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In 2016, the Department of History moved back to the center of campus.  The College of Humanities and Behavioral Science building is a fiive-story structure located between McConnell Library and Muse Hall, and, along with History, it houses the Departments of Communications, Criminal Justice, English, Foreign Languages and Literature, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, and Sociology.  

If you're on campus, please come by and visit our new quarters.  You might stop by Starbucks for some refreshment before heading to the the History Department offices on the fourth floor.

Featured Alumni
  • Please read below to see what three RU history alumns--Chris Shedd, Philip Travis, and Richard Sarver--have done since graduation.
  • All alumni are encouraged to contact the History Department with news of their work in their respective fields, which may be featured here on the department's web site in the future.  Please write Dr. Sharon Roger Hepburn at and share.

Graduation 2018

On May 5, 2018, a new cohort of History and Social Science majors joined the ranks of RU Alumni.  Congratulations Class of 2018!

HIST grads 2018

Graduation, May 2018.  History and Social Science majors join with professors to enjoy their day on May 5, 2018.

Pictured from left to right:  Professor Johnny Moore, Professor Richard Straw, Mikayla Harshman, Austin Perrin, Brock Barnes, and Stephanie Seitz.


Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia delivered the commencment address.

Shedd, Chris

Radford Graduate Receives Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Chris Shedd graduated from Radford University as a history major, and has taught United States history at Burley Middle School in Albemarle County, Virginia, for the past 15 years.  In April 2018, the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized him as the National History Teacher of the Year.  Chris makes the past come alive for his students by engaging them on a number of levels.  He brings out unusual and, even, strange events to capture students' attention, and encourages them to think critically about the past with projects such as "lies my teacher told me."  His students also develop digital presentations.  Most recently, they produced a virtual tour of Mulberry Row at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate, which is a candidate to become a Google expedition.  Chris is an example of the best in history instruction.  Congratulations Chris!

Travis, Philip

Travis Publishes Book

Philip W. Travis published Reagan’s War on Terrorism in Nicaragua: The Outlaw State (Lexington Books) in 2016.  Travis explores how the administration of Ronald Reagan sought to "roll back" the gains of socialism for the first time in the Cold War.  The emerging threat of international terrorism provided Reagan with a powerful justification for his aggressive policies in Central America.

Phil Travis graduated from Radford University with a bachelor's of science in history in 2001.  He went on to the University of Kentucky for a master's degree, and received his doctorate in history from Washington State University in 2014.  He has taught at the State College of Florida since 2015.

Sarver Roanoke's Other Star

Richard Sarver has added to his histories of the local steel industry in Roanoke, Virginia.  In 2017, he published Roanoke's Other Star, a follow-up to his 2012, Taking the Heat: A Steelworker's Story.  Flatwoods Press published both histories.  Roanoke's Other Star examines a small, independent steel operation and how it pioneered a revolutionary new steel-making process.  Richard's first book, Taking the Heat, relays his personal story of having worked in the steel industry since the age of 18.  As part of that story, Richard completed his degree in history while working full-time in the steel mill.

Sarver Taking the Heat