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

Penn History Book Conversations

Alan Snitow and Deborah Kauffman
- | TBD

Showing of film Town Destroyer (52 mins.) followed by conversation with the two directors, Alan Snitow and Deborah Kauffman.

Town Destroyer examines a heated controversy over Depression-era…

Penn Economic History Forum

Charlotte Bartels [Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung]
- | College Hall 209

“Wealth and its Distribution in Germany 1895-2018”

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.