Welcome to the History Department

The History Department provides advanced professional education in preparation for a variety of careers. Traditionally, historians have worked in academic settings as scholars and teachers, or in closely related institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. Increasingly, however, advanced education in history is being regarded as broad-based humanistic training, equipping students with research capabilities, writing skills, analytical methods, and communications skills that are useful in many fields. The department welcomes students who wish to teach in secondary schools, community colleges, and four-year universities, as well as students who intend to pursue non-teaching careers.

The History Department offers three programs: the MA in History, the MA in History & Archival Studies, and the PhD in History. Faculty members specialize in U.S. and European history while drawing upon faculty in other departments at CGU and throughout The Claremont Colleges, resulting in a faculty equivalent to that of a much larger university. Instruction is carried on in seminars, classes are small, and the favorable student-faculty ratio allows for a considerable amount of individual attention from professors.

Students in the MA or PhD programs may choose one of the following interdisciplinary concentrations: American Studies, Early Modern Studies, European Studies, Hemispheric & Transnational Studies, Media Studies, or Museum Studies. Students work with faculty advisors in planning their course of study. The department encourages breadth of study irrespective of a student’s major field, including transdisciplinary work.

The shared resources of The Claremont Colleges and broader Los Angeles community give our graduate students a competitive advantage to those at other schools. Housing more than 2 million volumes, the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges provide excellent research facilities and resources. The Huntington Library, one of the world’s finest research libraries for English and American history, is in nearby San Marino.

Chair: Joshua Goode
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-621-8612 • Fax 909-607-9587

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Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department

 

Programs

 

Core Faculty

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Janet Farrell Brodie

Professor of History

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Lori Anne Ferrell

John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
Chair, English Department
Director, Early Modern Studies Program
Director, Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

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Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department

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Daniel Lewis

Research Associate Professor of History

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JoAnna Poblete

Associate Professor of History

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Linda Perkins

Associate University Professor
Director, Applied Women’s Studies

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David Cressy

Research Professor of History

Extended Faculty

Hal Barron

Harvey Mudd College

Research Interests

U.S. social and cultural history, Rural history


Shane Bjornlie

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Late Antique history, Roman history


George Gorse

Pomona College

Research Interests

Italian Renaissance art and architecture, Italian Baroque art and architecture, Medieval art history, History of cities, palaces, villas, and gardens, History of Genoa


Daniel Livesay

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Early American and Atlantic history; Race, family, and slavery in North America and the Caribbean


Charles Lofgren

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

American Constitutionalism, American founding, Constitutional law, Military history, War and foreign relations


Char Miller

Pomona College

Research Interests

U.S. environmental policy, U.S. public-lands management, Western water politics, Immigration and border security, Urban politics and development, U.S. intellectual and cultural history


Richard Olson

Harvey Mudd College

Research Interests

History of science


Harmony O’Rourke

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Cultural and social history of early modern and modern Africa, Global diasporas, Gender and sexuality, West Africa, Slavery, Colonialism, Oral history


Albert Park

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Design & architecture, East Asian history & political economy, Korean history, Modern Japanese history


Jonathan Petropoulos

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

European history, Germany, Holocaust art theft/looted art, Radical right wing, World War II


Miguel Tinker Salas

Pomona College

Research Interests

Contemporary Venezuela, Contemporary Mexican society and politics, Mexican border society, Latin American history, Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in the United States


Tamara Venit-Shelton

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

History


Kenneth Baxter Wolf

Pomona College

Research Interests

Medieval Mediterranean, Medieval Spain, Early Christian views of Islam, Saints and the idea of sanctity

Research Project

 


Oral History Program Archive

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Part of the History Department of Claremont Graduate University since 1962, the Oral History Program Archive collects research material by conducting interviews with persons whose life experiences merit preservation.