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A project directed by Jane Landers, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, to preserve endangered African and Afro-descended slave records has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Extension Grant. See article here.

Laura Stark has been awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching , Vanderbilt University.

Thomas A. Schwartz presents the tenth annual Schwan Lecture, "The Diplomacy of Henry Kissinger: Realist, Idealist, or Politician?," presented by the Politics and Government Department at North Park University, Chicago, March 31, 2016.

Lance Ingwersen, Graduate Student, has been awarded a 2016-2017 Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship. This fellowship will offer a year of support to enable full-time work on his dissertation.

Cassandra Painter,
Graduate Student, has been named a Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study for the academic year 2016-17. She has also been selected to participate in the German Historical Institute (GHI)'s Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in Washington, DC on May 25-28, 2016.

Jane Landers has been named U.S. Representative, International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, 2015

Ari Joskowicz has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 2016 Fellowship for his project Jews and Roma in the Shadow of Genocide.

The Vanderbilt Historical Review released its first issue (Spring 2016) on January 12. It has articles written by students from Vanderbilt, Boston College, University of Chicago, University of Edinburgh, Stanford University, Yale University and University of Virginia. "My colleagues and I have been deeply impressed by the analytic rigor and consistently high writing standards evident in all the articles," said Joel Harrington, Centennial Professor of History and chair of the department at Vanderbilt University. "We are also very proud of Robert and his editorial team for producing such a high quality scholarly publication."
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Paul Kramer has received an NEH fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year.

Congratulations to Catherine Molineux and Christopher Loss , who have been named 2016 Chancellor Faculty Fellows.

Jefferson Cowie's The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics has just been released by Princeton University Press. Cowie has become a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, Department of History, as of January 1, 2016. Welcome!

updated May 13, 2016

See all of the new faculty book publications here.

See many more announcements about Professors and Graduate Students here.

History at Vanderbilt

History has been an integral part of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum at Vanderbilt since the University was founded, in 1873. The first undergraduate students of the discipline immersed themselves in subjects as various as the Roman Empire, English constitutional history, the history of religion (including Islam), political economy, and contemporary American politics. Graduate study came early—in the 1880s—to Vanderbilt. Taught in weekly seminars, a new instructional form, students were expected to master the standard texts—in ancient history and in legal history, for example—while the more advanced among them engaged in innovative research on such issues as the Civil War, local government in the South and Southwest, and the tariff, Henry George and socialism. Vanderbilt’s first PhD in history was awarded in 1899, one of only three awarded in the South before 1900.

Today, the Department of History’s 42 full-time faculty members offer courses that span the globe—from Africa and Asia to Europe, Latin America and the United States—and that introduce students to a range of historical questions and methodologies. The undergraduate program attracts over 150 majors, and the graduate program annually enrolls about 10  students in a variety of fields. Department faculty are at once devoted and skilled teachers on the one hand and innovative and accomplished researchers and writers of history on the other.

updated May 13, 2016