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Staff Members

Joan Plonski

Graduate/Departmental Coordinator
215 898.8452
College Hall 208B

Octavia M. Carr

Assistant to the Chair
215 898.8452
College Hall 208

Bekah Rosenberg

Administrative Assistant
215 898.8452
College Hall 208



Yvonne Fabella

Undergraduate Coordinator

History Undergraduate Advisor
215 898.4576
College Hall 206B

Computing Local Support Provider
215 573.8397
College Hall 208C

Susan Cerrone

Manager, Administration and Finance

Claudia Cohen Hall Business Administration Services
215 573.3389
Claudia Cohen Hall 305


Mailing Address

Department of History
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
College Hall 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6379


The Department of History is located in College Hall, one of Penn's most distinctive historic buildings. Built in 1872, College Hall was the first building on the University's new campus in West Philadelphia. Designed by Thomas Webb Richards, a professor of drawing and architecture, the building originally housed almost all college functions. College Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and forms part of the University of Pennsylvania Historic District.

College Hall is within a few blocks walking distance of the 30th Street Station (AMTRAK & SEPTA). From the station, proceed west on Market Street (blue dots) to 32nd and then follow Woodland Walk diagonally through Drexel's Campus and into the heart of the Penn Campus.

University City Station (SEPTA - Regional High Speed) is located two blocks away on South Street (green dots).