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We are pleased to welcome visiting scholars to spend time in our department. Eligible persons include persons who hold PhDs in history, live in Western Massachusetts, and do not have regular academic appointments, as well as historians visiting the area short-term. 

To inquire about becoming a visiting scholar, a letter of application to the chair is required. In the letter, you should describe your interests and plans. If applicable, note the faculty member(s) you would like to be working with or whose classes you would like to attend. With your letter, please also include a curriculum vitae and a sample paper or publication. Please also ask one scholar who knows you well to send a letter of recommendation. Be sure to mention any previous contact with one of our faculty in your application letter.

If we are able to accept your application and invite you to spend time here, you should know that our resources are limited. The University will provide you with an email account and library access. If you need reliable access to a computer for writing or research, you should make plans to bring one or buy it here. You would, of course, be welcome to attend our research seminars and colloquia during your stay. 

Visiting scholar applications should be sent by post or email to the following address:

Anne Broadbridge, Chair
Department of History, Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003, USA


Questions about becoming a visiting scholar may be directed to Professor Broadbridge.

Current Visiting Scholars

  • Guillaume Aubert
  • Matthew Barlow
  • Susan Berglund
  • Laurie Block
  • Justin Jackson
  • Laura Miller
  • Lynda Morgan
  • Donna Patterson
  • Elizabeth Sharpe
  • Robert Weir

Recent Visiting Scholars (not a comprehensive list)

  • Jorell Melendez-Badillo
  • Cristina Scheibe Wolff (Fulbright Chair of Brazilian Studies, Fall 2017)
  • Parul Srivastava (Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow, 2020-2021)