History at Rowan University

COVID-19 Principles That Will Guide the History Department:

We are still in the middle of a pandemic and the state of it changes daily. Throughout the semester, these principles will guide the History Department to create an academic environment that encourages learning, flexibility, and compassion with each other:
  • We are going to prioritize supporting each other as humans
  • We are going to prioritize sharing resources and communicating clearly
  • We will foster intellectual nourishment, social connection, and personal accommodation
  • We will remain flexible and adjust to the situation
  • Everybody needs support and understanding in this unprecedented moment
Adapted from syllabus of Brandon Bayne from the Department of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina.  See link: https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2020/03/adjusted-syllabus-coronavirus-0324

The Department of History at Rowan University delivers high quality instruction and advising to both undergraduate and graduate students. Our faculty produce nationally and internationally recognized research and possess chronologically and geographically diverse specialties in areas such as the ancient Mediterranean, early modern Europe, colonial Africa, colonial North America, the Middle East, Russia, the Far East, and the modern United States.

The undergraduate and graduate curricula incorporate the latest scholarship and technology but are based on the time-tested and enduring values of the liberal arts. Our faculty teach courses in a wide range of courses including histories of ancient Egypt, medieval Europe, imperialism and colonialism, the American Revolution and Early Republic, the American Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Women in American History, the 1960s, and more!

Many of our graduates go on to teaching social studies at public and independent schools in New Jersey, and we are proud of our network of successful alumni teachers in the region. Beyond teaching, there are a wide variety of career options open for history majors. In addition to attending law school and graduate school, recent graduates work in a diverse range of fields in both the private and public sectors, including finance, entertainment, and public history.

Student Highlights

  • History major Catie Giuliani, has been selected for the McNeil Center Consortium C. Dallett Hemphill Summer Internship at History Making Productions (with the Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia). She will be one of two paid interns doing research to create presentations and exhibits for History Making Productions as they implement the planning process for Reimagining Carpenters' Hall. This is a significant public history undertaking intended to make the stories of the First Continental Congress, Philadelphia in 1774-75, and the people inside the Hall and “out of doors” creatively presented to site visitors, both in-person and virtually. 
  • History major Elizabeth McFadden has been awarded a paid internship at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  This highly competitive award will provide Elizabeth will training in curatorial services as well as other work done by the Center.
  • Master’s student Ahmad Kindawi has published an article entitled “Muhammad Surur and his work Wa jaʾa dawr al-Majus” in the journal Middle Eastern Studies:  Go here to see the article: https://bit.ly/3O83IF5
  • History major Gregory Aquilino will join the Master's in Public Administration program at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2022. 
  • History major James Witkoski has been accepted into the History Ph.D. program at the University of Southern Mississippi where he plans to study the history of the Vietnam War.
  • Paulie Wenger, a M.A. History student, has been awarded a Marc Mappen Student Research Scholarship from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance for his project: “Black Summer: Piracy, Commodore Perry, and Sensationalism in the Summer of 1860."  He will present his research at the NJSAA national meeting in February 2022.

Faculty News

  • Janet Moore Lindman has won the Kenneth Carroll Prize for the best article appearing in Quaker History, in the six issues beginning Spring 2019 and ending Fall 2021.  Lindman’s article “‘Deluded Women’ and ‘Violent Men’: Women, Gender, and Language in the Hicksite Schism” (published in the Spring 2020 issue), extends the boundaries of both Quaker-Hicksite history and women’s history, shining new light on aspects of several familiar narratives within the history of the Religious Society of Friends. 
  • Dr. Josh Gedacht has published an article entitled "Exile, Mobility, and Re-Territorialisation in Aceh and Colonial Indonesia" in the journal Itinerario. It can be accessed through the Rowan libraries: https://bit.ly/3yp2FZL  
  • Dr. Mikkel Dack won a research grant from the Bostiber Austrian-American Association for his next book project, tentatively titled "Confronting Fascism: The Post-WWII Allied Campaign to Eliminate Right-Wing Extremism." It is a comparative history of anti-fascist reorientation projects in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Japan. For more on the award and Dr. Dack, see the following link:https://botstiberbiaas.org/grantees/mikkel-dack/
  • Dr. Jennifer Janofsky, the Megan Giordano Fellow in Public History and Director of Red Bank Battlefield Park, will serve on the Working Committee for Events and Re-enactments of the New Jersey Historical Commission.  She is also serving as a Review Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects for the Public.  
  • Dr. Melissa Klapper has been awarded the Inaugural Wyner Research Fellowship by the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for 2021.
  • Professor Melissa Klapper has published a Washington Post opinion column covering the classic Christmas ballet, "The Nutcracker," and its unique adaptations in the age of Covid-19. Read her full article here.