Welcome to the History Department

The Department of History supports the primary mission of Bronx Community College to provide students academic foundations and skills for their educational and professional futures and to encourage students to value informed civic engagement. Faculty teach courses in history, geography, and philosophy that contribute both to transfer curricula and to career programs. We are committed to fostering critical thinking, a broad liberal arts education, and preparing students to engage with life within diverse, democratic societies and globalized communities.​


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Faculty in the History Department are here to help you. If you’re taking a History, Geography, or Philosophy class at BCC this semester, please stay in regular contact with your instructor, and let us know how we can best support your academic work.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Prithi Kanakamedala is a public historian and curator. Her research interests include New York’s free black communities in the antebellum period, the history of New York City, and the material culture of the Black Atlantic with a public history focus.

Department Activities

Scholarships, Public Programs, and Field Trips are just some of the things we offer in the History department to promote student success. 


Ongoing Events

BCC History Club. We are on hold for Spring 2020. But follow us on Twitter @BCCHistoryClub. The History Club welcomes all members of the BCC community who are interested in History! We meet every week during club hours (Thursdays, 12-2) in Colston Hall 317 to chat about history, watch films, and eat cookies. Join us! Faculty Advisor: Professor Raquel Otheguy. Questions? Contact Raquel Otheguy (raquel.otheguy@ bcc.cuny.edu)

Contact Us

Main Office: Colston Hall, Rm 301
Phone: 718-289-5653
Fax: 718-289-6098

Chairperson: Dr. Tamar Rothenberg
Phone: 718-289-5653

Deputy Chair: Dr. Jordi Getman-Eraso
(on sabbatical Fall 19, Spr 20)
Phone: 718-289-5841

Deputy Chair: Dr. Mara Lazda
(on sabbatical Spr 20)
Phone: 718-289-5656

Administrative Assistant: Ms. Paulette Randall
Phone: 718-289-5653

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