Upcoming Speakers and Events


The Colonial Politics of Global Health

Dr. Jessica Lynn Pearson, Department of History, Macalester College

Friday, September 27

3:00 PM, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library.

Dr. Jessica Lynne Pearson (Macalester College): Dr. Pearson will discuss her recent book, The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa (Harvard University Press, 2018). Her book explores the collision between imperial and international visions of health and development in French Africa as decolonization movements gained strength after World War II. Pearson’s work links health and medicine to postwar debates over sovereignty, empire, and human rights in the developing world. Pearson argues that the consequences of putting politics above public health continue to play out in constraints placed on international health organizations half a century later.


This event is co-sponsored by CSUB’s Department of History, the Walter Stiern Library, and the ASI Instructionally Related Activities Program


Free and open to the public; free parking in Lot C.


What is History?

As one of the oldest of the liberal arts, the study of history emphasizes the importance of reading widely and deeply in the sources of human civilization and develops in its students the skills of thoughtful analysis of evidence and effective communication.

History is also fun!  Truly understanding the past involves careful investigation and detective work. Reconstructing the past with limited (and often conflicting) evidence is an exciting challenge that often leads to the thrill of discovery.

The Department of History at California State University, Bakersfield offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in History.

The department also offers a program of study leading to a California Teaching Credential in Social Science and a Minor in History.

Please click on the links at left for more information about the History Department at CSUB.

Learn more about why you should study history. You may be surprised at some of the many famous people who studied history in their college days.

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Department of History

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022  

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History Forum Speaker Series, 2019-2020

Fall 2019:

September 27:  Dr. Jessica Pearson (Macalester College): "The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa," 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library.

November 8:  Dr. Benjamin Madley (UCLA): "An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873," 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library.


Spring 2020:  

February 21:  Dr. Sean Wempe (CSUB): "Revenants of the German Empire: Colonial Germans, Imperialism, and the League of Nations," 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library. 

May 1:  May 1, 2020, Dr. Edward J. Watts (UC San Diego): "Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny," 3pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library. 

Position Announcement: African American History

The History Department at California State University, Bakersfield, seeks to fill a tenure-track assistant professor position in African American history. A secondary field in gender history is desirable. In addition to teaching courses in one’s area of specialty, candidates are expected to teach U.S. survey courses, undergraduate and graduate methods courses, and graduate seminars. Normal teaching load is four courses per term, with an anticipated reduction to 3 courses per term in the first two years. Ph.D. required at time of appointment, August 2020. Applicants should submit e-copies of a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Letters of recommendation and a teaching portfolio will be solicited from candidates at a later date. Review of applications begins on October 30, 2019. A detailed vacancy announcement, requirements, qualifications, and application procedures may be found at http://www.csub.edu/history, or by contacting Dr. Douglas Dodd, Department of History, 10 HOB, California State University, Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA, 93311-1022; 661-654-6815; ddodd@csub.edu. California State University, Bakersfield, is an Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, or covered veterans’ status.

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