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Department of History and Classics

Department of History and Classics

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Passionate faculty. Curious students. 

These are essential ingredients to the best history departments — like ours.

Our faculty members know their way around the world — from the Americas and Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. They’re also authorities on the issues — from the Renaissance and Reagan, slavery and samurais, women and war​, and much more. 

Our students, inside the classroom and beyond it, are captivated by the events and cultures — from Russia and the Reformation to Native Americans and nationalism — that have shaped our world. 

Away from the classroom, internships and our history club bring lessons to life — as does our annual Maymester course, which has taken students to Germany, Poland, Hungary, England, Ireland, and Japan in the past three years.

Whether you want to see the world from your classroom seat or travel it by the seat of your pants, we want you to take the journey with us.  Take a look at some "Fast F​acts​"​ about our department to learn more!  

​What's New?​

Please join us on October 27 at 4pm in Ruane 105 to hear Dr. Stephen Knott discuss "Alexander Hamilton: Founding Father and Broadway Legend."​  Dr. Knott is Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval ​War College and author of multiple works on Hamilton, Washington, and the American presidency.  We hope you can join us!  ​

We are extremely excited to once again run our Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P.​​​ Making History Lecture Series!  Thanks very much to Dr. Toby Harper for his recent talk on "The Order of the British Empire after the British Empire," and we hope you may join us for future events!   

Our own Dr. Jennifer Illuzzi, as well as her co-researcher Dr. Arthur Urbano from Theology, recently discussed their research into the long-standing tradition of Jewish-Catholic relations at the College. Check it out!​

Want to travel abroad? Interested in exciting new learning opportunities that merge classroom experiences with on-site instruction? Then consider signing up for our Maymester 2017 course, "Japan and the U.S., 1853-Presen​t: Image and Power." It will feature travel to historic sites in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and many others. The course will be led by Professors Manchester and Jaundrill of the History Department, as well as by Professor Sung of the Art Department. This Maymester course will also satisfy a range of requirements. If interested or if you have questions, contact professor Jaundrill!  

Our very own Dr. Margaret Manchester is this ​year's Faculty Resident Director in the illustrious PC in Rome program.  And....she's blogging about it. Follow Dr. Manchester's blog​ to see what PC students are up to in Italy! 

Recent Faculty Accomplishments   

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson​, associate professor of history and director of the American Studies Program, was interviewed​ by C-Span​ for its American History TV series. Johnson was interviewed at the 2016 meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Providence and talked about the rise and decline of socialism’s popularity in America.  He was also featured in Time Magazine​​, in an article on the 1916 San Francisco Bombing.   ​

Congratulations to Dr. Fred Drogula​, who recently published Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire with The University of North Carolina Press -- one of the top presses in his field. He discussed his latest project as part of PC's Faculty Author Series. Furthermore, Dr. Drogula has been serving faithfully as our Facu​lty Senate President. Great work, professor!  

Dr. Patrick Breen recently publ​​ished his groundbreaking book, The Land Shall be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt, with Oxford University Press. The book has been chosen as an alternate in the highly selective History Book Club Series and was chosen for the Military and Library of Science book clubs.  Dr. Breen's insight has recently been featured in ​Smithsonian Magazine​ and NPR.  

Dr. Colin Jaundrill's Samurai to Soldier: Remakin​g Military Service in Nineteenth Century Japan was published with Cornell University Press this summer.  Way to go!         

Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Weimer.  Weimer’s “From Human Suffering to Divine Friendship: Meat out of the Eater and Devotional Reading in Early New England," was recently featured in Early American Literature, one of the top journals in the field. 

Dr. Sharon Murphy received a competitive Abroad Teaching Grant Award from The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) to teach for six weeks this past summer in Rome.  She was also featured in an interview on "Backstory," which discussed the history of American insurance and gambling (she comes in at the 28 minute mark).  

​​Congratulation​s to Rebecca Marisseau! ​

Rebecca, history major and Valedictorian of the Class of 2016​, recently began pursuing a doctoral degree in history at Brown University under Dr. Seth Rockman. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of material culture and American nationalism, and she's presented her work at The McNeil Center for Early American Studies' Undergraduate Research Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Making History Conference and PC's Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. She was also inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society last spring. ​ 

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