Welcome to the Department of History

The History Department is committed to upholding Georgetown’s ideals as a student-centered research university through our productive scholarship, our international and global orientation, and our commitment to hands-on graduate and undergraduate teaching. We believe that teaching and research only reach distinction when they are integrated by a faculty devoted to excellence in both.

With more than 40 full-time faculty members, the Department combines geographical breadth with chronological depth. We offer fields of study in the histories of Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Early Modern and Modern Europe, Russia and East Central Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and the United States. The Department is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in trans-regional, global and comparative history with particular strengths in World, Atlantic World, Pacific World, international diplomacy, inter-societal relations, and global environmental history. Faculty scholarship and course offerings engage with a rich variety of themes, including gender; labor, radicalism, and social movements; African American history; slavery; ethnic politics and nationalism; the history of violence and imperialism; migration and borderlands; consumer, food, and material culture; religion; science and medicine; historical linguistics; architecture and urban history; and military history, among others.

The Department offers two undergraduate History majors: History in Georgetown College and International History in the School of Foreign Service. Students in Georgetown College, the McDonough School of Business, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies can also minor in History. We have a Masters' program in Masters in Global, International, and Comparative History, as well as a distinguished Ph.D. program. History faculty also teach courses in the SFS Masters’ of Foreign Service program and in five regional Masters’ programs: the Master of Arts in German and European Studies, in Arab Studies, Russian and East European Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American studies. We are active in an array of interdisciplinary programs such as American Studies, Medieval Studies, African Studies, Women and Gender Studies, African American Studies, the Center for Christian Muslim Understanding, and Science, Technology and International Affairs.

Our faculty combines a deep commitment to teaching with active scholarly research because we recognize that each endeavor reinforces and invigorates the other. We have world-class scholars who delight in teaching freshmen-introductory and regional-survey courses and we make a point of dividing our largest classes—our Core curricular offerings—into discussion sections led by the professor. The Department’s dedication to undergraduate education can be seen in the many teaching awards received by the faculty: in total, eight historians have been recognized with the annual College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. At the same time our award-winning faculty have remained at the forefront of research and publication in their respective fields.

The History Department faculty has been honored with many awards and fellowships, including those from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the Ford Foundation, among many others.

More than a dozen books authored by members of our faculty have been awarded major book prizes, among them two John K. Fairbank Awards and one Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association. Faculty authors have also won the Bolton-Johnson Prize (Conference on Latin American History), the Wayne S. Vucinich Award (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies), the John Whitney Hall Prize (Association for Asian Studies), the Allan Sharlin Award (Social Science History Association), the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize (Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference), Richard A. Lester Award (Princeton University), the Woody Guthrie Award, the Avery O. Craven Award (Organization of American Historians), and the World History Association Book Prize, among others.

As members of a collegial academic community, History faculty collaborate actively with one another across thematic and regional sub-fields in a variety of contexts, including our faculty seminar and in the workshops, conferences, and public lectures organized by the Georgetown Institute for Global History. These events provide opportunities for presentation of cutting-edge historical research, which students at all levels are encouraged to attend and in which they regularly take part.

In Fall 2013, as part of the Russian History Seminar, the department launched an annual lecture series in memory of Professor Richard Stites, supported in part by the Institute for Global History and the Department.  Each Fall a distinguished scholar of Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe will be invited to speak at Georgetown.

In tribute to another of our esteemed colleagues, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars has established the Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture Series in U.S.-East Asian Relations. The inaugural lecture was delivered in April 2013 by the Honorable Winston Lord, former ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.  Every spring, the Wilson Center hosts a speaker on U.S.-Asian relations in Professor Tucker's memory.  

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about the opportunities provided by our department and the many accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni.