Faculty Letter on recent events in our campus, May 3, 2024

We, faculty members of the History Department of Columbia University, condemn the use of police force against students, as well as the ongoing presence of the NYPD on our campus. We insist upon the rights of students and scholars to engage in nonviolent protest or public speech, and we deplore the arbitrary disciplining of students, faculty, or staff for doing so. We are also dismayed that the use of public force resulted from a decision-making process from which faculty were excluded.

We disagree about many of the issues being debated on campus this year, but we agree that history shows how deeply damaging it is for a university to meet students’ protests with violence and criminalization.  Since the last time the police were called on this campus in large numbers, in 1968, Columbia has worked hard to restore community, build shared governance, deal peacefully with protest, and maintain a culture of respectful debate.  We must hold on to this legacy.




Piccato, Pablo, Professor of History

Guridy, Frank, Dr. Kenneth and Kareitha Forde Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Professor of History

Kosto, Adam, James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization

Pizzigoni, Caterina, Associate Professor of History

Chauncey, George, ​​DeWitt Clinton Clinton Professor of American History

Baics, Gergely, Associate Professor of History and Urban Studies, Helman Faculty Chair of Urban Studies – Barnard College

Billows, Richard, Professor of History

Blackmar, Elizabeth, Mary and David Boies Professor of American History

Blake, Casey, Professor of History

Caglioti, Angelo, Assistant Professor of History

Chamberlin, Paul Thomas, Associate Professor of History

Chazkel, Amy, Bernard Hirschhorn Associate Professor of Urban Studies

Coleman, Charly, Associate Professor of History 

Connelly, Matthew, Professor of History

De Grazia, Victoria, Moore Collegiate Emerita Professor of History

Elshakry, Marwa, Associate Professor of History

Erickson, Ainsley, Associate Professor of History and Education Policy – Teachers College

Evtuhov, Catherine, Professor of History

Fields, Barbara J., William R. Shepherd Professor of History

Haley, Sarah, Associate Professor of History

Hallett, Hilary, Mendelson Family Professor & Director of American Studies

Howell, Martha, Miriam Champion Emerita Professor of History

Hymes, Robert, Carpentier Professor of Chinese History – East Asian Languages and Cultures

Jacoby, Karl, Allan Nevins Professor of American Economic History

Karjoo-Ravary, Ali, Richard W. Bulliet Assistant Professor of Islamic History

Klein, Herbert, Gouverneur Morris Professor Emeritus of History

Kreitman, Paul, Associate Professor of 20th Century Japanese History – East Asian Languages and Cultures

Lightfoot, Natasha, Associate Professor of History

Lurie, David B., Associate Professor of History – East Asian Languages and Cultures

Mann, Gregory, Professor of History

Mazower, Mark, Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies; Director, Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination

Mazurek, Malgorzata, Associate Professor of Polish Studies

McCurry, Stephanie, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of U.S. History

Milanich, Nara, Professor of History – Barnard College

Nadasen, Premilla, Professor of History – Barnard College

Naylor, Celia, Professor of History and Africana Studies – Barnard College

Ngai, Mae, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies / Professor of History

Nguyen, Lien-Hang T., Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia

Pedersen, Susan, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History

Pflugfelder, Gregory, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Philips-Fein, Kimberly, Robert Gardiner-Kenneth Jackson Professor of History

Rao, Anupama, Professor of History – Barnard College

Robcis, Camille, Professor of History and French

Roberts, Samuel, Associate Professor of History, Sociomedical Sciences and of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Rosner, David, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences/Professor of History

Saada, Emmanuelle, Professor, Department of French

Sen, Tunç, Assistant Professor of History

Senocak, Neslihan, Associate Professor of History

Sivaramakrishnan, Kavita, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Smith, Pamela, Seth Low Professor of History

Stafford, James, Assistant Professor of History

Stanislawski, Michael, Nathan J. Miller Professor of Jewish History

Steingart, Alma, Assistant Professor of History

Stephanson, Anders, Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of History

Stephens, Rhiannon, Professor of History 

Tiersten, Lisa, Professor of History – Barnard College

Tooze, Adam, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History

Tuttle, Gray, Leila Hadley Luce Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies – East Asian Languages and Cultures

Van de Mieroop, Marc, Professor of History

Wennerlind, Carl, Professor of History – Barnard College

Witgen, Michael, Professor of History

Wright, Marcia, Emerita Professor of History