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Department of History

Department Website: http://history.uchicago.edu

Chair

  • Adrian Johns

Professors

  • Clifford Ando
  • Leora Auslander
  • John W. Boyer
  • Mark P. Bradley
  • Alain Bresson
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty
  • Paul Cheney
  • Bruce Cumings
  • Brodwyn Fischer
  • Cornell Fleischer, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Jan Ellen Goldstein
  • Ramón Gutiérrez
  • Jonathan Hall
  • James Hevia, College
  • Thomas Holt
  • Adrian D.S. Johns
  • James Ketelaar
  • Emilio H. Kourí
  • Jonathan Levy
  • David Nirenberg, Committee on Social Thought
  • Kenneth Pomeranz
  • Robert J. Richards
  • Mauricio Tenorio
  • John E. Woods
  • Tara Zahra

Associate Professors

  • Fredrik Albritton Jonsson
  • Guy S. Alitto
  • Dain Borges
  • Matthew Briones
  • Susan Burns
  • Jane Dailey
  • Jacob Eyferth, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • Rachel Fulton Brown
  • Adam Green
  • Faith Hillis
  • Jonathan Lyon
  • Emily Osborn
  • Ada Palmer
  • Richard Payne
  • Johanna Ransmeier
  • James Sparrow
  • Amy Dru Stanley

Assistant Professors

  • Kathleen Belew
  • Eleanor Gilburd
  • Alice Goff
  • Amy Lippert
  • Michael Rossi

Associate Faculty

  • Muzaffar Alam, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • Michael Allen, Classics
  • Fred Donner, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • James Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association
  • R.H. Helmholz, Law School
  • Dennis Hutchinson, Master New Collegiate Division
  • Alison LaCroix, Law School
  • Rochona Majumdar, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • Paul Mendes Flohr, Divinity School
  • Willemien Otten, Divinity School
  • John F. Padgett, Political Science
  • Lucy Pick, Divinity School
  • A. Holly Shissler, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Laura Weinrib, Law School

Emeritus Faculty

  • Ralph A. Austen
  • Kathleen Neils Conzen
  • Edward Cook
  • Prasenjit Duara
  • Constantin Fasolt
  • Sheila Fitzpatrick
  • Michael Geyer
  • Hanna H. Gray
  • Harry Harootunian
  • Neil Harris
  • Ronald B. Inden
  • Walter E. Kaegi
  • Julius Kirshner
  • Tetsuo Najita
  • Julie Saville
  • William Sewell
  • Christine Stansell
  • Ronald Suny
  • Noel Swedlow
  • Bernard Wasserstein

From its 1892 establishment as one of the founding departments of the University of Chicago, the History Department has fostered programs leading to the Ph.D. degree in a broad range of fields. Theoretically sophisticated comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are a hallmark of our program. Along with graduate fields organized by traditional regional, national, and chronological boundaries, the Department offers a comprehensive range of interdisciplinary, theoretical, and comparative fields of study. 

The History Department expects to welcome about twenty new graduate students each year. They are broadly distributed by field and backgrounds. Faculty members work in close concert with students in the small graduate seminars, colloquia, and tutorials that form the core of advanced training at Chicago. It is here, in intense interaction with faculty and fellow students, that individual interests and the professional skills of the historian are honed. As in any history program, a student is expected to learn to read critically, to search out and analyze primary materials with skill, and to write with rigor. At Chicago, we also expect that students will demonstrate through their own creativity a significant advancement in the field itself.

Students are strongly encouraged to take courses outside of History and to compose one of their three oral fields in a comparative or theoretical discipline. There are extensive opportunities to develop ancillary fields with faculty in other social science and humanities programs, and in the University’s professional schools. Through consortia arrangements, students can also supplement their Chicago studies with work at Stanford, Berkeley, or any of the Ivy League or Big Ten Midwestern universities, where they can earn credit for courses while registered at the University of Chicago.

Central to our program are interdisciplinary workshops and special conferences that bring together students and faculty from throughout the University for intellectual exchange. Some recent workshops involving Department members include African Studies, Early Modern, East Asia, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History of the Human Sciences, Human Rights, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France, Late Antiquity and Byzantium, Latin American History, Medieval Studies, Middle East History and Theory, Modern European History, Race and Religion, Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies, Russian Studies, and US History. Workshops ensure dissertation writing students a supportive intellectual community within which both students and faculty are able to present and comment upon research in progress.

