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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 welcome our new students to campus, and to welcome our returning students back! Please check the website frequently, as well as our Facebook page, for announcements about lectures, research opportunities, upcoming events, and other important news. 

The History Department is exceedingly pleased to co-sponsor an exciting conversation with Richard Rodriguez, author of Darling: A Spiritual Biography, and an award-winning commentator on religion and spirituality in contemporary life. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 16 at 5pm in Ruane 105. Please plan to attend!

Dr. Matt Dowling is organizing a Great War Film Series for the Liberal Arts Honors Program, but history students are invited as well! All films will be at 4 p.m., so please mark your calendars!  

Thursday, October 16: Sergeant York (US, 1941) in Ruane 206
Thursday, October 23: johnny got his gun (US, 1971) in Ruane 206
Thursday, October 30: Regeneration (British, 1997) in Ruane 206
Thursday, November 6: A Very Long Engagement (French, 2005) in Ruane 206
Thursday, November 13: War Horse (US, 2012) in Ruane 105

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. Steven Smith recently published an essay titled “’A Rash, Thoughtless, and Imprudent Young Man’: John Ward Fenno and the Federalist Literary Network,” in Literature in the Early American Republic in May 2014. He also recently received the Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Fellowship from the New York State Archives & the Archives Partnership Trust.  Well done, Dr. Smith! 

Congratulations to Dr. Vefa Erginbas, who recently returned from a research trip in Turkey.  He 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 was published with Palgrave Macmillan this summer.  You can order your copy here.


Congratulations to Jake Coen!  

jake.pngJake Coen '15 has recently completed 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. Sharon Ann Murphy
Ruane 116
(401) 865-2380

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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