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

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.

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.