History thrives in the memories of a Holocaust survivor and a German WWII soldier — both recent guest lecturers. It's experienced through internships at local museums. It's found in unforgettable experiences such as our study abroad program in Asian studies, where students spend a summer in China.
The history degree program at Nazareth College is the study of human experience across time, an examination into the patterns of politics and power, and an exploration into past lives. But most important, history at Nazareth is relevant — a living experience that provides perspective and a global world view.
Education: B.A. and M.A., SUNY Buffalo; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Areas of Academic Interest: American politics, political history, public history, history of science and medicine, African-American history, and women's history.
Read more about his interest in politics and American culture in Dr. Kneeland's Life of the Mind article.
Media expert: TV interview on Pope Francis' historical address to the U.S. Congress.
“The history program at Naz concentrates on historiography – the history of history, by studying the works of other historians and the documents and methodology they used. Nazareth prepared me so well for graduate school. History courses are writing intensive. The Naz professors really refine your writing and make it reach its peak. Being a good writer means being a good reader and speaker, which is important for your studies, for your career, and for reaching your goals in everyday life.” — Kristen Vitale ’15, shown at her Naz internship at a rare books library. She went on for a master’s degree in medieval and modern European history.
"I thrive on the challenge of presenting what I study in a creative and timely manner, making it applicable to our own world and lived experiences."