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Western Heritage


  • Seemee Ali

    Director, Western Heritage Program; Associate Professor of Great Ideas and English

    Professor Seemee Ali teaches courses in the interdisciplinary Great Ideas Program and English Department and is the director of the Western Heritage Program. Since joining the Carthage faculty in 2008, she has taught classes on Homer, Dante, William Faulkner, and Salman Rushdie, in addition to leading study tours in Rome to study the philosophic and literary dimensions of Shakespeare’s Roman plays. 

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  • Christopher Cimaglio

    Post-Doctoral Fellow in Western Heritage

    Christopher Cimaglio is a post-doctoral fellow in the Western Heritage Program at Carthage. His background is in communication, and his research examines media and politics in the United States from a communication history perspective.

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  • Julius Crump

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Western Heritage 

    Julius Crump is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Western Heritage Program. Prior to coming to Carthage, he taught courses in Religion and Politics, Philosophies of Religion, African American Religions, and Ethical Theories. 

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  • Annette Duncan

    Associate Professor of English

    Professor Annette Duncan earned her B.A. from Evangel College and M.A. from the University of Nebraska. She teaches American Literary Traditions and Methods and Materials of Teaching English.

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  • David García

    Professor of English

    David García is an English Professor at Carthage College specializing in British Romanticism. His current research interests include the role of faculty in remaking the academy through curricular and pedagogical innovation and of making a case for the humanities in modern society.

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  • John Isham

    Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media, Modern Languages, and Great Ideas

    Professor John Isham came to Carthage in 2007 from Columbia University, where he was a Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities. He teaches courses in agony and euphoria in Russian literature and Western Heritage. 

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  • Alyson J. Kiesel

    Chair, English Department; Associate Professor of English

    Professor Kiesel earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from New York University. She specializes in 19th-century British literature.

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  • Paul Kirkland

    Associate Professor of Political Science and Great Ideas

    Prof. Paul Kirkland specializes in the study of political philosophy. He earned a B.A. in politics from Ursinus College in 1994, a master’s in political science from Fordham University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in political science from Fordham in 2002, and his book, Nietzsche’s Noble Aims: Affirming LIfe, Confronting Modernity was published in 2009 by Lexington Press.

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  • John Leazer

    Associate Professor of History

    Professor John Leazer specializes in European history with an emphasis on Britain and Ireland. He is particularly interested in the relations between England and Scotland before and after the Treaty of Union of 1707, but he has given conference papers on a variety of topics including the Irish Famine and the benefits of using film in the classroom.

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  • Christopher Lynch

    Professor of Political Science and Great Ideas

    Prof. Lynch earned his B.A. from St. John’s College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. His translation and interpretation of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Art of War was published by the University of Chicago Press. He is currently completing a book on war and foreign affairs in all of Machiavelli’s writings. He has also served as a Senior Advisor at the United States Department of State.

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  • Michael McShane

    Chair, Philosophy Department; Chair, Great Ideas Program; Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Ideas

    Michael McShane earned a B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He earned a master’s degree in 1992 and a Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation discussed Plotinus’ critique of discursive rationality.

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  • Thomas Powers

    Associate Professor of Political Science and Great Ideas

    Prof. Powers teaches Constitutional Law and Religion and Politics at Carthage. His work related to the legal field explores the interrelationships between political theory and constitutional law in particular.

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  • Eric Pullin

    Chair, History Department; Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

    Professor Eric Pullin earned a B.A. in history from Rockford College, an M.A. in history from Northern Illinois University, an A.M. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses in issues in American history, history of India, and global heritage. 

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  • Christine Renaud

    Professor of Classics, Religion, and Women’s and Gender Studies

    Professor Christine Renaud has excavated at several historical sites in Italy and Greece. Since 2005, she has supervised the excavations at the Villa delle Vignacce, a second-century luxury villa in Rome. She involves Carthage students in the work every summer.

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  • Brian Schwartz

    Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Great Ideas

    Professor Brian Schwartz’s expertise is in nuclear and atomic physics. He teaches courses in physics, electronics, mechanics, is the advisor for the Society of Physics Students ant Carthage, and also teaches in the Great Ideas Program.

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  • Paul Ulrich

    Associate Professor of Philosophy, Political Science, and Great Ideas

    Paul Ulrich received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago, and he came to Carthage in 2004 after teaching previously at the University of Chicago, Kenyon College, and George Washington University. He works mostly on classic thinkers in political philosophy, and he is interested in political readings of literature and drama.

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Additional Faculty

David Duncan
Adjunct Faculty, Western Heritage

David Gartner
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Western Heritage and History
Lentz Hall 226A

Grant Gosizk
Adjunct Faculty, Western Heritage

Bethany Kanter
Adjunct Faculty, Western Heritage 

Marla Polley
Adjunct Faculty, Western Heritage
Lentz Hall 316

Laurie Roberts
Adjunct Faculty, Western Heritage 

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …