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The Department of History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers degree programs at the BA, MA, and PhD levels and is comprised of award-winning teachers and researchers.

Our geographical location facilitates our expertise in Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific, and World histories, as well as the American and European pasts. History majors find success in a variety of careers from teaching, research, and advocacy, to government service, journalism, law and business. The possibilities are endless. And we are here to help you navigate the way to your future.


In the Spotlight

Kraft Havoc and Reform

Recent Publication by Prof. James P. Kraft


Workplace disasters have wreaked havoc on countless American workers and their families. They have resulted in widespread death and disability, as well as the loss of property and savings. These tragic events have also inspired safety reforms that reshaped labor conditions in ways that partially compensated for death, suffering, and social dislocation. In Havoc and Reform: Workplace Disasters in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021), James P. Kraft encourages readers to think about such disastrous events in new ways. Placing the problem of workplace safety in historical context, Kraft focuses on five catastrophes that shocked the nation in the half century after World War II, a time when service-oriented industries became the nation’s leading engines of job growth.

Archival image of UH Pineapple Queen 1947