United States

American History has been one of the central fields within Chicago's graduate History program ever since Hermann von Holst, author of one of the earliest scholarly histories of American slavery, was recruited from Germany to establish a history department for the new university in 1892. His broad cosmopolitanism, interdisciplinarity, and commitment to engaged, field-defining research remain hallmarks of our American history program today.

The Americanist faculty range widely in research and teaching interests. Faculty and student interests have converged in recent years on a number of particular themes, such as gender and sexuality, race, immigration, and ethnicity, African American history, urban life, the culture of the market, law and the American state, and western and rural development.



US history students often begin by presenting papers at regional and specialized conferences before presenting at the AHA or OAH as they near dissertation completion.