Student Summer Internship Experiences: Kelsie Close ’16

In this post, Professor Scott Ickes of the Gustavus History Department, a specialist in Latin American and Brazilian history, interviews senior History major Kelsie Close. Name: Kelsie Close Year: Senior (Graduating Spring 2016) Major: History, Minor: Classics Hometown: East Bethel, MN Area of Interest in history: I really enjoy ancient Roman and Greek history as […]

The History Major Pays

See this recent and excellent myth-busting article in Forbes by Wilson Peden of the Association of American Colleges & Universities which demolishes, once again, the persistent myth that humanities majors are unemployable or, at best, destined to mediocre earnings. The opposite is true, though one might not know it from all the ill-informed and sometimes […]


History Majors Study Abroad Showcase: Ben Dipple ’16

  I studied abroad during the fall 2014 semester in Istanbul, Turkey, as a part of the CIEE Arts and Sciences Program.  In addition to my time in Istanbul, I also traveled to different parts of Turkey, including Troy, Trabzon, and Bursa, and spent a week in Egypt visiting friends in Cairo and Alexandria.  Studying […]


History Majors Study Abroad Showcase: Alexa Giebink ’16

I studied for a semester in Sweden through the Gustavus led program that traveled throughout the country for five months, including stops in Jokkmokk, Mora and Stockholm. Studying abroad was the best decision I made for my college education. My experiences in another country have given me a new level of contribution to the classroom […]


Living History by Greta VanOsdol ’16

I have spent the past three summers at a historic military fort in Copper Harbor, Michigan, acting as a costumed interpreter. Fort Wilkins was built in 1844 as a response to the need for policing in a newly thriving copper mining area. It was occupied for two years until 1846 when the soldiers left the […]


October is GLBT History Month

  As George Chauncey, Professor of History at Yale University and author of the terrific, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, observes, “LGBT History Month sends an important message our nation’s teachers, school boards, community leaders, and youth about the vital importance of recognizing and exploring […]


Rembrandt’s Jews (book recommendation by Eric Carlson)

Many times, authors or publishers will give a book about a very narrow topic a very general title in order to sell more copies.  This is an example of the opposite phenomenon.  Art historian Steven Nadler has written a marvelous book that is certainly about Rembrandt’s interactions with (including drawings and paintings of) Amsterdam’s Jews–but is also […]


Professor Marinari joins IHRC and presents at University of Minnesota

Dr. Marinari received an honored invitation to join the IHRC Affiliated Scholars Program. The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Minnesota that promotes research on migration. Its Affiliated Scholars Program brings together local, regional, national, and international scholars to foster collaborative research and programming. Affiliated scholars are listed […]


Welcome Professor Maddalena Marinari

Gustavus Adolphus College is delighted to welcome Professor Maddalena Marinari to the Department of History. Dr. Marinari joined the history department at Gustavus Adolphus College in the fall semester of 2015. She received her Ph.D. in twentieth-century American history and modern Europe from the University of Kansas. Before arriving to Gustavus, she taught at American University and […]

Book Recommendation: The Crimean War, by Orlando Figes

I have just finished reading The Crimean War, by Orlando Figes, Professor of History at the University of London. The book came out a few years ago, but for once my slowness to get to a book paid off. It could not be more timely. Through his discussion of the Crimean War, Figes cast a […]