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Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Professor, History Department

Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, History

Prof. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall earned a B.A. in intellectual history and political philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Stanford University. Before coming to CSUSM, she was Lucius N. Littauer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, Prof. Sepinwall was one of thirty early-career scholars selected to participate in the International Seminar on the Atlantic World at Harvard University. Her research specialties include the French and Haitian Revolutions, modern Haitian history, Slavery and Film, French colonialism, French-Jewish history, history and video games, and the history of gender.

Her newest book, Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (which received the Honorable Mention for the 2021 HSA biennial Book Prize, Haitian Studies Association and was named a CHOICE Top 10 Editors' Pick), was published in June 2021 by the University Press of Mississippi. Her previous works include The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (UC Press, 2005; released in paperback, 2021) and Haitian History: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2012).

Sepinwall has served on committees of the American Historical Association, Society for French Historical Studies, Western Society for French History, Haitian Studies Association, French Colonial Historical Society, H-France, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, World History Association and Western Jewish Studies Association, and as a member of the editorial board of French Historical Studies.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board for H-France's Imaginaries (previously called Fiction and Film for Scholars of France) and the Haitian History Journal/Revue d'Histoire Haïtienne. She is a past winner of CSUSM’s Harry E. Brakebill Outstanding Professor Award (the university’s top honor for faculty), as well as of the CSUSM President's Award for Innovation in Teaching.  


Ph.D., Stanford University

M.A., Stanford University

B.A. in History and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa)




Haiti, France, Film, Colonialism, Slavery and Memory, Jewish, Gender, Historical Video Games




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  • “Reimagining Jewish-Muslim Relations on Screen:  French-Jewish Filmmakers and the Middle East Conflict,” in Zvi Jonathan Kaplan and Nadia Malinovich, eds., The Jews of Modern France: Images and Identities (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 302 – 322.
  • “History is Too Important to Leave to Hollywood:  Colonialism, Genocide, and Memory in the Films of Raoul Peck,” in Toni Pressley-Sanon and Sophie Saint-Just, eds., Raoul Peck:  Power, Politics and the Cinematic Imagination (Lanham, MD: Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), 13 - 36.
  • “Sexuality, Orthodoxy and Modernity in France:  North African Jewish Immigrants in Karin Albou’s La Petite Jérusalem,” in Lawrence Baron, ed., Modern Jewish Experiences in World Cinema (Waltham, MA:  Brandeis University Press, 2011), 340 – 347.
  • "The Specter of Saint-Domingue:  American and French Reactions to the Haitian Revolution," in The World of the Haitian Revolution, eds. Norman Fiering and David Geggus (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009).
  • "Atlantic Revolutions," in Encyclopedia of the Modern World, ed. Peter Stearns (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2008), I: 284-289.
  • "Napoleon, French Jews, and the Idea of Regeneration," in CCAR Journal 54 [special issue on Sanhedrin Bicentennial] (Winter 2007), 55-76.
  • "L'abbé Grégoire and the Metz Contest:  The View from New Documents," in Revue des Études Juives 166, nos. 1-2 (janvier - juin 2007), pp. 273-288.
  • "Strategic Friendships:  Jewish Intellectuals, the Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution," in Renewing the Past, Reconfiguring Jewish Culture:  From Al-Andalus  to the Haskalah, eds. Adam Sutcliffe and Ross Brann (Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004):  189-212.
  • "Eliminating Race, Eliminating Difference: Blacks, Jews, and the Abbé Grégoire," in The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, eds. Tyler Stovall and Sue Peabody (Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 2003): 28-41.
  • "La révolution haïtienne et les États-Unis:  Étude historiographique," in 1802. Rétablissement de l'esclavage dans les colonies françaises: Aux origines de Haïti, eds. Yves Benot and Marcel Dorigny (Paris:  Maisonneuve et Larose, 2003), 387-401.

SELECTED MEDIA (Radio, TV, Print and Podcast Interviews)




History 102    World Civilizations, 1500 - present

History 301    Historical Methods and Writing 

History 324    Enlightenment and European Society

History 325    Revolutionary Europe, 1789 - 1989

History 381    Comparative French Colonialism, from the Caribbean to Indochina 

History 382    Travel and Contact in the Early Modern World 

History 383    Women and Jewish History

History 386  Haiti and World History

History 460   Senior Research Seminar in World History

History 513   Graduate History Teaching Practicum

History 591    Advanced Seminar in World History

History 620    Directed Thesis Research, Writing, and Media Presentation




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Recent Refereed Journal Publications

  1. Hadaegh A. R., and Barker K., Enhancing Concurrency Using Multi-versioned Object, (Submitted to Iranian Journal of Science & Technology Journal in February 2005 – Still under review)
  2. Hadaegh A. R., and Barker K., Reconciling Instead of Aborting Unsuccessful Transactions in Multi-version Object-bases, Iranian Journal of Science & Technology Journal, ISSN: 0363-1307 (Accepted in August 2005 – Publication is forthcoming).
  3. Wahlund Thomas M., Hadaegh Ahmad R., Clark Robin, Nguyen Binh, Fanelli Michael, and Read Betsy A. Analysis of Expressed Sequence Tags from Calcifying Cells of the Marine Coccolithophorid, Emiliania huxleyi. Journal of Marine Biotechnology, 6 (3), pp 278-290, May 13, 2004, ISSN: 1436-2228

