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From Startups to Fortune 500 Companies, History Graduates Find Success In Varied Fields

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Jimmy Bettcher '07

University of Notre Dame graduates Jimmy Bettcher ’07 and Emily Dore Yuhas ’10 are just two examples of the many ways history majors can thrive in the business world. Yuhas works for a startup technology company developing e-learning courses, while Bettcher manages corporate social responsibility initiatives at Cummins, Inc. Notre Dame history majors pursue myriad career paths, from business and investment banking to law, journalism, medicine, and politics, said Dan Graff, director of undergraduate studies in the department. Read More

Medieval History Graduate Student Awarded Rome Prize

Author: Carrie Gates

Rome skyline

David Morris, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a prestigious Samuel H. Kress Rome Prize fellowship in medieval studies by the American Academy in Rome for the 2014-15 academic year. Established in 1896, the Rome Prize is awarded annually to approximately 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the “highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.” Read More

History Professor Alexander Martin Wins Book Prize

Author: Mike Danahey

Alexander Martin

University of Notre Dame Professor Alexander Martin has been awarded the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize for Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762 – 1855. The annual prize, awarded by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association, honors the best book in any discipline or language on the history and culture of Russia during that time period. Read More

Two New Hires Bring Expertise in Chinese History

Author: Aaron Smith


Notre Dame’s Department of History has significantly broadened and deepened its coverage of China with the appointments of Elisabeth Köll and Liang Cai, two scholars “who are doing extraordinarily exciting and complementary work,” said Madden-Hennebry Professor of History Patrick Griffin, chair of the department. “These two historians enjoy established reputations in their subfields,” Griffin said. “They are also committed to teaching, and they will fit in beautifully to a department that prides itself on its scholarly and teaching prowess.” Read More

AOV Initiative Funds Strategic Hiring in Department of History

Author: Carrie Gates

The University of Notre Dame selected the Department of History as one of 10 essential research areas to receive funding through a new strategic hiring initiative—a key component in the University’s Advancing Our Vision (AOV) program. The hiring initiative, announced in December 2013, will create approximately 80 faculty positions across campus and draw on $10 million in annual funds that have been reallocated from lower-priority expenditures. Read More

Historian Catherine Cangany Explores Detroit, the Frontier Seaport

Author: Mike Danahey

Catherine Cangany

Notre Dame Historian Catherine Cangany’s first book, Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt, posits that 18th-century Detroit—600 miles inland—could be seen as a coastal town. “Detroit was the seaport of the West, located in the heart of the Great Lakes,” said Cangany, assistant professor in the Department of History. “During the 18th century, it functioned in all the ways that a larger Atlantic seaport like Boston or Philadelphia did.” Read More

Maria Rogacheva has been awarded the 2014 Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize

Author: Jeanette Torok

Maria Rogachevahas been awarded the 2014 Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize, “for an outstanding English-language doctoral dissertation in Soviet or Post-Soviet politics and history in the tradition practiced by Robert C. Tucker and Stephen F. Cohen, defended at an American or Canadian university.” For more information, see Read More

Recent Faculty Books

Author: Arts and Letters

Frontier Seaport: Detroit's Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt


Catherine Cangany

Assistant Professor

Today’s troubles notwithstanding, Detroit has experienced multiple periods of prosperity. In the late 18th century, the city was the center of the thriving fur trade. Its proximity to the West as well as its access to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River positioned this new metropolis at the intersection of the fur-rich frontier and the Atlantic trade routes. Read More

History Professor to Lead New School of Global Affairs

Author: Cody Ferrantino

The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday (Oct.1) the creation of the first new college or school at the University in nearly a century — the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. R. Scott Appleby, a scholar of global religion and a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994, will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean of the school. Read More


Author: Cody Ferrantino

R. Scott Appleby

R. Scott Appleby, John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed director of academic planning for a proposed School of International Affairs by Notre Dame Provost Thomas G. Burish, effective Aug. 1.

An International Affairs Working Group established by Burish has examined a wide array of possible initiatives and focused its report on the creation of a School for International Affairs, which the Working Group judged to have the greatest transformative potential for the University. The group recommended to Burish that he appoint an academic director to lead discussions with faculty, assess initial fundraising possibilities and explore in depth topics such as curriculum, staff and faculty hiring. Read More

Graduate Students Honored For Research

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Notre Dame’s annual Graduate Research Symposium on Feb. 27 showcased the accomplishments of Notre Dame graduate students in the Graduate School’s four divisions: humanities, social science, engineering, and science. Read More

Department of History Fosters Learning Outside Classroom

Author: Ben Horvath

Notre Dame’s Department of History is a place where undergraduates aren’t just invited to attend lectures by world-renowned visiting scholars—they also get opportunities to converse one-on-one and even share meals with them. Read More

In Memoriam: Remie Constable, Director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Olivia Remie Constable, Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, died of cancer at home Wednesday (April 16). A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1995, Constable had directed the Medieval Institute since 2009. Read More