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PhD Program in History - The Graduate Center, CUNY

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The Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, is a major center for research and graduate training in a wide array of fields of historical inquiry, ranging from ancient to contemporary times and covering Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. The program stresses training in primary research and encourages interdisciplinary study. The distinguished faculty, consisting of more than 70 respected historians, works closely with the approximately 125 students throughout their studies at the Graduate Center.

The program currently has two open positions:
Job ID 19667 - Associate or Full Professor of History / Executive Director of the American Social History Project & the Center for Media & Learning

Job ID 19184 - Associate or Full Professor - African-American History - Ph.D. Program in History

Fields of Study

Students gain a range of knowledge as they choose a field of study for their major and another for their minor. Fields of study include: Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, Early American, Latin America, U.S History, Women's History, and Middle Eastern History.

Events and Resources

The program hosts events throughout the year, including an annual graduate student conference and lectures from renowned historians. The Graduate Center's location in midtown Manhattan enables students to take advantage of numerous resources for historical research in the area, including the collections at the nearby New York Public Library.


Students are supported by a variety of forms of financial aid and have broad opportunities to teach at the CUNY undergraduate colleges. The PhD Program and the Graduate Center's Office of Career Planning and Professional Development host many events throughout the year to help students navigate their careers. Graduates of the program teach in colleges and universities across the country and abroad, and work in archives, publishing houses, and public history positions.