Current Courses (Winter 2019)

The Department of History is conducting these courses for graduate students during Winter 2019.

This list is subject to change. All courses are restricted to History graduate students during registration. If you are from outside the department and wish to register in a course, please contact  for further information.

Graduate Seminars for Winter 2019

HIS 201I

The Dark Decades: Making Sense of Latin American Post-Independences 

Instructor: Jose Juan Perez Melendez

CRN 38148. Thursdays 8:00-10:50 a.m., Room: Social Science & Humanities 2202

What happened in Latin America and the Caribbean after the Age of Revolutions? According to political scientists, dependentistas and neoinstitutionalists alike, the "power vacuum" experienced by erstwhile Iberian colonies during the wars of independence led to the "lost decades," a period in which Spanish and Portuguese America diverged significantly from the ostensibly more democratic neighbor to the north. For generations, social scientists have thus characterized state-formation processes in the region at worst as anarchic and at best as orbital to more successful models. Yet, how may one understand the vast array of processes of government-formation and national consolidation that took place in these dark decades on their own terms? This seminar probes both into the fine-grain nature of associational dynamics that arose in the region and the geopolitical and financial dealings that framed governmental power from c.1820 to the 1870s. Discussions will cover the domestic dimensions of government-formation, including the emergence of new collectivities and new citizenship claims, as well as the hemispheric and global counterpoints, especially in the U.S. and the Mediterranean, of Latin America's great transformation.

HIS 201Q

Global Intimacies

Instructor: Howard Chiang

CRN 54808. Tuesdays 4:10-7:00 p.m., Room: Social Science & Humanities 4202

This graduate seminar provides a critical introduction to the history of gender, sexuality, and intimate relations in the modern world.  It pays special attention to the production of knowledge, the operation of power, and how they relate to the construction of personhood and the body as sites of meaning-making, grounds for political struggle, loci of cultural identity and social conflict, objects of scientific study and legal regulation, and guarantors of human difference.  A key agenda of this course is to develop the intellectual capacity to bring questions conventionally directed towards the private/intimate sphere to bear on historical narratives and analyses concerning macro-structural transformations.  This involves the careful interrogation of the concepts, categories, and questions used by scholars in the past and present, always measured against a varying body of empirical evidence.  As such, a more general objective of this course is to cultivate the appropriate tools for rigorous critical historical thinking.

HIS 201W

Mediterranean Passages: The Theory and Practice of a Regional History

Instructor: Susan Miller

CRN 54811. Wednesday 2:10-5:00 p.m., Room: Social Science & Humanities 2202

The Mediterranean has been called the navel of the world. Since ancient times, it has been a sea of passage, trade, and conflict. In this seminar we consider the many ways in which the Mediterranean has been imagined, mapped, and written about from ancient times until the present by looking at various themes framing the idea of the Mediterranean.  We begin by thinking about the viability of the Mediterranean as a geographical and cultural unit through the lens of ancient Greek lyrical poetry. From there we move to other topics, such as cities and routes, war and piracy, concepts of honor and shame, gender, ethnic cleansing, migration and displacement. Finally, we shall consider how historical narrative contributes to defining this region as a constituent of global history.

HIS 201X

Studies in Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Late Capitalism (cross-listed with CST 208)

Instructor: Sudipta Sen

CRN 54812. Wednesdays 3:10-6:00 p.m., Room: Social Science & Humanities 4202

Where are the spaces between forms of subjection and supplication that have emerged over the long 20th century in response to the fragmentary forces of decolonization, post-industrial capitalism, and the redistribution of working bodies across the physical and virtual sites of production? How have they eviscerated and reassembled traditional belongings and imaginaries? What are the subaltern, protean or multitudinous forms of association or opposition left in our new, pointillist global order where the sovereign integrity of the sentient human subject is being dismantled, reassembled and set adrift once again?

HIS 202H

State and Race in the 19th Century U.S.

Instructor: Gregory Downs

CRN 54669. Thursdays 3:10-6:00 p.m., Room: Social Science & Humanities 4202

This course examines the long debate about the existence and nature of the "state" in the 19th century U.S. From Tocqueville's comparative writings in the early 19th century through expansive contemporary debates inspired by William Novak about the size and structure of 19th century governance, the question has shaped arguments about American distinctiveness, law, and politics. More recently scholars have shifted the question as they examined the visible state in Native American territory, the slave and post-emancipation South, and the policing of women and children. 

Required Courses for History Graduate Students 

HIS 203B

Research Seminar

Professor Lorena Oropeza

CRN 38156. Time and Room TBA. For more information see our course descriptions.