Department of History

Hepler, Allison
Professor History
Phone: 207.778.7415
1996 PhD Temple University; 1976 BA Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise
History: Canada, Maine, Medicine, Mexico, Modern Latin America, United States, Women
International & Global Studies:

Before becoming a historian, Hepler was a journalist, printer, and house builder. History was something she became excited about when she took a US History course at night at the University of Maine at Augusta, 15 years after she’d graduated from college. She's the author of Women in Labor: Mothers, Medicine, and Occupational Health in the US and other articles on women and workplace health. Turning to Maine history, she co-authored an article on "Downeast Divas," and is active in a variety of local history projects. she’s currently writing a book that examines the life of a librarian caught up in the 1950s anti-Communist movement.  Historians, she feels, have a tremendous responsibility to ordinary people of the past who made a stand against fear. When not teaching at or commuting to UMF from her midcoast home, she messes about with boats at Rob's boatshop, and is an elected official. She is the 2014-5 UMF Trustee Professor.

O'Brien, Christopher
Professor of History
Phone: 207.778.7585
2002 PhD University of Kansas; 1988 MA University of Iowa; 1987 BA University of Iowa
Areas of Expertise
History: Children's History, History of Education, The Cold War, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. and Social Cultural History
International & Global Studies:

Professor O'Brien chairs the Division of Social Science and Business. He is involved in campus leadership on issues as diverse as budgeting, enrollment management, academic strategy, judicial policy, information technology, university accreditation, and community college outreach. Previously the Coordinator of History Department, he helped overhaul the curriculum, revise the capstone project and launched a newsletter that helped students secure $35,000+ in research funding, along with internships and volunteer opportunities throughout the state and region. He has served on UMF’s honors council and currently serves on the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board and has been awarded research fellowships from Oregon State and Bowling Green State universities, and holds a Management Development certificate from Harvard. He is the author of several articles on the social and cultural history of the Cold War.

Schoeppner, Michael
Assistant Professor of History
Phone: 207.778.7456
2010 PhD University of Florida; 2005 MA University of Florida; 2000 BA University of South Florida
Areas of Expertise
History: 19th-Century U.S., American Revolution, Civil War, Comparative History, Early Republic, Race and Ethnicity, U.S. Legal History

After finishing graduate school in 2010, Dr. Schoeppner taught for two years at the California Institute of Technology before coming to Farmington in the fall of 2013. His expertise is in legal history, the history of race, and the origins of the Civil War. He has presented his work at Harvard University, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Having finished his first book on the quarantining of black sailors in the antebellum South, he has just begun his second book project on the infamous Dred Scott decision. Besides history, Dr. Schoeppner also enjoys sports, traveling, and good food.

Sell, Louis
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.778.7432
1973 MA Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced Interenational Studies; 1969 BA Franklin and Marshall College
Areas of Expertise
History: Diplomacy and Intelligence, International Conflict Negotiation and Peace-Keeping, Nuclear and Conventional Arms Control, Russia and the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and the Balkans
Wolf, Anne Marie
Associate Professor of History
Phone: 207.778.7715
2003 PhD University of Minnesota; 1992 MA New York University in Madrid; 1989 BA University of Notre Dame
Areas of Expertise
History: Christian-Muslim dialogue & interactions, Social and cultural history of late medieval and early modern health practices
International & Global Studies: Medieval and early modern Europe; Middle East; Colonial Latin America

Anne Marie Wolf is a medieval historian and a dedicated teacher. She teaches both halves of Global History, several  courses on Europe from the Roman period through the 17th century and several others, mostly on the Middle East and the Mediterranean world. She also teaches a 2-week travel course, Cultural History of Spain, in Spain in even-numbered years. Dr. Wolf specializes in late medieval Spain, especially interfaith (Christian-Jewish-Muslim) interactions there. Her recent book  Juan de Segovia and the Fight for Peace: Christians and Muslims in the Fifteenth Century (Notre Dame Press, 2014) focuses on this Castilian theologian’s unconventional plea for peace and dialogue with the Turks rather than war. Her current research is in popular notions and practices of health, which she is exploring through an investigation of apothecaries and vernacular medical writing. For this, she has expanded her research into the Early Modern period.