Welcome to the Department Of History at the UW - Madison

The Department of History serves over 750 undergraduate majors and countless additional students drawn to history to meet other requirements of the College. As a member of the Graduate School, the History Department has a vibrant community of over 200 graduate students.


News & Events

  • Edward Coffman

    Edward Coffman (1931-2020)

    Edward McKenzie Coffman, distinguished military historian and revered teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died on September 16, 2020, at Thomson-Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore, Kentucky.  He was 91. “Mac” Coffman was born in Hopkinsville, …

  • New Faculty

    Welcome New Faculty

    Brandon Bloch – Faculty Page I am a historian of modern Europe, with an emphasis on Germany and its global entanglements. My research and teaching foreground questions of democracy, citizenship, and human rights. I am …

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    Professor Francine Hirsch Publishes New Book

    Physical copies of the book are now available! Organized in the immediate aftermath of World War II to try the former Nazi leaders for war crimes, the Nuremberg trials, known as the International Military Tribunal …

  • Book Cover: Indo-Islamic World

    André Wink publishes new book.

    In a new accessible narrative, André Wink presents his major reinterpretation of the long-term history of India and the Indian Ocean region from the perspective of world history and geography. Situating the history of the …

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    Professor Gloria Whiting Publishes Article in William and Mary Quarterly

    Professor Gloria Whiting recently published an article in the early American history journal, William and Mary Quarterly. Titled “Race, Slavery, and the Problem of Numbers in Early New England: A View from Probate Court,” the …

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Upcoming Events

Wed 30

History Club Virtual Trivia Night

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oct 02

History of Science Brown Bag Series

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Oct 05

Department Council Meetings

October 5 @ 11:50 am - 1:20 pm
Oct 09

History of Science Brown Bag Series

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Oct 12

Virtual Book Launch: Francine Hirsch

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Department Newsletter

Chair’s Welcome, Sara Spira Project, Filmmaking and History in Liberia, Historians at Work, Faculty Honors and Awards, Faculty and Emeriti Profiles, History-Making Gifts, Alumni Profiles, Grad Student Research, Wisconsin 101, and more!

Merle Curti Lecture Series

The annual Merle Curti Lectures commemorate our late colleague Merle Curti, a pioneer in the practice of American intellectual and cultural history, as well as a beloved member of our department for nearly half a century until his death in 1996.