Faculty

Gregory I. Halfond

Professor and Chair

Office: May Hall 303
Phone Number: (508) 620-1220 x4381
Email: ghalfond@framingham.edu

Dr. Halfond teaches ancient and medieval European history. His research examines religion and law in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. His publications include The Archaeology of Frankish Church Councils, AD 511-768 (2010), The Medieval Way of War: Studies in Medieval Military History in Honor of Bernard S. Bachrach (2015), and Bishops and the Politics of Patronage in Merovingian Gaul (2019).

Joseph M. Adelman

Associate Professor

Office: May Hall 304
Phone Number: (508) 626-4914
Email: jadelman@framingham.edu

Personal Website

Dr. Adelman teaches courses on the business and economic history of the Atlantic world. His first book, Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789, was awarded an Honorable Mention for the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize from the Bibliographical Society of America. Dr. Adelman has published essays in Enterprise & SocietyEarly American Studies, the Washington Post, and TheAtlantic.com, and blogs at The Junto. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, and a number of archives and institutions. In 2019, he was elected as a member of the American Antiquarian Society, one of the oldest learned societies in the United States.

Richard Allen

Professor

Office: May Hall 307
Phone Number: (508) 626-4820
Email: rallen1@framingham.edu

Dr. Richard B. Allen is an internationally-known scholar and teacher who works on the social and economic history of Mauritius, slavery and indentured labor in the colonial plantation world, and slavery, slave trading, and abolition in the Indian Ocean and Asia since 1500. He is the recipient of two Fulbright research awards and prestigious research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His publications include two monographs, Slaves, Freedmen and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999) and European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850 (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2014), an edited volume on Slavery and Bonded Labor in Asia, 1250-1900 (Leiden: Brill, 2022), more than 60 articles, essays, and chapters in peer-reviewed journals, books, encyclopedias, and research bibliographies published in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mauritius, The Netherlands, Spain, and the United States, and more than 40 book reviews in journals such as African Studies Review, American Historical Review, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde/Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, International Journal of African Historical Studies, International Journal of Maritime History, Journal of African History, Journal of British Studies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Renaissance Quarterly, Slavery and Abolition, and The Historian. He served on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (2011-12), and is currently a member of the editorial boards of French Colonial History, the Journal of Global Slavery, and the recently established Journal of Bonded Labour Migration. He is working on a book-length manuscript on free(d) men and women of color in Mauritius and the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century colonial plantation world, and has been commissioned by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing in London to prepare a book-length manuscript on Global Slaveries: A History since 1500. He has presented papers to conferences in Australia, Belgium, France, Ghana, Great Britain, Italy, Mauritius, The Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Suriname, Sweden, Trinidad, and Zanzibar as well as major universities in the United States. Recent honors include invitations to present keynote addresses to the conference on women and humanitarian aid at Örebro University in Sweden in October 2021 and the biannual Svenska Historikermötet [Swedish Historians Conference] at Linnaeus University in Vaxjö, Sweden in May 2019, and to deliver the inaugural Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture at the University of Bonn’s Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies in October 2019 which was subsequently published as Slave, Convict, and Indentured Labor and the Tyranny of the Particular (Berlin: EB-Verlag, 2020). He co-authored the successful applications to designate the Aapravasi Ghat and the Le Morne Cultural Landscape in Mauritius as UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS), the successful application to inscribe the indentured immigration records of Mauritius on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register (MWR), and the application to inscribe the slavery records of Mauritius on the MWR, and continues to serve as research consultant to the Aapravasi Ghat WHS. Between 2009-11, he was special consultant to the Truth and Justice Commission of Mauritius which investigated the legacy of slavery and indentured labor in the country. He co-organized the international conference on “Slavery and Forced Labor in Asia, c. 1250-c. 1900: Continuities and Transformation in Comparative Perspective” at Leiden University in The Netherlands in June 2017. He also serves as the editor of Ohio University Press’s Indian Ocean Studies series, and evaluates major research grant proposals for the Social Science Research Council of Canada and the American Council of Learned Societies. In addition to offering courses in African, Indian, Middle Eastern, and comparative world history since 1500, he has advised Ph.D. students at Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Virginia, the University of Kent (UK), the University of Sheffield (UK), the University of Mauritius, the Université de Paris – Panthéon-Sorbonne, and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Lori Gemeiner Bihler

Associate Professor

Office: May Hall 312
Phone Number: (508) 626-4835
Email: lbihler@framingham.edu

Dr. Bihler teaches modern U.S. and European history, as well as secondary history education. Her historical research focuses on refugees from Nazi Germany and she is the author of Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945  (SUNY Press, 2018). She has received research fellowships from the British Council, the DAAD, and the Leo Baeck Institute and is currently writing a book on history education. Prior to pursuing her doctorate in German-Jewish history, Dr. Bihler was a middle and high school social studies teacher in Connecticut.

