Welcome to the Stanford University Department of History

We offer innovative courses, cutting-edge research, and critical outreach to better understand the past in order to prepare for the future.

Expulsions in Medieval Europe

Professor Rowan Dorin's book, No Return: Jews, Christian Usurers, and the Spread of Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe investigates the complex history of expulsions.

Kyra Jasper named 2023 Marshall Scholar

Stanford senior and history major Kyra Jasper is a recipient of the 2023 Marshall Scholarship, which will support her graduate studies at the University of London and the London School of Economics.

Professor Sommer awarded NEH Fellowship

Professor Matthew Sommer has been awarded an NEH Fellowship for his project, Criminal Procedure in Eighteenth-Century China: The Qing Judiciary in Action.

George Orwell & Peter Stansky: Then and Now

By carefully combing through Orwell's published works, Stansky's book teases apart Orwell's often paradoxical views on patriotism and socialism.

Understanding the past, present, and future

Historians explore change over time by sifting through different forms of evidence, perspectives, and factors.

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Department Bookshelf

Check out the newest publications from our faculty members.