Loyola University Maryland

Department of History


The history major at Loyola combines rigorous study with close interaction between students and faculty. The focus of the history department is to teach not just the "facts" of history, but the patterns and interpretations as well.

The department emphasizes the skills of research, analysis, argument, and writing. In addition to classroom contacts, events such as departmental lectures and colloquia help to keep history majors, minors, and faculty current with each other's work and concerns.

2020 Military History Distinguished Book Award

Congratulations to Dr. DeVries, whose recent book, co-authored with Michael Livingston, Medieval Warfare: A Reader, has won the 2020 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award.  This is their second prize from the SMH (with only 5 multiple winners previously). Their book was published by U of Toronto Press last October. 


Dr. Carey's Annual Doehler Chair Lecture

Dr. Carey will be presenting Sick Indians on February 4, 2020 at 7pm in Knott Hall B01

david carey doehler lecture 2020

Dr. DeVries Webseries

In October, Dr. DeVries and Prop Master Larry Zanoff fact check battle scenes from a variety of movies and analyze their historical accuracy and use of weaponry.

Spring 2020 New Courses

The History Department is offering some new classes this Spring.



Dr. Ross's book was published this summer. Public City, Public Sex traces the relationship between prostitution, homosexuality, and urban change in nineteenth-century Paris.

andrew ross book cover public city public sex

Dr. Kelly Devries has just been asked to advise UNESCO World Heritage on some medieval sites. Check out this Loyola Magazine interview about Dr. Devries's work!

History is not a Useless major: Fighting Myths with Data

The American Historical Association has an article on the benefits of being a History Major. 

2019 Whiteford Medal

The 2019 Whiteford Medal in History winner is Phoebe Labat. The Whiteford Medal is the oldest among Loyola's department medals. In 1888 the Whiteford family - benefactors of Loyola University and St. Ignatius Church - endowed a gold medal to be awarded each year for the best essay on a predetermined historical subject as selected by the Dean. At some point, responsibility for the prize shifted to the history faculty. Reflecting on it's origins, the award recognized a graduating senior history major who achieved an outstanding grade point average in history and whose research papers and written work give promise of noteworthy contributions to scholarship. Please join us in Congratulating Phoebe!

Phoebe Labat



David Carey, Jr., Ph.D., named a Guggenheim Fellow

David Carey, Jr., Ph.D.

To read more about Dr. Carey's fellowship, please see the following article



Matthew Mulcahy

Matthew Mulcahy, Ph.D.

From sugarcane to hurricanes, this history professor specializes in Colonial America and the history of disasters