Recent News

History Futures: A Career Conversation

On March 28 at 7:30 pm in Betts Auditorium, join the Department of History for a panel discussion with alumni. Reception to follow.

Faculty Books: March and April 2023

New books out and forthcoming by Michael A. Blaakman, Michael D. Gordin, and Max Weiss.

History Senior Austin Davis Receives Pyne Prize

Princeton University seniors Austin Davis and Ella Gantman are the recipients of the 2023 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.

The Huntington Library Names R. Isabela Morales *19 Winner of 2023 Shapiro Book Prize

The review committee for the prize described Happy Dreams of Liberty as “beautifully written and utterly engrossing” and “a work of prodigious research.”

Paris A. Spies-Gans *18 Is Pulling Women Artists into Mainstream Art History

Graduate alumna Paris A. Spies-Gans examines the role of women in the history of art in her new book A Revolution on Canvas: The Rise of Women Artists in Britain and France 1760-1830.

Behind the Research: Elizabeth Ellis Illuminates Native American Histories

Assistant professor Elizabeth Ellis, the first specialist in Native American studies to join Princeton’s history department, describes her "haphazard" path to becoming a historian and her current research projects.

History Senior Shaun Cason '23 Awarded Sachs Scholarship

The Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship is one of Princeton University's highest awards.

Medieval Studies Director Helmut Reimitz Named Medieval Academy of America Fellow

The prestigious fellowship honors major long-term scholarly achievement within the field of medieval studies. He is among 11 new fellows and two corresponding fellows elected in 2023.

Faculty Books: January 2023

Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past edited by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer
Everything Is Possible: Antifascism and the Left in the Age of Fascism by Joseph Fronczak
The King's Road: Diplomacy and the Remaking of the Silk Road by Xin Wen
Queer Career: Sexuality and Work in Modern America by Margot Canaday

Robert Tignor, Egyptologist and Historian, ‘Wonderful Mentor’ and Transformative Department Chair, Dies at 89

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton, New Jersey, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023.

‘It’s About Surviving. It’s About Continuing Our Work.’

Yana Prymachenko and Iuliia Skubytska are two Ukrainian at-risk scholars visiting Princeton this academic year following the Feb. 24 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Austin Davis, Annabelle Duval, and Johanne Kjaersgaard Receive Koren Prize

The Koren Prize recognizes outstanding departmental work during the junior year.

Corinna Zeltsman's Book "Ink Under the Fingernails" Wins Multiple Book Prizes

Ink Under the Fingernails: Printing Politics in Nineteenth-Century Mexico has been recognized by the Southern Historical Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.

New Faculty Books: November & December 2022

The Great Power of Small Nations: Indigenous Diplomacy in the Gulf South by Elizabeth Ellis
The Mirror and the Mind: A History of Self-Recognition in the Human Sciences by Katja Guenther
The Art of Discovery: Digging into the Past in Renaissance Europe by Maren Elisabeth Schwab and Anthony Grafton
Merchants of Virtue: Hindus, Muslims, and Untouchables in Eighteenth-Century South Asia by Divya Cherian
Inventing the Third World: In Search of Freedom for the Postwar Global South edited by Gyan Prakash & Jeremy Adelman

History Senior Marie-Rose Sheinerman Wins Rhodes Scholarship

At Oxford, she will pursue an MPhil in history. In her academic work, her independent research has combined her passions for history and journalism.

Burnett Guest Curates Installation at Frye Art Museum

THE THIRD, MEANING: ESTAR(SER) Installs the Frye Collection is guest curated by the research-based artist collective ESTAR(SER), with D. Graham Burnett, Professor of History and History of Science at Princeton University, and Joanna Fiduccia, Assistant Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, as project leads.

"Pushing Cool" Named Best Book of 2022 So Far by The New Yorker

The New Yorker editors and critics choose this year’s most captivating, notable, brilliant, surprising, absorbing, weird, thought-provoking, and talked-about reads.

Johanne Kjaersgaard '23 Awarded Carter Kim Combe '74 Princeton History Prize

The Carter Kim Combe (’74) History Prize recognizes the best second semester junior research paper.

Olivier Burtin *17 Has Published First Book "A Nation of Veterans: War, Citizenship, and the Welfare in Modern America"

The book explores the role played by military veterans in the growth of social policy in the mid-twentieth century United States.

Tiffany Nichols One of Twelve Scholars Named Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Tiffany Nichols joins the Department of History, where she plans to focus on the history of siting highly precise, large-scale scientific instruments. She will also explore the evolving meaning and scope of “clean-up” at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Hanford, Washington.