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.
The History Department celebrates its undergraduate and graduate students at a reception for the winners of scholarships, fellowships and prizes.
More than 70 students are currently enrolled in the Department's graduate program. Learn more about their research and teaching interests.

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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.


Professor Stephanie Camp, noted feminist historian at the University of Washington and beloved mother, family member, friend, citizen, scholar, and teacher, died April 2, 2014. A Seattle Times Obituary describes her significant contributions as a scholar and as a colleague:

She was a well-known feminist historian who wrote a groundbreaking book on enslaved women in the antebellum South, and a social-justice activist who dared to take controversial stands. But Stephanie Camp was also known for her love of popular culture and her sense of adventure and for hosting great parties.

To read the full Seattle Times article, which describes Professor Camp's previous scholarship, her most recent work, and rememberances of her time as a scholar and teacher, click here.

The Department of History will host a memorial service and reception in remembrance and celebration of Stephanie's remarkable life on Sunday, June 8, 2014. This event is open to the public but we request an RSVP by May 30th.


The Afterlife of Empire investigates how decolonization transformed British society in the 1950s and 1960s. Although usually charted through its diplomatic details, the collapse of the British empire was also a deeply personal process that altered everyday life, restructuring routines, individual relationships, and social interactions.