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


Professor Sasha Harmon (Indian Studies and Adjunt in History) has just been honored with an appointment to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program. Serving concurrently as Distinguished Lecturers are UW History Professors Susan Glenn, James Gregory, and Margaret O'Mara. The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is a speakers bureau dedicated to American history. Its more than 400 participating historians have made major contributions to this popular field. OAH Distinguished Lecturers speak around the country every year. Each agrees to present one lecture on behalf of the organization each academic year and to donate his or her lecture fee to the organization.


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.


The first comprehensive English-language biography of this important monarch, Emperor Huizong is a nuanced portrait that corrects the prevailing view of Huizong as decadent and negligent. Patricia Ebrey recasts him as a ruler genuinely ambitious—if too much so—in pursuing glory for his flourishing realm.