History Department’s SUCCESS at Rutgers Day!

The History Department at Rutgers-Camden extends a hearty “thank you!” to the graduate students who represented the department at the annual Rutgers Day event earlier this spring.

According to Samantha Muller, one of the students who headed the department’s participation in the event, the day brought overwhelming success for the History department. 



Muller shares that over half of the graduate student cohort was involved in the planning and/or execution of the Rutgers Day activities. The History Department participants partnered with The Arch Street Project, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and two other Rutgers departments: Chemistry and Psychology. Five different public history activities were offered by the volunteers, including: Colonial Kids Games, Symbols in US History (The Liberty Bell and The Eagle), Weaving Crafts and Children at Work, Practice Your John Hancock (Fun with Historical Documents), and Gotcha the Grad Students (using the Encyclopedia to find out more about Philadelphia history)!


Muller was proud to share that over 125 alumni and their families stopped to participate in the History table’s activities. 
In addition, there were quite a few newly admitted students who stopped by the table and asked questions about the History Program. “All had a great time learning more about history and what historians do,” Muller says. 
Photos courtesy of Samantha Muller. 

Rutgers History Alum Published!

Congratulations are in order for Rutgers History Graduate Matt Ward, who has been published in a printed media source.

Ward’s article is featured in The Picatinny Voice, the official newspaper of Picatinny Arsenal. He writes of the building’s namesake in an article titled: Picatinny history: Who was Lt. Col. Francis H. Parker? Read his article on page 3 of the paper here. Congratulations, Matt! We wish you continued success. 


Ward’s article is mentioned on the cover page of the publication, at the top left: Picatinny’s First Commander. 

Success at the Celebration of Graduate Research

As was mentioned previously, this past Tuesday Rutgers University-Camden hosted the Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activities.

Two of our Graduate History students presented their research at the event – Sharece Blakney and Brittney Ingersoll had a very successful Tuesday afternoon, sharing their research projects with intrigued passersby. Congratulations, once again, Ms. Blakney and Mrs. Ingersoll! We are very proud of you and your work!

Images courtesy of Sharece Blakney and Brittney Ingersoll. 

See Our History Graduate Students at the Celebration of Graduate Research

On April 10th, 2018, Rutgers University-Camden will be hosting its third annual Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activities.

The event will take place in the Campus Center, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and lasting until 6:00 p.m. The Graduate History Department is excited to announce that our very own students Sharece Blakney and Brittney Ingersoll will be presenting their research at this event – make sure to stop by and hear all about their research successes!

Ms. Blakney offered the following sneak peek into what her research deals with: 

“Using primary sources such as slave records, deeds of emancipation, and regional periodicals, my project tracks slave purchases for intentional manumission by African-American women. My project also explores the classification of intentional slave manumission as a form of activism.”

Mrs. Ingersoll likewise offered a description of her research topic: 

“The nineteenth century saw an influx of mass printing, with an array of different types of publications available to the public. One type of publication were illegal publications of licentious print. Licentious print consisted of erotic and pornographic prints that included imagery, novels, newspapers, and brothel guides. Brothel guides were guide books of brothels and prostitutes within the city. Historians have analyzed brothel guides as another form of illicit print and have looked at brothel guides to understand prostitution in print and society’s interest in prostitution…Although previous scholarship has analyzed the brothel guides to better understand prostitution and illicit print, this paper will look at this scholarship, and brothel guides themselves to better understand brothel guides and their power as marketing tools.” 

Congratulations to both of you on your success, and good luck at the research event! 


Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activiti