Centers & Resources

Student Resources

History Writing Center - The UW History Writing Center offers 30 minute individual appointments with the writing center director, an experienced instructor in the History Department. We invite students to use the Writing Center at any stage in the composition process, from brainstorming topics through multiple drafts of an essay.  We encourage you to come to the writing center early in the process of working on your assignment.  Students will actively engage in writing during the consultation.

Libraries - Begin your exploration of the UW Libraries' history resources with the History research guide -- a wide-ranging site with links to databases, e-journals and websites for historical research. You can also follow the History librarian on Facebook for the latest news and information. Contact Theresa Mudrock, the History Librarian for research advice.

Computing - The Department of History maintains a computer lab for its graduate students and undergraduate majors. The Department also maintains 6 laptops, 2 digital projectors, a digital SLR camera, a digital camcorder, and professional sound and light equipment for student use. Access to the labs and portable equipment is restricted to current History graduate students and declared undergraduate History majors. Logon credentials for the lab can be obainted by contacting the Undergraduate Advising Office or the History Graduate Office. To inquire about the portable equipment, please contact the Computing & Instructional Services Director. All equipment and software is funded through the Student Technology Fee.

History Department Diversity Committee - The goal of the History Department’s Diversity Committee, is to create an ongoing conversation about creating and maintaining an environment of inclusivity in all of our classrooms, and making inclusion a central aspect of our wider departmental culture. This Committee is made up of two graduate students, two undergraduates, two faculty, and one staff member who serve for a full academic year. During the year faculty and graduate students on this committee hold department events on themes such as best practices for graduate and undergraduate mentoring and pedagogies that foster classroom inclusivity. The Committee also serves as a sounding board and resource for students, staff, and faculty who have concerns related to climate and diversity. Any member of the department's learning community may contact one or more members of the Committee with concerns at any time during the year. Inquiries will remain confidential.

Centers and Initiatives

Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest  The Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, located in the Department of History, is dedicated to advancing scholarship on the Pacific Northwest, and the North American West more generally, with an emphasis on historical research. The Center supports research, teaching, and public programs that promote and disseminate knowledge on the peoples and issues that have defined and shaped the Pacific Northwest. It is also the home of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly. PNQ is the leading scholarly journal devoted to the history and culture of the northwestern United States, including Alaska, and western Canada.

Difficult Dialogues - The purpose the Southeast Asian American Pluralism project is to provide spaces inside and outside the classroom for students, teachers, and community partners to develop new models for conversations about identity and diversity.  The rich diversity of Southeast Asian American communities provides opportunities for examining issues such as class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and spirituality, imperialism and colonialism, migration and (trans)nationality, invisibility and visibility.  A range of teaching and learning approaches that underscore the intersections of multiple identities and experiences, student empowerment and social action will be explored, including intergroup dialogue, oral history projects, multimedia and performance techniques, and community service learning.

Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies - The Harry Bridges Endowed Chair and Center for Labor Studies are jointly housed in the departments of Political Science and History at the University of Washington. The Chair and Center honor the legacy of one of the preeminent labor leaders in the U.S., the late Harry Bridges, outstanding founder and leader of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for over 40 years. Supporting research, teaching, and community outreach, The Center focuses on labor's contribution to society. The Center promotes the study of labor in all of its facets - locally, nationally, and worldwide. Our mission is to develop labor studies, broadly conceived to include working men and women everywhere, as a central concern in higher education.

Sephardic Studies InitiativeAs home to one of the largest and most vibrant Sephardic communities in the United States, Seattle offers an ideal environment in which to preserve the legacy of the Sephardic Jewish experience. Partnering with community leaders, the Sephardic Studies Initiative of the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington aims to establish a world-renowned program for the study, teaching, and perpetuation of Sephardic culture and the Ladino language. A key aspect of the initiative is Sephardic Treasures, which seeks to uncover, collect, preserve, digitize and make accessible the rich heritage of the Sephardic Jews. Learn more.

Canadian Studies Center

Center for West European Studies

East Asia Center

East Asia Resource Center

Institute for Transnational Studies

Middle East Center

Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies

Southeast Asia Center