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

Prof. Carl Bon Tempo Explains Immigration for "Meet the Press”

History Professor Carl Bon Tempo recently discussed the history America’s asylum policies on the “1947: Meet the Press" podcast with Chuck Todd. An expert on American immigration, Professor Bon Tempo is author of Americans at the Gate: The United States and Refugees during the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2008). To listen to Professor Bon Tempo’s interview, visit: nbcnews.to/2titSgC

History Department Graduates New PhDs

Congratulations to History Doctoral Graduates (L to R) Stacy Veeder, Erica Nuckles, June Maston, and Josie Madison who graduated on May 19. Well done!

History Doctoral Program Alum Wins Gilder Lehrman Institute Fellowship

Congratulations to History Doctoral Alum Susan Goodier, who was one of ten Gilder Lehrman Institute Fellowship winners. Dr. Goodier is writing a biography of Louisa Matilda Jacobs (1833-1917), daughter of Harriet Jacobs, the author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The Gilder Lehrman Institute will fund her research at various archives in New York City.

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