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Fields of Study

Ancient History

The Program in Ancient History prepares students for advanced, professional, independent research and teaching in the political, social, and cultural phenomena of Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece and of the Roman Republic, Principate, and Late Antiquity.  The bulk of coursework will be in ancient history, but with offerings in literature, art and archaeology, and philosophy, the program encourages interdisciplinary approaches.  Owing to a cooperative consortium of area graduate programs in ancient studies, students may also take courses in relevant fields at New York University and Fordham University, as well as avail themselves of their libraries and public events.  Beyond the first year, students may also take courses at other universities in the New York area.  Teaching opportunities are abundant in the CUNY undergraduate colleges across the city and prepare students well for post-graduate work in academia.

Faculty
Prof. Joel Allen - Ancient History, Rome
Prof. Eric Ivison - Byzantine History
Prof. Jennifer Tolbert Roberts - Ancient History

 

Medieval Europe (300-1500 A.D.)

Faculty
Prof. Thomas Head - European and Medieval History
Prof. Eric Ivison - Byzantine History

 

Early Modern Europe (1300-1750 A.D.)

The Early Modern field includes European society, culture, ideas, and politics from about 1350 to about 1750. Our faculty spans several national and disciplinary sub-fields. Margaret L. King, an expert on the Italian Renaissance (fourteenth through sixteenth centuries), focuses on the cities of Venice and Florence, women and learning, and humanism, as well as on urban history and the history of childhood in international and cross-temporal perspective. Helena Rosenblatt, an expert on the Enlightenment, focuses on intellectual history, especially the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the liberalism of Benjamin Constant, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century political theory, and the religious dimensions of the Enlightenment. Distinguished Professor Joseph Dauben, a historian of science and mathematics both of the West and of China, focuses in the early modern period on the Scientific Revolution as well as the broader intellectual history of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

FACULTY
Prof. Joseph Dauben - History of Science
Prof. Allison Kavey - Renaissance, Early Modern
Prof. Helena Rosenblatt - Early Modern and Modern Europe
Prof. David Troyansky - Early Modern and Modern Europe

 

Modern Europe (1750 to present)

Modern Europe constitutes both a major and minor field for students interested in the history of European politics, society, economy, and culture from 1750 to the present. Faculty members in the field of modern Europe, drawn from all CUNY colleges and the Graduate Center, offer courses on a wide variety of topics. They mentor students pursuing research in national, inter-European, and global contexts. As internationally recognized scholars, they actively participate in European conferences and professional organizations, and their publications are frequently translated for European audiences. The program in Modern Europe is especially strong in German, Italian, French, and British history; history of women and gender; intellectual and cultural history; history of sexuality; social and economic history, and comparative history. The many libraries and research institutes in New York City, most notable the New York Public Library, provide rich holdings in foreign-language sources for student research projects.

FACULTY
Prof. Evelyn Ackerman - European History
Prof. Timothy Alborn - British History
Prof. Sandi Cooper - Modern European History
Prof. Elena Frangakis-Syrett - European History
Prof. Mary Gibson - Italian History, Women’s History
Prof. David Gordon - Economic & French History
Prof. David Harvey - Urban History
Prof. Dagmar Herzog - European History
Prof. Benjamin Hett - European, German, Legal, Cultural History
Prof. Andreas Killen - European, Human Sciences, Cultural
Prof. Christoph Kimmich - European History
Prof. Veena Talwar-Oldenburg - British, Women’s History
Prof. Steven P. Remy - Modern European History
Prof. Clifford Rosenberg - Modern France, Social, Political
Prof. Robert Seltzer - Jewish History
Prof. Julia Sneeringer - 20th Century German History
Prof. David Troyansky - Early Modern and Modern Europe
Prof. Randolph Trumbach - Gay & Lesbian History; British
Prof. Cynthia Whittaker - Russian History
Prof. Richard Wolin - Late Modern Europe
 

United States (Colonial times to the present)

With more than thirty professors in American History, the program is particularly strong in this field, both in terms of the breadth of its specializations and the depth of this expertise. Where other graduate programs may have a social historian and a cultural historian and one who specializes in early American History, the CUNY graduate program, as a result of its unique structure, often boasts two or three highly respected historians in many of the most popular fields. Our wide ranging faculty provide a fine balance between prize winning scholars in traditional fields and gifted historians doing research on cutting edge topics employing innovative methodologies. Highly regarded as teachers and graduate mentors, they work closely with their students. CUNY PhDs have gone on to make important contributions with their research and as professors on leading faculties across the country. The program is especially strong in the following areas: colonial and early American, cultural, gender, intellectual, labor, late nineteenth and twentieth century, political, slavery, social, urban, and women.

