Due to COVID-19, the Department of History office is currently closed and faculty and staff are working remotely. If you have general inquiries, please direct them to historydept@history.wisc.edu. The Department of History is working under the guidance of Smart Restart, and the most up to date spring 2021 semester information can be found on the Smart Restart webpage. 

Welcome! Building on more than a century of distinguished scholarship and teaching, our faculty and staff serve over 400 undergraduate majors along with many other students passionate about history. We are also home to a vibrant community of some 130 graduate students in both History and the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.

Mosse Humanities Building

A New Home for History

History may be leaving Mosse Humanities. A proposal is underway for a new L&S Academic Building to house the History Department and better serve the needs of a growing undergraduate population. Read more…

SOAR Student on Memorial Union Terrace

For SOAR Students

Welcome first-year and transfer students! Check out the History SOAR Gateway to learn more about History and History of Science at UW-Madison. Read more…

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Statement of Commitment

Statement of Commitment to Eradicating White Supremacy, Institutional Racism, and Anti-Black Violence. We draft this statement of solidarity keenly aware that our own institution has to play a role in this quest for meaningful change. Statement of Commitment

Department News


  • Professor Ramírez Receives Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant

    Congratulations to Professor Marla Ramírez on receiving a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant ($120,000 over 3 years) for her project, “Retrofitting Latinxs into the Wisconsin Historical Narrative.” The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that honors the legacy …

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    Professor Mary Lou Roberts Publishes New Book

    Professor Mary Lou Roberts has a new book titled, Sheer Misery: Soldiers in Battle in WWII (University of Chicago Press, 2021). According to the publisher’s website, “Sheer Misery trains a humane and unsparing eye on the …

  • Sixty-five years ago Althea Gibson (above: in 1959) broke the color line at the French Open. (NMAAHC)

    Professor Ashley Brown Writes About Tennis Player Althea Gibson

    Professor Ashley Brown was recently interviewed by Smithsonian Magazine for an article about Althea Gibson, the subject of her upcoming book (in progress). In the year 1950, at age 23, Althea Gibson was the first …

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    History Majors Selected for Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowships

    History majors Sophia Clark and Julia Derzay have been selected to receive 2021 Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowships! The Hilldale Fellowships are generously funded by grants from the Hilldale Foundation and the Wisconsin State Legislature, and …

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    Volume 24 of ARCHIVE Now Available Online

    ARCHIVE, the UW-Madison Undergraduate Journal of History, has published their 24th volume! Under the supervision of faculty advisor Professor Sarah Thal, Editor-in-Chief Madeline Brauer and Editorial Board members Julia Derzay, Haley Drost, Taylor Madl, Thomas …

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    Professor Pablo Gómez Receives 2021-2022 Romnes Fellowship

    Congratulations to Professor Pablo Gómez, a recipient of the 2021-2022 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship! The Romnes Fellowship recognizes and supports tenured faculty and their research. Professor Gómez holds a joint appointment in the Department of History and …

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