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Joel Harrington, Department Chair, (615) 322-2577, 234 Benson Hall
Michael Bess, Associate Chair, (615) 322-3340, 208 Benson Hall
Christen Harper, Administrative Assistant to the Chair and Faculty, (615) 322-2577, 232 Benson Hall

Samira Sheikh, Director of Graduate Studies, (615) 322-4740, 223 Benson Hall
Susan Hilderbrand, Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Program, (615) 322-2755, 232 Benson Hall
Any questions regarding the graduate application process please send to:

Edward Wright-Rios, Director of Undergraduate Studies, (615) 322-5947, 125 Benson Hall
Heidi Welch, Department Education Assistant, (615) 322-2575, 227 Benson Hall

Ruth Rogaski,  and Jeff Cowie, Co-Directors of the Vanderbilt History Seminar, (615) 322-6323, 109 Benson Hall
Alex Jacobs, Administrator for the Vanderbilt History Seminar, (615) 322-6323, 109 Benson Hall. Any questions regarding the Vanderbilt History Seminar should be directed to Alex Jacobs via and inquiries for non-VHS events (such as Legal History Colloquium, Americanist Seminars, German History Seminars) should be directed to Alex via

Jason Schultz, Historian Liasion, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, (615) 875-8311, room 800FL in the library. During 2015-16 Jason will hold office hours in Benson Hall room 228 (faculty lounge) for members of the History Department --  Monday 1:30 - 3:00 pm
History Research Library site, Jean and Alexander Heard Library.

Please send announcements, general inquiries, and questions about the History Department to Heidi Welch. You may also contact Heidi for comments about the History Department web pages.

If you have questions about the Graduate Program in History, or would like an application, please visit our graduate web pages or contact Susan Hilderbrand.

Questions about the undergraduate history major should be directed to Heidi Welch, who will then direct you to the correct person.

Address, phone, fax are listed below.