History and Classics

Passionate faculty. Incredible students. 

These are essential ingredients for the best history and classics departments — just 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 experts in their fields, specializing in everything from the Harlem Renaissance and the Reformation, slavery and samurais, women and gender in antiquity​, and much more.

Both inside and outside of the classroom, our students are dedicated to the study of the events and cultures​​​ that have shaped our world, from the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era to the decolonization and rise of nationalism in 20th-century Africa. They have gone on to become educators, lawyers, CEOs, community organizers, diplomats, and peacemakers.

Away from the classroom, internships and our history club bring history lessons to life. Our annual Maymester course, which has taken students to Germany, Poland, Hungary, England, Ireland, and Japan in the past three years, offers the opportunity for students to be fully immersed in the materials they study. So, whether you want to learn about the world from our lecture halls or experience it firsthand, we want you to take your journey with us.

Recent Faculty Accomplishments

  • Dr. Constance M. Rousseau has published an article entitled “Innocent III: A Lawyer-Pope and the Consensual ‘Policy’ of Marriage? A Reconsideration” in Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung fur Rechtsgeschichte, Kan. Abt. 107 (2021): 172-218.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Jacob published her first article “Militant Mothers: Gender and the Politics of Anticolonial Action in Côte d’Ivoire” in the Journal of African History, 63(3), 348-367.
  • Dr. Rebecca Moorman was the co-organizer of the very successful Impoverished Aesthetics Classics conference this past October 2022 at the University of Toronto. She also recently published an article, “Feeling Scaphism: Enargeia and Assimilation in the Artaxerxes” in the Teiresias Supplements Online3 (2022).
  • This past November 2022, Dr. Guolin Yi won the 2022 Research Award at the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States (ACPSS) conference for his 2020 book “The Media and Sino-American Rapprochement, 1963-1972”.
  • 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.

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 Ann Murphy, professor of history, as the new department chair for the History and Classics Department (2021).
  • Dr. Raymond Sickinger was awarded the 2021 Service to Education Award by the Providence College National Alumni Association.
  • 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 Andrews was offered a book contract for his second book, titled Newport Gardner’s Anthem: Composing Slavery and Freedom in Early America.  
  • Dr. Robin Greene was awarded the 2020-21 Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award.
  • In December 2020, Fr. John Vidmar published his book, Bury Me in the Sunshine: The Yellow Fever Epidemics of Memphis (Providence: Cluny Media, 2020). 
  • Dr. Paul O’Malley was nominated at the 2020 Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Community Honoree.