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Department of History

Passionate faculty. Curious students. These are essential ingredients to the best history departments — like ours.

linkedin.jpgOur 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.

1TwitterLogo.gifOur 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 Facts" about our department to learn more!  

​What's New?  


The History Department would like to warmly welcome all students back to campus, and especially welcome the Class of 2019 to their new home.  Go Friars!

Our department would also like to extend a hearty welcome to our new recent hire, Dr. Alex Orquiza, who will be teaching classes in Modern American History and, of course, The Development of Western Civilization.  Dr. Orquiza earned his doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University and has spent the last few years teaching at Wellesley College and Harvard University.  We're lucky to have him on board!


Recent Faculty Accomplishments  


Professor Fred Drogula has had quite a year.  He 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.  Last year he was selected as the 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."  Furthermore, Dr. Drogula has also been serving faithfully as our Faculty Senate President.  Great work, professor! 

Let's offer a HUGE congratulations to Dr. Steven Carl Smith, who was participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Seminar on "The City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press." Smith spent several weeks this summer in New York collaborating with top scholars in the field to explore this topic.

Dr. Richard J. Grace, Professor Emeritus, recently published Opium and Empire: The Lives and Careers of William Jardine and James Matheson with the prestigious McGill-Queens University Press.  You can purchase it here.

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, who has signed a contract to edit a 2-volume book titled, Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era (forthcoming in early 2016 from ABC-Clio).   


Congratulations to Andrew Sayer!    

Sayer.jpgHuge congratulations are due to Andrew Sayer, '15, who has been racking up the accolades. Andrew was selected to receive the The Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award, which  recognizes excellence in the field of history and allowed him to participate in a summer workshop in New York City with some of the top scholars in the field.  He also participated in the McNeil Center for Early American Studies' Undergraduate Research Workshop. The MCEAS is at the University of Pennsylvania, and it is arguably the most prestigious research institution for early American history in the world. Finally, he'll be starting a graduate program in Urban Education Policy at Brown University this fall.  We're proud of you, Andrew...way to go!

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. Raymond Sickinger
Ruane 215
(401) 865-2190

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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