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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the History Department at the University of Florida!

History at UF starts with our creative and dynamic faculty. We are a community of scholars engaged in a broad range of scholarship and teaching. Our research spans every continent and our work reaches audiences around the globe.  This year, we are excited to announce we have been joined this year by three new faculty members: Dr. David Canton, who teaches African American history (and is also the new director of African American studies), Dr. Sandy Chang, who teaches Chinese and southeast Asian history, especially the history of gender, and Dr. James Gerien-Chen, who teaches Asian history, especially looking at China and Japan.

In addition, we have new Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinators this year.

The Undergraduate Coordinator is Dr. Heather Vrana ( She is the person to contact when you have questions about the Major and History classes. Two other important people for you to know: Dr. Sean Adams (, who will be serving as the Beyond120 coordinator this year. Those of you who are interested in internships should work with him, and Dr. Steven Noll (, who will continue to be the Phi Alpha Theta coordinator. Phi Alpha Theta sponsors events for all History students throughout the year, so watch for announcements from them.

Our undergraduate program is home to a diverse and talented group of over 300 History majors. Majors in the Department of History have a number of ways of enhancing their undergraduate experience: from completing a senior thesis in conjunction with our Honors Program, or by participating in a study abroad program. We call your attention to our award-winning student-edited journal Alpata; both current and back issues can be found by following the links on our home page.

Our new Graduate Coordinator is Dr. Jon Sensbach ( He directs a graduate program that is currently home to roughly 50 Masters and Ph.D. students, working in a number of fields: African History, European History, Latin American History, and United States History. Graduates of our program have gone on to outstanding careers in the academy and beyond, and have published a great many scholarly articles and books. Prospective students interested in graduate study at UF will find a great deal of helpful information on this site! We hope you’ll take the time to explore what our program has to offer.

We are as proud of our graduates as we are of our current students. We like to report on the doings of our alumni, so I invite you to write to me and share your experiences after graduating from UF. I look forward to hearing from you.

The Department of History’s main office is located in 025 Keene-Flint Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00. Our mailing address is Department of History, PO Box 117320, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7320. We may also be reached by phone at  (352) 392-0271 or by fax at (352) 392-6927.

Elizabeth Dale
Professor and Chair