The History faculty is a distinguished crew. Emeriti professors Kathy Roper and Ronald Isetti won "Professor of the Year" awards.  In 2013-2014, the honor went to Professor Myrna Santiago. In 2011, Professor Carl Guarneri won the Faculty Researcher-Scholar Award for his work on United States history, particularly the Civil War.  In 2012, Brother Charles Hilken won the Faculty Service Award for his dedication to our student body and his devotion to the College. In 2013, Professor Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo won the Faculty Researcher-Scholar Award for her work on the history of American women. Congratulations to an outstanding department! 

E. Elena Songster  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  


  • Mentor Recognition Award - University of California, San Diego (December 2007)
    for dedication to mentoring students in preparation for graduate study


  • Kiriyama Research Fellowship - Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco (November 2009)
    To complete writing and revising of article on Panda Diplomacy and my book _Panda Nation: Nature, Science, and Nationalism in the People's Republic of China_
  • Fulbright Fellowship - Fellowship for International Dissertation Research (September 2001)



  • The Evolution of Nature Protection in the PRCTheory, Practice, Principle, and Precious. Songster, E. Elena (paper)
    The 12th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia
    (July 2008)
  • Coloring the Landscape with an Ethnic Touch, the Baima People and Sichuan. Songster, E. Elena (paper)
    ASEH (American Society for Environmental History)
    (April 2004)
  • Reserving Nature for Communist Conservation. Songster, E. Elena (paper)
    AAS (Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting)
    (March 2003)
  • Positioning the Panda in Socialist Science: The Bear Cats Evolution as a National. Songster, E. Elena (paper)
    HSS (History of Science Society Annual Meeting)
    (November 2000)


  • Acreage and Efficacy: China's Afforestation and Forest Preservation Efforts during the. Songster, E. Elena (paper)
    Huntington Library: Environment and History in the Pacific Rim
    (March 2000)


  • Songster, E. Elena. 2003. Cultivating the Nation in Fujians Forests: Forest Policies and Afforestation Efforts in China, 1911-1937. Environmental History 8 (3): 452-473.
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