History and Classics

Passionate faculty. Incredible students. 

These are essential ingredients to the best history and classics departments — like ours. Our 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 Ronald Reagan, slavery and samurais, women and war​, and much more.

Our 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. They have gone on to become educators and lawyers, CEOs and community organizers, diplomats and peacemakers.

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. So, whether you want to see the world from your classroom seat or travel it by the se​​at of ​your pants, we want you to take the journey with us.

Recent Faculty Accomplishments

  • Dr. Sharon Ann Murphy recently had her article “Enslaved Financing of Southern Industry: The Nesbitt Manufacturing Company of South Carolina, 1836–1850” published in Enterprise & Society 23, no. 3 (2022): 746–89.
  • Dr. Margaret Manchester‘s latest article “‘And Now for the Rest of the Story’: The ITT/Vogeler Case Revisited” was published in the Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 28 (1).
  • Dr. Alyssa Lopez‘s article “The Dangers and Pleasures of Moviegoing: Black Girls in Harlem’s Movie Theaters before World War II” has been published in the summer 2022 edition of the Journal of African American History.
  • Dr. Steven Smith had an article entitled “Politics in the Margins: Elkanah Watson, DeWitt Clinton, and the History of the Erie Canal in the Early American Republic” published in the summer 2022 edition of the New York History Journal.
  • Dr. Osama Siddiqui received a competitive and prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to complete work on his book A Science of Society: Economic Thought in Colonial India.
  • Dr. Robin Greene was awarded the 2020-21 Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award.
  • Dr. Paul O’Malley was nominated at the 2020 Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Community Honoree.
  • Dr. Raymond Sickinger was awarded the 2021 Service to Education Award by the Providence College National Alumni Association.

Check out our Faculty page to learn more about what we’ve been doing.

What’s New?

  • The Department of History and Classics has received a generous gift from the family of Andrea Traietti ’21, allowing us to offer mini research grants to our students for Honors Thesis Research ​and other Special Projects.
  • We are pleased to announce Dr. Sharon Murphy, professor of history, as the new department chair for the History and Classics Department (2021).
  • Dr. Alex Orquiza recently published his book Taste of Control: Food and the Filipino Colonial Mentality under American Rule. The books tells what happened when American colonizers began to influence what Filipinos ate, how they cooked, and how they perceived their national cuisine, discussing how changing the food of the Philippines was part of a war on culture led by Americans as they attempted to shape the islands into a reflection of their home country.
  • Dr. Edward E. Andrews was offered a book contract for his second book, titled Newport Gardner’s Anthem: Composing Slavery and Freedom in Early America.  
  • In December 2020, Fr. John Vidmar published his book, Bury Me in the Sunshine: The Yellow Fever Epidemics of Memphis (Providence: Cluny Media, 2020).