Welcome to the Department!  

I am pleased to welcome you to the USC History Department and our website.  We are an ambitious department at an ambitious research university, and it is a pleasure to offer this brief guide to our work and our community.  Our faculty is a diverse group of talented scholars whose research and teaching explores countless facets of human history over millennia.  Our strengths as a faculty speak especially to European, Asian, American, and Latin American history, and our periods of study range from ancient to medieval history, and the early modern to the modern eras.  These fields constitute the major features of our graduate training as well; the department offers only the Ph.D degree, and we recruit and train students from all over the world.  Through a number of research and teaching institutes, we have established on-going and important collaborations with institutions such as The Huntington Library.  Our department offers a wide array of undergraduate courses ranging from small, in-depth seminars to large lecture courses and surveys. Our Honors program immerses history majors in primary research, and each year our Honors graduates produce excellent essays on the focus of their research.

Please consult the website’s faculty and graduate student pages for more information about our programs of study at undergraduate and graduate levels and for further introduction to our community of scholars.  Please feel welcome to contact me if you have questions about the department. You may make an appointment, or feel free to come by the department if you would like to meet in person.

William Deverell, Chair
History Department



History Wins Big at the Third-Annual USC Libraries Research Award!

Papers on post-World War II Beat music in Germany, the pivotal years in the early development of Los Angeles, and Life magazine’s coverage of the 1946 Calcutta riots were among the papers that won prizes at this year’s third annual USC Libraries Research Award. 

Please click here to read the full USC Lbraries article about our winners, Mahima Verma, Alexander Finkelstein, Sasha Pearce, and Emily Hodgkins.

Congratulations to our Seniors Graduating with History Honors!

Pictured from left to right: Hanna Jolkovsky, Emily Hodgkins, Sasha Pearce, Will Orr, Alexander Finkelstein, and Professor Paul Lerner.  Hannah Taylor not pictured.

Please click here to read more about our fantastic Honors students' completed theses.  We are so proud of them!

USC History and EALC faculty host a delegation of leading historians and publishers from China

The group was led by Guo Yiwen, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of China Social Sciences Press, and included Zhang Haipeng, the Director of the Association of Chinese Historical Studies and former director of the Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Bu Xianqun, the Director of the Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 

Please click here to see the full album of photos from the event. 

The Department Welcomes Edgardo Pérez Morales

Edgardo Pérez Morales is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean, studying Colombia and its early modern intersections with the Antilles and the Atlantic. After majoring in History at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Medellín), Edgardo received his MA in Cultural Studies from Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito, Ecuador) and a PhD in History from the University of Michigan.

Please click here to learn more about our new Assistant Professor of Latin American History!

"The transformation and social implications of China's underground recycling industry"

Seguing from his dissertation on Peking Opera, Joshua Goldstein of history and East Asian languages and cultures followed his passion for social justice to study the underground recycling industry in China.

To read the full article about Joshua Goldstein's research featured on USC Dornsife News, please click here.

Interview: Adam Goodman discusses his work on Mexican migration history and the U.S.

Adam Goodman is currently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at the USC. Beginning fall 2016, he will be an Assistant Professor of History and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

To read the entire interview by the Huntington-USC ICW about Adam's research, plese click here.

"Middle East expert finds Syrian Americans comprise a rich multiplicity of identities"

USC Dornsife’s Sarah Gualtieri explores the vibrant history and valuable contributions of Southern California’s thriving Syrian American community, reversing stereotypes and finding unexpected links with Latin America.

To read the entire article about Sarah Gualtieri's research  featured on USC Dornsife News, please click here.

"How Woody Guthrie was radicalized by his time in LA -- when he wasn't drawing cartoons"

Woody Guthrie is best known for his work as a Dust Bowl balladeer and protest singer.  But like many Oklahomans of the time, the singer and songwriter felt the pull of the West in the 1930's.

