The Rice University Department of History is a vibrant and supportive intellectual community within one of the United States’ leading research universities. We train a select number of doctoral students for academic and other positions in four, overlapping areas of strength, as well as in other topical, geographical, and theoretical areas, including World History:
Our graduate program is characterized by small classes, close student-mentor advising, and a close-knit community of graduate students. University and departmental resources contribute to the success of our students:
In addition to these resources, we also guarantee doctoral students the chance to work closely with a professor in the department to learn how to organize and teach a university-level history class. Students can also develop additional professional skills by serving as an editorial assistant with a major peer-reviewed academic publication, the Journal of Southern History, which is hosted in the department.
Qualified students may choose to participate in our two dual degree programs, which offer immersion experiences in leading research universities in São Paulo and in Mexico City, and all students have the opportunity to participate in the annual seminar that rotates between Rice, UNICAMP, and Instituto Mora. Our students have worked as well with scholars in the Baker Institute for Public Policy and numerous departments across the university, including Sociology, Religion, and Political Science.
Our doctoral program prepares graduates for careers as teachers, editors, and researchers, both within and outside the academy. Our graduates who chose the academic route hold tenure-track positions at institutions across the United States, including Emory University, the University of Memphis, Barnard College, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Western Cape in South Africa. Our students have also used their dissertations as stepping stones to positions in political consulting and speechwriting in Washington, DC, librarian positions at MIT and the Friends of Texas Historical Commission, directorship of a major public-facing endowment in a leading US city, and serving as an official historian for the US Office of Commemorations.