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

Course Spotlight: "Disastrous Histories"

This autumn, students in HIST 25402, or "Disastrous Histories: Scientific and Social Understandings of Modern Disasters," are tackling timely questions about "natural" disasters and how we understa

Department Announces Enhanced Funding Program for Graduate Student Work

The History Department is excited to announce its restructured and enhanced program to provide research and conference presentation grants for graduate students.

Welcome, 2021 PhD Students!

The Department of History warmly welcomes our incoming cohort of 12 new PhD students. Their interests range from Latin America and the U.S.

Kenneth Pomeranz Named Faculty Director of Hong Kong Faculty Advisory Board

Beginning September 1, 2021, Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History in the Department

2021 John Hope Franklin Lecture Series Speakers and Registration

Each year the Department of History invites leading scholars of slavery and its afterlives to deliver lectures on their research.

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