For more detailed information on History Department faculty and the graduate program, please visit the Department’s website at http://history.uchicago.edu/.

Admission

Requirements for admission are:

  1. The degree of Bachelor of Arts or its equivalent
  2. A distinguished undergraduate record
  3. High competence in foreign language

Four parts of the application are critically important: the student’s academic record, letters of recommendation submitted by persons able to describe the student’s achievements and promise, a significant example of the student’s work, (bachelor’s essay, master’s thesis, research or course paper) and, finally, the student’s statement of purpose, which describes the intellectual issues and historical subjects to be explored at the University of Chicago. Although many graduate students change their focus in the course of their studies, it is helpful to have the clearest possible idea of applicants’ interests and any research experience to date.

In addition, applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination aptitude scores that are not more than five years old (the History subject test is not required). It is advisable to take the GRE no later than October so that scores will arrive on time. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Information on How to Apply

The application process for admission and financial aid for all Social Sciences graduate programs is administered through the divisional Office of the Dean of Students. The Application for Admission and Financial Aid, with instructions, deadlines and department specific information is available online at: https://apply-ssd.uchicago.edu/apply/

Questions pertaining to admissions and aid should be directed to ssd-admissions@uchicago.edu or (773) 702-8415. Most of the documents needed for the application can be uploaded through the online application.

Program for the First Year

Normal registration the first year is eight graded courses. Among the eight courses taken, the curriculum for the first year prescribes:

  1. Two quarter seminar
  2. Historiography course (HIST 69900 Colloquium: Historiography)
  3. Five additional courses

These courses are taken for letter grades and must be completed by the end of the spring quarter. Students receive the master’s degree upon completing the first year curriculum.

Students are also required to take a foreign language reading examination during their first term. Each field will specify the language(s) to be used and the degree of proficiency required. The fields will also determine whether students have met the requisite standards.

Near the end of the spring quarter a faculty committee will decide whether a student is qualified to proceed toward the Ph.D. degree. Evidence for the judgment will be:

  1. Evaluation of the seminar paper
  2. Autumn and winter quarter course grades
  3. Successful completion of at least one foreign language examination 

After the First Year

Students who are recommended for the Ph.D. continue their formal study and will be expected to complete another year of graded course work including another graded seminar, unless they petition for credit for previous graduate work. The Ph.D. field examination is taken after completion of coursework by October 20th of the third year. Students are examined in three Ph.D. fields in a two hour oral examination. By the end of the third year, the student presents the dissertation proposal at a hearing, and it must be approved by the dissertation committee. The student is then admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree after the hearing and all other requirements are complete.

Pre-Dissertation Fellowships

The Freehling, Kunstadter, and Sinkler families and friends have made funds available for summer research fellowships of up to $2,000, to support travel to archival collections. Two Eric Cochrane Traveling Fellowships of $3,000 each are awarded annually to assist graduate students in Western European History in making a summer research trip to Europe. The John Hope Franklin Fellowship was created to award students working on African American or Southern U.S. history conduct summer archival research. Other fellowships may be available each year. Awards of up to $300 for travel to present papers at scholarly conferences are available.

Work On The Dissertation

Following approval of the dissertation proposal and subsequent admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree, students are expected to devote their time to dissertation research. Each year the Division of Social Sciences and the department awards a number of dissertation write-up fellowships including departmental fellowships funded by the Duncan and Barnard families and the Quinn foundation. Formal defense of the completed dissertation, written with the guidance of a three or four member dissertation committee, concludes the degree requirements. All requirements for the Ph.D. degree including the final defense must be completed within nine years from the date of matriculation for students entering the program in Autumn 2016 or later, although many students graduate in six to eight years.

