History Department

The History Department at the University of Maine offers both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy.

We offer a wide variety of chronological, geographical, and thematic courses that enhance individuals’ understanding of themselves and the contemporary world by expanding their experiences to include the experiences of other peoples, both past and present. These courses range from ancient times to the present, cover most geographical regions of the world, and allow topical specialties ranging from women’s and environmental history to military and labor history. History graduates find employment in a wide range of occupations. Traditionally, they have gone into teaching and education careers in primary and secondary schools and, with appropriate graduate-level training, colleges and universities. More recently, increasing numbers of history graduates are finding their way into private and public non-profit organizations and agencies, such as museums, archives and libraries, research and service institutions, legislative bodies, and planning agencies. Others find career opportunities in the private sector, including publishing, journalism and broadcasting, and law firms; in fact, history is an ideal pre-law major.

The History Department is very happy to welcome a new colleague, Kara Peruccio.  Kara is a historian of the modern Mediterranean and Middle East. Her teaching and research interests include women’s movements, modern Middle Eastern History, the 20th-century Mediterranean, and cultural history. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in August 2020.  Kara is a joint appointment in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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The Department of History at the University of Maine is shocked and horrified by the invasion of Ukraine. This is an attack on an independent country, on democracy, and on the history and culture of Ukraine.

We wish to express our deep solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We condemn utterly the unprovoked act of aggression by the Russian government, justified by historical myths, distortions and lies, attacking the right to self-determination of a European nation-state.

This war, as every war, will cause enormous human losses and tragedies, and it fundamentally undermines the foundations of the established international security system.

Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine.*

*This is a slightly edited version of Ukraine: a statement from the Royal Historical Society published on 25 February 2022.

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Statement Regarding the Protests Against Racism and Police Violence

History Annual Newsletter

History is Not a Useless Major by Paul B. Sturtevant

Congratulations to the 2022 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees!

Emme Aylesworth, James Bilella, Aurora Burmeister, Delaney Colson, Laura Curioli, Nolan Merz, Tom Pinette, Sean Staton, Laird Stratton, Elizabeth Tibbetts, Andrew Reddy

Department of History 2022 Awards and Scholarships

Undergraduate Awards:

The Ronald F. Banks Scholarship

Tom Pinette

The John J. Nolde Memorial Prize

Chris Duplisea, Sean Staton

The Caroline Colvin Scholarship

Delaney Colson, Hannah Whitley

The Roger B. Hill Scholarship

Chapman Hall, Lauren Potter

The Laurence Evans and Elizabeth Taylor Evans Award

Sadie Richardson

Charles J. Dunn Scholarship

Townsend Larmore

Hildegarde B. Perkins Fund

Laura Curioli

Outstanding Senior Theses

Sadie Richardson

Margaret Campbell

The Black Bear Undergraduate History Journal Essay Award

Tom Pinette

Graduate Awards:

The Ipsen-Weiner Memorial Scholarship

Dylan O’Hara

Canadian-American Center Fellowship

Maggie Kontra-Emmens

New England-Atlantic Provinces-Quebec Fellowship

Darcy Stevens

Bowen Scholarship in Canadian History

Joseph Wrobleski

Trustee Tuition Scholarship

Hannah Schmidt

Frances Robinson Mitchell Schlolarship

Darcy Stevens

Photos from Award Ceremony: