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


History Professor Margaret O'Mara recently shared her expertise on the technology industry's impact on politics, culture and place in an interview with Todd Bishop and John Cook of the tech radio show GeekWire. O'Mara, whose research focuses on Silicon Valley, talked about place-making in the context of Seattle's innovation economy. The Seattle technology community thrives due to the presence of three requisite conditions. Innovation, explains O'Mara, is made possible by: 1) The presence of resources such as available investment capital; 2) Institutions (like the University of Washington) that serve as "sandboxes" for would-be innovators to get together and play around with new ideas; and 3) Quality of place--all of the things that make Seattle a great place to live and build community.


History PhD Candidate Eleanor Mahoney

Eleanor Mahoney is a PhD Candidate in the History Department. Her dissertation examines changes in American land use patterns from roughly the Great Society to the election of Ronald Reagan. In particular, Mahoney traces connections between the rise of environmentalism in the 1970’s and the decline of industry – linkages frequently ignored in scholarly and popular histories of the period. Her work reveals that innovative approaches to land management often emerged in areas most impacted by economic change, particularly in regions where shifting production and consumption patterns endangered not only natural resources, but also cultural practices and traditions, including those connected to labor and work.

Mahoney holds an MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago and is active in public and digital humanities. She serves as associate editor of the Living Landscape Observer, a website and newsletter focused on landscape-scale conservation. She has been an associate editor of the Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights History Project and, in 2012, curated a special section on visual arts and the New Deal in Washington State. Mahoney is also an active participant in the Lake Union Laboratory, working with other graduate students and faculty from a variety of departments to plan and implement inter-disciplinary urban-centered research projects.


Dread and enchantment haunt twentieth-century Dutch Indies and Indonesian literature, but Laurie Sears suggests that these literary works can bring ineffable experiences of trauma into narrative form.