Queens College Alumni Historians
Barkan, professor emeritus of history and ethnic
studies at California State University, San Bernardino, received his
M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
His publications include From All
Points: America's Immigrant West, 1870s-1952; And Still They Come: Immigrants and American Society, 1920-1990s;
and Asian and Pacific Islander Migration
to the United States.
M. Bell is distinguished professor of history at Rutgers University. After graduating from Queens College in 1963,
he received his Ph.D. in 1969 from the CUNY Graduate Center. His publications includeThe Voices of Gemma Galgani: The Life and Afterlife of a Modern
Saint, with Cristina Mazzoni; How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians; and Holy Anorexia.
J. Bernstein is one of the leading historians of the Truman Administration and
the early Cold War and a pioneer in New Left historiography. After graduating from Queens College in 1957,
he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Since 1965 he has been at Stanford University, where he is now professor
emeritus. His publications included the
influential essay “The New Deal: The Conservative Achievements of Liberal
Reform”; Towards a New
Past: Dissenting Essays in American History (editor); and Politics and Policies
of the Truman Administration.
Pacht Brickman is professor of history at the United States
Merchant Marine Academy. After receiving
a B.A. and M.A. in history from Queens College she received her Ph.D. from the
CUNY Graduate Center. From 1994 until
2011, she served as dean of the department of humanities at the Academy. She has published articles and reviews in Naval Institute Proceedings; The American Neptune; Science; Women's Studies Encyclopedia; Journal
of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences; and Journal
of Public Health Policy.
Carroll received her Ph.D. in History from Brown University. She is professor emerita of political science
at Purdue University, where she was instrumental in establishing the women’s
studies program. Her publications
include Design for Total War, Arms, and Economics in the Third Reich; Liberating Women's History: Theoretical and Critical
Essays; and, as co-editor, The Political and Social Thought of Women:
An Anthology. She served as president of the National
Women’s Studies Association and on the editorial board of the National Women’s
Studies Association Journal.
Peter N. Carroll taught U.S. history
at University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and currently teaches at Stanford
University. He is the author and editor
of seventeen books, including The
Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War; The Good Fight Continues: World War II Letters
from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade; and Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil
War. He is chair of the
Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) and
co-curator of two museum exhibitions: Shouts
From the Wall: Posters of the Spanish Civil War (with Cary Nelson) and They Still Draw Pictures: Children’s Art in
Wartime From the Spanish Civil War to Kosovo (with Anthony L. Geist). He is the
author of a poetry volume, Riverborne:
A Mississippi Requiem.
Ronald L. Feinman received his B.A. and M.A. from Queens
College and his Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. He teaches at Broward Community College and
Florida Atlantic University. His
publications include Twilight Of Progressivism: The Western
Republican Senators and The New Deal.
Richard Greenwald is dean of the School of Humanities and Social
Sciences at Brooklyn College. He was
previously executive dean of the Brooklyn campus of St. Joseph's College. His most recent book is Labor Rising: The Past and Future of American Workers. His other publications include The Triangle Fire, the Protocols of Peace and Industrial Democracy
in Progressive Era New York and Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global
Perspective. He is the editor
of Exploring America's Past: A Reader in Social, Political and
Cultural History, 1865–Present. His current book projects include The Death of 9–5: Permanent Freelancers, Empty Offices and the New
Way America Works and Woven Together for Social
Justice: The History of the American Needle Trades Union.
Herbert G. Gutman was one
of the most influential U.S. historians of the post-World War II era. He taught a generation of historians to put
working people at the center of the nation's historical narrative, and to ask
wide-ranging questions about how workers (including slaves) lived their lives
and shaped American society and culture.
Born in New York City, he attended John Adams High School and graduated
from Queens College. He received a M.A. in history from Columbia University and
a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
His teaching career took him to Fairleigh Dickinson University, the
State University of New York at Buffalo, Stanford University, University of
Rochester, and The City College of New York.
