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November 3, 2022

New Perspectives on the Ancient World Lecture Series

Mary Jaeger, UO Classics, and Vera Keller, UO History, have developed a year-long lecture series, “New Perspectives on the Ancient World” to present a more diverse and representative account of ancient history. This series is co-sponsored by Department of History, Department of Classics, CAS, and Oregon Humanities Center.

November 1, 2022
Royal Purple and Indigo

“Royal Purple and Indigo: the Hidden Labor Behind Luxurious Dyes.” Featuring Sarah E. Bond, University of Iowa. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

November 15, 2022
“We Would Have Become Fish!”
“We Would Have Become Fish!”: Ecological Transformations and the Human-Environment Relationship in Early Imperial China. Featuring Luke Habberstad. 3:30-5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375. 

February 7, 2023
“Regional Networks and the Origins of Cities in Ancient West Africa.” Featuring Stephen Dueppen. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

March 21, 2023
Racialization within Imperial Imaginaries
“Racialization within Imperial Imaginaries: Romans, Gauls, and Vietnamese.” Featuring Kelly Nguyen. Part of the History Department Faculty Seminar and the New Perspectives on the Ancient World series. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

May 9, 2023
Featuring Ina Asim, UO Department of History. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

May 23, 2023
“Rebellion, Political Culture, and State-Building in Post-Roman Hispania.” Featuring Damian Fernandez, Northern Illinois University. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

For more information, please see Oregon Humanities Center “New Perspectives on the Ancient World” Speaker Series

New History Department Seminar Series

The Department of History is excited to present our new departmental seminar series. The schedule of speakers is listed below.

November 1, 2022
Royal Purple and Indigo

“Royal Purple and Indigo: the Hidden Labor Behind Luxurious Dyes.” Featuring Sarah E. Bond, University of Iowa. Part of the History Department Faculty Seminar and the New Perspectives on the Ancient World series. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

January 24, 2023
“Remembering, Forgetting, and Mythologizing the Native South.” Featuring Elizabeth Ellis. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

February 21, 2023
Annual Pierson Lecture
“The Work of Wisdom in a Catastrophic World.” Featuring Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

March 21, 2023
Radicalization within Imperial Imaginaries
“Racialization within Imperial Imaginaries: Romans, Gauls, and Vietnamese.” Featuring Kelly Nguyen. Part of the History Department Faculty Seminar and the New Perspectives on the Ancient World series. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

April 25, 2023
Politics of Food Power
“George Washington Carver, Tuskegee Institute, and the Politics of Food Power in the Rural South.” Featuring Camille Goldmon. History Department Faculty Seminar. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

May 9, 2023
“Reading the matrix of ritual space.” Featuring Ina Asim, UO Department of History. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

May 23, 2023
“Rebellion, Political Culture, and State-Building in Post-Roman Hispania.” Featuring Damian Fernandez, Northern Illinois University. 3:30–5:00 p.m. McKenzie Hall, room 375.

April 27, 2022

Introducing the Undergraduate Advisory Committee

Written by April Winz • April 27, 2022

The University of Oregon Department of History is delighted to announce its new Undergraduate Advisory Committee composed of five students—Julie Whitehill, Olivia Wilkinson, Isaac Kim, Tyler Mahan White, and Juan Ochoa.

The committee was established to foster more community between both the department and its students, and among the students themselves. “I felt that students in the history department have not been very well connected, and I want to work on ways we can change that,” Olivia Wilkinson said. The committee plans on creating things like newsletters and social events for students to cultivate connection.

Olivia Wilkinson

They also look forward to contributing student perspectives to influence the future of the department. “I think this committee will serve as a great opportunity for undergraduates to have a voice in the matters relating to the History Department and help to make the community a better place,” said Isaac Kim.

Isaac Kim

Tyler White hopes to give a voice to the non-traditional student demographic. Since leaving the army to pursue a degree in history, he notes that joining the committee has been a fantastic opportunity to help his peers. “The committee is dedicated to contextualizing the way intersecting aspects of identity affect a student’s ability to receive a worthwhile historical education,” he said. “There is an emphasis on inclusion and awareness of student diversity in general, and a specific desire to ensure that the History Department continues to accommodate students from all walks of life.” The committee will also be working closely with the History Department Diversity Committee to further support students.



April Winz is a communications specialist for the History Department and General Social Sciences Program at the University of Oregon.

