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Charles Homer Haskins Chair in History

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Established in 1986 by the University in memory of Charles Homer Haskins

HaskinsCharlesCHARLES HOMER HASKINS, A&S 1887, 1890 (PhD), was considered the nation’s first and most important medievalist. After receiving his doctorate from Hopkins, Dr. Haskins taught at the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty of Harvard, where he became dean and remained for the rest of his career. Dr. Haskins’ scholarship focused on Norman contributions to medieval English government and illuminated the impact of Greek and Arabic scientific materials on Western Europe. In 1947, he published a landmark book, The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century. During World War I, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, A&S 1886 (PhD)–with whom he had become friends at Hopkins–appointed Dr. Haskins chief of the Western European division of the American commission to negotiate peace at the Paris Peace Conference.