Current Courses (Fall 2019)

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


HIS 201I

Atlantic Revolutions and Latin America, 1780-1840

Instructor: Charles Walker

4 units, CRN: 62785 

Schedule: Wednesdays 3:10-6:00 p.m. Room: 4202 SSH

The course will look at the sweeping changes that occurred on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in the Age of Revolution. We will examine the debates about the Absolutism & the Enlightenment, Spanish-American Wars of Independence, the Haitian Revolution, the Andean Rebellions, and more. Students will be able to explore topics of interest in a paper or several shorter essays.

HIS 201Q

Gender and Revolution

Instructor: Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor

4 units, CRN: 62791

Schedule: Thursdays 3:10-6:00 p.m. Room: 4202 SSH

This year’s Women’s and Gender History (WGH) seminar examines the relationships between gender and revolution.  Through readings spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, we will consider how gender shaped radical politics and everyday lives of people who lived through the social, cultural, and political upheavals of the last 250 years.  We will discuss shifting theories of revolution, and how they have been shaped by ideas about gender and sexuality.  As we investigate violence, citizenship, memory, and family, we will explore different modes of presenting revolutionary histories, both inside and outside of the academy.

HIS 202H

State and Society in the 20th Century United States

Instructor: Kathryn Olmsted

4 units, CRN: 62792

Schedule: Mondays 3:10-6:00 p.m. Room: 4202 SSH

We will read, discuss, and write about recent and classic works on 20th century social and political history in the United States. Reading list:

  • Mae Ngai, Impossible Subjects
  • Margot Canaday, The Straight State
  • Greg Grandin, Fordlandia
  • Mark Wilson, Destructive Creation
  • Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound
  • Thomas Sugrue, Origins of the Urban Crisis
  • Thomas Borstelmann, The Cold War and the Color Line
  • Kim Phillips-Fein, Invisible Hands
  • Meg Jacobs, Panic at the Pump
  • Leah Wright Rigueur, The Loneliness of the Black Republican

HIS 203A

Research Seminar

Instructor: Lorena Oropeza

4 units, CRN: 62793

Schedule: Tuesdays 3:10-6:00 p.m. Room: 4202 SSH

Required research seminar for second-year History graduate students. 

HIS 204


Instructor: Corrie Decker

4 units, CRN: 62784

Schedule: Fridays 4:10-7:00 p.m. Room: 4202 SSH

Required seminar for first year History graduate students.