United States

101.015 Spring 2015 The American West since 1845

This seminar is for history students who will write their thesis on some aspect of the American West since the Mexican-American War. (Anyone interested in exploring something prior to 1845 is welcome but must contact me in the fall to discuss a topic and proposed sources.) In the first weeks, students will read a few published article-length works, discuss research strategies and writing styles, and hone their own historical questions.

101.014 Spring 2015 Capitalism and American Society since the Gilded Age

This course is designed for students interested in research that addresses American social history, labor history, economic history, and political history. There are a wide variety of themes and issues related to these subjects that would provide a potential topic for a thesis. Students should have a good historical question and sources that will help provide an answer.

101.013 Spring 2015 The History of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in America

This seminar is designed for students who want to write their theses on the subjects of race, gender, and/or sexuality in America. With guidance and assistance from the instructor, students will develop, research, and write a 30 to 50-page essay on a topic related to the seminar theme(s). We will spend the first several weeks of class reading, discussing, and analyzing a series of foundational works that shaped the study of race, gender, and sexuality in America as well as more recent essays, which reveal the shifting contours of the field.

101.016 Spring 2015 International History in the Twentieth Century

International History in the Twentieth Century" is intended for students writing 101 thesis on international, transnational, and comparative topics in the history of the twentieth century. Students will write on topics of their own devising, which may range from diplomacy, strategy, and statecraft to transnational economic, social, and cultural interactions of diverse kinds. Thesis writers may chose to focus on U.S. relations with the broader world, but they are by no means not required to do so. Given the seminar’s scope, we will not be undertaking topical readings as a class.

101.012 Spring 2015 Early America

This seminar is open to senior thesis writers working on Early America from North American colonization to the US Civil War. Our early meetings will focus on the mechanics of project design—identifying a topic, framing a question, and locating sources—and include reading a few exemplary articles and brief reflections on the art and craft of historical research.

101.011 Spring 2015 News in American History

This seminar is a thesis-writing workshop for students engaged in original research that explores or relies primarily on newspapers and other news media sources.  All research questions covering the history of the United States (or the lands that became the United States) before 1945 are acceptable.

285D Fall 2014 Difference, Identity, and Power—The US From 1800-2000

This seminar will allow students to pursue research projects in US History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The guiding emphases are threefold and interrelated: (1) the development and impact of specific  forms of difference (i.e., race, gender, sexuality, class, place/region); (2) how these differences come to be expressed as identities; and (3) the role of power in these various, at times overlapping, histories of difference and identity formation. I anticipate that research topics will range across social, intellectual, political, and cultural history.

101 Fall 2014 The Mess in the Middle: Intersections of Law, Politics, and Society in American History

There are many “types” of or “approaches” to history – cultural, social, legal, political, intellectual etc. – but some historians have chosen to examine the intersections of these “types” as their methodology.  For example, how do changing interpretations of law influence political debates or social orders?  In what ways do intellectual traditions shape social or political development?  What influence do military events have on popular culture?  The list goes on.

103D.008 Fall 2014 The Free Speech Movement and the Student Movement of the 1960s

Berkeley played a pivotal role in the emergence of the 1960s as an era in which students and youth had an unprecedented influence over politics and culture in the US -- and even globally. This course will explore the rise and fall of mass students protest at Berkeley and beyond and assess the legacy of those movements with regard to politics, youth culture, and the university itself.

103D.007 Fall 2014 Re-Imagining & Remembering:Environments, Communities & the Power of Stories

This course is designed to introduce students to a diverse array of approaches to social, spatial, and environmental history and how all fields benefit from the study of historical memory. We will especially focus on the intersections of these fields to explore how built and natural environments reflect particular cultures and societies at specific historical moments. To this end, we will analyze the stories that structure the identities and shape the historical memory of distinct communities.


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