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.

Upcoming Events

Russian History and Culture Workshop (Virtual)

Peter Holquist (History, Penn)
The 1899 Hague Conference and the ‘Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land’: A European Story

Mar 1, 2021 at | Virtual

23rd Annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture in Judaic Studies

Mar 2, 2021 at

Carlo Ginzburg in conversation with Francesca Trivellato (

Penn & Slavery Project

The Penn & Slavery Project teaches us that no colony, state, or well-funded university was buffered from slavery’s reach.  Penn’s story is a national story, and one of great importance to our ongoing efforts to come to terms with our nations’s history of slavery.