Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Prof. Grace Hale has published an article in the Washington Post in which she explores the link between the video of Ahmaud Arbery’s death and lynching photos. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

History department grad student Alexi Garrett has received one of UVA's 15 Graduate Student Teaching awards. UVA Today has provided a write-up of all UVA recipients: click here to view the article

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Click here to access the graduate ceremony video, recorded from Zoom. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Congratulations to all of our graduates! 


Friday, May 15, 2020

The Corcoran Department of History will host an online, pre-filmed graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. EDT. Saturday’s virtual celebration will feature the reading of graduate names, the announcement of departmental prizes, and brief faculty messages honoring and celebrating graduating students. Students and their family and friends can view the ceremony on the department’s website. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Prof. Andrew Kahrl wrote an op-ed, “Preserving Postal Service and mail voting is essential”, for the Columbus Dispatch on the looming crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service and the devastating impact that efforts to privatize postal service would have on rural communities.  

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Jim Loeffler who has just been elected a permanent Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research.  Fellows of the AAJR — the oldest organization of Judaic scholars in North America — are nominated and elected by their peers and comprise some of the most distinguished and senior scholars teaching Judaic studies at American universities. Congratulations Jim on this wonderful accomplishment!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The UVA Department of History offers an MA (“4+1”) track to a small number of highly qualified UVA undergraduates who seek an MA in History in addition to the BA in either 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 referees should be a member of the History faculty.

Items #1 - #4, above, should be emailed to the Director of Graduate Studies ( as a single .pdf file titled “[Last Name]_4+1 app.” The two letters of recommendation (Item #5, above) should be emailed to the Director of Graduate Studies ( by the faculty referees.

The deadline for applying is typically May 1st, but during the 2019-20 academic year the deadline has been extended to May 11, 2020. A further extension may be granted in exceptional circumstances upon request to the Director of Graduate Studies (,

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.

For more information, please contact the History Department’s Director of Graduate Studies (

Monday, April 20, 2020

Christian McMillen wrote a column for The Indian Express about what the histories of pandemics can teach us. Click here to read.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Sarah Milov won the 2020 PROSE Award for North American/U.S. History for her book, The Cigarette: A Political History. Please join us in congratulating Sarah on this wonderful accomplishment. 

Monday, April 20, 2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country.  Among the awardees were our colleagues Max Edelson and Kristen Alff. 

Max received an NEH Summer Stipend for his digital project, “Among Towns/Along Paths: How Native Americans Imagined the Colonial South.” Kristen received an NEH Summer Stipend for her project, “The Business of Property: Levantine Joint-stock Companies, Land, Law, and Capitalist Development Around the Mediterranean.”   

Click here to read more.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Click here to read the article in UVA Today. The publication previously released this interview with Dr. Braun as well, which has been read more than 160,000 times. 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Click here to read the full review from the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Click here to read the op-ed titled "Another Way Cities Can Protect Homeowners: End Tax Sales."

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Please click here to read the review of Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Please join us in congratulating Professor Elizabeth R. Varon, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History, for winning the 2020 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize! 

Professor Varon will be recognized during an event hosted by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at the Union League Club in New York City on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The award includes a $50,000 prize and a bronze replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' life-size bust, “Lincoln the Man.” Co-founded in 1990 by Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, the Lincoln Prize has been awarded annually to a work that enhances the general public’s understanding of the Civil War era. 

Here’s what two of the prize board members had to say about Professor Varon’s groundbreaking work, Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War (Oxford University Press):

Armies of Deliverance is the defining history of the Civil War for the next generation, written by one of the leading Civil War authors of our time.” - James G. Basker, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History President

“Dr. Varon’s scholarly exploration of the Civil War era not only offers insights into this defining chapter in our nation’s history, but it also signals the fragility of our own democracy and the responsibilities inherent in ensuring its vitality today...Through her ambitious and important work, Dr. Varon provides readers with a unique vantage point in which to more fully understand the driving motives behind Union and Confederate forces, and how these motives—shaped by the experiences, beliefs, and aspirations of everyday people, navigating this singular moment in time—manifested themselves on the battlefield and at home. It is an inspired work worthy of our highest recognition.” - Robert W. Iuliano, Gettysburg College President 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

In response to the new presidential Executive Order on antisemitism, Jim Loeffler has provided commentary on NPR and wrote an op-ed for Forward.  In his op-ed, Jim argues that “ the highly conflicting responses to President Trump’s executive order on anti-Semitism highlight a fundamental, century-old tension within the American Jewish community about the role of civil rights law in protecting Jews: Do we want the government to treat American Jews as a vulnerable minority group requiring specific anti-discrimination protection? Or are Jews better off seeking equal citizenship as part of the white majority, with no special protection?” For more from Jim, check out the links below:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Professor Neeti Nair was awarded a prestigious Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Fellowship. The fellowship is in support of her exciting book project, Hurt Sentiments and Blasphemy in South Asia. Please join us in congratulating Professor Nair!


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Time: 5:00PM

Event Location: Nau Hall 101

On Wednesday, January 15th, Will Hitchcock and GAGE will host an interdisciplinary teach-in on the U.S.-Iran crisis.  Panelists include Philip Potter (Politics), Penny von Eschen (History), Farzaneh Milani, (MESALC), Jahan Ramazani (English), Fahad Bishara (History) and David Waldner (Politics). The teach-in will begin at 5 pm in Nau Hall 101. Please encourage your students to attend.