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Ph.D., History, University of California at San Diego
CPHIL, History, University of California at San Diego
M.A., History, University of California at San Diego
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, University of San Diego

Dr. Hilary Coulson, a lecturer for the Department of History at Penn State, also teaches courses for Penn State World Campus. She studies the intersections of race, class, and gender in the nineteenth-century penitentiary system. Dr. Coulson teaches both halves of the American History sequence, Pennsylvania History, and World War II. 

Ph.D., History, Penn State
M.A., History, McMaster University
B.A., History, University of British Columbia

Dr. David Greenspoon, an instructor of history for Penn State World Campus, is an historian of childhood, social movements, and the rise of juvenile consumerism in America. He has taught courses in U.S. history, comparative religions, and the history of the Second World War.

Ph.D., History, Lehigh University
M.A., History, Shippensburg University
B.A., History, University of Lynchburg

Dr. Troy D. Harman teaches courses in U.S. and European history. Previously, he taught one year at Delaware Valley University and 15 years at Harrisburg Area Community College. He is in his 35th year working for the National Park Service, currently stationed as a ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. Dr. Harman has published two books and numerous articles and presented several televised lectures.

Ph.D., History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., History, University of Toronto
B.A., Classics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Thomas C. Lawrence is the director of online education and an associate teaching professor for the Department of History at Penn State. While his research specialty is the later Roman Empire, he teaches a wide range of both resident and online courses in ancient and medieval history and modern European and American history. He also oversees the development and maintenance of all online history courses for Penn State World Campus.

Ph.D., History, University of Houston
M.A., History, University of Houston
B.A., History, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Gregory Peek is an assistant teaching professor of history at Penn State University Park. As a political historian of the antebellum United States, he studies the relationship between state parties and their national umbrella organizations. Dr. Peek teaches a wide variety of courses in U.S. history, world history, and European history.

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