October 28, 2021

Join the Undergraduate Advisory Committee

The University of Oregon’s Department of History is seeking five undergraduate history majors to serve as members of the Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Members of the Undergraduate Advisory Committee will report to and advise the History Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies and the History Department’s Diversity Committee on matters pertaining to equity, inclusion, and diversity among undergraduates enrolled in History Department courses. Members of the committee may also be asked to give feedback on curriculum changes, or may be asked to meet with and provide feedback on applicants for faculty positions.

This position requires between 4–5 hours of work over the course of the quarter, and terms will last the entire academic year. Students serving on the Undergraduate Advisory Committee will be compensated $100 per quarter for their work.

How to Apply

Students interested in serving on the Undergraduate Advisory Committee should send a statement of no more than 750 words that explains their interest in the position and commitment to diversity to Steven Beda, chair of the History Department Diversity Committee:

Statements are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the Department’s decision by the end of fall quarter.

January 15, 2021

Group of Professors Makes Statement: The Capitol Insurrection Was Not ‘Unprecedented’ #everythinghasahistory

Caution Tape at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.

January 15, 2021

We, the undersigned faculty and staff of the University of Oregon’s History Department, stand with activists, politicians, concerned citizens, and the larger community of historians in the United States and around the world who have condemned the mob that stormed the halls of Congress on January 6, seeking to violently prevent politicians from doing their constitutionally-mandated duty to certify the results of a democratic election. We also stand alongside those who have condemned the words and actions of President Donald Trump, who encouraged and condoned the mob. Like many, we were particularly troubled by the white supremacist rhetoric and imagery present at the rally and riot. The image of mobs wearing clothing calling for the murder of Jews and gathered around a makeshift noose—a horrific and undeniable symbol of racial violence—will forever stain our era and undoubtedly appear in future history textbooks documenting the rise of white nationalism in our time.

While many commentators have helpfully looked abroad to learn lessons for how to restore democratic norms after violent attempts to subvert election results, last week’s insurrection was the product of a much longer history of white supremacy and mob violence right here in America. Since the early-nineteenth century, populist politicians, some of whom Donald Trump has used as a model, have regularly directed peoples’ economic anxieties and social frustrations towards immigrants and communities of color. Racist populist rhetoric has then inspired conspiratorial thinkers, similar to today’s QAnon supporters who participated in the assault on the capitol, who imagine that a mysterious and non-white and/or non-Christian “they” are colluding to undermine American values and institutions. Expulsion of Native Americans from their lands, racial violence in the post-Reconstruction South, the “driving out” of Chinese immigrants on the Pacific Coast, the rise of vigilante groups like the Ku Klux Klan, xenophobic movements, the lynching of thousands of Black and Mexican Americans, violent resistance to racial integration, and anti-Muslim hate crimes after 9/11 are just a few examples of the belief, shared by many white Americans, that non-white, foreign, and non-Christian peoples were conspiring to undermine American democracy.

We hope that the events of last week will force a reckoning with this history.


Carlos Aguirre
Steve Beda
Lindsay Braun
Annelise Heinz
Ellen Herman
Julie Hessler
Vera Keller
David Luebke
Allison Madar
Jack Maddex
Nick Mahlum
Fela McWhorter
Jeffrey Ostler
Lauren Pinchin
Daniel Pope
Brett Rushforth
Arafaat Valiani
Julie Weise
Marsha Weisiger

December 3, 2020

Injustice and Resistance

Diversity Course Offerings for Winter 2021

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The fights for inclusion and equality we see in protests around the world today are rooted in historical injustices. To understand the bigger picture, take a step back into the past with these courses.

Racial Injustice and Resistance in the US

HIST 202 Building America (Ostler)

HIST 250 African American History (Cobbins-Modica)

HIST 352 US in the 1960s (Howell)

HIST 455 Colonial America (Madar)

HIST 469 Indian Removal (Ostler)

HIST 470 Black Women in the American West (Cobbins-Modica)

Gender Injustice and Resistance in the US

HIST 308 History of Women in the US (Heinz)

HIST 416 Women and the Home (Heinz)

Environmental Injustice and Resistance in the US

HIST 379 American Environmental History (Weisiger)

Global Injustice and Resistance

HIST 105 World History (Zahler)

HIST 380 Latin America to 1750 (Zahler)

HIST 388 Vietnam War (Beda)

HIST 415 Migrants and Refugees (Weise)

HIST 428 Twentieth-Century Europe (McCole)

HIST 483 Revolutions in Modern Latin America (Aguirre)


June 25, 2020

Congratulations, Bob Haskett!

