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College of Arts and Sciences

Penny Von Eschen

L. Sanford and Jo Mills Reis Professor of Humanities

 Penny Von Eschen

Department and Program Affiliations:

Academic focus:
U.S. in the world; U.S. in global and transnational dimensions; culture and politics of the African diaspora

Current research project:
“Rebooting the Cold War: A Cultural History of Western Triumphalism and Nostalgia”

Previous positions: 
Professor of History and American Culture, University of Michigan, 2006-2015
Associate Professor of History and American Culture, University of Michigan, 1999-2006
Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas, 1996-1999
Assistant Professor of History, University of Iowa, 1994-1996

Academic background: 
Ph.D., History, Columbia University, 1994
M.A., History, Columbia University, 1986
B.A., Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1982

Last book read:
Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance and Indian Anticolonialism in North America by Seema Sohi

In your own time/when not working:
Jazz concerts; ecological restoration; traveling with family

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Thinking in Global and Transnational Dimensions; History Through Literature; U.S. in the World

What most excites you about Cornell:
I am thrilled about my new colleagues, our myriad intersecting interests in transnational and global dynamics, and the capacious and rigorous conversations happening here in the areas of power, social justice, and racial formation across the twentieth century.  I am also delighted to return to New York, in this case taking the Cornell bus to the city (my former home), and embracing the spectacular beauty of Ithaca.