Geneseo History Department


Department of History

By deepening their knowledge of the past, historical studies train individuals to better understand the present and to more intelligently shape the future.




History Department News

Our third annual Teachers' Day was a great success. On Friday, March 11, 2016, nearly 50 area secondary school teachers gathered on the SUNY Geneseo campus for series of workshops. Kathleen Mapes led a session on the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of immigration, and  Megan Brankley Abbas conducted a workshop on Muslims and Other Monotheists. After lunch, Tze-Ki Hon gave a talk, entitled “Six Things New Yorkers Should Know About East Asian History.”

Distinguished Professor of History Michael Oberg was recently elected a fellow of the New York Academy of History. He is a leading international authority on the intersection of colonial English and Native American societies, and he has published seven books and  a variety of seminal articles and other writings.

Congratulations to History major Brandon Gaylord, whose work on setting up a leadership workshop for high school students through the College'e Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Development is profiled in the Livingston County News.

Alumni Night, October 7, 2015, in Sturges Hall at SUNY-Genseo. Our students benefited from listing to the career tales told by Charlie Morris, Jill Robinson Morris, Bo Shoemaker, Pat Stenshorn, and Kate Holloway

We are pleased to welcome Professor Megan Brankley Abbas to the history department!  Professor Abbas earned her PhD at Princeton University and will be teaching courses on the history of the Islamic world.

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