Welcome to the Rice University History Department! We are a community of scholars and students passionate about studying the past in order to help us understand our contemporary world. In the History Department, Rice students learn 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. It has been ranked in the top 25 History graduate programs in the nation. 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
Rice History Blogs
- Mapping Rio from Rice: The ImagineRio Project
- Exciting News! Rice Undergraduate Students Launch New Journal: Rice Historical Review! - Now accepting submissions!
- Rice University History Graduate Ranks in Top 25 Graduate Programs in the Nation
- Professor Emeritus Albert Van Helden Awarded 2016 LeRoy E. Doggett Prize in History
- Professor of History, Lora Wildenthal, appointed Associate Dean
- Chair of Rice University History Department, Alida Metcalf, wins the best article prize awarded by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association
- Mary S. Draper, speaking on "Timbering St. Lucia and Turtling the Caymans: The Maritime Hinterlands of Bridgetown, Barbados, and Port Royal, Jamaica, c.1650-1750"
- Caleb McDaniel wins multiple book awards
- Moramay Lopez-Alonso wins Mexican Book Prize
- A Cover Story on Our Own Dr. Alex Byrd
- Graduate Student Bill Black has article published in The Atlantic
- Graduate Student Suraya Khan wins multiple fellowships
- Graduate student Sean Smith selected as Mellon Fellow
- Graduate student Rachael Pasierowska publishes article on African-American Enslaved Children