Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228

Wendy Pojmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

219 Kiernan Hall
Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211-1462
Ph.D. Boston College
B.A. Loyola University of Chicago
Dr. Wendy Pojmann has been teaching at Siena since 2005. She regularly offers specialized courses in modern European history (e.g. Fascism in Europe, Immigration to Europe, Women in European History), the survey courses the Shaping of the Contemporary World and the West and the World II, and the Proseminar and Capstone courses for majors. This year, Dr. Pojmann is joining the First Year Seminar. In spring 2009 and 2013, Dr. Pojmann’s Modern Italy since 1815 course traveled to Rome, Florence and Turin to learn about the Italian Risorgimento and unification. With her colleagues Drs. Mahar and Reeves-Ellington, she is currently working on The History Student’s Handbook for Oxford University Press.
Dr. Pojmann’s research focuses on contemporary European women’s and social movements. Her most recent book, Italian Women in International Cold War Politics, 1944-1968 (Fordham University Press 2013), examines the influence of Italian and international women’s organizations on the events of the Cold War. In Immigrant Women and Feminism in Italy (Ashgate 2006; Aracne Editrice 2010) Pojmann analyzes the impact of recent migrations of non-European women on the Italian women’s movement. Her edited volume Migration and Activism in Europe Since 1945 (Palgrave Macmillan 2008) looks at the roles of migrant activists in labor, feminist, student, and anti-racist movements in continental Europe. She has been awarded grants from the American Historical Association and the Cesare Barbieri Foundation and, in 2013, participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Risorgimento Summer Seminar in Rome, Italy.      
Other scholarship:
“For Mothers, Peace and Family: International (Non)-Cooperation among Italian Catholic and Communist Women’s Organisations during the Early Cold War,” Gender & History 23, no. 2 (August 2011): 415–429.
“Mothering Across Boundaries: Immigrant Domestic Workers and Gender Roles in Italy,” in Intimacy and Italian Migration: Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World, pp. 127-139, eds. Loretta Baldassar and Donna Gabaccia. Fordham University Press, 2011.
“Muslim Women’s Organizing in France and Italy: Political Culture, Activism, and Performativity in the Public Sphere,” Feminist Formations [formerly the NWSA Journal ] 22, no. 3 (December 2010): 229-251.
“Adopt a Domestic Worker?: The Response of Immigrant Associations to the Centre-Right,” in Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition in the Berlusconi Years, pp. 177-189, eds. Daniele Albertazzi, Clodagh Brook, Charlotte Ross, Nina Rothenberg. Continuum Books, 2009.
with Bruce Eelman, Barbara Reeves-Ellington, and Scott K. Taylor, “How the Capstone Course Changed the Curriculum at Siena College,” In Perspectives on History, Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, April 2009.
“Join Us in Rebuilding Italy: Women's Associations 1946-1963,” Journal of Women’s History 20, no. 4 (Winter 2008): 82-104.