Department of History
The Department of History thrives on its close relationship with many other departments, centers and area studies programs in the humanities and social sciences at Cornell. The faculty includes more than a dozen prize-winning authors as well as winners of Cornell’s prestigious teaching and advising awards.
Check out History at our Open House and Drop-In Hours.!
The History Department welcomes undergraduates (majors and non-majors) to our Open House on October 12th and our Drop-In Hours on October 18th. You will have the opportunity to interact with History Faculty and find out what History has to offer you!
The Open House is Wed., Oct. 12th from 4:45 to 5:45: 4th Floor McGraw. Refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to meet new faculty and hear about Spring courses. Drop-In Hours are in Room 437, McGraw Hall from Noon until 5:00 PM on October 18th. Pick up Spring Course Flyers and talk one-on-one with faculty.
Department of History News
Louis Moore, history professor and co-host of The Black Athlete podcast, will give this semester’s Seymour Lecture in Sports History on Oct. 6.Read More
HIST 4772 China Imagined: The Historical and Global Origins of the Chinese Nation (also ASIAN 4478, CAPS 4772) (GHB) (HA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS) (HAN) Tuesday: 12:25-2:20 Professor Mara Du As China, with its “China Dream,” rises in power on the global stage, what “China” means to its inhabitant...Read More
HIST 4723 Scandal, Corruption, and the Making of the British Empire in India (also ASIAN 4465) (HB) (HA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS) (EC-SAP) (HTR) Thursday: 2:40-4:35 Professor Robert Travers As the English East India Company conquered vast Indian territories in the late 1700s, it was besieged wit...Read More
HIST 4157 Readings in Race and Nineteenth-Century American History (also AMST 4157)(HA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS) (HNA) Thursday: 12:25-2:20 Professor Tamika Nunley This seminar invites students to consider major debates and historiographical problems that emerge in the history of race in ninetee...Read More
HIST 3590 The Black Radical Tradition in the U.S. (also AMST 3590, ASRC 3590) (HA-AS, HST-AS) (HNA) Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00-2:15 Professor Russell Rickford This course provides a critical historical interrogation of what Black Marxism author Cedric Robinson called “the Black Radical Tra...Read More
HIST 2792 Monuments, Museums, and Memory: An Introduction to Public History (also AMST 2792, SHUM 2792)(HA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS) (HNA) Tuesday and Thursday: 9:40-10:55 Professor Stephen Vider In this course we will examine how we have come to narrate social, cultural, and political history in...Read More
HIST 2715 A Global South: Chile, the Pacific and the World (also LATA 2715, SPAN 2715) (GB) (HA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS) (CU-CEL) (HGS) Monday and Wednesday: 2:45-4:00 Professor Raymond Craib This course examines the history of Chile from the 1700s to the present, always with an appreciation fo...Read More
Connections through history
Public History Initiative
The Cornell Public History Initiative (CPHI) works to stimulate and deepen dialogue among undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and their wider communities about the sedimented histories that shape our contemporary world.
History is valuable as preparation for graduate, professional, or law school and for any career that requires critical thinking and good writing; the reputation of the faculty for scholarship, teaching, and advising; and most of all, the intrinsic interest of the discipline.
Cornell's Department of History has a topnotch faculty covering a wide range time periods, geographic regions and methodologies. As a student in our program, you will also be able to work with members of the wider Graduate Field of History, which includes scholars whose main appointment is in other colleges and programs at Cornell but who are able to supervise dissertations of Ph.D. students in History.