Skip to main content

Administration and Staff


Joel Harrington, Department Chair, (615) 322-2577, 234 Benson Hall

Celia Applegate, Associate Chair, (615) 343-1983, 108 Calhoun Hall

Catherine Molineux, Director of Graduate Studies, (615) 322-3340, 208 Benson Hall

Edward Wright-Rios, Director of Undergraduate Studies, (615) 322-0097, 219 Benson Hall

Ruth Rogaski and David Blackbourn, Co-Directors of the Vanderbilt History Seminar, (615) 322-6323, 109 Benson Hall



Christen Harper, Administrative Assistant to the Chair and Faculty, (615) 322-2577, 232 Benson Hall

Susan Hilderbrand, Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Program, (615) 322-2755, 232 Benson Hall

Heidi Welch, Department Education Assistant, (615) 322-2575, 227 Benson Hall

Alex Jacobs, Administrator for the Vanderbilt History Seminar, (615) 322-6323, 109 Benson Hall


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. Also, general announcements and specific questions about the History Department can be directed to Heidi Welch.

Any questions regarding the Vanderbilt History Seminar should be directed to Alex Jacobs.