History Department

History majors at CMC craft a course of study that allows them to explore the extraordinary variety of human experiences across time and space. Through geographic distribution or thematic tracks, CMC history majors ask how history has made them and how they can make history.

CMC History faculty have been nationally and internationally recognized through awards and other honors as leading scholars in their fields. Together, they share an expertise that spans nearly two millennia and includes Europe, the Americas, East and South Asia, and the Middle East. They are committed to a student-centered model of teaching and mentorship that fosters close relationships and encourages all students to achieve their potential as individual scholars, global citizens, and members of a diverse and inclusive community.

A history major offers excellent preparation for professions that value problem solving, integrative thinking, and empathetic reasoning as well as clear, powerful communication. Students in history courses practice a wide array of analytical methods and hone their skills in critical reading, argumentative and expository writing, creative projects, and original research. CMC history majors have gone on to careers in government, law, education, health care, urban planning, international development, journalism, and the arts. They have also distinguished themselves as leaders on campus and won such honors as the Fulbright, Luce, and other prestigious fellowships.


Tamara Venit-Shelton, Ph.D.
History Department Chair
Kravis Center
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-3855

Maria Mosqueda
Faculty Support Coordinator
Faculty Support West
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-2835


A CMC student works inside a historical archive, handling sheets of printed text with gloved hands.
Professor Geismer holds up her newly published book, Left Behind.
Cover art for Professor Lower's latest book, the Ravine.
Two book covers for Professor Hamburg's latest published works: Russia in War and Revolution (left), and Göring's Man in Paris (right).
Professor Bjornlie seated on an ornately carved wooden throne at the National Archaeological Museum in Copenhagen.
Instagram post promoting a CMC Conversations event, a live interview series, featuring campus students and two professors from the history department.
Professor Park delivers an address at 2021 Convocation.
Selfie photo of Professor Diana Selig
Professor Livesay's profile photo
Professor Lower meets with a student at the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, where she serves as director.
Professor Ferguson at a desk with a curated glass bookshelf behind her.
Professor Wang speaks with a student at a 2017 preregistration event.

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