In 1975, he joined the faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he was
distinguished professor until his death in 1985. His path-breaking essays on working-class
history were collected in Work, Culture, and Society in
Industrializing America: Essays in American Working-Class and Social History
and Power and Culture: Essays on the American Working Class. He wrote two books about slavery, Slavery and the Numbers Game and The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom 1750-1925. In 1981, he co-founded (with Steve Brier) the
American Social History Project, which has produced numerous books (including Who Built America?), videos, websites, and educational programs disseminating the history
of working Americans to students, labor activists, and the general public.
Judith Mara Gutman, a
prominent independent scholar and author, received a master’s degree from the Bank
Street School of Education after graduating from Queens College in 1949. Her books include The Colonial Venture: An Autobiography of the American Colonies from
Their Beginnings to 1763; Lewis W. Hine and the American Social Conscience;
The Making of American Society (co-authored
with Edwin Rozwenc); and Through
Indian Eyes, a history of
photography in India. She has taught at
Hunter College and New School University and curated a number of major
(Bombach) Handlin was professor of history at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her
books include George Bancroft, The
Intellectual as Democrat and, with Oscar Handlin, Abraham Lincoln and the Union; From the Outer World; and A Restless
People: Americans in Rebellion, 1770-1787.
Kaplan is emeritus professor of history, City College of New York. His books include Politics and Religion during the English Revolution:
the Scots and the Long Parliament, 1643-1645; Oliver
Cromwell; and Between
Ocean and City: The Transformation of Rockaway, New York (with Carol P.
M. Katzman (Queens, B.A., 1963; Michigan Ph.D., 1969) is professor emeritus
of American studies, University of Kansas and co-editor of American Studies. His books
include Before the Ghetto: Black Detroit in the Nineteenth Century;
Seven Days a Week: Women and Domestic
Service in Industrializing America; and
(as co-author) one of the leading college history textbooks, A
People & A Nation: A History of the United States.
of history at College of Charleston, received his Ph.D. from NYU in 1974. His publications include The Concept of Zionist Dissent in the American Mind 1917-1941 and Christian Science in the Age of Mary Baker
McDonnell received his Ph.D., in Ancient History from Columbia
University. He has taught at the
University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, NYU, Columbia University, and
Baruch College. His is the author of Roman Manliness: Virtus and the Roman
Republic and has been the director of the Classical Summer School of the
American Academy in Rome since 2004. He
recalls that when he started as a freshman at Queens College in 1966 women
couldn't wear pants, but by the time he left, there were nudists sitting in
Moehring is professor of history at the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his B.A.
(1968) and M.A. (1970) in history from Queens College and his Ph.D. (1976) from
the CUNY Graduate Center. In addition to
numerous journal articles and book chapters, he has published five books: Public Works and the Patterns of Urban Real
Estate Growth in Manhattan, 1835-1894; Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas,
and Empire in the Far West, 1840-1890; A Centennial History of Las Vegas (with Michael Green); and The
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: A History.
Nenner received his L.L.B. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from
the University of California, Berkeley.
He practiced law in New York before entering academia. He is Roe/Straut professor emeritus in the humanities
(history) at Smith College, where he taught from 1968 to 2006. His publications include The Right to be King: the succession to the
Crown of England, 1603-1714 and By Colour of Law: Legal Culture and Constitutional
Politics in England, 1660-89.
Armand I. Patrucco received his Ph.D.
from Columbia University. He was professor
of history at Rhode Island College, where he taught for 34 years, and author of
The Critics of the Italian Parliamentary
System, 1860-1915. At Rhode Island
College he led one of the top national college chess clubs and convinced the
college to be the first in the nation to offer chess scholarships.
W. Pruessen is deputy director of Munk School of Global Affairs at the
University of Toronto. Formerly Chair of the Department of History, his
early work focused on the Cold War, including John Foster Dulles: To the Threshold, 1888-1952. Current work is concentrated on a study of
the early stages of U.S. involvement in Vietnam and an edited collection of
articles and conference papers dealing with John Foster Dulles’s years as U.S.