Teaching Opportunities

Teaching is required for students in the Ph.D. program. Students serve as assistants and lecturers in introductory History courses, Social Sciences and Humanities core sequences, the College writing program, and various civilizations sequences. The History Department’s von Holst Prize Lectureships permit three students to design undergraduate courses centered on their dissertation research. The students who receive the Bessie L. Pierce Prize Preceptorship Award guide third and fourth year History undergraduates in A.B. essay seminars. Students acquire initial teaching experience through an internship program in which they assist faculty with the design, teaching, and grading of courses. Numerous students also gain valuable college teaching experience in other Chicago area institutions.

History Courses

HIST 32610. Paris and the French Revolution. 100 Units.

The French Revolution is one of the defining moments of modern world history. This course will explore the mix of social, political, and cultural factors which caused its outbreak in 1789 and go on to consider the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy in 1792, the drift towards state-driven Terror in 1793-94, and the ensuing failure to achieve political stability down to the advent of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799. We will view these epochal changes through the prism of France's capital city. Paris shaped the revolution in many ways, but the revolution also reshaped Paris. The urbane city of European enlightenment acquired new identities as democratic hub from 1789 and as site of popular democracy after 1793-94. In addition, the revolution generated new ways of thinking about urban living and remodelling the city for the modern age. A wide range of primary sources will be used, including visual sources (notably paintings, political cartoons and caricatures, and maps).

Instructor(s): C. Jones     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Students taking FREN 22619/32619 must read French texts in French.
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 22610, FREN 32619, FREN 22619

TURK 40589. Advanced Ottoman Historical Texts. 100 Units.

Based on selected readings from major Ottoman chronicles from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, the course provides an introduction to the use of primary narrative materials and an overview of the development and range of Ottoman historical writing. Knowledge of modern and Ottoman Turkish required.

Instructor(s): C. Fleischer     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Consent required
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 58301

HIST 42603. Colloquium: Virtues and Vices in Medieval Christian Thought. 100 Units.

What is virtue? How does a soul acquire it? What happens when it succumbs to vice? As medieval monks, preachers, poets, and scholastics understood, training the soul in virtue is no easy task. The vices, like demons, are ever ready to attack, rendering the soul a battlefield-or a castle under siege. How ought the soul prepare? In this course, we read across the medieval tradition of thinking about the soul's struggle with virtue and vice from Prudentius's "Psychomachia" to Dante's "Inferno" and "Purgatorio". We will consider sources commenting on scripture, particularly Gregory the Great's "Moralia in Job", as well as those drawing on Aristotle, including William of Auvergne's Treatise on the Virtues. We will pay special attention to the role of memory, allegory, and confession as practices for training the soul, along with more formal theories of virtue and vice.

Instructor(s): R. Fulton Brown     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level undergraduates by consent of instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): HCHR 42603

HIST 42803. Varieties of Intellectual History: Reading Rousseau and Freud. 100 Units.

This discussion course has been designed to serve as an introduction to the discipline of intellectual history through a sampling of the abundant and diverse scholarly literature on two pivotal modern thinkers, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Sigmund Freud. The course will be divided into two parts, one on each thinker. Each part will begin with a reading of selected texts by Rousseau or Freud, followed by a consideration of a series of books and articles that, by means of very different methodologies, seek to make sense of those texts, specify their conditions of possibility, or assess their reception and impact. Intended primarily for graduate students but open to upper-level undergraduates with permission of the instructor.

Instructor(s): J. Goldstein     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level undergraduates with consent of instructor

HIST 47701. Colloquium: US Social History-Catholics as Americans. 100 Units.

This colloquium focuses on recent historiography to explore the implications of the presence of Roman Catholics within the American population for the central interpretive narratives of American history. Readings will range in time from the colonial period to the later twentieth century, and address such themes as colonization, westward expansion, immigration and ethnicity, church-state relations, slavery and the Civil War, citizenship and political participation, welfare and reform, gender and sexuality, race relations, transnational ties.

Instructor(s): K. Conzen     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level undergraduates with consent of instructor
Equivalent Course(s): HCHR 37701

HIST 48501. Colloquium: Governance through Debt. 100 Units.

With a focus on the long twentieth century, we explore how government debt-whether repudiated by the American Confederacy, used to finance municipal infrastructure, or issued by the World Bank to stimulate development around the globe-shaped matters of governance, sovereignty, and inequality. Readings consist of some theory, a handful of primary sources, and mostly secondary readings that cut across geographical and political boundaries.

