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Spring 2019, Graduate Courses

Updated August 8, 2018. If you see any discrepancies between times listed below and the YES schedule please notify Susan Hilderbrand. The YES schedule is always correct.

If you would like additional information on the following courses, please contact the instructor by clicking the email link beside their name.


HISTORY 6110 Introduction to Historical Methods and Research, Tuesday, 9:10-12:00 noon, Benson 200. Professor Emily Greble.

This course is an introduction to methods in historical research and writing. By the end of the semester, students will produce a research paper of 25-35 pages, on a topic of their choice, with the goal of crafting an article that could be submitted for publication in a professional peer-reviewed journal.
The semester will culminate in a public mini-conference in late April, where students will deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on their research. Along the way, we will discuss matters of professional development, including grant writing, the peer review process, oral presentations, and applying for jobs.


HIST 6410 Readings in American History after Civil War, Monday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200, Professor Jeff Cowie.

Intensive reading seminar on the history and historiography of the United States since the Civil War. This course is not a comprehensive survey, but rather an introduction to the field and a starting point for exam preparations in modern U.S. history. Topics include Reconstruction; corporate consolidation; immigration, ethnicity, race, and identity; expertise, bureaucracy, and the state; political economy and consumer cultures; labor and liberalism; civil rights; the politics of sex and the family; the exercise of U.S. power in the world; radicalism and conservatism in the 1960s and beyond; and "postmodern" America. Throughout, we will be attentive to existing frameworks of interpretation that organize this period of U.S. history, their strengths as well as their weaknesses.


HIST 8150 Studies in Environmental History: Nature, Landscape, Environment, Wednesday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200, Professor David Blackbourn.

The seminar will discuss selected readings in the related fields of environmental history, and the history of nature and landscape in Europe. Both material and cultural approaches to the history of human interactions with the natural world will be considered. Topics include ideas about nature, nature as commodity, landscape and nation, empire and environment, human-animal relations, and conservation movements. The human habitats we shall be considering include forests, rivers, the seashore, and islands. The seminar will include student presentations and a final paper.


HISTORY 8300 Studies in Early Modern European History: Post Reformation Religion. Wednesday, 6:10 – 9:00 pm, Benson 200. Professors Peter Lake and Micheal Questier.

The course will concentrate on post reformation English religion in all its political, cultural and social, as well as theological and religious, ramifications. It will start with the Henrician reformation and end in the period immediately before the civil war. This will not be solely about English Protestantism and a certain stress will be given to things Catholic throughout. 


HISTORY 8330 Studies in Recent European History: Revolutions in the Modern World. Thursday, 9:10 – noon, Benson 200. Professor Lauren Clay.

Students will read recent scholarship as well as classic texts on revolution in the modern era. Readings on the French, American, Haitian, and Russian Revolutions, among others, will explore themes ranging from rights to violence/war to economic change to revolution in global context. Students will write several short historiographical essays as well as a research paper.


HISTORY 8640 Studies in Global History: Empire and Law. Tuesday, 3:10 – 6:00 pm pm, Benson 200. Professor Lauren Benton.

The "imperial turn" in recent historiography has encompassed increased attention to law in imperial history, including study of the empires' legal treatment of indigenous peoples and the relation of imperial law to the changing global order. This course will include some selected readings from the works of key European writers (for example, Francisco de Vitoria and Hugo Grotius) while focusing mainly on secondary readings in the legal history of European empires between 1500 and 1900. Student papers will include an extended analysis of a primary source or set of sources.


HISTORY 8750 Studies in American History: Readings in Justice, Power, and Politics, Thursday, 12:10-3:00 pm, room TBA. Professor Rhonda Y. Williams.

Description here: According to the groundbreaking and award-winning "Justice, Power and Politics" book series: "Tremendous historic political shifts in the United States, alongside trends in the historical scholarship, have noticeably increased lay as well as scholarly interest in the most contested periods in our nation's past. Among scholars there has been a particularly marked interest in better understanding the ways in which people have fought for and defined "justice" in this country during the twentieth century, struggled for a greater voice in society (and thus greater power), and attempted to democratize access to politics."
With books in the JPP series as its foundation, this graduate seminar will examine the historical manifestations of power and oppression; the dynamics of organizing and movements for justice; and histories of and present-day manifestations of justice and the impact on policy and politics.
*The course also seeks to feature guest lectures by those involved with and/or authors in the JPP book series.