News & Views
Baseball history, American history. Sarah Gronningsater’s popular course links the two in a study of the sport from the Civil War to Jackie Robinson to the current day (By Kristen de Groot).
Thinking About Ukraine. Benjamin Nathans and other Penn faculty examine the conflict from multiple perspectives—sometimes clashing, sometimes meshing, and often thought-provoking.(By Trey Popp)
Talking about Chinese diasporas. History Ph.D. candidate Sarah Yu’s class transformed students into tour guides and podcasters as they honed their public speaking skills while learning about Chinese migration.(Kristen de Groot)
Class of 2022 President’s Engagement, Innovation, and Sustainability Prize winners announced. Six prize-winning teams will design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world. Two of them, History Majors
Sam Finkelman - Ph.D. candidate’s initiative brings refugees out of Ukraine and supplies in. When Sam Finkelman’s yearlong research trip to Russia, Hungary, and Ukraine was interrupted by war, he went into action (By Kristen de Groot)
Kathleen Brown: Possessed: The Salem witch trials. On the 330th anniversary of the Salem witch trials, Prof. Brown discusses the stories, theories, and contemporary parallels to one of America’s stranger chapters in history.(By Kristina Garcia)
Histories of Travel Segregation and Chinese Migration Win Bancroft Prize. The scholars Mia Bay (UPenn) and Mae Ngai (Columbia) have won the award, considered one of the most prestigious in the field of American history (By Jennifer Schuessler, NYT)
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.