: Department : History

Department of History

History Department
E332 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3277
Fax: (716) 673-3332

Mary Beth
Mary Beth Sievens,
Department Chair,
Associate Professor,
Early American &
American Women's History

Mission Statement
History at SUNY Fredonia embraces more than the study of the past. Read more>>

Faculty Blog: [Un]Civil Rights in Russia and the United States

Student Blog: The History of SUNY Fredonia Project

Dept. News:

Congratulations to History major Liz Barter (2014), who was recently accepted to the MFA program in architectural history at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia, where she will begin study this spring!


Congratulations to Social Studies Education Major James Coughlin for receiving the College of Education Professionalism Award.  Read more ...

Laura Hirst

Congratulations to History Major Laura Hirst for receiving the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Read more...

    Straus Bookcover

Congratulations to Prof. Emily Straus, whose book Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California, has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. For more information, click here.


Welcome to the SUNY Fredonia History Department! Our department offers a number of dynamic programs at the undergraduate level, including majors in History and Social Studies Adolescence Education. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who promote student learning through a broad, yet rigorous, analysis of the past. Our programs are designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the past and to develop strong critical thinking and writing skills. At Fredonia, students “do history” by conducting original research, analyzing sources, developing arguments, and communicating their findings. In addition, opportunities to engage in service learning, internships, scholarly conferences, and study abroad promote the development of skills and competencies students will need for life in a complex, global community. Please explore our site to learn more about the opportunities available at SUNY Fredonia. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at

 Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Williams Center S204


The History Department will host the Western New York Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta on Saturday, April 18. Forty students from Fredonia and seven other universities and colleges will be presenting their research on various topics at the conference.  Eight Fredonia students will be presenting: James Coughlin, Jason Pandich, Alissa Moseley, Emily Mueller, Morgan Rybak, Gregory Pinto, Emily Zane, and Natalie Malick. The conference is open to the public. All sessions take place in the Williams Center S204 rooms between 9 and 3 Saturday.  Click here for the tentative conference schedule.

 Civil War sesquicentennial observed with several events including Reed Library exhibit

Fredonia will host, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition, in the Reed Library. Opening March 25, the exhibit examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. 

Congratulations to all of our 2014 History and Social Studies Education graduates.


Dr. Sievens with our 2014 SSED graduates (l to r: Dylan Penner, Meghan McEvoy, Sean Adamchick, Kristen Champoux, Dr. Sievens, Andrew Lyon, Erin Moses, Collin Kennedy, Jordan Coccagnia)


2014 History graduate Zach Zabawa with Dr. Fabian

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