Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University's Department of History is internationally known for innovative historical and anthropological approaches to the study of social, cultural, and policy change.

Our faculty offer three different degree programs: the B.A. or B.S. in Social & Political History, the B.A. in Global Studies, and the interdepartmental B.A. or B.S. in Ethics, History & Public Policy. All three focus on connections between past and present and on how historical knowledge facilitates understanding of social, cultural, and policy change.

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Dr. Christopher Phillips will be the next head of the Department of History in Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

University-wide article Social Justice Is Core to Sustainability Efforts at Carnegie Mellon features Dr. John Soluri's discussion on coffee and sustainability, Dr. Ezelle Sanford's Grand Challenge Course on health care disparities and recent Global Studies graduate Eric Moreno's Community Engagement Fellowship.

Read Dr. Edda Fields-Black New York Times op-ed Black Families Can Now Recover More of Their Lost Histories.

Dr. Joe Trotter wins the John Lewis Award for History and Social Justice from the American Historical Association.

Dr. Edmund Russell created an interactive digital map on telegraph history.

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79280: Coffee and Capitalism

Taught by: Professor John Soluri

What role has coffee played in connecting people and places to capitalist markets and consumer cultures? What are the economic, social, and environmental consequences of these connections? How did espresso change from an "ethnic drink" to something served at McDonalds? This course answers these questions and more by using coffee to learn about the history of capitalism, and capitalism to understand the history of coffee.

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