The first woman to serve as chair of the History Department was Florencia Mallon, Julieta Kirkwood Professor of History (now emerita). A historian of modern Latin America, Mallon joined the History Department in 1982 and served as chair in 2010-2013. Her many awards and honors include several for her books Peasant and Nation: The Making of Post-Colonial Mexico and Peru (1995) and Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolás Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906-2001 (2005).
In the History of Science Department, the honor went to Lynn Nyhart, who served as chair in 2000-2003 and again in 2010-2011. A historian of biology, mainly in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe, Nyhart has taught at the UW since 1988. Among her many publications is the prizewinning book Modern Nature: The Rise of the Biological Perspective in Germany (2009). She served as president of the History of Science Society in 2012-2013.