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Dear Students, Alumni, and Friends of the History Department,

We are off to a great start in 2018!! Our students are thriving (even making a big splash at a national student conference), our faculty continue to produce cutting-edge scholarship and take on leadership positions, and our History alums are making the world a better place.

A special thanks to all of you who give so generously to the department. Your gifts make possible many opportunities for our students. We are all very grateful!!

Best wishes for a wonderful 2018,
Nancy C. Unger, Department Chair

Staff Spotlight
Carole Wentz, History dept  

Carole Wentz Retiring

The History Department has decidedly mixed feelings about the impending retirement of Carole Wentz, Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire.   

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Student Spotlight
History dept Winter news  

Phi Alpha Theta Convention

Four members of the class of 2018 represented the department brilliantly at the Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society) Biennial Convention held January 3-6 in New Orleans.

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Two New Opportunities for Students

New Student Research Support!

To continue our tradition of excellence, History majors and minors can now apply for grants to cover costs associated with their research projects such as mileage/gas to libraries, parking fees, photocopying and other related expenses—even airfare and accommodations in special cases. Send proposals to

History Internships!

The History Department seeks to identify internship opportunities for course credit. The first position we’ve identified, offered during Spring quarter 2018, even includes a stipend!

The Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association (SCVSEFA), seeks a History student to compile an oral, video, photo, timeline history of this organization.

Prerequisites for applicants include completion of HIST101 and Junior or Senior status. Time commitment is ten hours per week for 5-6 weeks at the beginning of the quarter. For more information, contact Dr. Matthew Newsom Kerr.

The College of Arts and Sciences will be providing stipends up to $5000 for summer research, internships, projects, and creative work opportunities.  The application deadline is March 15th. Visit the REAL website to apply.

History Club!
History dept Winter 2018 news  

Faculty and Students Invigorate the History Club

Much fun was had at a rousing game of "Secret Hitler." And  there's more exciting History Club news.

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Guest Speaker
Philippa Levine, History dept guest speaker  

Philippa Levine

Professor Philippa Levine, Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin, gave a truly fascinating talk on the origins of Eugenics in a global context.  She also connected this history to important questions facing biomedical ethics today.  Thanks to Professor Newsom Kerr for arranging her visit!

Alumni Spotlight
Holly Kearl '05, History  

Holly Kearl, Class of 2005

Holly's history degree prepared her to fight street harassment and pave the way for the #MeToo movement.

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Primary Sources enjoys learning what alumni are up to.  Please email us.

Faculty Updates
Tom Turley, History professor  

Tom Turley

Professor Tom Turley recently accepted the directorship of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor.

Paul Mariani, History professor  

Paul Mariani, S.J.

Paul Mariani, S.J. published "Gender, Catholicism, and Communism in 1950s Shanghai," in Review of Religion and Chinese Society 4, no. 2, 193–214.

Amy Randall, History professor  

Amy Randall

Professor Amy Randall’s edited collection Genocide and gender in the twentieth century: a comparative survey was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title of the Year (2016) by Choice Magazine!

Spring 2018 Courses

List of courses we will be offering in the spring.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Santa Clara University
Department of History
O'Connor Hall
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408.554.4527

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