History

Last year, President Lee C. Bollinger asked Pulitzer Prize-winning History Professor Eric Foner to lead a research project on the role of slavery in Columbia’s early history.

Columbia’s urban setting is central to Rebecca Kobrin’s teaching and research.

It’s well-established that a Columbia degree can be a recipe for success, but it turns out that a Columbia cook of the 1940s could also make any meal a success.

When historian Kenneth Jackson teaches his “History of the City of New York” course, he takes his students out of the classroom, on an all night field trip—a midnight bicycle ride that starts in upper Manhattan, wends its w

Photo by Doug Morton

Environmental geographer Ruth DeFries is a pioneer in the study of how humans have transformed the surface of the Earth.

The 18th century ceremonial mace used at Commencement each year is just one of the items housed in the King’s College Room.

The King’s College Room in Low Library is undoubtedly one location on campus that perfectly evokes the Colonial era in which the University was founded as King’s College.

In the midst of Word War I, Dutch businessman and historical memorabilia collector Maurice Frankenhuis (1893-1969) began to acquire a collection of posters, coins and medals that he then started to sell to support his family while hiding from the Nazis during World War II.

Damon Phillips remembers finding the "Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz" in his parents’ record collection with its 46-page booklet of liner notes about the music when he was about 10 years old. “I just sat there on the floor with those albums,” he recalls.

Mae Ngai

Mae Ngai’s interest in the history of immigration and labor began when she was a high school student in the 1960s.

This spring, Godzilla has been wreaking havoc worldwide as the latest incarnation of the skyscraper-sized lizard stomps its way back onto the silver screen. The 2014 reboot of the iconic film franchise also highlights an enduring research interest of Gregory M.

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