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The History Department at the Ohio State University aspires to distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service. As a top-tier department in an eminent public university, we seek to advance the highest standards of our discipline. Because we believe that research inspires great teaching, our mission is to promote the finest historical scholarship, and to offer both graduate and undergraduate students the most rigorous and intellectually challenging education. Espousing the values of a diverse and collegial community of historians, we explore connections across areas, eras, and themes. We strive to provide comprehensive and challenging understandings of the complexity of the human past to audiences across the state, the nation, and the world at large. Learn more about our department's inner workings by reading our Pattern of Departmental Administration.
 
Originally formed in 1879 as the Department of History and Philosophy, our department has a long and varied history. In 1969, Francis P. Weisenburger wrote, "A Brief History of Our Department," which outlines our early years. 
 
Among other awards, the following faculty have won the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
 
2018 -- Greg Anderson
2018 -- Bart Elmore
2015 -- Robin Judd
2013 -- David Hoffmann
2012 -- Hasan Kwame Jeffries
2011 -- Nicholas B. Breyfogle
2011 -- Scott Levi
2009 -- Randolph Roth
2009 -- David H. Steigerwald
2006 -- Geoffrey Parker
2005 -- Mitchell Lerner
1998 -- Mark Grimsley 
 

Department of History Officers 2022-2023:

 
Scott Levi
(Chair Scott Levi)
 
Chair - Scott Levi
Vice Chair - Alice Conklin
Graduate Studies Chair - Clay Howard
Undergraduate Studies Chair - Birgitte Søland 
Honors Coordinator - Robin Judd
Lecturer Liaison - Jim Harris
Library Coordinator - Matt Goldish
Graduate Placement Officer - Lydia Walker
Undergraduate Enhancement Officer  - Randy Roth
Diversity Resource Officer - Hasan Jeffries
Grievance Resource Officer - Birgitte Søland 
 

Department of History Committee Chairs 2022-2023:

 
Graduate Studies Committee - Clay Howard
Undergraduate Teaching Committee -  Birgitte Søland
Promotion & Tenure Committee - Greg Anderson
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee - Thomas McDow
Awards & Prizes Committee - Peter Hahn
Salary Advisory Committee - Alice Conklin
Workplace Climate Committee - David Hoffmann
 

Department of History Centers and Other:

 
Center for Historical Research (CHR) - Sara Butler, Director 
      CHR Program - John Brooke, Chair
Goldberg Center - Nicholas Breyfogle, Director
Parliamentarian - David Stebenne
Public History Program - David Staley, Director
Origins - Nicholas Breyfogle and Steve Conn (Miami University), Editors
Undergraduate Newsletter - Ray Irwin, Editor
Building Coordinator - Office Associate TBA
Safety Coordinator - Office Associate TBA
 

College and University Senate:

 
ASC Senate Delegate - Randy Roth
ASC Senate Delegate Alternate - Ousman Kobo
University Senate Delegate - N/A
University Senate Alternate - N/A

Faculty on Leave


Autumn Semester

Elizabeth Bond (FPL)
David Brakke (EFS)
Tina Sessa (EFS)
Ying Zhang (EFS)


Spring Semester

Elizabeth Bond (FPL)
David Brakke (EFS) Bruno Cabanes (FPL)
Theodora Dragostinova (FPL)
Tina Sessa (EFS)
 

FPL = Faculty Professional Leave (leave from teaching & service)
EFS = External Fellowship (leave from teaching & service)
SA = Special Assignment (leave from teaching only)