New Chair for Federated Department of History
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen Pemberton as Chair of the Federated Department of History, effective July 1, 2023.
Dr. Pemberton is an Associate Professor in the Federated Department of History and previously served as Department Chair from 2014 - 2017. He is a historian of medicine, disease and health with an expertise in U.S. history and the history and sociology of science. Dr. Pemberton earned his masters and doctorate in history from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also worked as a research associate. Dr. Pemberton's research and teaching is informed by his training in philosophy and his engagements with medical humanities scholarship and health policy debates. He is author of The Bleeding Disease: Hemophilia and the Unintended Consequences of Medical Progress (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) and co-author of The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine: Ethnicity and Innovation in Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell Disease (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pemberton and thanking him for agreeing to serve in this most important role.
Dr. Pemberton’s appointment follows the three-year term of current Chair, Dr. Alison Lefkovitz, under whose stewardship the Federated Department of History and the Law, Technology and Culture program have flourished. Please join me in expressing sincere gratitude to Dr. Lefkovitz for her service.
Kevin D. Belfield
Dean | College of Science & Liberal Arts
Congratulations, Kiaja Jones!
Kiaja Jones, who graduated in May 2023 with a degree in Law, Technology, and Culture, will be pursuing a law degree at the University of Maryland in the fall. In this article, she reflects on her undergraduate experience at NJIT:
2023 Federated Department of History Student Award Winners!
Outstanding Academic Achievement in History: Zachary Lane
Outstanding Academic Achievement in LTC: Kripa Sridhar
Department Service Award: Julielys Merino
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEWARK AWARDS:
David Robert Friedlander Memorial Award: Katherine Cardenas, Patrick Connolly, and Mariah Ramos
Edward H. Zabriskie Memorial Award: Priscila Cruz
Sydney Zebel Award: Gabriella Erica Parodi
Seminar Research Paper Award: Nusaibah K. Awawdeh, Kelvin Marshall, Adrianne Oliveira
NJIT PRE-LAW SOCIETY HALL OF FAME INITIATES: Alex Obertan, Julielys Merino, Kripa Sridhar, Nicole Casiola (Faculty Initiate), Christine Cervelli (Staff Initiate)
PHI ALPHA THETA (History Honor Society) INITIATES: ALPHA NU ALPHA Chapter (NJIT) Jay Bengu, Lily Bray, Haseeb Ejaz Chaudhry, Liz Finnegan, Kiaja A. Jones, Philip Karczmit, Julielys Merino, Paris Palau, Theresa Sasso, Michael C. Schober, Kripa Sridhar, Gabriella Zalot. IOTA KAPPA Chapter (Rutgers-Newark) Luz Camacho, Katherine Cardenas, Patrick Connolly, Stephanie R. Corbin Brenner, Priscila Cruz, Riley Raihan del Sol, Shakyra R. Dozier, Norma Flores, Marco C. Gonzalez, Gabriella Erica Parodi, Margaret Platt, Zanib Razzaq, Ryan Christopher Real, Lydia I. Rentas-Santiago, Emily Cassandra Shanker, Steff Slabic, Manuel E Sosa-Garcia.
2023 CSLA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Congratulations to the following award winners from the Federated Department of History and the Law, Technology, and Culture Program!
Rising Star Research Award: Rosanna Dent
Award for Excellence in Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty: Nicole Casciola
Outstanding Staff Award: Carla Guerriero
Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Volney Stefflre
Outstanding Graduate Student: Adrienne Bagnato
Rising Star Alumni Award: Jason Chernesky
Congratulations to Dr. Neil Maher, NJIT master teacher and professor of history, who has been named a fellow of The Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. The 2023-2024 fellowships address the theme of “Environment and Climate.” This award will support the completion of Dr. Maher's forthcoming book, Wasted: An Environmental Justice History of Newark, New Jersey, which will analyze the connections between racial and environmental discrimination in Newark during the post-World War II period.
Congratulations to Dr. Arcadi on his recent article, "Concrete Leviathan: The Interstate Highway System and Infrastructural Inequality in the Age of Liberalism", in Law and History Review.
FALL 2022 EVENTS
Dr. Neil Maher featured on PBS Series "The Bigger Picture"!
Congratulations, Destiny Adeleye and Kiaja Jones!
Congratulations, Dr. Gabrielle Esperdy!
Congratulations, LTC and HISTORY Students!
