Welcome to the Rice University History Department! We are a community of scholars and students passionate about understanding the past. In the History Department, Rice students study with accomplished scholars in small classroom settings. Our faculty enjoy teaching, and many have been recognized with awards for exceptional teaching. The skills learned in history courses—how to sift through enormous amounts of information, how to read texts critically, how to write effective prose—are broadly applicable to many fields and careers.
Students who love history and who want the freedom to explore the past widely should consider majoring in history. Gifts to the department from alumni and friends offer history majors opportunities for travel and research. An honors’ program allows students to conduct original research and to write a thesis. The director of undergraduate studies is Lisa Balabanlilar.
The graduate program accepts exceptionally motivated students who are interested in studying the history of the America South, the Atlantic World, Latin American History, the Middle East, Trans-national Asia, and the U.S. and the World. The unique dual degree program with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) allows students fluent in Portuguese the opportunity to study in Brazil and to earn a second Ph.D. The director of graduate studies is Jim Sidbury.
Alida Metcalf, Chair
- Lisa Balabanlilar wins 2014 Brown Award
- Caleb McDaniel wins multiple book awards
- Moramay Lopez-Alonso wins Mexican Book Prize
- Cyrus Mody Wins Book Prize
- In Memory of Stephanie Camp
- A Cover Story on Our First Dual Degree Candidate
- A Cover Story on Our Own Dr. Alex Byrd
- Current Graduate Student Bill Black has article published for The Atlantic