Department News & Events

Student Update

History major receives New Jersey Women's & Gender Consortium Internship Award
Congratulations to Nicole Lipari who received a $1000 grant from the New Jersey Women's and Gender Consortium to support her summer internship at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn. Nicole is a senior History major with a minor in Arts Administration.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013
Thirty-five of our 143 History majors graduated this year. Eighteen students received a Bachelor of Arts in History. Over seventy percent completed their degree in four years. Seventeen students received Bachelor of Arts in Education and History. Over eighty percent of our double majors completed their degree in four years.

Our graduates earned recognition for a variety of achievements at the Spring Awards Banquet. Anthony Maddaluno received a Leadership Certificate from the Center for the Development of Leadership Skills and the Certificate of Achievement in Political Science. Haley Wilson received a Leadership Certificate and a Faculty Citation of Merit from the School of Education. Brittany Gajewski also earned a Leadership Certificate and a Certificate for Excellence in Social Studies Education. Keith White was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Secondary Education. James Sheridan won the Outstanding Resident Advisor Award.

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society 2013 Inductee
Congratulations to senior History major Steve Gorman on his induction into the SLAS Honor Society!

ISCAP Day 2013
The History Department made a strong showing at this year’s Independent Scholarship & Creative Activities Presentations with an all-History major panel during the presentation session. Student speakers included: Erich M. Huhn on “Ibn Khaldun’s Prolegomena as the Course of the American Empire,” Anthony Maddaluno on “The Imperial Presidency: Unilateral Executive Power in Wartime,” Rebecca Russo “’Not Having the Fear of God before Her Eyes’: Infanticide in Colonial New Jersey,” and Chris Werner, “A Christian: The Third Reich.”

Two History Majors Named Andrew J. Rider Scholars
Congratulations to Brittany Gajewski and Rebecca Russo named Andrew J. Rider Scholars at Founders Day on May 4, 2013. This is the highest academic achievement award granted by Rider recognizing the top one percent of seniors, juniors, and sophomores, by grade point average, for each of Rider’s six academic colleges and schools. Gajewski and Russo are double majors in History and Secondary Education and were selected for the School of Education. This was Gajewski’s second year as an Andrew J. Rider Scholar. When asked to identify their most influential college teacher, Gajewski and Russo named Dr. Brooke Hunter.

Faculty Update

Dr. Thomas Callahan’s book, I'm Sending a Shamrock to Remind You of Home: Roscommon Families and the Irish Diaspora 1875-1950, is now available. “Three decades ago a chance meeting brought the author to the isolated Roscommon cottage where his grandmother, Kate McCormack and five of her siblings, over a century earlier, had bid tearful farewells to their family and sailed off into the west to new lives in America. This book follows their journey to a new land and the author's quest to come to know two generations of a family divided by an ocean and nearly forgotten by time. Along the way, the dramatic history of late-19th and early-20th century Ireland and America comes alive as the McCormack family and their neighbors struggle with the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by those turbulent times. The book demonstrates how the "big picture" of history can be viewed through the individual portraits of those who make it and also addresses the difficult problems facing those who undertake such a project - to rescue the history of average people from obscurity by using the scattered remnants of their past. The McCormacks who made the long journey to America and the loved ones they left at home are long dead, but family photos, letters, oral histories, public and parochial records reveal the lives they lived."

Dr. Lucien Frary is co-editing a forthcoming volume of collected essays from the University of Wisconsin Press entitled From the Balkans to the Caucasus, which promises to be a pathbreaking work.

2013 Summer Fellowships
Three members of the History Department won University support for scholarship and course development this summer. This reflects the active research agendas of our faculty and an initiative to keep our curriculum up to date and responsive to student interests.

Dr. Tom Callahan received a Research Fellowship to support work on a new project investigating the immigrant experience during the transatlantic voyage.

Dr. Lucien Frary received a Research Fellowship to begin research on a biography of Grigorii Aleksandrovich Stroganov (1770-1857), a statesman from one of Imperial Russia’s leading families.

Dr. Anne Osborne received a Developmental Fellowship to create a new course on the global environment.

Rider receives Minuteman Award 
The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey honored Rider and Dr. Joe Gowaskie with the Robert A. Dennin Minuteman Award recognizing our internship program on November 27, 2012. Ten History majors have interned at the Militia Museum since 2007.

