Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies
Institute for Historical Studies

The Institute

Founded in 2007, the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History has provided a dynamic space for scholarly inquiry and exchange.  Embodying the history department’s commitment to excellence in research and teaching, the Institute organizes international conferences, fosters scholarly presentations and roundtables,  promotes critical discussion of historical themes and methods, and encourages reflections on the origins and legacies of historical events.

Through its multifaceted programming, the Institute for Historical Studies serves as the intellectual heart of the history department, offering a venue for scholars to share their work and building bridges to other department and centers at the university, as well as the broader Austin community.  Each year, the Institute sponsors an international residential fellowship competition around a specific theme of critical importance to the historical profession and of general relevance to understanding the problems of the contemporary world.  Applicants may be at the senior, mid-career, or junior level.  The Institute’s annual theme culminates in a spring conference that brings together academic scholars from around the nation and the world.  The Institute also offers limited visiting research affiliation for scholars who wish to conduct research at the University of Texas.

The programming of the Institute also includes the History Faculty New Book Series, where members of the history department share the findings of their most recent publications with colleagues, affiliates, and students.  Showcasing the historian’s pivotal role as the guardian of public memory, the Institute’s Commemorations series hosts roundtable discussions to assess the making and meaning of landmark events on their  anniversaries.  These forums are widely publicized and open to the general public.  The Institute also sponsors or co-sponsors numerous events, including lectures, symposia, and films, working closely with other centers, departments, and academic units across the university.

Housed in Garrison Hall, the Department of History’s newly renovated, longtime home, the Institute for Historical Studies is a meeting place for historians and historically-minded scholars of all fields and periods. For more information on the Institute’s policies and programs please review our website.
Garrison Hall East Entrance

Watch: Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris discuss "Slavery and Freedom in Savannah" on NEP

Profs. Berry (IHS Fellow 2012-13, and Program Coordinator, 2011-12) and Harris (IHS Fellow, 2013-14) discuss their co-edited book Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (University of Georgia Press, 2014) with Prof. Joan Neuberger (IHS Fellow, 2016-17) on Not Even Past.

Dr. Harris is Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University in Chicago. She is the author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626–1863 (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and co-editor of Slavery in New York (The New Press, 2005).

Dr. Berry is Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author most recently of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave, in the Building of A Nation (Beacon Press, 2017), as well as of Swing the Sickle for the Harvest is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia (University of Illinois, 2007) and co-editor of Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO).

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah has garnered a number of awards including the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, the Excellence Using the Holdings of an Archives prize from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Committee, and the Georgia Historical Society’s Lilla M. Hawes Award. Read more ...


History Faculty New Book Talk Series