Please meet Dr. Cliona Murphy the Chair for the Department of History.
What is your field of study?
My broad field is Modern Western Europe. My research and publications over the years have been in British, Irish, and Women’s History. In recent years, I have become very involved with the Society for Irish Latin American Studies. I have attended and helped to run some of their conferences in Mexico, Argentina, and in two locations (Dublin and Cork) in Ireland. Our next conference is in Cuba (February 2017), and I am chair of the committee putting together the academic side of the conference. The Irish diaspora has mostly received attention in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Britain. The Irish in the Latin world have been neglected. Therefore, I find this field exciting and full of possibilities. Moreover, through this group, I have met very interesting colleagues from Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Spain and, of course, Ireland.
What is your favorite class to teach?
That is a very difficult question to answer. I have to mention six of my courses! They are Women and Gender in the Transatlantic World, European Colonialism (focusing on the British Empire), Ireland since 1800, Europe since 1914, Connections between Europe and Mexico since 1821, and the graduate Historiography course.
What are you excited about this year?
We have two new faculty in the department, Christopher Tang and Marie Stango. They join Stephen Allen and Kate Mulry who came last year. I am happy that our department is bringing in very qualified people with fresh ideas and new approaches. They will join our extremely solid teachers and scholars Mustafah Dhada, Douglas Dodd, Miriam Vivian and Alicia Rodriquez. This combination of experienced faculty with young scholars is an ideal combination to stimulate our students. So, I am pleased about that, as well as the fact that we have excellent adjuncts and lecturers.
What was the last book you read?
Jean-Christopher Rufin, The Red Collar. It is a beautifully written book. It should appeal to anyone interested in France, dogs, and the post World War 1 period. Excellent!
What was your worst subject in school?
What is your secret talent?
If you had to make a documentary what would the subject be?
Something to do with how domesticated and zoo animals are affected by war.
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Travel, read novels, garden, swim, try to improve my Spanish, walk the dog, and hang out with my granddaughter.
Do you have any advice or thoughts for our students?
Get out of this country and see the world. It can be done without lots of money. If you can study abroad with the CSU international programs, do so. You can get financial aid and transfer your credits back to CSUB.
Check CSU International Programs, and come and talk to me.
Read the New York Times as much as you can, especially the opinion pieces. Over time, the knowledge you will gain is every bit as valuable as a good university degree.
What did you do over your summer break?
I went to Ireland for a month. I read and prepared for the upcoming semester.
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