Spring 2018, Graduate Courses
Updated Sept. 12, 2017. 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 Samira Sheikh
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.
HISTORY 8050 Studies in Comparative History, Nationalism and Nation-Building. Wednesday, 3:10 – 6:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Marshall Eakin
Nationalism and nation building are two of the most powerful and pressing issues of our times. They have played central roles in the history of the world since at least the eighteenth century. In this graduate seminar we will read and discuss a series of classic theoretical works on nationalism and nation building as well as some recent works that illustrate different regional and methodological approaches to the topics.
HISTORY 8077 Gender, Sex and Society: The Sexuality Problem. Thursday, 12:10-3:00 pm, room tba. Professor Katherine Crawford
Historiography of gender and sexuality since the 1970s; reform movements; history of the body; urban geography; feminist and queer theory in historical practice. 
HISTORY 8100, Studies in the History of Medicine, Science, and Technology. Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm, Benson 200. Professor Arleen Tuchman.
Introduction to the history of modern medicine, primarily, although not exclusively, in the United States. Topics include disease, public health, medical practices and research, and professionalization, with careful attention to race, class, and gender. Designed especially for students considering a major or minor field in the history of modern medicine, although open to all.
HISTORY 8320 Studies in European History. Monday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200. Professors Helmut W. Smith and Frank Wcislo
Course introduces graduate students to new research departures and works in the field of modern European history.
HISTORY 8750 Studies in American History, Wednesday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Jefferson Cowie
Race, Class, and Capital in US History
Combining the intellectual streams of the history of capitalism, African-American history, and labor history, this course will examine the development of American political economy with an eye toward questions of racialized class formation, democracy, and the shape of capitalism in the United States. Beginning with the questions of slavery and capitalism, we will move on to free labor development, unions and reform, and party politics. In the twentieth century the seminar will engage in questions of state formation, corporate power, the New Deal, the civil rights movements, and the consolidation of the neoliberal order. The course will require a significant commitment to reading, writing, and participation.
LAW 7323 Islamic Law: from Mecca to Modernity, Thursday, 3:10 – 5:00 pm, room tba. Professor Leor Halevi
Islamic Law occupies a growing role in our popular mindset, and Islamic legal sources and principles are increasingly given attention in secular legal systems the world over. This course will introduce the traditional sources and methodological development of Islamic law, historical and contemporary reformist movements both progressive and reactionary, and ways in which American legal practice engages with Islamic Law. [2-3 credits]