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

  • 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.
  • Ahmad Kindawi, a recent graduate in the history master’s program, had a paper entitled "Toward a New Synthesis in Saudi Arabia," accepted to present at the 2021 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference. His paper will be part of a panel entitled "Islamic Reform, Religious Reactions, and Political Trajectories, 19th-20th c.," which includes scholars from the following universities: Georgetown, Hebrew, Brown, and Brandeis.
  • History major Kathryn Seu, who participated in the National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, in 2020, has had her conference paper published in the Macksey Journal, a digital peer-reviewed journal.  The title of her article is:  "Fashionable Fascists:  How  Female Nazis Used Fashion for Empowerment During the Holocaust." 
  • History alum Laura Foley recently received a Museum Coordinator position at the Gloucester County Historical Society. 
  • History alum Seamus Rooney will attend Fordham Universtiy School of Law in Fall 2021. Congratulations to Seamus! 

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.