Community College
Lisa OssianDes Moines Area Community College
Paul RingelHigh Point University
Jason RipperEverett Community College
Silvana SiddaliSaint Louis University
Brooks SimpsonArizona State University
Steven SmithCalifornia State University, Fullerton
David TrowbridgeMarshall University
Eugene Van SickleUniversity of North Georgia
Hubert van TuyllAugusta State University