Welcome to the website for the Graduate History Society (GHS) of the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

The GHS works to enhance our student community in a variety of ways:

Governance Structure

Each fall, our graduate students elect an executive committee to lead the GHS. These committee members express history graduate students’ concerns and serve as voting members at departmental meetings. The society also has four seats (3 PhD and 1 MA) on the department’s Graduate Program Committee. The GHS is also a member of the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), from which it receives annual funding. All registered graduate students in the department are welcome to attend and participate in GHS monthly meetings.


The GHS Archivist, Eriks Bredovskis, maintains a wide variety of academic and professional resources, including graduate course evaluations, winning scholarship applications from recent years and past comprehensive exam questions. There are also numerous guides on subjects ranging from teaching techniques to campus resources. Visit the online archive. Contact us below if you have difficulty accessing this information or have ideas about improving the archive.

Graduate Student Experience Handbook

Compiled in the summer of 2016, this document is a collective work by history graduate students. Many of us felt that there were times during our graduate work when we felt lost about how to proceed, and that the best solution to this problem was to create a living document in which we could share our collective knowledge. We hope that this handbook will continue to grow as graduate student conditions change, and that through the sharing of knowledge this document will encourage communication and solidarity within the History Department. Download the 2019-2020 GSEC Handbook.


The GHS runs a listserv to foster communication between graduate students in the Department of History. From time to time, members will post items they consider relevant to a large portion of the graduate community. These may include announcements of upcoming talks and seminars, reports from departmental committees, information about jobs and issues arising from the Graduate Students’ Union and CUPE 3902, among other things. Notification of GHS meetings and subsequent minutes is also circulated on the listserv. Membership is monitored by the listserv administrator, and no faculty membership is permitted. Download the guide to joining the listserv.

Events Calendar

To add your event to the calendar, email the Social Chairs, Lief Dubin and Louis Reed-Wood at ghseventscal@gmail.com.

Contact Us

The Graduate History Society has an office located in Sidney Smith Hall, Room 3104. Mail can be directed to the Department of History, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2074, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3.

You can contact us by joining the GHS Facebook Group (open to admitted and current graduate students only), or by contacting the current GHS President, Allison Bailey.

For contact information, visit the Graduate History Society (GHS) page of the Department of History at the University of Toronto’s website (under Curriculum and Course Information in the Graduate section).