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.

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox quoted in USA Today Article

Professor Einav Rabinovitch-Fox recently contributed to an article published at usatoday.com titled "NASA's spacesuit issue is all too familiar for working women," written in the wake of NASA's announcement that it has to cancel plans for the first-ever all-women space walk due to a lack of spacesuits in the...

Jay Geller discusses his book on Cornell University Press podcast

Professor Jay Geller, Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History, was recently interviewed on Cornell University Press's podcast, "1869." Professor Geller spoke about his newest book, recently published by the Cornell University Press, "The Scholems," a biography of an respected middle-class Jewish Berlin family and a...

Ted Steinberg contributes to Gothamist article

Professor Ted Steinberg contributed to a recent article by Christopher Robbins for Gothamist.com to discuss New York City's history of expanding Manhattan into the East River. The article is in response to a planning document obtained by Gothamist that indicates the de Blasio administration is considering adding land to...

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox writes article for theconversation.com

Visiting Professor Einav Rabinovitch-Fox recently wrote and article for theconversation.com titled "How White Became the Color of Suffrage." Professor Rabinovitch-Fox traces the use color in early women's suffrage marches to the recent Trump State of the Union, where female members of congress wore white in homage to suffragists. The article...

Peter Shulman contributes to recent Time.com article

Time.com recently published an article looking at the history of presidential approval ratings in the wake of President Trump's near-record low rating. Professor Peter Shulman contributed to the article, discussing the origins of poll-taking and its roots in the Progressive Era's "trend toward the use of facts of figures...

Ben Vinson III awarded Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History

Professor Ben Vinson III has been awarded the 2019 Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History for his 2017 book, "Before Mestizaje: The Fontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico." The prize is awarded by the Latin American Studies Association to "an author of an outstanding book...

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