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Gary Marker
Department Chair and Professor of History

Department News


Stony Brook University History Professor Nancy Tomes is featured in the documentary film The Forgotten Plague: Tuberculosis in America, which will air on the PBS series “American Experience,” Tuesday, February 10, at 9 pm.


Zolov on Cuba reforms in HuffPo

The recent announcement of diplomatic relations with Cuba inspired Prof. Eric Zolov to pen an op-ed, “Let’s Revisit Helms-Burton,” which appeared in the Huffington Post series “90 Miles: Rethinking the Future of U.S.-Cuban Relations.”

Long before Boko Haram…

As Boko Haram continues its deadly campaign, Prof. Shobana Shankar explores parallels between Boko Haram and other marginalized groups in the history of the northern part of Nigeria.

Humanities Honors

This past week Prof. Jared Farmer went to Dallas, Texas, to pick up the Hiett Prize in the Humanities—a prestigious national award—and separately received the news that his book Trees in Paradise won the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award from the Forest History Society.

Sara Lipton Makes News

On the heels of a New York Times profile of Prof. Lipton and her new book, Dark Mirror, on anti-Semitism in medieval art, the New York Review of Books and Religion Dispatches have published related essays by her.

Beyond Environmentalism: Marching toward Climatism

In an online essay, Prof. Chris Sellers puts NYC’s recent People’s Climate March in historical perspective.