UBC History’s faculty and students ask profound questions of more than a thousand years of our collective, infinitely diverse past.
We research global migration, media technologies, the history of emotions, the diffusion of religious cultures, the many forms of colonialism. We study histories of legal systems, urban planning, global health, sexual identities, and parenting. Our research informs courses on the history of human rights, the environment, international relations, medicine and health, Indigenous-settler interactions, ideological extremism, and the relationship of global and regional histories in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Canada.
The Political Resistance of Play: Dr. Crystal Lynn Webster on Black Childhood, Social Justice, and Public History
Dr. Crystal Lynn Webster studies the history of childhood and youth, African American history, and carceral studies. In this interview, she shares her interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to research and highlights the importance of celebrating Black communities for the work they have done to push back against systemic racism.
Bureaucratic Documents as Sources for the History of Ideas: An Interview with Shoufu Yin
Prof. Shoufu Yin speaks with Alexander Collin about his article, “Redefining Reciprocity: Appointment Edicts and Political Thought in Medieval China,” recently published in the Journal of the History of Ideas.
Dr. John Christopoulos Awarded the Peter Gonville Stein Book Award from the American Society for Legal History
Dr. John Christopoulos wins the Peter Gonville Stein Book Award from the American Society for Legal History for his 2021 book, Abortion in Early Modern Italy (Harvard University Press).
Featured Talks & Colloquia
We organize historical talks and colloquia featuring historians from around the world.