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

Teaching the Teachers

History's Pedagogy Workshop prepares graduate-student teachers to excel in the classroom, to make the most of technology, and to teach Chicago's renowned Core curriculum in the liberal arts.

NEH Grants to Faculty and Alumna

Congratulations to Faith Hillis, associate professor, and Carolyn Suann Purnell, PhD'13. They both received fellowships for advanced research from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Payne Receives the World Award for Book of the Year

The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has awarded its World Award for Book of the Year to Richard Payne's

Inaugural Knowledge Conference Features Historians

Historians Cliff Ando, David Nirenberg, Ken Pomeranz, Bob Richard, and Michael Rossi participated in the Stevanovich Institute's first conference.

First-Gen Students Find Support

Tara Zahra serves as a resource for Chicago students who are first generation in the College, from low-income families, or undocumented.