Department News

History 24 Course Visits Getty in L.A.

On May 7 Professor Thomas Laqueur with the help of graduate assistant Olivia Benowitz took his History 24 freshman seminar which has been studying the museums of Berkeley-- BAM, the Magnes, the Bancroft, The Jesphson... Read More

History of American Capitalism Course Visits Port of Oakland

On Tuesday, May 3, students in Caitlin Rosenthal's course on the "History of American Capitalism" took a break from RRR week to tour the Port of Oakland. The trip provided an opportunity to see one of the Bay Area'... Read More

Barshay Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Koo Chair in East Asian Studies Professor of History Andrew Barshay  is one of nine of UC Berkeley faculty members to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over 200 of “the world’s most... Read More

Summer Courses 2016: Japanese Pop Culture – from Postwar to Postmodern

This course will look at post-WWII Japanese popular culture; specifically the “contents industry"--manga, anime, video games, and light novels. As these styles of media have... Read More

Berkeley History Summer Sessions: Austrian Diplomat to Teach Course on Historical Roots of Terrorism

As spring semester wraps up its time to think about summers sessions here at UC Berkeley. The Department of History will be offering numerous summer courses including History 100U: Special Topics in Comparative History: "War and Peace in the Modern World: The Historical Roots of Al Qaeda, ISIS and the New Global Disorder."

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Cal Day 2016

join us for Cal Day 2016 this Saturday. We'll have a session called "Don't Know Much About History?" with Q and A with advisers and students at 1:30, then a panel on elections through History with Margaret Chowning, Maureen Miller, and Mark Peterson! ‪


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Berkeley History Summer Sessions: Jones-Rogers Offers Class on History and Hip Hop

Believe it or not, summer is a busy time for UC Berkeley History. This summer we’ll be offering numerous courses ranging from the Roman Empire to the modern Latin American... Read More

Berry Wins Letters and Sciences Distinguished Service Award

UC Berkeley History Class of 1944 Professor Mary Elizabeth Berry has been named the 2015 Distinguished Service Award winner for the College of Letters and Sciences Social Sciences division. Given annually at L&S’s Social Sciences Fest, the award highlights the... Read More

Middlekauff Named Finalist for Washington Prize

UC Berkeley History Professor Emeritus Robert Middlekauff has been named a finalist for the 2016 George Washington Prize for his book Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader (Knopf).

The Washington Prize recognizes the past year’s best written works on the nation’s... Read More

Peterson in New York Times Article "Plan by Institute in Princeton Clashes With a Park’s Revolutionary War Past"

The Battle of Princeton, which some historians say changed the course of the Revolutionary War, unfolded on Jan. 3, 1777, when Gen. George Washington rallied his troops to defeat the British Redcoats. The battle was fought in difficult conditions, and though it was fierce, the fighting ended quickly.

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Peterson on the Berkeley Blog: "What would Nino do?"

A profound irony hangs over Republican politicians, pundits, and presidential candidates as they mourn the unexpected death of Antonin Scalia. They laud him as an intellectual giant for his promotion of Constitutional originalism and statutory textualism. Yet in nearly the same breath, they call for a suspension of the procedures the... Read More

History Grad Featured in Documentary Film "East of Salinas"
Mackil Wins Prestigious Goodwin Award

The Society for Classical Studies (SCS) announced UC Berkeley Associate Professor Emily Mackil has won The Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for her book Creating a Common Polity: Religion, Economy, and... Read More

Laqueur on "Fresh Air with Terry Gross"'

Helen Fawcett Professor of History Thomas Laqueur appeared on nationally syndicated radio program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," to discuss his new book "The Work of the Dead: A... Read More

Nylan's Complex Translation Wins Her Scaglione Prize

Professor Michael Nylan has been awarded the eleventh annual... Read More

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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Databears: Berkeley Data Science Education Program

The Berkeley Data Science Education Program seeks to prepare our students for a data-rich world. History 88: How Does History Count? Explores how historical data becomes historical evidence and how recent technological advances affect long-established practices, such as close attention to historical context and contingency.

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Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 course descriptions are now available. Learn more about UC Berkeley Department of History's

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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