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Christina Stern PhD

Christina Stern, PhD

Christina Stern, PhD

Assistant Professor, History

Technology Center, Room 8300


Christina Stern, PhD, came to the College in 2008 as a full-time faculty member. Among the courses she has taught are Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II, American History I and American History II. Prior to her tenure at RCC, she taught for 11 years in the Social Sciences Department at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, in Queens, NY.

Dr. Stern believes that the study of the past is a humanistic quest and an exciting intellectual adventure. She hopes that students will discover the many rewards of historical inquiry and exploration. Dr. Stern chairs or co-chairs several organizations on campus, including the Division Curriculum Committee for Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences. She also serves as chairperson of the Committee on Community Colleges, which is part of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), a national organization of professional historians.


  • BA Philosophy, Hofstra University, 1986
  • MA European History, New York University, 1993
  • PhD Medieval European History, New York University, 2003

Awards (Selected)

  • NYU Faculty Resource Network Fellowship, “Exploring Women’s History through Oral History,” 2012
  • NYU Faculty Resource Network Fellowship, “Women and Public Life in Ancient Times,” 2011
  • NYU Faculty Resource Network Fellowship, “The Geopolitics of Oil,” 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1986

Professional Accomplishments

  • Chair, Organization of American Historians, Committee on Community Colleges
  • Chair, Division Curriculum Committee, Humanities, Behavioral, and Social Sciences
  • Co-chair, Women’s History Month Committee


  • “The State of the Institution Formerly Known as The People’s College: A Review Essay.” Academe 96: 3 (2010).
  • “Sealed In, Yet Soaring.” Commonweal: A Review of Religion, Politics & Culture. CXXXV: No. 7 (2008).
  • “Women in Walls.” History Magazine, 7:5 (2006).
  • "The Story of the Oñate Statues: Conquistadors and Contested History in the Land of Enchantment." Community College Humanities Review 33:1 (2013).


  • “Better Angels? Declining Violence? A Discussion of Steven Pinker's New Book,” RCC, CETL workshop, 2013
  • “Marking or Memorializing? The Public Statues of Juan de Oñate,” The Eastern Regional Division Meeting of the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), Boston, 2012
  • “A Multidisciplinary Conversation about Prejudice, Power and Persecution,” RCC, CETL workshop, 2010