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

Queensborough Historical Forum


Inaugural Lecture


               “ONE LAW FOR ONE WORLD”

From the Pinochet's Case to Guatemala's Genocide: Undermining International Spaces of Impunity 





12:00-2:00 PM

Science Building Lecture Hall, Room 112


(Co-sponsored by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department)


  • 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/
  • Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen will present her paper "Teaching the Middle Ages to a Community College Audience" at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-11, 2014. 
  • Dr. Megan Elias is  the Lead Faculty Mentor for Bridging Historias,  a multi-year faculty development series funded by the NEH  in the amount of $350,000 and directed by the American Social History Project. Bridging Historias trains community college faculty in Latino history and culture and is designed to expand the teaching of this topic across the humanities disciplines.
  • Dr. Emily Tai presented her paper entitled “The Course Not Taken: Piracy, Maritime Routes, and Insurance in Medieval Genoa,” for a session of the Society for Italian Historical Studies at the 128th Annual meerting of the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C, January 2-5, 2014.
  • Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen presented her paper "Disobedience in the Seventh-Century Liber Pontificalis: The Exarch Isaac's Roman Problem" at the 128th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2014
  • Dr. James David Nichols presented his paper "Searching for Liberty in the Borderlands: Runaway Slaves in Texas and Fugitive Peons in Northern Mexico in the Wake of Guadalupe Hidalgo," at the Social Science History Association conference in Chicago, November 21-24, 2013.
  • Dr Nicole Lopez-Jantzen presented her paper "Kings of All Italy? Overlooking Political and Cultural Boundaries in Seventh- and Eigth-Century Italy" at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association in Boone, NC, October 3-5, 2013
  • Dr. Megan Elias was the recipient in 2012 of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $74,937 for the Foodways and Humanities Project, a multi-year collaboration between humanities and culinary arts faculty and students exploring Latino history and culture through foodways.



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