The Ohio State University at Mansfield


mansfield/history/cavender.jpg M.W. Cavender, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: (419) 755-4318

Professor Cavender is a specialist in Russian history, with interests in 18th- and 19th-century Russian cultural, social and intellectual history. She is the author of Nests of the Gentry: Family, Estate and Local Loyalties in Provincial Russia (University of Delaware Press, 2007), as well as several articles and reviews, and edited, with Choi Chatterjee, David Ransel and Karen Petrone, Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present (Indiana University Press, 2014).
Kent (Kip) Curtis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: (419) 755-4380

Professor Kip Curtis specializes in Environmental History and Humanities with research and teaching foci on mining, environmental ideas, and food systems. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern United States history and environmental history and he offers independent studies in environmental history and environmental studies and sciences. Curtis also leads the Mansfield Ecolab Ecology as Social Justice initiative and directs the campus Ecolab internship program, including the campus microfarm.

More detailed information on Professor Curtis’s work can be found here.


Scoppas Poggo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone: (419) 755-4202

Professor Poggo is originally from the Kuku people of the Southern Sudan. He began his studies in the United States in 1990, after having been a student in the Sudan and in England. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. He joined the faculty in the Department of African American and African Studies and the Ohio State Mansfield campus in the Fall of 1999. He has taught Introduction to African American and African Studies, as well as the sequences in African-American and African History sequences.

Professor Poggo's primary research focus is the first civil war in the Sudan, 1955-1972. He has also done research on the political and social history of the Kuku people of the Sudan. His publications include "The First Sudanese Civil War: Africans, Arabs, and Israelis in the Southern Sudan, 1955-1972": New York: Palgrave Macmillan, February 2009."General Ibrahim Abboud's Military Administration in the Sudan, 1958-1964: Implementation of the Programs of Islamization and Arabization in the Southern Sudan," Northeast African Studies, 9, 1 (Michigan State University Press, 2007); "The Origins and Culture of Blacksmiths in Kuku Society of the Sudan, 1797-1955," Journal of African Cultural Studies (SOAS, University of London; Francis & Taylor, 2006):"The Politics of Liberation in the Southern Sudan: The Role of Israel, African Heads of State, and Foreign Mercenaries, 1967-1972," The Uganda Journal, 47 (The Uganda Society, 2002); "Kuku Religious Experiences in the Sudan and in Exile in Uganda, 1900-1972" in Gray, Richard Fadl, Hassan (eds.), Religion and Conflict in the Sudan (Nairobi: Africana Publishers, 2001): "Azande Reaction to Foreign Penetration, 1860-1890" in Spaulding, Jay and Beswick, Stephanie (eds.,The White Nile Black Blood: From Khartoum to Kampala (Lawrenceville, NJ: The Red Sea Press/Africa World Press, 2000).

Professor Poggo is the recipient of the Seed Grant from the College of Humanities at The Ohio State University in 2001. He also received the 2002 College of Humanities Diversity Enhancement award.
mansfield/history/htanner.jpg Heather Tanner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: (419) 755-4368

Heather J. Tanner specializes in the history of early and high medieval France, Belgium, and England and focuses on politics, governance, the public roles of women, as well as religious reform and the First Crusade. Her first book, Families, Friends and Allies. Boulogne and Politics in northern France and England, c. 879-c.1162 (2004), presents a new model of political development in a region devastated by the Viking invasions through an examination of the interrelationships among the counts of Boulogne and the neighboring counts of Picardy, Flanders, Normandy and England. The book is part of the larger debate on feudalism, the rise of government institutions, kinship and identity. She is currently working on a book concerning female inheritance and governance in late 12th - and early 13th-century Picardy and Flanders. She has won several prestigious fellowships including a Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Faculty (2004), a National Endowment for the Humanities (1996- 1997), and an NSF Foundation Grant (2008) for her outreach work with the Algebra Project. Her most recent conference presentations were at the Haskins Society (2010), the Western Society of French Historians (2009); she will be presenting a paper at the Medieval Academy of America annual conference (March 2012). Professor Tanner taught at Bates College, the University of Oregon, and Lake Forest College, before joining OSU as an assistant professor in Fall 2001. She was promoted to associate professor in 2005.