The History Department celebrates its undergraduate and graduate students at a reception for the winners of scholarships, fellowships and prizes at the annual History Awards Ceremony. Read more.  
Department of History Director of Academic Services Matt Erickson is celebrated as a distinguished staff award nominee.
UW students and other members of the community enjoy the cherry blossoms outside Smith Hall.
More than 70 students are currently enrolled in the Department's graduate program. Learn more about their research and teaching interests.

The Department of History


To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, the History Lecture Series returns this fall with presentations by four of our own faculty members on the topic “1914: The Great War and the Modern World.” The lectures will consider themes of domination, integration, and betrayal, the transition from empires to nation-states, the tension between “home fronts” and “battle fronts,” and the impact of the Great War on European intellectual traditions.

The lectures will be presented on Wednesdays, 7– 8:30pm, in Kane Hall 130 beginning on November 5, 2014 to coincide with Veterans Appreciation Week (November 3-11, 2014).

Fall 2014 Lecture Series Schedule

November 5, 2014, Raymond Jonas: Domination, Integration, and Betrayal

November 12, 2014, Devin Naar: From Empires to Nation-States

November 19, 2014, Jordanna Bailkin: Home Fronts and Battle Fronts

December 3, 2014, John Toews: Cultural Death and Radical Hope


For more information on the lecture topics, presenters, and to purchase tickets, please visit:



Hanford B Reactor, 1940s

This summer, UW History professors John Findlay and Bruce Hevly shared their expertise with a national audience of K-12 educators as facilitators in workshops on the development of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State. Professors Findlay and Hevly are co-authors of the book Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011). In addition to Findlay and Hevly, a third workshop facilitator, Kate Brown, also has ties to the University of Washington Department of History—she is an alumna, having specialized in Russian history. Brown’s book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters compares the towns around Hanford to equivalent towns in the Soviet Union.

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Five essays focus on Ernst Badian's contributions to the study of ancient history, Greek and Roman.

Carol Thomas (editor), provides an introduction focusing on Badian’s role in the foundation and growth of the Association of Ancient Historians
T. Corey Brennan: “Ernst Badian’s Methodological Maxims”
Stanley Burstein: “A Peltast among Hoplites: Ernst Badian and Athenian History”
Eugene Borza: “Ernst Badian’s Alexander”
Jerzy Linderski: “Ink and Blood: Ernst Badian, Rome and the Art of History"

The volume concludes with a bibliography of Ernst’s scholarship from 1952 to 2009.