Historians in the News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • Norma Basch, pioneer in legal history, has died

    Basch remained a feminist, both personally and professionally, throughout her life, inspiring students, colleagues, and other scholars with the acuity of her insights and analysis and the passion of her commitment.

  • Finally some good news for history grads

    Students who majored in history tend to earn more than graduates from other humanities programs.

  • Historians issue statement in support of European migrants

    The statement was initiated by Dr. Jan Kunnas from Finland but currently working at KTH in Sweden and Dr. Viktor Pàl from Hungary but currently working at WU Wien in Austria, as a response to their frustration with the xenophobic discussion in their countries unleashed by the current influx of refugees.

  • Intellectual historians to gather in October

    Judging by the number of alarmist recent articles about the decline of the humanities, it seems apparent that they are embattled. But judging by the program of the upcoming Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) conference, they have never been better.

  • German Art Historian to Head the British Museum

    Art historian Hartwig Fischer to take charge at the London musuem – second-most visited in the world after the Louvre in Paris and most popular visitor attraction in Britain

  • Japanese University Humanities and Social Sciences Programs Under Attack

    by Jeff Kingston

    Japanese government officials are concerned that Japans universities don’t come out well in international rankings and apparently believe that focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is the fastest way to catapult more universities into the top 100 world rankings.

  • Sean Wilentz responds to his critics

    by Matthew Pinsker

    Critics have argued that in a recent NYT op ed Wilentz glossed over the pro-slavery dimensions of the 1787 Constitution. His response?