History

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 1; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • History (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • African history
  • American history
  • ancient Greek history
  • ancient history
  • ancient Roman history
  • early modern European history
  • English history
  • French history
  • German history
  • history of science
  • Korean history
  • Latin American history
  • medieval Chinese history
  • medieval history
  • modern Chinese history
  • modern European history
  • modern Japanese history
  • modern Middle Eastern history
  • premodern Islamic history
  • premodern Japanese history
  • Renaissance history
  • Russian history
  • south Asian history
  • Southeast Asian history

Minor concentrations

  • American studies

To encourage flexibility, general requirements are kept to a minimum. These include: taking seven graduate-level seminars including History 7090, Introduction to the Graduate Study of History; demonstrating proficiency in two languages other than English (for Africanists, only one foreign language required); completing the Graduate School's residence requirement of 6 semesters of full-time study at a satisfactory level of accomplishment; teaching for at least one year (normally as a teaching assistant); passing the "Q" examination early in the second semester of study; complete one research paper by the end of the second year; the written and oral "Admission to Candidacy" examination after completion of formal study (the "A" exam); turn in an approved dissertation prospectus within three months of the "A" exam; and completing the doctoral dissertation and defending it in a final examination.

All incoming doctoral students take a proficiency examination in an appropriate foreign language at the beginning of the first term of residence. Those who do not pass the exam enroll in suitable language courses until proficiency is acquired. Proficiency in two foreign languages (or for Africanists, one language) must be demonstrated before a Ph.D. degree candidate is eligible to take the Admission to Candidacy examination. The Admission to Candidacy exam is partly oral and partly written and is usually taken in the third year of study.

Incoming Ph.D. students who hold a master's degree from another university must still complete the requirements listed above. No formal transfer credit is given, but the Special Committee normally takes previous graduate work in history into account, which may speed the student's progress toward the doctorate.

Application:
In addition to the materials require by the Graduate school, the Field of History requires all applicants to submit a writing sample (an academic paper or essay -- try to limit length to around 50 pgs). All applicants must also submit GRE general test scores; the test should be taken before December. Applications will not be evaluated unless complete.

