The study of history involves all aspects of human experience throughout time. The Department of History offers a variety of courses, defined geographically, chronologically, and thematically, through which students acquire both broad and specialized knowledge of the past.

History courses are intended to transmit knowledge about various areas and periods, to address general historical problems, and to make students more capable of reading and analyzing both primary sources and secondary literature. Students learn how to collect information independently, to present material, and to construct arguments in a literate and cogent manner. Courses also are intended to make students more understanding of the complexity of human existence and the reality of human diversity, as well as more prepared to make informed and responsible decisions about issues in the world in which they live. These provide excellent training for professional careers in education, government, business, law, and social work, as well as advanced work in academics.

History Courses

NameRankDegreeSchoolGraduate FacultyEmeritus Faculty
Margo J. Anderson Distinguished Professor Emerita PhD Rutgers University No Yes
Joe Austin Associate Professor PhD University of Minnesota Yes No
Russell H. Bartley Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
James Brundage Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
David D. Buck Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Rachel Buff Professor PhD University of Minnesota Yes No
Christopher Cantwell Assistant Professor PhD Cornell University Yes No
Martha Carlin Professor PhD University of Toronto Yes No
Greg Carter Associate Professor PhD University of Texas at Austin Yes No
Winson Chu Associate Professor PhD University of California-Berkeley Yes No
David DiValerio Associate Professor PhD University of Virginia Yes No
Carolyn Eichner Associate Professor PhD University of California-Los Angeles Yes No
Christine Evans Associate Professor PhD University of California-Berkeley Yes No
Marcus Filippello Associate Professor PhD University of California-Davis Yes No
Michael A. Gordon Associate Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Thomas Haigh Associate Professor PhD University of Pennsylvania Yes No
J. David Hoeveler Jr. Distinguished Professor Emeritus PhD University of Illinois No Yes
Reginald Horsman Distinguished Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Douglas Howland Professor PhD University of Chicago No Yes
Nan Kim Associate Professor PhD University of California-Berkeley Yes No
Marc V. Levine Professor Emeritus PhD University of Pennsylvania No Yes
Genevieve McBride Professor Emerita PhD No Yes
Jeffrey W. Merrick Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Stephen Meyer Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Neal H. Pease Professor PhD Yale University Yes Yes
Helena M. Pycior Professor Emerita PhD Cornell University No Yes
Lex Renda Associate Professor PhD University of Virginia Yes No
Joseph A. Rodriguez Professor PhD University of California-Berkeley Yes No
Ronald J. Ross Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Nigel T. Rothfels Associate Professor PhD Harvard University Yes No
Kristin Ruggiero Professor Emerita PhD No Yes
John H. Schroeder UW System Distinguished Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Amanda I. Seligman Professor PhD Northwestern University Yes No
Philip Shashko Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Rebecca Shumway Associate Professor PhD Emory University Yes No
Lisa Silverman Associate Professor PhD Yale University Yes No
Walter I. Trattner Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Chia Vang Professor PhD University of Minnesota Yes No
Walter B. Weare Associate Professor Emeritus PhD No Yes
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks Distinguished Professor Emerita PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison No Yes