Cultural & Social History

All human beings live in and through culture: the languages, traditions, and practices which create meaning in the world.  Humans are likewise creatures of social order: the roles, institutions, and divisions of labor which define how we relate to one another.  Together, cultural and social history explore the significance of what gets overlooked in state-centered and elitist narratives of the past.  For cultural and social historians, evidence comes in many forms, from the “high” culture of novels, paintings, and operas, to the “popular” culture of rock music and comic books, to the material artifacts of work and domesticity, to the traces of lived experience recorded in letters and diaries.  Challenging the authority of canons and hierarchies, cultural and social historians ask how ideas circulated in various contexts and how ordinary people made sense of the world around them.  Drawing on the methods of literary criticism, cultural studies, and anthropology, this field of history reads the past as a text, reminding us that the intricacy and complexity we associate with great works of art are also the province of everyday life.

Faculty

Associate Professor
256 Nau Hall
Office Hours: T: 11-12, TH: 3:30-4:30, and by appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Material Culture, Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Associate Professor of German
New Cabell Hall, Room 223
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Intellectual History & History of Ideas
Assistant Dean, Associate Professor of History
202 Monroe Hall
Office Hours: By appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, History of Slavery, Race & Ethnicity
Research Professor of History, Editor of The Dolley Madison Digital Edition
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Political History, Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Nau 385
Office Hours: Mon 2:00 - 4:00 (Fall 2018)
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Genocide & Violence, Labor History
Associate Professor
Nau Hall 436
Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00, W 1:00-3:00
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Legal History
Department Chair, Commonwealth Professor of History and Mathematics
Nau 456 and Kerchof 226
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 (in Kerchof 226) & Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 (in Nau 456) or by appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Intellectual History & History of Ideas, Science, Medicine, & Technology
Saunders Director, Robert H.Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
Office Hours: N/A
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism
Professor of Architectural History, Associate Dean in the School of Architecture
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, History of Slavery, Material Culture, Race & Ethnicity
Associate Professor of French
317A Cabell Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, Labor History, Material Culture, Political History
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Lecturer
New Cabell Hall 321
Office Hours: Wed and Thurs, 10:00-11:30am
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Digital Humanities, Empire & Colonialism
Professor
Nau 291
Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:00-3:15 pm
Themes: Cultural and Social History
Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law, Professor of History
Law WB 389
Office Hours: F 12:00 - 1:30
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Labor History, Legal History, Race & Ethnicity
Professor
A220 Thornton Hall
Office Hours: Thurs. 12:30-2:00 (434) 924-4306 (434) 924-4306
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Economic History & History of Capitalism, Science, Medicine, & Technology
Lecturer, Consultant, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
See History Department office.
Office Hours: See syllabus and by appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Digital Humanities, Genocide & Violence, Jewish History, Race & Ethnicity
Associate Professor of German and History, Director, Center for German Studies, Director, European Studies Program
Nau 255
Office Hours: MW 11:00am-12:00pm, and by appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Environmental History, Genocide & Violence, Intellectual History & History of Ideas, Jewish History, Political History, Race & Ethnicity, Transnational and Diplomatic History

Graduate Student