History Faculty

Carrie BeneŇ°
Associate Professor of History

benes@ncf.edu (941) 487-4383

M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
A.B., Harvard University

Professor BeneŇ° is a cultural historian specializing in late medieval Italy. Her main research interests involve intellectual networks and the construction of history as a means to identity specifically, how people throughout history have used and manipulated the past to suit their own ends. Her first book, “Urban Legends: Italian Civic Identity & the Classical Past, 1250–1350” (2011) explores the use of the classical Roman past as political propaganda in the medieval Italian city-states; she is presently at work on a second book on the changing role of the classical SPQR abbreviation in the politics, ideology and iconography of medieval and Renaissance Italy. Her other academic interests include book history (palaeography, codicology, illumination and the history of libraries), Italian humanism, the history and historiography of the Renaissance, urban history and the plague; course offerings encompass these subjects as well as general surveys of the Medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods. She has received numerous professional honors, including most recently (2008–2009) a Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.

Brendan Goff
Assistant Professor of History

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.Phil., University of Glasgow
A.B., Hamilton College

Brendan Goff received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan in 2008 (with a focus on modern U.S. international history). Before coming to New College of Florida, Dr. Goff held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan and then served as a lecturer in the Honors Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Goff has also taught 20th century global history at Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Goff has published through the Social Science Research Council/Indiana University Press and is currently working on his book with Harvard University Press, which is entitled “The Heartland Abroad: Rotary International and the Globalizing of Main Street.”

Before entering the Ph.D. program at Michigan, Dr. Goff:
• Was a freelance English teacher in Madrid, Spain
• Worked in a major bank in New York City
• Studied philosophy in Glasgow, Scotland
• Assisted in the government and community affairs division of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.
• Attended seminary
(NB: He also likes sushi, fine scotch whiskey, and Steeler football.)

David Allen Harvey
Professor of History

Chair, Division of Social Sciences
dharvey@ncf.edu (941) 487-4511

M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
B.A., Rice University

Professor Harvey's primary area of interest is the history of modern France and Germany. He is the author of “Constructing Class and Nationality in Alsace, 1830-1945” (2001), “Beyond Enlightenment: Occultism and Politics in Modern France” (2005) and “The French Enlightenment and Its Others: The Mandarin, the Savage, and the Invention of the Human Sciences” (2012).


T. J. H. McCarthy
Associate Professor of History

tmccarthy@ncf.edu (941) 487-4713

M.A., M.Litt., Trinity College, Dublin
M.A., D.Phil., University of Oxford
L.M.S., Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto

T. J. H. McCarthy specializes in medieval intellectual history, with particular emphasis on Ottonian and Salian Germany. He has published on biblical commentary, palaeography, textual transmission and medieval music theory. His past and current teaching areas include the history of music from the middle ages to the Baroque period, modal counterpoint, medieval monasticism, Carolingian Europe, the conflict between Empire and Papacy in the eleventh century, the first crusade and the origins of the idea of crusading, as well as diplomatic palaeography and codicology.

Xia Shi
Assistant Professor of History
Marion Hoppin Chair in Asian Studies

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
M.A., Peking University
A.B., Beijing Normal University

Professor Shi specializes in the history of modern China, with particular
emphasis on gender and religion. Her research so far has been attempting
to investigate traditional China's dramatic encounters with the modern
world in late nineteenth to early twentieth century, analyzing the
subsequent social and cultural changes, reconfigurations, and continuities
that a variety of Chinese individuals and groups experienced during this
process, especially in everyday life. Her teaching areas currently include
Chinese History from ancient time to contemporary period, East Asian
Civilization, and Women and Gender in China.

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