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Stefanie Wichhart


I am an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Niagara University. I earned my BA in History and French from SUNY Geneseo and my PhD in History at the University of Texas at Austin. My teaching fields include Middle Eastern, British, and world history and I particularly enjoy teaching classes that allow students to wrestle with complex contemporary issues such as the Arab-Israeli Conflict and modern terrorism from a historical perspective.

My research focuses on the modern Middle East and the British Empire. I have published articles on the Kurds of Iraq, democracy debates in Iraq during World War II, and the 1915 locust plague in Palestine. I am currently working on a book manuscript that examines British policy in Egypt and Iraq during World War II, a book chapter on Arab, British, and French political cartoons during the period of the 1956 Suez Crisis, and an article on Arab internationalism during the closing months of World War II.

Why Niagara

I loved attending a large research university for grad school, but I knew that I wanted to spend my career at a small, liberal arts institution. Niagara University is the perfect fit for me as I have the opportunity to really get to know and invest in my students. NU takes seriously its commitment to educating the whole student, and I’m honored to be a part of that process. As an added bonus I grew up here in western New York and so Niagara is  “home” for me in a very special way.


In my ten years at NU I have come to appreciate the way that the Vincentian mission shapes so much of what we do. It is truly the soul of our university. I’ve been involved in various mission initiatives such as the Vincentian Mission Certificate program and the Mission Committee because I believe it is important for faculty to support the mission of the university through service and in the classroom. VMI will give me a chance to deepen my understanding of our Vincentian and Catholic mission and be part of preserving that heritage on our campus. I’m also looking forward to building ties with colleagues at the other Vincentian institutions.