News and Events

Unlocking UC’s History.

On Wednesday, December 5th, students of our HIST2064 Public History class put their knowledge and dedication to the test by hosting a pop-up exhibit on the third floor of McMicken Hall.  They cleverly designed their exhibits into the lockers that still line the halls.  Their hard work was rewarded as spectators were caught by the curious displays and toured the hall.  In celebration of UC’s Bicentennial, each locker had a topic of UC History: including College Consolidation, Racism on Campus, Extracurricular Activities, UC Athletics, Band Uniforms, and more.

Image of lockers with posters
Students in front of lockers
Students standing in front of lockers
People standing in front of lockers
People standing in front of lockers
People standing in front of lockers

Pizza and Profs

Undergraduate Director Erika Gasser hosted Pizza and Profs on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in the Von Rosenstiel Room.  Undergraduate students met with history faculty over pizza and had a fantastic time!

People laughing

Gordon Goodwin, Julia Games, Christy Powell

Students gathering

Madison Curry, Megan Westermeyer, Will Tuttle, Dr. Rebecca Wingo, and Zade Nabi

Professor Rebecca Wingo Wins Nebraska Book Award

Rebecca Wingo

We are proud to announce our congratulations to our new faculty member, Professor Rebecca Wingo, who has won the Non-Fiction category of the 2018 Nebraska Book Awards for her co-authored book Homesteading the Plains. Rebecca Wingo earned her doctorate in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her masters in Native American Studies from Montana State University. Her interests include digital public history as well as the history of the Indigenous and American West. She has coordinated the Getting Started in Digital History workshops at the American Historical Association for five years in an effort to teach faculty to use digital tools in their research and teaching. Rebecca will teach HIST2022: Native American History in the Spring.

Professor Steve Porter Wins ARNOVA Book Prize

Congratulations to Steve Porter, whose book Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World’s Dispossessed has been selected as the winner of the 2018 ARNOVA Peter Dobkin Hall History Book Prize. ARNOVA, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, awards this prize annually to the published book that has made the most significant scholarly contribution to the history of nonprofit organizations, civil society, and philanthropy. A presentation of Benevolent Empire can be found here.

Steve Porter is an Associate Professor in the History Department whose work studies the intersection of humanitarianism and U.S. power in the twentieth century. He has also served as the director of the International Human Rights Certificate, chair of the Tolley Scholarship in International Human Rights, and chair of the Taft Center’s Human Rights Research Group. Steve will be teaching two history courses this Spring: HIST3023: Human Rights and Foreign Relations and HIST1150: War, Peace, and Society.

Steve Porter

Photo credit : Professor Rebecca Wingo

Cultures of War Symposium

Join the History Department on Friday, 12 October 2018, for the Symposium “1618 – 1918 – 2018: Cultures of War” at the Cincinnati Art Museum,” featuring lectures, live music, and film screenings.  These events have been organized by Sigrun Haude in the History Department and Svea Braeunert and Tanja Nusser in the German Department.

Cultures of War Symposium details, click to view accessible document
Cultures of War Symposium details, click to view accessible document
Cultures of War Symposium details, click to view accessible document
Cultures of War Symposium details, click to view accessible document

Queen City Colloquium


A Public Lecture by Prof. Edith Sheffer, Stanford University

“Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Austria,” Langsam Library, Rm 480C, Thursday, April 12, 4-5:30 PM (reception to follow); and earlier that same day at 10:00-11:30 AM a special Digital Humanities Workshop led by Professor Sheffer in which she will discuss her related mapping project, “Forming Selves: The Creation of Child Psychiatry from Red Vienna to the Third Reich and Abroad.” The workshop will be held at Langsam in the Digital Scholarship Center, Langsam Library, Room 460. For a recent commentary by Sheffer on her new book on the history of “Ausberger’s Children,” see

Classroom Innovation & Global Exploration

In recent years, UC History faculty have taken the lead in designing innovative courses involving experiential learning and global discovery well beyond the classroom. The greatest proof of this is our department’s pioneering study-tour course. Imagine a typical undergraduate class focusing on a rich historical question or period. Then add a trip to the physical locations where the events of the course actually took place. The result is a stimulating combination of classroom learning and on-site exploration that produces remarkable returns.

In the last three years alone, History teachers have led study-tour courses to Britain, France, Russia, the Caribbean, South Africa, and New York on topics as diverse as World War II, Peter the Great, apartheid, and environmental history. In offering classes that move students out of the lecture hall and onto the road, we’re intensifying the insight that history provides to a knowledge of the world around us. And thanks to the generosity of dedicated alumni and university support, we are also able to help our students with scholarships to meet the costs of these special courses.

Holly McGee

Holly McGee on a study tour with students in South Africa.

