Welcome to the Department of History

Our superb department has produced professors, lawyers, diplomats and civil servants, successful businesspeople, school teachers, military officers, fiction writers, and other professionals engaged in a myriad of pursuits in their lives and around the globe. Winners of awards in teaching and scholarship, our faculty members bring proven records of excellence to their daily collaborations with undergraduate and graduate students, and together they explore interests that span space and time. Students learn to read, think, and write critically. They come to know that ours is a small world and a big world. They grasp that humanity has the capacity to create the magisterial works hanging in the Louvre as well as the horrors of Auschwitz, or the inspiring wonder of Angkor Wat as well as the Killing Fields of Cambodia. Studying history propels our lives, whether for the purposes of entering an important and satisfying profession or for the more expansive incentive of revealing the human condition. That is our department’s job. Such is our responsibility.

Department of History
4th Floor, Bentley Annex
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Phone: (740) 593-4334
Fax: (740) 593-0259
E-mail: History.Department@ohiou.edu



Department Welcomes New Faculty: The Department of History welcomes three new faculty members to the Athens campus in Fall 2014. Assistant Professor Ziad Abu-Rish will be teaching courses in Middle Eastern history, Assistant Professor Alec Holcombe will be teaching courses in Southeast Asian history, and Visiting Assistant Professor Nicholas Osborne will be teaching courses in Early and Nineteenth-Century America.

Recent Graduate Named Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow: Justin Robe, a 2014 BA graduate with a double major in history and mathematics, was recently name a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow and will begin his graduate education at Ohio University in Fall 2014. Congratulations Justin!

Faculty Members Win College of Arts and Sciences Awards: Associate Professor Mariana Dantas has won the Dean's Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Advising Award for 2013-2014, Professor Kevin Mattson has won the Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship in the Social Sciences Award for 2013-2014, and Professor Katherine Jellison has won the Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award in the Social Sciences for 2013-2014. The awards will be presented at the College's New Faculty Welcome and Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, in Baker Center Ballroom A.

Faculty Member Wins AHRC Grant: Associate Professor Mariana Dantas and her colleague Emma Hart of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have won an International Research Network Grant from the United Kingdom's Arts and Humanities Research Council. The grant will be used in support of the "Global City: Past and Present" project, which is a network of urban scholars and professionals--such as public historians and urban planners--who explore the global city in a historical perspective through scholarly workshops, intellectual exchanges, and scholarly publications. Congratulations Professor Dantas!

Faculty Member Wins Appointment as Ping Fellow: Assistant Professor Assan Sarr was recently named an Untenured Fellow in the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities. Professor Sarr will begin his three-year term as a Ping Fellow in Fall 2014. Congratulations to Professor Sarr on this recognition of his teaching excellence and his commitment to humanities education at Ohio University.

Faculty Member Wins Fulbright Award: Associate Professor of History Brian Schoen has won a Fulbright Award to serve during the 2014-2015 academic year as the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College Dublin. Previous recipients of this honor include the late Senator George McGovern, former History Department Professor Joan Hoff, and History Department Ph.D. (1998) V. Scott Kaufman. Congratulations Professor Schoen!

Grad Students Win Student Enhancement Awards: Ohio University has awarded History Department Ph.D. students Brad Eidahl and Seth Givens each a $6,000 Student Enhancement Award to assist dissertation research. Eidahl is writing his dissertation, "Writing the Resistance: The Rise and Fall of APSI and Chile's Opposition Press," under the direction of Associate Professor Patrick Barr-Melej, and Givens is writing his dissertation, "Cold War Capital: The United States and the Fight for Berlin, 1945-1994," under the direction of Associate Professor Ingo Trauschweizer.


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