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Department of History

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Dr. Thomas Pegram consults on a new film about the Klu Klux Klan

Along with several other historians, Dr. Pegram provided on-screen commentary for a recently released Smithsonian Channel film entitled "The Klan Makes a Movie," which explores a mysterious 1920s movie made by the Ku Klux Klan. Documents in Pegram's possession provided critical evidence in the investigation.

Dr. Okoh's Collaboration with Baltimore Museum of Art

This past Fall (’20) Dr. Okoh collaborated with the Baltimore Museum of Art to enhance her classes’ exploration of matriarchy and kinship in the course –Gender and Power in Modern Africa. It was perfect timing that the exhibit –A Perfect Power – debuted just as they began this unit in the course.

Here is Dr. Okoh’s reflection on the success of this collaboration: Having access to the wide variety of images and objects in the exhibit really enriched our discussion by engaging how concepts of matriarchy were actually symbolized in many West and West Central African societies. This worked beautifully with the readings I selected on this topic and made the discussions much more vibrant. Most enriching was the opportunity to have Dr. Kevin Tervala, the exhibit’s curator, guest lecture and engage with the students. Attached to our discussion was a visual assignment that asked them to situate selected objects from the exhibit in the historical context we were learning about. At Loyola, we pride ourselves in engaging high impact teaching and learning practices. This was an excellent engagement with this pedagogical mission. Students not only came away feeling enriched, many were excited to engage historical thinking through this visual medium, having it anchor the more abstract concepts of kinship and matriarchy in material culture. IncorporatingA Perfect Power into this iteration of the course has expanded my own imagination for how to excite and challenge students in my history courses – courses that, on the surface, can be quite intimidating to prospective students. This was the most engaged iteration of this course, which I’ve taught three times in different settings. This is most surprising given the constraints of the current pandemic. I am most grateful for this experience


Dr. DeVries Web Series on Vanity Fair

In October 2019, Dr. DeVries along with Prop Master, Larry Zanoff, fact checked battle scenes from 'Game of Thrones', 'Gladiator', '300', 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 'A Knights Tale' and 'Maximillian'. Each movie is analyzed for their historical accuracy and Use of weaponry. Check it out!

Washington Post Article


Washington Post has an article regarding the importance of Humanities Majors. The article specifies English majors, however there is also information regarding importance of Humanities majors and courses. 

2019 Fall Publications

Dr. Ross's book was published this summer. Public City, Public Sex traces the relationship between prostitution, homosexuality, and urban change in nineteenth-century Paris.










2018-2019 Whiteford Medal Winner

The History Department wishes to congratulate Phoebe Labat for her receipt of the 2018-2019 Whiteford Medal in History!  The Whiteford Medal is the greatest honor and most prestigious award of the History Department and was bestowed on Phoebe at graduation.  It is granted to a graduating senior history major who achieved an outstanding grade point average and whose written work holds promise of noteworthy contributions to historical scholarship. Congratulations, Phoebe!

Phoebe Labat

Congratulations to all graduating History majors! Here is a short article you might find useful: "Entering the Job Market with a BA in History." 

2018-2019 Essay Contest Winners

HS 100-Level Essay:

  • First place: Brandon Miller, “How Frederick Douglass’ Literacy Paved the Way to His Freedom.” 
  • Second Place: Glenn Prushinski, “Opinions of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.” 
  • Third Place: Kayla Lipson, “Sentimental Families.” 

Upper Division Short Essay:

  • First place: Rebecca Vincent, "Stories of Selfhood and Solidarity:  Exploring Women's Lives Throughout African Communities," HS 389D
  • Second place: David Traugott, "The Southern Ideology that Led to the Civil War," HS 348

Upper Division Long Essay: 

  • First Place: Brandon Miller, “Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral: Philosophies of Decolonization”
  • Second Place (Tie): Rodlyn-mae Banting, “Preparing for Judgment Day: The Economics and Moralities of U.S.-Regulated Prostitution in Colonial Manila (1898-1902)
    Maureen O’Kane, “An Opportunity for Agency: Religious Syncretism and Gender in Colonial Mexico”

Seminar Papers

  • First-place: Gavin Wolf, “The United States’ Cold War Misconceptions and its Consequent Effects on Southern Africa,” (Schmidt seminar)
  • Second-Place: Phoebe Labat, “Order Overseas: Peace, Aristocracy, and Entrepreneurship in New France, 1672-1675,” (Brennan seminar)

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Sara Scalenghe

Sara Scalenghe, Ph.D.

Originally from Italy, this associate professor of history has also lived in Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt, and is passionate about her scholarship in Middle Eastern and North African history