History is a way of understanding the whole of the human condition as it has unfolded in time. Without history, nothing makes sense, from the meaning of words to the formation of identities, to institutions, states, and societies. History straddles the boundary between the social sciences and humanities. Like the other social sciences, it has established methods of investigation and proof, but it differs from them in that it encompasses, potentially, every area of human culture from the beginning of recorded time. Like the other humanities, it uses ordinary language and established modes of telling its stories, but it is constrained by evidence left us from the past.

The History Department is home to a distinguished group of scholar-teachers whose work ranges from the medieval to the post-modern, from the Middle East to the Midwest, from gender and sexuality to science and economics, from micro-history to world history.  

On May 26, 78 members of the Class of 2018 were inducted into Wesleyan’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest national scholastic honor society. The Wesleyan Gamma Chapter was organized in 1845 and is the ninth-oldest chapter in the country.

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It’s No Downton Abbey, but It’s Just as Much a Part of English History


Jennifer Tucker is a professor of environmental history and photography in modern British society and culture, the author of Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science(2006) and series editor of Photography/History: History/Photography at Bloomsbury Academic Press in London. She is Associate Professor of History at Wesleyan University and Image Editor of the History and Technology journal. She is doing research in northwest Britain for a new book about the role of photographic evidence in nineteenth-century environmental law. read more

Interview with Jennifer Tucker about her colloquium talk to the Johns Hopkins Graduate Program in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology


Allegra Ayida '18 presented a portion of her history thesis titled "Three Olus: Symbolism and Exchange in the Early Modern History of the Warri Kingdom, 1597-1653," at the Greater New York Area African History Workshop on March 2, 2018, hosted by Columbia University.

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