Tons of great history courses for fall

The History Department has just released its Fall 2023 course catalog. Want to travel across the globe or back in time? You can do it all in this department!

Seen around town…

Ever wonder who writes the Museum of the City of New York’s “On This Day” history facts for the city’s network of LinkNYC kiosks? One of the people responsible is the History Department’s very own Prof. Katie Uva. Look for her contributions around town–and right around the college, as this picture shows!

A photo of a LinkNYC kiosk near Baruch, with a "On This Day" history fact.

What inspired our newest faculty member to study history, and why students should explore the past too

In this video, Dr. Alex Manevitz talks about how he became interested in history, the fields in which he works, and his research on Seneca Village, the African American settlement that New York City removed to build Central Park. He also makes a very compelling argument for why students should study history. Dr. Manevitz joined the department in 2022.

Recent talk by Dr. Zaky

On October 25, Professor Asaad Zaky (Sadat City University), a Fall 2022 visiting researcher at Baruch, gave a talk titled “The Diplomacy of Antiquities: Evidence from Tutankhamun Exhibition 1972 in London.”

Prof. Asaad Zaky speaks to a group of students.
Prof. Asaad Zaky speaking to students who attended his October 25 lecture.

Congratulations to Prof. Briana Jackson!

Congratulations to Briana Jackson, an instructor in the History Department. She has just accepted a two-year fellowship with the American Research Center in Cairo.

March 3: A teach-in on the Ukraine crisis

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has plunged Europe into interstate war for the first time since World War II and threatens massive economic, political, and military fallout. Are you confused about the historical origins and proximate causes of the conflict? Do you worry about the humanitarian and social ramifications of the conflict? Are you perplexed about the motives of the Russian and Ukrainian governments, the role played by the United States, NATO, and the European Union in the conflict, or the ramifications for the global political and economic order?

If so, then please join Professors Jed Abrahamian, Thomas Heinrich, and Andrew Sloin of the History Department for a teach-in on the Ukrainian Crisis. We will offer some analysis of the historical and contemporary origins of the war and guide an open conversation with all interested members of the Baruch Community.

What: Ukraine Crisis Teach-In
When: Thursday, March 3, 2022, 12:30-2:00 PM
Where: Baruch College, Vertical Campus, 3-150

Congratulations to Prof. Johanna Fernandez and Prof. Vince DiGirolamo!

Prof. Johanna Fernandez recently won the prestigious Organization of American Historians’ Turner award for her 2020 book The Young Lords: A Radical History.  She also received the OAH’s Liberty Legacy Foundation Award.

2020 OAH Turner Prize winner Prof. Vincent DiGirolamo has received another accolade for Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboys: the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era’s Vincent P. DeSantis Award. He will give a talk for SHGAPE on May 12. Register here.

Congratulations to Profs. Fernandez and DiGirolamo!

Baruch College History Department International Friedman Symposium on Friday, April 23: Defense Economics, Business, and Industrial Mobilization in the United States and Britain  


  • Prof. Gillian Brunet, Wesleyan University, author of “Stimulus on the Home Front: The State-Level Effects of WWII Spending.”
  • Prof. Thomas Heinrich, Baruch College, author of Warship Builders: An Industrial History of U.S. Naval Shipbuilding, 1922-1945.
  • Prof. Christopher Miller, Glasgow University, UK, author of Planning and Profits: British Naval Armaments Manufacture and the Military Industrial Complex, 1918-1941.
  • Prof. Mark Wilson, University of North Carolina Charlotte, author of Destructive Creation American Business and the Winning of World War II.

For Zoom information, please contact

Alumnus Book Talk, March 4

On Thursday, March 4, History Department graduate Leonidas Georgiou spoke about his new book, Conversations with F.D.R. at His Ahepa Initiation. Based on original research at the Franklin Roosevelt Library and in Greek archives, the book offers an interesting look at how transnational Greek civic organizations influenced US policy.

Front cover of FDR at his Ahepa Intitiation Photo of author Leonidas Georgiou

Prof. Martina Nguyen to discuss fashion as art and business

Is fashion an art or a business? Are the aspirations of the artist different to those of the designer? On January 14 (7 AM EST; 7 PM in Vietnam), Professor Martina Thucnhi Nguyen will join anthropologist Ann Marie Leshkowich and Dolla S. Merrillees, curator of the Ho Chi Minh City Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, to address these questions through case studies of well known Vietnamese designers past and present, and in the context of the scale and rise in popularity of fashion exhibition in galleries and museums in recent years.

This discussion will explore how aesthetic and market considerations inform ideas of innovation and heritage; concepts of the designer as both artist and gatekeeper of cultural and gender identities; including the complexity of an ‘essential’ or an ‘original’ artistic vision within Vietnamese design.

Click here for more details, including how to register.