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Welcome to the Department of History!

Martha Newman, Chair

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Dr. Yoav Di-Capua (l) and Dr. Melanie Lamotte (r).


A New Season of 15 Minute History

The new season debuts with two episodes. The first, with Professor Yoav Di-Capua, dives into the fascinating story of Jean Paul Satre and Simone De Beauvoir’s 1967 visit to Egypt and Israel — on the eve of the Six Day War. The trip frames a discussion around the allure and limitations of the existential and fundamentalist traditions in the Arab world. You can listen to the full episode here.

The second episode features Professor Melanie Lamotte who outlines how race, sex and labor were used to construct the French Empire in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The episode concludes with a discussion about Melanie’s personal connection to her research and the ways that new histories — that empower new voices — can cultivate a renewed sense of pride in national history. Listen to the full episode here.


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Dr. Martha G. Newman, Interim Chair of History, and Professor in the Departments of History and Religious Studies.

Welcome to the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin!

We are a large and distinguished department, filled with prize-winning scholars and innovative teachers who write field-defining books and articles, teach engaging classes, and work as public historians. We investigate historical events from across the globe and over the last two millennia. Our collaborative community of scholars centers on our Institute of Historical Studies and on our vibrant graduate program. Our faculty have established pioneering courses such as Japan Lab, the Mapping Violence Project, the Radical Hope Syllabus, and the Normandy Scholars Program, and they reach audiences beyond the university with their digital magazine and podcasts, including Not Even Past, This is Democracy, and 15 Minute History. We are convinced of the power of historical inquiry to tell us about the processes that have shaped our world.  Continue reading ...