History Colloquium

The aim of the History Colloquium is to encourage greater intellectual exchange within the UW community by discussing works in progress from faculty members and graduate students. History colloquia are normally held three times per quarter at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays. Papers will be sent out one week in advance. 


  • Prof. Joel Walker, chair (fall & winter)
  • Prof. Aditya Ramesh, chair (spring)
  • Ilsa Razzak
  • Nick Grall

Upcoming Colloquiua

Fall Quarter 2023

October 23, 2023
"Mongol History between the Qing Empire and Europe"
Matthew Mosca, Associate Professor and Dau-lin Hsu Endowed Professor
Discussant: Ray Jonas, Professor and Jon Bridgman Endowed Professor of History

November 6, 2023
"A Non-state Space in the Local and Past Tense: Opium, Violence and Knowledge in the Wuling Area of Southwest China, 1920-1950"
Sue Zhou, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: James Lin, Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

November 27, 2023
“I Don't Know What Will be My Lot”: Transnational Migration and Unfree Labor in Early America”
Bianca Dang, Assistant Professor
Discussant: TBA

Winter Quarter 2024

January 22, 2024
“Capitalism and the Jewish Problem: Jewish Capitalist Relief Work in the Inter War Era” 
Jacob Beckert, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: TBA

February 12, 2024
“Black Soldiers and the Racial Debilitation of Slavery and the Civil War” 
Frances O'Shaughnessy, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: TBA

March 4, 2024
Discussant: TBA

Spring Quarter 2024

April 8, 2024
“Gender and Mobility in Colonial Bombay” 
Anandi Bandopadhyay, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: TBA

April 22, 2024
“Transcending the South China Sea via a ‘Place of Exception’: Taiwan’s IndoChinese Refugee Camps”
Alvin Bui, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: TBA

May 13, 2024
“A Constellation of Care: Kaʻākaukukui Reef, Squattersville, and the Native Hawaiian Anti-Eviction Movement in Urbanizing Honolulu”
Alika Bourgette, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: TBA

Past Colloquiua

Spring Quarter 2023

April 3, 2023
"Gardens Unplotted: Property, Propriety, and the Emancipation of Land and Labor"
Frances O'Shaughnessy, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: Purnima Dhavan, Associate Professor of History

April 24, 2023
“Queen and Kingmaker – Diplomatic Correspondence of Popay Khanïm, 1745-1748”

Eric Johnson, Affiliate Assistant Professor
Discussant: Adrian Kane-Galbraith, Doctoral Candidate

May 8, 2023
“Problem Kin: Colonial Reforms and the 1934 Guidelines on Ritual Practice

Hajin Jun, Assistant Professor, James B. Palais Professor of Korean History
Discussant: Chad Westra, Graduate Student

May 15, 2023
"American Billionaires"

Margaret O’Mara, Professor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Chair of American History
Discussant: Jake Beckert, Graduate Student

Winter Quarter 2023

January 30, 2023
"Seattle Means Business: Race, Class, and Empire in the Postindustrial Pacific, 1969-1979"

Andrew Hedden, Associate Director Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Discussant: John Findlay

February 27, 2023

Jordanna Bailkin, Professor of History
Discussant: Brendan McElmeel

Fall Quarter 2022

November 14, 2022
"Policing the Civil Rights Movement: Jim Crow Law Enforcement Reform and Mississippi's Black Freedom Movement"
Justin Randolph, Visiting Scholar
Discussant: Frances O'Shaughnessy, Doctoral Candidate

December 5, 2022
"Learning to Print in Indian Scripts"
Jessica Bachman, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: Liora Halperin, Professor of History