Congratulations, Dr. Dent! The grant will fund Dr. Dent's project, Collaborative Research: Digital Archives and Indigenous Afterlives of Scientific Objects.
2022 Federated Department of History Student Award Winners!
Outstanding Academic Achievement in History: Elizabeth Kissell
Outstanding Academic Achievement in Law, Technology, and Culture: Jada Evans
Department Service Awards: Pradnya Desai and Zachary Lane
Friedlander Memorial Award: Serene Hozien, Daniel McKay, Maryam Yasin
Zabriskie Memoral Award: Molly Stevens and Megan Tomaselli
Zebel Award: Mahnoor Shaikh and Randy Vargas
Samatar Memorial Award: Katherine Cardenas, Gabriella Parodi, Mahnooor Shaikh
Seminar Paper Award: Nancy Meehan, Elizabeth Kissell, Randy Vargas
Graduate Paper Award: Tyler Crespo Rodriguez
Graduate Mentor Awards: Nour-Alhuda Abel-Aziz, Kristen Deleasa, Saad Latif, Tyler Crespo Rodriguez
NJIT Pre-Law Society Hall of Fame Initiates: Raunak Basu, Pradnya Desai, Jada Evans
Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) Initiates: ALPHA NU ALPHA Chapter (NJIT) Andreea Chirica, Jada Evans, Kyanna Gonzalez, Subah Iqbal, Peter Koczarski, Saqlain Sattar, Joseph Soubany, Volney Stefflre; IOTA KAPPA Chapter (Rutgers-Newark) Daniel McKay, Tiffany Habersham, Mariah Ramos, Lindsey Arevalo, Stephen Alworth, Jessica Lancaster, Jose Liriano Jr., Maryam Yasin, Jamisha Montague, Mahnoor Shaikh, Simone Oropeza
Congratulations to Dr. Schweizer, who will be joining the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center for the Study of America and the West as a senior fellow! The Foreign Policy Research Institute is dedicated to producing the highest quality scholarship and nonpartisan policy analysis focused on crucial foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States.
2022 CSLA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Congratulations to the following award winners from the Federated Department of History and the Law, Technology, and Culture Program!
Distinguished Alumnus: Dr. George Hill
Rising Star Alumnus: Stephen Tighe
Excellence in Undergraduate Education: Dr. Stephen Pemberton
Outstanding Staff Member: Dr. Scott Kent
Spirit of “Doc” Award: Jada Evans
Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Elizabeth Kissell
Outstanding Graduate Student: Colleen O’Neal
Congratulations to Dr. Neil Maher, NJIT master teacher and professor of history, who has been named fellow for The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The fellowship is regarded as one of the most sought-after in the humanities, with past fellows having won National Book Awards, MacArthur Genius Awards and Pulitzer Prizes. Maher is one of just 15 scholars selected to the center’s 2022-23 class of fellows out of a pool of 506 applicants from 48 countries. Dr. Maher will spend his fellowship working on his new project, titled Wasted: An Environmental Justice History of Newark, New Jersey, which will analyze the connections between racial and environmental discrimination in Newark during the post-World War II period.
Christina Strasburger Honored with the 2022 Rutgers Beloved Community Award!
Congratulations to Christina Strasburger, Rutgers-Newark Department Administrator! The Beloved Community Award goes to individuals who most exemplify the aims of our beloved community, one in which all members are working together and are heard, respected and valued.
Welcome, Dr. Teal Arcadi!
The Federated Department of History welcomes Dr. Teal Arcadi who will be joining our faculty as a unviersity lecturer in Fall 2022. Dr. Arcadi is a historian of American governance and holds a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. His article, Partisanship and Permanence: How Congress Contested the Origins of the Interstate Highway System and the Future of American Infrastructure, recently appeared in Modern American History.
Congratulations, Dr. Elektra Kostopoulou!
Congratulations to Dr. Kostopoulou on her appointment as Chief Investigator and Consultant for Roma Women's Access to Justice (JUSTROM3), a joint program of the Council of Europe/European Union focused on improving access to justice for Roma women in four different countries. Additionally, Dr. Kostopoulou was recently elected a permanent member of the Scientific and Technological Research Center of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).
Carlos is the recipient of the 2021 National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship, which funds the study of foreign languages and regions of national security interest. He will be studying Mandarin and Southeast Asian technology and politics at National Taiwan University in the spring and summer of 2022. Carlos is enrolled in the Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT and is a dual degree (B.S./B.A.) student majoring in History, Mathematics and Computer Science.
