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  • Message to the Class of 2022

    We, the faculty and staff of the Department of History, warmly congratulate the class of 2022 on your graduation and on your truly remarkable accomplishments. We wish you joy, luck and best wishes for all your future endeavors!

  • Major in History

    History majors work closely with our nationally recognized faculty to explore the past in all its intricacies, while developing the ability to think critically and to write and speak eloquently.

  • UMass/Five College Graduate Program in History

    The UMass/Five College program grants graduate students access to the exceptional resources of five campuses to provide professional training that combines intellectual breadth and historical focus.

  • Public History

    The Public History Program at UMass Amherst aims to train graduate students to work on historical projects with a broad range of audiences and institutions, as well as to prepare them for entry level positions in museums, archives, historic preservation agencies and many other places that engage the insights and methods of historians.

  • Community Engagement

    Faculty and students in the Department of History are committed to community engagement, through public events, continuing education programs, online classes, engaged scholarship, and community-based history projects. 


Daniel Gordon Publishes New Book, "What Is Academic Freedom? A Century of Debate, 1915-Present"

July 27, 2022

Just out from Routledge Press, and available for free online, What Is Academic Freedom? A Century of Debate, 1915-Present is the latest book by UMass Amherst historian Daniel Gordon. ...

Jennifer Heuer, Gülru Çakmak Co-Edit H-France Special Issue on Race and Representation

July 13, 2022

In his essay “Where is the Orientalist Art?”, one of the contributors, Marc Gotlieb of the Clark Institute and Williams College, explored Gérôme, Jean-Léon’s 1887 artwork The Carpet Merchant,...

In Memoriam Kathryn A. Schwartz (1984-2022)

June 28, 2022

The History Department mourns the passing of our beloved colleague Professor Kathryn Schwartz, who died unexpectedly in Toulouse, France, on May 10. We will post an obituary and information on a...

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Garrett Washington

Over the past year, Garrett Washington published a book, started a podcast, and embarked upon new research while on sabbatical at Le Centre de recherches sur le Japon in France. A historian of modern Japan, women, gender, and religion, Washington is the Department of History's newest tenured faculty member. 

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