Our courses provoke independent and creative thought. Through a close evaluation of diverse evidence, students learn to generate and defend original arguments, to evaluate and contribute to scholarly conversations, and to reflect on the relationship between past and present.

History Department

History Department Prizes

The department awards The Alfred F. Havighurst Prize, The Asa J. Davis Prize, The Fredrick L. Cheyette Prize and The John Petropulos Prize.

Congratulations to Professor Vanessa Walker!

A book cover titled Principles in Power by Vanessa Walker

Winner of the 2022 William M. LeoGrande Prize

Professor Walker's book, Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of US Human Rights Diplomacy, has been selected for the William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin American relations.

William M. LeoGrande Prize
A black and white photo of the war memorial with Mount Holyoke in the distance

Memorial Hill 2020

See photos of Amherst College students, faculty, staff and alumni as part of Memorial Hill 2020, a photography project by Assistant Professor George Qiao, Haoran Tong ’23 and Kalea Ramsey ’23 recording the college community during COVID-19.