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 2021-2022:

Scott Levi
(Chair Scott Levi)
Chair - Scott Levi
Vice Chair - David Brakke
Graduate Studies Committee Chair/Director of Graduate Admissions - Clay Howard
Undergraduate Teaching Committee Chair - Birgitte Søland
Honors Coordinator - Robin Judd
Library Coordinator - Matt Goldish
Graduate Placement Officer - Joseph Parrott
Undergraduate Enhancement Officer - Randy Roth

Department of History Committee Chairs 2021-2022:

Graduate Studies Committee - Clay Howard
Undergraduate Teaching Committee - Birgitte Søland
Promotion & Tenure Committee - David Steigerwald
Diversity & Inclusion Committee - Stephanie Shaw
Awards & Prizes Committee - Jane Hathaway
Salary Advisory Committee - David Brakke
Workplace Climate Committee - Stephanie Smith

Department of History Centers and Other:

Center for Historical Research (CHR) - John Brooke, Director
      CHR Program - Joan Cashin, Program Chair
Goldberg Center - Nicholas Breyfogle, Director
Parliamentarian - David Stebenne
Public History Program - David Staley, Director
Origins - Nicholas Breyfogle, David Steigerwald and Steve Conn (Miami University), Editors
Undergraduate Newsletter - Ray Irwin, Editor
Building Coordinator - Rhonda Maynard
Safety Coordinator - Rhonda Maynard

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

Chip Blake (FPL)
Jennifer Eaglin (EFS)
Peter Hahn (FPL)
Bert Harrill (Unpaid leave)
Margaret Newell (SA)
Ahmad Sikainga (EFS)
Stephanie Smith (SA)
Heather Tanner (SA)
Sam White (FPL)

Spring Semester

Chip Blake (SA)
Bruno Cabanes (FPL)
Bert Harrill (Unpaid leave)
Joe Parrott (SA)
Tina Sessa (SA)
Ahmad Sikainga (EFS)
Mytheli Sreenivas (FPL)
Sam White (FPL)

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

Excused from Service Other

Jessica Delgado (WGSS AY20-22)
Mytheli Sreenivas (WGSS AY22-24)