Thompson named fellow of the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Faculty: Elizabeth F. Thompson

Gallagher and Varon host Va. Civil War 150 capstone conference

History in the Present - Denise Spellberg - "Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders"

History in the Present: Perspectives on the Middle East

Date: 04/28/2015 - 4:00pm

Location: Auditorium of the Harrison Institute Small Special Collections Library

History in the Present - Denise Spellberg - "Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders"

Cross Lecture - Elizabeth Meyer - "The Obligations of Freed People in Early Roman Greece"

Cross Lecture

Date: 04/22/2015 - 3:30pm

Location: Auditorium of the Harrison Institute Small Special Collections Library

Link to faculty page: Elizabeth A. Meyer

Lecture April 22: Early Roman Greece

Marquez awarded ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Fall 2015

HIUS 9022

Tutorial in the History of Capitalism in the United States

Sarah Milov

This is graduate-level introduction to the history and historiography of capitalism in America. It is intended as preparation for general examinations in American economic history, history of capitalism, or related fields. We will investigate the development of business, markets, consumption, labor, and welfare from the 18th century to the present. We will pay special attention to how historians have framed the central debates in American economic life. In doing so, we will consider how the “new history of capitalism” differs from earlier historiographical inquiries into business, labor, and economic life.

Core Readings (additional texts will be assigned depending on student interest):

  • Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History (New York: Knopf, 2014).
  • Lizabeth Cohen, A Consumer's Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America (New York: Knopf, 2003).
  • Jefferson Cowie, Capital Moves: RCA’s SeventyYear Quest for Cheap Labor (1999; New York: New Press, 2001).
  • William Cronon Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (Norton, 1991)
  • Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business (Cambridge: Harvard University Press/Belknap Press, 1977).
  • S. Max Edelson, Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006).
  • Caroline Frank, Objectifying China, Imagining America: Chinese Commodities in Early America (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2012).
  • Louis Hyman: Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).
  • Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001).
  • Jonathan Levy, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012).
  • David Montgomery, The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925 (NewYork: Cambridge University Press 1988).
  • Bethany Moreton, To Serve God and WalMart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009).
  • Julia Ott, When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investors’ Democracy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011).
  • Kim Phillips‐Fein, Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade against the New Deal (New York and London: W. W. Norton, 2009).
  • William G. Roy, Socializing Capital: The Rise of the Large Industrial Corporation in America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997).
  • Emily S. Rosenberg, Financial Missionaries to the World: The Politics and Culture of Dollar Diplomacy, 19001930 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003).
  • Daniel T. Rodgers, Age of Fracture (Cambridge, Mass., and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011).
  • Amy Dru Stanley, From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998). 

Fall 2015

HIUS 9021

Tutorial in Transnational US History

Sarah Milov

This seminar rethinks United States history (18th century-present) by moving beyond the geographical boundaries of the nation. Thematic readings focus on way in which transnational and comparative scholarship is reshaping American historiography. Our goal is to better understand how assumptions and certainties of “America” have been called into question by transnational history. This course is intended to help prepare students for general examinations in the field of Transnational US History, or as a supplement to a major field in 19th or 20th century US.

Key readings (additional texts will be assigned depending on student interests):

  • Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996).
  • Rethinking American History in a Global Age, ed. Thomas Bender. (Berkeley: UC Press, 2002).
  • Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (New York: Oxford UP, 2013).
  • Strangers within the Realm: Cultural Margins of the First British Empire, ed. Bernard Bailyn and Philip D. Morgan (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1991).
  • Alfred W. Crosby, Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (New York: Cambridge, 1993).
  • Mary L. Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy
  • (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000).
  • Jessice Gienow-Hecht, Sound Diplomacy: Music and Emotions in Transatlantic Relations (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2009).
  • Eliga Gould, Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012).
  • Victoria de Grazia, Irresistible Empire: America’s Advance through 20th-Century Europe (Cambridge,: Harvard UP, 2005).
  • Pekka Hämäläinen,  The Comanche Empire (New Haven: Yale UP, 2008).
  • Kristin L. Hoganson, Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (New Haven: Yale UP, 1998).
  • Matthew Frye Jacobson, Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1995).
  • Walter Johnson, River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2013).
  • Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origin of Welfare States, Seth Koven and Sonya Michel, eds. (New York: Routledge, 1993).
  • Paul A. Kramer, The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, and the
  • Philippines (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2005).
  • Melani McAlister, Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000 ( Berkeley: UC Press, 2001).
  • John R. McNeill, Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010).
  • Mary Nolan, Visions of Modernity: American Business and the Modernization of Germany (New York: Oxford UP, 1994).
  • Daniel Rodgers, Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1998).
  • Rebecca J. Scott, Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery (Cambridge: Harvard UP, MA 2005).
  • John Soluri, Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005).


Fall 2015

HIEU 9030

Tutorial in the History of Early Modern Europe

Erin Lambert

This tutorial explores the history and historiography of Europe, c. 1450-1750. It provides a broad introduction to early modern society and culture, with particular emphasis on the transformations that reshaped Europe in this period, such as the emergence of the early modern state, the division of Christendom, and global exploration. Readings will be assigned in accordance with students’ prior preparation in the field and directed to their particular research and teaching interests.


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