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Joseph Cope

Professor of


Sturges Hall 302
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Joseph Cope has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2001.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • The British Isles
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Social and Cultural History


Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005

Publications and Professional Activities

  • "The Irish Stroker and the King: Valentine Greatrakes, Protestant Faith Healing, and the Restoration in Ireland," Éire-Ireland, Fall/Winter 2011.
  • England and the 1641 Irish Rebellion (2009).
  • Cope
Fall 2014 Classes

HIST 220:
Int-Hist:History-Everyday Life

    Students in HIST 220 will get an intensive introduction to the practice and study of history in a seminar setting. Students will read and discuss many works of scholarship which take different approac
    hes to the same set of historical issues and/or events. Through detailed and sustained class discussion and individual analysis of several historical works dealing with the same general field, students will gain better analytic skills and an understanding of the variety of historical interpretations possible for a given topic. Prerequisites: 9 hours of college-level history credit, at least 3 hours of which must be at Geneseo; or junior standing. Multiple sections offered every fall & spring semester
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HIST 393:
Hn:20th century British empire

    Two semesters of individual research and writing, of an undergraduate thesis, directed by a member of the Department of History. Available for history majors with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
    and who have taken at least 24 hours of history courses with at least a 3.5 average. Invitation to participate will be by the Department. Prerequisites: Senior standing, one 300-level course, and HIST 220 and HIST 221. Offered by individual arrangement
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HUMN 220:
H/Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as w
    ell as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.
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