History Department

Current students take note: the Spring 2015 "Primary Source"pdfprovides information about faculty, clubs, and Fall 2015 courses.

Faculty Spotlight


 In Common Threads: A Cultural
 History of Clothing in American
(University of North
 Carolina Press), Associate Professor
 of History Sally Dwyer-McNulty traces
 the symbolic and practical
 significance of clothing within
 American Catholic culture from
 the early nineteenth century to the
 present day. Incorporating extensive
 research into school uniforms,
 clerical garb, and nuns' habits, Professor Dwyer-McNulty argues that clothing has served as crucial means of community identity for Catholics in this country. The book has already been praised for "the depth of [its] religious history" (Colleen McDannell, University of Utah) and lauded by David Morgan of Duke University as "a splendid piece of scholarship and a fine read."    Read more about History faculty>

History Beyond the Classroom

 Five Marist students presented at the Phi Alpha Theta (History
 Honor Society) regional conference in April 2013, including
 Political Science major Jennifer Grobe and History majors Megan
 Ripley, Freda Turner, and Kathleen M. Wicks, and Lauren Kelty.
 Faculty member Dr. Kristin Bayer accompanied the students to
 the meeting, which took place at Hartwick College. Six additional
 students plan to travel to this year's conference on April 12, 2014,
 at the State University of New York at Oneonta.

What Could You Do with History?


Igor Volsky, who graduated from Marist in 2008 with a  B.A.in History, is the Managing Editor of  ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress  in Washington, D.C. Igor has appeared on MSNBC,  CNN, Fox News, and CNBC and has been a  guest on many radio shows. In 2011, Forbes magazine  named Igor one of their "Top 30 Under 30" in law and policy.
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Intern Spotlight


History Intern of the Year
Christina Ritter '14 has
developed new ways of
teaching regional history,
added a new dimension
to her Psychology and Special Education double
major, and socialized with (re-enacted) Civil War-era leaders. According to Christina, her work at the Hudson River Valley Institute "encouraged me never to limit myself. My education major has become so much more, resting on a platform of Place Based Education, supported by my work with Teaching the Hudson Valley and regional organizations. Through my Hudson River Valley Studies Minor, I was not only able to retain my desire to study history, but also deepened my interest and built my background, making invaluable connections along the way."    Read more about History internships>