Graduate Courses

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

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Courses numbered 600–799 are seminars, either general or in special fields. They are designed to give doctoral candidates, according to their individual needs and capacities, training in historical methods; introduction to bibliography; direction for individual reading; and supervision in research, exposition, and interpretation in the preparation of papers and dissertations. Each candidate for an advanced degree will take one seminar in a special field and one general seminar every semester. They are offered every year.

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Problems in American Society and Culture
AS.100.696 (01)

An intensive graduate seminar exploring various topics in US social and cultural history, focusing on the period from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Billie Holiday's Baltimore
AS.060.635 (01)

This course will use the tools of the historical archive, autobiography, memoir, biography, narrative, poetry, film and music to etch a social history of Billie Holiday (1915-1959) in Baltimore, between roughly 1900 and 1960. Holiday’s remarkable and unique art has earned her the title of the premier jazz singer of all-time. Her voice and experience was strongly connected to Baltimore City, its pattern of black migration, its musical culture, urban density, as well as its narcotics and violent crime. Although she was born in Philadelphia, she deliberately falsely claimed in her candid memoir, “I was finally able to prove I’d been born in Baltimore.” As revealing as her willed connection to a particular geography of nativity was her determined claiming of vernacular knowledge outside of the arts. Holiday also insisted, in 1956, “ask them if they think they know something about dope that Lady Day don’t know.” The Baltimore conjunction between her experience of prostitution, crime and violence and her stirring sound also begs the question of the city’s infamous participation as a major site of the global heroin trade. What was the artist’s relationship to her urban geography? How did it change over space and time? What dimension of shared fate did she have with the community of black domestic workers, laborers, artisans, and small business people from the first half of the twentieth century? In what manner did Baltimore’s racial segregation and racism define her life and art? How was her consciousness as a vocal opponent to segregation shaped by her grooming in the city?

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 8/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Readings in the Early U.S. Republic/Nineteenth Century
AS.100.603 (01)

Readings in the Early U.S. Republic/Nineteenth Century. A continuation of course AS.100.604.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar in Modern Chinese History
AS.100.614 (01)

A seminar covering major milestones in research on late imperial and modern Chinese history, primarily in English. Open to undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): HIST-ASIA

Topics in Modern Jewish History
AS.100.666 (01)

Continuation of AS.100.668 Colloquium in Modern Jewish History.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Reading Seminar in Atlantic History 1600-1800
AS.100.680 (01)

This reading seminar will highlight some of the major new works and wide-ranging genres in this lively, stimulating field.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Early Modern France
AS.100.619 (01)

The second part of a two-semester sequence, this seminar examines the history of France and its empire from the seventeenth century to the French Revolution.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Race, Law, History
AS.100.645 (01)

This seminar examines the relationship of law to the construction of race and inequality in US history, investigating the legal archive through the perspectives of critical race theory and critical legal history. Course can be taken a maximum of two times.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Medieval Materialities: Objects, Ontologies, Texts and Contexts
AS.100.672 (01)

We will use the meanings and methodologies of “materiality” to examine the medieval world, by analyzing objects, texts, networks, patterns of circulation and appropriation, aesthetics and enshrinement, production and knowledge communities.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/13
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE

Research Seminar in Atlantic History, 1600-1800
AS.100.681 (01)

Continuation of AS.100.680

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Sex and Slavery II
AS.100.725 (01)

Research and methods in the field of sexuality and slavery studies. Part 2: Caribbean & African Continent.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Closed
  • Seats Available: 0/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Twentieth Century France and the French Empire
AS.100.744 (01)

We will explore major recent work in the history of France, with particular attention to transnational and imperial questions.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (08)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
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Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (09)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (11)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (12)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (10)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Modern American Seminar
AS.100.753 (01)

A graduate workshop in which graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers present their latest research results in 20th century history. Q&A, with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual discussions, and written and oral presentations. Course may not meet weekly

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Gender History Workshop
AS.100.770 (01)

Workshop for presentation of works-in-progress on the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality, including drafts of dissertation chapters, research papers, talks, and proposals. Students in disciplines other than history are welcome. Graduate students only.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

General Seminar: Modern Europe
AS.100.788 (01)

A graduate workshop in which graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers present their latest research results in Modern European History. Q&A, with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual discussions, and written and oral presentations. Course may not meet weekly.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar: Medieval Europe
AS.100.784 (01)

A graduate workshop in which graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers present their latest research results in Medieval European History. Q&A, with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual discussions, and written and oral presentations. Course may not meet weekly.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

