History

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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.

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Contact Us

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

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UC to offer certificate in disability studies

June 30, 2022

Students at the University of Cincinnati will be able to enroll to earn a certificate in disability studies in fall semester, 2022. Offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the certificate will explore the experiences of disabled people, and the role of the disability community and the community at large in addressing equity, access and justice. The creation of the certificate program was inspired in part by the experiences of students, says Cheli Reutter, associate professor of American and African-American literature, who helped develop the program.

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UC research sheds light on historically marginalized communities

May 12, 2022

At the University of Cincinnati’s College of Art and Sciences (A&S), students are often given the opportunity to complete in-depth research tailored to their individual interests. For two graduate students in the history department, this research included challenging the notion that the only research with impact is done by those in white lab coats. Maurice Adkins and Katherine Ranum have spent their graduate school years bringing to light stories of marginalized people, helping to fill gaps within U.S. historical studies. As a result, many institutions are taking notice of Adkins and Ranum, rewarding them with fellowships that allow them to continue their efforts to make historical research more inclusive. Adkins, a recent graduate from the history department’s doctorate program, spent seven years traveling between Cincinnati and North Carolina, scouring archives and hunting down public records to complete his dissertation, which explores Black leadership at historically Black col- leges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina from 1863-1931. This quickly became laborious, Adkins says, due to the underfunding that many HBCUs have faced historically, resulting in poorer record keeping than that of other universities.

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