Glenn Altschuler -- Concentrations: American history; Research interests: history of popular culture; Jewish-American history; history of politics; history of higher education
Edward Baptist -- Concentrations: American history; Research interests: American history; U.S. political history; 19th Century American history
Ernesto Bassi Arevalo -- Concentrations: Latin American history; Research interests: Colonial Latin America; Caribbean history; Atlantic World
Richard Bensel -- Concentrations: American history; Research interests: American political development, political economy, political culture, and comparative state formation.
Judith Byfield -- Concentrations: African history; Research interests: African and African diaspora history with emphasis on West Africa; gender; labor history and material culture; Caribbean History
Vicki Caron -- Concentrations: modern European history; Research interests: modern European Jewish history, with an emphasis on France and Germany
Holly Case -- Concentrations: modern European history; Research interests: modern east-central Europe, World War II, holocaust and genocide, history of the New Europe
Derek Chang -- Concentrations: American history; American studies; Research interests: Asian-American history; African-American history; ethnicity and race; American social and cultural history ; U.S. Civil War history and Reconstruction history; U.S. South
Jian Chen -- Concentrations: modern Chinese history; Research interests: Chinese-American relations; modern China; Cold War
Duane Corpis -- Concentrations: early modern European history; German history; Research interests: early modern Germany and European history; cultural, social, and religious history
Jefferson Cowie -- Concentrations: American history; American studies; Research interests: postwar U.S. social and political history; labor and working class history; comparative history
Raymond Craib -- Concentrations: Latin American history; Research interests: Latin American; Mexico; agrarian; postcolonial studies
Peter Dear -- Concentrations: history of science; Research interests: history of science; early modern science and philosophy
Ziad Fahmy -- Concentrations: African history; modern Middle Eastern history; Research interests: nationalism in modern Middle East; colloquial Arabic; mass-culture and media identity in Egypt and the Arab world
Oren Falk -- Concentrations: medieval history; Research interests: Medieval, Norse, and cultural studies
Paul Friedland -- Concentrations: early modern European history; French history; Research interests: Early modern France; French revolution; cultural, political, intellectual history
Maria Cristina Garcia -- Concentrations: American history; American studies; Research interests: U.S. Latina/Latino history; immigration; folklore
Durba Ghosh -- Concentrations: south Asian history; Research interests: modern south Asia; gender; colonialism
Lawrence Glickman -- Concentrations: American history; Research interests: US cultural, labor and political history; history of consumer society; Gilded Age and Progressive era.
Sandra Greene -- Concentrations: African history; Research interests: African history; preindustrial social history; gender; ethnicity
TJ Hinrichs -- Concentrations: medieval Chinese history; Research interests: Chinese medical and religious history
Peter Hohendahl -- Concentrations: German history; modern European history; Research interests: modern European history, especially intellectual history
Isabel Hull -- Concentrations: German history; modern European history; Research interests: Germany, 1648 to 1945; history of state systems; gender history; history of sexuality
Ronald Kline -- Concentrations: American history; history of science; Research interests: history of technology and engineering in the United States
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann -- Concentrations: American history; Research interests: post war U.S. political and social history
J. Victor Koschmann -- Concentrations: modern Japanese history; Research interests: early modern and modern Japanese history; Japanese intellectual history; political thought
Isaac Kramnick -- Concentrations: American history; modern European history; Research interests: British and American political thought since the eighteenth century
Fredrik Logevall -- Concentrations: American history; Research interests: American foreign policy
Tamara Loos -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian history; Research interests: Southeast Asian studies; gender and legal studies
Mostafa Minawi -- Concentrations: African history; modern Middle Eastern history; Research interests: Modern Middle East, Ottoman history, Mediterranean and North African Imperial history.
John Najemy -- Concentrations: early modern European history; Renaissance history; medieval history; Research interests: late medieval and Renaissance Italy, especially Florence; political, social, and cultural history
Mary Beth Norton -- Concentrations: American history; American studies; Research interests: early American history, before 1815; history of women in America
Jon Parmenter -- Concentrations: American history; American studies; Research interests: Native American (especially Iroquois) history; early American history
David Powers -- Concentrations: premodern Islamic history; Research interests: Islamic history, Quranic studies, Islamic law and history; Jews of Arab lands
Sara Pritchard -- Concentrations: French history; modern European history; Research interests: history of technology, environmental history, and their intersection ("envirotech") with a focus on 20th-century France the French empire
Hunter Rawlings -- Concentrations: ancient history; Research interests: Greek history and historigraphy with particular emphasis on Herodotus and Thucydides
Eric Rebillard -- Concentrations: ancient history; ancient Roman history; Research interests: Roman history, especially late Antiquity and Early Christianity
Russell Rickford -- Concentrations: American history; Research interests: Pan Africanism; black nationalism; black radicalism; transnational blackness; African-American political culture; and American social movements.
Camille Robcis -- Concentrations: French history; modern European history; Research interests: modern France; European intellectual and cultural, gender and sexuality
Aaron Sachs -- Concentrations: American history; Research interests: cultural, intellectual, and environmental history; American studies; comparative frontiers; travel and exploration; the writing of history; radicalism and dissent; landscape
Naoki Sakai -- Concentrations: premodern Japanese history; modern Japanese history; Research interests: intellectual, cultural, and literary history in early modern and modern Japan
Nicholas Salvatore -- Concentrations: American history; American studies; Research interests: American history; social history in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, with emphasis on African American and labor history; radicalism and dissent
Victor Seow -- Concentrations: modern Chinese history; Research interests: Modern China and East Asia; energy and the environment; science, technology, and society; industry and labor.
Suman Seth -- Concentrations: German history; history of science; Research interests: history of the physical sciences in the 19th and 20th Centuries; gender and science; science, race and colonialism
Barry Strauss -- Concentrations: ancient history; Research interests: ancient history, Greek and Roman; classical and Hellenistic Greece; the Greek city; late antiquity and early Byzantine
Eric Tagliacozzo -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian history; Research interests: modern Southeast Asian history
Keith Taylor -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian history; Research interests: Southeast Asian history; Vietnam
Robert Travers -- Concentrations: English history; south Asian history; Research interests: modern British and imperial history; colonial India
Enzo Traverso (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: modern European history; Research interests: Contemporary social and cultural history; European intellectual history; political theory.
Claudia Verhoeven -- Concentrations: Russian history; modern European history; Research interests: modern Russia and Europe; cultural history; political violence
Margaret Washington -- Concentrations: American history; American studies; Research interests: African American history; southern U.S. history; women's history
Rachel Weil -- Concentrations: early modern European history; English history; Research interests: Tudor-Stuart England, especially cultural and political; gender
John Weiss -- Concentrations: history of science; modern European history; Research interests: modern European history, social and political; social history of technology

Learning objectives for the PhD degree


When students complete the PhD, they should be able to:

  1. Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline, producing publishable scholarship.
  2. Have a broad knowledge of theory and research across three concentrations/sub-fields (which may include one minor concentration from another discipline outside history).
  3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of one major historical concentration/subfield.
  4. Communicate research findings effectively in written and in spoken presentations.
  5. Demonstrate effective skills in undergraduate teaching.
  6. Uphold professional and ethical standards in the discipline.