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

  • Rowan History alum Muqaddas Ejaz won the 2018 Camden County Freedom Medal for her work as an active member of the immigrant community in South Jersey. Read a write-up of her accomplishment here: http://bit.ly/2ICQqP1
  • Rowan History undergraduate Tyler Jiang has earned the 2018 Rowan University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. He will be honored for his achievement during Faculty Research Day on March 28. We are proud of Tyler!
  • History undergraduate Mikaela Litchfield won a fellowship from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, which will fund German language instruction and a five-month internship. Mikaela is the first Prof to be awarded this great honor!    
  • Rowan hosted a Rosa Parks Luncheon this past February, attended by a former director of the Rosa Parks Museum. SNJ.com produced a video report of the well-attended event: http://bit.ly/2ozsSCe 
  • Dr. Stephen Hague has been invited to speak at the highly-regarded Mount Vernon Symposium this June at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Learn more about the event and how to attend here:  https://goo.gl/sT4kPJ  
  • Dr. Kelly Duke-Bryant's recent book Education as Politics has received rave reviews from the historical community. Some samples of the praise include...

“In this engaging monograph, Kelly Duke Bryant offers a fresh perspective on
colonial education in Senegal from the mid-nineteenth century until 1914, with a
particular focus on its role in fostering African participation in colonial politics,
broadly defined.” - Elizabeth Foster, International Journal of African Historical Studies

“With its wealth of information, lively writing style and helpful recapitulations at the
end of each chapter, the book will appeal to readers beyond its primary audience of
Africanists and historians of colonial education. This book will afford many pleasant
surprises to anyone interested in the correlation between education and politics,
and to scholars interested in elite education…” - Terri Ochiagha, History of Education

Congrats to Kelly! Click here to find out how to buy the book and read it for yourself: https://goo.gl/n24SRH


  • 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

  • Dr. Josh Gedacht's new edited volume, Challenging Cosmopolitanism, is now set for a fall 2018 release from Oxford University Press. Get more info on it at https://goo.gl/n55qay.  
  • Dr. Jim Heinzen was called into action February 1st to translate between Russian airline officials and American ground crews when a Russian commerical jet took an emergency landing in Atlantic City en route to Cuba. The event was chronicled here: https://goo.gl/AH6wWr
  • 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.

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