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.
History Feature Stories
A Q&A on community-based learning
Domestic and international students explore Monticello with Dr. and Mrs. Ayers
Two classes - one studying Jewish history, the other the humanities - spend fall break in New York City
Students learn about archiving and digital collections in hands-on history course
Local middle schools offer a backdrop for exploring the challenges and successes of education in America
Recent graduate sees history as more than old textbooks filled with names and dates. It's a way of life.
SSIR program traveled through the South to study historical and contemporary issues in social justice
- Yellin Named Distinguished Educator
Dr. Eric Yellin was named a Distinguished Educator at this year's Colloquy ceremony.
- Bischof Talk
Dr. Chris Bischof recently presented a lecture on why Britain voted for Brexit as part of the Richmond World Affairs Council event series.
- 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 about forced migrations of free people across the Mid-Atlantic, Upper South, and Ohio Valley in the fifty years after the American Revolution.
- 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. He will be teaching a semester-long seminar on Wilson’s legacy at Princeton this fall.
- 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.
- The Jepson Leadership Forum: Isabel WilkersonJan247:00 PM - 8:30 PMThe Jepson Leadership Forum presents Isabel Wilkerson, journalist and bestselling author of The Story of the Great... Continue reading
- The Jepson Leadership Forum: Jamelle BouieFeb157:00 PM - 8:30 PMThe Jepson Leadership Forum presents Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate and CBS News political... Continue reading
- Ryland Lecture: Rightward Bound: The Rise of Conservatism in Postwar AmericaFeb237:30 PM - 9:00 PMThe History Department welcomes Dr. Bruce J. Schulman, William E. Huntington Professor and Chair of the History... Continue reading
- Marshall Center Lecture Series: Stephen B. PresserMar174:30 PM - 5:30 PMThe Jepson School of Leadership Studies' Marshall Center Lecture Series presents Stephen B. Presser, Raoul Berger... Continue reading
- The Jepson Leadership Forum: Thomas F. JacksonMar217:00 PM - 8:30 PMThe Jepson Leadership Forum presents Thomas F. Jackson, historian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro... Continue reading
- Freeman Lecture: Washington and the ConstitutionMar237:30 PM - 9:00 PMThe History Department welcomes Dr. Edward Larson of Pepperdine University as this spring's Douglas Southall Freeman... Continue reading
- Freeman Lecture: The Landmark Election of 1800Mar307:30 PM - 9:00 PMThe History Department welcomes Dr. Edward Larson of Pepperdine University as this spring's Douglas Southall Freeman... Continue reading
- Marshall Center Lecture Series: Robert K. FaulknerMay114:30 PM - 5:30 PMThe Jepson School of Leadership Studies' Marshall Center Lecture Series presents Robert K. Faulkner, professor of... Continue reading