Fordham University 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.

New Faculty

We welcome three new members of the History faculty this year. Samantha Iyer completed her PhD in 2014 at the University of California-Berkeley on The Paradox of Poverty and Plenty: Egypt, India, and Rise of U.S. Food Aid, 1870’s -1950’s. She is returning from a year-long sojourn at the Warren Center at Harvard to teach courses in the history of capitalism and American economic history at Fordham. Claire Gherini comes to us from Johns Hopkins, where she completed her PhD in American history in 2016. Her dissertation is entitled ’Experiment and Good Sense Must Direct You’: Managing Health and Sickness in the British Plantation Enlightenment, 1754-1815. Westenley Alcenat will be arriving in the spring 2017 semester with a PhD from Columbia University on The Elusive Quest: Black Emigration to Haiti and the Struggle for Full Citizenship in a White Republic, 1815-1865. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at MIT.

Fordham Mini Lecture: Kirsten Swinth on an Important Piece of Feminist History