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 2024 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.

Lecture by Oksana Kis

"Militant Women: Hybridization of Normative Femininity in Public Discourse During Russia’s War Against Ukraine."

Wednesday, March 6, 5-6 p.m. | Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Oksana Kis, Cornerstones Distinguished Visiting Chair in History at the University of Richmond and head of the Department of Social Anthropology at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, will give a talk titled, “Militant Women: Hybridization of Normative Femininity in Public Discourse During Russia’s War against Ukraine.”

Light snacks and refreshments will be served after the talk.

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. 

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Jillean McCommons
McCommons Awarded

Jillean McCommons, assistant professor of history and Africana studies, was awarded the 2024-2025 Wilma Dykeman "Faces of Appalachia" Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Appalachian Studies Association to support her book manuscript on Black Appalachian activism in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Dr. Eric S. Yellin
Yellin Published

Eric S. Yellin, associate professor of history, published, "Bringing the Constituents Back In: The Politics of Social Security in the 1950s," in the Journal of Policy History.

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Dr. Michelle Lynn Kahn
Kahn Awarded Tenure & Promotion

Michelle Kahn was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of history. Kahn specializes in modern European history with a particular focus on German transnational history.

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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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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: Catherine Hash