Student Organizations

Graduate Organizations:


Clio Co-presidents represent the History Department Graduate Students Group at Penn. Clio's main aim is to foster communication between students and faculty as well as to assist the vibrant intellectual community at the History Department. Clio Co-presidents organize the Stephen Allen Kaplan Memorial Lecture, inviting graduate students to select a distinguished speaker to give a lecture to the department in the spring. Prominent scholars from a diverse background of historical research have participated in the past, including Vincent Brown, Ann Stoler, Sven Beckert, Joan Scott, Carlo Ginzburg and Fredrick Cooper

The 2020-2021 Co-Chairs are Alexandra Zborovsky and KC O'Hara. If you have any questions or wish to organize something amongst the history department graduate community, feel free to reach out:

Alexandra Zborovsky

KC O'Hara



We are a reading group that meets throughout the academic year to explore theories of postcolonialism, decolonization, and justice for the Global South, particularly as relating to history, but with an openness to interdisciplinarity. We will prioritize reading scholars from the Global South and its diasporas, particularly authors who are women, queer, disabled, transgender, and scholars of color. Our purpose is to build community within the department and with like-minded graduate students in other departments while encouraging exchange between scholars investigating geographic areas and specialties whose historiographies may not be, but perhaps should be, in dialogue with each other. 

We will build a syllabus collaboratively with all the members of the group in order to both avoid developing hierarchy and to keep the work load manageable for all members. Our plan is to rotate the responsibility for selecting readings among all members, including you. We intend to read broadly from theoretical works to practical applications.

Please email for more information.


Undergraduate Organizations:

Penn History Review

Founded in 1991, the Penn History Review is a journal for undergraduate historical research. Published twice a year through the Department of History, the journal is a non-profit publication produced by and primarily for undergraduates. The editorial board of the Review is dedicated to publishing the most original and scholarly research submitted for our consideration. For more information about submissions, please contact us at 

For information about the Editorial Board for the Penn History Review, please visit our website.

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History Student Society

The History Student Society (HSS) is an undergraduate, student-run organization dedicated to encouraging interest in history in the Penn community and strengthening the relationship between students and Penn History faculty. Its general body meetings and events are open to all students. Such events include student-faculty lunches, lectures, alumni panels, local museum tours, student socials, teaching awards, and more. 

For a schedule of upcoming meetings and events, find HSS on Facebook.


History Undergraduate Advisory Board

The History Undergraduate Advisory Board (HUAB) serves as the executive board for the History Student Society and liaison to the department. HUAB holds meetings once a month and welcomes anyone who is interested in becoming involved to send their applications to apply!

2021-2022 Co-Chairs:

Apply HERE to become a member of the History Undergraduate Advisory Board! Applications due November 1, 2021.