News & Views
History Dept Teaching Awards 2022-23
OMNIA: Writer Clint Smith In Conversation with Penn Historian Mia Bay
Students interview President Liz Magill, fellow History Major
Congratulations! SAS distinguished teaching award recipients Prof. Sarah Gronningsater and KC O'Hara
Penn Today: Sophia Z. Lee named Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (Op-Ed): Why were young women poisoned in Iran?
Julu Nwaezeapu, The Daily Pennsylvanian: Why universities need African histories
Omnia: Sophia Rosenfeld and Peter Struck discuss 2,800 years of ideas through history
Jared Farmer, Smithsonian: The Science Behind the Oldest Trees on Earth
Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, Opinion: Russian hypocrisy and the death of a Zambian student in Ukraine
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.
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.
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.
My name is Bianca, and I’m a senior pursuing the general history major and minoring in French. From a young age, I was certain I wanted to study history. I was influenced by my father, who is a historian and who always encouraged me to value stories about the past.
John is a double-major in History and Arabic and Islamic Studies.
I’m a senior from Chicago majoring in World History. I transferred to Penn as a sophomore from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Carson didn’t come to Penn set on being a History Major. Yet her freshman year she enrolled in “The American South” and there wrote a paper about Southern U.S. universities and slavery.