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Congratulations to Dr. Phil Tiemeyer, as his research was cited in the documents of the recent Supreme Court case that outlawed workplace discrimination against transgender, as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual citizens. You can read the full K-State Today article HERE.


Moseman picThe Department of History would like to congratulate PhD student Scott Moseman for his most recent published article. The Journal of Intelligence History published Moseman's article "Truman and the Formation of the Central Intelligence Agency". Moseman wrote this paper for Dr. Mrozek's HIST928 seminar "United States 1945-1960" three years ago. It's an e-print, so there are 50 free reads before it goes to an abstract page.


Congratulations on the publication, Scott!


The Department of History would like to officially announce the hiring of Associate Professor Kristen Epps, an historian of slavery, the sectional conflict, Epps picand the Civil War in the West. She will also serve as Managing Editor of Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. Her first book, Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras, was published in 2016 by the University of Georgia Press as part of the Early American Places series. Kristen earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 2010, where she received the Marnie and Bill Argersinger Graduate School Award, awarded to the best dissertation across the university. She completed her master's degree at The College of William and Mary and her bachelor's degree at William Jewell College. She has taught at the University of Central Arkansas, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the University of Kansas. She has also held positions at the Kansas Historical Society, The Journal of the Civil War Era, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. More information about her work can be found at https://www.kristenepps.com/. She can be reached via email at kkepps@ksu.edu. Welcome to K-State, Dr. Epps!



The Fall 2020 Course Schedule is available here. For summer classes: Click here to see what cool classes are available. We have two on-campus courses and well as 1 Global Campus (online, ZA section) course for the summer. History majors: see our Advising page for instructions on how to prepare for your advising appointment. - ALL ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WILL BE DONE VIRTUALLY, either via phone, email exchange, or Zoom. Please do not come to campus for any reason. Contact Kathy Lillich at klillich@ksu.edu for more information or to schedule an advising appointment.

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The Department of History offers students from any major a rewarding educational experience. As they seek to recover and interpret the past in all of its messy and fascinating manifestations, historians read a lot, write a lot, and speak a lot; thus developing critical thinking skills which allow them to pursue successful careers not only as historians, archivists, and curators/museum professionals but also as lawyers, entrepreneurs, government officials, and leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Our 19 full-time faculty members have written award-winning books and articles on research topics ranging from the military in ancient China to public health in Latin America to the grasslands of the Great Plains. While we commend research, we also emphasize and prioritize teaching. More than a quarter of our faculty have won university-wide teaching awards. The majority of our classes are small, which means that our students get plenty of attention, and undergraduate history majors are assigned to our dedicated and award-winning History advisor, Kathy Lillich, to help them navigate their way to successful completion of their degree.

Our major is designed to be broad, requiring students to take classes that vary widely across time and place, but the department has particular strengths in military, agricultural/environmental, and religious history. To declare a history major or double-major, please visit the Office of the Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 107 Calvin Hall.

We are pleased to also offer history as a minor with a requirement of 21 hours of coursework. To declare a minor, please stop by the History Department Office in 117 Calvin Hall.

We hope you will stop by the Department Office (117 Calvin) anytime you have questions. Office staff are available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and we would be happy to help you succeed at K-State by talking with you about our course offerings, scholarships, and graduate program.

-Michael Krysko

Chair, Department of History

News Archive

We congratulate PhD student Hannah Palsa as she was a recent guest speaker in a new podcast, speaking about her research into the use of animals in wartime. Listen to the audio of the podcast HERE


Congratulations to Heather McCrea! She has been selected as the Department of History's new Kenneth S. Davis Professor of History. The Kenneth S. Davis Professorship is supported by an endowment established by the late Kenneth Davis (1912-1999). A Kansas native and 1934 graduate of Kansas State College, Davis became an award-winning historian whose biographies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh, Adlai Stevenson, and Dwight Eisenhower earned wide acclaim. He created the endowment to recognize a faculty member of KSU’s History Department who has compiled an overall record of professional excellence while demonstrating special success in teaching. In her fourteen years at Kansas State University, Heather McCrea has compiled just such a record. Her expansive involvement in both undergraduate and graduate education has entailed teaching courses that encompass many different geographies, cultures, and peoples from the ancient times through the modern era. Professor McCrea has enjoyed considerable success in inspiring her students' interest by using innovative and interdisciplinary teaching strategies, which incorporate active learning methodologies that often integrate her own ongoing historical research into participatory activities. It is a record befitting of Kenneth Davis' wishes that the person holding this chair "show an appreciation of the 'connectedness' of human experience, have a sense of the world that is comprehensive and broad, and display and imaginative gift devoted in substantial part to teaching." In earning this honor, Heather McCrea succeeds the late Al Hamscher, who was named the first Kenneth S. Davis Professor of History in 2008 and held the chair until his death in 2019. 


Charles W. Sanders Jr., associate professor of history, will retire on May 17 after 20 years of teaching, research and service to the department. He taught many American history courses and had a talent for making history come alive. Read the full article HERE

James Sherow, university distinguished professor of history, will retire June 9. Sherow has spent the last 28 years at Kansas State University, teaching Environmental History and Kansas History, his signature course, among others. Read the full article HERE.


Congratulations to our undergraduate scholarship recipients and to our graduate award winners! We will miss celebrating you in-person as we usually do this year, but we still want to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to your chosen studies. To see the full list of outstanding recipients for our department, click HERE.


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