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Department of History

Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati. Our department is a vibrant community of 28 permanent faculty members, over 200 undergraduate majors, and an active core of more than 40 Masters and PhD students studying a wide range of people, places, and questions from the world's past.

On our website you'll find information about all the interesting things we do: our courses, study tours, internships, lectures by visiting scholars, the wide-ranging research being done by our faculty and grad students, our major and minor programs, and the graduate curricula we offer at the master's and doctoral levels. History is at the center of any meaningful study of our world, and the skills we teach are essential for successful careers as well as for living a rich and fulfilling life. Consider becoming a history major or minor or applying to our graduate programs, or simply take a class with us. We think you'll be intrigued and engaged by what you find.


  • The 12th Annual Queen City Colloquium History Graduate Conference will take place Friday, April 10th, 2015 at the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. Dr. David Ciarlo, Associate Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder and author of Advertising Empire: Race and Visual Culture in Imperial Germany will give the keynote address.
  • The History Dept Annual Taft Lecture will be given by
    Dr. Vijay Prashad, George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies.

    He will be speaking on "Letter from a Wound: The World We Live in Today" at the Taft Research Center on
    Tuesday April 1, 2015 at 4pm.

    His talk entitiled "Indian Futures" will occur on
    Wednesday April 2, 2015 at 11 am.
    Location to be determined


Congratulations to Dr. Fritz (Charles F) Casey-Leininger on his promotion to Associate Professor Educator.

Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Teslow on the publication of her new book, Constructing Race: The Science of Bodies and Cultures in American Anthropology (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara on the publication of her article, “Intimate Indulgences: Local Religion and Salvation in Eighteenth-Century Santiago de Guatemala,” in the Colonial Latin American Review.

Congratulations to Dr. Shailaja D. Paik on the publication of her new book, Dalit Women's Education in Modern India: Double Discrimination (Routledge, 2014)

Dr. Shailaja Paik's article, "Building Bridges: Articulating Dalit and African American Women's Solidarity" connecting women of two disparate communities in different continents and contexts was published in the Women's Studies Quarterly of the Feminist Press, NY. For more information, please see the "Special Volume on Solidarity."

Dr. Mark Lause has been recruited to be contributing editor for the Labor and Working Class History Association blog. Click here to see  Dr. Lause’s latest post on Comrades and Cowboys

Dr. Shailaja Paik gave a talk on her book Dalit Women’s Education in Modern India: Double Discrimination on Friday, November 7 at 4:15pm at the Taft Research Center.

Dr. Robert Haug gave a talk entitled "What Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS Don't Know About Islamic History: The Use and Abuse of History in Modern Iraq and Beyond" at the Cincinnati Public Library, Main Library South Building, Geneology and Local History Program Space (3rd floor) on Sat, Nov. 1, 2pm. 

Dr. Christopher Phillips, Head of the Department of History kicked off this year’s McMicken Lecture Series on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:00pm with his talk, "North Star and Southern Cross: The Politics of Civil War Memory in the Postwar Ohio Valley."

Dr. Edward Ross Dickinson, Professor of History at UC Davis gave the History Department’s annual Von Rosenstiel Lecture in European History on Wednesday, October 29, at 2:30pm. His talk was entitled, “Authentic Fakes as Export Products: Euro-American Modern Dance and Anti-Colonial Cultural Nationalism, 1910-1930.”

Dr. Rob Haug gave a presentation entitled "Turan Triumphant: Abu Mansur Tusi's Shahnama and the Ghaznavid's Triumph over the Sasanian Social Order" as part of a panel on the Sasanian legacy in early Islam at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, DC on November 24.

Graduate Student Brad Sommer presented his paper, "From Fifteen to Ten Thousand: The Electric Auto-Lite Strike of 1934 and the Creation of Class Consciousness in Toledo, Ohio," at the 2014 Windy City Graduate Conference at the University of Illinois-Chicago on October 17.

Dr. Geoff Eley of the University of Michigan gave a talk entitiled "What was German Modernity?" on October 17.

Dr. Mark Lause was a guest speaker at The Civil War Round Table Meeting held in St. Louis on September 24, 2014