History Department

Emeritus Professors

Teresa Meade

My area of expertise is Latin American history, especially social movements, issues of gender, and labor history in the 19th and 20th centuries. I began my career as a “Brazilianist,” and while maintaining a strong affection for and interest in Brazil’s people and history, I have now branched out into more general studies of other areas of Latin America and the Caribbean.

In research, I attempt to integrate fully the diversity of the peoples of the Americas: young and old, men and women, different categories of race, gender and sexuality. I view this diversity through the prism of state influence, showing the response, and often resistance, of the masses toward national and international economic and political policies that affect day-to-day life. A growing area of interest for me, and my next project, is a study of the transnationalism of popular culture that is increasingly uniting North and South Americans.

Academic Credentials

B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D.,

Teresa Meade

Steve Sargent

Research interests

My research specialties include Medieval and Renaissance history, especially religion (saints ‘ cults, pilgrimage shrines, miracles, visions, and witchcraft), late medieval science and natural philosophy (physics and metaphysics), and medieval and Renaissance economic history (entrepreneurship).


On the Threshold of Exact Science: Selected Writings of Anneliese Maier on Late Medieval Natural Philosophy
by Steven Sargent (Editor), Steven Sargent (Translator)

March 1982
University of Pennsylvania Press

A leading scholar of her generation on medieval natural science. Anneliese Maier published the five volumes of her Studien Zur Naturphilosophie der Spatscholastik between 1949 and 1958. She was the first researcher in this field to provide a balanced assessment of both the achievements and the limitations of scholastic natural philosophy. Her wide-ranging studies of the physical and metaphysical theories of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries have come to be heralded as standard works by specialist in the discipline. With his selected translations into English of Anneliese Mairer’s writing, Steven Sargent makes accessible both to the nonreader of German and to the general historian these important contributions to the history of medieval science.

Academic credentials

B.S., Purdue University; B.A., M.A., University of Massachusetts; M.S., New York University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Steve Sargent