History

Departmental Office: 413 Fayerweather; 212-854-4646
http://www.history.columbia.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Stephanie McCurry , 603 Fayerweather; sm4041@columbia.edu

Undergraduate Administrator: Michael Adan, undergraduate-history@columbia.edu

The History curriculum covers most areas of the world and most periods of history. It encourages students to develop historical understanding in the widest sense of the word: a thorough empirical grasp along with the kind of analytical skills that come with a genuinely historical sensibility. This is done through two types of courses: lectures and seminars. Lectures range from broad surveys of the history of a place or period to more thematically oriented courses. Seminars offer students the opportunity to work more closely with historical sources in smaller groups and to do more sophisticated written work. Because history courses usually have no prerequisites, there are no preordained sequences to follow. It is advisable, however, that students take a relevant lecture course in preparation for a seminar. Majors wishing to follow a more intensive program are advised to enroll in a historiography course and to undertake a senior thesis project. Historically, majors have pursued careers in a very wide range of areas including medicine, law, mass media, Wall Street, and academia.

Advanced Placement

Students may receive 3 credits toward the overall degree requirements for a score of 5 on the AP European History exam or the AP United States History exam. No points count toward or fulfill any requirements of the history major or concentration.

Advising

During their junior and senior years, majors and concentrators are advised by the faculty members of the Undergraduate Education Committee (UNDED). UNDED advisers also review and sign Plan of Study (POS) forms for majors and concentrators at least once per year. POS forms track students’ progress toward completing all major and concentration requirements. New history majors and concentrators may see any member of UNDED. For the most up-to-date information on UNDED members, please see the undergraduate advising page of the departmental website.

Majors and concentrators can also receive pure academic interest advising (non-requirement advising) from any faculty member and affiliated faculty member of the department.

First-years and sophomores considering a history major or concentration can seek advising from UNDED or any other faculty member.

For questions about requirements, courses, or the general program, majors and concentrators can also contact the undergraduate administrator.

Departmental Honors

To be eligible for departmental honors, the student must have a GPA of at least 3.6 in courses for the major, an ambitious curriculum, and an outstanding senior thesis. Honors are awarded on the basis of a truly outstanding senior thesis. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors receive departmental honors in a given academic year.

Course Numbering

Courses are numbered by type:
UN 1xxx - Introductory Survey Lectures 
UN 2xxx - Undergraduate Lectures 
UN 3xxx - Undergraduate Seminars 
GU 4xxx - Joint Undergraduate/Graduate Seminars 

and field (with some exceptions):
x000-x059: Ancient
x060-x099: Medieval
x100-x199: Early modern Europe
x200-x299: East Central Europe
x300-x399: Modern Western Europe
x400-x599: United States
x600-x659: Jewish
x660-x699: Latin America
x700-x759: Middle East
x760-x799: Africa
x800-x859: South Asia
x860-x899: East Asia
x900-x999: Research, historiography, and transnational

Seminars

Seminars are integral to the undergraduate major in history. In these courses, students develop research and writing skills under the close supervision of a faculty member. Enrollment is normally limited to approximately 15 students. In order to maintain the small size of the courses, admission to most seminars is by instructor's permission or application.

In conjunction with the Barnard History Department and other departments in the University (particularly East Asian Languages and Cultures), the History Department offers about 25 seminars each semester that majors may use to meet their seminar requirements. While there are sufficient seminars offered to meet the needs of majors seeking to fulfill the two-seminar requirement, given the enrollment limits, students may not always be able to enroll in a particular seminar. Students should discuss with UNDED their various options for completing the seminar requirement.

The History Department has developed an on-line application system for some seminars. The department regularly provides declared majors and concentrators with information on upcoming application periods, which typically occur midway through the preceding semester. Students majoring in other fields, or students who have not yet declared a major, must inform themselves of the application procedures and deadlines by checking the undergraduate seminar page of the departmental website.

Professors

  • Elazar Barkan (SIPA)
  • Volker Berghahn (emeritus)
  • Richard Billows
  • Elizabeth Blackmar
  • Casey Blake
  • Christopher Brown
  • Richard Bulliet (emeritus)
  • Euan Cameron (UTS)
  • Elisheva Carlebach  
  • Mark Carnes (Barnard)
  • Zeynep Çelik
  • George Chauncey
  • John Coatsworth (Provost)
  • Matthew Connelly
  • Victoria de Grazia (emerita)
  • Andrew Delbanco (English and Comparitive Literature)
  • Mamadou Diouf (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies)
  • Alan Dye (Barnard)
  • Catherine Evtuhov 
  • Barbara Fields
  • Eric Foner (emeritus)
  • Pierre Force (French and Romantic Philology)
  • Carol Gluck (emerita)
  • Frank Guridy
  • Martha Howell (emerita)
  • Robert Hymes (East Asian Language and Cultures)
  • Kenneth Jackson (emeritus)
  • Karl Jacoby
  • Richard John (Journalism)
  • Matthew Jones
  • Ira Katznelson (Political Science)
  • Joel Kaye (Barnard)
  • Alice Kessler-Harris (emerita)
  • Rashid Khalidi
  • Dorothy Ko (Barnard)
  • Adam Kosto
  • William Leach (emeritus)
  • Eugenia Y. Lean (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Feng Li (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Mark Lilla (Religion)
  • Claudio Lomnitz (Anthropology)
  • John Ma (Classics)
  • Gregory Mann
  • Mark Mazower
  • Stephanie McCurry
  • Jose Moya (Barnard)
  • Celia Naylor (Barnard)
  • Mae Ngai
  • Susan Pedersen
  • Kim Phillips-Fein
  • Pablo Piccato
  • Rosalind Rosenberg (Barnard)
  • David Rosner (Mailman School of Public Health)
  • David Rothman (Physicians and Surgeons)
  • Emmanuelle Saada (French and Romance Philology)
  • Simon Schama (University Professor)
  • Seth Schwartz
  • Myroslav Shkandrij (Visiting - Fall 2022)
  • Herbert Sloan (Barnard, emeritus)
  • Pamela Smith 
  • Robert Somerville (Religion)
  • Michael Stanislawski
  • Anders Stephanson
  • Lisa Tiersten (Barnard)
  • Adam Tooze
  • Deborah Valenze (Barnard)
  • Michael Witgen
  • Marc Van de Mieroop
  • David Weiman (Barnard College)
  • Carl Wennerlind (Barnard College)
  • Richard Wortman (emeritus)
  • Julio  Esteban Vezub (Visiting - Spring 2023)
  • Madeleine Zelin (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
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Associate Professors

  • Manan Ahmed
  • Gergely Baics (Barnard)
  • Lisbeth Kim Brandt (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Paul Chamberlin 
  • Amy Chazkel
  • Charly Coleman
  • Marwa Elshakry
  • Ansley Erickson (Teachers College)
  • Abosde George (Barnard)
  • Sarah Haley
  • Hilary Hallett
  • Rebecca Kobrin
  • Natasha Lightfoot
  • David Lurie (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Malgorzata Mazurek
  • Nara Milanich (Barnard)
  • Lien-Hang Nguyen
  • Gregory Pflugfelder (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Caterina Pizzigoni
  • Anupama Rao (Barnard)
  • Camille Robcis
  • Samuel Roberts
  • Neslihan Senocak
  • Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Mailman School of Public Health)
  • Rhiannon Stephens
  • Gray Tuttle (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Carl Wennerlind (Barnard)
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Assistant Professors

  • Merlin Chowkwanyun (Mailman School of Public Health)
  • Hannah Farber
  • Marcel Garbos (Visiting - Fall 2022)
  • Ali Karjoo-Ravary
  • Gulnar Kendirbai (visiting)
  • Paul Kreitman (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Andrew Lipman (Barnard)
  • Sailakshmi Ramgopal
  • A. Tunç Şen
  • Alma Steingart
  • Yana Skorobogatov (Spring 2023)
  • James Stafford
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Lecturers in Discipline

  • Alfonso Delgado
  • Luca Falciola
  • Madison Whitman
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On Leave

Fall 2022:   Carlebach, Kosto, Mazurek, Nguyen, Steingart, Sen, Stephanson, Tooze,

Spring 2023:  Ahmed, Chauncey, Chazkel, Coleman, Chamberlin, Khalidi, Kosto, Ramgopal, Sen, Smith, Steingart

Guidelines for all History Majors and Concentrators

For detailed information about the history major or concentration, as well as the policies and procedures of the department, please refer to the History at Columbia Undergraduate Handbook, available for download on the departmental website.


Major in History

Students must complete a minimum of nine courses in the department, of which four or more must be in an area of specialization chosen by the student and approved by a member of UNDED. Students must also fulfill a breadth requirement by taking three courses outside of their specialization. Two of the courses taken in the major must be seminars (including one seminar in the chosen specialization).

All History majors MUST submit an UNDED approved Plan of Study to the department in order to be certified.

The requirements of the undergraduate program encourage students to do two things:

  1. Develop a deeper knowledge of the history of a particular time and/or place. Students are required to complete a specialization by taking a number of courses in a single field of history of their own choosing. The field should be defined, in consultation with a member of UNDED, according to geographical, chronological, and/or thematic criteria. For example, a student might choose to specialize in 20th C. U.S. History, Medieval European History, Ancient Greek and Roman History, or Modern East Asian History. The specialization does not appear on the student's transcript, but provides an organizing principle for the program the student assembles in consultation with UNDED.
  2. Gain a sense of the full scope of history as a discipline by taking a broad range of courses. Students must fulfill a breadth requirement by taking courses outside their own specialization -- at least one course removed in time and two removed in space.
    1. Time: majors and concentrators must take at least one course removed in time from their specialization:
      • Students specializing in the modern period must take at least one course in the pre-modern period; students specializing in the pre-modern period must take at least one course in the modern period.

      • If the course proposed is in the same regional field as a student's specialization, special care must be taken to ensure that it is as far removed as possible; please consult with UNDED to make sure a given course counts for the chronological breadth requirement. 

    2. Space: majors must take at least two additional courses in regional fields not their own:

      • These two "removed in space" courses must also cover two different regions.
      • For example, students specializing in some part of Europe must take two courses in Africa, East or South Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, and/or the U.S.
      • Some courses cover multiple geographic regions. If a course includes one of the regions within a student's specialization, that course cannot count towards the breadth requirement unless it is specifically approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For example, if a student is specializing in 20th C. U.S. history and takes the class World War II in Global Perspective, the class is too close to the specialization and may not count as a regional breadth course.

All courses in the Barnard History Department as well as select courses in East Asian Languages and Cultures; Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; and other departments count toward the major. Eligible inter-departmental courses may include: 

  • African Civilizations (AFCV UN1020) (when taught by Professor Gregory Mann, Professor Rhiannon Stephens, or PhD students in the Columbia University Department of History; the course does NOT count for History when taught by anyone else)
  • Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization (LACV UN1020) (when taught by Professor Pablo Piccato, Professor Caterina Pizzigoni, or PhD students in the Columbia University Department of History; the course does NOT count for History when taught by anyone else)
  • Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China (ASCE UN1359), INTRO EAST ASIAN CIV: JPN (ASCE UN1361)Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Korea (ASCE UN1363) or other ASCE UN1xxx courses (when taught by Professors Charles Armstrong, Carol Gluck, Robert Hymes, Dorothy Ko, Eugenia Lean, Feng Li, David Lurie, Jungwon Kim, Paul Kreitman, Gregory Pflugfelder, Gray Tuttle, or Madeleine Zelin, and NOT when they are taught by anyone else)
  • Please see the Courses section on the departmental website to see which of these might count in a given semester. Any courses not listed or linked on the departmental website, however historical in approach or content, do not count toward the history major or concentration, except with explicit written approval of the UNDED chair.
  • If you suspect a History course has escaped being listed at the above link and want to confirm whether or not it counts for History students, please contact the Undergraduate Administrator.

Thematic Specializations

Suitably focused thematic and cross-regional specializations are permitted and the breadth requirements for students interested in these topics are set in consultation with a member of UNDED. Classes are offered in fields including, but not limited to:

  • Ancient history
  • Medieval history
  • Early modern European history
  • Modern European history
  • United States history
  • Latin American and Caribbean history
  • Middle Eastern history
  • East Asian history
  • South Asian history

Additionally, classes are offered in thematic and cross-regional fields which include, but are not limited to:

  • Intellectual history
  • Jewish history
  • Women's history
  • International history
  • History of science

These fields are only examples. Students should work with a member of UNDED to craft a suitably focused specialization on the theme or field that interests them.

Thesis Requirements

Majors may elect to write a senior thesis, though this is not a graduation requirement. Only senior thesis writers are eligible to be considered for departmental honors. The senior thesis option is not available to concentrators.

The yearlong HIST UN3838-HIST UN3839 Senior Thesis Seminar carries 8 points, 4 of which typically count as a seminar in the specialization. For the most up-to-date information on the field designations for history courses, please see the Courses section of the departmental website.


Concentration in History

Effective February 2018, students must complete a minimum of six courses in history. At least three of the six courses must be in an area of specialization, one far removed in time, and one on a geographic region far removed in space. There is no seminar requirement for the concentration.

