Social Sciences Faculty Profiles

Social Sciences

John McGrath
Acting Chair, Division of Social Sciences; Associate Professor of Social Sciences
BA (Economics), Harvard University; MA, (Writing and Publishing), Emerson College; MA, PhD (Modern European History), Boston University
eldraque@bu.edu
Research interests: Sixteenth Century Europe and America, especially Travel Literature, Cartography, and Maritime History

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Jay Corrin
Professor of Social Sciences
BA (History), Michigan State University; MA (Asian History), University of Hawaii; PhD (Modern European and British History), Boston University
jckuch@bu.edu
Research interests: Religion and politics, especially the influence of Catholicism on political thought and actions

Richard Samuel Deese
Lecturer of Social Sciences
BA (History), University of California, Berkeley; MA (History), University of Oregon; MA (Creative Writing), Boston University; PhD (History), Boston University
rsdeese@bu.edu
Research interests:  Cold War technologies and global environmentalism

June Grasso
Associate Professor of Social Sciences
BA (Asian Studies), Wellesley College; MA (Asian Studies), PhD (Modern China, Japan, and International Relations), Tufts University
jgrasso@bu.edu
Research interests:  U.S.–China policy; modern Chinese history

Michael Kort
Professor of Social Sciences
BA (History), Johns Hopkins University; MA, PhD (Russian History), New York University
mkckektk@bu.edu
Research interests:  History of the Soviet Union, the bombing of Hiroshima and the end of World War II, and American foreign policy during the Cold War

Leslie Kriebel
Lecturer of Social Sciences
BA, MA, PhD  (Sociology), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
lkriebel@bu.edu
Research interests:  Structural inequality in state communist societies, socio-economic roots of individualization, statistical modeling of climate change and social decline using historical data

Susan Lee
Master Lecturer of Social Sciences
AB (American Civilization), Brown University; MDiv (Divinity), Harvard University; PhD (Sociology), Boston University
susanlee@bu.edu
Research interests:  Gender and development in low-income countries, especially widows, female-supported households, women in religion, and international women’s treaties

John Mackey
Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences
BA (History and Certification in Secondary Education), Dickinson College; MA, PhD (History), Boston College
jmackey@bu.edu
Research interests:  Britain and the British Empire in the nineteenth-century, and interest in themes of race, ethnicity, and class in Victorian humor and comedy; the history of dress and fashion; modern Irish history and Irish identity

Scott Marr
Lecturer of Social Sciences
BA (History), Kansas State University; PhD (History), Boston University
smarr@bu.edu
Research interests:  Religious and social history of early modern France, European encounters with non-Europeans, and the comparative history of religious coexistence

Kathleen Martin
Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences
BA (Sociology), Dickinson College; MA (Sociology), Ohio State University; PhD (Comparative History), Brandeis University
martinkc@bu.edu
Research interests:  The social science of poverty, the relationship between religion and other social factors, and comparative study of European and East Asian culture

Lindsay Moore
Lecturer of Social Sciences
BA (English Literature), Southern Nazarene University; MA (British History), University of Oklahoma; PhD (Early Modern British History), The George Washington University
lrmoore@bu.edu
Research interests:  Women’s legal capabilities and the circulation of legal knowledge in England, Massachusetts, and Maryland in the seventeenth century

William Tilchin
Associate Professor of Social Sciences
BA (Social Sciences, French, and Secondary Education), MA (History), Michigan State University; PhD (History), Brown University
wnt@bu.edu
Research interests:  Presidency and foreign policy of Theodore Roosevelt, American foreign relations since the 1930s, and presidential leadership throughout U.S. history

Benjamin E. Varat
Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences
BA (Biology), Trinity College; MA (History), Boston University; PhD (Modern International Relations/Modern French History), Boston University
bvarat@bu.edu

Thomas Whalen
Associate Professor of Social Sciences
BA (History), Bates College; MA (American History), PhD (American History), Boston College
tjw64@bu.edu
Research interests:  Modern American politics, presidential leadership, Boston history, and sport and American society