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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.

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.

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Faculty Highlights

  • Drell Presentation

    History professor Joanna Drell was invited to speak at a meeting Palermo, Sicily in early October on the topic of medieval immigration of northern Italians down to Sicily. The meeting was coordinated by the Office of Medieval Studies and the Cultural Circle of the ‘Marquises of Monferrato.’

  • Ayers elected to Colonial Williamsburg board

    Edward Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus, was elected to the board of trustees for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

  • Seeley Fellowship

    History professor Samantha Seeley has been awarded a Kluge Fellowship from The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress for her book project, “Race and Removal in the Early American Republic.”

  • Summers Article

    History professor Carol Summers published "Scandal and Mass Politics: Buganda's 1941 Nnamasole Crisis" in the International Journal of African Historical Studies.

  • Yellin Grant History professor Eric Yellin received a grant from the Dirksen Congressional Center to research the political, cultural, and social meanings of Social Security after World War II.
  • Ayers receives 2018 Avery O. Craven Award

    Edward Ayers, Tucker Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus, was awarded the 2018 Avery O. Craven Award for his book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America.

  • Bischof Article Award

    History professor Chris Bischof's article, "Chinese Laborers, Free Blacks, and Social Engineering in the Post-Emancipation British West Indies," published in Past & Present was warded the 2017 Walter D. Love Prize for the best article in British history by the North American Conference on British Studies.

  • Ayers Receives Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

    Tucker Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus Ed Ayers will receive the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for his book, The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America.

  • Meyer Fulbright

    Dr. Manuella Meyer received a Fulbright award for travel to Brazil to research her book project “Making Brazilian Children: Child Welfare and the Psychiatry of Childhood, 1922-1954.”

  • Ayers on Podcasts@Boatwright

    University professor Ed Ayers discussed his latest book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America on Podcasts@Boatwright

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
History Department
319 Ryland Hall
106 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

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

Department Chair: Carol Summers
Administrative Coordinator: Deborah Govoruhk