All History concentrators MUST submit an UNDED approved Plan of Study to the department in order to be certified.

Fall 2022 History Courses

HIST UN1010 The Ancient Greeks 800-146 B.C.E.. 4 points.

A review of the history of the Greek world from the beginnings of Greek archaic culture around 800 B.C., through the classical and hellenistic periods to the definitive Roman conquest in 146 B.C., with concentration on political history, but attention also to social and cultural developments.Field(s): ANC

Fall 2022: HIST UN1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1010 001/10582 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
717 Hamilton Hall
Richard Billows 4 59/60

HIST UN1020 The Romans and Their World. 4 points.

This course examines the history of the Roman Empire from the formation of the Roman monarchy in 753 BCE to the collapse of the Western Empire in 476 CE. At the heart of the class is a single question: how did the Roman Empire come to be, and why did it last for so long? We will trace the rise and fall of the Republic, the extension of its power beyond Italy, and the spread of Christianity. Epic poetry, annalistic accounts, coins, papyri, inscriptions, and sculpture will illuminate major figures like Cleopatra, and features of daily life like Roman law and religion. The destructive mechanics by which Rome sustained itself--war, slavery, and environmental degradation--will receive attention, too, with the aim of producing a holistic understanding this empire.  Discussion Section Required.

HIST BC1101 Introduction to European History: Renaissance to French Revolution. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

Political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual history of early modern Europe, including the Renaissance, Reformation and Counter-Reformation, absolutism, Scientific Revolution, and Enlightenment.

Fall 2022: HIST BC1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1101 001/00001 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Ll002 Milstein Center
Deborah Valenze 4 58/65

HIST BC1401 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1865. 4.00 points.

Themes include Native and colonial cultures and politics, the evolution of American political and economic institutions, relationships between religious and social movements, and connecting ideologies of race and gender with larger processes such as enslavement, dispossession, and industrialization

Fall 2022: HIST BC1401
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1401 001/00002 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Ll104 Diana Center
Andrew Lipman 4.00 47/54

HIST UN1488 Indigenous History of North America. 4.00 points.

This course is an introduction to the history of the Native peoples of North America. Instruction will focus on the idea that indigenous people in North America possess a shared history in terms of being forced to respond to European colonization, and the emergence of the modern nation-state. Native peoples, however, possess their own distinct histories and culture. In this sense their histories are uniquely multi-faceted rather than the experience of a singular racial group. Accordingly, this course will offer a wide-ranging survey of cultural encounters between the Native peoples of North America, European empires, colonies, and emergent modern nation-states taking into account the many different indigenous responses to colonization and settler colonialism. This course will also move beyond the usual stories of Native-White relations that center either on narratives of conquest and assimilation, or stories of cultural persistence. We will take on these issues, but we will also explore the significance of Native peoples to the historical development of modern North America. This will necessarily entail an examination of race formation, and a study of the evolution of social structures and categories such as nation, tribe, citizenship, and sovereignty

Fall 2022: HIST UN1488
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1488 001/10644 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
420 Pupin Laboratories
Michael Witgen 4.00 24/40

HIST UN1768 European Intellectual History. 4 points.

This course provides an introduction to some of the major landmarks in European cultural and intellectual history, from the aftermath of the French Revolution to the 1970s.  We will pay special attention to the relationship between texts (literature, anthropology, political theory, psychoanalysis, art, and film) and the various contexts in which they were produced.  Among other themes, we will discuss the cultural impact of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, industrialism, colonialism, modernism, the Russian Revolution, the two world wars, decolonization, feminism and gay liberation movements, structuralism and poststructuralism.  In conjunction, we will examine how modern ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, Marxism, imperialism, fascism, totalitarianism, neoliberalism) were developed and challenged over the course of the last two centuries. 


Participation in weekly discussion sections staffed by TAs is mandatory.  The discussion sections are 50 minutes per session.  Students must register for the general discussion (“DISC”) section, and will be assigned to a specific time and TA instructor once the course begins.

Fall 2022: HIST UN1768
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1768 001/10631 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
614 Schermerhorn Hall
Camille Robcis 4 46/70
HIST 1768 AU1/18583 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
614 Schermerhorn Hall
Camille Robcis 4 15/15

HIST BC2101 History of Capitalism . 3 points.

The aim of this course is to provide students with analytical tools to think critically and historically about the concept of capitalism. By studying how philosophers, economists, and political theorists have defined and described the concept of capitalism throughout its history, students will be provided with a set of terminologies and analytical frameworks that enable them to interrogate the various dimensions of capitalism. 

Fall 2022: HIST BC2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2101 001/00047 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Milbank Hall
Carl Wennerlind 3 49/75

HIST BC2321 Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Culture of Empire. 3 points.

Examines the shaping of European cultural identity through encounters with non-European cultures from 1500 to the post-colonial era. Novels, paintings, and films will be among the sources used to examine such topics as exoticism in the Enlightenment, slavery and European capitalism, Orientalism in art, ethnographic writings on the primitive, and tourism.

Fall 2022: HIST BC2321
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2321 001/00035 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
504 Diana Center
Lisa Tiersten 3 54/62

HIST UN2360 TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITAIN. 4.00 points.

This course surveys the main currents of British history from 1900 to the present, with particular attention to the changing place of Britain in the world and the changing shape of British society and politics. Throughout this course, we will ask: Where is power located? What held Britain and the empire together, and what tore them apart? What was life like for Britons – young and old, men and women, rich and poor, Black and white – across the course of this century? When and how did social change happen? How did people respond? We will tackle these questions by looking closely at some key periods of social and political conflict and resolution, by reading key texts from the time (novels, plays, reportage, speeches), by viewing contemporary newsreels and films, and by conducting research in online newspaper and record collections. We will discuss these materials in section; section attendance is mandatory. Course objectives The course aims to provide students with (a) a good foundational knowledge of the course of British history from 1900 to the present; (b) an understanding of how historians do research and basic research skills; (c) the ability to analyze historical materials (speeches, novels, memoirs, government documents, films), placing them in context and deploying them to make analytical arguments about the past

Fall 2022: HIST UN2360
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2360 001/10625 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
332 Uris Hall
Susan Pedersen 4.00 34/38
HIST 2360 AU1/18637 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
332 Uris Hall
Susan Pedersen 4.00 5/5

HIST UN2377 INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE WWII. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

In this course students will explore contemporary international and global history, focusing on how states have cooperated and competed in the Cold War, decolonization, and regional crises. But lectures will also analyze how non-governmental organizations, cross-border migration, new means of communication, and global markets are transforming the international system as a whole. Group(s): B, C, D Field(s): INTL

Fall 2022: HIST UN2377
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2377 001/10605 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
402 Chandler
Matthew Connelly 4 99/125

HIST BC2401 The Politics of Crime and Policing in the US. 3 points.

This course will examine the historical development of crime and the criminal justice system in the United States since the Civil War. The course will give particular focus to the interactions between conceptions of crime, normalcy and deviance, and the broader social and political context of policy making.

Fall 2022: HIST BC2401
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2401 001/00004 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Ll002 Milstein Center
Matthew Vaz 3 62/60

HIST BC2405 Spatial History of 19th-C NYC. 4.50 points.

Spatial history of New York City in the 19th century. Students explore key topics in New York City spatial history in lectures, and learn historical-GIS skills in a co-requisite lab (instead of a discussion section). They will use newly constructed GIS data from the Mapping Historical New York project, and conduct spatial history assignments

Fall 2022: HIST BC2405
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2405 001/00094 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
203 Diana Center
Gergely Baics 4.50 25/25

HIST BC2413 The United States, 1940-1975. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

Emphasis on foreign policies as they pertain to the Second World War, the atomic bomb, containment, the Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam. Also considers major social and intellectual trends, including the Civil Rights movement, the counterculture, feminism, Watergate, and the recession of the 1970s.

Fall 2022: HIST BC2413
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2413 001/00049 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
304 Barnard Hall
Mark Carnes 3 115/150

HIST UN2438 POLITICAL HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICA. 4 points.

This course offers a survey of the poltiical history of contemporary Africa, with a focus on the states and societies south of the Sahara. The emphasis is on struggle and conflict—extending to war—and peace.

Fall 2022: HIST UN2438
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2438 001/10619 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
608 Schermerhorn Hall
Gregory Mann 4 13/30

HIST BC2440 Intro to African American History. 3 points.

Major themes in African-American History: slave trade, slavery, resistance, segregation, the "New Negro," Civil Rights, Black Power, challenges and manifestations of the contemporary "Color Line."General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

Fall 2022: HIST BC2440
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2440 001/00005 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
203 Diana Center
Celia Naylor 3 28/29

HIST UN2478 US INTELLECTUAL HIST 1865-PRES. 4.00 points.

This course examines major themes in U.S. intellectual history since the Civil War. Among other topics, we will examine the public role of intellectuals; the modern liberal-progressive tradition and its radical and conservative critics; the uneasy status of religion ina secular culture; cultural radicalism and feminism; critiques of corporate capitalism and consumer culture; the response of intellectuals to hot and cold wars, the Great Depression, and the upheavals of the 1960s. Fields(s): US

Fall 2022: HIST UN2478
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2478 001/10586 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
329 Pupin Laboratories
Casey Blake 4.00 63/90
HIST 2478 AU1/18636 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
329 Pupin Laboratories
Casey Blake 4.00 15/15

HIST UN2523 HEALTH INEQUALITY: MODERN US. 4.00 points.

Through assigned readings and a group research project, students will gain familiarity with a range of historical and social science problems at the intersection of ethnic/racial/sexual formations, technological networks, and health politics since the turn of the twentieth century. Topics to be examined will include, but will not be limited to, black women's health organization and care; HIV/AIDS politics, policy, and community response; benign neglect; urban renewal and gentrification; medical abuses and the legacy of Tuskegee; tuberculosis control; and environmental justice. There are no required qualifications for enrollment, although students will find the material more accessible if they have had previous coursework experience in United States history, pre-health professional (pre-med, pre-nursing, or pre-public health), African-American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, or American Studies

Fall 2022: HIST UN2523
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2523 001/10633 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
303 Uris Hall
Samuel Roberts 4.00 48/55

HIST UN2533 US LESBIAN & GAY HISTORY. 4.00 points.

This course explores the social, cultural, and political history of lesbians, gay men, and other socially constituted sexual and gender minorities, primarily in the twentieth century. Since the production and regulation of queer life has always been intimately linked to the production and policing of “normal” sexuality and gender, we will also pay attention to the shifting boundaries of normative sexuality, especially heterosexuality, as well as other developments in American history that shaped gay life, such as the Second World War, Cold War, urbanization, and the minority rights revolution. Themes include the emergence of homosexuality and heterosexuality as categories of experience and identity; the changing relationship between homosexuality and transgenderism; the development of diverse lesbian and gay subcultures and their representation in popular culture; the sources of antigay hostility; religion and sexual science; generational change and everyday life; AIDS; and gay, antigay, feminist, and queer movements

Fall 2022: HIST UN2533
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2533 001/10592 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
301 Uris Hall
George Chauncey 4.00 166/200
HIST 2533 AU1/18592 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
301 Uris Hall
George Chauncey 4.00 14/15

HIST UN2535 History of the City of New York. 4 points.

The social, cultural, economic, political, and demographic development of America's metropolis from colonial days to present. Slides and walking tours supplement the readings (novels and historical works).Field(s): US

Fall 2022: HIST UN2535
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2535 001/10628 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
140 Uris Hall
Kimberly Phillips-Fein 4 28/35
HIST 2535 AU1/18584 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
140 Uris Hall
Kimberly Phillips-Fein 4 7/7

HIST BC2567 Women, Race, and Class. 3.00 points.

Using an intersectional framework, this course traces changing notions of gender and sexuality in the 20th century United States. The course examines how womanhood and feminism were shaped by class, race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality and immigration status. We will explore how the construction of American nationalism and imperialism, as well as the development of citizenship rights, social policy, and labor organizing, were deeply influenced by the politics of gender. Special emphasis will be placed on organizing and women's activism

HIST UN2660 LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION I. 4.00 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course aims to give a portrait of the development of Latin America from the first contact with the Europeans to the creation of independent states. We will focus on society and interaction among the various ethnic and socio-economic groups at the level of daily life. For each class, students will have to read sections of a core text as well as a primary source, or document, from the period; before the end of every class there will be 15 minutes to discuss the document together. In addition, students will enroll in discussion sections held by TAs

Fall 2022: HIST UN2660
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2660 001/10718 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Ren Kraft Center
Caterina Pizzigoni 4.00 86/90
HIST 2660 AU1/18635 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Ren Kraft Center
Caterina Pizzigoni 4.00 14/15

HIST UN2719 History of the Modern Middle East. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
Graduate students must register for HIST G6998 version of this course.

