Donna Harsch To Head History Department
CMU has selected Donna Harsch to head its Department of History, effective July 1. Harsch, a professor of history, succeeds Caroline Acker, who has led the department since 2011 and is retiring from CMU.
The History Department has a strong foundation in research that is relevant to the real world, a hallmark of the humanities at Carnegie Mellon. The faculty's broad-ranging work uses traditional and innovative methods to explore topics from human rights and social injustice to urban, labor and gender histories, and vigorous research practices are incorporated into the curriculum beginning at the undergraduate level. The department, which focuses on specific parts of the world during the 19th and 20th centuries instead of covering all regions and time periods, has a vibrant graduate program with high academic job placement success and a strong anthropology emphasis to complement its cultural history expertise.