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.
Congratulations to Professor Jen Manion!
2021 Finalist for the Organization of American Historians Lawrence W. Levine Award
Professor Manion's book, Female Husbands: A Trans History, was a finalist for the 2021 Organization of American Historians Lawrence W. Levine Award for best book in American cultural history.Lawrence W. Levine Award
Asian American History: 1800-Present
This course provides an introduction to the history of East, South, Southeast Asian migrations and settlement in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present.
Slavery in U.S. History & Culture
The two-part interdisciplinary course examines how slavery has been understood by historians and how it has been depicted in American culture through literature and cinema.
The Indian Ocean World
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.
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.