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Social Science Building 153
(213) 740-1657
FAX: (213) 740-6999

Chair: Peter C. Mancall, Ph.D.


Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science, History and Law: Howard Gillman, Ph.D.

University Professor: Kevin Starr, Ph.D.

John R. Hubbard Chair in History: Carole Shammas, Ph.D.

Gordon L. MacDonald Chair in History: Joan Piggott, Ph.D.

Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies: Wolf Gruner, Ph.D.

Professors: Elinor A. Accampo, Ph.D.; Lois W. Banner, Ph.D.*; Judith M. Bennett, Ph.D.; Lisa Bitel, Ph.D.; William Deverell, Ph.D.; Mary Dudziak, Ph.D. (Law); Philip J. Ethington, Ph.D.; Richard W. Fox, Ph.D.; Howard Gillman, Ph.D. (Political Science); Ariela Gross, Ph.D. (Law); Karen Halttunen, Ph.D.; Deborah Harkness, Ph.D*; Cynthia B. Herrup, Ph.D.; Mark Kann, Ph.D. (Political Science); Robin D. G. Kelley, Ph.D. (American Studies and Ethnicity); Daniel Klerman, Ph.D. (Law); Philippa Levine, Ph.D.; Carolyn Malone, Ph.D. (Art History); Peter C. Mancall, Ph.D.; John Pollini, Ph.D. (Art History); Azade‑Ayse Rorlich, Ph.D.*; Steven J. Ross, Ph.D.*; George J. Sanchez, Ph.D.* (American Studies and Ethnicity); Vanessa Schwartz, Ph.D.; David Sloane, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning, and Development); Walter Williams, Ph.D. (Anthropology)

Associate Professors: Marjorie R. Becker, Ph.D.; Bettine Birge, Ph.D. (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Alice Echols, Ph.D. (English); Jason Glenn, Ph.D.; Joshua Goldstein, Ph.D.; Sarah Gualtieri, Ph.D.*; Mariá Elena Martinéz, Ph.D.; Kyung Moon Hwang, Ph.D.; Lon Kurashige, Ph.D.; Paul Lerner, Ph.D.*; Brett Sheehan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Daniela Bleichmar, Ph.D. (Art History); Ramzi Rouighi, Ph.D.; Diana Williams, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Gordon M. Berger, Ph.D.; Thomas C. Cox, Ph.D.*; Roger Dingman, Ph.D.; Charlotte Furth, Ph.D.; John R. Hubbard, Ph.D., D.Hu.L.*; Paul W. Knoll, Ph.D.; Ernest B. Koenker, Ph.D.; Franklin D. Mitchell, Ph.D.; A. Lloyd Moote, Ph.D.; D. Brendan Nagle, Ph.D.; Doyce B. Nunis, Jr., Ph.D.*; Edwin J. Perkins, Ph.D.; Charles R. Ritcheson, Ph.D., Litt.D.; John E. Wills, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

The Department of History offers courses in ancient, medieval and modern European history, including Russian history; in both North and Latin American history; in the history of East Asia; and in world history. Some of the department’s courses are chronological, some national or regional and some are thematic, with special strengths in gender, race and ethnicity, popular culture, medicine and urban history. The faculty is committed to continuous review and revision of the department curriculum, as student needs and professional emphases shift. Many departmental courses meet general education requirements, and various programs for majors and non-majors are available.

The department offers an honors program for qualified seniors. Honors programs are individually arranged through consultation with the honors director, and completion of an honors thesis is required.

Degree Programs

The Department of History offers the B.A., a minor, the M.A. and Ph.D. in History.

Honor Society

The department sponsors its own local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Phi Alpha Theta provides opportunities for students to take their interest in history beyond the classroom and to cultivate their intellectual pursuits in a community setting.

Membership is open to history majors and other interested students with a 3.33 GPA in history courses and a 3.0 overall GPA. For more information contact the honors director.