Joel Allen

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Ancient Rome
Powdermaker Hall, Room 352
Phone: 718-997-5350
Fax: 718-997-5359

Joel Allen, the Chair of the Department, is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and Associate Professor of History and Classics at the CUNY Graduate Center.  He received his Ph.D. from the Program in Ancient History in the Classics Department at Yale University.  He teaches courses in ancient Greek and Roman history, including study abroad, and has occasionally stepped in to teach advanced Latin at the college.  His research interests include ethnicity and education in the Roman world; his book, "Hostages and Hostage-Taking in the Roman Empire" (Cambridge University Press), examined Roman attitudes toward non-Roman diplomatic hostages in policy and culture.

Isaac Alteras


Isaac Alteras

US-Israeli relations, modern Jewish history
Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-L
Phone: 718-997-5373
Fax: 718-997-5359

In addition to research, reviews and publications in the fields of US-Israeli relations and modern Jewish history, Professor Alteras teaches courses in Modern Jewish History, Zionism, Modern Israel and Twentieth Century European diplomatic history. He is the author of *Eisenhower and Israel: US-Israel Relations, 1953-1960* (University Press of Florida, 1993). His current research deals with the US role in the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1948 to the present.

Grace Davie


Grace Davie

South Africa, History of Science, Social Movements
Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-WW
Phone: 718-997-5381
Fax: 718-997-5359

Grace Davie is Associate Professor of History. She received her PhD in African History from the University of Michigan in 2005.  She has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright Institute.  Professor Davie is the author of “Poverty Knowledge in South Africa: A Social History of Human Science, 1855-2005” (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Southern African Studies and OD Practitioner.  Her current research explores grassroots activism and the radical left in contemporary America, especially debates about race, coalitions, and movement-building strategies.