Department of History

Message from the Chair

The knowledge and skills that students gain as History majors are vital for preparing for the challenges facing us in the 21st century. Today’s problems—epidemic disease, racial oppression, political unrest, violent extremism, environmental crises, economic inequality—also confronted people in the past, and historians’ efforts to understand how they faced these threat provide valuable insights for us today. Our faculty, made up of dynamic teacher-scholars, offer courses that afford students a fascinating glimpse into how societies in the past sought to overcome these threats and how they changed in the process. Likewise, the History major equips graduates with valuable skills for launching successful careers after graduation. read more

Professor Jason Coy
Department Chair

Department News

Associate Professor Steere-Williams Receives Prestigious Honor
Posted on 7 December 2021 | 8:53 am
Please join us in congratulating Associate Professor Jacob Steere-Williams: he has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Fellows must qualify based on their original contributions to historical scholarship, primarily about English history, and be sponsored by two existing members. Very few Americans have been elected as Fellows, and this is the first […]
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Cheers to Phyllis!
Posted on 11 November 2021 | 9:05 am
Last week the History Department finally got a chance to recognize Dr. Phyllis G. Jestice for her 7 years as chair. This long overdue celebration (thanks, Covid) was held on our 2nd floor balcony & featured several departmental and HSS colleagues, good cheer, and cake! Check out the pictures below of this joyous occasion.  
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Visiting Assistant Professor Wins Prestigious Award!
Posted on 1 November 2021 | 11:53 am
Visiting assistant professor Wendy Gonaver has won the Southern Historical Association’s prestigious Francis B. Simkins Prize for the best book written on Southern history in the past two years. Her award-winning book is entitled The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840-1880 and was published by UNC Press in 2019. Congratulations, Wendy!
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