History Faculty

Stanley E. Blake

Associate Professor

Contact: 567-242-7133 - blake.166@osu.edu

A.B. 1990 Bowdoin College, M.A. 1995 State University of New York at Stony Brook, Ph.D. 2001 State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Professor Blake specializes in modern Brazilian and Latin American history. His research interests include race and national identity in Latin America, Latin American political and economic history, and the history of medicine and public health in the Americas. In 2011 he published The Vigorous Core of Our Nationality: Race and Regional Identity in Northeastern Brazil. This work explores conceptualizations of regional identity and a distinct population group known as nordestinos in northeastern Brazil during a crucial historical period. It also examines the ways in which this identity reflected the region’s changing economic and political position within the nation in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery. Another recent publication is “The Medicalization of Nordestinos: Public Health and Regional Identity in Northeastern Brazil 1889-1930,” which appeared in The Americas.

The courses Professor Blake teaches include surveys of Latin American history, World history, the history of Brazil, the history of Mexico, U.S.-Latin American relations, and the social history of medicine. He was the recipient of the OSU Lima Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award in 2012.

Tryntje Helfferich

Associate Professor

Contact: 567-242-7161 - helfferich.1@osu.edu

B.A. 1991 Pomona College, M.A. 1996 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Ph.D. 2003 University of California, Santa Barbara

Professor Helfferich specializes in early modern German history and the history of ideas, with a particular focus on the intersection of religion and politics in the seventeenth century and the ways in which post-Reformation religious conflict and ideas about the German fatherland influenced or contributed to war. Her publications include The Essential Luther (Hackett, 2018); The Iron Princess: Amalia Elisabeth and the Thirty Years War (Harvard, 2013); On the Freedom of a Christian (Hackett, 2013); and The Thirty Years War: A Documentary History (Hackett, 2009).

Professor Helfferich teaches courses on world history, German history, early modern European history, the history of Christianity, and the history of warfare.

Brian A. Himebaugh


Contact: 567-242-7166 - himebaugh.3@osu.edu

Brian Himebaugh specializes in the study of United States diplomatic history. He received a B.A. in International Relations from Middle Tennessee State University, a M.A. in Political Science from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Akron. Dr. Himebaugh has taught at the University of Akron, McKendree College, and The Ohio State University at Marion. He started teaching for The Ohio State University at Lima in 2002.

Dr. Himebaugh has concentrated on two primary areas in his research: the Philippine Insurrection and the Vietnam War. He is particularly interested in studying cultural aspects of these conflicts. He has presented five scholarly papers on these topics and has published an article, entitled "Waging a Cultural War: American Soldiers in the Philippines, 1899-1902," in The New England Journal of History. He is currently exploring publication possibilities for his dissertation, which is entitled "‘All For One’: Restoring American National Identity in Film and Prime Time Television After Vietnam." Brian also has served as a research assistant on Walter L. Hixson’s The United States and the Vietnam War: Significant Scholarly Articles, 6 volumes (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000), Walter L. Hixson’s American Journey: The Cold War, CD-ROM (Woodbridge: The Gale Group, 2000), and Walter L. Hixson’s The American Experience in World War II, 12 volumes (New York: Routledge, 2003).