Dear Students, Student Families, Alumni, and Friends of History,
It has been a difficult fall this year for students, faculty, and staff alike as we have negotiated “back to school” at SCU in the time of COVID-19. From what I understand, most students and faculty are doing pretty well at navigating the challenges of online teaching and learning, but it hasn’t been easy. Zoom fatigue and wi-fi difficulties are among the more minor issues we have confronted… As the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States reach 240,000, it is worth keeping in mind that WWII resulted in the death of approximately 405,000 American military service members (according to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs). Meanwhile, our economy has suffered immensely, and millions of people are still unemployed due to the effects of COVID-19 on our daily lives. We are in uncharted territories, and politically, our country is profoundly divided. We have a lot of work to do to get through this crisis. Let’s work together! We can do this!
On a more positive note, I am thrilled to welcome our new tenure-stream Assistant Professor in Twentieth-Century U.S. History, Sonia Gomez. Sonia received her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2018. She is currently working on her monograph, A Gendered Diaspora: Intimacy and Empire in the Making of Japanese America, 1908-1952, which is under contract with New York University Press. Her teaching interests in comparative race relations, gender and sexuality, intimacy, and migration will contribute to the diversification of our U.S. course offerings in new and exciting ways.
I am also happy to report that Greg Wigmore, who has been teaching for us for a few years, has been hired as a renewable term lecturer. Greg is a specialist in U.S. and North American history in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis. He too is working on a monograph, The Limits of Empire: Allegiance, Opportunity, and Imperial Rivalry in the Canadian-American Borderland. Greg teaches many interesting courses at SCU and has already developed quite a student following.
Stay safe and take care,
Amy E. Randall, Department Chair