Department of History

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
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
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
Naeem Aziz, wearing a black coat and shirt, speaking to panelist Zhaojin Zeng, wearing a light blue dress shirt in front of a crowd
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
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
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
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.
Crissy Shannon in blue and gold PItt marching band drum major uniform sitting on cement bench with baton across her lap.
Pitt senior Crissy Shannon, the first woman to hold the title of head drum major in Pitt marching band history, will take to Heinz Field Aug. 31 during the Panthers' first home football game. Read a Q&A between Shannon and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in Pitt Magazine's newest edition.