Department of History

About the Department

The Department of History includes over 30 faculty members, 400 History majors, and more than 100 M.A. and Ph.D. students. We train executives, lawyers, politicians, educators, preservationists, and tomorrow’s historians. Rich regional resources and acclaimed research centers ensure Temple a prominent voice in global conversations about the past.

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Dissent in America Teach-Ins

Evolving from Prof. Ralph Young’s Dissent in America course, students gather to discuss the historical background to the current political situation in the world. Learn more.

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Recent News

Peter Lavelle

Welcome Peter Lavelle, Assistant Professor of History

The department is excited to welcome Peter Lavelle as an Assistant Professor of History. He received his Ph.D. in Chinese history from Cornell University in 2012. In 2013-2014, he was postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan. His research interests include environmental and agricultural history in early…
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Public-history partnership leads to full-time work for Temple graduate

Seth Bruggeman, director of Temple’s Center for Public History, has long seen Philadelphia as a living, vibrant classroom. He has sent his students to study at the Eastern Penitentiary Prison and brought a roaming, interactive museum to the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. Now, he is collaborating with the Print Center—an art gallery and education center…
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