Faculty in History

The Department of History at the University of Chicago has a long-standing commitment to cultural and intellectual history, interdisciplinary and comparative history, and international history, while at the same time providing training in core methodologies, narratives, and sources of premodern, national, and transnational histories. In preparing their courses of study and research, students at Chicago are encouraged to consult with faculty across the department as well as across the University more generally.

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Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

Assistant Professor, History
The Scottish Enlightenment, political economy and the environment, the sciences of empire and internal colonization.

Dipesh Chakrabarty
Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College
Modern Indian social and political history, modern Bengal, Labor history, Asian studies, philosophical discourses of modernity, Marxism, poststructuralism, deconstruction and postmodernism, and postcolonial theory.

Edward Cook 
Associate Professor, History
Eighteenth-century Britain; colonial and revolutionary America; social history.

Thomas Holt 
James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History
Comparing the experiences of people in the African diaspora, particularly those in the Caribbean and the United States.

Adrian Johns 

Professor, History; Chair, Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
Early modern Britain; cultural and intellectual history of the late 16th through mid-18th centuries; history of early modern science; history of the book; intellectual piracy.

Julie Saville 
Associate Professor, History
Comparative slavery and emancipations,particularly plantation societies in the Americas; African-American history
(hemispherically conceived).

Bernard Wasserstein 

Harriet & Ulrich E. Meyer Professor in Modern European Jewish History
Modern Jewish and Middle Eastern history; politics and diplomacy of twentieth-century Europe


Alison Winter 
Associate Professor, History
British cultural/intellectual history from the late eighteenth century through the mid twentieth century, especially: issues of scientific and medical authority and expertise; history of the human sciences, especially mind and representations of the nature of human interaction; history of medicine; issues of gender in the sciences and medicine.