Faculty & Staff in History & Political Science

History & Political Science Office Information
Department Chair: Deborah Solomon
Contact: Patti Welch, Academic Administrative Assistant
Phone: 614-823-1361
Email: pwelch@otterbein.edu

Anthony Destefanis

Anthony DeStefanis

Associate Professor of History


Anthony DeStefanis specializes in modern U.S. history with an emphasis on labor and the working class and immigration, race, and ethnicity. His current research uses the Colorado National Guard and the 1913-14 southern Colorado coal strike to examine military strikebreaking. He charts the development of both Colorado’s mining industry and the Colorado National Guard to understand how the confluence of capital’s growing power, cultural politics, and the imperatives of state building created a state with a formidable National Guard that…

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Rachel Schwartz

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Rachel A. Schwartz is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Otterbein University.  Her research focuses on the legacies of armed conflict, state building, corruption, and human rights in Central America. Dr. Schwartz’s research has been supported by the Fulbright Program and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and her work has been published or is forthcoming in scholarly journals like the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Latin American Politics & Society, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Military in Politics,…

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Deborah Solomon

Associate Professor of History & Department Chair


Deborah Solomon, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor of East Asian History and the Department of History and Political Science chair. Her scholarly work focuses on the Korean peninsula under Japanese colonial rule. She is the author of articles analyzing the intersections of colonialism, gender, identity and power. Her current book manuscript, “Schooling Discontent: Education, Identity and Student Protest in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945,” examines student resistance to Japanese rule on the Korean peninsula. Her new research explores the spread and impact of…

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Richard Yntema

Associate Professor of History


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Patti Welch

Patti Welch

Academic Administrative Assistant


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Part Time Faculty in History & Political Science

Peter Karim-Sesay

Part-Time Faculty in History & Political Science


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