Department of History

If you enjoy the study of the past, you've found a home in the history program at SUNY Potsdam.

Our eleven full-time department members teach a variety of courses ranging from the Ancient World to the present, and from Africa and Asia to Europe and the Americas. We're all inquisitive scholars whose passion for history enlivens our classrooms.  Just ask any history major. 

We hope you'll join us in starting your own lifelong quest for historical understanding.


Dr. Thomas N. Baker, History Department Chair

The History Department is featured in Take a Look at SUNY Potsdam.  Check out our Youtube Video and share the excitement of historical inquiry!  

Senior history major and Presidential Scholar to give talk

Eric Martell will be speaking on his two-year presidential scholars research project entitled: “From Friends to Frienemies: The Invasion at the Bay of Pigs and its Effect on the Relationship between the Defense Establishment and John F. Kennedy.” In this project, Eric examined the genesis of the CIA invasion plan for Cuba from March 1960 to April 1961, across both the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.  Come join us on Thursday, April 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Satterlee Hall 319.

Professor Fair-Schulz voted Favorite Professor

Dr. Axel Fair-Schulz received his second consecutive Favorite Professor Award from Emerging Leaders as a part of Potsdam Appreciation Week.

German radio airs Professor Fair-Schulz interview

The "Six Generations on the Hunt for Books" radio documentary was broadcasted by Deutschland-Radio, the German equivalent of NPR, on November 17th, 2013.The three-hour program focused on the German-Jewish Kuczynski family over six generations.Interviews with Dr. Fair-Schulz were featured throughout the documentary.