Instructor(s): D. Jenkins     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level undergraduates with consent of instructor

HIST 49301. Colloquium: History and the Archive. 100 Units.

This course takes up the archive as a tool of historical thinking in the modern period. We will be oriented towards three related themes. First, we will consider how the archive has structured historical practice from the emergence of the research seminar in the mid-nineteenth century through the new historicism of the late twentieth century. Second, we will take up historians' treatment of the archive as an object of study in works of social and cultural history, postcolonial studies, gender studies, and memory studies. Putting these concerns together, we will finally turn toward the tension between the archive in theory and practice, addressing what has recently been termed "the archival divide" between the commitments of archivists and historians in the face of the cultural and digital turns.

Instructor(s): A. Goff     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Open to upper-level ugrads with consent of instructors

HIST 49302. Colloquium: History of Political Corruption. 100 Units.

The aim of this colloquium is to immerse students in the long history of corrupt political practices, especially (but not exclusively) in Europe. Dynastic regimes, nepotistic/clientilistic patronage networks, and the buying and selling of offices are only some of the ways that corruption, as we typically define it today, has left its mark on history. This course will concentrate on recent historiography about the history of corruption, from the Roman Empire to the modern period, but we will also read select primary sources in order to consider how past polities understood political corruption and sought to address it.

Instructor(s): J. Lyon     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Open to upper-level ugrads with consent of instructors
Note(s): All required readings will be in English. Grades will be based on a series of short papers and classroom discussion.

HIST 49404. Colloquium: Historical Time and the Anthropocene. 100 Units.

The course will review debates in the social sciences and the humanities on the idea of a new geological age of the humans, the so-called Anthropocene, and discuss their implications for historiography and historical thinking.

Instructor(s): D. Chakrabarty     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level undergraduates by consent of instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): SALC 49404, CHSS 49404

HIST 49701. Colloquium: Cultural Cold War. 100 Units.

In this course we will consider culture wars amidst the Cold War. We will range across media and aesthetic schools to examine the entanglement of art and politics, culture and diplomacy, creativity and propaganda, consumerism and the avant-garde, nuclear aspirations and dystopian visions, artistic freedom and police operations. The course's basic premise is that, notwithstanding the bipolar world it created, the Cold War was a multisided affair, so our readings will extend beyond the United States and the Soviet Union to include various national contexts.

Instructor(s): E. Gilburd     Terms Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level undergraduates with consent of instructor
Equivalent Course(s): PLSC 49701, REES 49701

HIST 50002. Colloq: Africa in the Era of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 100 Units.

This graduate course explores the history of the slave trade and the making of the Atlantic World using a range of secondary and primary sources, from oral traditions to digital datasets to diaries and ship records. We will start by examining African social and political systems prior to European contact and then investigate the emergence of the slave trade as a major force of change across the oceanic basin. Themes of study include oral, archaeological, and textual sources of history; definitions and practices of slavery; the dynamics of trade, gender, warfare, and enslavement; and the making of the Atlantic World.

Instructor(s): E. Osborn     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): GNSE 50002, CRES 50002

HIST 56705. Colloquium: Modern Korean History I. 100 Units.

By modern, we mean Korea since its "opening" in 1876. We read about one book per week in the autumn. Before each session, one student will write a three- to four-page paper on the reading, with another student commenting on it. In the winter, students present the subject, method, and rationale for a research paper. Papers should be about forty pages and based in primary materials; ideally this means Korean materials, but ability to read scholarly materials in Korean, Japanese, or Chinese is not a requirement for taking the colloquium. Students may also choose a comparative and theoretical approach, examining some problems in modern Korean history in the light of similar problems elsewhere, or through the vision of a body of theory.

Instructor(s): B. Cumings
Prerequisite(s): Open to upper-level undergraduates with consent.
Equivalent Course(s): EALC 56705

HIST 57000. -/+: Molding, Casting, and the Shaping of Knowledge. 100 Units.

