In accord with the mission of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara’s History Department strives to be a community of scholars in which students and faculty engage in vigorous inquiry to study and understand the past. This is the product of both interpretation of what others have written about the past and original scholarship that expands the boundaries of historical knowledge. Because history is what the present says about the past, it is continuously undergoing reinterpretation. Examination of the construction of history is therefore at the base of learning and scholarship within the department.

Through an integrated approach to teaching, learning, and scholarship, students will become informed about their own and other cultures in a global context, will develop broadly reflective and analytic skills, and will prepare themselves to be engaged citizens serving their societies.

Further, the History Department strives to further the goals of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University, especially through service to the University Core and the University Residential Learning Communities.

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Submissions from 2016

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For overcoming homophobia, California’s FAIR Education Act is a model, Nancy Unger

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Role of Gay Bars in American History, Nancy Unger

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That the Worst Shooting in US History Took Place in a Gay Bar Is Unsurprising, Nancy Unger

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The GOP's Resilience Is Time-Tested, Nancy Unger

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The Unexpected Belle La Follette, Nancy Unger

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The Unexpected Belle La Follette: Progressive Model for 2016, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2015

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Even Judging Woodrow Wilson by the Standards of His Own Time, He Was Deplorably Racist, Nancy Unger

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Suffragist Belle La Follette earned a spot on the $10 bill, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2014

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Gays and Lesbians in Early 20th Century America, Nancy Unger

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Women and Gender: Useful Categories of Analysis in Environmental History, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2013

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Breaking the Ties: French Romantic Socialism and the Critique of Liberal Slave Emancipation, Naomi J. Andrews

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Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History, Nancy Unger

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Santa Clara University: Father Doesn’t Know Best in Health Care Debate, Nancy Unger

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When Saving Earth was Women’s Work, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2012

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Fifty Years After “Silent Spring,” Let’s Not Roll Back Environmental Protections, Nancy Unger

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Hetch Hetchy Redux: An Effort to Turn Back the Environmental Clock, Nancy Unger

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Introduction: Sex, Sexuality, and Gender as Useful Categories in Environmental History, Nancy Unger

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Letting Go of "Mother Nature", Nancy Unger

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Wisconsin's League Against Nuclear Dangers: The Power of Informed Citizenship, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2011

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D'Eichthal and Urbain's Lettres sur la race noire et la race blanche: race, gender, and reconciliation after Slave Emancipation, Naomi Andrews

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"The Universal Alliance of All Peoples": Romantic Socialists, the Human Family, and the Defense of Empire during the July Monarchy, 1830-1848, Naomi J. Andrews

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La Follette’s Autobiography: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Glorious, Nancy Unger

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Wisconsin: A History of Leading the Nation for Better or Worse, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2010

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Housing reconstruction after the catastrophe: the failed promise of San Francisco’s 1906 “earthquake cottages”, Marie Bolton and Nancy Unger

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From Jook Joints to Sisterspace: The Role of Nature in Lesbian Alternative Environments in the United States, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2009

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Women for a Peaceful Christmas: Wisconsin Homemakers Seek to Remake American Culture, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2008

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Superdelegates: An Obstacle on the Road to Democratic Elections, Nancy Unger

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The Role of Gender in Environmental Justice, Nancy Unger

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Why McCain and His Running Mate Demand Special Scrutiny, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2007

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It’s Gay Rights, Not Gay Genes, That Matter, Nancy Unger

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Passive Citizenship is Not Enough, Nancy Unger

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Pioneering women in Congress aren't guaranteed success, Nancy Unger

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Teaching “Straight” Gay and Lesbian History, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2006

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After Past Scandals, Real Reforms, Nancy Unger

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The ‘We Say What We Think’ Club: Rural Wisconsin Women and the Development of Environmental Ethics, Nancy Unger

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When Principle May be the Best Policy, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2005

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How to Rise from the Political Deathbed, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2004

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The Case for Cautious Optimism: California Environmental Propositions in the Late Twentieth Century, Marie Bolton and Nancy Unger

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How did Belle La Follette Resist Racial Segregation in Washington D.C., 1913-1914?, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2003

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The Feminist and the Socialist: Adele and Alphonse Esquiros, Naomi J. Andrews

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Utopian Androgyny: Romantic Socialists Confront Individualism in July Monarchy France, Naomi J. Andrews

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The Victims: Did the Nazi T–4 Euthanasia Program Discriminate among Victims in the Targeted Groups?, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2002

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“La Mère Humanité”: Femininity in the Romantic Socialism of Pierre Leroux and the Abbé A.–L. Constant, Naomi J. Andrews

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"I Went to Learn," Meanings of the European Tour of Senator Robert M. La Follette, 1923, Nancy Unger

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Television Biography: History Lite, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 2000

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Lessons for the Nader Camp: Fighting Bob La Follette in 1924, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 1999

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The Two Worlds of Belle La Follette, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 1995

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The Burden of a Great Name: Robert M. La Follette, Jr., Nancy Unger

Submissions from 1993

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The ‘Political Suicide’ of Robert M. La Follette: Public Disaster, Private Catharsis, Nancy Unger