New Professors and Fall 2022 Courses
As we welcome new faculty members, Assistant Professors Chris Low and Brandon Render, to the Department of History, we want to remind you of the great courses they will be offering the Fall 2022 semester.
A Georgia native from the foothills of the Appalachians and Atlanta, Michael Christopher Low received his PhD from Columbia University in 2015. Since 2015, Low has been an Assistant Professor of History at Iowa State University. His primary research and teaching interests include the Ottoman Empire, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Ocean world, and environmental history.
An avid traveler, Low’s research and language training have afforded opportunities
to live in Turkey, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom for extended
periods. Over the last two decades, he has also traveled widely throughout the Islamic
world from Morocco, Mali, and Egypt to India, the Maldives, and Singapore. Learn more
about Assistant Professor Low here.
Assistant Professor Low will be teaching HIST 1510 and HIST 3400 in Fall 2022.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Brandon James Render grew up among the creeks and caves of Western Kentucky before pursuing a PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. The lack of African American history courses at his undergraduate institution drove him to undertake research on Black intellectual history and social movements in the twentieth century. His current research project, "Colorblind University," explores the relationship between race and higher education through the lens of race-neutral policies, practices, and ideas during the civil rights and Black Power era. Aside from teaching and research, he enjoys writing music, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with his partner, Murphy, and dog, Mos.
Assistant Professor Brandon Render is teaching HIST 3750 and HIST 4690 in Fall 2022.
To see seat availability and other course offerings from the History Department, check out the Fall 2022 class schedule.