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.

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,...

John Broich publishes article in “The Conversation”

Professor John Broich recently published an article titled "Why There Is No Kurdish Nation" in The Conversation, outlining the history of Kurdish efforts to secure a nation of their own. The article was republished by Yahoo News, Irish Examiner, and The Chicago Tribune. Read the entire article here. 

John Broich fact checks Elizabeth May

Professor John Broich was quoted in a recent article published on CBC Radio Canada's website, cbc.ca titled "Elizabeth May's History Troubles." Professor Broich, who specializes in the history of the British Empire offered his expertise to fact check a recent speech May made during a campaign stop in Toronto,...

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