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

“The Origins and Futures of the Modern Research University”

Emily Levine, Stanford University
- | Zoom

In accordance with University guidelines, this event will be virtual only

Virtual: …

Mae M. Ngai, Columbia University The Chinese Question. The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

Mae M. Ngai, Columbia University
- | Wolf Humanities Center

UPDATE | This program will be presented virtually. Please register for the Zoom link.


Drawing on ten years of research…

History Speaking

In an age of wrenching social change and momentous global challenges, history gives us fresh perspectives, important distinctions, and a sense of how we got here. This year, join Penn historians for lively discussions of the past that seek to better orient us in the present. Because as events unfold, that’s History Speaking, too.

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.