Research is an act of discovery, and researching the past opens the minds of students to worlds previously unknown. By analyzing primary sources located in traditional or digital archives, history students at Rhodes conduct high-level research with nationally-recognized scholars. Rhodes history faculty have written or edited thirty-one books and published articles in some of the top academic journals in their fields. Those same faculty members train students in the historian’s craft by supervising research projects in 400-level seminars, directed inquiries, the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, and the College’s honors research program.
The Department celebrates the research accomplishments of both faculty and students. When a new book is published, a faculty author in the Department lectures to the entire campus community. When students write excellent research papers, professors recommend them for submission to the Rhodes Historical Review, published annually by the Rhodes chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. Students also regularly present their work at national and regional conferences. Each year, the Department gives the Douglas W. Hatfield Award for outstanding achievement in student research.
For further information on the research expertise of our faculty, see Faculty and Staff.