Welcome to the Department of History!
We are a community of scholars engaged in cutting-edge historical research. Our expertise spans many centuries and continents: from Africa to Asia, Europe, and the Americas; from Ancient Greece and Rome to Byzantium; to modern nation-states around the globe. We bring different approaches, methodologies, and analytical paradigms to these various places and eras, but share a firm belief that rigorous historical analysis can give us a better understanding of our place in time.
As a foundational discipline in the humanities and social sciences, history offers a testing ground for assumptions and propositions about human actions, beliefs, and ideas. To study history offers a means both to explore our shared humanity and to learn about the particularities of the human experience.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our department: the subject matters that we study, the students with whom we work, the courses that we teach, and the engaging intellectual community that faculty and students have built and share here at the University of Chicago.
Latest News and Announcements
Tara Zahra Awarded 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
Tara Zahra, a historian of Central and Eastern Europe, has received a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. She is the fifth faculty member of the University of Chicago Department of History to receive this fellowship, joining Ramón Gutiérrez 83', Cornell Fleischer 88', Thomas Holt 90', and Noel Swerdlow 98.
Auslander Awarded Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring
Leora Auslander, professor of modern European Social History, and a member of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, has been awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.
Writing a History of Passing Is Writing a History of Loss
Allyson Hobbs, PhD 2009, speaks about the history of racial passing for TEDx Talks. Using the Emersonian idea of "coming up with the emphatic facts of history in our private experience," Hobbs tells the story of a cousin who passed for white, and how this story set her research in motion.
Rudnicki Awarded 2014 Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Tim Rudnicki is heading to the University of Cambridge in the autumn, all expenses paid by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Rudnicki is one of forty US scholars chosen from an initial field of eight hundred applicants for this highly competitive award.
Mills Interviewed on Marketplace and on In Black America
Quincy T. Mills, PhD 2006, was interviewed by Kai Ryssdal, host of public radio's Marketplace (January 28, 2014), and John L. Hanson Jr., host of KUT's In Black America (March 30, 2014), about his new book, Cutting Along the Color Line (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), which chronicles the cultural history of black barber shops as businesses and civic institutions in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States.
Three History Faculty Honored
Alison Winter, professor of the history of science and medicine, has received the 2014 Gordon J. Laing Prize for her book, Memory: Fragments of a Modern History. The prize is awarded annually by the University of Chicago Press to the faculty author, editor, or translator of a book published in the previous three years that brings the Press the greatest distinction.
Kenneth Pomeranz in the Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an interview with 2013 AHA President and new faculty member Kenneth Pomeranz (East Asia). In the article, Pomeranz explains the directions in which he would like to see the AHA go in the near future. For one thing, he notes his desire to see historians more frequently enter the the public conversation on important issues.
Jan Goldstein Elected 2014 AHA President
In a November vote, Jan Goldstein, Norman and Edna Freehling Professor of History, was elected president of the American Historical Association for 2014. She will serve a one-year term, succeeding fellow faculty member Kenneth Pomeranz. Goldstein has been involved in the AHA since the 1970s, while she was a graduate student at Columbia University. She has previously served on the association's nominating committee, which suggests candidates for AHA offices, as well as on two book prize committees.