Recent Refereed Conference Publications

  1. Wang J., and Hadaegh A. R. Recovering the Reconciled Objects. Proceedings of International Advanced Database Conference (IADC 2005), San Diego, California, USA,  pp 49-58, June 27-30, 2005, ISBN:0-9742448-4-8
  2. Perez B., and Hadaegh A. R., Building a Reliable Multiversion object-based system, In Proceeding of Hawaii International Conference on Computer Science (HICCS'04), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, pp 416-421, Jan 2004, (ISSN: 1545-6722)
  3. Rosenthal J, Hadaegh A. R., and Yoshii R.  Conversion of the Computer Aided Instruction to Use Database Connectivity, International Conference of Computer Science and its Applications (ICCSA-2004), San Diego, California, USA, pp 125-134, June 2004, ISBN:0-9742448-1-3
  4. Perez B., and Hadaegh A. R., Recovery in Multiversion Objectbase Systems, The 2003 International Conference on Emerging Technologies (ICET'03), Minneapolis, MN, USA, Aug 2003. Web publication:
  5. Fayyazi G., and Hadaegh A. R., Kasraian M, Bluetooth Signposts Providing Road Information to Passing by Vehicles, International Conference of Computer Science and its Applications (ICCSA-2003), San Diego, California, USA, pp 280-286, July 2003, ISBN:0-9742-4480-5.

Extended Refereed Abstract (2 to 3 pages)

  1. Ebert M., Hadaegh A. R., Read B. A., and Wahlund T., Prediction of the Genes in Unicellular Algae Emiliania Huxleyi, International Conference of Computer Science and its Applications (ICCSA-2003), San Diego, California, USA, pp 320-322, July 2003, ISBN:0-9742-4480-5.

Refereed Poster (1 to 2 paragraphs)

  1. Hadaegh, A.R, Ranji, Stairs J, Sun, D.   and Wahlund T and Read B. , CoccoExpress: A Comprehensive Genetic Database for Coccolithophorids,  Conference for Annual Meeting for the Society for the Molecular Biology and Evolution: Genomes, Evolution, and Bioinformatics, (GEB2006) Tempe, AZ, USA, (Accepted in March 2006 - not published yet). 
  2. Wahlund T.,  Hadaegh A. R., Clark R., Fanelli M., and Read B. A.,  Characterization of Complementary DNAs from Expressed Sequence Tag Analysis of the Coccolithophorid Marine Alga, Emiliania Huxleyi, Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Washington, DC, USA,  pp 660, May 2003. Reviewed by the chair of the meeting (Dr. Dauglus Bishop) and the chair elect (Dr. Adam M. Bailis), ISSN: 10602011

Previous Publications

  1. Hadaegh A. R, and Ehikioya S., The Role of Reconciliation in Retrieving Historical Objects in a Multi-version Object-based System, Canadian Conference on  Electrical and  Computer Engineering (CCECE’ 02), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, ISBN: 0-7803-7514-9; Vol. 3, pp. 1482-1486, August 2002.    
  2. Hadaegh A. R, and Ehikioya S., Using an Optimistic Protocol to Obtain Historical Information in a Multi-Version Object-based System,  The 6th World Multi-conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI-2002): Computer Science I, Orlando, Florida, USA, Vol 3, pp 325-329, July 14-18, 2002, ISBN: 980-07-8150-1      
  3. Hadaegh A. R and Barker K., Partial Re-execution: Reconciling Transactions to Increase Concurrency in Object-bases, International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications (PDPTA'99), Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. ISBN: 1-892512-15-7, Vol 3 page 1469-1475 June 1999.      
  4. Hadaegh A. R., and Barker K., Simple Reconciliation of Transactions to Increase Concurrency in Historical Object-bases, XII Brazilian Symposium on Database Systems - SBBD’97, pp. 44-64, October 1997.    
  5. Hadaegh, A. R., and Barker K., Version Management in Object Based System, Advances in Data Base and Information Systems (ADBIS’96), Moscow, pp. 126 - 133, September 10 -13, 1996.
  6. Peter Graham, Ken Barker, and Ahmad Reza-Hadaegh, Disconnected Objects: Reconciliation in a Nested Object Transaction Environment, Proceedings of the ECOOP'96 Workshop on Mobility and Replication (WMR'96), Linz, Austria, July 1996. Published by Dpunkt Verlag in "Special Issues in Object Oriented Programming", pp. 379-383. (the Workshop Reader for ECOOP'96) 
  7. Hadaegh A. R., Graham P.,  and Barker K., An Architecture and Model for Processing Transactions in Multi-version Object Base Systems, In the Proceedings of the Second Annual Mid-Continent Information Database Systems Conference, Database Research Group, Fargo ND, Volume 2, Fargo, USA, May, 1993, pp 99-112.

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Bioinformatics (Hadaegh A. R., Zhang X., Wahlund T.,  Read B.)

  • Developing an EST database for E. huxleyi that will serve as a repository for ongoing EST sequencing efforts and to facilitate the public dissemination of sequence information once it is deposited in GenBank
  • The development of a Microarray database for E. huxleyi to serve as a storage site for Microarray data from ongoing research and to facilitate the public dissemination of that data once published.
  • The design of an E. huxleyi whole genome oligonucleotide