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 […]


Slavery and the Constitution: Historians Debate

(Right Photo: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston) As we stress to students in our Gustavus History courses, History is a dynamic (not static) discipline or field of study. As historians, we disagree with one another all the time over our interpretations of the past. In this sense, the past is contested terrain in the […]


Welcome Back History Majors and Minors!

Here’s the story of a Department named History. Welcome back History majors, minors, and buffs to another academic year (2015-16) at Gustavus!  We are delighted that Prof. Maddalena Marinari has joined us as a historian of the U.S. specializing in immigration history.  Stop by to meet and greet her and to say hello to the […]

History Alum Named Associate Provost

Sarah Fatherly, ’91, has begun her new position as Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sarah previously worked at Otterbein University in Ohio where she was a professor of history and chair of the Integrative Studies program. Dr. Fatherly earned her PhD in history at the University […]

Gustavus Adolphus Day Commemoration in Chapel

Chapel Talk: Gustavus Adolphus Day November 7, 2011 Today we remember Gustav II Adolf – king of Sweden from 1611-1632 and namesake of our college. Yesterday, November 6, marked the 379th anniversary of his death on a battlefield in Lützen, Germany during the Thirty Years’ War. Since his death, numerous individuals have created mythical images […]

History Honors Presentations!

The History Department invites the Gustavus community to this year’s Senior Honors Presentations.  May 10, 4:30 p.m. in SSC 101.    Fascinating research by the following: Val McCluskey:  “The Oneida and Bishop Hill Communities: Defining Utopianism” Claire Sagstuen:  “Russian Persecution of the Baltic Lutherans in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries and the Use of Religious […]

History Majors and Alums Excel!

Gustavus History Department majors and alums continue to secure hard-to-come-by internships and admission to highly competitive graduate programs.  To cite just three recent telling examples: Alums Aaron Hiltner and Maura Coonan are pusuing graduate work in, respectively, the PhD program in History at Boston University, and the Coordinated MA program in History and Library/Information at the University […]

Distinguished Historian to Speak at Gustavus

The Gustavus History Department is pleased to host distinguished historian Kevin Mumford who will deliver a public lecture titled “Untangling Pathology: Black Gay History before Stonewall” on Monday October 11th at 7:00 pm in SSC 101.  Professor Mumford teaches at the University of Iowa, where he serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of History, and is […]

History Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

The Department of History is pleased to announce that the following History majors have been honored as new members of Phi Beta Kappa as of Spring semester, 2010: Alyssa Fitzgerald, Phillip Helt, Aaron Hiltner, Amy Jahnke, Claire Sagstuen, and Allie Skjerven.  Congratulations to all of you!