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Welcome Gabe Paquette!

Gabe Paquette joins the University of Oregon as Dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College. As a historian of early modern Spain, Portugal, and their respective empires in the Atlantic world, Paquette will become a member of the Department of History in Fall 2018.

Welcome Annelise Heinz!

In Fall 2018, Annelise Heinz joins the UO History faculty. Her research on modern American history coheres around the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality.

Welcome Lindsey Mazurek!

In Fall 2018, Lindsey Mazurek joins the UO History faculty. Her research focuses on questions of ethnicity, migration, materiality, and identification in the Roman Empire.

Alumna Angela Rothman (History, ’17) wins Undergraduate Research Award!

Angela Rothman wrote her honors thesis, “Well-Intentioned But Ineffective: A Legislative History of the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 2001,”  under the direction of History Professor Jeff Ostler.

Congratulations Vera Keller!

Our colleague in the Clark Honors College, Vera Keller and her collaborator, Anna Marie Roos (University of Lincoln), have received a grant for “Collective Wisdom: Collecting in the Early Modern Academy” from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK.

Congratulations Marsha Weisiger!

The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded a $141,000 Collaborative Research Grant to Marsha Weisiger, of the History Department, and Stephanie LeMenager, of the English Department; together, they co-direct the UO Center for Environmental Futures.

Congratulations Lisa Wolverton!

History Professor Lisa Wolverton has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for 2018-2019, in support of her project titled “Henry and Vratislav: Medieval Central Europe Transformed.”

Welcome Steve Beda!

In Fall 2017, Steve Beda joins the UO History faculty. Dr. Beda specializes labor history, environmental history, and Pacific Northwest history.

David Luebke wins book prize!

Professor of History and Department Head David Luebke has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Gerald Strauss Prize for his book, Hometown Religion: Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia.

Radical theater and revolution in the 1960s

Alumna Angela Rothman (History, ’17) has been featured in the Fall 2017 issue of CAS Cascade Magazine!

Welcome Curtis Austin!

In Fall 2017, Curtis Austin joins the UO History faculty. Dr. Austin specializes in African American history, with a focus on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, the Black freedom struggle, and the history of American race relations.

The Study of History: A Path to the Present, A Path to Change

Nick Squires (History, ’17) has been awarded a General University Scholarship to help support his post-graduate work in the College of Education.

Welcome Leslie Alexander!

In Fall 2017, Leslie Alexander joins the History faculty at the UO. Dr. Alexander specializes in early African American History, with a specific focus on political consciousness, culture, and resistance movements. Her current research project examines Black activism in the African Diaspora during the nineteenth century.

Seeing the Big Picture

Kristen Donheffner (History, ‘10) turns dense texts into bullet-point brilliance as a policy staffer for a U.S. representative.

History Major, Intelligence Officer, Teacher

As a naval intelligence officer in Iraq in 2006, Clair Wiles applied the skills she learned as a history major to discern patterns and understand cultures. The result? “Hundreds of lives saved.”

In History, a Path to Self Discovery

Paulla Santos (BA History 2016) writes that “my experience as an undergraduate history student at the University of Oregon has allowed me to embrace various aspects of my identity.”

From History Major to Circuit Court Judge

“My BA in history was outstanding preparation for the study of law,” says Karsten Rasmussen (BA History 1978), the Presiding Judge in the Lane County Circuit Court. “Critical thinking, rigorous method, and broad perspective were all actively encouraged by my undergraduate professors and these skills have served me well over my years in law practice, politics, and in the judiciary.”

From History to Wildland Fire Management

“Without the analytical skills and historical understanding of the American West that he gained as a history major,” writes Nate Barrons (BA History 2003), “I would not be as effective in my current position, nor would I enjoy the people and places to the depth and level that I do.”


How to Major in History

Click here for more information on how to major in history, as well as links to model pathways for history majors.

History Prepared Nayeon Kim for Immigrant Advocacy Work

For Nayeon Kim (BA History 2015), studying history led to a position as a legal assistant in a non-profit called Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso. She hopes one day to study law.

Brewmaster Matt Schweizer on the Benefits of a History Degree

“There’s no doubt in my mind that my history degree from the University of Oregon gave me an advantage – and helped me achieve a dream – in a way that few other majors can provide.”

Ellen Herman Cited in Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

UO History Professor Ellen Herman was part of a team of historians who filed influential amicus briefs that are cited in the Supreme Court’s historic judgment on same-sex marriage.