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

Spring Quarter 2024

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

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: James Gregory, Professor

Past Colloquiua

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: Ileana Rodriguez-Silva, Associate Professor

February 12, 2024
“Black Soldiers and the Racial Debilitation of Slavery and the Civil War” 
Frances O'Shaughnessy, Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: La TaSha Levy, Adjunct Assistant Professor

March 4, 2024
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Prison"
Dan Berger, Adjunct Associate Professor
Discussant: Mark Letteney, Assistant Professor

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