Welcome to the Department of History

We are a vibrant intellectual community consisting of more than fifty full-time faculty members, accomplished postdoctoral fellows, teaching fellows, visiting faculty, and strong cohorts of graduate and undergraduate students. We are renowned for our cutting-edge research and the expansive scope of our expertise, which covers six continents, numerous thematic fields, 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 dedicated scholars whose books have won the The Gordon J. Laing Award, granted by the University of Chicago Press for distinguished books, seven times. 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

Ken Moss, Honorable Mention for the Kulczycki Book Prize

Congratulations to Kenneth B. Moss, Harriet and Ulrich E.

Faith Hillis Awarded Prestigious Book Prize

Faith Hillis, Professor of Russian History and the College, was awarded the 2022 Wayne S.

June 2022 Graduate Convocation, First Since 2019

The history department is proud to celebrate several graduate students who participated in the June 2022 convocation, the first since 2019.

Media Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Mary Hicks

The interview for this quarter’s Faculty Spotlight features Mary Hicks, Assistant Professor of History and the College.

Student Spotlight: Stephanie Painter

For the Spring Quarter's Student Spotlight, Stephanie Painter, a PhD student working on the cultural and socia