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History graduates join a network of more than 11,000 alumni around the world who have earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral history degrees from the University of Michigan.

We encourage all our graduates to remain connected to the department and each other. We invite our graduates and friends to help support the department's excellence in teaching and research for current and future generations of students.

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Nancy Bylan Bratman in the Michigan Daily newsroom. (photo: Michigan Daily)

By Ben Bratman (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and David Bratman (Sunnyvale, California)

Upon deciding to honor the memory of our mother, Nancy Bylan Bratman, through a major charitable donation, we—two of her sons—knew exactly what we wanted to do. By endowing awards for excellence in writing by undergraduate students in the U-M History Department, we could simultaneously pay tribute to three of our mother’s lifelong passions: good writing, the study of history, and the university where she did a lot of both ... (read more)

Joshua Bilmes (photo by Ellen Datlow)

by Joshua Bilmes (BA 1985)

It’s thirty years ago but it seems like yesterday.

My professor David Hollinger was demanding that I put in real effort to get a high grade in my upper-level history seminar, and I’d been trying to take that to heart. I was putting in serious hours at the library, looking over the New York Times dating back to the early years of the 20th century, maybe even earlier. And I made a connection. I started to realize that I was reading the same article over and over again. As much as the world had changed, the Times wasn’t covering an election in El Salvador in the 1980s all that much differently from elections that had taken place there decades before, or from elections in many other countries, for that matter ... (read more)