Join us in offering congratulations and profound thanks to our colleague and friend, Bob Haskett, who became Professor Emeritus of History earlier this month. An internationally renowned scholar, an innovative and successful teacher and mentor, a kind and generous advisor, and an insightful leader, Bob has had a remarkably distinguished career. We are proud to call you one of our own.

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Professor Robert Haskett’s research has centered on colonial Mexico, with a special emphasis on Indigenous political organization, religious ideology, historical consciousness, and responses to colonialism. His first book, Indigenous Rulers: An Ethnohistory of Town Government in Colonial Cuernavaca, was one of the earliest books to use sources written in Nahuatl, a group of languages spoken by the Aztecs and many of their neighbors. With documents written by the supposedly “conquered” Native people of Cuernavaca, Haskett revealed the long persistence of Indigenous systems of governance, including local elections and complex political ideologies that resisted and adapted to new colonial realities. In his second book, Visions of Paradise: Primordial Titles and Mesoamerican History in Cuernavaca, Haskett explored the ways that Indigenous communities made sense of the colonial world, in political, religious, and historical terms, interpreting their place in the new colonial order as unconquered and autonomous, in part from their intellectual and religious adaptability. Haskett also edited, with Stephanie Wood and Susan Schroeder, Indian Women of Early Mexico, a landmark collection of essays that still shapes the field of colonial women’s and gender history. With work on colonial labor systems, the material culture of ritual regalia, religious martyrdom, systems of land and property, and colonial sugar production, Haskett’s oeuvre is capacious and impressive.

As a teacher, Professor Haskett was beloved of his students, both undergraduate and graduate. Teaching perennially popular classes on colonial Mexico, the Aztec and Incan Empires, religion and colonial conquest, and piracy (to name only a few), Haskett introduced students to a wide range of complex interpretive problems while bringing Indigenous history to life. As a graduate mentor, Haskett was known for being generous with his time, with his high expectations matched by his investment in his students’ success.

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Anyone who has spent time in the University of Oregon’s history department knows of Bob’s generous and tireless service. For two decades he was the face of the department with our undergraduate majors, advising thousands of students with patience and empathy. He served on countless search committees, review and tenure committees, curriculum committees, and more. His famously long emails show how much he cares about his work and how willing he always is to invest the time and care needed to address the needs of our students and faculty.

“I first met Bob when I came to campus in early 2016 for my interview. We had a short appointment scheduled in his office, which turned into an hour-long discussion of Indigenous North American ethnohistory, philology, colonialism, pirates, and women’s basketball. We got so caught up that we lost track of time, and set the rest of the day’s schedule behind. That conversation was one of the main reasons I came to UO with so much excitement. And Bob has never disappointed. As decent and gentle a person as I’ve ever met, Bob will continue to be a credit to our department for many years to come, even though he has contracted Emer-itus.”

~ Brett Rushforth, professor and Department Head

Please take some time to reach out to Bob and thank him for the many ways that, over the past thirty-three years, he has made our department better and our lives richer. He can be reached at

June 5, 2020

Group of Professors Makes Statement on Racism and Violence

A group of history professors at the University of Oregon have signed the following statement condemning racist police and vigilante violence.


June 5, 2020


Dear Community Members:

The recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police and armed vigilantes have once again highlighted the centuries-long struggle for racial equality in our country. As historians we believe it is our duty to highlight the deep roots of these struggles in order to counter the false characterization of current protests as mere riots. They are rational expressions of justifiable rage in the face of oppressors who have condemned even the most peaceful acts of protest, from taking a knee to holding a sign. And millions of otherwise complacent white Americans are paying attention.

Racist policing began as a function of slavery, continued through the era of Jim Crow, and persists to this day as a tool of white supremacy. Early slave codes also laid the groundwork for vigilante violence against Black people by authorizing white colonists and citizens to surveil Black people and, whenever they deemed it necessary, to use violence to subdue any who resisted. These practices continued through the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the horrors of systematic lynching, and, more recently, through stand-your-ground laws that justify acting violently on fears rooted in racism.

Now, as millions of Americans—especially Black Americans, but also other people of color and their allies—take to the streets to protest police violence and systematic racism, they have been met with even greater violence by militarized police forces. Emboldened by the rhetoric of white supremacy emanating from the highest levels of the US government, these officers have only escalated the violence that sparked the protests in the first place.

