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. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal is raising questions about what comes next.

Prof. Brian Balogh and his BackStory co-host Ed Ayers were recently interviewed about this subject on NPR's Here and Now. They say say the past may shed some light on the answer: Americans have long broken international promises, including their agreement to live peacefully as a British colony in the 1700s and, two centuries later, to join the League of Nations.

You can listen to the interview here.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to Prof. Fahad Bishara, who has won the J. Willard Hurst Prize for best book in socio-legal history by the Law and Society Association for his book, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)!

You can read more about the award here.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to grad student Erik Erlandson, whose article, “A Technocratic Free Market: How the Courts Paved the Way for Administered Deregulation in the American Financial Sector, 1977-1988,” has been selected to receive the 2018 Ellis Hawley Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Policy History in 2016-2017!

You can read more about the prize here.

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.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

With the Hoos out of the Tournament, there's a good chance that the most popular team right now is 11-seed Loyola-Chicago. Why is that? Well, as Prof. Brian Balogh (and his BackStory co-host Ed Ayers) explained recently on NPR's Here and Now, Americans have a long history of supporting the underdog. Check out the interview here!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Congratulations to the following history majors, who were just recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa!

Wilson Blythe ● Dzi-Yang Chen ● Olivia Corso ● Courtney Cuppernull ● Tess Irelan ● Grace Kim ● Samuel Lesemann ● Brett Marshall ● Cameron Tarry ● Gwendolyn Wright

Monday, March 19, 2018

Prof. Fahad Bishara recently appeared on the H-Law Podcast to discuss his new book, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Check it out here!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Prof. Brian Balogh recently appeared, along with his BackStory co-host Joanne Freeman, on NPR's Here and Now to give some historical context for the recent firing of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. You can listen to the interview here.