Our faculty and students work at the cutting edge of research in their fields and collaborate with colleagues across disciplines and around the world to address society’s greatest challenges. Our 20 areas of research, encapsulated by three areas of emphasis, focus on key historical themes, broad time periods and geographical segments.


Our department is actively engaged in two colloquia — the History Colloquium, which focuses on history-related topics, and the new Duke on Gender Colloquium.

Coordinated by our department and the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, the Duke on Gender Colloquium brings together Duke faculty from humanities and social sciences and visiting scholars and offers an multi-disciplinary space to develop and present current research and further critical conversations within gender and women’s history, gender and queer theory, sexuality studies, transgender studies, and the study of feminism, social movements, and contemporary social issues and policy in a transnational world.