We, the undersigned faculty and affiliates of the University of Oregon History Department, stand in full support of the protests against police and vigilante violence that have targeted and terrorized Black people and other people of color for generations. We also support related protests against the general militarization of the police. It has been alarming to see tanks and special operations units—as well as armed ICE agents—deployed on our nation’s streets, to watch police shooting riot control rounds at people on their front porches, arresting members of the press, and gassing peaceful protesters. The presence of large numbers of armed—and almost exclusively white—prison guards in our nation’s capital, deputized as a private army of the Department of Justice, is another chilling development that sounds alarm bells to historians who have studied failed states and dictatorships. We must resist such actions by our government.

In the face of these threats, we stand unequivocally in support of all Black students, faculty, and staff—and all people of color in our community—who feel especially vulnerable at a moment when racist state violence is expanding rapidly. We insist that Black lives matter, and we pledge ourselves to the fight for the rights, safety, and dignity of all Black people, both at the University of Oregon and beyond.


In solidarity,


Carlos Aguirre

Leslie Alexander

Curtis Austin

Steven Beda

Lindsay Frederick Braun

Jamie Bufalino

Bob Bussel

Hannah Cutting-Jones

Alex Dracobly

Emily Gilkey

Bryna Goodman

Jeff Hanes

Robert Haskett

Annelise Heinz

Ellen Herman

Julie Hessler

Ocean Howell

Ryan Jones

Alan Kimball

David Luebke

Allison Madar

Jack Maddex

Nick Mahlum

Lindsey Mazurek

John McCole

Ian McNeely

Jeff Ostler

Barbara Corrado Pope

Daniel Pope

Brett Rushforth

Arafaat Valiani

Julie Weise

Marsha Weisiger

Lisa Wolverton

Stephanie Wood


Print or download the UO History Faculty Statement on Police Violence June 2020

March 12, 2020

Canceled Events

To increase social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus and protect students, faculty, staff, and the broader community, the following events have been canceled:

“From Lewis and Clark to Route 66: The Reproduction of Settler Colonial Discourse in the American West”
History Workshop with Christopher Smith, previously scheduled for March 17, 2020

“From Hindsight to Foresight: How History May Help Understand Oceans Past and Future”
Humans and the Coast Speaker Series talk with Poul Holm, previously scheduled for April 1, 2020

History Pub talk with Mark Harris
Previously scheduled for April 13, 2020. This event will be rescheduled for fall 2020.

For more information about University of Oregon operations, visit:

October 3, 2019

New Course Sequence

photo of Auschwitz

Interested in studying Nazi Germany and the Holocaust?

This year, the Department of History is offering a sequence of three upper-division courses on these topics, one each in the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. You can take any combination of them. There are no prerequisites other than instructor approval for HIST 407 in spring.

If you’re a History major, all three courses contribute to the upper-division requirement; the third satisfies the 407 seminar requirement. Combining one or both of the other courses with the spring-term 407 provides an excellent pathway to writing a well-grounded seminar paper.

Fall 2019

HIST 342, Modern Germany
Taught by John McCole
CRN 12831
MWF 10:00–10:50 a.m.

Winter 2020

HIST 443, Daily Life in Nazi Germany
Taught by David Luebke
CRN 26834
Wednesdays, 6:00–8:50 p.m.

Spring 2020

HIST 407, Holocaust & Memory
Taught by David Luebke
day and time TBA

May 21, 2019

Summer Courses 2019

Get ahead with exciting summer course offerings! This is your chance to earn credits quickly, so register now.

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History courses are offered during all three summer sessions, including online courses for those that are looking for flexible schedules or distance learning options.

We’re excited about this summer’s lineup, which range from worldwide topics like Food in World History to narrower scopes like Samurai in Film. Visit our Courses page for more details about these summer classes:

Session 1 (June 24–July 21)

History of Women in the U.S.
American Radicalism
The U.S. in the 1960s
Samurai in Film

Session 2 (July 22–August 18)

The USSR & Contemporary Russia
American West in Pop Culture
Slavery in U.S. History
U.S. Consumerism
Pacific Northwest

Session 3 (August 19–September 15)

World History II: Early Modern
Japan: Past & Present
Food in World History
The Pacific War
Sports in U.S. History

Looking to fulfill specific core or major credit requirements? Refer to our Summer Courses Group Satisfying and Multicultural Credit – Summer 2019 chart to find the right course for you.