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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Gain valuable perspective on today's global society through the study of history.

LuAnn McCracken Fletcher, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of History, Literature, and Languages
610-437-4471 ext. 3396


Megan Diskin Monahan

Assistant Professor of History
B.A., University of Scranton
M.A., History, Villanova University
Ph.D., History, Fordham University
Hartzel Hall 228
Ext. 3403


Career Highlights

Megan is an assistant professor of history at Cedar Crest College. Before teaching at Cedar Crest, she taught for seven years at colleges and universities in Boston and New York City. At Cedar Crest, she will teach courses on U.S. History, the History of the Pacific, Women’s History and Labor History, and she is also a faculty adviser to the History Club.

Memberships & Awards

During her doctoral study at Fordham, Megan was granted many awards, including an Alumni Dissertation Fellowship, the highest award the university bestows on a doctoral student. She also belongs to the American Historical Association (AHA), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH), the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the National Social Science Association (NSSA).

Articles & Publications

Megan has published several scholarly articles on working women in Hawai’i in the National Social Science Association (NSSA) Journal. In 2016, she will publish a book with the University of Hawai’i Press on twentieth-century women’s labor activism in Hawai’i.


James J. Ward, Ph.D.

Professor/Director of the Honors Program
B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University
Hartzel Hall 226
Ext. 3402



B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University

Courses Taught

European Civilization
Modern European History
German History
Russian History
18th and 19th Century Art History
Film and History
Topics in Popular Culture

Career Highlights

Professor James Ward, Ph.D., has authored numerous articles including history as represented in film, problems of history and memory, German history and politics, and the politics of culture. He has earned Cedar Crest’s Alumnae Teaching Award, which is presented annually by the College’s Alumnae Association. For the last two years he has taught an honors course titled, Zombies—From the Living Dead to the Posthuman.


Professor Ward is a member of the American Historical Association, German Studies Association, Organization of Central European Historians, Popular Culture Association and Film and History Association.

Professional Advice

“Men (and women) are free to act to shape their history. But now always in circumstances of their own choosing.” (Karl Marx).