General Seminar: America
AS.100.790 (01)

A seminar series in which graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers present their latest research results in American History. Q&A, with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual discussions, and written and oral presentations. Course may not meet weekly.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 26/30
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Seminar
AS.100.782 (01)

This course features presentations from invited speakers. Q&A, with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual discussions, and written and oral presentations. Course may not meet weekly.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/60
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar: Early Modern Europe
AS.100.786 (01)

A graduate workshop in which graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers present their latest research results in Early Modern European History. Q&A, with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual discussions, and written and oral presentations. Course may not meet weekly.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (02)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Social Theory for Historians
AS.100.749 (01)

An examination of the works of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, as examples of the Hegelian, positivist, and hermeneutic traditions of social theory.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (05)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (06)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (03)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (07)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

General Seminar: Latin America
AS.100.792 (01)

A seminar series in which graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers present their latest research results in Latin American History. Q&A, with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual discussions, and written and oral presentations. Course may not meet weekly.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/3
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (04)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/3
  • PosTag(s): n/a

First Year Graduate Workshop
AS.100.798 (01)

First year graduate workshop.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

General Seminar: Africa
AS.100.794 (01)

A seminar series in which graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers present their latest research results in African History. Q&A, with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual discussions, and written and oral presentations. Course may not meet weekly.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (16)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (22)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (18)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
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Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (26)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (27)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Spring Practicum
AS.100.822 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (13)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (30)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.100.804 (02)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.100.804 (06)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (17)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (15)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Literature and Truth: Forgery and Fakes
AS.211.606 (01)

Forgery is an eternal problem. It is a literary tradition in its own right, with connections to politics, Classics, religion, philosophy, and literary theory. Spurious writings impinge on social and political realities to a degree rarely confronted by criticism. This course offers a reading of the sort traditionally reserved for canonical works of poetry and prose fiction, spotlighting forgery’s imaginative vitality and its sinister impact on scholarship. Students will study manuscripts and incunabula drawn from JHU’s Bibliotheca Fictiva, the world’s premier collection of literary forgeries.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/12
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-ITAL

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (20)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (14)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.100.804 (05)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/2
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Guaman Poma, his 12 theses for an new understanding of the World Upside Down
AS.215.641 (01)

As of today, due to the work of Walter Mignolo, Ossio, Lamana and other scholars in Colonial Studies, the 1000 page letter of Guaman Poma to the King of Spain has become the pre-eminent text written on the question of coloniality of power as theorized by Anibal Quijano. Given that the concept is now central to colonial and modern studies, familiarity with the work of Guaman Poma is essential in the formation of all Latin Americanists and scholars interested in coloniality and imperial studies.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/12
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Independent Study
AS.100.804 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (28)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (19)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (25)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (29)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.100.804 (03)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.100.804 (04)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Dissertation Research
AS.100.802 (23)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Women of the Book: Female Mystics, Miracles, and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe
AS.389.325 (01)

Students will study and assess JHU’s new, unparalleled rare book and manuscript collection about the spiritual lives of women at the crossroads of religious mysticism, miracles, and material culture, 1450-1800.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level:
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-ITAL, GRLL-FREN

