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History 


Dr. Edward E. Andrews, andrews.jpg
associate professor of history;

Teaching at PC since 2010
Expertise:
  • Colonial/Revolutionary American History
  • Early Native American History
  • Early African American History/Slavery
  • Race/Slavery in Early Rhode Island
Selected Courses Taught: 
  • Early American History
  • Era of the American Revolution
  • Early Native American history

 

 

   

Dr. Vefa Erginbas,
assistant professor of history;

Teaching at PC since 2013
Expertise:
  • Middle East
  • Ottoman and Turkish History
  • Turkish Politics&Society&Culture
Selected Courses Taught:
  • History of the Pre-Modern Middle East
  • Early and Medieval Islamic History

 

 

 

  

Dr. Toby Harper,

assistant professor of history;

Teaching at PC since 2014
Expertise:
  • British history
  • The British Empire/Britain and the world
  • Social history
  • The British Crown honours system
  • Modern monarchies
  • New Zealand history
Selected Courses Taught:  
  • Development of Western Civilization
  • The British Empire

 

 

Dr. Jennifer G. Illuzzi,
assistant professor of history; Illuzzi.jpg

Teaching at PC since 2011
Expertise:
  • Modern European History (particularly Germany and Italy, 19th
    and 20th century)
  • Romani (Gypsies), particularly in western Europe (19th century – contemporary issues)
Selected Courses Taught: 
  • Development of Western Civilization
  • Thinking and Writing About History
  • Post 1945 Europe

 

 

 


Dr. Jeff Johnson, 
associate professor of history
and program director for American Studies;

Teaching at PC since 2009
Expertise:
  • Labor History
  • The Progressive Era
  • The American West
Selected Courses Taught:
  • U.S. Labor History
  • The Progressive Era
  • U.S. History since 1900
 


 



Dr. Margaret Manchester, Manchester.jpg
assistant professor of history
and department chair;

Teaching at PC since 1994
Expertise:
  • American History
Selected Courses Taught:
  • History of Modern Middle East
  • American Diplomatic History
  • Seminar:  The West in the American Imagination

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sharon Ann Murphy,
associate professor of history and assistant chair;

Teaching at PC since 2005
Expertise:
  • American Business History
  • American 19th Century History
  • American Financial History
Selected Courses Taught:
  • American Business History
  • U.S. History 1815-1900
  • Capitalism: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly (civ colloquium)

 

 

 

 

Dr. Constance M. Rousseau,Rousseau.jpg
professor of history;

Teaching at PC since 1989
Expertise:
  • Medieval History
  • Italian Renaissance History
  • Medieval/Renaissance Venice
  • Medieval Social History: gender, women, marriage,family life,
    papal history 11th-13th centuries
  • Medival Canon Law
  • Western Civilization: Ancient/Medieval/Early modern periods

 Selected Courses Taught: 

  • DWC I and II
  • The Renaissance
  • Renaissance Venice
  • Thinking and Writing about History
  • Men and Women in Medieval Society
    Gender, Status and Class in the Middle Ages

 

Dr. Raymond L. Sickinger, 
professor of history;

Teaching at PC since 1974
Expertise: 
  • Development of Western Civilization
  • The Era of Napoleon
  • Germany in the era of World War I and Word War II
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Honors Western Civ

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Steven Carl Smith,
assistant professor of history;

Teaching at PC since 2013
Expertise:
  • Revolutionary Era America
  • Federalist Era America
  • Atlantic World
  • Print Culture/Media History
  • Early American Cities/Urban History
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Development of Western Civilization
  • Seminar on the American Revolution
 

 

 

  

 

Rev. John Vidmar, O.P., Vidmar.jpg
associate professor of history;

Teaching at PC since 2003
Expertise:
  • Monasticism (religious life)
  • The Popes (history of)
  • The Inquisition
  • The Reformation in general
  • The English Reformation
  • Nineteenth Century Catholicism
  • American Dominican History
  • TADA – the Da Vinci Code and related topics (Gnostic Gospels)
Selected Courses Taught:
  • 1st Year Civ
  • Reformation Theology
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