We have award winning faculty that are recognized for the world class scholarship they produce.

University of Nebraska is a recognized national leader in the Digital Humanities. Most recently we hosted the 2013 Digital Humanities conference, a major international forum for the specialists in the field. From Civil War Washington to the History Harvest our projects unite faculty, students and the public in the enterprise of finding new ways to investigate, preserve and present history through the digital media.

The department supports undergraduate and graduate students in all their scholarly endeavors and professional aspirations. Students develop their professional skills through a series of workshops, teacher development classes, and an interdisciplinary network of mentors and peers. The History Graduate Students’ Association hosts the annual interdisciplinary conference that featured such distinguished keynote speakers as Peter Onuf and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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 Why History


Dr. James Garza in Chicago Tribune

Dr. Garza talks about the role of Texas Villains in shaping history.

History Department Awards

On 24 April 2014, the history department held its annual awards ceremony.

New DH Project makes history

Dr. Thomas, departmental chair unveils a new digital project that shows the extensive familial bonds of African Americans.

Graduate student wins grant

Congratulations to Paul Strauss who was awarded a three month grant at Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany to conduct research for his dissertation.

Lecture on Intermarried Families in Bohemia and Moravia

“Unmixing Marriage: Czech-German, and Jewish-Gentile Intermarried Families in Bohemia and Moravia, 1938-1945"

Benjamin Frommer, Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation

Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place

Thursday, March 13, 3-5

With special thanks to UNL departments of Judaic Studies, History, Sociology, and Modern Languages and Literatures

UNL History Department hits the road!

On Saturday, February 1, the history department took part in the 2014 Big Red Road Show: Husker Cinema. The event took place at Midtown Cinema in Omaha where prospective undergraduates interacted with undergraduate and graduate history students. 

Photos from the event.

Jared Leighton wins highest award for dissertation

Jared Leighton, Ph.D. (2013), has won the Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. This is the highest honor that Graduate Studies bestows on doctoral students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Leighton's work was directed by Dr. Patrick Jones on gay and lesbian activists in the black freedom movement.

Professors J. Jones, T. Borstelmann, W. Thomas, and A. Montes also served on Jared's committee.

Jared's award-winning dissertation can be found here and the award ceremony here.

Humanities at UNL

haven’t seen funding decrease, despite global trend.