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Department of History

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.

​What's New?  


The Department of History would like to wish everyone a wonderful summer.  Check back in a few weeks, as our webpage will be undergoing continued improvement, with new pages and more useful resources!    


Recent Faculty Accomplishments  


​Let's offer a huge congratulations to our very own Dr. Fred Drogula, this year's winner of The Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award. The award is given out annually to the PC faculty member who "best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students' academic and personal growth." Well done, Dr. Drogula!

Dr. Constance Rousseau recently had an article published in Speculum, the premier jounral in the field of Medieval Studies.  "'Neither Bewitched Nor Beguiled': Philip Augustus's Alleged Impotence and Innocent III's Response" can be found in the journal's April 2014 issue. 

Congrats as well to Dr. Darra Mulderry, who has had two (!!) articles recently accepted for publication. First, “`People are suffering; people are Christ; and we are responsible’: Sister Mary Emil Penet’s Crusade for Social-Justice Education for Nuns in the 1950s” has been acccepted for publication in The Catholic Historical Review. Second, “Educating ‘Sister Lucy’: Experiential Sources of the Movement to Improve Training for Catholic Teaching Sisters, 1949-1964,” will appear in the U.S. Catholic Historian in its Winter 2015 issue. Both of these journals are among the most prestigious in Catholic historical studies.  

Congratulations to Dr. Vefa Erginbas, who was awarded a grant from the Committee to Aid Faculty Research here at PC in order to work on his project on Islamic histories in the Ottoman Empire.
Dr. Adrian Weimer was recently awarded W.B.H. Dowse Fellowship from The Massachusetts Historical Society to support her continuing work on colonial New England religious life.  

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Illuzzi, whose Gypsies in Germany and Italy, 1861-1914: Lives Outside the Law will be published with Palgrave Macmillan. It will be available in June, and you can pre-order your copy here.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson's article, "'One of the Most Charming of Men': The Paradox of Copper King Attorney William Scallon,” has just appeared in the latest issue of The Journal of the West. Additionally, his timely and relevant essay, "Why is There No Socialism in the U.S.? - 100 Years Later," is now available online.

Congratulations to Jake Coen!  

jake.pngJake Coen '15 has recently accepted an internship with The Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg as part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) Keystone Summer Internship Program.    

The Ruane Center



Learn more about our new home.

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Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 137
Office Hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Chair: Dr. Margaret Manchester
Ruane 131
(401) 865-2846

Assistant Chair: Dr. Darra Mulderry
Ruane 130
(401) 865-1745

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Paul O’Malley
Ruane 133
(401) 865-2192

Senior Administrative Coordinator: Mrs. Phyllis Cardullo
Ruane 137
(401) 865-2193

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