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

David Brandenberger (History, Richmond)
- | College Hall 209

"Stalin and the Historical Relationship between the Russians and Ukrainians: A Case Study of the General Secretary’s Editing of A. V. Shestakov’s 1937 History of the USSR."

History Major and More Dinner

- | Kings Court English College House

Interested in the History Major, History Minor, or Legal Studies and History Minor? Bring your questions and join us for dinner on Feb 15. Registration required.

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.