Welcome to the Department of History

We are a vibrant intellectual community consisting of nearly fifty full-time faculty members, accomplished postdoctoral fellows and visiting faculty, and strong cohorts of graduate and undergraduate students. We are known for our cutting-edge research and the expansive scope of our expertise, which covers six continents and most of recorded history. We are committed teachers and student mentors, boasting twenty-one winners of the Quantrell Prize, the University of Chicago's highest honor for teaching. We are immensely proud of our alumni, who enjoy successful careers in a wide variety of fields. We are glad you are here.


Please explore our site to learn more about the history department, what we do, and how you can become a part of our community. 

News and Anouncements

Johanna Ransmeier Receives 2022 Quantrell Award

The University annually recognizes faculty for exceptional teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students through the

Department to Hold First Annual Dissertation Prospectus Colloquium

The Department of History is excited to announce the first annual Dissertation Prospectus Colloquium, to be held Friday, May 20, 2022, from 9:30am to 5:30pm in the John Hope Franklin Room.

Tara Zahra Named New Director of the Neubauer Collegium

The Department is pleased to announce that Tara Zahra, the Homer J.

Matthew Lowenstein, PhD'21, Awarded 2022 Saller Dissertation Prize

Matthew Lowenstein, PhD'21, has been named one of two winners of this year's Richard Saller Dissertation Priz

Leora Auslander Named Associate Chair of New Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity

The History Department is pleased to announce that Leora Auslander, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in West