Department of History

Experts Discuss Super Tuesday and Grassroots Politics

Researchers from Pitt and Harvard offer their take on this week’s Super Tuesday results and describe how civic engagement is changing in light of the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections.
A depiction of a coronavirus

Naming the New Coronavirus—Why Taking Wuhan out of the Picture Matters

While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history demonstrates that doing so can harm the people who live there, contends Pitt historian Mari Webel.
Josh Gibson sliding home in a baseball uniform

In Light of the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues, a Look Back at What Was Lost

For The Conversation, Professor Rob Ruck detailed a brief history of the Negro Leagues, the integration of Major League Baseball and how Pittsburgh played an influential role in the new face of the game.
Raja Adal in a light dress shirt

Raja Adal Receives NEH Grant

Naeem Aziz, wearing a black coat and shirt, speaking to panelist Zhaojin Zeng, wearing a light blue dress shirt in front of a crowd

Informing the Community on Novel Coronavirus

More than 250 people attended a panel discussion on Feb. 12 to hear a group of Pitt and county experts discuss the coronavirus outbreak.
Lauren Ban talking with a panelist in a dark jacket

Redistricting and Electoral Reform Draw Attention

In Pennsylvania, efforts are underway to redraw electoral maps, but it’s a complicated process—and one that that other states are watching closely. A group called Draw the Lines PA invited students like Pitt’s Lauren Ban to offer their solutions.
Margaret Weitekamp

Alumna Inspires Questions About the Past

Margaret Weitekamp (A&S ’93), the curator and department chair of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Space History Department, uses her passion for storytelling to encourage visitors to inquire about the past, and ignite their interest in the 5,000 artifacts under her charge.
A mural of August Wilson in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh

An Open Access Gem: Pitt Publishes First-ever August Wilson Journal

Pitt's University Library System is the publisher of a new journal dedicated to Pittsburgh native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. The inaugural issue features contributions from the Department of History's Laurence Glasco and English faculty member emeritus Christopher Rawson.