The Department of History

News Spotlight

The department congratulates history undergraduate Sara Leonetti, who was named as a 2015 recipient of the highly prestigious University of Washington's President's Medal.

This award recognizes the two graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records at the university - one who earned the bulk of his or her degree at UW, and one who completed at UW after transferring from a Washington community college.

Featured Story

The History Community was saddened to hear of the passing of former Graduate student Chris Grorud, who passed away January 24, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Chris studied Indonesian history and politics and was passionate about working with the people of Indonesia, doing field research in history and with the Jackson School of International Studies’ Southeast Asia Center. Chris’ family has established an endowed memorial fund in Chris’ name to support students of Southeast Asian history. To donate to the fund, please follow the link Christian Grorud Endowed Memorial Fund. To read Chris’ obituary, follow the link Chris Grorud Obituary.

Faculty Book Corner

In the late 1960s and early 1970s hundreds of thousands of white middle-class American youths suddenly became hippies. This short overview of the hippie social movement in the United States examines the movement's beliefs and practices, including psychedelic drugs, casual sex, and rock music, as well as the phenomena of spiritual seeking, hostility to politics, and communes. W. J. Rorabaugh synthesizes how hippies strived for authenticity, expressed individualism, and yearned for community. Viewing the tumultuous Sixties from a new angle, Rorabaugh shows how the counterculture led to subsequent social and cultural changes in the United States with legacies including casual sex, natural foods, and even the personal computer.