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
Dr. Shiho Imai Wins D. Kim Foundation Travel/Research Grant
Dr. Imai was awarded a travel/research grant from the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia for 2015-2016. The Foundation provides fellowships and grants to encourage and to support graduate students and young scholars in the field. Several grants are awarded annually to scholars who are traveling for short-term research projects. Dr. Imai's proposed project, “Japan in the Space Age: History and Memory in Early Space Development” explores Japan’s foray into space in the 1950s through the 1970s, as it relates to issues of national memory and identity.
History Faculty to Speak at the Happiness Lecture Series
Dr. Sheila McIntyre will be presenting a talk titled, "On Happiness in History" on Tuesday, February 10 for the "Thinking Across the Disciplines" series, hosted by SUNY Potsdam's Honors Program. The lecture will be offered from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Raymond Hall in either the 8th floor dining room or lounge. All are welcome!
Dr. Libbie Freed Voted Favorite Professor
The History Association presented Dr. Libbie Freed with the Favorite Professor Award on Monday, February 2. Dr. Freed teaches African history, the history of science and technology, and world history. The History Association meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Satterlee Hall boardroom.
Dr. Ari Kelman, winner of the 2014 Bancroft Prize, speaks to history majors
On Monday, November 10, Dr. Sheila McIntyre's Fighting Words class was treated to a FaceTime discussion with Dr. Kelman on his award-winning book, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sandy Creek (Harvard, 2013). The acclaimed work is a study of history and memory, which traces the "long contentious effort to understand and commemorate one of the most infamous cases of state-sponsored violence in U.S. history. "Fighting Words: History and Story (HIST302) introduces majors to the theories and methods that historians employ as they seek to construct plausible and compelling interpretations of the past.
Department Welcomes NEH Fellow
Andew Chaikin, award-winning science journalist and space historian, joins the department this fall as the NEH Visiting Scholar. He is the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts and numerous books and articles about space exploration and astronomy. A Man on the Moon was the basis for Tom Hank's 12-part HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. He will be offering a course titled, "History of Space Exploration" and a series of public lectures throughout the semester.
Dr. Geoffrey Clark named 2014 Thomas L. and Jane D. Russell Distance Education Faculty Excellence Award
The award was established to "recognize faculty who are conducting their courses in an exemplary manner, providing a financial incentive to improve their distance education courses and rewarding faculty members who make their courses available to as many students as possible." Dr. Clark received the $1,000 award for his course titled "Europe Since 1500."
History Association Launches The Potsdam Historian
The Potsdam Historian is an annual history journal edited and published by the History Association. The journal features original student work and showcases the diversity of undergraduate research projects at SUNY Potsdam. See the inaugural issue here. For submission guidelines and information about the History Association, visit its webpage, or contact Dr. Axel Fair-Schulz, faculty advisor to the student-run organization.