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 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.

News and Anouncements

Students Study Hyde Park’s Commemorative Landscape

This spring, while campus was closed due to COVID-19, history graduate students Madeline Adams, Laura Cremer, Tahel Goldsmith, and Julia Mead took a lot of walks in Hyde Park.

Spotlight from the Class of 2020: Lena Breda

In the aftermath of this month's convocation, dozens of recent history undergraduates have begun new chapters as alumni.

Undergraduate Historians Win Awards

The department is pleased to announce that several undergraduate historians have received awards and fellowships this year. Congratulations to all of these students and to the graduating class!

History Graduate Students Win Research and Teaching Awards

We are proud of the accomplishments of our graduate students, who have won grants this year worth tens of thousands of dollars to support their research and their teaching. Congratulations!

Statement Condemning Racism and Police Brutality

The History Department of the University of Chicago condemns the recent outbursts of racist violence that have taken the lives of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and others a