Department of History

Department of History

The Department of History explores the past, seeking to understand how people have made the world, live in it, and seek change. We also examine what people do with memories and stories of the past, examining ideas of heritage, values and identities in our complex and diverse social, political, economic and cultural worlds.

Major & MinorCourses

Fall 2023 Courses & Registration Guide

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Department of History Berry Lecture

Thomas S. Berry Lecture in Economic History

“Zone Fever and Anarcho-Capitalists: Rethinking the Recent History of the Global Economy”

Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 p.m. | Queally Center for Admission

Quinn Slobodian, Professor of International History, Boston University

We often hear that the Cold War’s end ushered in a borderless era of globalization which has only recently faced a backlash in a return to the nation. What if this storyline is wrong? This talk introduces the category of the zone to show how globalization operated through fragmentation and the backlash does too. Putting on "zone glasses" allows us to see much of the current politics of the far right as an acceleration of dynamics within global capitalism rather than its moderation or rejection.

Society of Cincinnati Lecture

Society of the Cincinnati Lecture

“Bolivar, U.S.A.: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions”

Thursday, February 29, 6-7 p.m.* | Humanities Commons

Caitlin Fitz, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

This lecture is drawn from Professor Fitz’s award-winning book Our Sister Republics, which recasts the early United States in the hemispheric dimensions of its time, showing how Latin America’s independence wars shaped early U.S. understandings of republicanism, race, and revolution.

*Light snacks and sodas/coffee will be available at 5:45 p.m. The lecture begins at 6 p.m.

Haskins Society Conference

42nd International Conference of the Haskins Society

Fall 2023 Conference

The University of Richmond was proud to be the home of the International Conference of the Haskins Society for 2022-24, a sojourn made possible by the generous support of multiple bodies across the university, along with assistance from Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

The conference will be held at the Jepson Alumni Center from November 3-5, 2023. 


Agency vs. Victimhood: Women’s Experiences of the Holodomor 1932-33 in Ukraine

Dr. Oksana Kis, University of Richmond, presented her talk, "Agency vs. Victimhood: Women’s Experiences of the Holodomor 1932-33 in Ukraine." History of the Holodomor (the Great Famine) of 1932-33 in Ukraine figures prominently in Ukrainian public discourse and scholarship in today. Its gender dimension however remains understudied.

This talk was based on an analysis of personal narratives of female survivors of the Holodomor to explore gender peculiarities and complexities of women’s experiences of survival under the genocidal circumstances. It focused on women’s resistance to state-endorsed violence, their coping strategies, and life-saving practices under conditions of total starvation and lawlessness. It also exposed a spectrum of women’s agency aimed to protect family possessions and food supplies from violent expropriations by authorities.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Pippa Holloway
Holloway Published

Pippa Holloway, Cornerstones Chair in History, published, "Virginia Penny's 'State of Desperation': Anger, Insanity, and Struggles for Justice in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky," in Ohio Valley History.

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Dr. Chris Bischof
Bischof receives NEH Fellowship

Chris Bischof, associate professor of history, received a $60,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2024-2025 to support research and writing leading to the book "Easy Fixes: Race, Capitalism, and Social Engineering Schemes in the British West Indies, 1823-1865".

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Dr. Manuella Meyer
Meyer Presented

Manuella Meyer, associate professor of history, presented “Psychoanalyzing the Possessed: Spirits of the Dead in Early Rio de Janeiro, Brazil” at the Greer Lecture in Latin American History hosted by the VCU Department of History.

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Dr. Michelle Lynn Kahn
Kahn Receives Fellowship

Michelle Kahn, assistant professor of history, was awarded $3000 for a Leibnitz Summer Fellowship at the Leibnitz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam for June 2024. 

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Mailing address:
History Department
Humanities Building
106 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 287-6041
Fax: (804) 287-1992

Department Chair: Dr. Pippa Holloway
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Sabrina Anderson