About our Faculty
  • The 13 full-time members of the history faculty are active scholars who have received national and international recognition for their books, articles, and scholarly work. The department boasts professors who have published widely in U.S. history, modern European history, medieval history, Asian history, Latin American history, and ancient Roman history.

  • History faculty have received a number of prestigious grants and awards from local, national and international organizations.  Louis Roper was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Kristine Harris received the Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Service.  Professor Susan Lewis was inducted into the New York Academy of History. Two of our faculty have received Fulbright Awards for their research (Michael Vargas in Spain and Heather Morrison in Austria).

  • Our faculty have also been active in the public and community.  Hamilton Stapell’s expertise in modern Spain has led to appearances on NPR and an article in Foreign Affairs magazine.  Lee Bernstein’s work on US Prisons led to an article on horrible prison food in Edible Hudson Valley.  Reynolds Scott-Childress researched a historic property for the National Parks Service. Akira Shimada has worked as a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is developing a database of ancient Buddhist sites.

  • The History faculty are known for excellence in teaching. Four current members of the department have received the Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year Award, and Professor Hamilton Stapell won the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Michael Vargas has been recognized with his personalized work with students through a campus Award for Excellence in Mentorship

  • See the faculty/staff directory for a full listing of our faculty, their specializations, and their contact information and websites.