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

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    History Major Alyssa Hamrick Receives Iwanter Prize

    Congratulations to History major and recent graduate Alyssa Hamrick on receiving the $500 honorable mention for the 2021 Iwanter Prize for Undergraduate Research from the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities! Hamrick received the honorable mention …

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    Professor Gloria Whiting’s Article Recognized as Exemplary Work Related to Legal History

    Writing in JOTWELL, a journal that celebrates “the best new scholarship relevant to the law,” historian Allison Madar (University of Oregon) highlighted Professor Gloria Whiting’s 2020 article from The William & Mary Quarterly titled, “Race, …

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    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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Upcoming Events

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8-week Summer Session

June 14 - August 6
Aug 31

Department Council Meetings

August 31 @ 11:50 am - 1:20 pm
Sep 06
Sep 13

Department Meeting

September 13 @ 11:50 am - 1:20 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.