This course will cover the history of the Middle East from the 18th century until the present, examining the region ranging from Morocco to Iran and including the Ottoman Empire. It will focus on transformations in the states of the region, external intervention, and the emergence of modern nation-states, as well as aspects of social, economic, cultural and intellectual history of the region. Field(s): ME

Fall 2022: HIST UN2719
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2719 001/10614 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
301 Uris Hall
Rashid Khalidi 4 159/170
HIST 2719 AU1/18631 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
301 Uris Hall
Rashid Khalidi 4 22/22

HIST UN2978 Science and Pseudoscience: Alchemy to AI. 4.00 points.

During the 2020 US presidential election and the years of the COVID-19 pandemic, science and “scientific truths” were fiercely contested. This course provides a historical perspective on the issues at stake. The course begins with an historical account of how areas of natural knowledge, such as astrology, alchemy, and “natural magic,” which were central components of an educated person’s view of the world in early modern Europe, became marginalized, while a new philosophy of nature (what we would now call empirical science) came to dominate the discourse of rationality. Historical developments examined in this course out of which this new understanding of nature emerged include the rise of the centralized state, religious reform, and European expansion. The course uses this historical account to show how science and pseudoscience developed in tandem in the period from 1400 to 1800. This historical account equips students to examine contemporary issues of expertise, the social construction of science, pluralism in science, certainty and uncertainty in science, as well as critical engagement with contemporary technologies

Fall 2022: HIST UN2978
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2978 001/10637 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
142 Uris Hall
Pamela Smith, Madisson Whitman 4.00 32/90
HIST 2978 AU1/18630 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
142 Uris Hall
Pamela Smith, Madisson Whitman 4.00 21/25

HIST UN3011 THE SECOND WORLD WAR. 3.00-4.00 points.

This course surveys some of the major historiographical debates surrounding the Second World War. It aims to provide student with an international perspective of the conflict that challenges conventional understandings of the war. In particular, we will examine the ideological, imperial, and strategic dimensions of the war in a global context. Students will also design, research, and write a substantial essay of 15-18 pages in length that makes use of both primary and secondary sources

Fall 2022: HIST UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3011 001/10596 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Paul Chamberlin 3.00-4.00 15/15

HIST UN3017 Sexuality and the City. 4 points.

The city has classically been represented as the site of sexual freedom, but also of sexual immorality and danger.  This course explores the interrelated histories of sexuality and the city in the twentieth-century United States (especially New York) by exploring how urban conditions and processes shaped sexual practices, identities, communities, and ethics, and how sexual matters shaped urban processes, politics, and representation.   

Fall 2022: HIST UN3017
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3017 001/10595 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Fayerweather
George Chauncey 4 11/12

HIST UN3023 Mobility and Identity in the Roman World. 4 points.

This course considers how identity increased, limited, controlled, or otherwise shaped the mobility of individuals and groups in the Roman world, including women, slaves, freedpeople, and diaspora communities. We will identify the structures that produced differences in mobility and consider how such groups understood and represented themselves in a variety of media as possessing a specific, shared identity and community. The course will draw on a range of primary sources, including inscriptions and literary texts (both poetry and prose), and cover the period from the second century BCE to the third century CE.

Fall 2022: HIST UN3023
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3023 001/10630 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Sailakshmi Ramgopal 4 15/15

HIST UN3189 COMPOSNG THE SELF-ERLY MOD EUR. 4.00 points.

This course explores manners of conceiving and being a self in early modern Europe (ca. 1400-1800). Through the analysis of a range of sources, from autobiographical writings to a selection of theological, philosophical, artistic, and literary works, we will approach the concept of personhood as a lens through which to study topics such as the valorization of interiority, humanist scholarly practices, the rising professional status of artists, the spirituality of Christian mysticism, mechanist and sensationalist philosophies of selfhood, and, more generally, the human person’s relationship with material and existential goods. This approach is intended to deepen our understanding of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and other movements around which histories of the early modern period have typically been narrated

Fall 2022: HIST UN3189
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3189 001/10602 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Charly Coleman 4.00 12/15

HIST BC3327 Consumer Culture in Modern Europe. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required.

The development of the modern culture of consumption, with particular attention to the formation of the woman consumer. Topics include commerce and the urban landscape, changing attitudes toward shopping and spending, feminine fashion and conspicuous consumption, and the birth of advertising. Examination of novels, fashion magazines, and advertising images.

Fall 2022: HIST BC3327
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3327 001/00007 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Ll018 Milstein Center
Lisa Tiersten 4 18/18

HIST BC3360 London: From Great Wen to World City. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required.

Social and cultural history of London from the Great Fire of 1666 to the 1960s. An examination of the changing experience of urban identity through the commercial life, public spaces, and diverse inhabitants of London. Topics include 17th-century rebuilding, immigrants and emigrants, suburbs, literary culture, war, and redevelopment.

Fall 2022: HIST BC3360
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3360 001/00008 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
214 Milbank Hall
Deborah Valenze 4 14/15

HIST BC3391 Senior Research Seminar. 8 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).
4 points each term.

Prerequisites: Open to Barnard College History Senior Majors.

Individual guided research and writing in history and the presentation of results in seminar and in the form of the senior essay.  See Requirements for the Major for details.  

Fall 2022: HIST BC3391
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3391 001/00010 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
302 Barnard Hall
Andrew Lipman 8 41/55

HIST BC3491 Making Barnard History: The Research Process. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required.

Introduction to historical research through a range of the historical sources and methods available for a comprehensive history of Barnard College. Will include a review of the secondary literature, the compiling and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data through archival research, the conduct of an oral history interview, and the construction of a historical narrative.

Fall 2022: HIST BC3491
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3491 001/00050 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
308 Diana Center
Robert McCaughey 4 15/15

HIST UN3502 The Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty in the Early American Republic. 4.00 points.

The United States was founded on Indigenous land and in conversation with Indigenous nations who shared possession to most of the territory claimed by the republic. The expansion of the U.S. beyond the original thirteen states happened in dialogue, and often in open conflict with the Native peoples of North America. This course will examine the creation and expansion of the American nation-state from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous history. Most histories of the Republic equate the founding of the U.S. with the severance of colonial ties to Great Britain and the proceed to characterize America as a post-colonial society. We will study the U.S. as the first New World colonial power, a settler society whose very existence is deeply intertwined with the Indigenous history of North America

Fall 2022: HIST UN3502
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3502 001/12686 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Michael Witgen 4.00 10/16

HIST UN3515 Surveillance from KGB and NSA to Border Control. 4.00 points.

An introduction to the history of state and corporate surveillance, opposition to it, and approaches to studying it, from the 1600s until the present. Topics include the creation of the early modern information state, the development of state statistics and policing, imperial forms of surveillance, surveillance in totalitarian regimes from Nazi Germany through the present, growth of electronic surveillance in the cold war especially in war zones, the transfer of military technologies to internal security and border control, surveillance of civil rights and anti-war movements, recent controversies around the NSA and GCQH, and the development of large scale state sanctioned hacking

Fall 2022: HIST UN3515
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3515 001/13459 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Matthew Jones 4.00 16/17

HIST UN3518 COLUMBIA UNI & SLAVERY. 4.00 points.

In this course, students will write original, independent papers of around 25 pages, based on research in both primary and secondary sources, on an aspect of the relationship between Columbia College and its colonial predecessor Kings College, with the institution of slavery

Fall 2022: HIST UN3518
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3518 001/10623 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Stephanie McCurry, Joshua Morrison 4.00 10/15

HIST UN3529 Landscapes of American Modernity, 1880-1940. 4.00 points.

This course examines the transformation of rural and urban landscapes in the U.S. in the critical era of industrial consolidation, 1880-1940. We investigate the creation of an infrastructure for agriculture that transformed natural environments; the changing vernacular architecture of domestic and industrial workplaces; the development of central downtowns as sites of office buildings, department stores, and civic centers; the spatial instantiation of the Jim Crow segregationist regime in the North as well as the South; the relation between real estate and finance that fueled the Great Depression; and the development of New Deal policies that underwrote public works—including highways-- and public housing, while also subsidizing home ownership, agribusiness, and segregation (the historical context for debates over the “Green New Deal.”. Reading assignments combine social history and vernacular architectural studies with primary sources that include urban planning and government documents, personal narratives, and both historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and city plans

Fall 2022: HIST UN3529
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3529 001/10687 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Elizabeth Blackmar 4.00 17/25

HIST UN3562 The Seven Years’ War (1754-1763), Global Perspective: Europe, Asia, Africa, and Americas. 4 points.

Prerequisites: History Majors Preferred

This research seminar explores the causes, course, and consequences of the Seven Years’ War, arguably the first world war in modern history.  Topics include the origins of the conflict in North America and in Europe, the relationship between imperial rivalry in the American colonies and the contest for supremacy in central Europe, the impact of the war on trade and settlement in South Asia, the West Indies, the Philippines, and West Africa, and the legacies of the conflict for British imperial expansion in India, North America, Senegal, and the southern Caribbean.  During the second half of the semester, members of the seminar will devote the majority of their time to the research and writing of a substantial paper.

Fall 2022: HIST UN3562
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3562 001/10589 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Christopher Brown 4 8/15

HIST UN3571 Left and Right in American History. 4.00 points.

This course examines 20th-century American political movements of the Left and Right. We will cover Socialism and the Ku Klux Klan in the early twentieth century; the Communist Party and right-wing populists of the 1930s; the civil rights movement, black power, and white resistance, 1950s-1960s; the rise of the New Left and the New Right in the 1960s; the Women's liberation movement and the Christian right of the 1970s; and finally, free-market conservatism, neoliberalism, white nationalism and the Trump era. We will explore the organizational, ideological and social history of these political mobilizations. The class explores grass-roots social movements and their relationship to “mainstream” and electoral politics. We will pay special attention to the ways that ideas and mobilizations that are sometimes deemed extreme have in fact helped to shape the broader political spectrum. Throughout the semester, we will reflect on the present political dilemmas of our country in light of the history that we study

Fall 2022: HIST UN3571
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3571 001/12570 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Kimberly Phillips-Fein 4.00 14/15

HIST BC3670 Seeking Asylum: History, Politics, and the Pursuit of Justice at the US-Mexico Border. 4 points.

Note: This course meets as a lecture but it is a seminar.

Prerequisites: NA

This seminar explores the roots of and responses to the contemporary refugee "crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border. We examine the historical factors that are propelling people, including families and unaccompanied minors, to flee the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala); the law and politics of asylum that those seeking refuge must negotiate in the U.S.; and the burgeoning system of immigration incarceration that detains ever-greater numbers of non-citizens. The course is organized around a collaboration with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, an organization that provides legal counsel to detainees at the country's largest immigration detention prison, in Dilley, Texas. 

Fall 2022: HIST BC3670
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3670 001/00051 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
214 Milbank Hall
Nara Milanich 4 13/15
Spring 2023: HIST BC3670
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3670 001/00152 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Ll016 Milstein Center
Nara Milanich 4 2/20

HIST UN3739 THE "ISLAMIC" CITY. 4.00 points.

The seminar will examine several “Islamic” cities in depth, focusing on critical moments in their histories. The students will acquire a solid knowledge of these centers. They will study their dynamic and complex histories in an episodic manner, deconstructing their images frozen in a particular moment. We will begin by recent critical theories on the “Islamic” city, the latter concept developed as a rigid formula during the colonial era and reiterated since. As we resituate our case studies in their shifting historic contexts, we will gain insights into the complexity of their formations. More specifically, for example, Damascus will not be constrained to its canonical early medieval period, but will be investigated with reference to its Greco-Roman history, the Ottoman interventions in the pre-modern period, the nineteenth-century reforms, and the French planning experiments under the Mandate. Istanbul will not be limited to its sixteenth-century glamor, but will be scrutinized in terms of its turbulent passage from Byzantine to Ottoman rule, and as a pioneering experiment in nineteenth-century modernization reforms. Situating urban forms, “the tangible substance, the stuff” of cities at the center of our discussions, we will look into the political, social, cultural, and economic factors that framed their development, as well as the subsequent effects the cities made on these realms. The interdisciplinary approach will capitalize on the rich literature in the field and engage in analyses using textual and visual materials in complementary ways. The students will learn how to triangulate their discussions by using arguments and data (including visual documents) from different academic fields. The weekly meetings will include presentations by the instructor and the students, followed by class discussions

Fall 2022: HIST UN3739
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3739 001/11661 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Zeynep Celik 4.00 13/15

HIST BC3825 RACE, CASTE, AND THE UNIVERSITY: B. R. AMBEDKAR AT COLUMBIA. 4 points.

B. R. Ambedkar is arguably one of Columbia University’s most illustrious alumni, and a democratic thinker and constitutional lawyer who had enormous impact in shaping India, the world’s largest democracy. As is well known, Ambedkar came to Columbia University in July 1913 to start a doctoral program in Political Science. He graduated in 1915 with a Masters degree, and got his doctorate from Columbia in 1927 after having studied with some of the great figures of interwar American thought including Edwin Seligman, James Shotwell, Harvey Robinson, and John Dewey.

This course follows the model of the Columbia University and Slavery course and draws extensively on the relevant holdings and resources of Columbia’s RBML, [Rare Books and Manuscript Library] Burke Library (Union Theological Seminar), and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture among others to explore a set of relatively understudied links between Ambedkar, Columbia University, and the intellectual history of the interwar period. Themes include: the development of the disciplines at Columbia University and their relationship to new paradigms of social scientific study; the role of historical comparison between caste and race in producing new models of scholarship and political solidarity; links between figures such as Ambedkar, Lala Lajpat Rai, W. E. B. Du Bois and others who were shaped by the distinctive public and political culture of New York City, and more.

This is a hybrid course which aims to create a finding aid for B. R. Ambedkar that traverses RBML private papers. Students will engage in a number of activities towards that purpose. They will attend multiple instructional sessions at the RBML to train students in using archives; they will make public presentations on their topics, which will be archived in video form; and stuents will produce digital essays on a variety of themes and topics related to the course. Students will work collaboratively in small groups and undertake focused archival research. This seminar inaugurates an on-going, multiyear effort to grapple with globalizing the reach and relevance of B. R. Ambedkar and to share our findings with the Columbia community and beyond. Working independently, students will define and pursue individual research projects. Working together, the class will create digital visualizations of these projects.

Fall 2022: HIST BC3825
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3825 001/00052 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
307 Milbank Hall
Anupama Rao 4 7/15

HIST UN3838 Senior Thesis Seminar. 4 points.

A year-long course for outstanding senior majors who want to conduct research in primary sources on a topic of their choice in any aspect of history, and to write a senior thesis possibly leading toward departmental honors. 

Fall 2022: HIST UN3838
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3838 001/10641 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
401 Chandler
Rhiannon Stephens 4 13/12
HIST 3838 002/10585 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Elizabeth Blackmar 4 12/12
HIST 3838 003/10640 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Michael Stanislawski 4 14/12
HIST 3838 004/10618 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
301m Fayerweather
Natasha Lightfoot 4 13/12
HIST 3838 005/18220 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
327 Uris Hall
Anna Danziger Halperin 4 13/12

HIST GU4101 THE WORLD WE HAVE LOST. 4.00 points.

What was daily life like for the “average” European in pre-industrial society? This course examines the material circumstances of life and death in Europe from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. It also asks the question of whether and how we can enter into the inner life of people of the past. How did people experience their material conditions? How did they experience the life of the mind and of the emotions? What are the methods used by historians to gain knowledge about the material conditions and lived experience of the past?

Fall 2022: HIST GU4101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4101 001/10639 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Pamela Smith 4.00 15/20

HIST GU4277 History of Urban Crime and Policing in Latin America in Global Perspective. 4.00 points.

This seminar examines the social construction of criminality and the institutions that developed to impose and enforce the criminal law as reflections of Latin American urban society throughout the region’s history, with a particular emphasis on the rise of police forces as the principal means of day-to-day urban governance. Topics include policing and urban slavery; policing the urban “underworld”; the changing cultural importance of police in urban popular culture; the growth of scientific policing methods, along with modern criminology and eugenics; policing and the enforcement of gender norms in urban public spaces; the role of urban policing in the rise of military governments in the twentieth century; organized crime; transitional justice and the contemporary question of the rule of law; and the transnational movement of ideas about and innovations in policing practice. In our readings and class discussions over the course of the semester, we will trace how professionalized, modern police forces took shape in cities across the region over time. This course actually begins, however, in the colonial period before there was anything that we would recognize as a modern, uniformed, state-run police force. We will thus have a broad perspective from which to analyze critically the role of police in the development of Latin American urban societies—in other words, to see the police in the contemporary era as contingent on complex historical processes, which we will seek to understand

Fall 2022: HIST GU4277
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4277 001/12789 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Amy Chazkel 4.00 17/15

HIST GU4397 Nationalism and Revolution in Modern Ireland. 4.00 points.

Nationalism is one of the most persistent, powerful and elusive forces in modern world history. This course examines it through a particularly compelling and accessible case study: Ireland. As both a subject of, and a partner in, British colonialism, Ireland straddled both the imperial and anti-imperial dimensions of nineteenth and twentieth-century nationalism. Ireland reveals nationalism’s complexities and ambiguities in an era in which large multinational empires, not nation-states, were frequently seen as fundamental units of political organization. Through its relationship to the Catholic church, through the global Irish diaspora (especially, though not exclusively, in the US) and through its correspondence and cooperation with other struggles for ‘nationality’ in nineteenth-century Europe, modern Irish nationalism became a transnational phenomenon. As such, it can show us some of the ways in which growing global communication and interconnection can produce and reinforce national sentiment rather than undermining it. Over a period from the late-eighteenth to the late-twentieth centuries, we will trace the diverse and often conflicting modes of nationalist politics and ideology in Ireland, encompassing controversies over sovereignty, empire, democracy, religion, trade, property, political violence and culture. In so doing, we will not only learn about the role of nationalism in Irish history, but seek to understand its broad conceptual relevance in modern politics

Fall 2022: HIST GU4397
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4397 001/12851 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
301m Fayerweather
James Stafford 4.00 15/15

HIST GU4403 American Empire. 4.00 points.

This course surveys the historical debates surrounding the question of American empire. Drawing on a wide range of scholarly writings, we will explore the rise of the United States to the status of a major world power over the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will also use the semester to design, research, and write a substantial essay that draws on both primary and secondary sources on a topic chosen in consultation with the professor

Fall 2022: HIST GU4403
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4403 001/12861 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Paul Chamberlin 4.00 10/15

HIST GU4571 HIV and AIDS in Black America. 4.00 points.

Through a series of thematically-arranged secondary and primary source readings and research writing assignments, students in this seminar course will explore the public health, medical, political, and social histories of HIV and AIDS in Black American communities. The course’s chronological focus begins roughly two decades before the first recognition of the syndrome to the first decade of the twenty-first century. Thematically, the course will address several issues, including syndemic theory; stigma, homophobia and political marginalization; late capitalism and public health; the health effects of segregation; and mass incarceration. Admission to this course is by application: https://forms.gle/aomWYHiqHaGyumBn9. Please note that students enrolling in this course must do so for a grade, and not on a pass/fail or audit basis. GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS Undergraduate and masters students are welcome in this course by application. Due to the higher level of course material, students should have an academic or professional background in African-American history or public health history. Students may not enroll this course on a pass/fail basis or as an auditor. Please consult the “Class Performance Guidelines” document for details. Student assessment will be based on various criteria: Class discussion participation 35% Presentation of the readings 15% Writing assignments 50% Policy on Academic Integrity Please note that all students are bound to the guidelines set forth in the College’s statement on Academic Integrity (http://www.college.columbia.edu/academics/academicintegrity)

Fall 2022: HIST GU4571
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4571 001/12764 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
301m Fayerweather
Samuel Roberts 4.00 8/15

HIST GU4607 RABBIS FOR HISTORIANS. 4.00 points.

This course introduces the central historical issues raised by ancient Palestinian and Babylonian rabbinic literature through exploration of some of the crucial primary texts and analysis of the main scholarly approaches to these texts

Fall 2022: HIST GU4607
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4607 001/10635 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Seth Schwartz 4.00 7/15

HIST GU4622 A Global History of Jewish Migration and the State. 4.00 points.

Over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, millions of Jews uprooted themselves from their places of birth and settled in new homes around the world. This mass migration not only transformed the cultural and demographic centers of world Jewry, but also fundamentally changed the way in which state’s organized their immigration regimes. In this course, we shall analyze the historiography in migration studies, state formation and Jewish history to make sense of the different factors shaping Jewish immigrants’ experiences in different parts of the world

Spring 2023: HIST GU4622
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4622 001/14595 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Rebecca Kobrin 4.00 9/15

HIST GU4699 Medieval Franciscans and their World. 4 points.

This course will offer an examination of the birth and development of the Franciscan Order between 1200-1350. The topics will include Francis of Assisi, the foundation of the three orders of Franciscans, education, poverty, preaching, theology internal strife, antifraternalism, and relations with secular governments and papacy.

Fall 2022: HIST GU4699
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4699 001/10636 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
301m Fayerweather
Neslihan Senocak 4 7/15

HIST GU4714 MOD ARAB INTELLECTUAL HISTORY. 4.00 points.

This seminar will introduce advanced history students to key themes in modern Arabic thought from the eighteenth century to present. Examining the history of ideas against their institutional, political, and metatextual backgrounds, it also considers the role these played in constructing new narratives and imaginaries

Fall 2022: HIST GU4714
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4714 001/13381 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Marwa Elshakry 4.00 12/15

HIST GU4727 The History of the End of the World. 4.00 points.

For thousands of years people have been getting ready for the end of the world, giving rise to millenarian movements that have sometimes changed history. More than once, large numbers of people have experienced events such as the Black Death, the Little Ice Age, colonial conquest, and “strategic” bombing that seemed very much like the end of their world. And over the last seventy-five years, governments and international organizations have made major investments in predicting and preparing for catastrophic threats. Efforts to manage or mitigate these dangers have had world-changing consequences, including “preventative” wars, and new forms of global governance. The very idea of the end of the world, in other words, has a long history, with a demonstrable impact, which provides instructive lessons as we contemplate things to come. This course will explore this history, beginning with eschatology and millenarian movements. In part two, students will learn how different conceptual frameworks can be applied to assessing and managing risk, and understanding how people perceive or misperceive danger. They will learn how they can be applied to identify the most important challenges, drawing insights from different disciplinary approaches. The third and main part of the course will consist of comparative and connected analyses of the age-old apocalyptic threats -- war, pestilence, and famine -- in their modern forms, i.e. nuclear armageddon, pandemics, and ecological collapse. By examining them together, we can compare the magnitude and probability of each danger, and also explore their interconnections. We will see, for instance, how nuclear testing helped give rise to the environmental movement, and how modeling the aftereffects of nuclear exchanges helped advance understanding of climate change. Similarly, scenario exercises have shaped threat perceptions and disaster-preparedness for pandemics and bio-warfare as much as they did for nuclear war and terrorism. Readings and discussions will explore how planetary threats are interconnected, and not just in the techniques used to predict and plan for them. Applying nuclear power to the problem of global warming, for instance, could undermine longstanding efforts to stop nuclear proliferation. Climate change and mass migration, on the other hand, create new pandemic threats, as a more crowded and interconnected world becomes a single ecosystem. Yet billions spent on building up defenses have created more capacity and opportunity for bio-terrorism. Who would actually use a nuclear or biological weapon? Perhaps a millenarian group hoping to ride death, the fourth horse of the apocalypse, straight to heaven

Fall 2022: HIST GU4727
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4727 001/10604 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Matthew Connelly 4.00 6/15

HIST GU4779 AFRICAN FRANCE, FRENCH AFRICA. 4.00 points.

This seminar explores a tradition of historical writing (historiography) that constructs “Africa and France,” or “France and Africa,” or “FrançAfrique” as an historical object and as an object of knowledge. That body of writing accounts in various and sometimes contadictory ways for the peculiar, intense, and historically conflictual relationship that exists between France and the sub-Saharan nation-states that are its former African colonies

Fall 2022: HIST GU4779
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4779 001/12803 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
328 Uris Hall
Gregory Mann 4.00 8/15

Fall 2022 Cross-listed Courses

PLEASE READ: The passage below lists *all* sections being offered by a Columbia instructor for a given course, including sections which *do not* count for History students. NOT ALL sections of the courses listed below count for History majors and concentrators. Particular sections only count towards the History degree if the section instructor is a History faculty member or an affiliate with the History Department. For additional information, please review the "Requirements" tab or consult Undergraduate Administrator at undergraduate-history@columbia.edu. All courses from the Barnard History Department also count towards the History degree.

AFAS UN1002 Major Debates in African-American Studies. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Students must register for discussion section, AFAS UN1003.

This course will focus on the major debates in African-American Studies from the role of education to the political uses of art. The class will follow these debates historically with attention to the ways in which earlier discussions on migration and emigration, for example, were engaged with the specific historical conjuncture in which they took place as well as in the myriad ways in which earlier debates continue to resonate today. There will be a mix of primary documents and secondary sources and commentary.

Fall 2022: AFAS UN1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AFAS 1002 001/13511 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
425 Pupin Laboratories
Shanya Cordis 4 12/12

CSER UN1011 Introduction to Asian American Studies. 4 points.

This course provides an overview of Asian/ Pacific American history from the late 18th Century until the present day. The course surveys significant and interrelated topics -- including anti-Asian movements, immigration and exclusion, various forms of resistance, Orientalism, media representations, the model minority myth, the Asian American movement, identity, and racial, ethnic, and generational conflicts.  Specifically it will explore historical and contemporary Asian American issues and rights. 

Fall 2022: CSER UN1011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CSER 1011 001/11571 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
420 Hamilton Hall
Mae Ngai 4 13/15

ASCE UN1359 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: NOTE:Students must register for a discussion section, ASCE UN1360

The evolution of Chinese civilization from ancient times to the 20th century, with emphasis on characteristic institutions and traditions.

Fall 2022: ASCE UN1359
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1359 001/10650 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
142 Uris Hall
Dongxin Zou 4 74/90

ASCE UN1361 INTRO EAST ASIAN CIV: JPN. 4.00 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: NOTE: Students must register for a discussion section ASCE UN1371
Prerequisites: NOTE: Students must register for a discussion section ASCE UN1371 A survey of important events and individuals, prominent literary and artistic works, and recurring themes in the history of Japan, from prehistory to the 20th century

Fall 2022: ASCE UN1361
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1361 001/10648 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
310 Fayerweather
Paul Kreitman 4.00 84/90
Spring 2023: ASCE UN1361
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1361 001/10959 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
402 Chandler
Gregory Pflugfelder 4.00 98/90

HSME UN2810 HISTORY OF SOUTH ASIA I. 4.00 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
Graduate students must register for HIST G6998 version of this course.

This survey lecture course will provide students with a broad overview of the history of South Asia as a region - focusing on key political, cultural and social developments over more than two millennia. The readings include both primary sources (in translation) and secondary works. Our key concerns will be the political, cultural and theological encounters of varied communities, the growth of cities and urban spaces, networks of trade and migrations and the development of both local and cosmopolitan cultures across Southern Asia. The survey will begin with early dynasties of the classical period and then turn to the subsequent formation of various Perso-Turkic polities, including the development and growth of hybrid political cultures such as those of Vijayanagar and the Mughals. The course also touches on Indic spiritual and literary traditions such as Sufi and Bhakti movements. Near the end of our course, we will look forward towards the establishment of European trading companies and accompanying colonial powers

Fall 2022: HSME UN2810
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSME 2810 001/15043 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
601 Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Manan Ahmed 4.00 58/65

CLCV UN3008 The Age of Augustus. 3.00 points.

The reign of the first Roman emperor, Augustus (27bce-14ce), has been seen as a Roman revolution, both political and cultural. Rome had for centuries been governed as a Republic, but a series of increasingly divisive civil wars allowed Augustus to create a new political system in which he exercised sole rule as the ‘first citizen’ within a ‘Restored Republic’. Augustus’ reign lasted more than 40 years, and established a model of autocratic rule that would last for four centuries. During this time there were profound changes in the political, social, and cultural structures of Rome. In this course, you will examine the nature of these changes, Augustus’ political strategies, military activities, and religious initiatives through his own writing, the accounts of (often hostile) historians and a range of literary and archaeological sources, including Roman poetry. Ultimately, we will address the question: how did Augustus achieve the seemingly paradoxical feat of becoming a monarch within a republican system?

Fall 2022: CLCV UN3008
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLCV 3008 001/11617 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
401 Chandler
Lisa Mignone 3.00 12/25

CGTH UN3300 Histories of the Global. 4.00 points.

This course examines the long history of global interconnectivity, the forces that have forged it, the vulnerabilities and debates it has engendered, and the worlds it has created. It departs from civilizational approaches to world history that revolve around certain cultural centers and focuses instead on the webs of interconnection and interdependence generated by the movement of people, ideas, technologies, material cultures, pathogens, and flora and fauna across space and through time. In the face of surging ethno-nationalism and claims of cultural essentialism today, this approach underscores the hybridity of human societies and individual identities as well. The course consists of three units. A brief opening unit lays a foundation by examining civilizational and global approaches and considering methods for thinking globally through comparison, contextualization, and connection. Unit Two takes up instances in the long history of global interconnectivity from ancient to contemporary times, showing how distant societies became bound together, for better and for worse, as well as the ways increasing interdependence continually reshape(d) local realities. The goal is not to fashion a comprehensive global history, but to understand the connections that have made the interdependent world what it is today. Unit Three addresses contemporary issues of global connection, including the ways ideas circulate in the digital age, creating expectations and sparking movements that resonate locally in diverse ways. We conclude by considering the ways the dislocations of globalization have contributed to the political polarization that divides many societies and thinking together about how to build a better interconnected world

Fall 2022: CGTH UN3300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CGTH 3300 001/13002 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Laura Neitzel 4.00 9/15

EAAS UN3338 CULTRL HIST-JAPANESE MONSTERS. 3.00 points.

Priority is given to EALAC and History majors, as well as to those who have done previous coursework on Japan.

From Godzilla to Pokemon (literally, pocket monster) toys, Japanese monsters have become a staple commodity of late-capitalist global pop culture. This course seeks to place this phenomenon within a longer historical, as well as a broader cross-cultural, context. Through an examination of texts and images spanning over thirteen centuries of Japanese history, along with comparable productions from other cultures, students will gain an understanding not only of different conceptions and representations of monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures in Japan, but also of the role of the monstrous in the cultural imagination more generally. The course draws on various media and genres of representation, ranging from written works, both literary and scholarly, to the visual arts, material culture, drama, and cinema. Readings average 100-150 pages per week. Several film and video screenings are scheduled in addition to the regular class meetings. Seating is limited, with final admission based on a written essay and other information to be submitted to the instructor before the beginning of the semester

Fall 2022: EAAS UN3338
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3338 001/10654 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
327 Uris Hall
Gregory Pflugfelder 3.00 14/15

AMHS UN3462 IMMIGRANT NEW YORK. 4.00 points.

For centuries, New York City has served as a primary gateway city for immigrants to the United States. In the early twentieth century, according to the 1910 Census, New York City’s population was roughly 40% foreign-born. The problems these immigrants presented to government officials, doctors, religious leaders, industrialists, the police, and educators in New York City transformed not only the local debate on immigration but the national discussion of “Americanization” as well. According to the most recent census, approximately 40% of the city's population is foreign-born. Like their predecessors at the turn of the twentieth century, contemporary immigrants, arriving from the Caribbean, Africa, Central America, Asia, and Europe, have posed serious challenges to the civic, educational, and political institutions of New York City. How are these foreign-born residents reshaping the city today? This seminar explores the intersection of immigration, race, culture, and politics in New York City, both from the perspective of history and in relation to contemporary realities as it explores the forces shaping the century-old encounter between immigrants and New York City

Fall 2022: AMHS UN3462
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMHS 3462 001/10617 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
212d Lewisohn Hall
Jessica Lee 4.00 15/15

CSER UN3928 Colonization/Decolonization. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
Enrollment limited to 22.

Prerequisites: Open to CSER majors/concentrators only. Others may be allowed to register with the instructor's permission.

This course explores the centrality of colonialism in the making of the modern world, emphasizing cross-cultural and social contact, exchange, and relations of power; dynamics of conquest and resistance; and discourses of civilization, empire, freedom, nationalism, and human rights, from 1500 to 2000. Topics include pre-modern empires; European exploration, contact, and conquest in the new world; Atlantic-world slavery and emancipation; and European and Japanese colonialism in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The course ends with a section on decolonization and post-colonialism in the period after World War II. Intensive reading and discussion of primary documents.

Fall 2022: CSER UN3928
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CSER 3928 001/11569 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
602 Lewisohn Hall
Karl Jacoby 4 23/22
CSER 3928 002/11570 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Natasha Lightfoot 4 19/20
Spring 2023: CSER UN3928
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CSER 3928 001/10147 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
Czarina Thelen 4 22/22
CSER 3928 002/14981 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301m Fayerweather
Emma Crane 4 21/22

AMST UN3930 Topics in American Studies. 4 points.

Please refer to the Center for American Studies website for course descriptions for each section. americanstudies.columbia.edu

Fall 2022: AMST UN3930
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AMST 3930 001/10028 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Hilary-Anne Hallett 4 14/18
AMST 3930 002/10029 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
James Shapiro 4 10/18
AMST 3930 003/10030 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
John McWhorter 4 7/18
AMST 3930 004/11089 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Roosevelt Montas 4 22/18
AMST 3930 005/12000 F 10:10am - 12:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Michael Hindus 4 11/18

EAAS UN3990 Approaches to East Asian Studies. 4 points.

Enrollment is limited to EALAC and AMEC majors and concentrators only.

This course is intended to provide a focal point for undergraduate majors in East Asian Studies. It introduces students to the analysis of particular objects of East Asian historical, literary, and cultural studies from various disciplinary perspectives. The syllabus is composed of a series of modules, each centered around an object, accompanied by readings that introduce different ways of understanding its meaning.

Fall 2022: EAAS UN3990
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3990 001/10655 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Robert Hymes 4 13/20
EAAS 3990 002/10656 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Gregory Pflugfelder 4 13/20

HSEA GU4027 Issues in Early Chinese Civilization: Theories and Debates. 4 points.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic issues and problems in the study of early Chinese civilization, some theoretical and others methodological. Through the review of a long series of debates the course offers a quick entrance both to this early period of history and to these studies. Organized around problems, the course encourages critical thinking and contesting arguments and helps the students weigh different positions addressing the problems. By doing so, the course guides the students to search for frontline questions and to probe possible ways to solve the problems. The course deals with both the written records (inscriptional and textual) and the material evidence, and the student can well expect this course to serve as also updates of the most fascinating archaeological discoveries in China made in the past decades. The course is designed as an upper-level undergraduate and MA course; therefore, it is recommended that undergraduate students should take "ASCE V2359: Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China" before participating in this course.

Spring 2023: HSEA GU4027
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4027 001/14400 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
Feng Li 4 10/20

JPNS GU4519 Kanbun. 3 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4007 or the equivalent.

Introduction to the fundamentals of reading Chinese-style Japanese and related forms, using literary and historical texts. CC GS EN CE GSAS

Fall 2022: JPNS GU4519
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 4519 001/10671 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
522c Kent Hall
David Lurie 3 6/12

HSEA GU4860 Culture and Society of Choson Korea, 1392-1910. 3 points.

Major cultural, political, social, economic and literary issues in the history of this 500-year long period. Reading and discussion of primary texts (in translation) and major scholarly works. All readings will be in English.

Spring 2023: HSEA GU4860
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4860 001/11082 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Jungwon Kim 3 15/15

HSEA GU4880 History of Modern China I. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

China’s transformation under its last imperial rulers, with special emphasis on economic, legal, political, and cultural change.

Fall 2022: HSEA GU4880
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4880 001/10667 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
413 Kent Hall
Madeleine Zelin 3 47/60

Spring 2023 History Courses

HIST UN1004 Ancient History of Egypt. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

A survey of the history of ancient Egypt from the first appearance of the state to the conquest of the country by Alexander of Macedon, with emphasis of the political history, but also with attention to the cultural, social, and economic developments. 

Spring 2023: HIST UN1004
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1004 001/11267 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
301 Uris Hall
Marc Van De Mieroop 4 202/210

HIST BC1302 EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1789. 4.00 points.

Emergence of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary mass political movements; European industrialization, nationalism, and imperialism; 20th-century world wars, the Great Depression, and Fascism

Spring 2023: HIST BC1302
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1302 001/00142 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
304 Barnard Hall
Lisa Tiersten 4.00 105/105

HIST UN1512 The Battle for North America: An Indigenous History of the Seven Years War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. 4.00 points.

This course will explore the struggle to control the continent of North America from an Indigenous perspective. After a century of European colonization Native peoples east of the Mississippi River Valley formed a political confederation aimed at preserving Native sovereignty. This Native confederacy emerged as a dominant force during the Seven Years War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. At times Native political interests aligned with the French and British Empires, but remained in opposition to the expansion of Anglo-American colonial settlements into Indian country. This course is designed to engage literature and epistemology surrounding these New World conflicts as a means of the colonial and post-colonial past in North America. We will explore the emergence of intersecting indigenous and European national identities tied to the social construction of space and race. In this course I will ask you to re-think American history by situating North America as a Native space, a place that was occupied and controlled by indigenous peoples. You will be asked to imagine a North America that was indigenous and adaptive, and not necessarily destined to be absorbed by European settler colonies. Accordingly, this course we will explore the intersections of European colonial settlement and Euro-American national expansion, alongside of the emergence of indigenous social formations that dominated the western interior until the middle of the 19th century. This course is intended to be a broad history of Indigenous North America during a tumultuous period, but close attention will be given to use and analysis of primary source evidence. Similarly, we will explore the necessity of using multiple genres of textual evidence – archival documents, oral history, material artifacts, etc., -- when studying indigenous history

Spring 2023: HIST UN1512
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1512 001/11288 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Michael Witgen 4.00 35/35

HIST BC1760 Introduction to African History: 1700-Present. 4 points.

Survey of African history from the 18th century to the contemporary period. We will explore six major themes in African History: Africa and the Making of the Atlantic World, Colonialism in Africa, the 1940s, Nationalism and Independence Movements, Post-Colonialism in Africa, and Issues in the Making of Contemporary Africa.

Spring 2023: HIST BC1760
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 1760 001/00143 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
203 Diana Center
Abosede George 4 40/40

HIST UN2072 Daily Life in Medieval Europe. 4 points.

