Welcome to the Department of History at the University at Albany.

Our undergraduate program prepares students for careers in fields as diverse as law, education, religion, journalism, business, and government. Our graduate programs prepare students for careers in higher education, secondary-school teaching, museums, history and media, and public policy.

Some of America’s most influential leaders were trained as historians. What explains their success? It’s simple. Historians learn to be careful problem-solvers and clear communicators. They learn to analyze evidence and differentiate the stuff that matters from the noise that doesn’t. In short, the study of history translates into diverse career options in high-paying fields.


Department News

Distinguished History Department Graduate to Lecture in Albany

UAlbany History graduate David Pietrusza will give a lecture titled "Washington on the Hudson The Road to the White House Runs Through Albany More Than You Think!” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 at the University Club of Albany. Pietrusza has written or edited over three dozen books on baseball, Presidents and elections. His work has been compared to that of H.L. Mencken, Eric Larson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough and Tom Wolfe. Click here for more information.

Professor Emerita Iris Berger Wins “Distinguished Africanist" Award

Congratulations to History Professor Emerita Iris Berger, winner of the African Studies Association’s Distinguished Africanist award, given each year "to recognize a scholar who has a long record of important contributions to their respective field of African studies and service to the Africanist community." Professor Berger’s work on the historical agency of women in Africa helped to transform the field. As Susan Gauss, a faculty member in the UAlbany History Department from 2003 to 2016 and now Chair of the Latin American and Iberian studies department at University of Massachusetts Boston noted, “Iris is not only a preeminent scholar of African studies and women’s history, she has also been a mentor and inspiration to countless other scholars, faculty members and students for over four decades. Her path breaking scholarship and leadership at UAlbany and in professional organizations around the world have fundamentally transformed the opportunities available for future generations both at UAlbany and beyond.” Professor Berger is the sixth woman to hold the award since 1984. Click here to read more.

Doctoral Candidate Nate Moir Publishes Article

Congratulations to History doctoral candidate Nathaniel L. Moir who recently published “Bernard Fall and Vietnamese Revolutionary Warfare in Indochina" in the peer-reviewed journal Small Wars & Insurgencies. Click here to read the article.

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