IU's Department of History is an active participant in the "Prepared for Environmental Change," the interdisciplinary project that recently received a multi-million dollar IU Grand Challenge grant. Carmony Chair and professor Eric Sandweiss heads the project's Human Communities team, which will study Indiana's people--past and present--in an effort to assess the human impact of environmental change. In addition to adding to our understanding of Hoosier culture, this work helps other project scholars to work with the public in building resilient communities in the face of ongoing challenges to our supply of soil, water, air, and natural resources.
Working with the new IU Environmental Resiliency Institute, History is now searching for an accomplished postdoctoral research fellow to help spearhead this research, and will also award several research assistantships to incoming students who will join the project in fall 2018. In 2020, the department will benefit from the addition of a faculty-level environmental historian, whose presence will add further to our existing expertise in this area.
Peter Guardino's new book, The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War, rewrites the history of the war by repositioning Mexicans and U.S. as loyal citizens equally committed to a national identity but with an unequal balance of economic power that tipped the scales toward the U.S.See more faculty awards + publications
Meet Lauren Meadows, an Indiana University-Bloomington sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, whose major in history combines her interests in history and politics in preparation for a potential career in law.
"In reality,a thorough understanding of what it takes to craft good public policy requires a willingness to look to the past and ask ourselves, ‘what went wrong?’"Meet our current students
Stephanie Huezo, Ph.D. candidate in Latin American History, won the John H. Edwards Fellowship for 2016-17 and IU's 2015-16 Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship, which honors Won-Joon Yoon, a young and bright Korean graduate student at Indiana University who was a victim of extremist violence.
"History, and oral history interviews in particular, have helped me think about the silences. What people don't say actually tells a story. What was their moment of silence about?"Read about the IUB history graduate experience
The College of Arts + Sciences