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

1924: Asian Exclusion and the Making of Immigrant America Symposium

Asian American Studies Program and Department of History
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The ASAM program and Department of History invite you to a symposium to mark the centennial of the Immigration Act of 1924 titled "1924: Asian Exclusion and the Making of Immigrant America," which will take place on…

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.