33 Historians Worth Following on Twitter

July 13, 2011 History

Historians can tell you that their degrees are one of the best liberal arts degrees around — historians learn how to conduct research, they learn how to write and how to cite information. These skills could lead them to a variety of jobs from teaching and archaeology to event planning and politics. But, few people seem to notice historians…as you can see from this list of 33 historians worth following on Twitter.

Our list is filled with interesting historians, and some of them have few followers…so give them a shout and let them know if you’re interested in their work. Historians, just like celebrities, crave attention! This list is categorized by number of followers and listed alphabetically by first name within those categories.

History of the SoldierOver 10,000 Followers

  1. BBC History Magazine: Although this is Twitter account is listed as a magazine, the engine behind this site is Dave Musgrove, the editor.
  2. Niall Ferguson: Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil, is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School.
  3. Tim Hillebrand, PhD: Retired archaeologist who digs Internet marketing, joint ventures, list building, and reviews digital gadgets.

Between 5,000 and 10,000 Followers

  1. Brad Pace: Brad is into a new social history experience dedicated to all types of historical data. He plans to have millions of pages of history.
  2. Dan Cohen: Dan is the director for the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, resources & platforms (Zotero, Omeka) for history & beyond. He’s also a George Mason University professor of history and digital humanities.
  3. Deborah Harkness: Deborah researched the history of magic and science in Europe between 1500 and 1700. Her book, just released, is A Discovery of Witches. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Northwestern University, and the University of California at Davis.
  4. Zahi Hawass: World-renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass currently serves as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and directs ongoing excavations at Giza, Saqqara, and in the Valley of the Kings. Dr. Hawass received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow.

Between 1,000 and 5,000 Followers

  1. Adrian Murdoch: Adrian is the author of Rome’s Greatest Defeat: Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest, which was named one of the books of 2006 by the Daily Telegraph. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
  2. Amanda Vickery: Amanda is a writer, a television and radio presenter and a professor of Early Modern History. She also is the author of Behind Closed Doors, now a BBC series.
  3. Gaby Mahlberg: Known as @TheHistoryWoman, Gaby is a historian and journalist with an interest in early modern British and European history, the history of political thought and discourse, cultural history, utopianism and literature.
  4. Living HistoryHolly Tucker: Known as @history_geek, Holly is a college professor. She’s into the history of medicine, and she’s a self-professed “bibliophile, writer, parent and geek.”
  5. Hugo Schwyzer: Hugo is gender studies and history professor at Pasadena City College. He also is a youth minister, feminist, father and husband.
  6. Jo Guldi: Jo is a historian of modern Britain and a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is a Fellow of the Commonweal Institute of Palo Alto, California, where she writes about the challenges posed by a common system of infrastructure.
  7. Katrina Gulliver: Katrina is a cultural historian. Her current project examines the development of four colonial port cities, Malacca, Havana, New Orleans and Sydney, from the early sixteenth century to 1900. Through this project, She is examining the idea of the colonial metropolis, as well as how each city developed its own identity.
  8. Melanie Backe-Hansen: Melanie is a specialist in researching the history of houses. She works for Chesterton Humberts, the only UK estate agent to employ an historian.
  9. Michelle Laughran: Michelle is a historian who focuses on Venice, Italy, the renaissance, medicine, science, gender and art. She also is a professor, educator and writer.
  10. Norma Hall: Norma has a PhD in Canadian history with a northern focus. She especially likes dead sailors and their involvement in commerce and communication. She also is a visual artist and a writer.
  11. Rupert Colley: Rupert is the founder of History in an Hour (history for busy people), and writer and editor of the History in an Hour iPhone/iPad apps and ebook and iBook series.
  12. Sonja Funke: Sonja is a prehistorical archaeologist and cultural manager. Her main subjects are museums, archaeology,cultural management, marketing, media and public relations.
  13. Suzanne Fischer: Suzanne works as a curator at a large history museum. She received a PhD in the history of science and technology from the University of Minnesota, and she’s increasingly interested in the place of material culture in digital projects.

Under 1,000 Followers

  1. Women's HistoryCaleb McDaniel: Caleb is assistant professor, Department of History at Rice University. He has a PhD in history from johns Hopkins University, 2006, and his current book manuscript is The Ever-Restless Ocean: Garrisonian Abolitionists, Transatlantic Reform, and the Problem of Democracy, 1820-1870.
  2. Frédéric Clavert: Frédéric has his PhD in contemporary history, with focuses on central banking, European integration and digital history.
  3. History Enthusiast: This Twitter user is a history professor, television junkie, fashion fanatic and “(somewhat) eternal optimist.
  4. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen: Jeffrey is an English professor and the director of the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
  5. Joshua Sternfeld: Joshua is a cultural/digital historian with scholarly interests in archives, preservation, libraries, museums, social media, music, and digital historiography.
  6. Matthew Gabriele: Matthew Gabriele is an assistant professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Virginia Tech.
  7. Nathan Rein: Nathan is a historian of religion who studies the Protestant Reformation. he teaches at a small, private, nonsectarian liberal arts college about 45 minutes outside Philadelphia.
  8. Paul Wren: Paul is an anthropologist moonlighting as a software engineer. His specialties are Southwest archaeology and pre-urban residential organization.
  9. Rob MacDougall: Rob is the Ignatius Donnelly assistant professor of history at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. he also is one of the associate directors of UWO’s Centre for American Studies.
  10. Scot French: Scot is an associate professor of digital and public history at the University of Central Florida.
  11. Sean Takats: Sean is the director of Zotero and director of research projects at the Center for History and New Media. He also is assistant professor of history at George Mason University.
  12. Steven Lubar: Steven is the director of public humanities program at Brown and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. He is interested in museums, digital humanities and cultural heritage.
  13. Tom Elliott: Tom is associate director for Digital Programs, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.