Congratulations to Dr. Kent on his recent article discussing his dissertation "Letters From The Western Front: The Correspondence of American Doughboys and American Censorship During The Great War 1917-1918"!
Dr. Dent's article, "Subject 01: exemplary Indigenous masculinity in Cold War genetics’ published in the British Journal of the History of Science, received the 2020 Berkshire Conference award for an article in the fields of the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality.
Dr. Neil Maher featured on "The Living New Deal" Webinar Series!
The Living New Deal webinar series will host Dr. Neil Maher on Thursday, October 21st. Dr. Maher will present on "Biden’s Civilian Conservation Corps: Lessons from the Original CCC". The mission of The Living New Deal project is three-fold: research, presentation and education stemming from the historical work of uncovering the immense riches of New Deal public works. Click here to register and for more information.
Congratulations, Dr. Gabrielle Esperdy!
Professor of Architecture and History, Gabrielle Esperdy, was awarded the 2021 NJIT Board of Overseers Excellence in Research Medal and Prize. Click here to read more about Dr. Esperdy's work in architectural and urban history!
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven basic research. Dr. Dent was awarded a fellowship to continue her work on her current book project, "Studying Indigenous Brazil: Moral Economies of Research in A'uwe-Xavante Territory," which combines historical, ethnographic, and community-based methods to explore the human sciences and their afterlives in Indigenous communities.
2021 NJIT Service Awards!
Congratulations to Prof. Scott Kent for 10 years of service and to Dr. Neil Maher for 20 years of service to NJIT!
2020-2021 NJIT Excellence in Teaching Awards!
Congratulations to the following awardees from the NJIT Federated Department of History!
Excellence in Upper Division Instruction by a University Lecturer: Dr. Elektra Kostopoulou
Excellence in Instruction by an Adjunct Faculty: Dr. Deborah Morrison-Santana
2021 NJIT Career Development Services Awards!
Congratulations to Dr. Alison Lefkovitz, Faculty Co-op Advisor of the Year, and the NJIT Pre-Law Society, Student Group Partner of the Year!
Congratulations to 2021 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees!
The following students were inducted into the NJIT Alpha-Nu-Alpha chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, an academic honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history:
Ayiah-Bideha Mohammad Al-Qanawi
Raunak Narayan Basu
2021 NJIT Federated Department of History Student Awards!
Congratulations to All!
Academic Achievement in History: Katherine Demottie
Academic Achievement in LTC: Victoria Nguyen
Department Service Award: Jada Evans and Cameron Greer
HIST 490 Best Seminar Paper: Matthew Trochim
2021 CSLA Award Recipients!
Congratulations to the following faculty and student members of the NJIT Federated Department of History!
- Excellence in Graduate Education Award: Dr. Neil Maher
- Spirit of Doc Student Award: Victoria Nguyen
- Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Katherine Demottie
- Outstanding Graduate Student: Jordan Baldridge
Congratulations Sreya Sanyal, Recipient of Goldwater Scholarship!
Student Sreya Sanyal, a double major in Biology and History, was named a Goldwater Scholar for her high-level research on novel therapies for COVID-19 and other diseases.
Congratulations to Dr. Louis Hamilton and Dr. Burcak Ozludil!
And to their co-authors, on the publication of “Understanding Urban Devotion through the Eyes of an Observer." ETRA '21 Short Papers: 2021 Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications Proceedings.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship program supports outstanding scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Dr. Dent was awarded a fellowship to continue her work on her project: Studying Indigenous Brazil: The Xavante and the Human Sciences, 1958-2015.
Dr. Neil Maher on the Creation of a Civilian Climate Corps
Op Ed - YES! Magazine: Biden Needs to Go Big to Rebuild America
Interview - The New Yorker: The Civilian Climate Corps Is a Big-Government Plan That All Americans Can Embrace
Podcast - Feet to the Fire: The Once and Future Civilian Conservation Corps
Wednesday, March 24th - 2:30pm - 3:50pm | Register for the Webex Virtual Event
Alfred Dorman Honors College – Medical Humanities Colloquium
Sickle Cell Disease, Equity, and Justice: A Stagnant History
Speaker: Dr. Melissa Creary
Melissa Creary, PhD, MPH is the Senior Director of the Office of Public Health Initiatives for the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She speaks on topics of justice, racism and anti-racism in health and biomedicine, COVID-19, identity politics in health, and bioethics.
