• Why Are We Arguing About History But Letting the Profession Die?

    by Daniel Bessner

    If nobody can expect to earn a decent living researching and writing history, then vast swaths of our past will be unknown to the future, and the history that is written will suit the whims of the rich hobbyists who can afford to do the work. 

  • 10 Podcasts for History Enthusiasts

    The hosts of these shows, including historians Nicole Hemmer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Walter Isaacson, and Erik Larson, use the past to help us understand our difficult present.

  • W. Caleb McDaniel Wins the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History

    The Pulitzer committee described McDaniel’s work as “A masterfully researched meditation on reparations based on the remarkable story of a 19th century woman who survived kidnapping and re-enslavement to sue her captor.”

  • History by Text and Thing

    by ShawnaKim Lowey-Ball

    For researchers, history is a thing we do. It is an activity, a handling of old books, a building seen from the vantage point of its past. 

  • Don’t despair if your teen wants to major in history instead of science

    by Ian Milligan

    Choosing to become a history major is a future-friendly investment. A history degree teaches skills that are in short supply today: the ability to interpret context, and — crucially — where we’ve been, so as to better understand the world around us today and tomorrow.