Welcome to the main web page of Northwestern University's HISTORY DEPARTMENT. Whatever your reason for visiting in 2015-16, I hope you find what you came looking for.
If you're a Northwestern UNDERGRADUATE you will find information here about our course offerings and major/minors, which now includes a concentration in global history, in addition to histories of the U.S., the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. We also have new cross-cutting thematic minor fields in the history of law and crime, environmental history, the history of science and technology, and the history of economics and labor. The department takes pride in our excellent courses and superb teachers, like last year's prize-winners Prof. Henri Lauzière, Prof. Deborah Cohen, and Kyle Burke, plus many others over the years, more than any other department on campus. By teaching us about the lives and circumstances of people remote from us in time and space, the study of history teaches us how our own world came into being—and how to question its assumptions. More generally, the study of history teaches us how to make intelligible the mass of information about the past, and express our understanding in clear speech and prose. History students go into professions like law and medicine, as well careers in in the arts and media, research and teaching, commerce or public service, and many other walks of life. Look over our website, and if you have any questions about the major/minors, drop by our offices in Harris Hall. Every afternoon during the school year we have a faculty advisor available to discuss the major/minors with you. You can also contact Elizabeth Murray (Undergraduate Administrator).
If you're a GRADUATE STUDENT or interested in studying for a Ph.D. in History at Northwestern, you can learn more here about the kinds of scholars we are and train. In addition to the department's longstanding strengths in American history, European history, and African history, we train students in East Asian history and Latin American history, as well as students with thematic or global interests that traverse these regions and work within them. Each year we welcome about 15 new students with generous funding from The Graduate School. This year we are adding a new course to train our grad students to be superb teachers of history. Many of our graduate students also work with interdisciplinary clusters in such fields as African Studies, Asian Studies, British Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Medieval Studies, and Science Studies. If you have questions about the program, contact Annerys Cano (Graduate Administrator).
If you are a COLLEAGUE, either in another department at Northwestern or another institution, you will know that the History Department is a collection of superb scholars who take a wide range of approaches to the development of cultures over time. As a result, our historians are also affiliated with programs across Northwestern and around the world; you will find links to their affiliations on their faculty webpages. At the same time, we maintain a vibrant collective discussion on the nature of historical understanding and practice through the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies (CCHS) which sponsors a lunch-time lecture series; fellowships for undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs; and many other activities. This year the department welcomes new colleagues Lydia Barnett, Haydon Cherry, and Fred Meiton, and is searching for new colleagues in modern German history and African-American history (see the announcements in the right-hand column).
And finally, if you are JUST VISITING this webpage because you want to learn more about the Department or about history, welcome! But please note, this six-year-old website will be undergoing a complete make-over this year. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Paula Blaskovits (Department Administrator).
Department Chair and Professor of History
WELCOME, NU CLASS OF 2019!
Check out our First-year Focus page for more information about the History Department Major and Minor!
CHABRAJA Center for Historical Studies
The Center invites faculty members and graduate students who work with historical materials to participate in an ongoing conversation about the core concerns of the historical discipline.
Recent Faculty Publications