Congratulations to Prof. Kathryn Ostrofsky

Wed, 01/02/2019

Professor Kathryn Ostrofsky, who received her Penn history PhD in 2015 and currently teaches at Angelo State University in Texas, has published a timely essay on The essay draws on her forthcoming history of Sesame Street, which in turn developed out of her Penn dissertation, "An Aural History of the 1970s Through the Sounds of Sesame Street."


Read the essay here:

Congratulations to Sarah Xia Yu

Tue, 12/18/2018

Penn’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded Sarah Xia Yu a Hopkinson Fellowship in recognition of her “superlative academic performance.”  The Hopkinson Fellowship supplements her Benjamin Franklin Fellowship by providing extra funds for research in support of Sarah’s dissertation.  

History Student Association featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian

Thu, 12/06/2018

The History Student Association was recently featured in an article in the Daily Pennsylvanian! Check it out here:

Congratulations to Chelsea Chamberlain

Wed, 09/12/2018

Chelsea Chamberlain has been awarded a 2018-2019 Research Fellowship by the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (CHSTM). The fellowship provides funds toward visiting five member archives of the consortium: the American Philosophical Society, the Philadelphia College of Physicians, Cold Springs Harbor and Laboratory, Rockefeller Archive Center, and the University of Toronto. Chelsea will be conducting research for her dissertation entitled "Diagnostic Clinics and the Problem of Human Defect in Progressive America."

Parker Abt published in the Wall Street Journal

Fri, 09/07/2018

History Major and Honors Thesis student Parker Abt recently had an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal. Check it out here:

Congratulations to Kevin Waite

Wed, 08/29/2018

Check out PhD alum (2016) Kevin Waite’s op-ed on Confederate monuments in the Washington Post:

Nick Foretek discovered the earliest known documented purchase of a Jane Austen novel

Tue, 07/24/2018

While working this summer in London as a Georgian Papers Programme Fellow at the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle, our own Nick Foretek discovered the earliest known documented purchase of a Jane Austen novel.  The surprise: the purchaser was the Prince Regent, the future King George IV, a man known more for his debauchery than for his taste in reading (see below), and perhaps more significant, a man despised by Austen herself.  


You can read all about it in the attached press release from the Royal Archives or in today’s New York Times:



Conor Donnan awarded two graduate fellowships

Mon, 07/23/2018

Conor Donnan has been awarded two graduate fellowships for 2018-19, one at Perry World House and the other at the Collegium Institute.

Kathy Brown Interviewed on WHYY's "Radio Times"

Mon, 07/16/2018

History and gender-studies professor Kathleen Brown of the School of Arts and Sciences explains how she and a group of students looked into the University’s centuries-ago past and found connections of trustees and others to slavery. (...