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The study of history reveals the past, enlightens the present, and influences the future. Historians seek to understand how nations, societies, and individuals have lived and thought, and why they have behaved the way they did. Supplying the context that informs art, ideas and institutions, history illuminates all of human experience.

Trained to examine evidence carefully and evaluate received interpretations of the past, students construct their own understanding of historical processes, building arguments from primary sources, historians' writings, and appropriate theoretical literatures. In history you also write gripping narratives, empathize with the experience of people who have gone before and re-imagine past worlds.

Tufts History faculty promotes a diversity of approaches and ways of understanding the past. From the history of medicine, to labor and migrant histories, to transnational and global approaches, to the study of gender and sexuality, to histories of everyday life and material culture, courses challenge students to analyze historical material.

The Department offers a range of courses designed to meet the needs and interests of students with differing levels of preparation. General surveys (numbered below 100) cover entire periods, fields or geographic areas, while thematic courses (numbered 100 to 189) provide more specific comparative or regional perspectives. Foundation seminars, announced each semester (numbered 90 to 97), introduce undergraduate majors to the historian's craft; research seminars (numbered 190 to 197) provide them with the opportunity to practice it through a significant research project. Students interested in specialized work are encouraged to explore independent study or to consider the option of writing a senior honors thesis.

Undergraduates may adopt history as either a major or a minor concentration. The History Graduate Program offers the M.A. Degree, with the option of earning a certificate in Museum Studies, and, in a limited number of fields, the Ph.D.

Faculty Highlights:

Professor Manjapra's article in The Guardian,How the long fight for slavery reparations is slowly being won. In a suburb of Chicago, the world's first government-funded slavery reparations programme is beginning. Robin Rue Simmons helped make it happen - but her victory has been more than 200 years in the making.

Congratulations to Professor Rachel Applebaum! Her recent book, "Empire of Friends: Soviet Power and Socialist Internationalism in Cold War Czechoslovakia (Cornell University Press, 2019)" has been awarded 2020 Radomír Luza Prize for Best Manuscript in Austrian/Czechoslovak Studies in the World War II Era. The prize committee's citation: "Rachel Applebaum displays a deep knowledge of the Czechoslovak space and the "soul of the nation". She finds the right elements and highlights the most important moments which marked the changes in the attitude of Czechs towards the Soviets. Applebaum arrives at original and intriguing new interpretations; she adds a new function to the process of "normalization" and describes it as a transnational policy designed to restore the Soviet-Czechoslovak friendship after the 1968 events. She also illustrates the routinization of the obligatory Czechoslovak-Soviet friendship through interesting examples, such as the mandatory Russian learning in schools. The book draws on thorough work with archival documents from multiple countries and languages, as well as on substantial materials of press and literature to shed new light on the Czechoslovak-Soviet relationship."

Congratulations to Professor Elizabeth Foster for her book, African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church (Harvard University Press 2019), and received an honorable mention for the ISA (International Studies Association) book award on Religion and International relations.

Sonia Sotomayor and the Power of Asking Why
Tufts History Professor Peter Winn, former thesis advisor to Chief Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


Student Highlights:

History Doctoral candidate Satgin Hamrah has just published a timely article, "The Iran-Iraq War: Dark Moments In Our History And The Importance Of Remembrance," in "The Iranian."

Read a travel log written by our own Ph.D. student Tathagata Dutta, published by The Quint.


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