History Department

Cyril Ramaphosa: A New Hope for South Africa?

History professor David Gordon discusses the track record of Cyril Ramaphosa—former union boss, business tycoon, and now president of South Africa—and asks
‘What kind of a leader might he turn out to be?’

Eleven Faculty Members Promoted with Tenure

From plate tectonics to molecular ecology, from the history of jazz to Asian Communism, from game theory to the French Revolution, the candidates span a wide variety of subjects.

From Truman to Trump: Getting a Handle on Modern US History

History and Africana Studies Brian Purnell is teaching a new generalist course in US history this semester, designed to give students an informed understanding of how America became the country it is today.

Sakura Christmas Wins NEH Fellowship to Research on Role of Imperial Japan in 1930s China

Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies Sakura Christmas has won a $50,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on a book project about the role Japanese administrators played in shaping modern day China.

It’s OK To Cry: Male Tears in Twelfth-Century China

Although “modern man” may be more inclined than his predecessor to shed tears in public, crying is something that has traditionally been associated with females in western culture. That was not the case in medieval China, as Asian studies professor Leah Zuo explains.

In Barcelona, Ezra Rice ’19 Has Close-Up View of Independence Fight

We asked Ezra Rice ’19, who has been  abroad this semester studying in Barcelona, to tell us about his experiences living in Spain in the lead-up to and aftermath of the historic Catalan vote for independence.

Prof. Allen Wells Discusses Changing US-Cuba Relations on Maine Public Radio

The changing nature of US-Cuba relations was up for discussion recently on Maine Public Radio’s daily call-in program Maine Calling, Among the guests was Roger Howell, Jr., Professor of History Allen Wells, a Latin American specialist who has visited Cuba.

No Longer a Trivial Pursuit: Using Games to Teach History

Can games teach history? This fall, a new, innovative course is investigating that question. History professor and lifelong gamer Patrick Rael is helping sixteen upper-level students examine American history, from the era of exploration through the Civil War, through the medium of tabletop games.