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Interpreting the past to comprehend the present and prepare for the future.

DePauw University’s History Department investigates the diversity of human experience to make sense of our complex world. By exploring the complexities of peoples and societies in the past, the present becomes more comprehensible.

Career & Courses


Law, Advertising, Teaching, Consulting, Government and politics, Business, Museums, Public policy, Finance


The Witchcraze in Early Modern Europe, Modern Middle East, Modern Africa, British Empire, The Age of Louis XIV, History of the Black Atlantic, Europe of Dictators, The Holocaust, Modern China and Japan The Vikings, U.S. Women’s History, The Enlightenment, The Civil Rights Movement



Kortney Cartwright ’14 majored in history at DePauw, where he played varsity football; served as a resident assistant; and worked as an emergency medical technician. Kortney was named to the Phi Alpha Theta history honorary society and the dean’s list and was awarded a Wallace Carson Scholarship. Kortney works in Minneapolis as a district branch manager for BCforward, a minority-owned business solution and staffing firm. He was elected as a young alumni member of the DePauw Board of Trustees.


Graduate & Awards


Harvard University, Georgetown University, Indiana University, Pepperdine University, Princeton University, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania


Ford Foundation fellowship, Teach For America appointments, History Scholar Award from Gilder, Lehrman Institute of American History, Ferid Murad Medal


Julia Brüggemann, Ph.D., Georgetown University. Focuses on modern Germany; gender, sexuality and race; and migration. Awarded George and Virginia Crane Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012.

Robert Dewey, D.Phil., University of Oxford. Focuses on Britain, British Empire and Pacific Islands. Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Historical consultant to the Fiji Rugby Union.

Nahyan Fancy, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame. Focuses on pre-modern Middle East and History of Science and Medicine. Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in 2015. Historical consultant to a forthcoming Smithsonian traveling exhibition on healing culture in Islamic societies.

David Gellman, Ph.D., Northwestern University. Studies colonial and revolutionary-era North America; slavery and abolition; has written/co-written three books on those topics.

Sarah B. Rowley, Ph.D., Indiana University. Interested in the modern United States; gender and politics in recent America; and women’s history.

Barbara Whitehead, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College. Focuses on intellectual movements in 18th-century France and conducts research to recover the voices relegated to the second tier of Enlightenment writers and thinkers.

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