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Department of History

Department of History


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 conflict 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!

History Spotlight
Sunderland NEH Fellowship

Dr. Sunderland Wins Honors Including NEH Fellowship


Professor Willard Sunderland has been awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2016-17 to work on his current book project entitled Peter’s Horizons: Russia and the World in the Age of Peter the Great.  Professor Sunderland’s most recent book, The Baron’s Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution (Cornell, 2014) received several honors: it won the Ohio Academy of History Book Award, was given Honorable Mention for both the Reginald Zelnik Prize in History awarded by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, and was the subject of a featured review in the American Historical Review.  In July, Professor Sunderland also started a five-year term as co-editor of the quarterly journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.

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