The History Department believes that historical knowledge and scholarship are a crucial public resource, and works to make the scholarship of its faculty and of the community of historians more generally accessible to the widest public. We are immensely grateful to our patrons for sharing that vision with us.

We invite you to help make history and to join us in this work, by supporting the department with a tax-deductible financial contribution.


— Please Make your gift to the funds below —

Friends of the History Department and/or History Department Board of Visitors Gift

Many donors prefer gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual funds when considering a donation of $1,000 or more. Learn more about Gifts of Securities here.

Friends of the Department

If you are interested in history teaching and research, the department invites you to join the Friends of the Department of History. Friends receive regular electronic notices about departmental activities and are invited to many departmental lectures and other events.

We also welcome news from our alumni’s recent experiences and activities for inclusion in our announcements and publications.

To join our list of friends and alumni, please email Lawino Lurum. Please write Friends of the Department on the subject line and include your name, postal address, and area of interest.

Our Priorities

Many of our faculty members conduct research that crosses traditional geographical boundaries. One important component of this initiative is the Center for International History, directed by Professor Mark Mazower.

The department is also committed to building and maintaining strengths in other areas such as the history of North America and Eastern Europe, as well as in the field of the History of Science and Technology.

Board of Visitors

The department would like to thank the members of the Board of Visitors of the Department of History for their generosity and support throughout the years. The Board of Visitors is a select group of alumni and friends with an abiding interest in history. They meet approximately six times a year for lectures and events presented by Columbia University’s world-renowned faculty, as well as writers, filmmakers, and other public figures.

The Board of Visitors fosters the intellectual life of the department. The public lectures and conferences are well attended and truly show how a small group of interested and active Visitors can have a powerful and positive effect.

In 2011, the Wall Street Journal wrote an article on the Board during the talk with Professor Ken Jackson on March 10, 2011 titled Empire City: Will New York Remain the Capital of the World in the 21st Century?

If you are interested in more information about the Board of Visitors, please contact:

Lawino Lurum
Director of Academic Administration and Finance
Department of History
Columbia University
415 Fayerweather Hall, MC 2527
1180 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Other Forms of Support

You may also dedicate a large gift or endowment to the department by contacting Elisa Heikkilä at the Office of Alumni and Development, (212) 851-4165