History & 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 seat of your pants, we want you to take the journey with us.
Recent Faculty Accomplishments
- Dr. Sharon Murphy is becoming a bit of a celebrity. An excerpt from her recent book, Other People’s Money: How Banking Worked in the Early American Republic (Johns Hopkins, 2017) was featured on Time Magazine’s website. Murphy was also featured in an interview on “Backstory,” which discussed the history of American insurance and gambling (she comes in at the 28-minute mark). She also appeared on TLC’s popular show, “Who Do You Think You Are?”! Finally, Murphy was awarded a Summer Stipend from The National Endowment for the Humanities to continue her work on banking and slavery.
- Dr. Alex Orquiza served as a consultant on “A Filipino American Story.” He also was interviewed for an NPR story on the Filipino practice of kamayan, or the traditional practice of eating with hands instead of utensils.
- Dr. Vefa Erginbas recently published an article entitled “Problematizing Ottoman Sunnism: Appropriation of Islamic History and Ahl-al-Baytism in the Ottoman Empire” in The Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient 60/5 (August 2017). He has also been busy presenting his work at international conferences in Bulgaria, Budapest, and Oxford.
Check out our Faculty page to learn more about what we’ve been doing.
- We are currently accepting applications for an assistant professor in Modern British History beginning fall 2019.
- Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Murphy for winning a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend award.
- We are proud to congratulate Dr. Ray Sickinger, whose recent biography of Frédéric Ozanam, Antoine Frédéric Ozanam, has been granted the first place book award by the 2018 National Catholic Press Association.
- We are pleased to announce Dr. Jeff Johnson, professor of history, as the new director to the Graduate History Program. We would like extend our gratitude to Dr. Paul O’Malley for his 23 years of dedicated service to the program.
- Dr. Alex Orquiza and Dr. Ted Andrews received the 2018 Arts & Sciences Dean’s Recognition Award.