Faculty and Staff

History professors Anna Peterson and Richard Mtisi cheering on graduates at this past year's graduation.

Brian Caton

Associate Professor of History

Education: Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania; M.A., South Asia Regional Studies, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Honors in Government, College of William and Mary

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Robert Christman

Professor of History

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.A., University of Arizona; B.A., Boston University

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Victoria Christman

Professor of History

Education: Ph.D., Early Modern European History, University of Arizona; M.A., Early Modern European History, University of Arizona; B.A., Modern European History and The Comparative Study of Religion, Harvard University

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Dan Davis

Associate Professor of Classics

Department Head

Ph.D., Classics, University of Texas; M.A., Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University; B.A., Classical Civilizations, University of Iowa

Dan Davis, a specialist in both terrestrial and marine archaeology, teaches a wide range of courses in Classics and the first-year Paideia program. In addition to partnering with students on research and work-study projects at Luther he leads January-term trips to Greece and Italy and conducts archaeological research with students in Israel and Greece each summer.

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Heather Frey

Academic Administrative Assistant

Heather Frey is the administrative assistant for the departments of History, Identity Studies, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work, and Visual & Performing Arts.

Dalton Little

Off-Campus Programs Advisor

Richard Mtisi

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History

Education: Ph.D., History, University of Iowa; M.A., African Economic History, University of Zimbabwe; B.A., Honors, Economic History, University of Zimbabwe

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Anna Peterson

Associate Professor of History

On leave:  Spring 2020, Fall 2020

Education: Ph.D., History, Ohio State University; M.A., History, University of North Dakota; B.A., Scandinavian Studies, Concordia College

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Jacqueline Wilkie


Education: D.A., American Social History and Curriculum Design, Carnegie-Mellon University; M.A., American History, Northeastern University; B.A., Social Science and Secondary Education, College of Saint Rose

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John Christianson


Education: M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota ; B.A., Mankato State University

Dick Cole


Education: Ph.D., Ohio State University; M.A., University of Iowa; B.A., Eastern New Mexico University

Norma Hervey


Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.A., St. Bonaventure University; M.L.S., State University of New York, Geneseo; B.A., University of Akron

Marvin Slind


Education: Ph.D., History, Washington State University; M.A., History, Washington State University; B.A., History, Pacific Lutheran University

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Edward Tebbenhoff


Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.A., Duquesne University; B.A., Duquesne University