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The Department of History exemplifies Dickinson in the way it covers the world beyond our shores; students may study the regional histories of Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, or they may explore the diversity of American history.  Further, our courses explore a wide variety of approaches that include the history of gender, empires, the environment, medicine, migration, religion, and diplomacy and war in national, comparative, and global contexts.

History majors work closely with the faculty to develop research skills, regularly making use of the rich resources of Dickinsons Archives & Special Collections, the nearby U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and the Cumberland County Historical Society.  Our newest course to make extensive use of such resources is History 205, Public History, which teaches students about the ways history can be put to work in the world and made relevant and useful in the public sphere.

Contact Info


Emily PawleyAssociate Professor of History

Department Coordinator

Madeline BrownAcademic Department Coordinator






219B, Denny Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • United Way of the Midlands
  • JET Program
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Temple University
  • Archaeological Testing and Consulting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Peace Corps
  • The Fulbright Program
  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Hudson Legal Group
  • SITE Program Lombardia
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • The Democracy Collaborative
  • National Consumer Law Center

Graduate Schools:

  • Yale Law
  • New York University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Connecticut
  • Columbia University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • George Washington University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Virginia
  • Harvard University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University Law
  • Tufts University
  • USC
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • City University London
Where Students Have Interned
  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Organization
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Postal Museum
  • Port Jefferson Historical Society
  • U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
  • U.S. Army War College - Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • Dickinson College House Divided project
  • Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
  • U.S Army Heritage & Education Center
  • Art Institute of Chicago

Student Perspective

"The opportunity to mingle with professors and students within the department no matter what concentration or focus you are interested in. The history department really fosters an amazing community of colleagues and students who are there to support one another and bond over our shared love for history."

— Kaileigh McNellis '23

History News

Enlivening the Present Moment

Enlivening the Present Moment

Assistant Professor of History Say Burgin uses the past as a lens to examine who we are and who we'll become.

History Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

History Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

History majors secure jobs with Americorps GO Foundation and National Community Civilian Corps.

The (Red) Devil Wears Prada

The (Red) Devil Wears Prada

There are fascinating lessons sewn into fashion. Researching in Italy, students explored the culture, history, politics and ethics of Italian fashion, from fast fashion to couture.

Dickinson Alumnus Shares Research on Race and Policing in New York City

Dickinson Alumnus Shares Research on Race and Policing in New York City

Matthew Guariglia '12, senior policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will discuss his new book, “Police and the Empire City: Race and the Origins of Modern Policing in New York.”

Dickinson to Host Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, One of Time

Dickinson to Host Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, One of Time's 100 Most Influential People

Nyirumbe will deliver lecture addressing the effects of gender-based violence and how to find hope.

Power of Perseverance

Power of Perseverance

When injuries shortened his collegiate football career, Henry Booth ’25 found a different way to contribute to the team. His story also includes a powerfully meaningful internship.

Organizing your Own by Say Burgin book cover

Newest Faculty Book Publication

Congratulations to Say Burgin (Assistant Professor of History) on her new book Organizing Your Own: The White Fight for Black Power in Detroit, which was recently published by NYU Press! The book is a fascinating history of white solidarity with the Black Power movement.


Alumni Spotlight

APRIL 2024: 

Congratulations to Dickinson History Dept alum Elizabeth Price ’22, who will be starting a graduate program in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison next term!  Elizabeth, who was a double major in History and Russian while at Dickinson, will be researching Soviet involvement with African wars of liberation and anti-colonial movements, interests she developed in Dickinson classes with history professors Jeremy Ball and Karl Qualls.