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Department of History

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David M. Campbell Scholarship in History Awards

The David M. Campbell Scholarship in History provides support to graduate students majoring in history. The goal of this significant scholarship is to ensure open-minded, multicultural, and diverse perspectives in the historical profession, particularly in the field of public history.

The Department of History is extremely excited to announce that current MA students Vanessa Armenta and Edward Hill Jr. have been awarded the David M. Campbell Scholarships for 2021-2022.

Congratulations to Vanessa and Edward for this recognition!  

Vanessa Armenta


Vanessa Armenta received a B.A. in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from Cal State East Bay in 2018. Armenta is passionate about increasing diversity within the field of history and her scholarship explores underrepresented communities in American history. Her recent work examined gender, culture, and society during the Californio period. Armenta plans, after graduation, to continue her public outreach using her work in history and archaeology to promote higher education.

Edward Hill Jr.

Edward Hill

Edward Hill Jr., a first-generation college student, earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a minor in History from Cal State East Bay in 2020. In the MA program, Hill will examine the United States Army's 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry, who became known as the Buffalo Soldiers, and eventually the first National Park Rangers in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Hill's scholarship reframes popular notions about African American outdoor recreation. After graduation from Cal State East Bay, Hill intends to pursue a Ph.D. in History.


The Department of History at Cal State East Bay


True to its roots in the Bay Area, the Department of History at Cal State East Bay offers leading-edge programs in historical study focusing on critical themes and questions confronting us in the present day. Debuting in 2018, our unique concentrations for historical study include Migration and Globalization, Social Justice and Citizenships, and Sustainability and Modernization. These concentrations allow History majors to investigate significant questions comparatively across time and place. Our courses employ high-impact pedagogies, emphasizing collaboration and applied learning. Advising and career considerations for liberal arts majors are embedded in our curriculum, so that students enjoy ample opportunity to make direct connections between their historical investigations and their longer-term goals and dreams. 

The Master of Arts degree at Cal State East Bay combines our commitments to historical inquiry with career-directed concentrations in public and community history, teaching history, and research. It is a flexible program inviting individuals with a love of history from any background or professional experience to develop their knowledge and sharpen their interpretive and disciplinary skills. Our MA candidates are teachers, community historians, and aspiring professors who do critical work to preserve and extend historical knowledge beyond the bounds of the university. 

Today our faculty are at the forefront of new fields, such as the history of sustainability, the history of globalization, digital history, applied history, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Our faculty are also deeply committed teachers, encouraging their students to chart their own paths and tell new histories. In 2020, Dr. Andrew Wiese, Professor of History at San Diego State University, and External Reviewer for our most recent program evaluation, observed that Cal State East Bay's Department of History "exemplifies the best traditions of research, teaching, and community service of the California State University." 

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Department of History

California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Student and Faculty Services (SF) building, Office 442
Hayward, CA 94542

Phone: (510) 885-3207 

The History Department office is open from 9AM-5PM, Monday through Friday. 

We are on the 4th floor of the SF building. 


All inquiries may be sent to

For the History Department Chair, please contact: 

Dr. Bridget Ford

For the History Department Office Manager, please contact: 

Mr. Donilon Alcantara