The Department of History exemplifies Dickinson in the way it covers the world beyond our shores; students may study the regional histories of Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, or they may explore the diversity of American history.  Further, our courses explore a wide variety of approaches that include the history of gender, empires, the environment, medicine, migration, religion, and diplomacy and war in national, comparative, and global contexts.

History majors work closely with the faculty to develop research skills, regularly making use of the rich resources of Dickinsons Archives & Special Collections, the nearby U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and the Cumberland County Historical Society.  Our newest course to make extensive use of such resources is History 205, Public History, which teaches students about the ways history can be put to work in the world and made relevant and useful in the public sphere.

Contact Info


Marcelo BorgesProfessor of History

Department Coordinator

Madeline BrownAcademic Department Coordinator






219B, Denny Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • United Way of the Midlands
  • JET Program
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Temple University
  • Archaeological Testing and Consulting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Peace Corps
  • The Fulbright Program
  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Hudson Legal Group
  • SITE Program Lombardia
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • The Democracy Collaborative
  • National Consumer Law Center

Graduate Schools:

  • Yale Law
  • New York University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Connecticut
  • Columbia University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • George Washington University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Virginia
  • Harvard University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University Law
  • Tuft University
  • USC
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • City University London
Where Students Have Interned
  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Organization
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Postal Museum
  • Port Jefferson Historical Society
  • U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
  • U.S. Army War College - Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • Dickinson College House Divided project
  • Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
  • U.S Army Heritage & Education Center
  • Art Institute of Chicago

Student Perspective

Dickinson's history department is filled with dedicated faculty members who are eager to share their expertise and help students hone their skills as historians. The department has been crucial to my academic development, as faculty members encourage students to think critically about problems both past and present, often while engaging with the mountains of primary sources available in the college archives. On top of that, the House Divided Project, Dickinson's Civil War era studies center, offers incredible resources for students. 

—Cooper Wingert ’20

History News

Podcast: Summer Program Gives Underserved Students Introduction to College

Podcast: Summer Program Gives Underserved Students Introduction to College

In this episode of 'The Good,' we tag along with Dickinson's Knowledge for Freedom summer program.

A Look at the Knowledge for Freedom Program

A Look at the Knowledge for Freedom Program

The Knowledge for Freedom program at Dickinson provides a chance to learn about the history of freedom and democracy while preparing for success at college.

Dickinson College Receives $300,000 Grant to Establish Program for Underrepresented High School Students

Dickinson College Receives $300,000 Grant to Establish Program for Underrepresented High School Students

A “Knowledge for Freedom” grant from the Teagle Foundation will fund a residential summer program on the struggle for freedom in America.

Oral History Projects Make Lasting Impact

Oral History Projects Make Lasting Impact

Two oral history projects turned into journeys for truth for students (now alumnae) in Professor of History Matt Pinsker's course.

Dickinson College to Host Virtual Event on Reparations for African Americans

Dickinson College to Host Virtual Event on Reparations for African Americans

The authors of "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century" will discuss the promise of and the obstacles to achieving reparations for descendants of American slaves.

Student Snapshot: Julz Espensen

Student Snapshot: Julz Espensen '23

History major Julz Espensen '23 blogs about her adventures in research and history-focused projects, including WWII reenactment, clothing restoration and cooking historical dishes. 

The Mecca Uprising

Newest Faculty Book Publication

Professor David Commins' new book, The Mecca Uprising:  An Insider's Account of Salafism and Insurrection in Saudi Arabia, has just been published (December 2020).  The book has two parts:  translation of a memoir by a man who belonged to the group that launched the 1979 uprising in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and an introduction to the historical, political and religious contexts surrounding the uprising. Congratulations, Professor Commins! 


Alumni Spotlight

July 2021:

Congratulations to Dickinson history alum Matthew Guarigilia 12, whose first book -- exploring how race, immigration, and imperialism built and shaped the modern police department in New York the U.S., and the world -- is now under contract with Duke University Press. Great news, Matthew!