Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228

James C. Harrison, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Chair, History Department
228 Kiernan Hall
Siena College                                                            
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 783-2353
Ph.D. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M.A. Sam Houston State University
B.A. University of Texas - Austin
Dr. Harrison is a native of Texas where he was influenced by the Spanish heritage surrounding his upbringing. After graduating from the University of Texas, he took time out from his education to serve in the Navy where he was a combat helicopter pilot from 1968-1972. Returning to education, he did his doctoral work under the late William Sherman at the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Harrison began teaching at Siena in 1980. His specialty is Colonial Latin America with an emphasis on the Spanish Borderlands. With graduate school minors in both Africa and Asia, Dr. Harrison has used his interest in Spanish colonization to compare it with European states in Africa, Asia, and North America.   As a result of this interest, for West-Wadsworth/Thomson (now Cengage) Publishers supplementary works were created for all their Western Civilization and World Civilization textbooks. Included in these supplements were map banks with commentaries, Google Earth mapping, photo banks and commentaries, and instructor aids.