This course is designed as traveller’s guide to medieval Europe. Its purpose is to provide a window to a long-lost world that provided the foundation of modern institutions and that continues to inspire the modern collective artistic and literary imagination with its own particularities. This course will not be a conventional history course concentrating on the grand narratives in the economic, social and political domains but rather intend to explore the day-to-day lives of the inhabitants, and attempts to have a glimpse of their mindset, their emotional spectrum, their convictions, prejudices, fears and hopes. It will be at once a historical, sociological and anthropological study of one of the most inspiring ages of European civilization. Subjects to be covered will include the birth and childhood, domestic life, sex and marriage, craftsmen and artisans, agricultural work, food and diet, the religious devotion, sickness and its cures, death, after death (purgatory and the apparitions), travelling, merchants and trades, inside the nobles’ castle, the Christian cosmos, and medieval technology. The lectures will be accompanied by maps, images of illuminated manuscripts and of medieval objects. Students will be required to attend a weekly discussion section to discuss the medieval texts bearing on that week’s subject. The written course assignment will be a midterm, final and two short papers, one an analysis of a medieval text and a second an analysis of a modern text on the Middle Ages. 

Spring 2023: HIST UN2072
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2072 001/11210 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
313 Fayerweather
Neslihan Senocak 4 77/70

HIST UN2215 MODERN RUSSIAN HISTORY. 4.00 points.

An introductory survey of the history of Russia, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union over the last two centuries. Russia’s role on the European continent, intellectual movements, unfree labor and emancipation, economic growth and social change, and finally the great revolutions of 1905 and 1917 define the “long nineteenth century.” The second half of the course turns to the tumultuous twentieth century: cultural experiments of the 1920s, Stalinism, World War II, and the new society of the Khrushchev and Brezhnev years. Finally, a look at very recent history since the East European revolutions of 1989-91. This is primarily a course on the domestic history of Russia and the USSR, but with some attention to foreign policy and Russia’s role in the world

Spring 2023: HIST UN2215
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2215 001/11800 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
333 Uris Hall
Yana Skorobogatov 4.00 35/35

HIST UN2222 NATURE & POWER: ENV HIST NORTH AMERICA. 4.00 points.

Environmental history seeks to expand the customary framework of historical inquiry, challenging students to construct narratives of the past that incorporate not only human beings but also the natural world with which human life is intimately intertwined. As a result, environmental history places at center stage a wide range of previously overlooked historical actors such as plants, animals, and diseases. Moreover, by locating nature within human history, environmental history encourages its practitioners to rethink some of the fundamental categories through which our understanding of the natural world is expressed: wilderness and civilization, wild and tame, natural and artificial. For those interested in the study of ethnicity, environmental history casts into particularly sharp relief the ways in which the natural world can serve both to undermine and to reinforce the divisions within human societies. Although all human beings share profound biological similarities, they have nonetheless enjoyed unequal access to natural resources and to healthy environments—differences that have all-too-frequently been justified by depicting such conditions as “natural.”

Spring 2023: HIST UN2222
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2222 001/11184 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
310 Fayerweather
Karl Jacoby 4.00 70/70
HIST 2222 AU1/18502 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Othr Other
Karl Jacoby 4.00 5/5

HIST BC2375 Fascism in European History. 3.00 points.

What was Fascism? What kind of appeal did authoritarianism and dictatorship have in interwar Europe? How did the Fascist “New Order” challenge liberal democracies and why did it fail in World War II? What was the common denominator of Fascist movements across Europe, and in particular in Mussolini’s Italy, Salazar’s Portugal, Franco’s Spain, culminating in Nazi Germany? This class examines the history of Fascism as an ideology, constellation of political movements, and authoritarian regimes that aimed at controlling the modernization of European societies in the interwar period. Thus, the course focuses in particular on the relationship between politics, science and society to investigate how Fascism envisioned the modernity of new technologies, new social norms, and new political norms. The class will also explore Fascism’s imperialist goals, such as the calls for national renewal, the engineering of a new race, and the creation of a new world order

Spring 2023: HIST BC2375
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2375 001/00144 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
302 Barnard Hall
Angelo Caglioti 3.00 41/40

HIST BC2380 HISTORY OF FOOD IN EUROPE. 3.00 points.

Prerequisites: Previous course in history strongly recommended.
Prerequisites: Previous course in history strongly recommended. Course enables students to focus on remote past and its relationship to social context and political and economic structures; students will be asked to evaluate evidence drawn from documents of the past, including tracts on diet, health, and food safety, accounts of food riots, first-hand testimonials about diet and food availability. A variety of perspectives will be explored, including those promoted by science, medicine, business, and government

Spring 2023: HIST BC2380
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2380 001/00145 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
304 Barnard Hall
Deborah Valenze 3.00 61/60

HIST BC2477 RACE, CLASS, AND POLITICS IN NEW YORK CITY. 3 points.

The objectives of this course are: to gain familiarity with the major themes of New York History since 1898, to learn to think historically, and to learn to think and write critically about arguments that underlie historical interpretation. We will also examine and analyze the systems and structures--of race and class--that have shaped life in New York, while seeking to understand how social groups have pursued change inside and outside of such structures

Spring 2023: HIST BC2477
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2477 001/00146 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
304 Barnard Hall
Matthew Vaz 3 60/60

HIST BC2482 Revolutionary American 1763-1815. 3 points.

How did thirteen diverse British colonies become a single boisterous but fragile new nation? Historians still disagree about the causes, motives, and meanings surrounding the founding of the United States of America. Major themes include the role of ideologies, material interests, global contexts, race, gender, and class.

Spring 2023: HIST BC2482
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2482 001/00147 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Ll103 Diana Center
Andrew Lipman 3 60/60

HIST UN2491 US FOREIGN RELATIONS 1890-1990. 4.00 points.

This course has three purposes: (i) to examine the role and identity of the United States in the world, roughly between the 1890s and the late 20th century; (ii) to provide an empirical grasp of U.S. foreign relations during that period; and (iii) to subject to critical inquiry the historiographical views on the various periods and events which have come to make up that history. The lectures, on the whole, will be supplementary to the readings, not a commentary on them

Spring 2023: HIST UN2491
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2491 001/14546 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Anders Stephanson 4.00 35/35

HIST UN2540 History of the South. 4 points.

A survey of the history of the American South from the colonial era to the present day, with two purposes: first, to afford students an understanding of the special historical characteristics of the South and of southerners; and second, to explore what the experience of the South may teach about America as a nation. 

Spring 2023: HIST UN2540
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2540 001/11310 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
310 Fayerweather
Barbara Fields 4 80/80

HIST UN2587 SPORT&SOCIETY IN THE AMERICAS. 4.00 points.

This course explores the ways organized sport constitutes and disrupts dominant understandings of nation, race, gender, and sexuality throughout the Americas. Working from the notion that sport is “more than a game,” the class will examine the social, cultural and political impact of sports in a variety of hemispheric American contexts from the 19th century until the present. While our primary geographic focus will be the United States, Brazil, and the Caribbean, the thrust of the course encourages students to consider sports in local, national, and transnational contexts. The guiding questions of the course are: What is the relationship between sport and society? How does sport inform political transformations within and across national borders? How does sport reinforce and/or challenge social hierarchies? Can sport provide alternative visions of the self and community? Throughout the semester we will examine such topics as: the continuing political struggles surrounding the staging of mega-events such as the Olympics and World Cup, the role of professional baseball in the rise and fall of Jim Crow segregation, the impact of football on the evolution of masculine identities in the U.S., the impact of tennis on the Second-Wave feminist movement, and the role of sports in the growth of modern American cities. Course materials include works by historians, sociologists, social theorists, and journalists who have also been key contributors to the burgeoning field of sports studies. Thus, the course has three objectives: 1) To deepen our understanding of the relationship between sport and society 2) To encourage students to examine the sporting world beyond the frame of the nation-state 3) To consider the promises and challenges of sport as a site of social theory and knowledge production

Spring 2023: HIST UN2587
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2587 001/11181 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
310 Fayerweather
Frank Guridy 4.00 70/70

HIST UN2611 Jews and Judaism in Antiquity. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Students must also enroll in required discussion section.

  Field(s): ANC

Spring 2023: HIST UN2611
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2611 001/11207 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
253 Engineering Terrace
Seth Schwartz 4 20/20

HIST UN2661 LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION II. 4.00 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course explores major themes in Latin American history from the independence period (ca 1810) to the present. We will hone in on Latin Americas “chronic” problems of social inequality, political polarization, authoritarianism, incomplete democratization, and troubled memory politics. The course covers economic, social, and cultural histories, and gives special weight to the transnational aspects of Latin American ideological struggles – from its dependency on Western capital to its ideological “inner Cold War” – and the way they influenced the subaltern strata of society. The section discussions are a crucial component of the course, and will focus on assigned historiography. While the lecture centers on constructing a cogent meta-narrative for Latin America’s modern era, in the section we will explore not only the historical “facts,” but will instead ask: how do historians know what they know about the past? What sources and analytic methods do they use to write history? And what ethical dilemmas do they confront when narrating politically-sensitive topics?

Spring 2023: HIST UN2661
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2661 001/11205 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
310 Fayerweather
Alfonso Salgado 4.00 88/88
HIST 2661 AU1/18503 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Othr Other
Alfonso Salgado 4.00 6/7

HIST UN2679 Atlantic Slave Trade. 4 points.

The history of human trafficking in the Atlantic world from the first European slaving expeditions in the late fifteenth century down to the final forced crossings in the era of the U.S. Civil War.  Themes include captive taking in West Africa and its impact on West African societies, the commercial organization of the Atlantic slave trade in Europe and the Americas, and the experience of capture, exile, commodification, and survival of those shipped to the Americas. 

Spring 2023: HIST UN2679
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2679 001/11145 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
717 Hamilton Hall
Christopher Brown 4 63/70
HIST 2679 AU1/18504 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Othr Other
Christopher Brown 4 6/6

HSAM UN2901 Data: Past, Present, and Future. 3 points.

Lect: 1.5. Lab: 1.5.

Data-empowered algorithms are reshaping our professional, personal, and political realities, for good--and for bad. "Data: Past, Present, and Future" moves from the birth of statistics in the 18th century to the surveillance capitalism of the present day, covering racist eugenics, World War II cryptography, and creepy personalized advertising along the way. Rather than looking at ethics and history as separate from the science and engineering, the course integrates the teaching of algorithms and data manipulation with the political whirlwinds and ethical controversies from which those techniques emerged. We pair the introduction of technical developments with the shifting political and economic powers that encouraged and benefited from new capabilities. We couple primary and secondary readings on the history and ethics of data with computational work done largely with user-friendly Jupyter notebooks in Python.

Spring 2023: HSAM UN2901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSAM 2901 001/11863 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
614 Schermerhorn Hall
Chris Wiggins, Matthew Jones 3 70/70

HSPB UN2950 Social History of U.S. Public Health. 4.00 points.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an historical understanding of the role public health has played in American history. The underlying assumptions are that disease, and the ways we define disease, are simultaneously reflections of social and cultural values, as well as important factors in shaping those values. Also, it is maintained that the environments that we build determine the ways we live and die. The dread infectious and acute diseases in the nineteenth century, the chronic, degenerative conditions of the twentieth and the new, vaguely understood conditions rooted in a changing chemical and human-made environment are emblematic of the societies we created. Among the questions that will be addressed are: How does the health status of Americans reflect and shape our history? How do ideas about health reflect broader attitudes and values in American history and culture? How does the American experience with pain, disability, and disease affect our actions and lives? What are the responsibilities of the state and of the individual in preserving health? How have American institutions--from hospitals to unions to insurance companies--been shaped by changing longevity, experience with disability and death?

Spring 2023: HSPB UN2950
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSPB 2950 001/11163 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
301 Uris Hall
James Colgrove 4.00 140/140
HSPB 2950 AU1/18505 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Othr Other
James Colgrove 4.00 5/5

HIST BC2980 World Migration. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Overview of human migration from pre-history to the present. Sessions on classical Rome; Jewish diaspora; Viking, Mongol, and Arab conquests; peopling of New World, European colonization, and African slavery; 19th-century European mass migration; Chinese and Indian diasporas; resurgence of global migration in last three decades, and current debates.

Spring 2023: HIST BC2980
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 2980 001/00148 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
203 Diana Center
Jose Moya 3 40/40

HIST UN3252 Animals in the History of East Central Europe. 4.00 points.

Over the last two decades scholars in the humanities and social sciences have embraced “the animal turn”: by asking questions about the place of animals in human societies and about animals’ experiences in various times and places they have instigated a field that has come to be known as Animal Studies. This research has expanded the range of analytical tools we have at our disposal to examine social worlds and to study meaning, representation, agency, and context and it also encouraged us to re-consider fundamental questions about the human–animal divide: what it is, where it is, and what its significance is. Moreover, it has become evident that animals are not just passive recipients of human action, but at times they can act as autonomous agents that can contributing the shaping of the world that we share with them. Although this course adopts a perspective which is first and foremost historical, it also emphasizes the field’s interdisciplinary embedding and intersectional potentials. It shows that the study of historical developments through the lens of animals is not only intellectually rewarding in its own right, but it also provides new perspectives on a range of crucial topics, such as the history of war, capitalism, colonialism, consumption and entertainment. The majority of accounts in the field addresses developments in the Anglophone world. While also paying attention to the results of that research, the regional focus of this course will be on East Central Europe. After the first three sessions that serve as an introduction to the field, a number of case studies will reveal that animals have always been an integral part of the region’s social, cultural and economic life and that studying them in a historical perspective provides potentials for nuancing or even revising established knowledge on the history of East Central Europe

HIST UN3180 RELIGIOUS CONVERSION IN HIST. 4.00 points.

