Welcome to the Department of History

‌Our Department is committed to pursuing excellence in historical and interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and service to the profession, the University, and the wider community.

Our fine faculty of some twenty-four professors does research and teaches in many historical areas, often crossing chronological, geographic, and disciplinary boundaries.

Our courses combine innovative subjects and methods with more traditional subjects and presentations. In their classes, students have the opportunity to experience the latest and best historical research and writing, to explore special topics in depth, and to receive rigorous training in researching, analyzing, and writing history from nationally and internationally recognized scholars.

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Prof. Ashli White has been awarded a year-long ACLS grant for her project Revolutionary Things: Politics and Material Culture in the Late Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World.
The Office of Civic and Community Engagement, headed by History Prof. Robin Bachin, has unveiled a new GIS mapping tool that allows user to identify vacant and underused land in Miami-Dade County.

Professor Edmund Abaka appeared on CNN's "Inside Africa," sharing his expertise on "Stepping through Ghana's 'Door of No Return'"

New book edited by Prof. Krista A. Goff and Lewis H. Siegelbaum, Empire and Belonging on the Eurasian Borderlands (Cornell University Press, 2019)

Lina Del Castillo (Ph.D. '08) has earned tenure and been promoted to Associate Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.


Professor Don Spivey has been awarded the Faculty Senate Teaching Award, the university's highest teaching honor, in recognition of his outstanding commitment and skill as a teacher.

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Ph.D. candidate Matt Davidson has received a 2019 Graduate Summer Award from the College of Arts & Sciences to conduct research for his dissertation, Health Under Occupation: Haitian Encounters with U.S. Imperial Medicine, 1915-1934.
Prof. Mary Lindemann has been elected President-Elect of the American Historical Association. She will serve as President of the AHA in 2020

M. Scott Heerman, The Alchemy of Slavery: Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730-1865 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

Professor Robin Bachin delivered a 2018 'Cane Talk on "Youthquake - A New Politics for a New Generation"

Professor Edmund Abaka's 1988 article "Eating Kola" has been republished in the most recent issue of Ghana Studies, along with comments by Prof. Abaka and Abena Dove Osseo-Asare.
Stephen Lazer (Ph.D. '14) has accepted a position as Lecturer in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University

Hadassah St. Hubert (Ph.D. Ramsey) has won a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship! She will work in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at FIU
Professor Kate Ramsey has received an Andrew W. Mellon CREATE Grant for a project entitled "Afro-Caribbean Religion: Healing and Power" through UM Libraries and the Lowe Art Museum

Martin Austin Nesvig, *Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain* (University of Texas Press, 2018)