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Welcome to the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Over thirty 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.



The history department mourns the loss of Professor Michael B. Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, who died August 23, 2014 at the age of 75.  A pioneering historian of public education, poverty, and social welfare, Katz's work reshaped the contours of American urban history. A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 22, at 5:00 PM, location to be announced. The full obituary is available on


Upcoming Events

Russian History & Culture Workshop

Anna Krylova, Duke University
"On 'Being Soviet' and 'Speaking Bolshevik': Disentangling Histories and Historiographies of the Socialist Self"

DATE: Monday, September 15, 2014
TIME: 6:00pm
LOCATION: 209 College Hall

For more information, please contact series coordinators, Benjamin Nathans or Peter Holquist.

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Annenberg Seminar in History

Levi Scott, Ohio State
"Silk Roads, Real and Imagined: Trade, State and Society in Early Modern Central Asia"

DATE: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
TIME: 4:30pm
LOCATION: 209 College Hall

For more information, please contact series coordinators, Siyen Fei or Lee Cassanell.

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Department News

Undergraduate Award Winners »

Look back at all the Department News from the 2013-14 Academic Year »


David Ruderman will be a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study of Central European University,  Budapest, Hungary, for the spring semester, 2015.

The Council for European Studies awarded its European Studies First Article Prize in the Humanities to Vanessa Ogle ... More »

Alan Charles Kors received the 2014 James Q. Wilson Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society... More »

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

Graduate Students

Kevin Waite published a piece on slavery and the Civil War in California in the History News Network and the Huffington Post... More » 

Anthony Pratcher was awarded a GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation ... More » 

Elizabeth Dyer was awarded the Bernadotte Schmitt Research Grant from the American Historical Association and a New Media Grant from Penn... More » 

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