Saturday, October 5, 2019

Professors Claudrena Harold’s and Kevin Everson’s short film, Black Bus Stop, will screen in the Projections section of the 57th New York Film Festival on October 5th and 6th.

Black Bus Stop will also screen at the London Film Festival on October 5th.

“In Black Bus Stop, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold resurrect an informal meeting ground for black students at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville....In a collaboration with members of the student body, the filmmakers stage a nocturnal celebration of this sacred and historic space through an exuberant display of choreographed song and dance.” -- New York Film Festival

Monday, August 19, 2019

This article by UVA Today contains an interview from Professor Grace Hale. Click here to read the full "Woodstock at 50: 'The Dream Is Over Yesterday'" article

Friday, April 5, 2019

Please join us in congratulating Professor Elizabeth Varon on her recent publication: Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War (Oxford University Press). 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Professor of History and Law emeritus, Chuck McCurdy, delivered the fifth annual Salmon P. Chase Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Supreme Court Society and Georgetown Law, at the Supreme Court of the United States.  His lecture was entitled “The Problem of General Constitutional Law: Thomas McIntyre Cooley, Constitutional Limitations, and the Supreme Court 1868-1878.” The lecture took place on November 30. 

History department student, Shira Lurie, published “Liberty Poles and the Fight for Popular Politics” in the Journal of the Early Republic (accessible here).  

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Below is a recap of recent important department news. 

Professor Will Hitchcock's book The Age of Eisenhower (2018) was recently named one of the top twenty history books by Amazon's editorial board. 

Professor Fahad Bishara's book A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (2017) won the Peter Gonville Stein Award from the American Society for Legal History. This is the book's third award. 

Professor Cynthia Nicoletti's book Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis (2017) won the Cromwell Book Prize from the American Society for Legal History. 

Professor David Singerman won the inaugural 1500 Penn Prize of the Treasury Historical Association (THA) for his paper, "Science, Commodities, and Corruption in the Gilded Age." For more information, please see THA.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tom Butcher (recent PhD and current lecturer for the History Department) has published a piece in The Washington Post. The piece, titled "The bad science behind the Trump administration’s anti-trans policy," can be read in full here.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Spring 2019 course descriptions are now available. You can download the PDF here.

Tutorial descriptions are also available for download here. Current tutorial offerings are listed on SIS/Lou's List. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Philip Zelikow was recently named an Advisory Board member of the new Sine Institute of Policy and Politics at American University. You can read the full story here

Monday, October 22, 2018

The History Department's own Professor Kevin Gaines has been featured in a piece for UVA Today. You can read the full piece here!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Department News

UVA Today published a piece about Claudrena Harold and Louis Nelson's new book, Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequality. You can read the piece online here, and you can find out more information on the book here

Prof. John Mason participated in an interview for the Washington Post along with Vogue's Creative Director, Andre Leon Tally, discussing how it took the magazine 125 years to feature a cover photo shot by an African American photographer. 

Prof. Waitman Beorn contributed this op-ed to the Washington Post about the toppling of "Silent Sam" at UNC. 

Upcoming Events






Friday, August 3, 2018
Opening for Digital Humanities Graduate Research Assistant

The Digital Humanities program seeks a Curriculum Research Assistant. This is a paid position beginning in mid to late August. The expected time committment is 25 hours a week in August and 10-20 hours a week during the school year. The position is open to graduate students and pays $15 an hour. To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to

Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Congrats to grad student Chris Halsted, who has won a Gerda Henkel Stiftung Scholarship for 2018-2019 to support his research on 10th-century Slavic state formation!

You can find out more about the Gerda Henkel Stiftung here.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Congratulations to history grad students Monica Blair, Brian Neumann, and Abeer Saha, who have won 2018 Jefferson Scholars Foundation GSAS Fellowships! Funding from this fellowship will enable them to spend more time concentrating on their dissertation research.

In related news, grad student Justin McBrien has won a 2018 JSF National Fellowship, which will give him support for his final year of dissertation writing. Congrats everyone!

You can check out more about the Jefferson Scholars Foundation here.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Congratulations to Profs. Risa Goluboff and Joe Miller, who have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

Monday, April 16, 2018

With Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony and the recent FBI seizure of Michael Cohen's legal record, concerns about privacy of information have been making a lot of headlines recently. To provide a historical perspective, Brian Balogh recently spoke (along with his BackStory co-host Nathan Connolly) on NPR's Here and Now about the long history of American privacy and infringement, stretching back to Colonial-era search and seizure and the early origins of the National Security Agency.

Check out the interview here!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Congratulations to L. Kent Merritt, the history department's administrative supervisor, who has won the University of Virginia Alumni Association's 2018 Distinguished Service Award!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Congratulations to history grad students Jonathan Cohen and Joey Thompson, who have won 2018-2019 Mellon / ALCS dissertation completion fellowships! These fellowships are granted annually to students in all disciplines, making them extremely competitive.

You can read more about the fellowship here.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Congratulations to Thomas Klubock, who was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to support his research! The Guggenheim is one of the most competitive academic grants that a scholar may earn. You can read more about Prof. Klubock's current project here.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Congratulations to Justin McBrien, who has been awarded the 2018 Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship for Teaching. Funded by a gift from J. Huston McCollough, II in honor of Frank Finger, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, this Fellowship is awarded annually to a teaching assistant in the College of Arts & Sciences, in recognition of stimulating and organized classroom teaching or lab instruction.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Congratulations to Swati Chawla, who has just been been named the recipient of a 2017-2018 UVa Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award! This award is given annually to three graduate teachers (one from social sciences, one from STEM fields, and one from arts and humanities, including history). It is one of the highest teaching honors that a graduate student can earn at the University of Virginia.