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History Department Professor Jose R. Torre awarded NEH Landmarks in American History and Culture Grant for Third Time

The NEH has awarded Associate Professor of History Jose R. Torre a $157,000 grant to bring 72 K-12 schoolteachers to Rochester in summer 2015 to study the reform movement.
This is the third time in the last five years the NEH has awarded Torre this grant. In summer 2014, 80 schoolteachers from more than 30 states gathered at the Strong Museum to study the unique role of Rochester in the 19th-century efforts to end racial and gender inequality. 


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Dr. Takashi Nishiyma interviewed by Yomuiri

August 6, 2013

      While in Japan this summer, Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Yomuiri, one of Japan's major national newspapers, about his research on Kamikaze.

Dr. Bruce Leslie named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

May 7, 2013

      Dr. Bruce Leslie is among only sixteen professors from across the SUNY system and the only professor at The College at Brockport to be elevated this year to the position of Distinguished Professor.  This prestigious promotion is in recognition of Dr. Leslie's extensive service to the College at Brockport and SUNY.  Congratulations to Dr. Leslie and many thanks for dedication to the Brockport community. 

Dr. Morag Martin wins SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

May 1, 2013

     Congratulations to Dr. Morag Martin, who is among the eight faculty selected from the College at Brockport to receive this year's SUNY Chancellor's Awards.  This brings the total number of current history faculty who have won Chancellor's Awards to 10!  Congratulations to Dr. Martin for her many accomplishments.


History Students win College-wide awards!

Ben Young, (B.S. '12, M.A. '13, History) awarded Distinguished Scholar Award
Congratulations to Ben Young who won the College’s Distinguished Scholar Award! This prestigious award goes to a graduate student who has demonstrated achievement, outstanding scholarship or creative activity and strong evidence of professional promise.  The awardee becomes the student speaker at that year's Graduate Commencement.  We look forward to hearing from Ben! 
Garrett Roe, (B.S. '13, History and Childhood Education) awarded Outstanding McNair Scholar Award
Congratulations to Garrett for winning the Outstanding McNair Scholar Award.  This award recognizes a student in the McNair Program who has a 3.5 GPA and shows the most promise of continuing their education in graduate or professional school. The student selected must have received offers of funding such as assistantships, fellowships or grants from the graduate or professional schools to which they have applied.
Nicole Fuller (B.S. '13) awarded Honors Program Scholar Award
Nicole is a Psychology major, who is minoring in History and Criminal Justice.  Congratulations Nicole!


History students present at National Conference

     History students Becky Smith, Tiffany White, and Rebekah Feller recently presented papers at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in La Crosse, WI, This is a large conference that represents some of the best undergraduate work from around the country. Thank you to Tiffany, Becky, and Rebekah for representing Brockport and the History Department so well!

Dr. Ken O'Brien receives the 2012 William Hoyt Advocacy Award

     Congratulations to Dr. Ken O'Brien for receiving the 2012 William Hoyt Advocacy Award from the State Archives and Partnership Trust. O'Brien has been on the State Historical Records Advisory Board for a decade and has been advocating for the permanent preservation and archival recording of the State University of New York's Central System Administration. He shares the award with Carl Hayden, former chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

History Students win campus awards, 2011-2012

We are delighted to announce that the following students have won campus-wide awards for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Congratulations to each of you!

Paul Constantine, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, The School of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
This is the third year in a row that this award has gone to a History graduate student.  In 2010-2011 Karin Torres Pena won the award, and in 2009-2010 Michael Fickess won the Graduate award and history major Peter Manktelow won the Outstanding Undergraduate Student award in The School of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Justin Jackson, President's Citation Award
This is the highest award given to a graduating senior at The College at Brockport.  It recognizes a student who is not only outstanding in the classroom - the minimum GPA for consideration is 3.75 - but also one who enhances the life of the college and the surrounding community through their involvement in extra-curricular activities.  
Natalie Walton, Distinguished Professors Award for Graduate Student Research
This competitive, merit-based award funds original graduate student research.
Paige Doerner and Ben Young (co-awardee), Anne and Lynn Parsons Award
Due to the large number of high caliber applications submitted this year, the college decided to award two Parsons fellowships this year, and both were won by History students in our 4+1 program!  The grant, which helps cover the cost of tuition, was established in 2006 by Dr. Lynn and Anne Parsons.  This award has a special link with the History Department.  Dr. Lynn Parsons is an emeritus professor in the Department (his wife, Anne, worked in IT Support Services), and the first award in 2006 went to a History  student, Jasmine Bonow.


2 History Faculty among the four Chancellor's Award Recipients for 2012

April 26, 2012

     Congratulations to Drs. Alison Parker and Meredith Roman, who were among the four faculty selected from the College at Brockport to receive this year's SUNY Chancellor's Awards.  This brings the total number of current history faculty who have won Chancellor's Awards to 9!  Congratulations to them both for their many accomplishments.

Meredith Roman, Associate Professor, Department of History

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Roman is a dynamic teacher with an engaged teaching style that includes innovations such as “circle learning.” She has taught 13 different courses and is appreciated by students for consistently paying careful attention to the needs and concerns of her students. She regularly looks to improve her courses through frequent solicitation of student feedback as well as the addition of the most up-to-date texts and films. She has mentored forty-two students through individual research projects in her eleven semesters at Brockport.

Alison M. Parker, PhD, Professor, Department of History

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities  Parker has published two books, 13 articles in journals and books, three co-edited books, and many book reviews over the course of her career. Her work has had a significant impact on the field of American Women’s and Gender History. Her first book Purifying America: Women, Cultural Reform, and Pro-Censorship Activism 1873-1933 is one of the most prominent and influential books on its topic. Her most recent book is Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-Century American Women on Race, Reform, and the State 

Dr. Anne Macpherson gives the opening keynote lecture in the Belize at 30 Conference

March 20-22, 2012

     Dr. Anne Macpherson opened the Belize at 30 Conference at St. John's College in Belize City with an evening lecture entitled "Never a Coward Woman: Women and the Struggle for Belize's Independence."  The Belize at 30 Conference was organized by the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, a branch of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), and it acted as the final event in the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of Belize's Independence.  The conference organizers billed Dr. Macpherson's talk as the "highlight of the forum."  The conference featured eight other speakers including Belize's ambassador to Guatemala and the Chief Executive Officer of Belize's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Dr. Nigel Encalada, director of NICH discussed the importance of Dr. Macpherson's talk with Channel 7 News in Belize.  Dr. Macpherson also gave a brief pre-lecture interview, which can be found here.

Dr. Wakefield interviewed by Ed Hinton for ESPN on NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson, and Chad Knaus

Dr. Moyer's editorial contrasting the recent Le Roy Health Crisis to the Salem Witch trials was featured in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Dr. Macpherson wins prestigious Goveia Book Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians

Last Updated 9/10/14


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"