Of all technologies of reproduction and resemblance, those of molding and casting are perhaps the most intimate. An object, a sculpture, a creature, a person is slathered in plaster (or some other form-hugging material), and the resulting "negative" image is rendered into a "positive" replica. This course explores the various historically and culturally contingent meanings that have been attached to these technical procedures-despite their ostensibly "styleless" or "anachronistic" character-from the ancient world to the present day. Used in practices ranging from funerary rituals to fine art, natural history to medicine, anthropology to forensics, molding and casting constitute forms of knowledge production that capture at once the real and the enduring, the ephemeral and fleeting, and the authentic and affective. Featuring a diverse set of readings by authors such as Pliny the Elder, Charles Sanders Peirce, Walter Benjamin, Oswald Spengler, Gilbert Simondon, and others, the colloquium will address theoretical and methodological questions pertaining to concepts of materiality, indexicality, tactility, scalability, and seriality. Besides plaster, the objects of our analysis will comprise a diverse range of media including but not limited to wax, metal, photography and film, synthetic polymers, and digital media.

Instructor(s): P. Crowley and M. Rossi     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): CHSS 57000, KNOW 57000, ARTH 47300, ANTH 54835

HIST 58601. Colloquium: Iran and Central Asia. 100 Units.

The first quarter will take the form of a colloquium on the sources for and the literature on the political, social, economic, technological, and cultural history of Western and Central Asia from 900 to 1750. Specific topics will vary and focus on the Turks and the Islamic world, the Mongol universal empire, the age of Timur and the Turkmens, and the development of the "Gunpowder Empires."

Instructor(s): J. Woods     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Open to upper-level ugrads with consent of instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): CMES 58601, NEHC 30943

HIST 58602. Colloquium: Iran and Central Asia 2. 100 Units.

The second quarter will be devoted to the preparation of a major research paper.

Instructor(s): J. Woods     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HIST 58601; open to upper-level undergraduates with consent
Equivalent Course(s): CMES 58602, NEHC 30944

HIST 60302. Coll: Immigration and Assimilation in American Life. 100 Units.

This course explores the history of immigration in what is now the United States, starting with the colonial origins of Spanish, French, Dutch, and English settlements, the importation of African slaves, and the massive waves of immigrants that arrived in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Additionally, we will study the adaptation of these immigrants, exploring the validity of the concept of assimilation, comparing and contrasting the experiences of the "old" and "new" immigrants based on their race, religion, and class standing.

Instructor(s): R. Gutiérrez     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Open to upper-level ugrads with consent of instructor
Equivalent Course(s): AMER 60302, LACS 60302, GNSE 60300

HIST 62405. Colloquium: Early Modern North America. 100 Units.

This course focuses on the complex, contested, and often violent world of North America in the early modern period, from the early sixteenth through the late eighteenth century. Although in the past "early America" has sometimes been synonymous with the thirteen colonies that eventually formed the United States, this class will stress the multicultural, multi-imperial, and multipolar nature of early North America, and the many connections between the continent and the rest of the early modern world. Roughly half the class will be devoted to classics in the historiography and half to exemplars of recent trends in the scholarship of the field.

Instructor(s): M. Kruer     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): AMER 62405

HIST 62903. Colloquium: Urban US History. 100 Units.

This course introduces graduate students to important and innovative scholarly texts in the study of American urban history, with a focus on the nineteenth century. Readings touch upon a range of methodologies, themes, and historical experiences, with some focus on white-Indian relations, slavery, gender roles, the West, reformism, and the cultural histories of market relations, public perception, and spectacle, and print communication. The colloquium is intended for doctoral students in any department who intended to pursue primary, secondary, or outside fields of study in US history, American social and cultural history, comparative cultural history, or American literature. Requirements include careful reading, active and thoughtful participation, and two historiographical presentations in class.

Instructor(s): A. Lippert     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): AMER 62903, CRES 62903, GNSE 62903

HIST 63003. Colloquium: The American South, 1865-Present. 100 Units.

