HOS Graduate Courses

Fall 2023

Topics in the History of Sex and Gender: History of Women/Gender/Sexuality in the U.S.
Subject associations
HIS 519 / GSS 519 / HOS 519

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.

Instructors
Margot Canaday
American Technological History
Subject associations
HIS 586 / HOS 586

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.

Instructors
Emily Thompson
History of Medicine: The Cultural Politics of Medicine, Disease and Health
Subject associations
HOS 594 / HIS 594

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.

Instructors
Keith A. Wailoo
Special Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: Experiments in Early Science
Subject associations
HOS 599 / HIS 599

This class approaches the history of early science and medicine by asking how past societies responded to the challenge of observing and testing nature. Historically, what counted as an experiment and how did experiment become the arbiter of scientific discovery in the European world? Drawing on ancient, medieval, and early modern sources, as well as historical reconstructions of past experiments, we trace the changing role of experience across such diverse fields as astronomy, surgery, alchemy, and magic.

Instructors
Jennifer M. Rampling