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.100.696 (01)Problems in American Society and CultureWalters, Ronald 
AS.060.635 (01)Billie Holiday's BaltimoreM 1:00PM - 4:00PMJackson, Lawrence PGilman 130D
AS.100.603 (01)Readings in the Early U.S. Republic/Nineteenth CenturyFurstenberg, Francois 
AS.100.614 (01)Seminar in Modern Chinese HistoryW 11:30AM - 1:30PMRowe, William TGilman 308HIST-ASIA
AS.100.666 (01)Topics in Modern Jewish HistoryF 1:30PM - 4:00PMMoss, KennethGilman 305
AS.100.680 (01)Reading Seminar in Atlantic History 1600-1800T 4:00PM - 6:00PMMorgan, PhilipGilman 305
AS.100.619 (01)Early Modern FranceW 4:00PM - 6:00PMKwass, MichaelGilman 305
AS.100.645 (01)Race, Law, HistoryT 2:00PM - 4:00PMJones, Martha SuzanneGilman 305
AS.100.672 (01)Medieval Materialities: Objects, Ontologies, Texts and ContextsW 3:00PM - 5:30PMLester, Anne, Spiegel, Gabrielle MGilman 313HIST-EUROPE
AS.100.681 (01)Research Seminar in Atlantic History, 1600-1800W 6:00PM - 8:00PMMorgan, PhilipGilman 308
AS.100.725 (01)Sex and Slavery IIT 4:30PM - 6:50PMJohnson, Jessica MarieGilman 77
AS.100.744 (01)Twentieth Century France and the French EmpireT 11:00AM - 1:30PMShepard, ToddGilman 308
AS.100.802 (08)Dissertation ResearchJones, Martha Suzanne 
AS.100.802 (09)Dissertation ResearchMaciejko, Pawel Tadeusz 
AS.100.802 (11)Dissertation ResearchStaff 
AS.100.802 (12)Dissertation ResearchHindmarch-Watson, Katie 
AS.100.802 (10)Dissertation ResearchJelavich, Peter 
AS.100.753 (01)Modern American SeminarTh 4:00PM - 6:00PMStaffGilman 305
AS.100.770 (01)Gender History WorkshopT 2:00PM - 4:00PMHindmarch-Watson, KatieGilman 308
AS.100.788 (01)General Seminar: Modern EuropeTh 4:00PM - 5:50PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.784 (01)Seminar: Medieval EuropeTh 4:00PM - 5:50PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.790 (01)General Seminar: AmericaW 4:00PM - 5:50PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.782 (01)The SeminarM 4:00PM - 5:50PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.786 (01)Seminar: Early Modern EuropeTh 4:00PM - 5:50PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.802 (02)Dissertation ResearchDitz, Toby L 
AS.100.749 (01)Social Theory for HistoriansW 12:00PM - 2:00PMJelavich, PeterGilman 305
AS.100.802 (05)Dissertation ResearchBurgin, Angus 
AS.100.802 (06)Dissertation ResearchBrooks, Jeffrey P 
AS.100.802 (03)Dissertation ResearchMorgan, Philip 
AS.100.802 (07)Dissertation ResearchConnolly, Nathan D 
AS.100.792 (01)General Seminar: Latin AmericaTh 12:00PM - 2:00PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.802 (01)Dissertation ResearchPaquette, Gabriel 
AS.100.802 (04)Dissertation ResearchLurtz, Casey 
AS.100.798 (01)First Year Graduate WorkshopM 12:00PM - 1:00PMBurgin, AngusGilman 308
AS.100.794 (01)General Seminar: AfricaF 3:30PM - 5:00PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.802 (16)Dissertation ResearchMeyer-Fong, Tobie 
AS.100.802 (22)Dissertation ResearchShepard, Todd 
AS.100.802 (18)Dissertation ResearchRowe, Erin 
AS.100.802 (26)Dissertation ResearchSpiegel, Gabrielle M 
AS.100.802 (27)Dissertation ResearchKagan, Richard 
AS.100.822 (01)Spring PracticumStaff 
AS.100.802 (13)Dissertation ResearchKwass, Michael 
AS.100.802 (30)Dissertation ResearchKim, Hayang 
AS.100.804 (02)Independent StudyRowe, William T 
AS.100.804 (06)Independent StudyKwass, Michael 
AS.100.802 (17)Dissertation ResearchMoss, Kenneth 
AS.100.802 (15)Dissertation ResearchMarshall, John W 
AS.211.606 (01)Literature and Truth: Forgery and FakesW 3:00PM - 5:30PMHavens, Earle Ashcroft, II., Stephens, Walter EBLC MackseyGRLL-ENGL, GRLL-ITAL
AS.100.802 (20)Dissertation ResearchLester, Anne 
AS.100.802 (14)Dissertation ResearchLarson, Pier M 
AS.100.804 (05)Independent StudyBerry, Sara S 
AS.215.641 (01)Guaman Poma, his 12 theses for an new understanding of the World Upside DownM 1:00PM - 3:00PMCastro-Klaren, SaraGilman 443GRLL-ENGL
AS.100.804 (01)Independent StudyLurtz, Casey 
AS.100.802 (28)Dissertation ResearchFurstenberg, Francois 
AS.100.802 (19)Dissertation ResearchRowe, William T 
AS.100.802 (25)Dissertation ResearchWalters, Ronald 
AS.100.802 (29)Dissertation ResearchJohnson, Jessica Marie 
AS.100.804 (03)Independent StudyBurgin, Angus 
AS.100.804 (04)Independent StudyWalters, Ronald 
AS.100.802 (23)Dissertation ResearchEl-leithy, Tamer 
AS.389.325 (01)Women of the Book: Female Mystics, Miracles, and Material Culture in Early Modern EuropeT 3:00PM - 5:30PMHavens, Earle Ashcroft, II.BLC MackseyGRLL-ENGL, GRLL-ITAL, GRLL-FREN