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Welcome to the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Over forty historians in the standing faculty with a broad range of research specialties advance our understanding of the past. Penn's graduate program trains the next generation of scholars and teachers. The Department's strong commitment to undergraduate education can be seen in the prominence of the history major, one of the largest on campus, in the numerous teaching awards earned by both standing faculty and graduate students, and history's strong presence in general education. History faculty direct and participate in many interdisciplinary centers on the Penn campus, and edit a number of scholarly journals.



Upcoming Events

Graduate Student Workshop: APplying for Jobs & Post-Docs

DATE: Thursday, April 17, 2014
TIME: 12:00pm
LOCATION: College Hall 209

The workshop is meant to give a head-start to those who anticipate submitting applications in fall 2014, but grad students at all levels are welcome to attend.  Professors Benjamin Nathans, David Ruderman, and Amy Offner will present, followed by Q&A and informal discussion.

Annenberg Seminar in History

Michael Katz, Siyen Fei, Lynn Lees, Thomas Safley, Thomas Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania
The Current State of Urban History

DATE: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
TIME: 4:30pm
LOCATION: 209 College Hall

For more information, please visit:

Or contact series coordinator, Margo Todd.

Penn History Presents: ‘Thinking with the Past’

Margo Todd, University of Pennsylvania
“Shakespeare and His Queen”

DATE: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
TIME: 7:00pm
LOCATION: Parkway Central Library, Room 108, 1901 Vine Street

The event is free, but tickets are recommended.

To register, please visit or call 215-686-5396.

For more information, please visit:

Penn Economic History Forum

Steve Hindle, W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research, Huntington Library
“Land Tenure and Common Rights on a Warwickshire Estate at the End of the 17th Century"

DATE: Friday, April 25, 2014
TIME: 2:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATION: 209 College Hall

For more information, please visit:

Or contact co-conveners Walter Licht or Daniel Raff.

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society Induction Ceremony

DATE: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
TIME: 9:00am
LOCATION: College Hall 209

This year over 40 Penn students will be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.  Breakfast will be served prior to the start of the ceremony.

All inductees who plan to attend should RSVP to Dr. Yvonne Fabella.

History Honors Thesis Symposium

DATE: Friday, May 2, 2014
TIME: 12:00pm
LOCATION: College Hall 209

This year's senior History Honors Thesis students will present their research at the annual Honors Symposium. A poster session will begin at noon, and formal student presentations will begin shortly thereafter




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Department News

Undergraduate Award Winners »

Look back at all the Department News from the 2012-13 Academic Year »


Antonio Feros has received the 2014 Dean's Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research... More »

Mary Frances Berry has won the Organization of American Historians Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award... More »

Thomas Max Safley will be a Visiting Professor of History at the Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, in March 2014... More »

Read a complete list faculty news from the 2013-14 Academic Year.

Graduate Students

Emily Merrill has been awarded a Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Dissertation Fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies... More » 

Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship at the Center for Jewish History in New York City... More » 

Lori Daggar has been awarded a 2014-15 Critical Writing Graduate Teaching Fellowship... More » 

Read a complete list of all award winners and job placement successes from the 2013-14 Academic Year.