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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.

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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…

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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


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    Alumnus William Warner Joins AAS Staff

    Congratulations to alumnus William Warner (Ph.D. 2017) on becoming the new Membership Manager at the Association for Asian Studies! Warner completed his graduate work in South Asian history here at UW-Madison, and his dissertation (advised by …

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    Welcome New Faculty

    The Department of History is excited to welcome three new faculty members – Simon Balto, Marcella Hayes, and Matt Villeneuve!  Simon Balto joins us as a historian of the twentieth-century United States, with a particular …

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    Professor Pablo Gómez Publishes New Book

    Professor Pablo Gómez has a new book published this week, titled The Gray Zones of Medicine: Healers and History in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021). The book was co-edited by Diego Armus, a professor of …

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    Alumna Geneviève Dorais Publishes New Book

    Congratulations to alumna Geneviève Dorais (Ph.D. 2014) on the publication of her new book, Journey to Indo-América: APRA and the Transnational Politics of Exile, Persecution, and Solidarity, 1918–1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2021). “The American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) was a Peruvian …

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    Alumnus John Gripentrog Publishes New Book

    Congratulations to alumnus John Gripentrog (Ph.D. 2006) on the publication of his new book, Prelude to Pearl Harbor: Ideology and Culture in US-Japan Relations, 1919-1941 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021). “Reconsidering the origins of World War …

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    In Memoriam: Alumnus Adam Kolton

    The Department of History is sad to note the passing of alumnus and environmental activist Adam Kolton. Mr. Kolton graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism in 1990, and went on …

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Fri 24

Talk: Julie Chernov Hwang

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Fri 24

Archaeology Brown Bag

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fri 24

Lecture: Jarvis Givens

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mon 27

History TA Diversity Workshop

September 27 @ 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Wed 29

The Seminar on Critical Political Economy

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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