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Welcome to the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati, where we strive for excellence in learning the past, reassessing the present, and developing skills for each student's future. Our 25 faculty members study and teach about the history of the world’s most pressing issues, from the War on Drugs, to Russia’s military aggression against its neighbors, to relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Our 200 undergraduate history majors and 40 Masters and PhD students delve deeply into these and countless other fascinating and important questions in our courses and in their own research projects.

Every student who takes a History class at UC also learns essential career skills. We teach students how to research a wide range of sources, utilize tools of Digital Humanities, write and speak more clearly and effectively, and gather, sort, and report concisely on large amounts of information. All of these abilities are among the most sought-after today by prospective employers. Meanwhile, UC History professors regularly win the most prestigious fellowships and prizes in their fields of research, while remaining extremely devoted teachers.  The History department is able to enhance considerably the opportunities of all our students through study tours, internships, dynamic visiting speakers, and more.  To learn more, follow the links here, or come visit us in person!


Making History...

The History Department is pleased to announce a new, joint Ph.D. initiative in Modern Jewish History and Culture, offered in partnership with the Pines School of Graduate Studies at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, please visit:

Student Spotlight: Maurice Adkins

Maurice Adkins

Mauruce Adkins is a budding historian. Yates Fellow, passionate teacher and PhD student with a keen desire to honor history through dedicating research to the stories of black institutions and their founders.

Read more about Maurice, here.



In Memory of Micah Hammond

The UC History Community mourns the loss of their fourth-year History major and young historian, Micah Hammond, who passed away August 27th, 2018. Micah was an exceptional student at the University of Cincinnati. History Professor and Associate Dean David Stradling recalls, “Micah took my Race and Ethnicity of Global Cities class last spring. He was a smart, dedicated young historian. He wrote a remarkably well researched paper on the lives of Irish immigrants in London in the nineteenth century. I couldn’t have been more proud of what he accomplished.” History Professor and Undergraduate Director Erika Gasser notes, “Micah took Historical Methods with me, and proved himself to be a capable and thoughtful student. He always gave the readings his full attention, and contributed to classroom discussions in a way that encouraged others to participate. He clearly took the work of history seriously, and was a real pleasure to have in class.” We send our condolences to Micah’s mother Lori and family, who reside in Hillsboro, Ohio. 

Memorials may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Health at

News Updates

The Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi has selected UC History Alumnus Matthew E. Stanley's book, The Loyal West: War and Reunion in Middle America (University of Illinois Press), for the 2018 annual Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History. The prize is awarded to the best first book in Civil War history published in 2017. It recognizes exceptional emerging scholars in the history of the American Civil War. The prize is named for noted Civil War historians Bell Irvin Wiley and James W. Silver.

Prof Stanley

Professor Stanley is assistant professor of history at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia.  He received his Ph.D. from the UC History department in 2013.  His dissertation adviser was Dr. Christopher Phillips. Stanley will receive an invitation to speak at the University’s annual Conference on the Civil War, held in the fall of 2018. At that meeting, the prize and $2000 will be awarded the honoree.

Congratulations, Matt!

Cover art for The Loyal West by Matthew E. Stanley