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Department News Wrap-Up

Department News Wrap-Up

Prof. Will Hitchcock’s and Siva Vaidhyanathan’s Democracy in Danger podcast hosted a special live broadcast that featured Carol Anderson, Melody Barnes, Leah Wright-Rigueur, and Ian Solomon. The broadcast, “Aftermath: Democracy in the Wake of 2020,” examined the challenges facing Democracy in the wake of the election.  More post-election analysis can also be found on the podcast’s November 11th episode with guest commentators Jamelle Bouie and Dahlia Lithwick.

“What can Charlottesville’s forgotten Jewish past teach us about the American struggle for freedom?” This is a question Prof. James Loeffler explores in a recent essay, “The Jewish Grandchildren of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson.” Prof. Loeffler's essay is featured on The Thoughts From the Lawn (TFTL) blog, which is published by Lifetime Learning at the University of Virginia’s Office of Engagement.  

Prof. Carrie Janney delivered the Tracy W. and Katherine W. McGregor Distinguished Lecture in American History. In her lecture, "When the Monuments Went Up,” Carrie explored “the ways in which the Civil War generation, Unionists and Confederates, men and women, white and Black, crafted and protected their memories of the nation’s greatest conflict.”

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Prof. Claudrena Harold Publishes New Book "When Sunday Comes"

Prof. Claudrena Harold Publishes New Book "When Sunday Comes"

Congratulations to Professor and Department Chair Claudrena Harold on her recent publication: "When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras." Read more here.

Congratulations to Professor and Department Chair Claudrena Harold on her recent publication: "When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras." Read more

UVA 4+1 Program Announcement

UVA 4+1 Program Announcement

The UVA Department of History offers a BA/MA program to a small number of highly qualified UVA undergraduates who seek an MA in History in addition to the BA in History or another discipline. The MA in History can be completed in one year after completion of the BA if the student has completed at least six graduate credits in History at UVA as an undergraduate. (Typically, this would mean taking two 5000-level History seminars that are not being counted toward the major or any college requirement.) Otherwise, the MA in History will take two full-time semesters plus one additional part- or full-time semester to complete after receipt of the BA.

Students who apply to this program are typically in the third year of undergraduate study, although second-year students are also eligible to apply.

The admissions process is streamlined, and there is no application fee or GRE requirement. The application consists of the following components:

1/ Biographical Cover Page, including the following information: Full name; email address; contact phone number; current year in college; current major(s) and minor(s); GPA within current major(s); overall GPA; proposed area of specialization*; name(s) of proposed History MA faculty adviser(s); and the names of both recommenders;

2/ List of History Courses taken at UVA, including the course number and title, semester taken, instructor last name, and grade received;

3/ Statement of Purpose of up to 500 words in length in which the applicant explains why s/he is seeking an MA in History;

4/ Unofficial UVA Transcript;

5/ Two Letters of Recommendation from UVA faculty with whom the applicant has studied. Ideally, at least one of the recommenders should be a member of the History faculty.

 

Items #1 - #4, above, should be emailed to Prof. Jeffrey Rossman (jjr2n@virginia.edu) as a single pdf titled “[Last Name]_4+1 app.” Each of the two letters of recommendation (Item #5, above) should be emailed to Prof. Rossman by the faculty member writing the recommendation.

The deadline for applying is May 1, 2021. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants are typically notified of the Graduate Committee’s decision within several weeks of submitting their application.

At this time, there is unfortunately no financial aid available for students who matriculate into the MA program after completing the BA.

 

*NOTE: Areas of Specialization are too numerous to list comprehensively. Examples include: colonial America; 19th- or 20th-century U.S.; modern, early modern, or medieval Europe; Ancient Greece and Rome; East Asia; South Asia; Latin America; Middle East; Africa; global history; international history; legal history; economic history; environmental history; Jewish history; gender and sexuality; war, genocide, and human rights; etc.

 

Questions about this program should be addressed to the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Jeffrey Rossman (hist-dgs@virginia.edu).                          

The UVA Department of History offers a BA/MA program to a small number of highly qualified UVA undergraduates who seek an MA in History in addition to the BA in History or another discipline.

Spring 2021 Course Descriptions

Spring 2021 Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the Spring 2021 semester are available here.

Course descriptions for the Spring 2021 semester are available here.

