The Department of History affirms the understanding that individuals possess innate dignity, an idea underscored by the Judeo-Christian belief that all persons are made in the image and likeness of God.  Informed by the University of Notre Dame's "Spirit of Inclusion" statement (1997), the Department of History welcomes "all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, and nationality" and works to sustain an inclusive environment.


Recent News

Prof. Linda Przybyszewski Receives Grant Award

August 11, 2015

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2015) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $1.7 million in grants to enable the publication of 36 nonfiction books that will bring important humanities scholarship into book clubs and onto best-seller lists.

These are the first awards made under NEH’s new Public Scholar grant program, which was created in December 2014 as part of The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square

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Shamrock Series Academic Events to Tackle Irish History, Research on Poverty

A football game isn’t the only thing Notre Dame is bringing to Boston in late November.

As part of a weekend of events surrounding the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame’s annual home-away-from-home football game, the College of Arts and Letters will host a pair of academic conversations Nov. 20, the day before the Fighting Irish face Boston College at Fenway Park.

“Irish in America: Immigration, Religion, and Politics” will offer an interdisciplinary look at the impact of Irish immigration on American religious and political structures, as well as the role of the U.S. in the 1916 Easter Rising.

The event will also include a preview of the Notre Dame-produced television documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion, narrated by Liam Neeson, set to premiere next year.

The conversation will feature renowned experts on American and Irish history, including John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and a professor of history; Patrick Griffin, chair of the Department of History and the Madden-Hennebry Professor of History; and Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and a concurrent professor of film, television, and theatre.

The co-moderators will be Christopher Fox, professor of English and director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and Michael Cronin, academic director of Boston College–Ireland.

The discussion runs from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Salon C-D.

Later, Notre Dame economists will discuss research initiatives that aim to change the way humanitarian services help the poor both domestically and abroad.

“Combining Research and Practice to Serve the Poor” will provide an overview of the work Notre Dame faculty are doing with Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services to study how to best help those in need.

The conversation will be moderated by Mary Ann Bates, deputy director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Panelists focusing on domestic poverty initiatives include James Sullivan, the Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics and co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at Notre Dame and Heather Reynolds, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth.

Discussing their international work will be Joseph Kaboski, the David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Professor of Economics and a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; David Leege, director of university engagement and research for Catholic Relief Services; Kevin Donovan, an assistant professor of economics and faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; and the Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C, an assistant professor of political science and director of the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.

Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics Bill Evans, the chair of the economics department and a co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, will also speak at the event, which runs from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Wellesley Meeting Room.

Shamrock Series academic events are free and open to the public.

More information can be found here.

History Alumnus Published in Cold War Journal

The Department of History would like to recognize Jared McBrady (Class of 2010) for his recent publication in the Journal of Cold War Studies. In his article "The Challenge of Peace: Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, and the American Bishops," Jared discusses the dynamics surrounding the drafting of the 1983 pastoral letter on nuclear weapons policy. The article, which was published in the journal's winter 2015 edition, was originally conceived as part of Jared's senior History thesis. Congratulations, Jared!

For those who would like to read Jared's article, follow this link.

History Major Brenna Gautam Wins 2015 Yarrow Award


The Department of History would like to congratulate Brenna Gautam, a senior studying History and Peace Studies, on winning the Kroc Institute's 2015 Yarrow Award. The Yarrow Award is given annually to a peace studies undergraduate student who demonstrates academic excellence and commitment to service in peace and justice. Please join us in congratulating Brenna on this incredible honor. To learn more about Brenna, visit the Kroc Institute website.


To Alex Martin - this year’s Marc Raeff Book Prize winner, for his recently published monograph Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855.  This prize is awarded annually by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association for the best book, in any discipline or language on the history and culture of 18th century Russia.

To Prof. R. Scott Appleby on his appointment as founding dean of the forthcoming Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. The first new college at Notre Dame in nearly a century, the School of Global Affairs is set to open in August 2017. To learn more, follow this link.

History Faculty Books

"Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855"
Alexander Martin
Oxford University Press (2013)

"Rebel Mexico"
Jaime Pensado
Stanford University Press (2013)

History faculty win Joyce teaching awards

Congratulations to Brad Gregory and Jon Coleman, recipients of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


  • Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
  • Gender Studies Program
  • Institute for Latino Studies
  • Kellogg Institute
  • Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies
  • Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Medieval Institute
  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies
  • John J. Reilly Center