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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 History Faculty for 2020/2021
Elizabeth Comuzzi joins the Department of History this fall as our medieval historian. She received a BA with high honors in English Literature and Medieval Studies from Swarthmore College. She then completed her MA and PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles writing a thesis on “Economic and Demographic Change through Notarial Sources: The Example of Puigcerdà 1260-1360.” Her current work uses the case of a mid-sized Pyrenean town to examine the nature of economic shifts around the year 1300, a period in which the European economy transitioned from widespread growth to prolonged recession. She is also interested in medieval notarial culture and in finding innovative methods for using notarial sources to address understudied problems such as demography, as well as women’s economic activities, interregional economic connectivity, and the formation of medieval craft guilds.
Stephanie M. Huezo joins the History Department this fall as our Latin American Historian. She was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Huezo received a Questbridge Scholarship to attend Wesleyan University, CT where she was a McNair scholar and received a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish. She received her M.A. and PhD in Latin America History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Huezo comes to Fordham University from Mount Holyoke College where she was a postdoctoral fellow in History. Her research focuses on Salvadoran community organizing during the twentieth and twenty-first century in both El Salvador and the United States. She is also interested in Latin American Social Movements, Latinx Immigrant Movements, and Memory and Commemorations. As a New York native, or better said, as a SalviYorker, she is excited to return to the city to teach, mentor, and learn from the students and scholars at Fordham University's Lincoln Center.
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