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

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.

History Major Wins Amelia Morey Essay Contest

Alana Coulum ('14) received this year's Amelia Morey essay award for her senior seminar paper titled, "Consuming the Ideal: A Study of Women as Model Consumers During the Interwar Era."  The essay contest is sponsored annually by the Women's and Gender Studies Program.  Submissions may focus on any topic related to women's and gender issues and experiences, masculinities/feminism, and/or feminist/gender theory.

History degree leads to career in politics

April 11, 2014. ALBANY - Philip Paige ('15) took to the NYS Senate Chamber floor to promote his bill at the 2014 Model Legislative Session, where he also served as President. Each of the 30 interns, almost half of them history majors, debated their original legislative drafts. Philip credits the major for giving him the historical skills to prepare his bill on the state's nearly 50-year-old Medicaid program. Upon his return to the North Country, Philip will be working at the Ogdensburg District Office as Legislative Aide to State Senator Patty Ritchie ('91). The recording of the proceeding is available on YouTube.

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.

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.