Welcome to the Department of History

Professor Penny Russell

Welcome to the Department of History – one of the best places in Australia to study the past and reflect on its importance to the future. Established in 1891, the department is the oldest in the country, but it is young when measured by the energy and drive of its staff.

With an impressive line-up of outstanding teachers and cutting-edge researchers, we continually review, renew and expand our curriculum, interests and skills. Each year we offer a diverse array of courses at junior, senior and advanced levels, presenting a vibrant tapestry of life in the past and new perspectives on the contemporary world. We give students a world-class education and a gateway to life beyond university: studying History with us will transform you, and it will equip you to transform the world in which you live.

You will find answers to many of your questions on our website, but often the best way to clarify a concern is to speak or correspond directly with a member of staff. We are always happy to talk to you.

Professor Penny Russell
Chair, Department of History