The Undergraduate Program

Columbia History Association &
Undergraduate History Council

Columbia History Association 
The Columbia Historical Association (CHA) is a student organization comprised of all history majors, minors, and those otherwise interested in being more involved with history on campus through attending history-related events.  CHA is always looking to expand its community of passionate history students and encourages its members to be active through participation in events such as study halls, professor lunches, and trivia nights.  Being an active member of CHA will distinguish those who are interested in pursuing leadership opportunities within CHA.  If you enjoy history and want to get involved, look below for a sign-up form!

Undergraduate History Council 
The Undergraduate History Council (UHC ) was founded in 2005 as a group of undergraduate representatives for history majors and concentrators.  UHC’s primary two functions were to plan and execute history-related events throughout the academic year to foster in a greater sense of community amongst the undergraduate history students, as well as serve as a liaison for students to the Undergraduate Education Committee (UNDED).  These two functions still remain the primary tasks of UHC today.  The original organization of UHC comprised of 1-2 Chairs, whose role was oversight over projects and directly speaking to UNDED, and ~10 standing members who would focus on organizing events.  In efforts to encourage participation among the undergraduates, the UHC Board of 2019-2020 restructured the organization creating the CHEP and CHJ (below).


Board Members

Chair:  Grace MacNeill –
Vice Chair:  Emma Kateman –
Treasurer:  Matthew Geyman –
Project Manager for CHEP:  David Stack –
Editor-in-Chiefs for CJH:  Ali Hassani – & Hiba Ismail –

How to Join

Previously, the UHC was the only entity. With the expanded structure new opportunities to participate are outlined below:

Columbia History Association (CHA)
The Columbia Historical Association is the large umbrella organization that all history majors and minors are automatically inducted into upon declaring their choice of study.  All other students can fill out the form listed below to join CHA (no interview needed!  You are automatically admitted upon filling out the form).  Being part of CHA grants you access to our email blasts, as well as a chance to join one of the two sub-organizations:  CHEP and CJH.  Steady attendance to events is noted and will be useful in joining CHEP or CJH.

Interested in join the CHA? Go here!

Columbia History Event-Planning (CHEP)
CHEP is the branch of UHC dedicated to planning history related events.  This was previously the job of UHC, but we found it to be inefficient and disorganized.  As such, we decided to create an entire sub-organization dedicated to planning the events such as study halls, professor lunches, trivia nights, and panel events with keynote speakers.  The structure is simple:  a standing body of members and 2-3 leaders overseeing the projects and running the meetings.  There is a SEPARATE application to join this sub-organization and remember, good attendance at events will lead to a greater chance to be selected.  Please reach out to David Stack, Gregory Fedorov, or Emma Kateman with any questions.

Contact David Stack ( to apply to the CHEP.

Columbia Journal of History (CJH)
The CJH is responsible for 2 journal publications during the course of the academic year.  The group is comprised of editors and 1-2 Editors-in-Chief.  This sub-organization accepts dozens of essay submissions from history students all over the world, reviews them, and picks a handful to publish in a formal journal biannually.  The Editor-in-Chief is charged with delegating responsibilities and leading meetings.  Like CHEP, this sub-organization has a SEPARATE application and process to join.  Please reach out to Hiba Ismail or Ali Hassani with any questions.

The Journal is now accepting student applications for the Editorial Board. All information regarding editorial positions is present on the application form here.

Please feel free to email Ali Hassani ( or Hiba Ismail ( and/or read more about CHJ on The application closes Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Undergraduate History Council (UHC)
UHC has the leadership oversight over all of the sub-organizations and is the general body of CHA.  It acts as a liaison between the undergraduate student body and UNDED.  The board is comprised up of the 2 Editors-in-Chief, the 2-3 leaders of CHEP, and the Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer.  These last three positions are voted on by members of CHEP, CJH, and UHC.  Those interested in Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer must be actively involved with a sub-organization and have shown dedication through regular attendance.  The purpose of UHC meetings is to provide updates about the internal happenings of each sub-organization, as well as a general overview of events, long-term plans, and direction of the organization.  Elections for UHC will happen in March/April of the Spring Semester.  Please reach out to Matthew Geyman or Grace MacNeill with any questions.

Please reach out to Grace MacNeill or Emma Kateman with any questions.


News and Events

  • Welcome to the incoming Class of 2024! We are excited to get to know you and create programming to enhance your first year as a Columbia student.
  • We are planning to open the 2020 fall semester with a panel discussion about 20th Century Women’s Activism in NYC with special guest, Dr. Valerie Paley, a chief historian at the New-York Historical Society. Updates will follow!
  • Applications for the Editorial Board of the Journal close Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at 11:59PM. Apply here:

How to Contact

General Contact/Questions
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Grace MacNeill –
Emma Kateman –

CHEP Contact/Questions
David Stack –

CJH Contact/Questions
Hiba Ismail –
Ali Hassani –

We welcome suggestions, comments, questions, and feedback!