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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.

CHANGES to HISTORY, 2022

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  • New History Faculty, Courses & Course Numbers
  • Additional History courses for FSHT credit
  • Revised History Major Requirements (starting Fall 2022)
Celebrating Our 2021 Grads!

Honors History Grads 2021

History Honors Class of 2021; from left to right: Chris Barry, Maggie Castelli, Rowan Cai, Spencer Yacos.

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.

2016 Student Symposium, School of Arts and Sciences

2016 Student Symposium, School of Arts and Sciences

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

Faculty Highlights

  • Loo Awarded

    Tze Loo, associate professor of history, was named a 2022 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Educator Award at the annual Colloquy celebration.

  • Seeley Wins Book Prize

    Samantha Seeley, associate professor of history, received the 2021 Jon Gjerde Book Award from the Midwestern History Association for her book Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States. The prize recognizes the year’s best book on Midwestern history. Learn More.

  • Seeley Receives Distinguished Book Prize

    Samantha Seeley, associate professor of history, received the 2022 Merle Curti Social History Award from the Organization of American Historians for her book Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States. This award is given annually by OAH for the best book in American social history. Learn more.

  • Drell published

    Joanna Drell, professor of history, co-edited Rethinking Norman Italy: Studies in Honour of Graham A. Loud (Manchester University Press). 

  • Sackley Receives NEH Grant

    Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and American Studies, has received $6,000 in summer funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to advance her book project, which explores the history of cooperatives in the United States. Read more: http://bit.ly/Sackley-NEH-Grant

  • Sackley Awarded

    Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and american studies, was awarded a $2,000 VFIC Mednick Memorial Fellowship for her project, Co-op Capitalism: Cooperatives, International Development, and American Visions of Capitalism in the Twentieth Century.

  • Sackley Awarded

    Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and american studies, has been awarded a $50,000 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for her project, Co-op Capitalism: Cooperatives, International Development, and American Visions of Capitalism in the Twentieth Century.

  • Sackley receives funding

    Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and American Studies, received a $2,000 grant from the Friends of University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries for her new project, Co-op Capitalism: Cooperatives, International Development, and American Visions of Capitalism in the Twentieth Century.

  • Kahn Awarded

    Michelle Kahn has been awarded the 2019 Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize by the German Historical Institute.

  • Sackley Receive Rockefeller Funding
    Dr. Nicole Sackley has received a grant from the Rockefeller Archive Center for Mapping the Foundations: US Philanthropy in a Cold War World, 1947-1991, in partnership with Dr. Timothy Barney. This project also recently received $10,000 in start up funds from the Provost's CIE initiative.

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

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

Department Chair: Dr. Joanna Drell
Academic Administrative Assistant: Sabrina Anderson