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Calling all graduates! Did you graduate from Lehman College with a major or minor in History? Keep in touch! We would love to hear from you and also send you a personal invitation to our anniversary celebration. Send an e-mail to or call 718-960-8288.

Dual major in History and Political Science - Zarin TasnimZarin Tasnim, who graduated in 2014 with a dual major in History and Political Science, won a Fullbright English Teaching Assistant scholarship and is now in Busan. Korea. Whule she was at Lehman, Zarin pursued her interest in early modern European history by taking advantage of a study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Learn more about her achievements and experiences.

Joseph Lawlor, who graduated cum laude in 2015 with a History BA, was accepted in the CUNY Washington DC internship program, which offers housing and a stipend for a rewarding experience in our nation’s capitol. He worked this past summer at the Commerce Department in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, where he helped roll out President Obama's Investing in Manufacturing Communities partnership program, reached out to local officials for National Manufacturing Day, and compiled a database of contacts in Native American tribes. Besides his work at Commerce, Joseph met the President and several Cabinet Secretaries.

Chris Ferraro, who received his MA in History from Lehman in 2004, has published P.D.A.: Personal Disaster Assistant, a science fiction novel about the pitfalls of the digital age. Chris has been teaching global history for the past ten years at Spring Valley High School in Rockland County and is pursuing a Ph.D. in History at St. John's University.

Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of BaliVivienne Kruger graduated in 1974 with Departmental Honors and Phi Beta Kappa in the Lehman College History Department, where she kindled fond memories taking classes from Professors Martin Duberman and Richard Gerber. She received her Ph.D. in American History in 1985 from Columbia University, where she wrote her dissertation on slave families in early New York. Her new book, Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali (pictured at left) will be published this April by Tuttle Publishing. As she writes on her blogspot, Balinese food “bears witness to Bali’s time-honored, enduring, authentic village cuisine: the extraordinary, legendary beauty of Bali is mirrored in its spectacular ceremonial feasts.” Read her blogspot, and get more information about her book.

Ron Rocco graduated with honors from the Lehman College History Department in 2013, and is presently starting a Ph.D. program in ancient history. Ron writes: “Lehman college has propelled me forward on a path that has led to my conducting of original research in a field that I love. I would recommend any student interested in the classics, the history of ancient Rome or Greece, or any related field to enrol in the history program program here both for learning purposes and the ability to gain essential skill needed for independent analytical thought."

Frank Nardi graduated in 2013 from the History Department’s Master’s Program, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Humanities, with a focus on History, at Drew University. He writes: “Lehman prepared me well for my current program and I am very grateful for the support of the faculty at Lehman and the academic rigor of the courses. I incorporate what I have learned into my classes that I teach at my local high school. I would strongly recommend that future students consider studying at Lehman for its unique combination of an intellectually stimulating environment and course selection, student-friendly faculty and affordable tuition.”

Victor Luna, who graduated with a History major in January 2013, is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Childhood Education at City College.