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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.

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¡HUELGA! New Student Research on the Farmworker Movement in the United States

May 12, 2021 at

Join undergraduates from HISTORY/LALS 233 who have spent a semester researching the history of farmworker organizing.  Their research provides new insights into labor and social movements, race and…



Iran and Global Decolonization

A Symposium

May 19, 2021 May 21, 2021 at

This symposium brings together scholars whose work investigates Iran’s experiences with colonialism and decolonization from a multiplicity of perspectives – including, but not confined to, race and ethnicity; foreign…

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.