History Faculty

Associate Professor of History

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Frances Bernstein is associate professor of history at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She received her doctorate in Russian history from Columbia University in 1998. She teaches courses in Russian and European history, as well as in the history of medicine and public health, the history of disability, the history of the body, and the history of sexuality. In 2007 she published The Dictatorship of Sex: Lifestyle Advice for the Soviet Masses (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007). Her current research focuses on the culture and politics of disability in the Soviet context. 

Education: B.A. in Russian Studies with Honors (1987), Brown  University. M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1998) in History, Columbia University.

Areas of specialization: Russian and Soviet History, The History of Disability and Disability Studies, The History of Medicine and Public Health, The History of Sexuality and the Body

Current research: 

Book in progress: Missing in Action: Erasing Disability During and After the Great Patriotic War

Ongoing: Autism in Soviet and post-Soviet History; Disability in the USSR


  • “Arm Race: The Cold War Story of a Bionic Hand,” forthcoming in Technologies of Mind and Body in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, ed. Anna Toropova and Claire Shaw       (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022)
  • “The History of Disability During Stalinism,” Life in Stalin’s Soviet Union, 1929-1953, ed. Cornelis Boterbloem (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2019), 115-137
  • Prosthetic Manhood in the Soviet Union at the End of World War II,” OSIRIS 30, no. 1 (2015): 113-133
  • “Rehabilitation Staged: How Soviet Doctors ‘Cured’ Disability in the Second World War,” in Disability Histories, ed. Susan Burch and Michael A. Rembis (Champaign: The University of Illinois Press, 2014), 218-236  
  • “Prosthetic Promise and Potemkin Limbs in late-Stalinist Russia,” in Disability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, ed. Michael Rasell and Elena Iarskaia (London: Routledge, 2013), 42-66

Awards and Other Academic Contributions:

New York University Russian/Slavic Studies Visiting Fellowship

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research Grant 

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research Grant

ACTR Title VIII Research Scholarship

Social Science Research Council Eurasia Fellowship

Courses Taught:

 The History of Russia

The History of the USSR

The Making of an Epidemic: Autism 

The History of Disease 

Disability History 

Disability Studies

Mad Doctors and Bad Patients: The Psychiatry of Deviance

Gender, Sexuality, and Medicine in Modern Europe 

The History of the Body

The History of Sexuality 

Decadent and Doomed: Europe, 1880-1914

Associate Professor, History

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I teach a broad range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I specialize in the U.S. foreign policy, the U.S. since World War II and the Sixties. My book, Inventing Vietnam, is an analysis of the failed nation building effort undertaken by the United States in Vietnam and how that failure led to the war. In related research, I have also written on privatization of war and war profiteering, using the invasion of Iraq as a case study.

My more recent research focuses on the Sixties in the U.S. and specifically the counterculture and advent of rock music culture, with a particular emphasis on the role of the college campus.  My article, “Campus Rock: Rock Music Culture on the College Campus during the Counterculture Sixties, 1967-8,” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Popular Music Studies.

This project has also taken me into the realm of digital history/digital mapping. Thanks in part to a couple of Mellon Grants at Drew during the spring and summer 2019, I and three research assistants have created an extensive GIS mapping project of rock music during the late sixties.  For more information, see my website: jmarloncarter.com.

Professor, History Department and Program in the Study of Religion

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Professor Pechilis is an historian of religions who specializes in the study of India and South Asia. She teaches courses in world history, gender and history, and religion and spirituality in late modernity. She has served as Director of the Humanities Program in the College and Director of Arts & Letters in Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Her recent publications in the history of religions that engage translation, history, gender studies and ethnography include the monograph, Interpreting Devotion: The Poetry and Legacy of a Female Bhakti Saint of India (2012), the co-edited volume Re-Figuring the Body: Embodiment in South Asian Religions (2017), and a journal special issue, “Contemporary Images of Hindu Bhakti: Identity and Visuality,” in the Journal of Hindu Studies (2019). Current research includes a volume on devotional visualities. For more information, please go to kpechilis.net.

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History
Drew University Scholar-Teacher of the Year (2001)
Presidential Award for Career Scholarship (2006)

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  • Office: 16 Gilbert House
  • Telephone: (973) 408-3545
  • E-mail: jerose@drew.edu

Jonathan Rose (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is the William R. Kenan Professor of History. His fields of study are British history, intellectual history, and the history of the book. He served as the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, and as the president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. His book The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2001) won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize, and the British Council Prize. He has also published A Companion to the History of the Book (2007), The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (2001), The Revised Orwell (1992), British Literary Publishing Houses 1820-1965 (1991), and The Edwardian Temperament 1895-1919 (1986). He was a founding coeditor of the journal Book History, which won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the Best New Journal of 1999. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, and he reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement and the Wall Street Journal. His most recent books are The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor (Yale UP, 2014), which won the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Prize; Readers’ Liberation (Oxford UP, 2018); and The Edinburgh History of Reading (4 vols., Edinburgh UP, 2020).

Education: B.A. in History cum laude (1974), Princeton University. M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1981) in History, University of Pennsylvania.

Areas of specialization: British history and history of the book.

Current research: Playboy’s female readers.


  • Coeditor (withMary Hammond), The Edinburgh History of Reading (4 vols, Edinburgh UP, 2020).
  • Coeditor (with Simon Eliot), A Companion to the History of the Book (Blackwell, 2007).
  • Reinventing Graduate Education in History,” Perspectives on History (February 2009)
  • “Arriving at a History of Reading,” Historically Speaking (January 2004).
  • The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (Yale UP, 2001). Winner of the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize, the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, the British Council Prize, the SHARP Book History Prize, the Bela Kornitzer Prize, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Prize. Named a Book of the Year by the Economist magazine.
  • Editor, The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (U Massachusetts P, 2001).
  • Editor, The Revised Orwell (Michigan State UP, 1992).
  • Coeditor, British Literary Publishing Houses, 1820-1965 (Gale, 1991).
  • The Edwardian Temperament 1895-1919 (Ohio UP, 1986).
  • “The Horizon of a New Discipline: Inventing Book Studies,” Publishing Research Quarterly (Spring 2003).
  • “Education, Literacy, and the Victorian Reader,” in A Companion to the Victorian Novel (Blackwell, 2002).
  • “The History of Books: Revised and Enlarged,” Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, no. 359 (1998).
  • “How Historians Study Reading,” in Literature in the Marketplace, eds. John O. Jordan and Robert Patten (Cambridge UP, 1995).
  • “Working-Class Journals,” in Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society, eds. Rosemary VanArsdel and J. Don Vann (U Toronto P, 1994).
  • “Rereading the English Common Reader: A Preface to a History of Audiences,” Journal of the History of Ideas, January-March 1992.
  • Contributor, The New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford UP).
  • Readers’ Liberation (Oxford UP, 2018)
  • The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor (Yale UP, 2014), which won the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Prize

Professional Activities:

  • Founding President, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (1991-97).
  • Past President, Northeast Victorian Studies Association (1989-92).
  • Coeditor, Book History (1999-2019).