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Welcome to the History Department at the University of Cincinnati where we strive for inclusive excellence in our teaching, writing, research, and community engagement. The faculty, staff and students in our department are committed to supporting racial justice and equity in our local community, state, country and in the world. Studying the past is vitally necessary to understanding the ongoing inequities in our society and societies throughout the world that we have seen magnified by the Covid-19 pandemic and by the more recent killing of unarmed African American men and women by law enforcement, as well as by ongoing acts of violence and bigotry against other racial and religious minorities in the U.S. It might be helpful and indeed necessary to share recent statements put forth by the American Historical Association (AHA) and the National Council on Public History (NCPH) focusing on the history of racist violence in the United States. These statements also include links to other resources that faculty and students alike might find instructive. Now more than ever, we need to understand the history of the present; and the history of the present is all about the past.

Napoleonic History

Professors Jeff and Willard pose with Napoleon books

Professors Jeff Zalar and Willard Sunderland conducted a review of Ridley Scott’s newly released historical epic “Napoleon” (2023).

Read Dr. Zalar and Sunderland's review for "Napoleon" (2023)

Contact Us

Department of History
360 Arts & Sciences Hall
PO Box 210373
2700 Campus Way
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0373
Phone |  (513) 556-2144



Preserving the past: Archivist speaks on preserving Black...

Event: February 22, 2024 6:30 PM

As part of its full slate of Black Future Month events, UC welcomes Meredith Evans, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, for a special lecture on the power and significance of archival history for the future of Black communities in America.


Black FUTURE month is here 

February 6, 2024

The University of Cincinnati’s annual Black History Month celebration is back and better than ever. This year’s celebration has been renamed Black FUTURE Month by organizers, and includes something for everyone—from tours of historical Black churches to cosplays to Drink n’ Thinks, field trips and food.


UC‘s College of Arts and Sciences taps innovative new leadership

December 20, 2023

The College of Arts and Sciences announced Ryan J. White and Rina Williams as the newest divisional deans of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. White and Kennedy’s inclusion will bring new focuses and structure around student success and the college of Arts and Sciences’ advancement. Both will officially begin their new terms on Jan. 1, 2024.

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