Graduate Courses

Fall 2021

CLA 547/PAW 503/HLS 547/HIS 557/ART 527 Problems in Ancient History: Naturalism and Anti-Naturalism This seminar attempts to set the rise of naturalistic depictions in the visual arts (especially the individuated portrait) in the context of literary, philosophical, and medical traditions of the time (6th-4th centuries BCE). The focus and character of the discussions is both historical and historiographic. Instructor(s): Michael Koortbojian
HIS 500 Introduction to the Professional Study of History A colloquium to introduce the beginning graduate student to the great traditions in historical writing, a variety of techniques and analytical tools recently developed by historians, and the nature of history as a profession. Instructor(s): Erika Lorraine Milam, Peter Wirzbicki
HIS 501 Global History (1850s - Present) This seminar offers a history of global interactions roughly since the 1850s, combining an analytical framework with an overarching narrative. It singles out geopolitics, political economy, empire, networks and exchange, warfare and welfare, and oil. Key themes include the Anglo-German antagonism, the U.S.-Japan clash, the rise and fall of global communism, the German story and the European Union, the fall and rise of China, and America's global predominance and partnerships. Instructor(s): Stephen Kotkin
HIS 504/LAS 524 Colonial Latin America to 1810 Seminar covers the history, historiography and theory of Latin America's early modernity. Through works in economic, social, political, and cultural history, we consider why some types of historical questions have seemed more urgent than others at different times and what are the origins and meanings of historiographical shifts over the evolution of the field. Both classic texts and recent works are studied, often in counterpoint. Learning pedagogy is an important element of the course. Course ideally suited for students of early modernity, empires, the Americas, global history. Instructor(s): Vera Silvina Candiani
HIS 510 Africa, Africans, and the Atlantic Slave Trade Seminar highlights the major approaches to and debates about Africa's rich and complicated history with a focus on the impact of the Atlantic slave trade. Topics include the nature of African societies before the era of the Atlantic slave trade; the shifting of Africa's political and economic center of gravity from the interior to the coastal regions; and the demographic, social, and political impact of the slave trade on the Atlantic world including the underdevelopment of Africa and slave resistance in the Americas. Instructor(s): Emmanuel H. P. M. Kreike
HIS 519/GSS 519/HOS 519 Topics in the History of Sex and Gender: History of Women/Gender/Sexuality in the U.S. This seminar surveys the allied fields of women's history, gender history, and the history of sexuality, situating recent works in the context of canonical texts and longstanding debates in the field. Please see instructor for a draft of the syllabus. Instructor(s): Margot Canaday
HIS 530/EAS 520 Modern China This seminar introduces students to major historiographical issues and methodological issues in China's twentieth-century history. The content is divided evenly between the Republic period and PRC history, with occasional forays back to the Qing dynasty. Topics reflect theoretical debates and empirical questions, including: nationalism, civil society, urban life, gender and sexuality, war and revolution, science, law. Instructor(s): Janet Y. Chen
HIS 554 Global History of Capitalism, c. 1850-Present This course surveys capitalism beginning. It asks students to think about comparative responses to global economic integration. Topics include: European free trade and the "opening" of Asia and Africa, the gold standard and international finance, and commodity chains. We examine the economic consequences of world war and the Great Depression, the reconstruction and the experiment in multilateralism with the Bretton Woods system and its breakdown in the 1970s and origins of recent globalization. There are three running themes: the history of commodities, the changes in global finance, and the role of institutions. Instructor(s): Jeremy Ian Adelman
HIS 555/HLS 555 Monotheism and Society from Constantine to Harun al-Rashid The goal of this seminar will be to introduce students to some of the most important ideas and debates surrounding the two major religious revolutions of Late Antiquity: the triumph of Christianity and the subsequent emergence and world conquests of Islam. The course will focus on extensive reading in both primary and secondary literature and students will be introduced to and trained in using major instrumenta studiorum for this period; texts may also be read in Greek, Syriac, and Arabic. No prior knowledge of Late Antiquity, Christianity, or Islam will be assumed. Instructor(s): Jack Boulos Victor Tannous
HIS 556 The Russian Empire: 1672-1917 This seminar covers major topics of Russian history from the late 17th century to 1917: political cultures and the institutions of autocracy; Russia in the age of Enlightenment; Nationalism and the policy toward non-Russian nationalities; Russian Empire in comparative perspective; Church and State in Imperial Russia; Russian village before and after the emancipation of peasants; social, legal, and cultural reforms; revolutionary movement and the development of Russian political thought. Instructor(s): Ekaterina Pravilova
