The University of Chicago has a long and distinguished record of historical scholarship relating to the British Isles and the British empire. The range of faculty interest in British studies, both inside the department and beyond, the strength of the library's collections in British and imperial history and literature, and the array of academic workshops and colloquia make the University of Chicago a natural center for British studies.

Current faculty cover the chronological and methodological spectrum. Their research and course offerings make it possible for students to study England, Scotland, and Britain's former colonies in Africa, South Asia, North America, and the West Indies. Faculty interests run from social and cultural to intellectual, political, economic, and environmental history.