From the Chairperson

gilmar.jpgThe totality of human endeavors only becomes meaningful through the historical process. The History Department at QCC is an entity dedicated to the discovery, preservation, understanding and diffusion of historical knowledge. Our mission is pursued through a deep commitment to the education of our students and the engagement of our faculty in the field of scholarship. We firmly believe that the objectives of our 2500-year-old discipline can only be accomplished with the dual immersion of the historian in the classroom and the archives. That belief translates into a set of course offerings that provide the students with a wide selection of relevant topics and the faculty with the opportunity to bring their fields of expertise into the classroom.

The members of our department are devoted educators and accomplished scholars with a significant body of published work and meaningful involvement in the scholarly community.

Dr. Gilmar Visoni Alonzo



War and Geography Conference, May 1, 2015

CUNY Graduate Center

Dr. Danielsson and Dr. Jacob have organized an interdiscipliinary humanities conference on War and geography to be held at the CUNY Graduate Center. Here is the call for papers:



Queensborough Historical Forum Inaugural Lecture

Took place on April 2, 2014

Read more about it here




  • Dr. Nichols article "The Line of Liberty: Runaway Slaves and Fugetive Peons in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands" (WHQ, Winter 2013) has been selected as the 2014 Western History Association's Oscar O. Winther Award and the Bolton-Cutter Prize for best article.
  • The History Department welcomes its newest hire, Dr. Frank Jacob. Dr. Jacob received his MA in Modern history, ancient history and Japanese Studies from Würzburg University in 2010 and his PhD in Japanese Studies from Erlangen University in 2012.
  • Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanitites summer seminar, 'Reform and Renewal in medieval Rome' at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, June-July 2014.
  • Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen has received a PSC-CUNY Research Grant for 2014-2015.
  • Dr. James David Nichols has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar on North American Borderlands, Chicago, IL, June 2014.
  • History faculty in the news: Dr. Mark Van Ells is mentioned in the following article: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-35277_162-57610516/fighting-the-japanese-in-burma-surviving-malaria/



Forthcoming Publications By History Faculty:

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Recent Publications by History Faculty

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