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The University of Akron
Department of History
Arts and Sciences 216
Akron, OH 44325-1902

About the Department of History

Students and faculty in the Department of History explore the forces that drove past events and shaped the present. Our faculty members have a wide range of teaching and research interests, from the ancient world to the recent past. We encourage students to design degree programs that enable them to both pursue their own historical interests and obtain a broader understanding of history across time and place.

The department offers nearly a dozen degree programs and certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Take a look around our website to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs, scholarships, and career opportunities for students of history.

History Department News


    Levin is UA Teacher of the Year

    Prof. Michael Levin of the History Department has received the prestigious University of Akron Outstanding Teacher Award for 2016. Read More»


    Outstanding Junior and Senior History Majors Honored

    The History Department has named graduating senior Matt Lang as this year’s David C. Riede Award winner and junior Bridget Sciscento winner of the Summerfield Baldwin Award. Read More»


    2016 Miller Lecture on Ballet in 20th Century Cuba

    Dr. Lester Tomé's talk, "Black-and-White Pas de Deux," will be held on March 10 at 7 p.m. in Kolbe Hall's Daum Theatre. Tomé will focus on ballet's role in forming ideas about race, sex, and democracy in the Caribbean nation. Learn More»


    New Book by Harp Studies Rubber's History

    Prof. Stephen Harp's A World History of Rubber: Empire, Industry, and the Everyday looks at the role of rubber in world wars, in global empires, and in cities such as Akron, the Rubber City. Read More»


    Hixson Publishes New Book on US Foreign Relations

    American Foreign Relations: A New Diplomatic History, published by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, is the latest book from Dr. Walter L. Hixson, Distinguished Professor of History. Read More»


    Greenberg to Present this Year's Knepper Lecture

    The award-winning historian Amy Greenberg will deliver the 2015 Knepper Lecture at Quaker Station 1 on Wednesday, October 28 at 6 p.m. Her topic is "A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico.” Read More»


    Prof. Gordon to Speak as Guest Historian at Andersonville Ceremony

    Prof. Lesley Gordon will speak at a ceremony at Andersonville National Historic Site to memorialize the Union soldiers who lost their lives while prisoners in the infamous Georgia camp during the Civil War. Read More»


    Santos Invited to Present Research at International Conference

    Prof. Martha Santos will present “Mothering Slaves, Labor, and the Persistence of Slavery in Northeast Brazil: A Non-Plantation View from the Hinterlands of Ceará, 1813-1884” at the University of São Paulo in September. Read More»


    Students Explore History in France

    UA students and faculty traveled to Le Mans, France this summer for an experiential learning program in Humanities and French history. Read More»


    Schutte's New Book Examines England of Queen Mary I

    In her new book, Mary I and the Art of Book Dedications: Royal Women, Power, and Persuasion (Palgrave-Macmillan), recent graduate Dr. Valerie Schutte (Ph.D., History), studies book dedications as religious and political instruments of power during the reign of Mary I of England. Read More»


    History Professor Levin Addresses Akron's Italian-American Community

    History Professor Michael Levin answers the question: "What Did It Mean to be Italian During the Italian Renaissance?" Read More»


    Kern and Thurman earn high honors from the Ohio Academy of History

    History professors Dr. Kira Thurman and Dr. Kevin Kern received major awards for research and service from Ohio's top organization for historians this month. Read More»


    Hixson's Latest Book Honored

    Dr. Walter L. Hixson's most recent book, American Settler Colonialism: A History (Palgrave-Macmillan), has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the official publication of the American Library Association. Read More»


    Book examines one of Civil War’s most disastrous units

    In 'A Broken Regiment,' author Lesley J. Gordon tells the story of common soldiers whose tales do not conform to traditional narratives of military heroism. Read More»


    Akron Ph.D. Graduate Accepts Prestigious Academic Appointment

    Maurice Labelle (Ph.D., History, 2012) has received confirmation of his new position as a tenure-track professor in Middle East History at the University of Saskatchewan. Read More»


    Profs. Wilson and Kern Rewrite Ohio History, Creating a “First-rate” Reference

    The award winning Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State by History Professors Gregory Wilson and Kevin Kern traces the state's past from prehistory to the present day. Read More»


    Wainwright Named Top Educator in Ohio

    Professor and Department of History Chair Martin Wainwright was honored with a Distinguished Teacher Award by the Ohio Academy of History. Read More»