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

  • Samuel Freedman Visits History 136

    On Tuesday, November 15th Professor Ashley Brown hosted Samuel G. Freedman as a guest speaker in History 136: Sport, Recreation, & Society in the United States. Freedman’s appearance was coordinated as part of his visit to …

  • Smith chats with faculty and students of the history department in the Humanities Building on November 2nd.

    Go Big Read Author Meets with History Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    This year’s Go Big Read book is How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith. On November 2nd, 2022, Clint Smith spoke with History undergraduates and …

  • Monica Kim portrait

    Professor Monica Kim Named 2022 MacArthur Fellow

    Professor Monica Kim has recently been named a MacArthur Fellow. This “genius grant” fellowship provides an $800,000 stipend for the fellows to use as they see fit. The criteria that are used to select the …

  • Kacie Lucchini Butcher

    Kacie Lucchini Butcher Publishes New Article in The Oral History Review

    Kacie Lucchini Butcher, the Director of the Public History Project, recently published an article in The Oral History Review titled Challenging the Badger Brand: The Ethics of Conducting Oral History Interviews with College-Athletes. This article …

  • Welcome New Faculty

    The Department of History is excited to welcome three new faculty members – Khaled Esseissah, Michael Martoccio, and Jorell Meléndez-Badillo! Khaled Esseissah joins us as a historian of Islam, colonialism, slavery, race, and gender, with …

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Upcoming Events

Mon 28

Department Council Meetings

November 28 @ 11:50 am
Dec 02

HSMT Brown Bag

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dec 05

Extra E.C. Meeting

December 5 @ 11:50 am - 1:20 pm
Dec 09

HSMT Brown Bag

December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dec 12

Department Meeting

December 12 @ 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.