The South has had something of a historical makeover in recent years. The region previously associated with hierarchy, racism, patriarchy, ignorance, superstition, intolerance, violence, and a studied unfamiliarity with legal norms obtaining elsewhere has been transformed, as one historian of the South put it recently, into "a place that nurtured radical political alternatives and offered them up to the rest of the nation." In the nineteenth century yeomen farmers resisted the forces of capitalist economic change and slaves helped turn a war for reunion into one for emancipation. In the twentieth century "women worked for political equality and social reform; industrial workers organized to right the oppressive hegemony of the business elite; and African Americans' constant struggle against white supremacy made the civil rights movement possible." We will explore this massive narrative paradigm shift in this course, which is intended for graduate students in US history. Our readings will emphasize recent publications driving the new southern synthesis, and ask whether this "new New South" synthesis can withstand recent events.

Instructor(s): J. Dailey     Terms Offered: Spring

HIST 63906. Colloquium: Topics in Cultural History. 100 Units.

This course examines the development of the field of cultural history, and the opportunities and pitfalls it presents as an historical methodology. Our discussions will begin with the United States, but will encompass the transnational turn. Themes may include production and reception, gender, race, performance, material culture, and visual and literary analysis.

Instructor(s): K. Belew     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Graduate students only by consent of instructor

HIST 64609. Colloquium: Marx IX. 100 Units.

This course will continue an intensive examination of central aspects of Karl Marx's mature social theory. A prerequisite for the course is familiarity with the first two volumes of Capital in this sequence. Following a brief review of central aspects of the first two volumes, we will focus on a close reading of the third volume of Capital. Those texts will be approached as an attempt to formulate a critical and reflexive theory that would be adequate to the character and dynamic of modern social life.

Instructor(s): M. Postone
Prerequisite(s): Familiarity with Capital, vol. 1–2, or permission of the instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): PLSC 46409, GRMN 45308

HIST 64610. Colloquium: Marx X. 100 Units.

This course will continue an intensive examination of central aspects of Karl Marx's mature social theory. A prerequisite for the course is familiarity with the first two volumes of Capital in this sequence. Following a brief review of central aspects of the first two volumes, we will focus on a close reading of the third volume of Capital. Those texts will be approached as an attempt to formulate a critical and reflexive theory that would be adequate to the character and dynamic of modern social life.

Instructor(s): M. Postone
Prerequisite(s): HIST 64609
Equivalent Course(s): GRMN 45309, PLSC 46412

HIST 69900. Colloquium: Historiography. 100 Units.

This course is designed as a forum to grasp intellectual issues across the historical discipline and balance the tendency towards specialization in the profession. While the course may be most helpful for graduate students in history early in their career, it is also open to more senior students and those interested in history outside the department. A ten-week course can hardly do justice to debates on the nature of history and the nuances of writing history. Thus this course is selective by necessity. The class is basically structured around discussion of the assigned materials, but each session will be introduced by a short lecture.

Instructor(s): M. Tenorio     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor; open only to first-year History graduate students.

HIST 70803. Sem: Text & Material Culture in the Greek & Roman World 1. 100 Units.

This two-quarter graduate seminar, which fulfills the seminar requirement for graduates in the Department of History History and the Department of Classics' Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World, will explore the theoretical, methodological, political, and ethical dimensions involved in juxtaposing textual documentation with archaeological evidence to reconstruct the past. Discussion of themes such as the economy, death, colonization, and memory will be interspersed with detailed case studies. The first quarter will be devoted to guided reading and discussion while the second quarter will be reserved for writing a major research paper. Students will also be permitted to enroll for just the first quarter by arrangement with the instructors.

Instructor(s): J. Hall and C. Kearns     Terms Offered: Autumn
Note(s): Students may enroll for just the first quarter by arrangement with the instructors.
Equivalent Course(s): ANCM 44818, CLAS 44818

HIST 70804. Sem: Text & Material Culture in the Greek & Roman World 2. 100 Units.

The second quarter is reserved for writing a major research paper.

Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HIST 70803, ANCM 44818, or CLAS 44818
Equivalent Course(s): ANCM 44819, CLAS 44819

HIST 75801. Seminar: Law and Society in China 1. 100 Units.

