History at Rowan University

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.

Department Highlights

  • Undergraduate Zachary Baer recently published an article in the journal Sojourn entitled “School Segregation in the Post-Civil War Era: Burlington County, New Jersey, 1865 – 1915.” https://blogs.stockton.edu/sjchc/
  • In the summer of 2017, undergraduate Tyler Jiang appeared on The Point, a policy talk show on China Global Network Television. You can watch his interview below (Tyler appears at 15:14):  


Department News

  • Professor Q. Edward Wang was recently interviewed by Quartzy, a web branch of Atlantic Monthly, on chopsticks in Asia. Video of the interview is below:

  • In November, Visiting Assistant Professor Josh Gedacht discussed the Rohingya Muslims and the Islamic world beyond the Middle East during an on-campus address. The event was covered by the Rowan student newspaper, The Whit 
  • The podcast Watching the Americans recently interviewed Rowan Professor Jim Heinzen on the historical veracity of Soviet storylines in the TV show “The Americans." The interview can be heard here: http://bit.ly/2z3PBfn
  • Visiting Assistiant Professor Keith Aksel discussed his experiences researching in obscure archives on Washington D.C.'s Wilson Center blog, Sources and Methods. See more at http://bit.ly/2Afaoec.
  • Associate Professor of History Corinne Blake won a national award for her advising of the International Studies Honors Society this past year! In addition, she was selected as the new Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Congratulations to Dr. Blake on both counts!
  • Assistant Professor of History Christy Thornton has left Rowan to take a tenure-track job at Johns Hopkins University. We are proud of Christy and wish her well at her new institution!
  • In the Summer of 2017, Professor of History William Carrigan received support from the Asa Briggs Visiting Fellows Program and travelled to study and conduct research at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. More on the Asa Briggs program can be found here.

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