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  • Understanding history — the record of what people have thought, said, and done — is essential in understanding the world of today. Undergraduate and graduate students explore not only events of the past, but their meaning and implications for our own lives.

    For undergraduates, the department focuses on the broad relevance of history to a variety of careers — given the discipline’s emphasis on research, writing, and critical thinking. All students complete an original research project, either through the required senior research seminar or the BA with Distinction. Our active chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, plans field trips and hosts graduate school and career workshops. Undergraduate majors have gone on to careers in law, politics, education, journalism, business, and medicine.

    Our graduate program is characterized by close intellectual and working relationships between students and faculty. Recent graduates have received appointments on college and university faculties, in libraries and archives, and in federal and state government agencies.

    The department includes 25 current and 11 emeritus faculty members, and many have received national and international recognition for their work. The faculty includes historians of the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and the Ancient World.  In addition to geographic and chronological focuses, our colleagues teach in fields such as political, social, military, and cultural history, with particular interest in political violence, empire, religion, law, women, gender and sexuality, labor, race and ethnicity, and intellectual history.

    The History Department is one of the oldest departments in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, having granted its first Ph.D. in 1883. 

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    Khalil's book, America's Dream Palace, reviewed in Al-Ahram newspaper

    Khalil's book, America's Dream Palace, reviewed in Al-Ahram newspaper

    Al-Ahram, Egypt's most prominent and widely-read newspaper, recently reviewed "America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State," written by Osamah Khalil. "'America’s Dream Palace' derives its title from T.E. Lawrence’s memoir. Lawrence wrote that he inspired a “dream palace” of nationalist ideas. But Osamah Khalil inverts the claim and demonstrates that Lawrence inspired the perceptions and ideas of American policy makers and researchers."
     
    Khalil op-ed on academia, US foreign policy published in The National

    Khalil op-ed on academia, US foreign policy published in The National

    Osamah Khalil's article, "How the CIA secretly used Ivy League scholars against the Middle East," draws heavily on his book, "America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State," and connects it to the current administration.
     
    London Review of Books reviews Khalil's book America's Dream Palace

    London Review of Books reviews Khalil's book America's Dream Palace

    Osamah Khalil's book, "America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State," was recently reviewed by Hugh Wilford of the London Review of Books. “He’s particularly good at piecing together scattered archival evidence to reveal previously hidden patronage relationships between area specialists and government agencies such as the State Department and the CIA."
     
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