HIS 559 The Soviet Empire and Successor States This seminar covers the history of the Soviet Union from inception until dissolution and slightly beyond. The readings are exhaustive and comprehensive, with particular attention paid to institutions, empire, the cultural foundations of politics, and the world context. Instructor(s): Stephen Kotkin
HIS 569 Global Marxisms During the twentieth century, Marxism became a powerful social and political force in countries across the world. This international success, however, was by no means preordained. Tailored to the conditions of a rapidly industrializing Western Europe, Marxist ideas were not easily applied elsewhere. This course examines how theorists sought to revise and adapt Marxist theory to fit the requirements of their time and place. The course pays attention to the way in which intellectuals from a range of countries challenged some of the core principles of Marxism, proposing new ideas about the role of the nation, religion, and race. Instructor(s): Edward George Baring
HIS 572 Topics in American Legal History: American Legal Thought This course gives students an overview of the historiography and historical issues in the field of legal history, with an emphasis on: the relationship between law and society; the influence of scholarship in women's history, African American history, and labor history on legal history; the ways that legal historians have conceived of the exercise of power; and the relationship of people to law and legal institutions. Instructor(s): Laura F. Edwards
HIS 575 Readings in German History This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the literature and problems of German History from 1700 to the mid-20th century and beyond. Instructor(s): Yair Mintzker
HIS 576 Comparative Race/Ethnicity in the United States This course examines the historical approaches to multiracial and multiethnic interactions in the United States. By focusing on the constructions of race and ethnicity through a comparative lens, privileges and societal hierarchy becomes more pronounced and difference more nuanced. Some of the central themes of the course are identity, empire, citizenship, and migration. The majority of readings are from 1850 to the present. Instructor(s): Rosina Amelia Lozano
HIS 578/AAS 578 Topics in African Diaspora History: Emancipation, Migration, Decolonization This readings course considers the dispersals, political movements, cultural production, social bonds, and intellectual labors that together have constituted and continually re-configured the modern African diaspora, from the emergence and collapse of the Atlantic slave system through the late twentieth century. The course tracks the evolution of diaspora as an idea and analytical framework, highlighting its intersections with concepts of Pan-Africanism, black nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and citizenship. Instructor(s): Joshua B. Guild
HIS 586/HOS 586 American Technological History This reading course introduces History Dept. graduate students to historical literature on American technology from the Colonial Era through the Twentieth Century. A chronological survey of technological development highlights the variety of ways scholars have understood technology and its interactions with society and culture from a historical perspective. Instructor(s): Emily Thompson
HIS 587 Readings in Early American History This course provides an introduction to the historiography of colonial North American history. Topics of interest include slavery, settler colonialism, Native American history, race, gender, war, religion, concepts of freedom, the Atlantic world paradigm, and more. We also engage with primary texts. Instructor(s): Wendy Warren
HIS 791 Environment and War No description available Instructor(s): Emmanuel H. P. M. Kreike
HOS 594/HIS 594 History of Medicine: The Cultural Politics of Medicine, Disease and Health A broad survey of major works and recent trends in the history of medicine, focusing on the cultural politics of disease and epidemics from tuberculosis to AIDS, the relationship of history of medicine to the history of the body and body parts, the politics of public health in comparative national perspective. Surveying key controversies at the intersection of biology and medicine, the intellectual and political logic of specialization in fields such as genetics, health and political activism, and the relationship of class, race, and gender to shifting notions of disease and identity. Instructor(s): Keith Andrew Wailoo
HOS 599/HIS 599 Special Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: Alchemy This course takes alchemy as a starting point for exploring the history of medieval and early modern science and medicine. Alchemy's goals ranged from transmuting metals to prolonging life. They also invoke broader themes: religious belief, artisanal practice, secrecy, medical doctrine, experimental philosophy, visual culture. This Spring, the University Library will host an exhibition on alchemical imagery that seeks to combine these themes. We'll use this opportunity to investigate the historical approaches that inform modern presentations of art and science: from displaying artefacts, to reconstructing experiments in a modern laboratory. Instructor(s): Jennifer M. Rampling


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