What is the Global History Lab?

The Global History Lab: Expanding the Right to Research

Princeton's Global History Lab (GHL) is a platform for learning, skill development and collaboration in the creation of new narratives across global divides. Using cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogical practices and training in oral history methods, the GHL educates students about the history of globalization and prepares them to become knowledge producers for a wider world. The program enlists universities and NGO’s to engage in a new model of global education through peer-to-peer exchanges. It pushes the study and application of history into new humanitarian frontiers by integrating displaced peoples and refugees into its network. It promotes human capabilities of understanding by developing narrative voices and listening skills between strangers. The GHL is committed to the pursuit of the production of knowledge about the global past globally — in a way that is innovative, economical and reaches across the world’s fractures.

In the summer of 2020, the GHL received a multi-year grant from the Open Society University Network (OSUN). With this expansion came a move from Princeton's Department of History, where the GHL was founded in 2012, to its current home at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). With its new OSUN partners, the Central European University(CEU) and Bard College, the GHL has expanded its global reach to international students at over twenty three institutions and NGOs worldwide.  See a list of our international partners here.