Graduate Courses

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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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States, Scribes, and Archives: Medieval Arabic Documentary Cultures
AS.100.615 (01)

Historical survey of scribal and archiving practices of medieval Islamic states (in comparative perspective); includes close readings of primary documents, including legal deeds, petitions, edicts, fiscal receipts, and administrative reports.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: El-leithy, Tamer
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Post-WWII French and Francophone Writing On History
AS.100.616 (01)

This seminar will focus on texts by post-1945 authors who wrote in French and engaged with what it means to write about the past and how to do so. Among those we will focus on are: Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Assia Djebbar, Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze, Paul Ricoeur, Alain Corbin, Arlette Farge, François Hartog, Paul Ricoeur, Etienne Balibar, Jacques Rancière, Paul B. Preciado, Fernand Braudel.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Instructor: Shepard, Todd (Todd)
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Historiography of Law and Empire
AS.100.618 (01)

Introduction to recent work on the history of law and empire, with a focus on critical legal history perspectives.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Thornberry, Elizabeth
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Telling Japanese Histories
AS.100.623 (01)

A graduate-level seminar on the political, social, and intellectual concerns that have both shaped and undermined dominant ways of telling Japanese history, especially in Japan and the U.S. since 1945.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Kim, Hayang (Yumi)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Reading Seminar in Early Modern History
AS.100.638 (01)

This is a graduate seminar devoted to reading of sources and scholarship on the Early Modern Period.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Maciejko, Pawel Tadeusz
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

European Socialist Thought
AS.100.652 (01)

A survey of European socialist theories, including Marxism, anarchism, Social Democracy, feminism, and anti-imperialism. Authors include Proudhon, Marx, Engels, Bakunin, Bernstein, Lenin, Luxemburg, Sorel, Kollontai, Gramsci, and Fanon.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 12:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Instructor: Jelavich, Peter
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Reading Seminar in Early American History, c. 1500-1800
AS.100.680 (01)

Reading seminar on the state of the field in Early American History – mostly covering North America with some emphasis on transnational connections.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Instructor: Furstenberg, Francois, Pearsall, Sarah
  • Room: Gilman 77  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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

Writing workshop for graduate students at all stages presenting work in progress. Discussion of theories, methods, and challenges of graduate student writing.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 3:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Furstenberg, Francois
  • Room: Maryland 114  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introductory Topics in Computation for Scholarship in the Humanities
AS.100.682 (01)

The first half of this seminar course consists of non-mathematical introductions to, and discussions of, the fundamental motivations, vocabulary, and methods behind computational techniques of particular use for humanistic research. The second half combines selected readings chosen to address specific questions raised by these discussions with hands-on application to students' research goals. Each participant will lead discussion for one of the selected readings relevant to their interests.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Lippincott, Thomas
  • Room: Gilman 50  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Black World
AS.100.707 (01)

This course explores the practice of writing and reading the history of African Americans and the wider African Diaspora. Participants will share written work and do close readings of primary and secondary texts exploring the black experience in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 12:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Instructor: Jackson, Lawrence P, Johnson, Jessica Marie
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Historical Writing in the Middle Ages
AS.100.728 (01)

This course investigates the basic techniques of writing history and the matters traditionally covered in medieval historical texts by reading a series of exemplary medieval historiographical works. This is preceded by a section on theoretical orientations to the study of history and historiography in order to provide the analytic tools for analyzing medieval texts.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Spiegel, Gabrielle M
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Modern American Seminar
AS.100.755 (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
  • Days/Times: Th 4:30PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 305  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Gender History Workshop
AS.100.769 (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.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 2:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Hindmarch-Watson, Katie
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Seminar
AS.100.781 (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
  • Days/Times: M 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/60
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar: Medieval Europe
AS.100.783 (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
  • Days/Times: Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar: Early Modern Europe
AS.100.785 (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
  • Days/Times: Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar: Modern Europe
AS.100.787 (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
  • Days/Times: Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar: American
AS.100.789 (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
  • Days/Times: W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 19/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar: African
AS.100.793 (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
  • Days/Times: F 3:00PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 21/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

First Year Graduate Workshop
AS.100.797 (01)

First-year graduate workshop for History PhD candidates only.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: M 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Instructor: Shepard, Todd (Todd)
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Latin America in a Globalizing World
AS.360.623 (01)

An interdisciplinary seminar on Latin America’s role in global economic processes, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Fall 2021 will take up the lenses of ecocriticism, environmental history, and environmental studies.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Lurtz, Casey, Miguel Bedran, Marina (Marina)
  • Room: Gilman 308  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 21/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.100.615 (01)States, Scribes, and Archives: Medieval Arabic Documentary CulturesT 3:00PM - 5:30PMEl-leithy, Tamer 
AS.100.616 (01)Post-WWII French and Francophone Writing On HistoryM 1:30PM - 3:30PMShepard, Todd (Todd)Gilman 308
AS.100.618 (01)Historiography of Law and EmpireW 1:30PM - 4:00PMThornberry, Elizabeth 
AS.100.623 (01)Telling Japanese HistoriesT 1:30PM - 4:00PMKim, Hayang (Yumi) 
AS.100.638 (01)Reading Seminar in Early Modern HistoryT 3:00PM - 5:30PMMaciejko, Pawel Tadeusz 
AS.100.652 (01)European Socialist ThoughtW 12:00PM - 2:00PMJelavich, PeterGilman 308
AS.100.680 (01)Reading Seminar in Early American History, c. 1500-1800M 1:00PM - 3:00PMFurstenberg, Francois, Pearsall, SarahGilman 77
AS.100.681 (01)Research Seminar in Atlantic History, 1600-1800Th 3:00PM - 5:00PMFurstenberg, FrancoisMaryland 114
AS.100.682 (01)Introductory Topics in Computation for Scholarship in the HumanitiesTh 3:00PM - 5:30PMLippincott, ThomasGilman 50
AS.100.707 (01)The Black WorldT 12:00PM - 2:00PMJackson, Lawrence P, Johnson, Jessica MarieGilman 308
AS.100.728 (01)Historical Writing in the Middle AgesTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMSpiegel, Gabrielle M 
AS.100.755 (01)Modern American SeminarTh 4:30PM - 6:30PMStaffGilman 305
AS.100.769 (01)Gender History WorkshopT 2:00PM - 4:00PMHindmarch-Watson, KatieGilman 308
AS.100.781 (01)The SeminarM 4:00PM - 6:00PMStaff 
AS.100.783 (01)Seminar: Medieval EuropeTh 4:00PM - 6:00PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.785 (01)Seminar: Early Modern EuropeTh 4:00PM - 6:00PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.787 (01)Seminar: Modern EuropeTh 4:00PM - 6:00PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.789 (01)Seminar: AmericanW 4:00PM - 6:00PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.793 (01)Seminar: AfricanF 3:00PM - 4:30PMStaffGilman 308
AS.100.797 (01)First Year Graduate WorkshopM 12:00PM - 1:00PMShepard, Todd (Todd)Gilman 308
AS.360.623 (01)Latin America in a Globalizing WorldTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMLurtz, Casey, Miguel Bedran, Marina (Marina)Gilman 308