History News

Who are we, and where are we going? For the answers, the Department of History looks to the past to see where we came from. Below you’ll find chronicles of our History students, alumni and faculty, and you can contact us if you think you have a History story that should be published here. Students learn about the political, cultural, industrial and revolutionary movements that led to the rise and fall of civilizations across time. Their interest in uncovering the patterns and watershed breaks from tradition that shaped our world is encouraged by a passionate faculty eager to show them the past while preparing them for their future.

Apr 27, 2021

Alumni News

Our alumni have taken on many new employment opportunities since completing the program! Read below to see where some of our recent alums have gone.

  • Tyler Bamford (PhD 2019) has been hired as a historian for the Public History and Education Section of the Naval History and Heritage Command. 
  • Kaete O’Connell (PhD 2019) has received a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University’s Johnson Center for American Diplomacy.  She will be the Center’s Henry A. Kissinger Visiting Scholar. 
Apr 27, 2021

Student News

Please join us in acknowledging some achievements from some of our departments students. Congratulations to all on their amazing accomplishments!

image of Lila Berman and her book cover

Lila Berman wins the 2021 Organization of American Historians’ prestigious Ellis W. Hawley Prize for her book The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The History of a Multibillion-Dollar Institution (Princeton University Press, 2020). Congratulations Lila! 

You can read below the official OAH statement:  

photo of Elfreth's Alley overlayed with art from the podcast "The Alley Cast"

Ted Maust, CLA 2018, is putting his Temple University Master of Arts in Public History (MAPH) degree to good use as director of Philadelphia’s Elfreth’s Alley Museum. And thanks to the contributions of some current MAPH students, he’s making the alley more accessible than ever with a podcast that engages stories of race, gender, sexuality, social class and other topics—stories often left untold at popular historical sites.

image of Herb Ershkowitz

The Department of History mourns the loss of its longtime colleague, Herbert Ershkowitz, Professor Emeritus of American History. For over forty years Herb taught American political history to generations of Temple students. Below is a tribute by his colleague and friend, Allen Davis.

Herbert Ershkowitz (1933-2021)