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

Johann Schiltberger’s Excellent Adventure: Traveler’s Tales from Late Medieval Eurasia

Paul Cobb, University of Pennsylvania
- | College Hall 209

This is the first talk in the Penn Ottoman and Persian Histories Faculty Working Group series.

Hosted in the Department of History, this talk is made…

Join the History Department at the Palestra!


Penn Athletics and Recreation is excited to host the History Department at the Palestra on Saturday, February 11th at 2PM.  

Full-time grad and undergrad students can download free tickets by scanning the QR…

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.