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History Department

Our department explores world history from the medieval through the present period, stressing a diverse, student-oriented education. Our outstanding faculty challenges students of all academic levels to scrutinize the past, to question mainstream ideas, and to become experienced orators and writers. These analytical and rhetorical skills transfer to all kinds of professions, so our current and former students can be found in fields as varied as teaching, museum curating, editing, lobbying, and journalism.Our undergraduate courses cover a range of global cultures, events, and themes—from medieval warfare to the war in Vietnam, from early monasticism to sexual revolutions, from technology to food. Our rigorous and selective graduate program centers on two major areas: medieval and modern (1485–Present) history.

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History at Fordham Blog

Scott G. Bruce, Professor of History, and W. Tanner Smoot, PhD Candidate, publish an article entitled “The Social Life of an Eleventh-Century Shrine in the Miraculorum sancti Maioli libri duo (BHL 5186)”

HGSA hosts “Historic Horror Stories” for Halloween.

Jordyn H. May, PhD candidate, publishes a blog post, “‘Bears Do Not Roam the Streets’: Woman Suffrage and the Reimagining of the American West.”

“Banned! A History of Censorship” opens at Walsh Library

“The Light of the Revival: Stained-Glass Designs for Restituted Synagogues in Ukraine” by Eugeny Kotlyar opens at Walsh Library

Stephen J. Cerulli, PhD Candidate, quoted in the New York Times.

Roger Panetta, former Fordham History Visiting Professor, launches DH Project entitled “Shadows on Stone: Identifying Sing Sing’s Incarcerated.”

Matt Mulhern, PhD Student, publishes a book review, “Cold War Liberation: The Soviet Union and the Collapse of the Portuguese Empire in Africa, 1961–1975 by Natalia Telepneva.”

Matt Mulhern, PhD Student, publishes a book review, “Afghan Crucible: The Soviet Invasion and the Making of Modern Afghanistan, by Elisabeth Leake.”

Six History Department PhD candidates receive distinguished fellowships!