Department News

Undergrad Wins NACBS Essay Prize

The North American Conference on British Studies has announced UC Berkeley Department of History student Tatiana... Read More

Three Faculty Receive 2014-2015 Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grants

UC Berkeley Department of History faculty members Carlos Norena, Elena Schneider, and Thomas Laqueur have received a 2014-2015 Presidential... Read More

Department Welcomes Two New Faculty
Chowning Wins Distinction from Latin American Studies Association Award

Professor Margaret Chowning’s article "The Catholic Church and the Ladies of the Vela Perpetua: Gender and Devotional Change in Nineteenth-Century Mexico," has been named the... Read More

UCBHSSP’s Director Reinhard Highlighted by AHA’s “What I Do” Series

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Director Rachel Reinhard has been featured on the American Historical Association’s “What I Do: Historians Talk About their Work” series.  Entering its... Read More

Graduate Student Sarah T. Hines Wins Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

UC Berkeley History graduate student Sarah T. Hines has been awarded The American Council of Learned Societies Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. The ACLS fellowship is given to 65... Read More

Dirks Elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor of History Nicholas Dirks is amongst seven of UC Berkeley’s best and brightest to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over 200 of “the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists,... Read More

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