The Brown Journal of History is an undergraduate-run academic journal published once a year, in the late spring, by the Department of History.

This journal began with the idea that Brown University undergraduates needed new venues in which to share their academic historical work with the Brown community and the broader academic public. The overwhelming response from our peers in recent years has confirmed the necessity for such a venue, and the quality of the scholarship showcased in these editions is a testament to the engagement and interest of the undergraduate student body. The submitted and published pieces exemplify the exceptional, original historical scholarship produced here, and demonstrate a range of approaches to historical analysis.

In soliciting submissions we sought to extend our reach beyond the History Department and tap into the historical scholarship generated within departments across Brown’s campus. This interdisciplinary orientation is an essential aspect of the Journal’s mission. In its selection process, the editorial board strives for a diversity of subject material, temporal and geographical focus, and writing style.

As the academic world is the midst of its transition from printed to digital information, the we at the Journal have decided to transition from a printed journal to a mostly digital presence, where current and past editions of the BJH are freely available for download. These decisions reflect the Journal’s commitment to a more environmentally sustainable and democratically accessible mode of academic journal publishing.