Global and Transnational History

Students who select  “Global and Transnational Histories” as their primary field or secondary field will normally be supervised by a co-chaired committee consisting of the two History graduate faculty supervising the first and second fields. (Adjunct faculty do not Chair or co-Chair History MA or PhD committees.) This is to ensure that the chronological, thematic, and geographical definitions of both fields remain reasonable, keeping in mind what can be accomplished within the timeframes for both the MA and PhD degrees. Applicants selecting this field as their primary field are encouraged to contact potential co-chairs early in the application process. Students already enrolled when selecting this field as either their third or fourth field for the PhD should consult the individual field adviser to design the chronological and thematic foci of the field.

Associated Faculty

Jordanna Bailkin

Jordanna Bailkin

Professor, Jere L. Bacharach Endowed Professor in International Studies
  • Graduate Studies Description

    Division: Europe--Medieval to Modern Times

    Students may work with Professor Bailkin in modern British history. A field in British history would include the social, political, and cultural history of Britain (including Ireland) and Empire from the eighteenth century to the present. Students will develop subfields on major historiographical questions such as the development of the welfare state, race and immigration, urban identity, gender and the family, "four nations" approaches to British history, and the impact of decolonization on the metropole.

    Required course work for a first field in modern British history includes completing HSTRY 590 as well as two supervised directed readings.

    For those selecting modern Britain as a second field, HSTRY 590 is required, plus one supervised directed reading.

    For those selecting modern Britain as a third or fourth field, HSTRY 590 is recommended. Depending on research and training needs, a directed reading may be substituted.

    Division: Comparative History (Comparative Colonialisms)

    Students pursuing a field in Comparative Colonialisms will examine a variety of colonial histories: typically, British, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, and American. We will consider the relationship between "white" and "non-white" colonies as part of the larger racial politics of colonialism. Although the emphasis is usually on European colonial histories, I have worked with a number of students who are interested in U.S. imperialism, and can tailor the field accordingly.

    Students who are selecting Comparative Colonialisms as a second field are required to take HSTRY 590 when available, plus one supervised directed reading.

    Students who are taking Comparative Colonialisms as a third or fourth field are strongly encouraged to take HSTRY 590, and required to undertake one supervised directed reading.



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