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History

The study of history increases our capacity to think critically and to form independent judgments. Examination of various ages and cultures helps students understand the present world and intelligently anticipate the future.

The History program at Roger Williams University is designed to introduce students to the practice of history in both regional and national contexts. Among the courses are offerings on the histories of Europe (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Revolution, Modern), the United States (Colonial, Revolution, Civil War, Gilded Age, Great Depression), Asia (Modern East Asia, China, Japan, Korea), Africa (Modern Africa, South Africa, Egypt, Congo) and Latin America (Colonial Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, Andes).

History majors are encouraged to involve themselves in off-campus programs of study and internships, particularly the Great Cities Program, which gives students the opportunity to experience directly and to enjoy the history and culture of some of the great cities of the world such as London, Paris, Dublin, Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, Chicago and Quebec City.

The study of history is an excellent preparation for careers in law, business, government, education, library science and the national park service or as an archivist or local historian. Our History majors teach and practice law, co-author papers and present at international conferences and create independent research projects.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Use and interpret a variety of sources, including:
    a. primary documents
    b. secondary monographs and scholarly articles
    c. maps, graphs, and charts
    d. visual media, including photographs, film, and video recordings
    e. cultural artifacts
  2. Think abstractly and theoretically about history, such as
    a. understanding the difference between “history” as a disciplinary activity and “the past” as a collection of events
    b. recognizing evolution and change as central to historical studies
    c. recognizing that there are competing theories of history
    d. accepting the possible validity of multiple points of view
  3. Undertake historical research, including:
    a. defining a topic appropriate to the nature of the assignment
    b. locating appropriate resources
    c. assessing the value of information
    d. placing collected information in an appropriate context
    e. extracting ideas from resources objectively and fairly
  4. Present and defend interpretations in a variety of ways, including:
    a. demonstrating respect for their own ideas through the quality of the work they present
    b. writing coherent essays of various lengths
    c. documenting work appropriately and consistently
    d. speaking with clarity about their work in formal and/or informal venues
  5. Demonstrate historical literacy for a specific historic period, including:
    a. constructing valid chronologies for events or movements
    b. using causation and casual chains to explain events
    c. recognizing significant events and personalities
    d. incorporating the concerns of marginalized and minority groups
Matthew Ulricksen
Adjunct Professor
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Matthew Ulricksen

Matthew
Ulricksen
Adjunct Professor
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John Parrillo
Adjunct Professor
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John Parrillo

John
Parrillo
Adjunct Professor
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Shamiran Mako
Adjunct Professor
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Shamiran Mako

Shamiran
Mako
Adjunct Professor
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Benjamin Lefkowitz
Adjunct Professor
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Benjamin Lefkowitz

Benjamin
Lefkowitz
Adjunct Professor
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Joseph Lafauci
Adjunct Professor
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Joseph Lafauci

Joseph
Lafauci
Adjunct Professor
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Joseph Fulginiti
Adjunct Professor
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Joseph Fulginiti

Joseph
Fulginiti
Adjunct Professor
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Charlotte Carrington
Assistant Professor of History
University of Cambridge
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(401) 254-3095
GHH 211
Areas of Expertise: 
Colonial America; the Atlantic world; slavery in America; Native American history; dissent, deviance and crime in early America

Charlotte Carrington

Charlotte
Carrington
Assistant Professor of History
University of Cambridge
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/cv_dr_charlotte_carrington_rwu_website.pdf
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(401) 254-3095
GHH 211
Areas of Expertise: 
Colonial America; the Atlantic world; slavery in America; Native American history; dissent, deviance and crime in early America

Dr. Charlotte Carrington is an Assistant Professor of History, and she specializes in early American History. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) in 2010. Her dissertation was entitled ‘Dissent and Identity in Seventeenth-Century New England,’ and is now a book project. Dr. Carrington’s research interests center on framing dissent, deviance and crime in early America in a wider Atlantic world context. Dr. Carrington is particularly interested in Thomas Morton, who founded the Ma-re Mount settlement (modern-day Quincy, MA), and she has written a biography of Morton for a book entitled Atlantic Lives: Biographies that Cross the Ocean (Brill, 2013). In addition to the book project, Dr. Carrington is currently finalizing an article entitled “‘The only college…in all America…it certainly must be also a tavern”: Town and Gown Deviants in Early Harvard and Cambridge’ for publication this year.

Dr. Carrington teaches the following courses:

Colonial America
America: Colony to Republic
Crime and Dissent in Early New England

Jennifer L. Stevens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of American Studies/US History
B.A. Carleton College, M.A.T. National-Louis University, M.A. Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. Michigan State University
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GHH 217
Areas of Expertise: 
American cultural studies; 20th century United States History

Jennifer L. Stevens

Jennifer L.
Stevens
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of American Studies/US History
B.A. Carleton College, M.A.T. National-Louis University, M.A. Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. Michigan State University
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x5698
GHH 217
Areas of Expertise: 
American cultural studies; 20th century United States History

Background                                                                                                                

Autumn Quezada-Grant, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D.
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GHH 213
Areas of Expertise: 
Latin American History, Indigenous History, Human Rights, Revolutions and Social Justice

Autumn Quezada-Grant

Autumn
Quezada-Grant
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D.
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GHH 213
Areas of Expertise: 
Latin American History, Indigenous History, Human Rights, Revolutions and Social Justice

Autumn Quezada-Grant is an Assistant Professor of History. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2010, in Latin American History. Her dissertation on Indian litigates in nineteenth-century Chiapas, Mexico examined the legal culture and patterns of negotiation and contestation between Highland indigenous groups with local ladino elites. The study of litigation and attempts at redress in the past helps us understand the present engagement of present day Maya in politics and rebellion. Dr. Quezada-Grant has a broad research interest, which include modern Latin America, indigenous history, social justice, and public health history. Recently she has broadened her examinations of revolution into comparative resistance movements between Latin America and North Africa. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Seasons of Discontent: Life, Labor and Litigation amongst Indians and Ladinos in Chiapas, Mexicos 1832-1890. She is also the co-editor and contributor for an edited volume in production titled Voices of the Unseen: Revolt and the Building of Radical Transnationalism.

Debra Ann Mulligan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
B.A. Rhode Island College, M.A., Ph.D. Providence College
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GHH 221

Debra Ann Mulligan

Debra Ann
Mulligan
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
B.A. Rhode Island College, M.A., Ph.D. Providence College
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x3779
GHH 221