Undergraduate News


During PBS’ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Great War” session at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA on Monday, January 16, 2017, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg, military historian and author Edward A. Gutierrez, producer Stephen Ives, author and Duke...

The Duke History Department Congratulates its Honors Students!

KATHERINE CHERNOVA Histories and Historiographies of Juvenile Delinquency in Nineteenth-Century England Advisor: Prof. Susan Thorne

STEVEN HEER The Effects of Western Land Speculation on the American Revolution Advisor: Prof. Vasant Kaiwar


Meaghan Kachadoorian’s essay Radical Aesthetics: Posters of the Chilean Solidarity Movement won the 2016 Oliver W. Koonz Human Rights Prize

Integrating a rich array of images, interviews, contemporaneous news reports, and scholarly literature, “Radical Aesthetics” analyzes the visual content and political framing of protests against the 1973 US-backed coup against Salvador Allende’s government in Chile.  Although they shared a...

Duke Historian Robert Durden Dies at 90

Longtime Duke history professor Robert Durden, who wrote the definitive study of the Duke family and the founding of Duke University, died March 4. He was 90. 


Two Duke History Seniors Named Rhodes Scholars

Two undergraduate students in history, Laura Roberts and Jay Ruckelshaus, have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships. Laura Roberts is a history major currently working on a senior thesis about  women’s religious roles in the English Reformation. Jay Ruckelshaus is a political science major with a...

History Hackathon

The first  History Hackathon involved about 20 undergraduate students in 5 teams. Their projects included two posters, two websites, and a documentary video. Topics ranged from an exploration of 19th century insane asylums, to the history of medicine, to police militarization, to the occupation...

Zachary Fuchs Wins 2015 Lowell Aptman Prize

Zachary Fuchs, who took his History 157s (Empires in Historical Perspective) last Fall—has been awarded the 2015 Lowell Aptman Prize (in the First-Second Year category).  His final paper, “The Great White Symbol: U.S. Naval Power as an Expression of Empire, 1890-1909,” combined extensive primary...

Mike Sotsky Wins Middlesworth Award for Undergraduate Work

History Major, Mike Sotsky has won the Chester P. Middlesworth Award using collections in the Rubenstein Library.  The library will host an award presentation in October.  Congratulations Mike!

Tyler Will '03: "Crafting a Compelling Story is Vital for Getting Cients to Make Decisions or Take Action"

Tyler Will '03, now a manager at Bain & Company, reflects on the skills that he developed in the major:

During my senior year I researched the economic and social conditions that led to RTP, learned about the passionate individuals promoting its creation, and considered the public and...

Sarah Beth Myers '03: "The Skills and Knowledge Base Are Universal"

We asked Sara Beth Meyers '03 how history had prepared her for her position as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee. Here's how she answered:

My History major from Duke has given me an advantage, both professionally and personally. I continually draw upon the skills and...