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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 Facts​" about our department to learn more!  

​What's New?​

​Thanks to Dr. Clayborne Carson, an internationally reputed scholar and historian of The Civil Rights Movement, for offering a compelling and human talk on "Martin Luther King, Jr. and Liberal Arts Education" recently.  The talk was organized via The Humanities Forum​.   

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-Present: 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, join us on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30pm in Ruane 105 for an info session. Hope to see you there!

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 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 Faculty Senate President. Great work, professor!  

Dr. Patrick Breen recently published 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. It may even come out as an audiobook in the future. Congratulations, Dr. Breen!  

Dr. Colin Jaundrill's Samurai to Soldier: Remaking 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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