History Faculty & Staff

The history department is located in the Center Street House (behind the Lemmons Center) and can be reached by contacting administrative assistant, Phyllis Hartle, or by contacting the individual professors directly.

Phyllis Hartle

Phyllis Hartle

Administrative Assistant, Department of History and Politics

Faculty

Caitlin Corning

Chair, Department of History and Politics

Professor of History

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Early Medieval church history
  • Late Antiquity
  • Sub-Roman Britain
Ryan Dearinger

Associate Professor of History

Faculty Fellow, George Fox University Honors Program

Teaching & Research Interests

  • The American West and Pacific Northwest
  • Immigration, labor and working-class history
  • Environmental history
  • Violence in American history
Kerry Irish

Professor of History

Teaching & Research Interests

  • 20th century American military, political and diplomatic history
  • History of the American West
Paul Otto

Paul Otto, PhD

Professor of History

Faculty Fellow, George Fox University Honors Program

Campus Coordinator for Role-Immersion Pedagogy

Teaching & Research Interests

  • History of early America and Native Americans
  • Role-immersion pedagogy
Travis Ross

Assistant Professor of History

Director, Humanities Plus Program

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Histories of science and technology
  • Business history
  • History of the book

Faculty Emeriti

Lon Fendall

Lon Fendall, PhD

Associate Professor of History and Political Science

Mark Weinert

Mark Weinert, PhD

Professor Emeritus of History