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History Matters

The UCLA Department of History believes that history is more than the study of the past. It is also an indispensable tool for understanding the present. The Department is committed to bringing historical knowledge into conversation with issues of contemporary relevance and import through public programs and opinion writing. We are also pleased and proud to support the National Center for History in the Schools.

National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS)

Faculty Projects




Faculty Video Commentary on Contemporary Events


Robin Derby - Black in the Dominican Republic: Denying Blackness

Ivan Berend - Recent European Parliamentary Elections

Ellen DuBois - New Video Commentary on Women’s History and the 2012 Election

Brenda Stevenson - A Perspective on the Death of Rodney King

Ivan Berend - An Insight and Explanation of the European Economic Crisis

Scot Brown - Manning Marable on Malcolm X

Sanjay Subrahmanyam - The Politics of Cricket

Ellen Dubois - Assesses Geraldine Ferraro

Eric Avila - Demographic Reconquest of California: Historical Perspective on Demographic Shifts in the State

Faculty Opinions


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