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Department of History and Classics

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?

DM.jpgIt is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Donna McCaffrey, longtime member of the Department of History. Dr. McCaffrey was inspiring, passionate, brilliant, and dedicated. She was an amazing educator who influenced thousands of students and a generous colleague who will be dearly missed.  PC offered a wonderful tribute online, and we ask that you remember her and pray for her family.  

Mark those calendars!  The History Department is very excited to be organizing yet another Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Conference. Last fall several faculty members presented their scholarship during our Making History Series, but this spring it is the students’ turn. Please join us on Saturday, March 19 to hear some of our best students presenting their cutting-edge research. The Conference is supported by a generous endowment from the Gladys Brooks Foundation. The event will also be followed by our annual Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Dinner and Induction Ceremony. 

Recent Faculty Accomplishments  


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. Drogula also published "Who Was Watching Whom: A Reassessment of the Conflict between Germanicus and Piso" in the American Journal of Philology in April. 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! 

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 already 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 near future. Congratulations, Dr. Breen! 

Dr. Colin Jaundrill received a book contract from Cornell University Press for the publication of From Samurai to Soldier: Remaking Military Service in Modern Japan, 1841-1894. The book will be out sometime next year.   

Professor Tobias Harper’s article, “Voluntary Service and State Honours in Twentieth-Century Britain,” was recently published in the June 2015 edition of The Historical Journal. 

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," will soon be published in Early American Literature, one of the top journals in the field.

Fr. John Vidmar’s Catholic Church through the Ages recently came out in a second edition from the Paulist Press.

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 next summer in Rome.

Congrats as well to Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, who was awarded a James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship at UCLA.  His article, “Comrade Johns: Oregon’s Socialist Presidential Candidate,” will appear in the Winter 2015 issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly.  

​Congratulations to Korbin Bullard!

What better way to start off the new year than with some great news? Korbin Bullard, History Major from the Class of 2016, was accepted to and will be attending Suffolk University's Master's Program in Healthcare Administration. He was also offered admittance to programs at Seton Hall University and The University of Scranton. Way to go, Korbin!

​The Ruane Center for the Humanities



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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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