With the recent protests in Hong Kong, department member Leo Shin has been giving interviews, in print, on radio, and on television.

Eric Michael Johnson has been awarded the 2014 3QD prize for science, as judged by renowned primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal. Johnson was awarded the Top Quark prize for his essay, Promiscuity is Pragmatic, which originally appeared in Slate (link).


  • Are you planning to graduate in 2015?
  • Do you have a minor or a double major?
  • Do you want to meet other History students?
  • Are you looking for the History Students Association?
  • Do you (or will you) have transfer or exchange credits?
  • Are you wondering about a career?
  • Hungry? 

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You are invited to participate in a leadership and career development program being offered to History students: the Faculty of Arts Tri-Mentoring Program.
We are looking for 10 junior students (1st and 2nd year students who intend to major in History) and 10 senior students (3rd and 4th year History Majors) to participate this year.
The Tri-Mentoring Program will match you with another current History student (junior with senior) as well as with a History graduate who is now working in an interesting career area.

The Department of History is proud to announce that Hanna Smyth (class of 2014) has been placed on an international short list for The Undergraduate Awards in the category of History. Cited as the ultimate champion for high potential undergraduates, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. This year the selection committee received 4792 applications from 27 countries.

Recent History Department graduate Philip Van Huizen has been awarded this year's W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. The prize is awarded "to the author of the most outstanding dissertation on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century."

Are you looking to fulfill an upper level arts/history requirement this summer? If you are interested in traveling, food, heritage, culture, history and/or geography, this GoGlobal Group Study program could be for you! Ideal for students looking for a short yet rewarding exchange experience, this program entails traveling to Hong Kong, Singapore, and two destinations in Malaysia (Malacca and Penang).

In a recent post on the L.A. Review of Books (LARB) blog, James Carter, Professor of History at Saint Joseph's University and author most recently of Heart of Buddha, Heart of China: The Life of Tanxu, a 20th-century Monk, writes the following of Carla's weekly podcast:

UBC History Department undergraduate student Fabian Jankovic has been chosen by the Churchill Scholarship Committee to be awarded First Prize for his paper On the Politics of Suspicion: American responses to the Pentagon Papers and revelations of government deception during the Vietnam War. This will result in his receiving a $1500 scholarship from The Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Memorial Fund administered by the Vancouver Foundation.