Secretary of States.
Ravitch is professor emeritus at University of California, Riverside. His books include Sword and Mitre: Government and
Episcopate in France and England in the Age of Aristocracy; Christian
Man; and The Catholic Church
and the French Nation, 1685-1985.
Scheiner, professor emeritus,
University of California, Berkeley. Ph.D.,
University of Michigan. Publications
Converts and Social Protest in Meiji Japan and Japanese Thought in the Tokugawa
Period: Methods and Metaphors (edited with Tetsuo Najita).
Sitkoff received his B.A. from Queens College in 1961 and a Ph.D. from
Columbia University. One of the
outstanding historians of civil rights and African American history, he taught
for many years at the University of New Hampshire. His numerous
books include A History of Our Time; A New Deal for Blacks: The Emergence of Civil Rights
as a National Issue: The Depression Decade; King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop; and
The Struggle for Black Equality, 1954-1992.
M. Stern (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1970), from 1977 through 1999 was a
historian at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, where he
developed a special interest in teacher preparation and secondary-school
history education. In 1992, he launched
the American History Project for High School Students, a program to introduce
students to the complexity of history and historical evidence. He has worked
extensively with educational advocacy organizations including Core Knowledge, K12,
and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is the author of Averting the Final
Failure: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings
and The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile
Stueck is professor emeritus and distinguished research professor at the
University of Georgia. After completing
his M.A. at Queens College he received a Ph.D. in History at Brown
University. He is one of the leading
historians of the Korean War and U.S-Korean relations. His publications include Rethinking the Korean War: A New Diplomatic and Strategic History
and The Korean War: An International
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, professor emeritus
at Morgan State University, received her Ph.D. from Howard University. At Queens College she was a charter member of
the campus NAACP chapter and helped lead a boycott of classes to protest a ban
on allowing Malcolm X to speak. Her
publications include African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote,
1850-1920; The Afro-American Woman: struggles and
images (edited with Sharon Harley); and The Columbia guide to African American history since
1939 (edited with Robert L. Harris).
Albion M. Urdank is a tenured
associate professor of modern British and European history at University of
California, Los Angeles. He received his
Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1983.
His publications include Religion
and Society in a Cotswold Vale: Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, 1780 to 1865.
D. Weiner is William H. Laird professor
of history and the liberal arts, emeritus, at Carleton College, where he taught
history from 1964 to 2004, after completing his M.A. at Columbia University and
doing additional graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently working on The Esternay Project and Archive, an
online archive of nineteenth-century letters, around the Poirrier family and
their notarial clientele in the rural town of Esternay, France.
Alfred F. Young was one of the leading historians of the era
of the American revolution, transforming its study though close attention to
the lives and political activities of artisans and other ordinary
Americans. His concern with less known
and less celebrated historical actors was nurtured at Queens College (where he
received his B.A. in 1946) by economic historian Vera Shlakman and historian
Henry David. After receiving his M.A. at
Columbia University and Ph.D. at Northwestern University, he taught for many
years at Northern Illinois University.
His publications include The Democratic-Republicans of New York:
The Origins, 1763–1797; the highly
influential and widely reprinted essay "George Roberts Twelves
Hewes (1742–1840): A Boston Shoemaker and the Memory of the American
Revolution"; Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson,
Continental Soldier; The
Liberty Tree: Ordinary People and the American Revolution; and Revolutionary
Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation.
Robert Zaller is distinguished
university professor at Drexel University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from
Washington University and taught at the University of California, Santa
Barbara; the University of Miami, Coral Gables; and since 1987, at Drexel. His books include The Parliament of
1621: A Study in Constitutional Conflict; The Cliffs of
Solitude: A Reading of Robinson Jeffers; Europe in Transition,
1660-1815; The Discourse of Legitimacy in Early Modern England;
and Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime. He is an
elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society.