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Library Guide for History and Religious Studies Graduate Students

Basic information on using the Library for new History and Religious Studies graduate students.

Subject Specialist Librarians

Subject specialist librarians are eager to assist you with your library research, and in most cases can save you a lot of time, especially if you meet with them early in order to plan out your research strategy. Subject specialists are not only professional librarians, but are also recognized scholars in their own right. Many have earned advanced degrees in their area of specialization. Unlike other library staff, subject specialist librarians are tenured or tenure-track professors, and are members of the University faculty.

Subject specialist librarians recognize the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of historical research, and they encourage you to meet with any librarian whose area of expertise overlaps with your research.

Find an Expert to Help You With Your Research


Consult the Subject Specialists List to identify a librarian who specializes in your area. Here are some subject specialists graduate students in your areas often work with:

Librarian Areas of Expertise Contact
Celestina Savonius-Wroth


Religious Studies

Schedule a research Consultation with Prof. Savonius-Wroth

Email Prof. Savonius-Wroth a Question

Atoma Batoma African Studies

History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library

African American Studies

Jewish Studies

Schedule a Research Consultation

Email Prof. Becks a Question

Kit Condill Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

Schedule a Research Consultation with Prof. Condill

Email Prof. Condill a Question

Laila Hussein Moustafa

Middle Eastern Studies

North African Studies

Cindy Ingold

LGBTQ Studies

Gender Studies

Women's Studies


Schedule a Research Consultation with Prof. Ingold

Email Prof. Ingold a Question

International and Area Studies Library

Korean Studies


Antonio Sotomayor Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Marek Sroka

Central European Studies

Polish Studies

Polish American Studies

Mara Thacker

South Asian Studies

Global Popular Culture

Steven Witt

Chinese Studies

Japanese Studies