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

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.

Noel Swerdlow, 1941-2021

Noel Swerdlow, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the History of Science, died on Saturday, July 24. He was 79 years old. 

BA Thesis Prizes

Congratulations to the 2021 BA thesis prize winners!

Three students won 2021 BA thesis awards from the Department of History: