Bentley’s History Department offers an integrated curriculum designed to expose students to the global past, and to prepare them for the world they will inherit. As a social science department, we seek to facilitate student discovery of our nation and the world so that students are able to think critically, read thoughtfully and write eloquently through objective analysis of social, economic, and cultural material. Courses assist students in building awareness of the ways in which historical events and the development of ideas that have had a lasting impact on contemporary society.

During their freshmen year, students focus on the foundations of global culture, commerce, and politics while studying modern world history. In their sophomore year, students examine United States history, addressing indigenous societies in North America and the colonial origins of the American state through the end of the twentieth century. As juniors and seniors, students choose three trimester-long seminars drawn from a variety of fields in history and the social sciences, allowing students to focus on areas, periods, and special topics tailored to meet their interests.

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  • Bentley's History Department Welcomes Ms. Michelle Baird and Ms. Ann Horwitz

    Please join us in welcoming our two new faculty members, Ms. Michelle Baird and Ms. Ann Horwitz.
    Ms. Baird received her M.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and B.A. in History and English from Middlebury College. She also completed Columbia University's Klingenstein Summer Institute for Teachers. Michelle previously taught history and English at the Head-Royce School, where she developed UC Berkeley-approved curriculum on South Asia. She has also taught world history at Marin Academy. Michelle is a member of Dholrhythms, a professional bhangra troupe in San Francisco, and regularly writes about art and culture events for India Currents Magazine. Outside of dancing, writing about the desi scene in the Bay Area, working weekly with a tutor to improve her Hindi, and watching Bollywood films, she likes to spend time with her husband and border collie and work in her organic garden.

    Ms. Horwitz is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her M.Ed. in International Education Policy from Harvard University, and her B.A. in World Politics from Hamilton College. Additionally, she has worked at the U.S. State Department, and received a J. William Fulbright Grant for her English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia. She enjoys listening to music (live concerts are a treat for her), traveling, swimming, scuba diving, cooking, and going to the movies.
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History Department

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  • Michelle Baird 

    History Teacher
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  • Nicholas Calabrese 

    History and Economics Teacher, Swimming Assistant Coach
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  • Dr. Jason Chang 

    History Teacher
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  • Benjamin D'Harlingue 

    History Teacher
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  • Glenn Dickens 

    History Teacher, Culinary Arts
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