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 2020-2021:

Scott Levi
(Chair Scott Levi)
Chair - Scott Levi
Vice Chair - Sara Butler
Graduate Studies Committee Chair/Director of Graduate Admissions - Kristina Sessa
Undergraduate Teaching Committee Chair - Bart Elmore
Honors Coordinator - Stephanie Shaw
Library Coordinator - Matt Goldish
Graduate Placement Officer - Clay Howard
Undergraduate Enhancement Officer - Randy Roth
Parliamentarian - David Stebenne

Department of History Committee Chairs 2020-2021:

Graduate Studies Committee - Kristina Sessa
Undergraduate Teaching Committee - Bart Elmore
Promotion & Tenure Committee - David Steigerwald
Diversity & Inclusion Committee - Daniel Rivers
Awards & Prizes Committee - Mytheli Sreenivas
Grievance Committee - Jane Hathaway
Salary Advisory Committee - Sara Butler
Workplace Climate Committee - David Steigerwald

Department of History Centers and Other:

Center for Historical Research (CHR) - John Brooke, Director
      CHR Program 2019-2021 - David Stebenne, Program Chair
Goldberg Center - Nicholas Breyfogle, Director
Director of Public History - David Staley
Origins Editors - Nicholas Breyfogle, David Steigerwald and Steve Conn (Miami University)
ASC Senate Delegate - Stephanie Smith
ASC Senate Delegate Alternate - Chris Reed
University Senate Alternate - Clay Howard


Faculty on Leave

Greg Anderson (FPL AU20)
Mark Grimsley (FPL SP21)
Jane Hathaway (FPL AU; EFS SP)
David Hoffmann (EFS AY20-21)
Clay Howard (FPL AY20-21)
Chris Otter (EFS)

Excused from Service Other

Jessica Delgado (WGSS AY20-22)
FPL = Faculty Professional Leave (leave
from teaching & service)
EFS = External Fellowship (leave from
teaching & service)
SA = Special Assignment (leave from
teaching only)