History Department

From the Chair

Faculty members in the Department are committed to excellence in narrative and analytical historical reading and writing. They offer a variety of services to students who wish to improve their reading or writing skills, or who wish to pursue a historical problem in more depth than class time permits. Students may also study with members of the faculty on independent reading or research projects. —Marie Marianetti

Click here for the History Department's mission statement.

Faculty Spotlight

lobelSince joining the History Department in 2006, Cindy Lobel has taught various courses on the history of New York, urban history, and United States history both to undergraduate and MA students. A former walking tour guide, Professor Lobel encourages students to explore the city and its many historical and cultural offerings and incorporates walking tours and museum visits into her classes. She received her Ph.D. from the History Department at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Professor Lobel recently published Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York with the University of Chicago Press. This book surveys the evolution of New York through the lens of food and eating. Urban Appetites examines the many different ways New York’s population produced, distributed, and consumed food as the city grew from a mid-sized port city to a global metropolis. Street markets, political corruption, gourmet restaurants, and urban sprawl all cross paths in this entertaining cultural history. The manuscript version of Urban Appetites won the 2013 Dixon Ryan Fox Prize, awarded annually by the New York State History Association for the best manuscript on New York history. Professor Lobel is currently working on two biographies, one of Catharine Beecher, a pioneer of American women’s education, and the other of Thomas Downing, a nineteenth-century African American oysterman and civil rights pioneer.

In February 2013, Professor Lobel joined Lehman’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program as a co-coordinator. Along with Professor Tyler Schmidt of the English Department, Professor Lobel organized a working group within the history department for exploring ways to use writing to improve student learning in our history classes. Professor Lobel also co-led a two-day Writing Across the Curriculum workshop in May 2013 and in Spring 2014 co-organized a workshop on using e-portfolio and other technologies in writing intensive classes.

News and Announcements


Joseph Lawlor, who graduated cum laude this spring with a History BA, has been accepted in the CUNY Washington DC internship program, which offers housing and a stipend for a rewarding experience in our nation’s capitol. He is working this summer at the Commerce Department in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Joseph Costello, a student in the History MA program, has been accepted for a Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute at Mount Vernon on George Washington, led by the eminent American historian Gordon Wood.

Phi Alpha Theta welcomes five new members
Five Lehman History majors have been inducted this spring in Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honors Society: Starr Butler, Elizabeth Hansen, Jormary Melo, Stephanie Trinidad, and Michelle Zimmer.  Click here for more information on the society, including guidelines on applying for membership.

marianettiMarie Marianetti, professor of Anceint History and Chair of the History Department, has been selected by her peers to be Lehman College's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Students have praised her mastery of her subject matter and her ability to encourage and support questions and discussions. In a nomination letter a student wrote, "Above all, she is a constant reminder that we must give to others the best in ourselves in order to make a difference in the world." Prof. Marianetti joins Joseph Dauben and Evelyn Ackerman, two other Lehman history professors who are past recipients of this honor.

Students: check out these useful resources! Click the "Information for Students" tab on the left for tips on how to create proper footnotes and bibliographies, a guide to writing theses and long research projects, and more!

Please visit our new Alumni Page (click here for the link). We're currently collecting information on the exciting careers of our former students, and will be posting them as they come in!

Visit History on Facebook!

facebookThe History Department now has a facebook presence: click here to learn more about its programs and events, and to join faculty and students in conversations about the past.

Click here to read about Faculty recognition award recipients in History (2010-11).



Last modified: Jun 4, 2015

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