Maria Alessandra Bollettino

Professor

Office: May Hall 313
Phone Number: (508) 626-4811
Email: mbollettino@framingham.edu

Dr. Bollettino teaches courses on the history of early America, the Caribbean, and race, slavery, and abolition in the Atlantic world. Her book manuscript, “Slavery, War, and Britain’s Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Empire,” examines the participation of enslaved and free Blacks in the imperial wars Britain waged against France and Spain over the course of the eighteenth century and the ways in which Blacks’ wartime actions influenced British conceptions of race, slavery, and imperial identity. Her article, “‘Of equal or of more Service’: Black Soldiers and the British Empire in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Caribbean” appeared in Slavery & Abolition in 2017. “‘All Spirited Likely Young Lads of Colour’: Interpreting Britain’s Recruitment of Black Soldiers in Jamaica during the American War for Independence,” which she co-authored with Matthew Dziennik and Simon P. Newman, was published by Slavery & Abolition in 2020. She has presented her work in several academic forums, among them conferences sponsored by the Association for Caribbean Historians, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the North American Conference on British Studies, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. She has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships, including an NEH Long-Term Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. Her colleagues awarded her the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014 and the Beacon Award in recognition of her “noteworthy contributions and outstanding efforts that have assisted in advancing Inclusive Excellence” in 2017.

Jon Huibregtse

Professor

Office: May Hall 305
Phone Number: (508) 626-4823
Email: jhuibregtse@framingham.edu

Dr. Huibregtse teaches American and East Asian history classes. His area of expertise is American labor history. His publications include a book entitled, American Railroad Labor and the Genesis of the New Deal (Tallahassee: University Press of Florida, 2010), several articles and many book reviews. He edited the New Journal of History from 2005-2009 and served on the board of directors of the New England History Teachers Association. He is currently working on a biography of Massachusetts Senator David Walsh.

Sarah Mulhall Adelman

Associate Professor

Office: May Hall 308
Phone Number: (508) 626-4821
Email: sadelman1@framingham.edu

Dr. Mulhall Adelman teaches American history, including classes on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, women’s history, and family history. She is currently working on a book manuscript that uses a study of nineteenth-century orphan asylums to uncover family survival strategies of the working poor and study the ways perceptions of children and childhood were contingent on the class, racial, ethnic, and gender identities of the children in question. Dr. Mulhall Adelman’s publications include an article in The Journal of Women’s History entitled “Empowerment and Submission: The Political Culture of Catholic Women’s Religious Communities in Nineteenth-Century America”, which won the American Society of Church History's Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize for 2012, as well as a chapter in Separate and Unequal: Historical Perspectives on American Education (Lexington Books, 2009). She has received research fellowships from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History, the New-York Historical Society, and the Maryland Historical Society and has presented her work at various academic and policy conferences.

Stefan Papaioannou

Associate Professor

Office: May Hall 306
Phone Number: (508) 626-4816
Email: spapaioannou@framingham.edu

Stefan Papaioannou teaches modern European history, world history, and Middle Eastern history. His specific expertise lies in the history of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, political violence, and ethnic conflict. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the experiences of civilian populations living in the region of Macedonia as the area was contested by Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia during the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913 and in the First World War. The doctoral dissertation on which the manuscript is based, entitled “Balkan Wars between the Lines: Violence and Civilians in Macedonia, 1912-1918,” has been awarded the John O. Iatrides Dissertation Prize for the best English-language dissertation on a Greek subject by the Modern Greek Studies Association (2013), as well as the Richard T. Farrell Prize for the best dissertation in the History Department at the University of Maryland (2012-2013.) Dr. Papaioannou has presented his work on the history of irregular violence, on urban social history, and on Western images of the Balkans at conferences in the United States and Europe.

Bridgette Sheridan

Professor

Office: May Hall 314
Phone Number: (508) 626-4819
Email: bsheridan@framingham.edu

Dr. Sheridan teaches early modern and modern European history. Her expertise is in gender history, the History of Science, history of sexuality, and early modern France. She has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals, and is currently writing a book, The Worth of Women: The Battle Over Midwifery in Pre-Revolutionary France. She has presented her research at several conferences and seminars, including the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, the Renaissance Society of America’s Annual Conference, and the Harvard Humanities Seminar on Women in the Early Modern World. She is co-advisor to the History Club and co-founder of the Gender Interest Group at Framingham State University.

Visiting Lecturers

Jeffrey B. HartmanO'Connor G31jhartman@framingham.edu
Lorna RinearO'Connor G31lrinear@framingham.edu
Megan SethiO'Connor G31msethi@framingham.edu