Publications

La Philanthropie En Amerique

La Philanthropie en Amérique

Freedom has a Face

Freedom Has a Face

Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson's Virginia

The Inscriptions of Dodona and a New hisotry of Molossia

The Inscriptions of Dodona and a New History of Molossia

The History of a Founding Ideal

Merit

The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy in America: Volumes One and Two

Madison

The Papers of James Madison, Presidential Series, Volume 7

War of 1812

The War of 1812

Conflict for a Continent

The 9/11 Commission Report

The 9/11 Commission Report

The Attack from Planning to Aftermath

The Human Rights Revolution

The Human Rights Revolution

An International History

Philanthropy in America

Philanthropy in America

A History

The Long 1989

Decades of Global Revolution

In Uncertain Times

In Uncertain Times

American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11

The Union War

The Union War

African-American History

African-American History

Changing Homelands

Changing Homelands

Hindu Politics and the Partition of India

Nation of Outsiders

A Nation of Outsiders

How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America

Mapkc

Карл Маркс: Бремя разума

Cool Town

How Athens, Georgia Launched the Alternative Scene and Changed American Culture

Remembering the Civil War

Remembering the Civil War

Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation

The Cigarette

A Political History

To the End of Revolution

The Chinese Communist Party and Tibet, 1949–1959

Petersburg to Appomattox

Petersburg to Appomattox

The End of the War in Virginia

For the Soul of Mankind

For the Soul of Mankind

The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (Chinese translation)

Tesla

Tesla

Inventor of the Electrical Age

Becoming Confederates

Becoming Confederates

Paths to a New National Loyalty

Black Leaders on Leadership

Black Leaders on Leadership

Conversations with Julian Bond

Burying the Dead But Not the Past

Burying the Dead But Not The Past

Ladies' Memorial Associations & the Lost Cause

Taming the Unknown

Taming the Unknown

A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

The Chile Reader

The Chile Reader

History, Culture, Politics

La Frontera

La Frontera

Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory

Tosaka Jun

Tosaka Jun

A Critical Reader

Bad Water

Bad Water

Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950

The Punitive Turn

The Punitive Turn

New Approaches to Race and Incarceration

Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability in Transatlantic Perspective

The King's Bishop

The King's Bishops

The Politics of Patronage in England and Normandy, 1066-1216

Appomattox

Appomattox

Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War

Lens of War

Lens of War

Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War

By Sword and Plow

By Sword and Plow

France and the Conquest of Algeria

The Associational State

The Associational State

American Governance in the Twentieth Century

Discovering Tuberculosis

Discovering Tuberculosis

A Global History, 1900 to the Present

Enlightenment Underground

Enlightenment Underground

Radical Germany, 1680-1720

Cold Harbor

Cold Harbor to the Crater The End of the Overland Campaign

Ruling Minds

Ruling Minds

Psychology in the British Empire

Causes Won and Lost

Causes Won and Lost

The End of the Civil War

The American War

The American War

A History of the Civil War Era

Shaper Nations

Shaper Nations

Strategies for a Changing World

When Sunday Comes

Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras

Charlotteville 2017

Charlottesville 2017

The Legacy of Race and Inequity

The Age of Eisenhower

The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s

Performing Filial Piety in Northern Song China

Family, State, and Native Place

La Nacion Sentida

La nación sentida

Rooted Cosmopolitans

Rooted Cosmopolitans

Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

Piracy and Law

Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean

Singing the Resurrection

Singing the Resurrection

Body, Community, and Belief in Reformation Europe

Sea of Debt

A Sea of Debt

Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950

Armies of Deliverance

A New History of the Civil War

The Law of Strangers

Jewish Lawyers and International Law in the Twentieth Century

To Build a Better World

Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth

Corcoran Department of History

The University of Virginia's Corcoran Department of History has long been one of the anchors for liberal and humane education in the College of Arts & Sciences. Members of the Department are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarship and teaching. As scholars, the faculty specialize in a wide range of disciplines — cultural, diplomatic, economic, environmental history, history of science & technology, intellectual, legal, military, political, public history, and social history.  Areas of interest span the globe from Africa, to East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. As teachers, our faculty seek above all to lead students to reflect more deeply on the role historical forces and processes play in the human condition. Offering over 100 courses a year, the faculty teach introductory surveys as well as seminars and colloquia to undergraduates and graduate students. The Department's intellectual breadth is enhanced by its close relationship with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), the Classics Department, an emerging Law & History nexus between the Department and the School of Law,  the Miller Center for Study of the American Presidency, and the Committee on the History of Environment, Science, and Technology (CHEST). Members of the Department are also closely involved with several interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts & Sciences such as, American Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle-Eastern Studies, Medieval Studies Program, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.  Others work at the convergence of humanities and digital technology, both in research and in novel approaches to historical pedagogy.