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 2017

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Adda F. Howie: "America’s Outstanding Woman Farmer", Nancy Unger

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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Junípero Serra: From Mallorcan Preacher and Teacher to California Missionary, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

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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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Soviet Masculinities: Guest Editor's Introduction, Amy E. Randall

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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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From “Mothers of Humanity” to “Assisting the Emperor”: Gendered Belonging in the Wartime Rhetoric of Japanese Feminist Ichikawa Fusae, Barbara Molony

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"Abortion Will Deprive You of Happiness!"Soviet Reproductive Politics in the Post-Stalin Era, Amy E. Randall

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The 'Right' to Control Her Own Body?: Soviet Women, Abortion and the State, Amy E. Randall

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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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Junípero Serra and the Santa Bárbara Channel, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

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What They Brought: the Alta California Franciscans Before 1769, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

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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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Repealing the Ban on Abortion, Amy E. Randall

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The Representation of Junípero Serra in California History, Robert M. Senkewicz

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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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Uncertainty on the Mission Frontier: Missionary Recruitment and Institutional Stability in Alta California in the 1790s, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

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Hiratsuka Haruko (Raichō), Barbara Molony

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Modernity, Gender, and the Empire, Barbara Molony

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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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Revolt at Mission San Gabriel, October 25, 1785: Judicial Proceedings and Related Documents, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

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Gender, Citizenship, and Dress in Modernizing Japan, Barbara Molony

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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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Introduction to Socialism's Muse, Naomi J. Andrews

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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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Introduction to Gendering Modern Japanese History, Barbara Molony

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The Quest for Women's Rights in Turn-of-the-Century Japan, Barbara Molony

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Why Should a Feminist Care about What Goes on Behind the Chrysanthemum Curtain? The Imperial Succession Issue as a Metaphor for Women’s Right, Barbara Molony

Women’s Rights and the Japanese State, 1880 to 1925, Barbara Molony

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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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Editor’s Overview: Technology, Governance, and Public Policy, Barbara Molony

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Legitimizing Soviet Trade: Gender and the Feminization of the Retail Workforce in the Soviet 1930s, Amy E. Randall

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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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Historical Perspectives on Technology and Society, Barbara Molony

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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 2001

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Technology & IdentityIs rapidly accelerating technologyeroding our sense of who we are?, Barbara Molony

Submissions from 2000

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Women's Rights, Feminism, and Suffragism in Japan, 1870-1925, Barbara Molony

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Revolutionary Bolshevik Work’--Stakhanovism in Retail Trade, Amy E. Randall

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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 State and Women in Modern Japan: Feminist Discourses in the Meiji and Taisho Eras, Barbara Molony

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The Two Worlds of Belle La Follette, Nancy Unger

Submissions from 1996

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The End of the 1824 Chumash Revolt in Alta California: Father Vicente Sarría’s Account, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

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The Recovery of the First History of Alta California: Antonio María Osio’s La historia de Alta California, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

Submissions from 1995

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Japan's 1986 Equal Employment Opportunity Law and the Changing Discourse on Gender, Barbara Molony

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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

Submissions from 1991

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Activism among Women in the Taisho Cotton Textile Industry, Barbara Molony

Submissions from 1979

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American and Catholic: The premature synthesis of the San Francisco Irish, Robert M. Senkewicz

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Religion and Non-Partisan Politics in Gold Rush San Francisco, Robert M. Senkewicz

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The Inflation of an Overdone Business: Economic Origins of San Francisco Vigilantes, Robert M. Senkewicz