Priority given to majors and concentrators, seniors, and juniors.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.
Boundary crossers have always challenged the way societies imagined themselves. This course explores the intersection between personal identity, narrative, and the historical-political, religious, economic, and social aspects of religious conversion. While the course will focus on Western (Christian and Jewish) models in the medieval and early modern periods, we will also look at antiquity, the role of conversion in the spread of Islam, and the complexities of religious conversion through the prism of colonial relations

Spring 2023: HIST UN3180
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3180 001/11159 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Elisheva Carlebach 4.00 17/15

HIST BC3368 History of the Senses. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required.

Examination of European understandings of human senses through the production and reception of art, literature, music, food, and sensual enjoyments in Britain and France. Readings include changing theories concerning the five senses; efforts to master the passions; the rise of sensibility and feeling for others; concerts and the patronage of art; the professionalization of the senses.

Spring 2023: HIST BC3368
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3368 001/00149 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
227 Milbank Hall
Deborah Valenze 4 16/15

HIST UN3437 Poisoned Worlds: Corporate Behavior and Public Health. 4 points.

Priority given to majors and concentrators, seniors, and juniors.

In the decades since the publication of Silent Spring and the rise of the environmental movement, public awareness of the impact of industrial products on human health has grown enormously. There is growing concern over BPA, lead, PCBs, asbestos, and synthetic materials that make up the world around us. This course will focus on environmental history, industrial and labor history as well as on how twentieth century consumer culture shapes popular and professional understanding of disease. Throughout the term the class will trace the historical transformation of the origins of disease through primary sources such as documents gathered in lawsuits, and medical and public health literature. Students will be asked to evaluate historical debates about the causes of modern epidemics of cancer, heart disease, lead poisoning, asbestos-related illnesses and other chronic conditions. They will also consider where responsibility for these new concerns lies, particularly as they have emerged in law suits. Together, we will explore the rise of modern environmental movement in the last 75 years. 

Spring 2023: HIST UN3437
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3437 001/11204 W 8:10am - 10:00am
311 Fayerweather
David Rosner 4 17/15

HIST BC3495 Representing the Past. 4.00 points.

Examines the renderings of the past as conveyed by historians and by those seeking to "represent" the past, such as novelists, playwrights, filmmakers, ritualists, and artists. Analyzes the theoretical, philosophical, and evidentiary problems and possibilities inherent in various modes of historical narration and representation

Spring 2023: HIST BC3495
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3495 001/00151 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
325 Milbank Hall
Mark Carnes 4.00 15/15

HIST UN3501 Indians and Empires in North America. 4.00 points.

In this course you will be asked to re-think American history. That is, we will approach the history of America as a continental history. This will require that we think of North America as a New World space, a place that was inhabited and occupied by indigenous peoples, and then remade by the arrival and settlement of Europeans. You will be asked to imagine a North America that was indigenous and adaptive, as well as colonial and Euro-American. This approach to the study of North American history is designed to challenge the epistemology and literature of the history of colonization and American expansion, which displaces Native peoples from the central narrative of American history by placing them at the physical margins of colonial and national development. Instead we will explore the intersection and integration of indigenous and Euro-American national identity and national space in North America and trace their co-evolution from first contact through the early nineteenth century

Spring 2023: HIST UN3501
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3501 001/11289 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Michael Witgen 4.00 15/15

HIST UN3517 The Historical Imagination in Caribbean Literature. 4.00 points.

Caribbean literature offers complicated and vivid portrayals of the Caribbean’s past, and grapples with difficult histories lived by its people that compromised colonial archives can only partially capture. Literary works far exceed the limited narratives of Caribbean history by imagining entire worlds that official documents could never contain, rich selves, cultures and communities built by many generations of Caribbean people. This course is aimed at bringing forth a broader understanding of Caribbean history by examining a body of creative works by feminist and womanist writers that continuously remain attuned to the complexities of the past, which are either underrepresented or absent in the record. Chosen literary texts will also be paired with historical works that will illuminate and contextualize the multiple themes with which these Caribbean authors frequently engage, including slavery, and colonialism, racism and colorism, migration and immigration, gender and sexuality, poverty and globalization. From these pairings, students will explore both the divergences and alignments in how writers and historians approach the work of retelling the past, and will acquire reading and writing skills that will foster thoughtful critical analysis of the ever-changing contours of the Caribbean’s history

Spring 2023: HIST UN3517
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3517 001/11864 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
301m Fayerweather
Natasha Lightfoot 4.00 13/15

HIST BC3670 Seeking Asylum: History, Politics, and the Pursuit of Justice at the US-Mexico Border. 4 points.

Note: This course meets as a lecture but it is a seminar.

Prerequisites: NA

This seminar explores the roots of and responses to the contemporary refugee "crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border. We examine the historical factors that are propelling people, including families and unaccompanied minors, to flee the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala); the law and politics of asylum that those seeking refuge must negotiate in the U.S.; and the burgeoning system of immigration incarceration that detains ever-greater numbers of non-citizens. The course is organized around a collaboration with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, an organization that provides legal counsel to detainees at the country's largest immigration detention prison, in Dilley, Texas. 

Fall 2022: HIST BC3670
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3670 001/00051 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
214 Milbank Hall
Nara Milanich 4 13/15
Spring 2023: HIST BC3670
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3670 001/00152 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Ll016 Milstein Center
Nara Milanich 4 2/20

HIST BC3770 African Communities in New York, 1900 to the Present. 4.00 points.

This class explores the history of voluntary migrations from Africa to the United States over the course of the 20th century. This course is designed as a historical research seminar that is open to students with prior coursework in African Studies, Africana Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, or History. Thematically the course dwells at a point of intersection between African history, Black History, and Immigration History. As part of the Barnard Engages curriculum, this class is collaboratively designed with the Harlem-based non-profit organization, African Communities Together. The aim of this course is to support the mission of ACT by producing a historically grounded digital advocacy project. The mission of ACT is to empower immigrants from Africa and their families to integrate socially, advance economically, and engage civically. To advance this mission, ACT must confront the reality that in the current political moment new legal, political, and social barriers are being erected to the integration, advancement, and engagement of African immigrants on a daily basis. As immigrants, as Black people, as Africans, and often as women, low-income people, LGBT people, and Muslims, African immigrants experience multiple intersecting forms of marginalization. Now more than ever, it is critical that African immigrants be empowered to tell their own stories—not just of persecution and suffering, but of resilience and resistance

Spring 2023: HIST BC3770
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3770 001/00153 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
308 Diana Center
Abosede George 4.00 11/15

HIST UN3789 Histories of Poverty in Africa. 4 points.

In this course we will explore in a critical manner the concept of poverty in Africa. The emphasis is on historicizing categories such as poverty and wealth, debt and charity and on the ways in which people in Africa have understood such categories. As such the course takes a longue durée approach spanning over a millennium of history, ending with contemporary understandings of poverty. 

HIST UN3712 African Climate and History. 4.00 points.

This course examines how Africa’s climate has changed in the past and with what consequences for the people living on the continent. It looks at the scope, duration and intensity of past climate events and their impacts, while using these historical climate events to teach fundamental climate concepts. Central to the course is the human experience of these events and the diversity of their responses. The major question underpinning this course is, therefore, how have people responded to past climate events, whether short-term, decadal or longer in scope? This question is predicated on the complexity of human society and moves away from the binary of collapse vs. resilience that dominates much thinking about the impact of climate changes on past societies. This framing recognizes the significance of climate for food production and collection, as well as trade and cosmologies. It does not take climate to be the determining factor in history. Rather it foregrounds the myriad ways people acted in the face of, for example, multi-decadal below average rainfall or long periods of more reliable precipitation

Spring 2023: HIST UN3712
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3712 001/12002 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Jason Smerdon, Rhiannon Stephens 4.00 17/20

HIST UN3839 Senior Thesis Seminar. 4 points.

A year-long course for outstanding senior majors who want to conduct research in primary sources on a topic of their choice in any aspect of history, and to write a senior thesis possibly leading toward departmental honors. Field(s): ALL

Spring 2023: HIST UN3839
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3839 001/11275 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Rhiannon Stephens 4 12/13
HIST 3839 002/11139 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Elizabeth Blackmar 4 12/12
HIST 3839 003/11284 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Michael Stanislawski 4 14/14
HIST 3839 004/11187 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Alfred Lerner Hall
Natasha Lightfoot 4 13/13
HIST 3839 005/11296 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Anna Danziger Halperin 4 13/13

HIST BC3864 Feast/Famine: Food Environment China. 4.00 points.

Food has always been a central concern in Chinese politics, religion, medicine, and culture. This course takes an ecological approach to the provision, preparation, and consumption of food in Chinese history, from the Neolithic times to the post-socialist era today. In examining Chinese approaches to soil fertility, healthy diet, and culinary pleasures, we explore alternative food systems for a more sustainable future

Spring 2023: HIST BC3864
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3864 001/00154 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
404 Barnard Hall
Dorothy Ko 4.00 12/12

HIST UN3866 WARS OF INDOCHINA. 3.00 points.

Saigon and Hanoi served as competing capitals of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) in the south and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) in the north (1954-1975). They were symbols of warring states, one home to a fledgling republic, the other the seat of communist power. Since the late 19th century, they have also been sites of Vietnam’s most dramatic transformations. As such, they occupy an important place in the historiography of modern Vietnam, not least in ongoing debates over the Indochina wars, Vietnamese nationalism, and regional difference. This course examines Saigon and Hanoi as social, political, and cultural spaces, and as representations of their respective states during the war. We first consider the significance of regionalism in fashioning “new ways of being Vietnamese” and examine how colonial rule reinforced those distinctions. We devote the rest of the semester to reading an array of works on the history of these cities. For the colonial period, we examine colonial urbanism, the lives of the poor, intellectuals and their ideas, as well as currents of political agitation and cultural iconoclasm. For the post-World War II period, we will focus on the distinct political cultures that took shape in the RVN and DRV. Finally, we end by looking at Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and Hanoi in the post-war era, particularly after the Socialist Republic of Vietnam instituted sweeping economic reforms in the 1980s. Each week, we will discuss works social, cultural, and political history of Saigon and Hanoi, all the while keeping in mind their divergent trajectories in the three decades following World War II

Spring 2023: HIST UN3866
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3866 001/15146 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Alfred Lerner Hall
Lien-Hang Nguyen 3.00 13/15

HIST BC3870 Gender and Migration: A Global Perspective. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. Preregistration required. Sophomore Standing.

Explores migration as a gendered process and what factors account for migratory differences by gender across place and time; including labor markets, education demographic and family structure, gender ideologies, religion, government regulations and legal status, and intrinsic aspects of the migratory flow itself.

Spring 2023: HIST BC3870
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3870 001/00155 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
308 Diana Center
Jose Moya 4 14/15

HIST UN3914 THE FUTURE AS HISTORY. 4.00 points.

This course explores how people have thought about their future and tried to change it. It examines the philosophical aspects of studying history and the future, and how they are related. It begins with the origins of future thinking in eschatology and millenarian movements, the enlightenment challenge to revelation and religious authority, and utopias and dystopias. Classic texts and scholarly studies will illuminate modern approaches to shaping the future, such as socialism, imperialism, risk analysis, and “modernization” theory, and areas where they have had a particular impact, including urban planning and eugenics

Spring 2023: HIST UN3914
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 3914 001/11681 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Matthew Connelly 4.00 15/15

HIST GU4231 Eastern Europe’s Cold War . 4 points.

This seminar explores the Cold War's impact on Eastern Europe (1940s-1980s) and Eastern Europe's Cold War-era engagements with the wider world. We will address the methodologies used by historians to answer questions like these: What was the Cold War? What did it mean, and for whom? We will also look at the Cold War as something more than a series of events; we will consider its value, uses, and limits as a device for framing the second half of the twentieth century.

Spring 2023: HIST GU4231
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4231 001/14625 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Elidor Mehilli 4 15/15

HIST GU4455 TRANSNATL MIGRATION/CITIZENSHIP. 4.00 points.

This course will read both classic and recent scholarship on transnational migration and citizenship as well as theoretical work by historians and social scientists in the U.S. and Europe on the changing conceptual frameworks that are now shaping the field. The course is comparative, with readings in the contexts of empire, colonialism and contemporary refugee and migration issues in the U.S. and Europe. The course will be conducted jointly with a class at Sciences Po in Paris, led by Professor Riva Kastoryano, and will be conducted with a video (zoom) connection that will create one classroom out of two. This is an advanced seminar that is reading and discussion intensive. It will be taught in English. Students at Columbia and Sciences Po will prepare presentations together for the joint class. Graduate and Undergraduate students at Columbia may apply for the course; undergraduates should be at least in the junior year and have some reading background in the subject. There will be a maximum of 12 students at each location for combined class of 24

Spring 2023: HIST GU4455
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4455 001/11693 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Mae Ngai 4.00 12/12

HIST GU4512 Property and Power in 20th Century U.S.. 4.00 points.