Dr. Brooke Hunter receives Podmore/Dwyer Historic Award for Local History
The award was presented at the 14th Annual Lawrence Township Economic Development Awards banquet held on October 10, 2012 at Quakerbridge Mall. The Podmore/Dwyer Historic Award celebrates a business, individual or community organization in Lawrence that promotes historical preservation and/or has provided an effective educational avenue toward advancing knowledge of the Township’s rich history. Dr. Hunter was recognized for her research on slavery and abolition in Lawrence which she presented at the Lawrence Historical Society’s annual lecture last fall alongside colleague Dr. Roderick McDonald. She accepted the award on behalf of the Rider students with whom she explores local history and in particular the HIS 360 seminar from Fall 2009 that started the investigation of slavery and abolition. She could not do this work without the cooperation and assistance of the Lawrence Historical Society, especially Laura Nawrocik and Dennis Waters. The Podmore/Dwyer Award is a testament to the Township’s commitment to preserving and remembering the past. Dr. Hunter is dedicated to reciprocating this commitment on behalf of Rider University by engaging undergrads in the study of local history.

Alumni Update

Over half of our students double major in Education and become educators.   Keith P. White ('13) is teaching social studies at Brick High School in Brick Township, NJ.  Drew Laverty (’13) was hired  at Kingswood Regional High School in South Jersey.   Christian Lugo (’13) accepted a position at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ.   Brittany Gajewski (’13) is entering the MA program at Rutgers University New Brunswick for Counseling. Dana Nissen (‘11 ) teaches 2nd grade in Lawrence Township.  Christie DeCarolis (‘09) teaches high school in Pennsauken, NJ.   Sam Cicero (‘09) recently left his position as an Urban Experiential Education Facilitator at the Princeton-Blairstown Center to join the Peace Corps. He will teach English in Macedonia for two years.  Casey McAleer (‘08) received Honorable Mention at the Phillies’ 2012 Teacher Appreciation Night. He teaches high school in Voorhees.  Jackie Becker (’08) was named Apshawa School's Teacher of the Year in 2012 where she teaches 4th grade. She recently earned an MA in Teaching from Rutgers.  Richard Griffin (‘08) earned his graduate degree in education at Rider and now teaches at Warren Hills Regional Middle School in NJ.  Matt Thornton (‘04) teaches 5th grade in Boston, MA. He previously taught high school in Baltimore and is a Teach for America corps member.

Public History
A growing number of our grads are entering the field of public history which includes a broad range of institutions such as historic sites and museums. Brittany Gajewski ('13) has taken a part-time position at the Liberty Hall Museum in Unionm, NJ, working with the Education Coordinator.  Chelsea Smith (’11) works at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  Greg Ferrara (’11) and Alexandra Longo (’10) are writing their theses to complete the Masters degree program in Museum Professions at Seton HallBrennan Phillips (’10) is an engineer on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. He worked for several years as an educator and crew member aboard the reproduction tall ship Lady Washington at Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington.  Jason Sullivan ('09) parlayed his internship at the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey in Lawrenceville into a job at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in NYC. He started as a tour guide before being promoted to his current position as a Concierge Marketing/Sales Representative.  Charles Evans (‘05) received a Masters degree in Applied History from Shippensburg University.

Grad School in History
Two recent alums are enrolled in Ph.D. programs: Jennifer Sorensen (’12) in European history at George Washington University and Robert Fisher (’10) in U.S. history at the University of Missouri.  A number of our recent graduates have received Masters degrees in History including Leah Hepner ('07) from the University of Bristol (UK), Joshua Meredith ('07) from Rutgers-Camden, and Matthew Thornton (‘04) from Rutgers-Newark.

A number of recent grads have entered law school including Lauren Runza (’12) at Drexel University, Jonathan D'Agostino (’11) at Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina, Chris Kramar (’11) at the University of Richmond, and Kevin Babeu (’10) at Penn State.  Brandon Copeland ('09) graduated from Indiana University's top-ranked Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.  Kim Van Heygen (’07) received her law degree from the University of New Hampshire and works for Mercer County (NJ) Superior Court.  Rikki Ghadia ('05) completed a joint-degree in law and business (JD/MBA) at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business and a MA in International Affairs at George Washington University. He is practicing law in New York.  Tim Kozlowski (‘04) received his law degree from William and Mary.

Politics/International Relations/Government
The success of recent grads shows that History provides an excellent foundation for the related fields of political science and international relations.  Ben Gibson (’09) earned a Masters degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.  Tatsiana Kulakevich (‘08) earned a Masters degree in International Relations from New York University and is working on a Ph.D. in Political Science at Rutgers.  Lukasz Gargas (‘10) and Lada Pastushak ('07) attended the MA program in Central/Eastern European Studies at La Salle University. Lada is the Director of Administration & Finance for the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council in Washington D.C.