Department News

Big Give 2015

During Big Give — our 24-hour fundraising blitz on 11/19— you can give to History or your favorite Cal schools, colleges, and programs a boost and help them win contests and cash prizes. 

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Berkeley News: Whiskers and Locks: Reading U.S. History through Hair

UC Berkeley History graduate student Sarah Gold McBride never set out to write about hair. It’s a research topic that has, well, grown during her extended academic career at Berkeley — offering a window onto the history of popular culture and Americans’ evolving ideas about race and gender.

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Nylan Rethinks "The Humanities" as part of UC Berkeley's "Big Ideas" Program

The College of Letters and Sciences Big Idea program brings faculty and students together from different disciples to discuss one idea.  UC Berkeley History Professor Michael Nylan teaming with Daniel Boyarin of Rhetoric and Near Eastern Studies to reimagine the humanities.

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Pair of History Faculty Win Book Awards

UC Berkeley Department of History Faculty members Maureen Miller and Nicolas Tackett have each been awarded prizes for their most recent books.

Miller’s book Clothing the Clergy: Virtue and Power... Read More

Celebration of Professor Tom Laqueur's Berkeley Teaching Career


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Jones-Rogers Weighs on Charleston Massacre and black life in America

“Was already weary. Was already heavy hearted. Was already tired. Where can we be safe? Where can we be free?” I excerpted these words from a tweet that Solange Knowles (Beyoncé’s younger sister) posted on June 18th at 6:49pm, the evening after Dylann Roof walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston,... Read More

History Professor Jones-Rogers Talks History and Racial Identity on The Berkeley Blog

Recently, I was watching television and became captivated by the story of a fascinating woman. She was born to parents who claimed one racial identity, which was affixed to her through infancy, childhood, and adolescence. When she grew to be a woman, she made a choice to become someone else. She divorced herself from everyone and everything... Read More

Department Hosts International Conference on History Education

More than 150 educators and scholars met at UC Berkeley on May 1 and 2, 2015 for an unprecedented conference on history education. Teaching History: Historical Thinking Across the K-16 Continuum brought together K–12 teachers, university and college professors... Read More

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion Wins $1 Million Grant from Henry Luce Foundation

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, co-directed by History Professor Jonathan Sheehan has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Below are press releases from the UC Berkeley Newscenter and Daily Cal:... Read More

Peterson Named History Chair

Professor Mark Peterson has been named Chair-Designate of the UC Berkeley Department of History. He will begin his tenure on July 1, 2015. Peterson will succeed Chair Ethan Shagan, who has... Read More

Laqueur Pens Opera "Death With Interruptions"

Hellen Fawcett Professor of History Thomas Laqueur has written an opera titled "Death With Interruptions" based off the Jose Saramago book of the same name. Below are stories from the UC Berkeley News Center and the California Alumni Magazine:




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Former Michigan Governor Granholm to Speak at History Commencement

The Department of History is pleased to announce Jennifer Granholm ’84, former two-term governor of Michigan and current Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy, will address candidates for graduation at the Department’s 2015 commencement ceremony... Read More

Alum Pens Historical Novel, Reflects on Skills Gained as History Major

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The debut novel of UC Berkeley History alumnus Justin Gakuto Go ’03 is an ambitious tale that... Read More

Professor Maureen Miller a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America
Professor Maureen Miller has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America... Read More
2014 Newsletter

It has been a busy year in the department! In our effort to stay connected with our friends and alumni across the globe, we are happy to share with you our annual newsletter. The 2014 Department of History Newsletter features faculty news, book reviews, a message from Chair Ethan Shagan, and much more.

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Midwestern History Association Names Top Prize After Professor Jon Gjerde

The Midwestern History Association has named its top book prize in Midwestern history in honor of Jon Gjerde, the former Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of History and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UC Berkeley. ... Read More

Carson Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected history faculty member Cathryn Carson as a fellow. Awarded annually since 1874, fellows are nominated for their excellence in advancing scientific research or achievements in... Read More

Tulio Halperin Donghi 1926-2014

Tulio Halperin Donghi died on November 14, 2014 at age 88. He was Latin America's most distinguished historian and a member of Berkeley's History Department since 1971. Halperin was the author of 63 books and was a prolific and active scholar up to the very end... Read More

Martin Wins American Book Award for “Black Against Empire”

“Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party,” (University of California Press) co-authored by UC Berkeley History Professor Waldo Martin has... Read More