Department of History
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Department of History at the University of Sydney. Established in 1891, the department is the oldest in Australia, but it is a young place too. We teach, and learn from, outstanding students as they begin to make their way in the world. And in recent years we have been lucky enough to recruit a large number of exceptional new lecturers trained at some of the world's greatest universities. They complement a group of established scholars of distinction, including two Australian Research Council Laureate Fellows.
We write and teach on a wide variety of time periods and national or regional settings, with particular strengths in American, Australian, European, and Chinese history. Some of us study culture and some politics; many of us work in the areas of international and transnational history that have energized and transformed the study of the past in recent times. One unifying thread is a curiosity about ideas in action – that is, how ideas and ideals were developed, challenged, lived with in particular situations. How were concepts of freedom tested in practice by African Americans in nineteenth-century U.S. cities? By diplomats and international lawyers? By indigenous people navigating the judicial system? By artists? By hackers? (To cite examples from courses we’ve taught in the past few years.)
Each year we offer a rich array of courses, and we continually review and renew our curriculum. Many of our staff have won awards for their teaching as well as their research. We are committed to giving our students a world-class education and a gateway to life beyond university.
You'll find answers to many of your questions on our website, but often it's better to get in touch with a staff member directly. We're always keen to talk to you.
Professor Chris Hilliard
Chair, Department of History
There has been a change to the speaker for HoM for 3 April
The speaker will now be Andres Rodriguez (History/University of Sydney)
Listening to Minorities: Citizenship and Ethnic Representation in Early Post-War China (1945-49)
Dirk Moses from the Department of History (with Federico Finchelstein and Pablo Piccato) has co-written an op-ed piece for the Washington Post on what the two presidents have in comman and why it should worry us.
Laureate Research Program in International History Postdoc Dr Natasha Wheatley takes up position at Princeton
Congratulations to Dr Natasha Wheatley, a current Laureate Postdoc who leaves us soon to take up a tenure-track assistant professorship in Modern European History in the Department of History at Princeton University.
Dr Wheatley is an alumna of the University of Sydney History department and Columbia University. She is the third Laureate postdoc to have won a prestigious academic position, on the heels of Dr Philippa Hetherington who took up a lectureship at University College London in late 2015, and recently won the British Academy’s Rising Star Award, and Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson who is now a fully-fledged member of the Sydney History Department. Our congratulations too to the Laureate Junior Research Fellow, Dr Anne Rees, who has just taken up a La Trobe University postdoctoral fellowship.
The Learning Centre provides resources for students to build and extend the skills they need for study and research at university. Places are limited, so make sure you register online.
Express notice: save the date!
Aviation Cultures Mk III: Airspaces, Mobilities, Identities
The University of Sydney
27–29 April 2017
Global Warming and the Mass Bleaching of Corals - 31 March 2017