This two-quarter seminar of reading and research explores the intersection of law and society in Modern China. During the autumn we read primary and secondary texts drawn from the Qing through the PRC periods. Readings are both in translation and in Chinese. (Students should expect that primary source research for their winter quarter seminar papers extend beyond the sources sampled on the autumn syllabus.) We will engage with debates about the extent of civil law in imperial China. To what extent are legal practices in the Republican era and PRC a legacy of Qing law or Qing custom? How does Chinese society's definition of a crime change over time, and what role does the law play in shaping social attitudes toward different behavior? The course includes opportunities to reflect upon the overall evolution of China's legal system throughout this dynamic period and to study foundational texts for a field exam.

Instructor(s): J. Ransmeier     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): EALC 75801

HIST 75802. Seminar: Law and Society in China 2. 100 Units.

In the winter quarter students will complete an original research paper, engaging with sources and themes initiated during the autumn. The ability to pursue research in Chinese will be a substantial asset in this course-significantly expanding the kinds of source material and range of topics available for research-but it is not required. Although the focus of this seminar sequence is "China," students with an interest in comparative studies are welcome to bring those interests to light in their research papers provided they demonstrate sophisticated use of their sources.

Instructor(s): J. Ransmeier     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HIST 75801 or EALC 75801
Equivalent Course(s): EALC 75802

HIST 75902. Seminar: Crime, Law, and Family Life in Modern China 1. 100 Units.

Equivalent Course(s): EALC 75902

HIST 76603. Seminar 1: Japan's Empire, 1868-1945. 100 Units.

This seminar explores the rise, fall, and aftermath of the Japanese empire through an intensive reading of classic and recent scholarship. Topics to be explored include imperial ideology, relationships between the metropole and colonies, techniques of colonial rule, the political economy of the empire, and the afterlife of empire for East Asia. This course can be taken as a one-quarter colloquium or a two-part seminar. The latter requires the research and writing of an original seminar paper of 50-60 pages.

Instructor(s): S. Burns     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): EALC 76603

HIST 76604. Seminar 2: Japan's Empire, 1868-1945. 100 Units.

Part two of a two-quarter seminar focuses on the reading and writing of the seminar paper.

Instructor(s): S. Burns     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HIST 76603 or EALC 76604
Equivalent Course(s): EALC 76604

HIST 85600. Seminar: Globalization and Its Discontents, Europe and the United States I. 100 Units.

This two-quarter graduate seminar will explore the economic, cultural, political, and social history of globalization and de-globalization in Europe and the United States since the late-eighteenth century. Taking the perspective that "globalization" is not a teleological process, but one with pauses and reversals, we will analyze how Europeans and Americans have responded to mass migration; global economies in the production, distribution, and consumption of commodities; the rise of international finance; the "globalization" of culture; and relationships between globalization and empire, nationalism, and mass politics (including socialism, fascism, and populism). We will consider the history of Europeans and Americans both as "globalizers" and as opponents of globalization, as well as at responses to Europe and the United States as global powers.

Instructor(s): J. Levy and T. Zahra     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructors required to register.

HIST 85601. Seminar: Globalization and Its Discontents, Europe and the United States II. 100 Units.

The winter quarter is devoted to researching and writing a research paper.

Instructor(s): J. Levy and T. Zahra     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HIST 85600

HIST 86701. Seminar: International History I. 100 Units.

In this two-quarter seminar, autumn term is devoted to reading and discussions and the winter term to student research papers. Readings introduce students to international, transnational, and global perspectives on the interaction of historical forces across national boundaries, among them: demographic, environmental, cultural, intellectual, and media exchanges along with the more traditional canon of military, political, and economic interactions.

Instructor(s): M. Bradley     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Open to MA and PhD students only

HIST 86702. Sem: International History II. 100 Units.

Students write the seminar paper in the winter quarter.

Instructor(s): M. Bradley     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Hist 86701

HIST 90000. Reading and Research: History Grad. 100 Units.

Independent study with history faculty. Graduate students only.

Instructor(s): Arr.     Terms Offered: Autumn Spring Summer Winter
Note(s): Select section from Faculty List.

HIST 90600. Oral Fields Preparation: History. 100 Units.

Independent study with history faculty to prepare for the history PhD oral-fields examination.

Instructor(s): Arr.     Terms Offered: Autumn Spring Summer Winter
Note(s): Enter section from faculty list.