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Department ofHistory


Faculty Updates Spring 2022

Catch up with what history faculty have done Spring 2022

In recognition of the important work she does in advancing the excellence of Santa Clara University, Professor Naomi Andrews has been named The Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor at Santa Clara University. This endowed professorship is a huge honor. Congratulations, Professor Andrews!

Amy Randall

Professor Amy Randall was honored to be the keynote speaker for SCU's annual Alpha Sigma Nu induction ceremony on March 31, 2022. ASN chooses its members on the basis of academic excellence, service to the campus and local communities, as well as commitment to the intellectual, social, moral, and religious ideals of Jesuit higher education. Alpha Sigma Nu is the only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit and its members are among the most dedicated students at Santa Clara University.

This spring, Professor Amy Randall has also been appointed Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies (By Courtesy) beginning in the 2022-23 academic year. This is in recognition of her years of service in the WGST as a member of the Program Council, which included participation in post-doctoral and tenure-track searches, program review, curricular review, and evaluation and promotion committees. It is also in recognition of her contributions to women's and gender studies in both her teaching and scholarship.

In March, Assistant Professor Sonia Gomez presented a paper titled, “Intimacy as Methodology: Black and Japanese Relations in Postwar America” during a roundtable discussion hosted by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society held at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Boston, MA.

Nancy Unger

Professor Nancy C. Unger enjoyed being on phased retirement in spring, but is looking forward to returning to the classroom in the fall.  Read her review of HBO’s popular series “The Gilded Age.”

Nancy is president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and was delighted to preside IN PERSON at the society’s various meetings at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, held in Boston, where she also moderated a chat room seminar on the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919.  She gave a Zoom presentation “American Women in Environmental History: An Illustrated Overview,” to the Legacy Project of the County College of Morris, New Jersey, and was featured in “A Conversation about LGBTQ+ History,” by Tara Jacobi, in the Bar Bulletin, serving San Luis Obispo’s Legal Community.

Lecturer Marwan Hanania is working on finishing his book on the social and political history of the city of Amman. He is also writing two articles: one on memory and the Karameh Battle of 1968 and the other work is a review of a number of themes related to the exclusion of Near Eastern Christianity and Islam from Western discourses about the development of religious thought.