Welcome to the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Over thirty historians in the standing faculty with a broad range of research specialties advance our understanding of the past.

Upcoming Events

Russian History and Culture Workshop

Brian Kim (Assistant Professor, REES, UPenn
Fashioning the Foreign: Language, Value, and Identity in Imperial Russia

Jan 31, 2022 at | CH209 (Tentative)

Russian History and Culture Workshop

Kristen Ghodsee (REES, UPenn), Mitchell Orenstein (REES, UPenn)
Presentation on their book Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions

Feb 21, 2022 at | CH209 (Tentative)

History Speaking

In an age of wrenching social change and momentous global challenges, history gives us fresh perspectives, important distinctions, and a sense of how we got here. This year, join Penn historians for lively discussions of the past that seek to better orient us in the present. Because as events unfold, that’s History Speaking, too.

Penn & Slavery Project

The Penn & Slavery Project teaches us that no colony, state, or well-funded university was buffered from slavery’s reach.  Penn’s story is a national story, and one of great importance to our ongoing efforts to come to terms with our nations’s history of slavery.