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.

Student Highlights

  • History alum Anthony Spatola ('10) has been profiled in a Rowan Alumni Spotlight interview, readable here: https://goo.gl/vpJoxP
  • History alum Saranda Karpuzi has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant to work for a year in Kosovo. Congrats to Saranda!
  • Rowan History undergrad TJ Holman has earned a summer internship working as a tour guide at historic Christ Church in Philadelphia for 2018! American legends like Benjamin Franklin and Robert Morris attended this church.  
  • 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!    

In Memorium

  • Former Rowan history professor C. Mary Taney passed away in March 2018. C. Mary Taney first came to Glassboro State College in 1967, and in 1968 she was a founding member in the establishment of the History Department. She remained a stellar member of the Department throughout her long career at the college, later Rowan University, formally retiring in 1991.  She was a scholar of medieval history, and loved her academic subject, her students and her colleagues. Even after her formal retirement, she remained active on campus teaching occasional classes in Latin and actively participating in the AFT Retirees Chapter of the university.  Dr. Taney passed away in March 2018 at the age of 90.  We all shall miss her companionship, her helpful nature, and her bright smile.  Godspeed, Mary Taney.

Faculty News

  • Dr. Edward Wang has been interviewed by South China Morning Post and Germany's Deutsche Welle regarding a controversy over an ad for Italian goods maker Dolce & Gabbana showing a Chinese woman using chopsticks to eat Western food. See Dr. Wang's Deutsche Welle interview here and the South China Morning Post article at the following link: https://bit.ly/2FQqUJ3.
  • 2018 marks the centennial of the end of World War One. As a part of year-long commemoration efforts, the History Department held a roundtable on the effects of the war in September featuring Professors Carigan, Klapper, Heinzen and Duke-Bryant. See photos of the event here.  
  • Dr. Josh Gedacht's edited volume, Challenging Cosmopolitanism, has finally been released by Edinburgh University Press. From the publisher: "Challenging Cosmopolitanism direct(s) attention to the experiences of Muslim communities stretching from Arabia into Central Asia, China and Southeast Asia." Congrats to Josh! Pick up a copy here: https://goo.gl/7jifQZ
  • Professor Melissa Klapper published her most recent work, "The Great Adventure of 1929: The Impact of Travel Abroad on American Jewish Women’s Identity," in the January 2018 edition of the journal American Jewish History. 
  • Professor Klapper has also been awarded a slew of reserach fellowships for 2018/2019, including one for the Southern Jewish Historical Society and one for the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston. Further, she held an adult education series on American Jewish gistory at Har Zion Temple, Penn Valley, PA, in May, 2018.