The Department of History is a leader in publishing research on a wide range of topics, whether by faculty, graduate, or undergraduate students. Our faculty members have published or co-published countless articles and over 200 books and receive support for their writing from the Department, grants, and various outside funding sources. Recent faculty publications have focused on U.S. history, global health histories, law in medieval Europe, and comparative colonialism.
The Department of History is on the cutting edge of digital history scholarship. This is history at its most creative and collaborative! Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students are involved in a wide variety of digital history initiatives, touching on diverse thematic, geographic and temporal areas. The department provides faculty and students with extensive support and guidance for digital history projects, from pedagogy to platform. Graduate students can apply to receive Digital History Fellowship support each summer for their research and projects. Along with the additional resources available through the Libraries and the Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW is an ideal place for anyone interested in digital history.
Students pursuing a degree in history engage in research and learn fundamental skills including archival research, writing papers and articles, and positioning arguments within the wider literature. Students have access to a dedicated History librarian and our own History Writing Center for assistance with independent research for courses or for their thesis. Undergraduates in the Honors in History program produce a professional-level thesis over two quarters of independent study with a faculty mentor. Important articles and papers written by graduate and undergraduate students have been published and made available to the public on the websites of the Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium.
Public engagement is central to the mission of the Department of History. From public lectures, to partnerships with high school history teachers, to campus activism, our faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are committed to providing grounded historical context for contemporary public debates.