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Emeriti: (Professors) Barton J. Bernstein, Carl N. Degler, Peter Duus, Terence Emmons, Harold L. Kahn, David M. Kennedy, George H. Knoles, Richard W. Lyman, Mark Mancall, Peter Paret, Paul A. Robinson, Paul Seaver, James J. Sheehan, Peter Stansky, David B. Tyack, Lyman P. Van Slyke; (Senior Lecturer) Joseph J. Corn

Chair: Kären Wigen

Professors: Keith M. Baker, Joel Beinin, Albert Camarillo, James T. Campbell, Clayborne Carson, Gordon Chang, Paula Findlen, Estelle Freedman, Stephen Haber, Tamar Herzog, David Holloway, Nancy S. Kollmann, Mark E. Lewis, Carolyn Lougee Chappell, Ian Morris, Norman M. Naimark, Robert Proctor, Jack N. Rakove, Richard L. Roberts, Aron Rodrigue, Richard P. Saller, Londa Schiebinger, Richard White, Kären E. Wigen, Caroline Winterer, Steven J. Zipperstein

Associate Professors: David R. Como, Robert Crews, James P. Daughton, Zephyr Frank, Sean Hanretta, Jessica Riskin, Matthew H. Sommer, Amir Weiner

Assistant Professors: Allyson V. Hobbs, Aishwary Kumar, Yumi Moon, Thomas S. Mullaney, Priya Satia, Edith Sheffer, Laura Stokes, Jun Uchida, Ali Yaycioglu

Courtesy Professors: Giovanna Ceserani, Daniel Edelstein, Lawrence Friedman, Leah Gordon, Avner Greif, Amalia Kessler, Larry Kramer, David F. Labaree, Reviel Netz, Walter Scheidel, Sam Wineburg, Gavin Wright

Senior Lecturers: Katherine Jolluck, Martin W. Lewis

Acting Assistant Professor: Arie Dubnov

Lecturer: Robert Fredona, Margo Horn, Patrick Iber, Jamie Kreiner, Carol McKibben, Zeb Tortorici, Leandra Zarnow

Department Office: Building 200, Room 113

Mail Code: 94305-2024

Phone: (650) 723-2651

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Courses offered by the Department of History are listed under the subject code HISTORY on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.


History courses teach the analytical, interpretive, and writing knowledge and skills necessary for understanding the connections between past and present. History is a pragmatic discipline in which the analysis of change over time involves sifting the influences and perspectives that affect the course of events, and evaluating the different forms of evidence historians exploit to make sense of them. Teaching students how to weigh these sources and convert the findings into persuasive analysis lies at the heart of the department's teaching. Graduates with a History major pursue careers and graduate study in law, public service, business, writing, education, and journalism.


The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of what it means to think historically: locating subjects in time and place and being sensitive to the contingencies of context and to change over time.
  2. critical and interpretive thinking skills using course's primary source materials.
  3. the ability to identify different types of sources of historical knowledge.
  4. analytical writing skills and close reading skills.
  5. effective oral communication skills


The Department of History offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Arts, coterminal Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Graduate Programs in History

The primary goal of the Stanford Department of History's graduate program is the training of scholars. Most students who receive doctorates in the program go on to teach at colleges or universities. Other students have obtained positions in university administration and research.

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