FACULTY
Prof. Harriet Alonso - 18th Century U.S. History
Prof. Martin Atangana - African and African American
Prof. Simon Baatz - American History; History of American science and medicine; Legal history
Prof. Carol Berkin - American & Women’s History
Prof. Joshua Brown - American History
Prof. Martin J. Burke - American History
Prof. Blanche Wisen Cook - Women’s History
Prof. Stuart Ewen - U.S. History
Prof. Joshua B. Freeman - U.S. Labor History
Prof. Thomas Heinrich - American History, History of Business & Technology
Prof. K.C. Johnson - American History
Prof. Thomas Kessner - American History; Jewish History
Prof. Gerald Markowitz - American History & Public Health
Prof. Kathleen McCarthy - American Philanthropy
Prof. Premilla Nadasen - Twentieth-Century U.S. history
Prof. David Nasaw - American History
Prof. James Oakes - American History
Prof. Richard Gid Powers - American History
Prof. Andrew Robertson - American History
Prof. Jonathan Rosenberg - American History
Prof. Jonathan Sassi - American History
Prof. Donald Scott - American History
Prof. Gunja SenGupta - American, African American, Transnational
Prof. Darren M. Staloff - American History
Prof. Judith Stein - American History & African American History
Prof. Clarence Taylor - Modern African American, Religion; Civil Rights
Prof. Mike Wallace - American History, Urban, NYC
Prof. Barbara Welter - American History
 

Latin America

FACULTY
Prof. Herman Bennett - Latin American History
Prof. Laird Bergad - Latin American & Caribbean History
Prof. Susan Besse - Latin American History
Prof. Amy Chazkel - Latin American History
Prof. Jose L. Renique - Latin American History
Prof. Mary Rodán - Latin American History

 

Jewish History

FACULTY
Prof. Jane Gerber - Sephardic/Jewish Studies (Spain and the Islamic World)
Prof. Robert Seltzer - Jewish History
Prof. David Sorkin - Jewish History, European Intellectual History

 

Women's History

Students can specialize in Women's History at the Graduate Center, which has offered a PhD in this concentration since the mid-1990s. Courses in U.S. women's history and European women's history are offered on a regular basis, as are courses on sexuality and the history of feminism. In addition, various instructors specialize in the history of women in other regions, like the Middle East or India. There is a minor in Gender and Sexuality which complements this speciality.

FACULTY  
Prof. Beth Baron - Women's History, Middle East History
Prof. Blanche Wiesen Cook - Women's History
Prof. Sandi E. Cooper - Modern European History; History of the Peace Movements, Women's History
Prof. Mary Gibson - Italian History, Women's History
Prof. Veena Talwar-Oldenburg - British, Women's History

 

History of Science

FACULTY
Prof. Simon Baatz - American History; History of American science and medicine; Legal history
Prof. Joseph Dauben - History of Science
Prof. Gerald Oppenheimer - American History of Medicine

East Asian History

FACULTY

Prof. Richard Lufrano - Asia/China History
Prof. Sadatru Sen - Modern South Asia
Prof. Morris Rossabi - Asian History
Prof. Tansen Sen - Asian History

 

Middle Eastern History

Historians form a strong nucleus of the over seventy faculty with an interest in the Middle East who are affiliated with the City University of New York at the Graduate Center. Seven are on the History doctoral faculty. Together these historians cover a broad range of geographical terrain (including Iran, Iraq, Egypt, the Gulf, Ottoman Empire, Northern Africa and Islamic Spain) and historical topics. The PhD program in Middle Eastern History is particularly strong in the following areas: gender, revolution, nationalism, religion, modernity, minorities, and social welfare.
History students with a major in the Modern Middle East are required to take two five-credit courses, "Historical Literature of the Middle East, 1790-1923" and "Historical Literature of the Middle East, 1923-2001," as well as additional research and topics courses. Some of these courses may be taken at Columbia, New York University, and other participating programs through the University Doctoral Consortium. With permission, students may also receive credit for Middle East courses in other disciplines at the Graduate Center. History students with an interest in Early or Medieval Islamic History should consult with their advisor on course selections. History students minoring in the Middle East must take the two literature courses described above or, with permission from their advisor, the equivalent in 3-credit topics courses.
As with other major fields in the History PhD Program, the Middle East major emphasizes research projects at an early stage of doctoral study. Students must demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages relevant to their research, at least one of which must be a Middle Eastern language.
Through its lectures, workshops and events, the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the Graduate Center [MEMEAC] provides a stimulating and supportive setting for studying the Middle East and its diasporas, and also offers research and work opportunities to students. In addition, Graduate Center students can take advantage of the rich resources available in New York City and the surrounding region for studying the Middle East.

Professors
Prof. Ervand Abrahamian - Iranian & Middle East History
Prof. Beth Baron - Middle East History
Prof. Simon Davis - Persian Gulf, imperialism and colonialism, transnational and global history
Prof. Jane Gerber - Sephardic/Jewish Studies (Spain and the Islamic World)
Prof. Elena Frangakis-Syrett - Middle East History, European
Prof. Samira Haj - Middle East History
Prof. Dina LeGall - Middle East History; Ottoman History
Prof. Chase Robinson - Early Islamic History

 

World History

FACULTY
Prof. Manu Bhagavan - 20th-century India, Intellectual, Human Rights, Constitutional, Postcolonial Studies
Prof. Sandi Cooper - Modern European History
Prof. Simon Davis - Persian Gulf, imperialism and colonialism, transnational and global history
Prof. Tansen Sen - Asian History
Prof. Megan Vaughan - African History, World History