History asks fundamental questions about the nature of change over time. History is our collective memory; studying the past reveals the enormous complexity of the human experience and highlights the contingency of our contemporary world. Because no contemporary political, cultural, or economic issue can be understood outside of its historical context, History offers an ideal foundation for students interested in law, medicine, international relations, public policy, and women’s studies, as well as an intellectual complement for students pursuing science and engineering. Indeed, the history major at CWRU, as nationally, is traditionally one of the preferred preparatory paths for admission to law school. Thinking historically means learning how to frame complex problems, sift through multifaceted evidence, and develop carefully argued writing. Our students carry these skills far beyond graduation, pursuing careers in the professions, business, government, as well as advanced doctoral study.

Our department has a long and prestigious tradition that stretches back to the origins of Western Reserve University in 1826. Today, our faculty specialize in a range of thematic and regional subjects. We have a strong tradition in the study of social, cultural, legal, policy, and political history, which together constitutes a major component of our graduate program. Our other focus of graduate study—the history of science, technology, the environment, and medicine (STEM)—has its roots in Case’s pioneering graduate program in the history of technology in the late 1950s (the first of its kind in the United States), as well as its role in founding the Society for the History of Technology. Our department also maintains a strong international focus with faculty who specialize in European, Asian, African, and Latin American history.

Professor Einav Rabinovitch-Fox speaks with “On the Media.”

Professor Rabinovitch-Fox spoke with Bob Garfield of WNYC Studios' On the Media to discuss the long-standing media tradition of attempting to discredit outspoken women by obsessing over their clothes. Professor Rabinovitch-Fox spoke specifically about the recent criticism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "fashion choices" as an echo of similar backlash against thousands...

Exploring the History and Popularity of Cleveland’s Guardians of Traffic

John Grabowski, the Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History and editor of the CWRU-supported Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, spoke about the history of the twin Art Deco statues framing Cleveland's Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. "Exploring the History and Popularity of Cleveland's Guardians of Traffic. Images of the larger-than-life Art Deco statues above Cleveland’s Lorain-Carnegie Bridge...

$1 million gift from the Davee Foundation to fund history scholarships at CWRU

"Driven by a love of the printed word, the late Adeline Barry Davee graduated with a master’s degree in English from Flora Stone Mather College—just a year after earning a bachelor’s in the subject in 1931. Hired by her alma mater’s history department to assist its then-chair—Robert C. Binkley—she helped...

John Broich Lectures on C-SPAN for American History TV

Click here to watch John Broich's lecture, "How India and the Indian Army kept the Allies in the war," from his course WWII: How Britain Saved the World and Lost an Empire.

Renée Sentilles upcoming lecture “Tomboys and the Blossoming of Juvenile Fiction” March 29

The lecture, sponsored by the Kelvin Smith Library, will take place Thursday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room. Click here to find out more information about the event.  

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