About MIT History

History at MIT brings together outstanding scholarship, teaching, and public engagement. We teach a wide array of undergraduate subjects, help to train a talented cohort of graduate students in the History, Anthropology and Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) doctoral program, publish prize-winning monographs and essays that are grounded in deep archival research and employ cutting-edge methodologies, and reach out to public audiences around the world. History especially seeks to give MIT students a full educational experience that will prepare them to be active members of their local communities and an increasingly global society.  In all of these activities we are committed to carrying on the tradition of excellence that has made MIT an important engine of knowledge production and distribution in the humanities and social sciences.

Historians at MIT

Historians at MIT do work at the cutting edge of their fields. We are specialists in various times and places, as well as pioneers in the increasingly important comparative studies of past societies and cultures. We have taken leadership roles in developing new ways of analyzing the past.  Whether studying ancient Rome or modern America, we bring our individual expertise to bear on “big questions” of social analysis: citizenship and politics in a changing world; environment and economy; culture and identity; and the measurement of social welfare.Church doors in PortugalChurch doors in Portugal

Our work has been supported by a wide range of prestigious foundations and centers, including the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation, the Luce Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Charles Warren Center, the National Humanities Center, the International Institute of Social History, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Radcliffe Institute, the SSRC and the Max Plank Institute. History scholarship has also merited numerous prizes, both within the various academic specialties and at the national level.  Most notably these include the Bancroft Prize in American History, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the George Washington Book Prize.  MIT historians serve in leadership positions in a wide variety of professional societies and serve on numerous editorial boards of leading journals. Seven current and emeritus members of the faculty are Fellows of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.  At MIT, historians have been recognized as Margaret MacVicar Fellows, and have won the Wade Prize, the Arthur C. Smith Award, the Levitan Award and the Edgerton Award. Finally, Pauline Maier and John Dower have been recognized with the James R. Killian Faculty Achievement Award, MIT’s top recognition for lifetime professional accomplishment.