ONE BEGINS AGAIN: Organizing & the Historical Imagination
The Clement Price Institute on Ethniticy, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-Newark invites the community to register for the 41st Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, One Begins Again: Organizing & the Historical Imagination, moderated by Barbara Ransby. The conference will be held online on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:30 A.M. EST.
Whose Cities? Cultural Approaches to (Sub)urban Studies and Race
You're invited to join Professors Mary Rizzo and Kyle Riismandel for a live conversation about cultural approaches to urban/suburban studies and race.
Wednesday, Feb 17th at 2:30pm via ZOOM.
Dr. Neil Maher featured in VICE News video on the "New Space Race"
Wednesday, December 9th - 2:30pm - 4:00pm | Join the Webex Virtual Event
Neighborhood of Fear: Productive Victimization and Suburban Power Past and Present
Speaker: Dr. Kyle Riismandel
Kyle Riismandel holds a PhD in American Studies from George Washington University. He works as a Senior University Lecturer and the Interim Director of the Law, Technology, and Culture Program in the Federated Department of History at NJIT. He is the author of Neighborhood of Fear: The Suburban Crisis in American Culture, 1975-2001 (Johns Hopkins University Press) and " 'Say You Love Satan': Teens and Popular Culture in 1980s American" in Growing Up America: Youth and Politics since 1945" (U. of Georgia Press).
Congratulations to Dr. Kyle Riismandel for recent book publication!
Dr. Riismandel's book, Neighborhood of Fear: The Suburban Crisis in American Culture,1975-2001, is now available from Johns Hopkins University Press.
A novel look at how Americans imagined, traversed, and regulated suburban space in the last quarter of the twentieth century, Neighborhood of Fear shows how the preferences of the suburban middle class became central to the cultural values of the nation and fueled the continued growth of suburban political power.
Dr. Rosanna Dent and Dr. Stephen Pemberton featured on #COVIDCalls
#COVIDCalls is a daily discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts - hosted by Dr. Scott Gabriel Knowles, a historian of disasters at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Wednesday, October 21st - 2:30pm - 4:00pm | Join the Webex Virtual Event
Making Babies, Making Miscarriages: Ultrasound, Home Pregnancy Testing, and Early Pregnancy Loss
Speaker: Dr. Lara Freidenfelds
Lara Freidenfelds is the author of The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America and The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America. She is a regular contributor to the peer-reviewed blog Nursing Clio and has written on miscarriage for the Washington Post. She holds a Ph.D. in history of science and an A.B. in anthropology from Harvard University, and works as an independent scholar affiliated with the Princeton Research Forum.
Historical transformations in the experience of pregnancy over the past two centuries have made early pregnancies losses more emotionally fraught today than they were in the past. This talk examines the role of technology in this transformation, in particular, how the rituals we have developed around obstetric ultrasound and home pregnancy tests serve to make the baby “real” and encourage bonding earlier and earlier in pregnancy, at a stage when many pregnancies are destined to miscarry.
Sponsored by the Alfred Dorman Honors College and the NJIT Federated Department of History with the generous support of Robert & Ethel Singer.
NJIT History Professor, Rosanna Dent, Named 2020 Recipient of the John C. Burnham Early Career Award from the Forum for History of Human Science
From NJIT News:
From Smithsonian Magazine:
NJIT History Professor Stephen Pemberton on the Usage and Commodification of Blood Plasma in the Last One Hundred Years.
From The Intercept:
NJIT History Professor Neil Maher joins Guest Host Naomi Klein to Discuss!
From NJIT News:
Congratulations, Class of 2020!
View our tribute page celebrating the 2020 graduates of the Federated Department of History at NJIT and Rutgers-University Newark.
We also congratulate the new inductees of Phi Alpha Theta, a national academic honor society for students and professors of history.
The following students, majoring or minoring in History, LTC, or Legal Studies, were nominated by their peers and were recognized for the ways in which they contribute to the betterment of the NJIT/Rutgers-Newark community:
May 11, 2020
From NJIT Weekly:
During National Police Appreciation Week (May 10-16), Darius Singletary ’20 shares his successful journey as both full-time Rahway police officer and NJIT student heading to graduation.
