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

  • Kathryn Seu will present her paper, "Fashionable Fascists: How Female Nazis Used Fashion for Empowerment During the Holocaust" at the Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium at Johns Hopkins, April 24-25, 2021.
  • Katherine Trauger (History/Political Science major) has been accepted into the MSc in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford. In addition, she has been awarded a prestigious Oxford-Nizami Ganjavii Graduate Scholarship, which will fully cover her course fees and provide a grant for full living expenses during her studies. The Scholarship is highly competitive and awarded for the study of Central Asia to a student demonstrating "excellent academic ability, who will contribute to the University's ground-breaking research, and who will go on to contribute to the world as leaders in their field, pushing the frontiers of knowledge."
  • Two Rowan history alums, Stephen Anderson and Tessa Knight, won the 2020 James Madison Fellowship for teachers pursuing graduate programs in citizenship and the U.S. Constitution. Stephen and Tessa also happen to be the only New Jersey teachers to win this highly competitive prize! 
  • History alum Muqaddas Ejaz recently received the 2020 Community Advocate of the Year award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Congratulations to Muqaddas!

Faculty News

  • 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.
  • Dr. Debbie Sharnak recently published her most recent work, "Operation Condor Trial: Transnational Prosecution and Its Effects," in The Impact of Human Rights Prosecutions: Insights from European, Latin American, and African Post-Colonial Societies, (Leuven University Press, 2020). See the full volume here: https://lup.be/products/109015
  • Dr. Kelly Duke Bryant has been awarded the Fass-Sandin prize from the Society for the History of Children and Youth for her article, "Dutiful Daughters, and Brides: Family Strategies of Formerly Enslaved Girls in Senegal, 1895-1911," in Women, Gender, and Families of Color (Spring 2019). The Prize is given to the best article on the history of children and youth in English published in 2019. 
  • Due to the protests following the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis, the Rowan History faculty have compiled a reading list covering the history of race. The list includes material from our own faculty members. Read the full list here
  • Professor Jim Heinzen was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Atlas Obscura about the cold war legacy of Nike missile installations that recently came on the local real estate market. Read the pieces here https://bit.ly/2yaW22L and https://bit.ly/2VJ3X0b.