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The Department of History provides a window through which students can study a wide range of human activity across the globe. The study of the past helps students understand how people construct, try to live in, and change their social, political, and symbolic worlds.

Department NewsCongratulations to Rebecca Robinson, '16, who was recognized with the Student Symposium Paper Competition award.

Faculty-Student Research

UR Summer Fellowships: Ryan McEvoy and David Brandenberger

UR Summer Fellowships: Ryan McEvoy and David Brandenberger

University of Richmond students discuss summer research opportunities that give them a chance to explore their passions through hands-on projects, all while making a difference in the wider world.

UR Summer Fellowships: Kelsey Ensign and Dr. Eric Yellin

UR Summer Fellowships: Kelsey Ensign and Dr. Eric Yellin

University of Richmond students discuss summer research opportunities that give them a chance to explore their passions through hands-on projects, all while making a difference in the wider world.

2014 Student Symposium

2014 Student Symposium

The School of Arts & Sciences hosts an annual Student Symposium every April, which showcases hundreds of student research projects from across the disciplines.

History Feature Stories

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Faculty Highlights

  • Seeley Fellowships

    Dr. Samantha Seeley has received two prestigious fellowships, from the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. Both awards will allow her to conduct further research on her book project.

  • Yellin's Work with Princeton

    Dr. Eric Yellin was one of nine scholars invited to submit a letter on Wilson’s legacy to Princeton’s Board of Trustees’ Wilson Legacy Review Committee, which was formed in response to student protests in the fall regarding the veneration of Wilson at Princeton and the broader racial culture there.

  • Digital Scholarship Lab Recognition

    The work of Drs. Rob Nelson and Edward Ayers and their colleagues in the Digital Scholarship Lab was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, which named the DSL’s American Panorama project a tech innovator for 2016.

  • Routt Research

    Assistant professor David Routt's work translating a 16th century pardon from Queen Elizabeth I has shed new light on Agecroft Hall's original owners. Read more on Agecroft's website.

  • Seeley Award

    Congratulations to Samantha Seeley, assistant professor of history, for being named runner up for the 2015 SHEAR (Society of Historians of the Early American Republic) prize for the best dissertation in the field completed in the calendar years 2013 and 2014.

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Mailing address:
History Department
319 Ryland Hall
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8332
Fax: (804) 287-1992

Department Chair: Hugh West
Administrative Coordinator: Deborah Govoruhk