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.


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    Professor Hirsch’s Book Receives Distinguished ASIL Award

    Congratulations to Professor Francine Hirsch, who has received a 2021 Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship from the American Society of International Law! Professor Hirsch received the Certificate of Merit for …

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    History Professors Receive Grant from Mellon Foundation Just Futures Initiative

    Congratulations to Professors Elizabeth Hennessy and Christy Clark-Pujara, who have received a 5 million dollar grant from the Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative for “Humanities Education for Anti-racism Literacy in the Sciences and Medicine”! According …

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    Elizabeth Lapina is co-editor of new book

    Games and Visual Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Brepols, 2021) The volume contributes to reconstruction of medieval and early modern gaming culture through analysis of visual and material evidence. During the Middle …

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    Professor Joe Dennis’ Research Featured in Podcast Episode

    Professor Joe Dennis is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Germany. His research there is focused on the history of Chinese school libraries and legal education. …

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    History Department 2020 Newsletter – “The Past in the Present”

    History Newsletter 2020-21 (pdf) History Newsletter 2020-21: Mobile-Friendly Version (pdf) Chair’s Welcome History Welcomes New Members Interpreting 2020 The Joy of Learning New Club and Podcast Faculty/Staff/Emeritus News and more… This issue and past copies …

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Upcoming Events

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Virtual film discussion “Soldiers on Screen”

January 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 25

Department Meeting

January 25 @ 11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Feb 01

Department Council Meetings

February 1 @ 11:20 am - 1:20 pm
Feb 07

Virtual film discussion “Soldiers on Screen”

February 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 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.