Jeff Zalar and Students

Jeff Zalar and students on the aft deck of the HMS Belfast, Thames River, London

Graduate Students Worldwide

One of the joys (and occasional terrors!) of historical scholarship is archival research. Our graduate students experience these delights under faculty direction in efforts that often mature into first academic conference papers. In the very recent past, they’ve worked at the Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv in Munich, The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KY, and other archival deposits in Maryland, Lyon, France, and London. They’ve also presented their research at venues across the globe, from Beijing to Chicago and Liverpool. We’re thrilled for these successes! Welcome, dear students, to the historians’ guild! 

Dan Gladis and Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson and Dan Gladis view a copy of Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible at Berlin’s Deutsches Historisches Museum.

Kristen Fleming

Kristen Fleming attends the International Graduate Student Environmental History workshop in Beijing, China.

Fascinating Talks, Fascinating History 

The History Department hosts a number of visiting lecturers every year, including some of the most prestigious scholars in the country. These talks are open to the public, and we’re eager for you to attend.

Race, Film and the City

Zane L. Miller Symposium: Conversations in the City

How have films impacted the way we think about cities and the people who live in them? Can film be a vehicle for change? Join us for a community conversation about film and race in America, past and present. 

Join us for a community conversation about film and race in America, past and present. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:00 p.m. ......Reception
6:30 p.m. ......Program

People’s Liberty
1805 Elm Street, 45202

Free and Open to the Public Race


tt stern-enzi
CityBeat film writer, Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival programmer, and founder of WatchWriteNow educational initiative for teens

Pamela Thomas
Film maker, founder of Black Folks Make Movies, and organizer of FADE2BLACK film festival

Stanley Corkin
UC Professor of Film Studies, History and English, and author of Connecting the Wire: Space, Race, and Post-Industrial Baltimore

Omotayo Banjo UC Associate Professor in Communications specializing in the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in film, tv and music

Poster for Race, Film and the City event on March 8th, 2018 starting at 6p
Stephen Barr - Physics & Astronomy

Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies - Stephen M. Barr

Stephen M. Barr will be speaking on March 7, 2018, at 7:00pm, as part of the Fifth Annual Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies. A frequent lecturer on the topic of science and religion, Professor Barr explores the Catholic response to the theory of evolution within the broader context of Catholicism’s overwhelmingly affirmative relationship to scientific inquiry.

Barr is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware and a member of its Bartol Research Institute. He is also President of the Society of Catholic Scientists. He was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 for exemplary service to the Church. Barr is the author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith (2003) and The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion (2016)

2018 Taft Research Symposium Keynote - Timothy Snyder

On February 26, 2018, renowned historian Timothy Snyder will be speaking at the annual symposium of the Taft Research Seminar. Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale and Committee on Conscience member at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also the author of several books, including Bloodlands--winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, Hannah Arendt Prize, and Leipzig Book Prize--and his newest: On Tyranny. 

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Annual Von Rosenstiel Speaker - Dagmar Herzog

On February 22 and 23, 2018, we will be hosting the highly regarded German historian Dagmar Herzog as our annual Von Rosenstiel speaker. Herzog is the Distinguished Professor of History and the Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published widely in the history of religion in Europe and the U.S., on the Holocaust and its aftermath, and on the histories of gender and sexuality.


Phi Beta Kappa Speaker - Thomas Laqueur

Among the most noteworthy of recent visitors to the department was cultural historian Professor Thomas Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, who spoke in November 2017 on his new research on the origins of humanitarianism, presenting a fascinating lecture entitled “How Dogs Make Us Human: The Role of the Dog in the Emotional Foundations of Humanitarianism.” 

Thomas Laqueur in front of a window.
Dr. Richard Bulliet

2017 Taft Lecturer - Dr. Richard Bulliet

In October 2017, the Department hosted Dr. Richard Bulliet, Professor Emeritus of the History Department at Columbia University, who gave two stimulating lectures on the history of energy and technological innovation in world history. Professor Bulliet also met with undergraduates in the department’s historical methods seminar, whose reading this term included one of Bulliet’s most wellregarded books, The Camel and the Wheel (Harvard, 1975). Bulliet visited us as our 2017 Taft Departmental Lecturer.

2016 Taft Lecturer - Dr. Tiya Miles

Our Taft speaker in 2016 was Dr. Tiya Miles of the University of Michigan, a former McArthur Fellow and renowned specialist in African American history, who visited us in September 2016 and spoke on the enduring legacies of slavery in cities of the North and northern Midwest as well as the new phenomenon of “dark tourism” in southern states that often highlights the most sensationalist and macabre aspects of slavery. Her new book on the subject, Tales from the Haunted South, appeared in paperback last summer. 

Dr. Tiya Miles