History Department


SUNY Cortland’s History Department offers two majors, a minor and a graduate program. We have a world-class faculty offering classes ranging from Revolutionary America to Ancient Greece, from Medieval Europe to Modern China, from the South Asia to Native American History, from World Environmental History to Public History, and dozens more. In our history courses, students don't just study the past — they become historians.

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Departmental News

Student News

  • Emma Efing ('24) received a Fulbright award to teach English in Spain during the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Two History majors (Emma Efing and Joshua Bates) participated in the Global Model European Union conference in Brussels, Belgium in January 2024. 

Faculty News

  • Dr. Randi Storch and Dr. Kevin Sheets will once again be leading Forever Wild, a NEH-funded professional development program for teachers, at Camp Huntington during summer 2024. 
  • In August, the Department will be welcoming Dr. Tyson Luneau, who will be working closely with our Social Studies Adolescent Education majors. Dr. Luneau recently received his Ph. D. from the University of Albany. 
  • Dr. Scott Moranda recently published a chapter, "Ecotourism," in the Oxford Handbook of Tourism History
  • Dr. Anisha Saxena published an article in South Asian Studies entitled "'I Curse You on Her Behalf': Narratives of Sexual Assault from Sanskrit Literature." Dr. Saxena also contributed to ten pages for the Great Questions Foundation, including one on The Metamorphosis and another on The Mahabharata
  • Dr. Bekeh Ukelina received a Carnegie Diaspora African Fellowship, which took him to Ajayi Crowder University in Nigeria for a three-month project on history curriculum development. 


TEDx SUNY Cortland 2024 videos available

July 16, 2024
Speakers at the university’s second annual TEDx event shared their ideas about “Reclamation.”

Twelve students conducting sponsored research this summer

June 4, 2024
This cohort's studies range from biology and chemistry to political science and fine art.

Students determine fate of European nations. Sort of.

March 5, 2024
SUNY Cortland students gained diplomatic skills in Belgium during a Model European Union project.

Campus plans Women’s History Month series

March 5, 2024
SUNY Cortland will celebrate Women’s History Month with several events during March.

'Braiding Sweetgrass' author to speak

Feb. 16, 2024
The talk highlights a ‘common read’ series this spring on Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book.


The History Club is one of SUNY Cortland’s most active organizations on campus! Its goals are to provide a social setting for developing interests in historical topics and to establish a better relationship between faculty and students.

Contact History Club at: historyclub@cortland.edu or www.instagram.com/historyclubsunycortland and www.instagram.com/sc_history_archaeology_club