Department News

History’s Carson Wins Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty

The Graduate Division in collaboration with the Graduate Council of the Academic Senate has named UC Berkeley Associate Professor Cathryn Carson the 2014 Carol D. Soc Distinguished... Read More

Nylan Awarded Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

UC Berkeley Professor of History Michael Nylan has been awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to further pursue research in East Asian Studies. Awarded annually for the past 19 years, the... Read More

Brilliant Pens L.A. Times Editorial "Fixing College Sports: In Fee Agency We Trust"
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations... Read More
Tackett Wins ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship

As the 21st century unfolds the ubiquity of technology is becoming more and more clear. Whether its drones, smartphones, or 3D printers, the future is now, even when it comes to the study of the past. UC Berkeley Historian Nicolas Tackett has embraced technology’s role... Read More

History Homecoming 2014: The Lost Art of the Letter

Some contend the letter is dead; a vestige of a bygone era long since replaced with Gmail, text messages, and social media. But is the letter nearing extinction, or are we witnessing the ebb and flow of communication and how history is made?  At UC Berkeley’s “History Homecoming: The Lost Art of the Letter,” faculty... Read More

DeLay Discusses U.S.-Mexico Relations on “BackStory with the American History Guys”

UC Berkeley Professor of History Brian DeLay appeared on “BackStory with the American History Guys... Read More

Susanna Elm Receives Goodwin Award

UC Berkeley Professor of History and Classics Susanna Elm with the  American Philological Association Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for her book Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church (University of California Press, 2012). The Goodwin Award is presented... Read More

In Memoriam: Raphael Sealey

Bertram Raphael Izod Sealey, known as Raphe, died peacefully on November 29.  He was a professor in the Department of History from 1967 until his retirement in 2000.  A native of Great Britain, he graduated from Oxford in 1947, served for two years in the British Army, then obtained an M.A. from Oxford and continued his studies at... Read More

In Memoriam: Maliq Nixon

The Department of History was saddened today to learn of the loss of a member of our community: Maliq Nixon died Saturday morning at the age of 19.  Maliq had declared a history major last May while still a freshman, and he was taking an upper-division history seminar this fall while still a sophomore, both signs of his deep intellectual... Read More

Fall Welcome Note from History Chair Ethan Shagan

As I start my second full year as Chair of the Department of History, I cannot help but feel a distinctly unBerkeleyan sense of optimism.  While I trust that someone will try to convince me that the sky is falling, to all appearances this certainly appears to be a great moment for our department!

I think this is cause for general... Read More

Latin Americanist Elena Schneider Joins History

Elena Schneider joins the History Department after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, the first Latin American historian to be granted one of these prestigious awards.  Schneider received her Ph.D. from... Read More

Dirks to Serve as Chancellor and on History Faculty

Nicholas Dirks stands in a great tradition of academic service and innovative research. His father, J. Edward Dirks, was provost and dean of the Humanities at UC Santa Cruz; His thesis supervisor at the University of Chicago, Bernard Cohen, was an anthropologist among the historians and a historian among the anthropologists whose... Read More

Department Adds Caitlin Rosenthal to Faculty

This semester the department welcomes our excellent new colleague Caitlin Rosenthal, an Americanist specializing in the history of business and capitalism. Professor Rosenthal received her bachelor’s degree at Rice University, where she graduated summa cum laude and phi... Read More

Peterson to Participate in Panel Following “1776”

Department of History Professor Mark Peterson is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion following the 2pm performance of the play 1776, on Saturday, September 28 at the American... Read More

History Welcomes Janaki Bakhle, Historian of Modern South Asia

The Department of History is delighted to welcome to our community Professor Janaki Bakhle.  Professor Bakhle comes to us from Columbia University, where she was Associate Professor and Director of the South Asia Institute.  She is a historian of modern South Asia, in... Read More

Fass Discusses Children in American on “BackStory”

UC Berkeley Margaret S. Byrne Professor Emerita Paula Fass appeared recently on “BackStory With The American History Guys,” a weekly Virginia Public Radio program and podcast that provides historical perspective to topical events.... Read More

History Social Science Project Receives National Endowment for Humanities Grant

For over 20 years the UC Berkeley History Social Science Project has been engaging with K-12 teachers across the United States to broaden history knowledge, academic literacy, and critical thinking skills in schools. This unique program impacts the way educators teach history to... Read More

Hollinger Talks Protestantism in New York Times

For decades the dominant story of postwar American religious history has been the triumph of evangelical Christians. Beginning in the 1940s, the story goes, a rising tide of evangelicals began asserting their power and... Read More

Commencement 2013

On May 21, 2013 The University of California Berkeley Department of History celebrated commencement of Undergraduate and Graduate students of the class of 2013. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU provided the keynote address. Speakers included Department Chair Ethan Shagan, Madeline Des Jardins and Felica Viator.

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ACLU Executive Director to Speak at History Commencement

The Department of History is pleased to announce that Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the America Civil Liberties Union, will address 2013 graduates at this year’s commencement ceremonies. “We... Read More