College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History


Yvonne Berliner photo of Yvonne Berliner
Wilson-Short Hall 349

Yvonne received a PhD in History from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile in 2006 and an M.A. in History of the Americas there in 1999. She also holds an M.Ed. from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She has taught at the Universidad de los Andes in Chile and began teaching at WSU in the Spring of 2009. Her areas of expertise include Latin American History, World History and a special interest in Latin American Women's History.


Roger Chan photo of Roger Chan
Wilson-Short Hall 318

Roger is a full-time instructor in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program.

Roger's teaching and research interests are centered on late Imperial China, modern China, modern Japan, and Western legal history. In addition to courses in Asian studies, Chan teaches world civilizations in the General Education Program.


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Wilson-Short Hall 343

Julian earned his Ph.D in history from the University of New Mexico in 2015. He earned his MA in history from The University of North Carolina, Charlotte and he holds a BA in history from North Carolina A&T State University. He is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program. Julian’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Mexican history, specifically the period of the Mexican revolution, 1910-1940.  Other interests include the history of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S.-Mexico diplomatic relations, environmental history, transnational history, the history of the Mexican Catholic church, gender and cultural history.


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Wilson-Short Hall 322

Ken received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. He spent years working for the federal government as a historian and archaeologist. 

Ken is a full-time instructor in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program.

Ken's main areas of research are nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history with an emphasis on globalization.  His primary area of research is gender studies and race/ethnicity. He has taught at WSU since 2000.


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Jacki Hedlund TylerPhoto of Jacki Hedlund Tyler
Wilson-Short Hall 340

Dr. Tyler received her Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2015, and her M.A. from Arizona State University in 2010. Her teaching and research fields include Nineteenth-Century United States, specifically legal and political history of the American West. Her current manuscript project is titled “Politics of Political Chatter: Settler Colonialism and the Construction of Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Oregon.” In addition to teaching courses on the American West, the Early Republic, immigration, and the Civil War, Dr. Tyler also enjoys working in the field of Public History.


Sean WempePhoto of Sean Wempe
Wilson-Short Hall 342

Dr. Wempe is currently a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Washington State University. He completed his doctorate at Emory University in Spring 2015. He holds an MA from Emory University (2012) and BAs in History and German Language from Missouri State University (2009). His current manuscript project, derived from his dissertation (Lost at Locarno? Colonial Germans and the Redefinition of “Imperial” Germany, 1919-1933), examines "Colonial Germans" and how they made use of interwar internationalism to create new niches for themselves in the League of Nations' Mandates System following Germany’s loss of its colonies in 1919. His research and teaching interests include imperialism, internationalism, Germany, the history of religion, and the history of science.


Aaron D. WhelchelPhoto of Aaron D. Whelchel

WSU Vancouver

Our goal as professional historians is not to collect fact and figures about past events and individuals but rather craft narratives explaining historical change based on reliable evidence. As a researcher I hope to contribute to the story of the development of modern educational systems by emphasizing methodological and organizational techniques that were diffused, adapted, and implemented across the globe. As a teacher of history my goal is to aid students to understand that the shape of the world they live in is highly contingent on numerous historical processes that were neither inevitable or permanent. By stressing the interpretive nature of history, I aim to build critical thinking skills in my students so that they may better evaluate the soundness of the messages they encounter in the wider world.


















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