Professor of History 
Department Chair

BA, Rutgers University
MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook 

Office Location: A-334 (Pitkin Building)
Phone: 201-447-9232

Courses regularly taught at BCC

  • GEO101 World Geography
  • HIS101 Western Civilization to the Reformation
  • HIS102 Western Civilization since the Reformation
  • HIS111 United States History survey–part 1
  • HIS112 United States History survey–part 2
  • HIS201 American Civil War & Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877

Keith Chu is professor of history and academic department chair. He specializes in Medieval and Early Modern European history with a particular focus on the institutions, economy, and society of England and the Low Countries. Research and teaching interests also includes the history of science, 19th century US history, and historical geography. He regularly teaches courses in the honors college. Professor Chu has held fellowships from the Nation Endowment for the Humanities and the United States Institute of Peace. Prof. Chu is currently engaged in projects involving new approaches to the study of historical sources through digital technology. Outside the college, he is actively involved in public history to make the study of the past accessible to all. In his spare time he plays jazz trumpet.

Awards & Affiliations

  • Civil War Institute certificate, Gettysburg College, 2016
  • Reader for Advanced Placement, US History Exams, 2015-present
  • NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, 2014
  • Distinguished Scholar, Bergen Community College, 2013
  • SHEAR (The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic) Summer Scholar, 2010
  • Goethe-Institut Fellow, 2006
  • National Council for Geographic Education, lifetime member
  • Medieval Academy of America