Doctor Balcerski in the news

Assistant Professor of History Tom Balcerski (shown above, on the left) has been in the news recently.  Dr. Balcerski’s first book, Bosom Friends: the Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King, will be released by Oxford University Press later this summer.  It explores the lives and relationship between this President and Vice President pair, challenging our modern assumptions about historical same-sex relationships and their place in early American public life.  With Pete Buttigieg (above, on the right), the openly gay mayor of South Bend Indiana, running to be the next president, Dr. Balcerski’s book strikes a timely chord.  As such, he has given interviews for both Time Magazine and NBC News, discussing the historical significance of Mayor Buttigieg’s candidacy.  In Faulkner’s words, “the past isn’t over.  It isn’t even past.”


Image credits: ECSU; Oxford University Press; City of South Bend

This is what we call historical perspective

ECSU History major Tim Panzarella published an op-ed in the Hartford Courant (2 September 2015) contextualizing the current, sometimes heated, debate over immigrants in America. As Tim’s case study of Italian Americans in Connecticut one hundred years ago shows, History may not repeat itself exactly, but it often rhymes. Those interested in a broader perspective on immigration and its place in American history should read Tim’s piece here.

Congratulations Tim, for providing some needed historical context.

Tim Panzarella



Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker has written a thoughtful piece “Does It Help to Know History?” In it he points out that the European powers made decisions in August 1914 that had terrible consequences:  “don’t believe that the trouble then was that nobody read history.  The trouble was that they were reading the wrong history, a make-believe history.”  For more see:


The History News Network has published a report (8-14-14) on the jobs history majors land, based on the analysis of the data from about 165 million users of LinkedIn, a social media website for professionals.

According to the report, 1,101,426 of LinkedIn members studied history. Surprisingly, one of the largest employers of people with history backgrounds is the United States military: more than 7,000. History majors also hold jobs in technology; for example, IBM employs about one thousand, and Google six hundred. History graduates can be found in the U.S. Department of State, education, and a variety of businesses.

Generally, areas with sizable groups of employees with history backgrounds include: education, media and communication, sales, operations, entrepreneurship, legal, consulting, administrative, research, marketing, community and social services, finance, art and design information technology, support, human resources, program and project management, business development, health services, engineering, real estate, military and protective services, accounting, quality assurance , and product management.