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.

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,...

Ananya Dasgupta will serve as a panelist at Happy Dog Takes on the World event

Professor Ananya Dasgupta, who specializes in Modern South Asian History, will serve as a panelist at the Happy Dog Takes on the World event: The Conflict over Kashmir. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at Happy Dog's location on Detroit Ave. The...

Alan Rocke contributes to New York Times article

Professor Emeritus Alan Rocke was recently quoted in a New York Times article entitled "Is It Time to Upend the Periodic Table?" written by Siobhan Roberts. Professor Rocke, who specializes in the History of Science, offered his expertise on some of the alternative forms of the periodic table that...

John Grabowski featured in Crain’s Cleveland article

Professor John Grabowski was featured in an article recently published on crainscleveland.com. The article, titled "The Transfusion Cleveland Needs," written by Mary Vanac, looks at the role of immigrants in the economic and cultural health of Cleveland. Professor Grabowski offers his expertise on the history of migrants coming to...

John Broich writes an article for The Conversation

Professor John Broich recently wrote an article titled "The difference between "left" and "liberal," - and why the voters need to know" published on theconversation.com. In the wake of the second democratic debate between the candidates for the 2020 presidential election, Professor Broich offers his historical expertise to contextualize...

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