This seminar examines debates over meanings, value, and enforcement of property rights in the US over the twentieth century. The course begins with a focus on landed property and its management as real estate and natural resources, raising questions about ownership, tenancy, zoning, eminent domain, public trust doctrines, and contests in Indian Country. It then takes up corporate property and debates over shareholder and managers’ rights and responsibilities, changing structures of investment, and countervailing claims of workers to the property and value of labor and the means of production. With a brief examination of neo-classical economists’ theories and policies of transactional property rights, the course ends with the history of intellectual property rights. Readings include classic theoretical/ideological texts (e.g. MacPherson, Ely, Berle and Means, Coase, Sax, Epstein); social histories, and major legal opinions. Students will write a 20 page research paper using primary sources on a topic of their own interest in this broad field of inquiry

Spring 2023: HIST GU4512
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4512 001/11143 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
302 Alfred Lerner Hall
Elizabeth Blackmar 4.00 14/12

HIST GU4588 Substance Abuse Politics in African-American History. 4 points.

Priority given to majors and concentrators, seniors, and juniors.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Through a series of secondary- and primary-source readings and research writing assignments, students in this seminar course will explore one of the most politically controversial aspects in the history of public health in the United States as it has affected peoples of color: intoxicating substances. Course readings are primarily historical, but sociologists, anthropologists, and political scientists are also represented on the syllabus. The course's temporal focus - the twentieth century - allows us to explore the historical political and social configurations of opium, alcohol, heroin, cocaine, medical maintenance (methadone), the War on Drugs, the carceral state and hyperpolicing, harm reduction and needle/syringe exchange. This semester's principal focus will be on the origins and evolution of the set of theories, philosophies, and practices which constitute harm reduction. The International Harm Reduction Association/Harm Reduction International offers a basic, though not entirely comprehensive, definition of harm reduction in its statement, "What is Harm Reduction?" (http://www.ihra.net/what-is-harm-reduction): "Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself, and the focus on people who continue to use drugs."[1] Harm reduction in many U.S. communities of color, however, has come to connote a much wider range of activity and challenges to the status quo. In this course we will explore the development of harm reduction in the United States and trace its evolution in the political and economic context race, urban neoliberalism, and no-tolerance drug war. The course will feature site visits to harm reduction organizations in New York City, guest lectures, and research/oral history analysis. This course has been approved for inclusion in both the African-American Studies and History undergraduate curricula (majors and concentrators). HIST W4588 will be open to both undergraduate and masters students. To apply, please complete the Google form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xaPFhQOzkl1NHnIjQIen9h41iel2hXAdhV59D5wH8AQ/viewform?usp=send_form. Questions may be directed to skroberts@columbia.edu.  

Spring 2023: HIST GU4588
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4588 001/11203 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Samuel Roberts 4 11/15

HIST GU4610 The Ancient Jews and the Mediterranean. 4 points.

What can the history and ethnography of the Mediterranean world teach us about ancient Jews and early Christians and how can the experiences of the ancient Jews and early Christians be used to criticize and refine modern ideas about Mediterranean culture. We will examine selected ancient Jewish, Christian and Roman texts from a critical "mediterraneanist" perspective.

Spring 2023: HIST GU4610
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4610 001/11209 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Seth Schwartz 4 15/15

HIST GU4622 A Global History of Jewish Migration and the State. 4.00 points.

Over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, millions of Jews uprooted themselves from their places of birth and settled in new homes around the world. This mass migration not only transformed the cultural and demographic centers of world Jewry, but also fundamentally changed the way in which state’s organized their immigration regimes. In this course, we shall analyze the historiography in migration studies, state formation and Jewish history to make sense of the different factors shaping Jewish immigrants’ experiences in different parts of the world

Spring 2023: HIST GU4622
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4622 001/14595 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Rebecca Kobrin 4.00 9/15

HIST GU4723 Politics of Archaeology. 4.00 points.

“Who owns antiquities?” “Who owns culture?” These questions that appear frequently today in both popular and scholarly discourse are deeply embedded in political issues and have a long history, going back to the nineteenth century. The seminar will investigate the origins of the battles over antiquities and their links empire building, colonialism, Orientalism, modernity, power, identity construction, racial hierarchies, and money. The chronological frame is from the 1850s to1914 and the geographical focus in the Ottoman Middle East, which was the major theater of contestations. We will look closely into two areas: archaeological excavations and museums. If objects were unearthed (“discovered”) in the first, they were displayed in the second; the Middle East was crowded with the first, while the major museums were in the West, with the exception of the Museum of Antiquities in Istanbul. We will also consider the vast and complex human landscape around the antiquities. In addition to archaeologists, this community included emperors, sultans, diplomats, spies, artists, inspectors, bureaucrats, technocrats, and workers, hence a cohort of individuals from many nationalities, economic strata, ethnic groups, and religions

Spring 2023: HIST GU4723
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4723 001/11161 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Zeynep Celik 4.00 17/15

HIST GU4800 Global History of Science. 4 points.

The course is organized around a series of select conceptual and historical topics and themes. We begin with a discussion of how to define “global history” itself, including the genealogy of this and allied terms, and their value as heuristic categories. We then move on to a series of topics, including: the international politics of infrastructure and of development; curing and caring, the environment and the politics of the body in comparative perspective; and finally, debates over international intellectual property rights and questions of secrecy and transparency in scientific research. Through these examples we aim to investigate the ways in which STM were variously adopted, reconfigured or resisted around the world and how they, in turn, might shape our understanding of the different norms and paradigms in STM studies itself. 

Spring 2023: HIST GU4800
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4800 001/11176 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Marwa Elshakry 4 15/15

HIST GU4801 Gender and Women in Islam: South Asia & Middle East. 4 points.

This course will examine various roles that a religion can play in shaping its believers’ socio-political and religious identities on the basis of their natural/social differences i.e. sex and gender. Further, an attempt will be made to search for historical explanations through the lens of class, rural/urban economies and geo-ethnic diversities which have shaped gender relations and women’s status in various Muslim countries. The main focus of the course will be on Islam and its role in the articulation of gendered identities, the construction of their socio-religious images, and historical explanation of their roles, rights and status in the regions of South Asia and Middle East since 1900. The central argument of the course is that, for historical understanding of a set of beliefs and practices regarding gender relations and women’s status in any religious group, one needs to examine the historical context and socio-economic basis of that particular religion. By using the notion of gender and historical feminist discourses as tools of analysis, this course intends to understand and explain existing perceptions, misperceptions, myths and realities regarding gender relations and Muslim women’s situations in the distant and immediate past. This course begins with a historical materialist explanation of the religion of Islam and examines men & women’s roles, rights and responsibilities as described in the religious texts, interpretations, traditions and historical sources such as the Quran, Hadith, Sunnah and Sharia.  It will further attempt to study these issues by situating them in histories of local and regional diversities (i.e. South Asia, Middle East). A historical perspective will facilitate students’ understanding of male and female Muslim scholars’ ventures to re/read and re/explain the Islamic texts in modern contexts of South Asia and the Middle East.

Spring 2023: HIST GU4801
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4801 001/11254 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
301m Fayerweather
Tahira Khan 4 17/20

HIST GU4811 Encounters with Nature: The History of Environment and Health in South Asia and Beyond. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course offers an understanding of the interdisciplinary field of environmental, health and population history and will discuss historical and policy debates with a cross cutting, comparative relevance: such as the making and subjugation of colonized peoples and natural and disease landscapes under British colonial rule; modernizing states and their interest in development and knowledge and technology building, the movement and migration of populations, and changing place of public health and healing in south Asia. The key aim of the course will be to introduce students to reading and analyzing a range of historical scholarship, and interdisciplinary research on environment, health, medicine and populations in South Asia and to introduce them to an exploration of primary sources for research; and also to probe the challenges posed by archives and sources in these fields. Some of the overarching questions that shape this course are as follows: How have environmental pasts and medical histories been interpreted, debated and what is their contemporary resonance? What have been the encounters (political, intellectual, legal, social and cultural) between the environment, its changing landscapes and state? How have citizens, indigenous communities, and vernacular healers mediated and shaped these encounters and inserted their claims for sustainability, subsistence or survival? How have these changing landscapes shaped norms about bodies, care and beliefs? The course focuses on South Asia but also urges students to think and make linkages beyond regional geographies in examining interconnected ideas and practices in histories of the environment, medicine and health. Topics will therefore include (and students are invited to add to these perspectives and suggest additional discussion themes): colonial and globalized circuits of medical knowledge, with comparative case studies from Africa and East Asia; and the travel and translation of environmental ideas and of medical practices through growing global networks.

Spring 2023: HIST GU4811
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4811 001/16728 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan 4 17/15

HIST GU4962 Making and Knowing in Early Modern Europe: Hands-On History. 4.00 points.

This course introduces undergraduate and graduate students to the materials, techniques, contexts, and meanings of skilled craft and artistic practices in early modern Europe (1350-1750), in order to reflect upon a series of topics, including craft knowledge and artisanal epistemology; the intersections between craft and science; and questions of historical methodology in reconstructing the material world of the past. The course will be run as a “Laboratory Seminar,” with discussions of primary and secondary materials, as well as hands-on work in a laboratory. The first semester long course to use the published Edition of Fr. 640 as its focus, it will test the use of the Edition in a higher education classroom to inform the development of the Companion. This course is associated with the Making and Knowing Project of the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University.The first semester-long course to use the published Edition of Fr. 640 as its focus, it will test the use of the Edition in a higher education classroom to inform the development of Phase II of the Making and Knowing Project - a Research and Teaching Companion. Students’ final projects (exploratory and experimental work in the form of digital/textual analysis of Ms. Fr. 640, reconstruction insight reports, videos for the Companion, or a combination) will be published as part of the Companion or the Sandbox depending on content and long-term maintenance considerations

Spring 2023: HIST GU4962
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HIST 4962 001/11212 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
513 Fayerweather
Pamela Smith 4.00 25/30

Spring 2023 Cross-listed Courses

PLEASE READ: The passage below lists *all* sections being offered by a Columbia instructor for a given course, including sections which *do not* count for History students. NOT ALL sections of the courses listed below count for History majors and concentrators. Particular sections only count towards the History degree if the section instructor is a History faculty member or an affiliate with the History Department. For additional information, please review the "Requirements" tab or consult Undergraduate Administrator at undergraduate-history@columbia.edu. All courses from the Barnard History Department also count towards the History degree.


ASCE UN1361 INTRO EAST ASIAN CIV: JPN. 4.00 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: NOTE: Students must register for a discussion section ASCE UN1371
Prerequisites: NOTE: Students must register for a discussion section ASCE UN1371 A survey of important events and individuals, prominent literary and artistic works, and recurring themes in the history of Japan, from prehistory to the 20th century

Fall 2022: ASCE UN1361
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1361 001/10648 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
310 Fayerweather
Paul Kreitman 4.00 84/90
Spring 2023: ASCE UN1361
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1361 001/10959 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
402 Chandler
Gregory Pflugfelder 4.00 98/90

HSEA GU4847 Modern Japan. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
Not offered during 2022-23 academic year.

This course explores the history of Japan between 1800 and the present, with a particular focus on the 20th century. The course draws upon a combination of primary source materials (political documents, memoirs, oral histories, journalism, fiction, film) and scholarly writings in order to gain insight into the complex and tumultuous process by which Japan became an industrialized society, a modern nation-state, and a world power.

Spring 2023: HSEA GU4847
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4847 001/10978 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Paul Kreitman 4 17/15

HSEA GU4888 WOMEN & GENDER IN KOREAN. 4 points.

While the rise of women's history and feminist theory in the 1960s and 1970s fostered more general reevaluations of social and cultural history in the West, such progressions have been far more modest in Korean history. To introduce one of the larger challenges in current Korean historiography, this course explores the experiences, consciousness and representations of women Korea at home and abroad from premodern times to the present. Historical studies of women and gender in Korea will be analyzed in conjunction with theories of Western women's history to encourage new methods of rethinking "patriarchy" within the Korean context. By tracing the lives of women from various socio-cultural aspects and examining the multiple interactions between the state, local community, family and individual, women's places in the family and in society, their relationships with one another and men, and the evolution of ideas about gender and sexuality throughout Korea's complicated past will be reexamined through concrete topics with historical specificity and as many primary sources as possible. With understanding dynamics of women's lives in Korean society, this class will build an important bridge to understand the construction of New Women in early twentieth-century Korea, when women from all walks of life had to accommodate their "old-style" predecessors and transform themselves to new women, as well as the lives of contemporary Korean women. This will be very much a reading-and-discussion course. Lectures will review the readings in historical perspective and supplement them. The period to be studied ranges from the pre-modern time up to the turn of twentieth century, with special attention to the early modern period.