History

Program Information

Since everything has a history, the study of history occupies a central and important position in a liberal arts education. But History is more than just understanding what happened in the past. History students will learn that thinking historically means recognizing that all problems, all situations, and all institutions exist in the contexts of their times which must be analyzed and understood to see how the past shapes the present. History students will develop skills and tools that can be used in a variety of professions and enable them to become more informed global citizens in this challenging world. History students will learn how to synthesize and evaluate sources and viewpoints from a variety of perspectives and use evidence to inform critical discussion and argumentation. They develop and practice empathetic thinking. Studying History allows students to investigate and appreciate the diversity and similarity of human experience across time and place.

Faculty

Christina B. Carroll, Assistant Professor of History. BA Vassar College MA, PhD University of North Carolina

Dennis Frost (Chair), Wen Chao Chen Professor of East Asian Social Sciences. BA Wittenberg University MPhil, PhD Columbia University

Jeffrey Haus, Professor of History and Religion; Director of Jewish Studies Program. BA University of Michigan PhD Brandeis University

Charlene Boyer Lewis, Professor of History. BA Kalamazoo College MA American University PhD University of Virginia

James Lewis, Professor of History. BA College of William and Mary MA The American University PhD University of Virginia

Fungisai Musoni, Visiting Assistant Professor of History. BA University of Zimbabwe MA Georgia State University PhD Ohio State University

Rochelle Rojas, Assistant Professor of History. BA, MA University of Florida MA, PhD Duke University

News

  • Kalamazoo College announced today it has received a $5.25 million gift in support of its Brighter Light Campaign from alumnus Larry Bell ’80. The post Kalamazoo College Receives $5.25 Million Gift from Alumnus Larry Bell ’80 appeared first on News and Events.
  • Kalamazoo College is pleased to welcome the following faculty members to campus this fall. The post Kalamazoo College Welcomes New Faculty Members appeared first on News and Events.
  • More than 250 students were recognized Friday during the annual Honors Day Convocation for excellence in academics and leadership. Students were recognized in six divisions: Fine Arts, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Physical Education. Recipients of prestigious scholarships were recognized, as were members of national honor […]
  • Kalamazoo College today awarded one faculty member and one staff member with two of the highest awards the College bestows on its employees. Professor of History James E. Lewis Jr. was named the recipient of the 2020-21 Lucasse Fellowship for Excellence in Scholarship, honoring his contributions in creative work, research and publication; and Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics Office Coordinator Kristen Eldred was granted the W. Haydn Ambrose Prize, recognizing her outstanding […]
  • In standing up to inquisitors, a local court from Pamplona in the Basque region of Northern Spain smuggled more than 150 people accused of witchcraft away from the Spanish Inquisition for the sake of conducting 30 independent trials in the 16th and 17th centuries. Left behind was one of the richest records of witch trials […]