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David Espinosa

History Department Staff

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History Department​


The Department of History supports the mission of Rhode Island College and the College of Arts and Sciences through its commitment to academic excellence and integrity and its emphasis on the central mission of teaching in a comprehensive, liberal arts college. The Department imparts a fundamental understanding of the formative role of the past to undergraduates across the College through its role in the Core Curriculum of the General Education Program, through elective courses it offers to support other programs and majors, and in its core History / Liberal Arts, History/Secondary Education and History/Elementary Education majors. In every case, History faculty promote critical thinking, historical interpretation and analytical writing.

In support of this mission, the Department recruits and maintains a diverse, research-active faculty. It is a collective of teachers and scholars whose research serves a variety of local, national and international audiences, communicated through both traditional print venues and in numerous public forums and conferences. This professional commitment brings originality and creativity to the classroom, challenges students with innovative, demanding ideas and stimulates historical curiosity and intellectual engagement.

Upcoming Event

Forum: State Surveillance and Rebellion
October 30, 2019, 12 p.m. in Gaige Hall 200​​

Government surveillance and public reaction consume our attention and generate enormous anxiety today. Our panel members will be looking at this problem through the lenses of authoritarian societies of the near past and of a large-scale armed uprising that broke out in Revolutionary Mexico.

We will be hearing from four Department of History specialists:
David Espinosa, The 1920s Cristero War.
Karl Benziger, 1956 and Upheaval in Hungary.
Pete Brown, The Spy System in Moscow State University.
Joanne Schneider, The East German Stasi and Its Victims.

Every member of the RIC Community and their friends are cordially invited to attend, hear our speakers, and to participate in a lively question and answer session on this timely and vexing topic.

RIC Alum ​Kevin Andrade '10 talks about his journey from first-generation RIC student to the newsroom of the Providence Journal.​

Read story​​​​​

Page last updated: October 21, 2019