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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 History Faculty for 2018/19

Dr. Scott G. Bruce is an historian of religion and culture in the early and central Middle Ages (c. 400-1200). He earned his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University (2000). His research interests include monasticism, hagiography, and the reception of the classical tradition. He has published several books on the monks of Cluny, including Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition (c. 900-1200) (Cambridge University Press, 2007); and Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet: Hagiography and the Problem of Islam in Medieval Europe (Cornell University Press, 2015). He has edited and translated two historical anthologies for Penguin Classics: The Penguin Book of the Undead (2016); and The Penguin Book of Hell(2018). His new book projects include The Lost Patriarchs Project (on the reception of Greek patristic authors in the medieval Latin tradition); Cluniac Nights: Miracles, the Devil, and the Dead in Twelfth-Century Monasticism (on Abbot Peter the Venerable's De miraculis); and The Penguin Book of Dragons (forthcoming from Penguin Classics in 2020). In the fall of 2018, he is teaching HIST 1300: UHC Medieval History; and HIST 3212: Medieval Christianity.

Dr. Amanda Armstrong joins the Fordham department of History this fall. She received her MA from the University of Chicago and her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2015, where her dissertation, “Infrastructures of Injury: Railway Accidents and the Remaking of Class and Gender in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Britain,” examined how legal and discursive shifts made railway workers and their family members individually responsible for managing the effects of accidental injury, and how this responsibility came to be seen as a matter of gendered domestic virtue. Her current book project, Between the Union and the Police: Railway Labor, Race and Gender in the Second British Empire, 1848-1928 expands on her dissertation research, considering how notions of responsibility and gendered domestic virtue shaped and constrained railway labor organizing in Britain and colonial India up through the interwar period. Her recent publications include a colonial genealogy of the contemporary keyword “looting” (in Postmodern Culture); a historicist reading of the dancing wooden table that famously opens Marx’s Capital (in Mediations); and a reflection on recent anti-trans bathroom bills and on contemporary shifts in the social recognition of trans life (in South Atlantic Quarterly). She has taught courses on the History of Disaster, the British Empire, and Women and Gender in Modern Europe.

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