To read the entire article in the Los Angeles Times' about 'Woody Guthrie L.A. 1937-1941" co-authored by Darryl Holter and our chair, William Deverell, please click here.

"Scholars gain insight from the geographical movement of artifacts."

USC Dornsife historian co-edits a special issue of the academic journal Art History exploring ‘Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World’

To read the entire USC News article about Daniela Bleichmar's special issue of the scholarly journal Art History, click here.

"Gaming the past"

Brett Sheehan of history leads first-year USC students throught 200 years of Chinese economic and social history with a new course that incorporates an online role-playing game. 

To read the entire article and watch an excellent video about Brett Sheehan's class featured on USC Dornsife News, please click here.



The Department Welcomes Peter Sachs Collopy!

Peter Sachs Collopy is a historian of American science, technology, and media who received his Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. His current book project concerns how artists, scientists, and political activists used the new technology of videotape in the 1960s and 1970s, interpreting it as both a political weapon and a medium of collective human consciousness.

Please click here to learn about our newest Mellon Postdoc!

"American Identity at Sea"

A new book by Nathan Perl-Rosenthal of history and spatial sciences explores how the efforts of American sailors to establish their nationality created the first racially inclusive model of United States citizenship.

To read the entire article on USC Dornsife News about Nathan's new book, please click here.

"American Identity at Sea"

Welcome Adam Goodman!

The Department Welcomes Adam Goodman!

Adam Goodman is a scholar of migration interested in the interconnected histories of people throughout the Americas.  He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Goodman's current book project explores the rise of the deportation regime and the expulsion of Mexicans from the United States since the 1940s.

Please click here to read more about our newest Provost's Postdoc!

"Between Coercion and Resistance"

Doctoral student Sari Siegel has been awarded a leading fellowship for her pioneering research into the largely unexplored history of Jewish prisoner-physicians in Nazi camps during World War II. Sari earned a prestigious 2015-16 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellowship to further her ground-breaking studies of Jewish prisoner-physicians in Nazi Germany.

To read the entire article about our PhD student Sari Siegel featured on USC Dornsife News, please click here.

Congratulation Sari!

"Ghost Stories"

Philip J. Ethington of history and political science stirs up more than spirits with his ambitious multimedia history Ghost Metropolis — he seeks to raise and answer complex questions about how Los Angeles came to be.

To read the entire article featured on USC Dornsife News, please click here.

"California is Not About to Wither Away" 

The West has survived droughts before. With some imagination, it can do so again.  The talk these days about western water—or lack thereof—tends to line up on one of two sides of the discussion, on this or that side of the river, as it were.

To read the entire article by William Deverell featured in "Politico Magazine", click here.


USC Again Amongst Top Producers of Fulbright Fellows

The Department of History is proud to have three students with a history major or minor to receive this prestigious honor!  They are Fan Fan, Bijou Nguyen, and Vivian Yan!

To read the full article higlighting their wonderful achievments on USC News, please click here. 

Winners of the Second-Annual USC Libraries Research Award

The Department of History is proud to have two majors, Jack Merritt and Leslie Chang to win the USC Libraries Research Award! 

Please click here to read the full article featured on the USC Libraries' homepage. 

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One of the largest departments in the Humanities Division of USC's Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the Department of History is a dynamic community of undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty, with a wide variety of interests and specializations, united by our shared passion for understanding all facets of the human past.

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The faculty in the Department of History conducts research spanning the entire course of human history across every part of the globe.  Our scholars produce pathbreaking research on the cultures of the past, contribute to innovative academic collaborations, and are contributing members to the wider discipline of history.  We take this passion for new research and engagement into the classroom in a series of award-winning undergraduate programs.  Our department also trains the next generation of historical scholars in our Ph.D program.  As a teaching and research department, we also contribute to the growth of new scholarship by hosting several post-doctoral fellows every year.  As a part of our dedication to wider university and public engagement, the Department of History also hosts lectures and events for scholars and the public throughout the academic year. 

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