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.

The Department of History


The Department of History is extremely proud to announce that two History faculty members have been selected to receive Distinguished Teaching Awards for 2014. Congratulations to Moon-Ho Jung, the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, and to Margaret O'Mara, the 2014 (and inaugural) recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology. Professors Jung and O'Mara will receive their awards at the UW Awards of Excellence Ceremony in June.


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.


In their quest for greater political participation within shifting imperial fields—from Spanish (1850s–1898) to US rule (1898-)—Puerto Ricans struggled to shape and contain conversations about race. In so doing, they crafted, negotiated, and imposed on others multiple forms of silences while reproducing the idea of a unified, racially mixed, harmonious nation. Silencing Race explores the ongoing, constant racialization of Puerto Rican workers to explore the 'class-making' of race.