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Courses offered by the Department of History are listed under the subject code History on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses website.

Mission of the Department of History

We live in a world shaped by the past. To make sense of the past, we must empathize with people who once thought very differently than we do today. We must learn how to see bygone lives and events on their own terms, to render the strange legible and the unfamiliar comprehensible. As a discipline, History teaches the analytical, interpretive, and expressive skills necessary to study the past and to understand social change over time.

 It might seem counterintuitive that one of the best ways to understand the present is by studying the past, but that is precisely why History is so important. When we appreciate that History is not, first and foremost, a body of knowledge – that is, a collection of names, dates, and events – but rather a way of seeing and thinking, it becomes a powerful tool for assessing contemporary challenges and promoting social change. Once we know how to penetrate different modes of thought and human behavior and can understand their inner logic, it becomes easier to make sense of the contemporary world, its diverse peoples and ideas. Studying history cultivates a crucial set of skills that help navigate not only the past, but the present as well.

Degrees Offered

The Department of History offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Graduate Programs in History

The primary goal of the Stanford Department of History's graduate program is the training of scholars. Most students who receive doctorates in the program go on to teach at colleges or universities. Other students have obtained positions in university administration and research.

History Course Catalog Numbering System

History Course Catalog Numbering System


Introductory Seminars:Freshman/Sophomores

Sources and Methods Seminars



Research Seminars and Workshops

International, Global, Thematic

4N, 44Q, 95N


1B, 64, 102, 103D,F, 105C, 106A,B, 107

201A, 202A,B,G, 203,B,C, 204,C,E,G, 206,206A, 207C, 208C, 243G, 301A, 302A,B,G, 303,303B,C,F, 304,C,G, 305, 306A, D, 307C,E, 308C, 343G, 399A

306K, 401A

Ancient and Medieval Europe



207F, 215K, 307F

Early Modern and Modern Europe

33S, 38S

110B, C, 131A, 133A, 134A

230C, 231G, 232A, 233, 331G, 332A, 333

326A, 430, 433A, B, 438

Eastern Europe, Russia, Eurasia




221B, 224A, 228, 321A, 328

424A, B

History of Science

41Q, 44Q


130A, 140, 144

208A, 232F, 308A, 332F


48N, 48Q

145B, 147

445A, B

United States

36N, 41Q, 50K, 60N

71S, 74S, 76S

64, 130A, 150A, B, C, 151, 158C,159, 161, 166, B, 167A

201, 203C, 251G, 252B, 253D, 256, G, 257C, 258, E, 260, 261G, 262A, E, 269, 301, 303C, 351B, C, E, 356, 358, 369


Latin America




471A, B

Middle East

181B, 182C, 187

281B, 284, F, 288, 381, B, 384, F


Jewish History





191B, 192, 195, C, 196, 198

290E, 292, D, 297, 390E, 391B, 392, D, 396D, 397

491A, B, 494C


Emeriti: (Professors) Barton J. Bernstein, Joel Beinin, Albert Camarillo, Clayborne Carson, Peter Duus, Terence Emmons, Estelle Freedman, David M. Kennedy, David Holloway, Carolyn Lougee Chappell, Peter Paret, Jack N. Rakove, Richard L. Roberts, Paul A. Robinson, James J. Sheehan, Peter Stansky, Lyman P. Van Slyke, Richard White; (Senior Lecturer) Joseph J. Corn

Chair: Caroline Winterer

Vice Chair: Jun Uchida

Director of Graduate Studies: Amir Weiner

Director of Graduate Teaching: Zephyr Frank

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Fiona Griffiths

Honors Director: James P. Daughton

Professors: Keith M. Baker, James T. Campbell, Gordon Chang, Robert Crews, David R. Como, Paula Findlen, Zephyr Frank, Estelle Freedman, Fiona Griffiths, Stephen Haber, Gabrielle Hecht, Nancy S. Kollmann, Mark E. Lewis, Thomas S. Mullaney, Norman M. Naimark, Robert Proctor, Jessica Riskin, Richard L. Roberts, Aron Rodrigue, Priya Satia, Walter Scheidel, Londa Schiebinger, Matthew H. Sommer, Kären E. Wigen, Caroline Winterer, Steven J. Zipperstein

Associate Professors: Jennifer Burns, James P. Daughton, Allyson V. Hobbs, Ana Raquel Minian, Yumi Moon, Laura Stokes, Jun Uchida, Amir Weiner, Ali Yaycioglu

Assistant Professors: Nora E. Barakat, Joel Cabrita, Rowan Dorin, Jonathan Gienapp, Destin Jenkins, Kathryn Olivarius, Steven M. Press, Partha Pratim Shil, Mikael D. Wolfe 

Courtesy Professors: Gregory Ablavsky, Rabia Belt, Giovanna Ceserani, Daniel Edelstein, Lawrence Friedman, Amalia Kessler, Emily J. Levin, Kathryn Gin Lum, Reviel Netz, Richard P. Saller, Kathryn Starkey, Fred Turner, Sam Wineburg

Senior Lecturers: Katherine Jolluck, Martin W. Lewis

Lecturer: Gil-li Vardi

Graduate Advising Expectations

The Department of History is committed to providing academic advising in support of graduate student scholarly and professional development. When most effective, this advising relationship entails collaborative and sustained engagement by both the adviser and the advisee. As a best practice, advising expectations should be periodically discussed and reviewed to ensure mutual understanding. Both the adviser and the advisee are expected to maintain professionalism and integrity.

Faculty advisers guide students in key areas such as selecting courses, designing and conducting research, developing of teaching pedagogy, navigating policies and degree requirements, and exploring academic opportunities and professional pathways.

Graduate students are active contributors to the advising relationship, proactively seeking academic and professional guidance and taking responsibility for informing themselves of policies and degree requirements for their graduate program.

Upon enrolling, all students plan their work under the direction of a faculty member designated by the Department as their adviser. Entering students should meet with their adviser to discuss the selection of courses, choice of major and secondary fields, and the overall plan of their graduate programs. Faculty advisers and graduate student advisees meet at least once a quarter to assess the advisee’s course of study, performance over the past quarter, and plans for the next quarter’s program of study. Students should consult with their advisers on all academic matters. Faculty should help their advisees plan for orals, research grant applications, research projects, and the dissertation. Until a student is advanced to candidacy, the Director of Graduate Studies reviews the student's quarterly transcript and the adviser's evaluation. 

Normally the original adviser remains in this capacity during a student’s period of graduate study. However, in the event that a student wishes to change the admitting adviser, they may do so after consultation with and approval of the two faculty members involved. The necessary forms are available from the Graduate Program Coordinator.

The Director of Graduate Studies supervises the Graduate Program in the Department. The Director’s duties include approving the committees for the University oral examination, dissertation prospectus, and dissertation, certifying graduate students’ progress to degree and completion of University and Departmental requirements, and chairing the Department’s Committee on Graduate Studies.

For a statement of University policy on graduate advising, see the "Graduate Advising" section of this bulletin.