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
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.
Professor Stannish publishes in Preternature
Dr. Steve Stannish co-authored (with Dr. Christine Doran, of the SUNY Potsdam English and Communication Dept.) an essay titled "Magic and Vampirism in Philostratus's Life of Apollonius of Tyana and Bram Stoker's Dracula," for Preternature vol. 2, no. 2 (2013). It demonstrates that these texts, though separated by more than sixteen hundred years, present a similar picture of the beguiling monster—one that binds vampiric sorcery to anxieties about foreignness, gender, and sexuality.
Professor Fair-Schulz's article translated into German, part of Stefan Heym commemoration
Dr. Axel Fair-Schulz's article on the writer and essayist Stefan Heym, that was published in the Winter 2013 edition of "LOGOS: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture" (Vol 12, No 1), has been translated into German and republished. Axel was approached by a scholar from Germany who found his LOGOS essay on Heym online, and asked permission to translate it into German.In celebration of what would have been Heym's 100th birthday, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin/Germany created a special Homepage on Stefan Heym, with articles by several scholars and public figures on that writer. Here are the links to the essays: Commemorative Page, Google translation into English, German translation of LOGOS article, Original English version from Logos.
Professor Fair-Schulz interviewed for radio documentary, to be aired in mid-November
About a year ago, two German journalists (Elefteriya Yuanidis and Hans Christian Förster) approached Dr. Axel Fair-Schulz and asked whether he would grant them an interview for the radio documentary on the life of the economist and historian Juergen Kuczynski. The 3-hour documentary, featuring Dr. Fair-Schulz's interview, is now complete. It will be broadcast on November 16th by "Deutschland-Radio," the German equivalent of NPR in the U.S. or the BBC in Britain, and on November 17th by another nation-wide radio network, "Deutschlandfunk."The broadcast will last for three hours each, with three short breaks for the news.