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Undergraduate Courses


The United States in the World


     This survey course explores the United States’ changing relationships to global history from the

     late 18th century through the recent past. Themes include early American encounters with

     indigenous peoples and polities, struggles against European colonial powers in North America,

     Manifest Destiny and settler colonialism, overseas military intervention and colonial conquest

     after 1898, the projection of corporate and commercial power in the early 20th century, Cold

     War militarization and neo-colonial warfare in Asia, the politics of unipolarity following the

     collapse of communism, and the post-9/11 invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.


Transnational America, 1880-1940


     This course explores the ways that a diverse array of transnational processes shaped modern

     American society between Reconstruction and World War II. Topics include immigration and

     nativist movements, diaspora politics, overseas warfare and governance, the export of U. S.

     consumer culture, international reform movements, and American participation in World War I.


Transnational America, 1940-2010


     This course explores the ways that a diverse array of transnational processed shaped modern

     American society between World War II and the recent past. Topics include World War II, the

     impact of the Cold War on American politics, global dimensions of the black freedom struggle,

     the new immigration, the transnationalizing of corporations, the globalization of American

     popular culture, and post-9/11 American foreign policy.


Making Modern America, 1880-1945


     This survey course covers majors themes in American society, culture and politics between the

     end of Reconstruction and World War II. Themes include the invention of the modern

     corporation, the rise of labor and populist politics, the consolidation of Jim Crow, immigration

     and nativist politics, colonialism and the birth of U. S. global power, suffrage and feminist

     movements, cultural radicalism and modernism, U. S. responses to the Great Depression, and

     U. S. participation in World War I and World War II.


Making Modern America, 1945-2010


     This survey course covers majors themes in American society, culture and politics between end

     of World War II and the recent past, with an emphasis on back-and-forth interactions between

     “domestic” and “foreign” dynamics in the shaping of 20th century American society. Themes

     include Cold War militarization, struggles for equality by women and people of color, the rise

     and decline of liberal politics, suburbanization and urban crisis, and the intensification of

     economic globalization.


Immigration, the United States and the World:


     This course explores the historical linkages between US immigration policy, and the United States’

     shifting presence and power in the world across the long 20th century, from the origins

     of Chinese exclusion to the “war on terror.” While often studied apart, immigration

     politics have long influenced the United States’ foreign relations, as revealed in the

     global reactions to restriction, the international politics of refugee admission,

     and the intersections of immigration policy and war.


Debating the United States in the World, 1890-2010


     This course enlists the tools of intellectual and cultural history to track major debates about

     the United States’ changing place in the world in the 20th century. Major themes include

     arguments over the rise of American power in the early 20th century—exemplified by the

     seizure of overseas colonies—the intensifying, global traffic in American goods and

     cultural forms; the US’s participation and non-participation in multilateral

     institutions; the international implications of the United States’ racialized state

     and society; and the contested meanings of US global dominance during and after

     the Cold War.


Class, Culture and Power in 20th Century America


     This course examines 20th century U. S. history through the lens of class: how American society,

     culture and politics during this period were shaped by struggles over material inequality and

     social stratification. Themes include the labor movement, radical politics, the building of the

     welfare state, urbanization and suburbanization, consumer culture, the resurgence of

     conservative politics, exceptionalist ideologies of classlessness and the impact of corporate

     power on U. S. politics.


The Craft of History


     The course introduces students to the skills, methods and practices of historical inquiry, research

     and writing, as a way to both cultivate historical consciousness and prepare students for senior

     thesis research. Topics include the close reading of primary documents, the identification and

     critical evaluation of secondary sources, the uses of evidence, the process of historical

     argument, and methodologies of social history, cultural history, environmental history, gender

     history and comparative history. The course also explores historians’ engagements in public

     debate, and the variety of careers available to students with historical training.


American Masculinities


     The course explores the politics of gender in American society from the colonial period through

     the recent past through the lens of changing definitions of manhood and masculinity. Themes

     include the nature of patriarchal authority during the colonial era, manhood and republican

     citizenship, masculinity and slavery, the gendered politics of Manifest Destiny and colonialism,

     changes in the meanings of fatherhood, militarization and manhood in the 20th century, and

     the politics of heteronormativity.


Race, Modernity and Power


     This course explores race as a modern system of power and knowledge from comparative,

     transnational and global perspectives; while centered on the 19th and 20th century United

     States, it juxtaposes American histories of race those of other societies. Themes include race

     and labor, colonialism, immigration and nativism, consumer culture, sexuality, the eugenics

     movement, race war and genocide, and anti-racial social movements.


Race, Gender and U. S. International History


     This course looks at both racialized and gendered dimensions of 20th century U. S.

     engagements with the world and the participation of women and people of color in the

     making of U. S. foreign relations. Themes include African-American perspectives on colonialism

     and world war, women’s participation in peace movements, the impact of decolonization on

     U. S. racial politics, gendered dimensions of Cold War ideology, and the remaking of race and

     gender in the post-9/11 period.


Modern Colonialism in Global History


     The course explores the global phenomenon of modern colonialism in the 19th and 20th

     centuries, with an emphasis on the mutual and uneven transformations of metropolitan and

     colonial societies. Themes include imperial capitalism, colonial governance and law, the

     politics of racial difference, colonial sexual politics, the role of science and technology, anti-

     colonial movements and decolonization, and colonialism’s contemporary legacies.




Graduate Courses


The Historiography of Modern America


     This historiography course introduces students to core themes and innovative works in the

     writing of modern American history, including discussions of the politics of industrial capitalism,

     the making of the welfare state, movements for racial, gender and sexual equality, cultures of

     consumption, the remaking of urban and suburban spaces, and militarization and empire.


The United States in the World since the Civil War


     This historiography course explores methodological innovations that are allowing U. S. historians

     to reframe historical research “beyond the nation-state.” Topics include new transnational

     approaches to the history of migration, social movements, cultural transfers, consumer culture

     and empire.


Transnational, Imperial and Global Histories


     This historiography course explores methodological innovations that are allowing historians of

     numerous societies to reframe historical research “beyond the nation-state.” The course

     explores the strengths and weaknesses of transnational, imperial and global approaches and

     compares advances occurring within a variety of national-historical traditions.


Immigration in U. S. History


     The course explores the history and historiography of immigration to the United States. Topics

     include immigrants in U. S. politics, changing American attitudes towards immigration,

     European immigrants and whiteness, regimes of border control, immigrant popular culture,

     immigration and colonialism and the Cold War and refugee politics.


Space, Sovereignty, and History


     This historiography course explores recent and emerging efforts to thematize and analyze

     spatial dynamics in the writing of history. Topics include spatiality and capitalism, space and

     imperial boundary-making, the politics of territoriality, regimes of segregation, and the spatial

     politics of social justice.