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.

Aviva Rothman in Physics Today

Assistant Professor Aviva Rothman, who specializes in the History of Science, recently published an article in Physics Today titled "Johannas Kepler's pursuit of harmony." The article focuses on the ways that Kepler connected his musical and cosmological vision of harmony to the harmonious interaction of humans on Earth during a...

Naomi Rendina featured in American Historical Association article

Ph.D. candidate Naomi Rendina recently offered her perspective in an article published in the American Historical Association's (AHA) online newsmagazine Perspectives on History titled "Kids and Conferences: Balancing Parenthood and Professionalism." Rendina spoke about her experience navigating the logistics of parenthood in the professional academic world. Read the entire...

Alumnus Jesse Tarbert makes Contingent Magazine’s list of notable articles

Jesse Tarbert, who received both his Masters in History and his Ph.D from Case Western University, recently made Contingent Magazine's list of notable articles published in 2019. Tarbert's article, titled "The Quest to Bring 'Business Efficiency' to the Federal Executive: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Civil Service Reformers...

Daniel Cohen featured in Times Union article

Professor Daniel Cohen was recently featured in an article published on timesunion.com. The article explores the conviction of Whiting Sleeting, who was hanged for committing the murder of the first police officer in the nation to be killed in the line of duty. Professor Cohen offered his expertise on...

Professor John Broich in “History Today.”

Professor John Broich has a piece published in the upcoming December 2019 issue History Today. An excerpt of the piece, titled "The Studious Resistance of Marc Bloch," can be read here.

Meet Professor Ananya Dasgupta

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to join the Office of Multicultural Affairs for the next installment of its Faculty Focus series. The next event will feature Ananya Dasgupta, assistant professor of history, Monday, Nov. 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Sears Library Building,...