History Department

From the Chair

Faculty members in the Department are committed to excellence in narrative and analytical historical reading and writing. They offer a variety of services to students who wish to improve their reading or writing skills, or who wish to pursue a historical problem in more depth than class time permits. Students may also study with members of the faculty on independent reading or research projects. —Marie Marianetti

Click here for the History Department's mission statement.

New Faculty Books

Three History Department professors, Amanda Wunder, Duane Tananbaum and Robyn Spencer, have recently published new monographs.

In Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis, Prof. Wunder tells the art history of Spain's most prosperous city during the seventeenth century, a period of economic decline, social conflict, and natural disaster. She argues that the city's elites responded to these crises with an outpouring of patronage for religious art and architecture, much of which endures today as a lasting legacy of Golden-Age Spain. The book is published by Penn State University Press; click here for more details. 

In Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography, Prof. Tananbaum tells the story of Lehman College's namesake, who served New York as a governor and senator from the 1930s through the 1950s. Besides uncovering Lehman's interactions with politicians in Albany and Washington, in which he fought for immigration and civil rights reform, Tananbaum explores his important international humanitarian work on behalf of World War Two refugees. The book is pubished by the SUNY Press; click here for more details, and click here to see a review from the New York Times.

In The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Prof. Spencer provides a detailed portrait of the rank and file membership of the Black Panther Party in its Oakland epicenter between 1966 and 1982, focusing on its internal politics, international alliances, struggles against FBI surveillance, and the important role played by women in shaping its stance on community organization and armed resistance. The book is published by Duke University Press; click here for more details.


News and Announcements

On Monday, April 24 the Provost's Office will hold a reception to celebrate the publication of Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography by Prof. Duane Tananbaum.. The reception will be at the Lehman Art Gallery from 4:30-6:30pm. To attend, you should RSVP by April 12 in an email to provost.office@lehman.cuny.edu.

On March 4, Darlene Means, a student in the History MA program, read a paper entitled "Survival as a Form of Empowerment" at a panel on "Resistance and Empowerment" at the 19th Annual Women's History Conference at Sarah Lawrence. The theme of the conference was "Black Women in White America, Revisited."

Prof Robyn Spencer has won a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Mid-Career Research Fellowship. She is using itto spend this academic year at the Whitney Humanities Center in Yale Universith, where she is researching her new project on African-American involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement.

Phi Alpha Theta welcomes five new members
Five Lehman History majors have been inducted this spring in Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honors Society: Starr Butler, Elizabeth Hansen, Jormary Melo, Stephanie Trinidad, and Michelle Zimmer. Click here for more information on the society, including guidelines on applying for membership.

Students: check out these useful resources! Click the "Information for Students" tab on the left for tips on how to create proper footnotes and bibliographies, a guide to writing theses and long research projects, and more!

Please visit our new Alumni Page (click here for the link). We're currently collecting information on the exciting careers of our former students, and will be posting them as they come in!

Visit History on Facebook!

facebookThe History Department now has a facebook presence: click here to learn more about its programs and events, and to join faculty and students in conversations about the past.

Click here to read about Faculty recognition award recipients in History (2010-11).



Last modified: Apr 6, 2017

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