Sarah Purcel, L F Parker Professor of History, teaches in Noyce

History Department

Historians develop, challenge, and revise narratives and interpretations of human events to understand both past developments and their implications for the present. Through close analysis of primary sources, students learn to frame historical questions, pursue independent research, and present their ideas clearly and persuasively. The history major prepares students for a broad range of careers, and our graduates have become professionals in fields including business, education, historic preservation, information science, journalism, law, and public service.

Department News

Ford Foundation Taps Grinnellian for Prestigious Fellowship

Joy Sales ʼ13 has been awarded a a highly-competitive 2018 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship by the Fellowships Office of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Associate Professor Ed Cohn Tests the Portrayal of "The Americans" Against Cold War History

Associate Professor of History Ed Cohn compares the show "The Americans" to the Cold War events it portrays in The Washington Post.

​Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good​

Scholars' Convocation speaker Kathleen Fitzpatrick will give the convocation lecture at Grinnell College on March 1, 2018.
Nov. 1

Latin Americanists alum presentation

Bucksbaum 152 - Lawson Lecture Hall
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Nov. 15

John Aerni-Flessner '01 Book Talk

Burling 1st Floor Lounge
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4 – 5:30pm

Department Information

(641) 269-4733

Mears Cottage
1213 Sixth Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States