April 22, 2020
2020 Award Winners - Federated Department of History at NJIT
Congratulations to All!2020 College of Science & Liberal Arts (CSLA) Awards
Dr. Karl Schweizer: CSLA Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Stephen Pemberton: Excellence in Service Award
Ms. Deborah Morrison-Santana: Excellence in Teaching - Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Kyle Riismandel: Excellence in Scholarship - Senior University Lecturer
Roy Samuel '20: Outstanding Undergraduate Student2020 Federated Department of History Student Awards
Roy Samuel '20: Outstanding Academic Achievement in History
Bobbi Johnson '20: Outstanding Academic Achievement in History
Abhishek Bose '20: Outstanding Academic Achievement in Law, Technology, and Culture
Emma Bekhet '20: Outstanding Academic Achievement in Law, Technology and Culture
Victoria Nguyen '21: Department Service Award
Roy Samuel '20: Best Senior Seminar Paper (HIST 490)
Juliana Matlack '20: Best Senior Seminar Paper (HIST 490)
March 10, 2020
From WBGO Journal:
NJIT History Professor Neil Maher hosted a community discussion where local advocates leading the fight for clean water discussed the challenges ahead.
March 9, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 pm in the NJIT Campus Center Atrium
A conversation with women about race, equity, and environmental justice.
March 6, 2020
NJIT History Professor Rosanna Dent to speak at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
As part of the Indigenous Studies Seminar Series, Prof. Dent will present "Bureaucratic Vulnerability: Possession, Sovereignty, and Relationality in Brazilian Research Regulation".
March 5, 2020
The history of NJIT will become more prominent around campus and online in the next couple of semesters, as a team including two students, a librarian and a historian are working to digitize and expand existing artifact displays.
February 27, 2020
A National Council for History Education Webinar Presented by NJIT History Professor Neil Maher
February 19, 2020
Enjoy breakfast with the amazing faculty and staff of the Federated Department of History.
A Student Appreciation Week 2020 Event.
November 26, 2019
From The Washington Post - Made by History:
November 22, 2019
11:30am in Tiernan Lecture Hall 1
Forensic Science Commissions: Why Every State Should Have One
Sarah Chu joined the Innocence Project (www.innocenceproject.org) in September 2008. As a Senior Advisor on Forensic Science Policy, she supports work that focuses on improving validity, reliability, quality and just application of forensic science. Sarah is currently a Criminal Justice PhD student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice / CUNY Graduate Center. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with BS degrees in Biochemistry/Cell Biology, Communication, and a MS in Biology. She also holds a Masters in Epidemiology from Stanford University.
Co-sponsored by the Law, Technology, and Culture Program.
November 20, 2019
2:30-4:00pm in the Campus Center Atrium
NJIT History Professor, Dr. Stephen Pemberton on "The Curious Case of Medical Humanities in Undergraduate Education"
This talk is for you if you’ve ever wondered why a humanities class focused on a particular aspect of medicine or health is worth your precious time. Professor Pemberton will introduce the concepts and trends in medical humanities education in historical perspective, explain what some of the benefits of traditional investments in humanities have been in U.S. medical education, and why recent trends toward exposing undergraduate students to the medical humanities is a worthwhile, challenging, but not entirely comfortable, way of grappling with the question of how physicians and patients can improve the quality of medical care in the twenty-first century. Caution: There will be blood!
November 6, 2019
Congratulations, Professor Zeynep Celik!
Professor Celik, Distinguished Professor of History at NJIT's Hillier College of Architecture and Design, received the 2019 "Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Architecture and Construction" Tamayouz Excellence Award.
October 11, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the Campus Center Atrium at NJIT
Speakers: Catherine Fitch, Managing Counsel for Patents, Merck & Co. and NJIT Alumna Patricia Shatynski, '84, MS '86, Patent Counsel, Merck & Co.
Co-sponsored by the Law, Technology and Culture Program - Federated Department of History.
September 20, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm in Eberhardt Hall Room 112
Indestructible Spirit: NJIT Alumnus, Jack Pariser, NCE '55, will share his family's experience in surviving the Holocaust and cheating the Nazis of their victory.
Co-sponsored by the Federated Department of History.
September 17, 2019
CONSTITUTION DAY 2019 at NJIT!
Professor Kyle Riismandel, Interim Director of LTC Program, and Pre-Law Society members to take part in panel discussion.
July 16, 2019
From The New York Times - Opinion Section:
June 22, 2019
From The New York Times - Past Tense: