Graduate Courses

Fall 2016
275D.001: Introduction to North American Historiography

A rapid immersion class, this is the orientation course for entering graduate students intending to study the history of North America, whether as a first or second field. Graduate students from all fields are welcome. A reading intensive class, 275D surveys the historiography of most of the key fields of North American History and introduces students to Berkeley’s North Americanist faculty, each of whom will visit the class for a face-to-face discussion of their work and respective subfield/s of research. In preparation, students will read a mix of classic and leading edge texts with a view to orienting themselves in the various historiographies. These include the Atlantic World, the History of Slavery, the History of Capitalism, and Legal, Cultural, African American, Borderlands, Gender and Sexuality, Civil Rights, Intellectual, and International History. As well as reading widely in the North American field, students will have the opportunity to dig more deeply into two subfields of their choice through their written work and in-class presentations.

Rebecca M. McLennan
3205 Dwinelle
M 1-4
CCN: 15877
275E.001: Survey: Latin American History
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Elena A. Schneider
2231 Dwinelle
W 4-6p
CCN: 15998
280A.001: Imagining the Barbarian

The questions surrounding of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire as opposed to its transformation has exercised scholars and thinkers for a very long time. Part and parcel of these debates is the topic of the barbarians. Who were they and what was their role? For obvious reasons, these questions are particularly acute with regard to the Western part of the Roman Empire, famously overrun by Gothic, Vandal, Alan, Suevian, Frankish, Alemannic and Hunnic federations. The scholarly debates are intense (Heather, Pohl, Halsall are some of the current leading contenders), in part because both written and material sources are very complex and hard to interpret. One of the principal difficulties is the question of what “barbarian” actually means if applied by late Roman sources to persons active in the later Roman empire. This will be our focus. Concentrating on sources focusing on Africa (and hence the Vandals) and Gaul, that is, mostly Latin sources, but also taking Greek, Constantinopolitan sources into consideration (Synesius, John Chrysostom), we will ask the question of how one should imagine the barbarian in the context of late Roman notions of masculinity, thus bringing together disparate scholarly discussions: those focusing on the narrative and military aspects of the fourth and fifth century West and those discussing the so-called late antique crisis of masculinity.

Susanna Elm
2231 Dwinelle
Tu 2-5
CCN: 16120
280B: 280B.006 Peace

This seminar is combined with History 285.003, Class No. 34090.  See Professor Koziol for dual enrollment.

The point of departure for this class is the Peace of God, the movement between 989 and 1040 that may have been Europe's first great millenarian movement – or not; that may have been the first great popular movement in European history – or not; that may have been at the origins of French and Italian communes and the German Landfrieden; that may have been a crucial turning point in European political discourses – or may have been nothing of the sort. One reason historians have trouble deciding whether or not the Peace of God was new and influential is because they tend not to look deeply at rituals and ideas of peace and peace-making before and after the Peace of God. This course will therefore look at peace and peace-making in a wide variety of settings throughout much of the middle ages: for example, Carolingian ideas of brotherhoods and guilds; the use of legal pacts and conventions; peace-making processes and rituals in 12th - and 13th -century French cities; ideas of peace in early communes and Landfrieden; armies of peace as they develop between the 9 th and the 12 th centuries; and, very importantly, the centrality of formal institutions of the Peace and Truce of God in the Usatges of Barcelona (which have almost little to do with the Peace of God as first appeared). Secondary sources are in in English, French, and German. Primary sources are in Latin and English translations. One should have at least some Latin, though it is actually possible to puzzle one's way through the material without it. One needs either French or German, though preferably both.
Geoffrey Koziol
3104 Dwinelle
Th 2-5p
CCN: 16095
280B.002: Advanced Studies in European History
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Thomas W. Laqueur
175 Dwinelle
Thu 3-6P
CCN: 33834
280B.003: The Forms of European Intellectual Culture, 1450-1700

This course provides an intensive introduction to early modern European intellectual culture. It focuses both on the questions that animated intellectual inquiry and the frameworks inside of which this inquiry was pursued. Major topics will include: humanism and the humanities, politics and political thought, practices of theological inquiry, philology and the historical sciences, genre and the history of the book, the topography of intellectual life (universities, networks, academies), and the sciences of culture in an age of discovery. Many weeks will engage a substantial primary text. Authors may include: Valla, Machiavelli, Erasmus, Acosta, Luther, Calvin, Teresa of Avila, Bodin, Lipsius, Grotius, Bacon, Hobbes, and others.  

Jonathan Sheehan
3205 Dwinelle
M 10-12
CCN: 16092
280B.004: German Jewry

This seminar is designed to introduce students to an intensive examination of the major themes and issues concerning the history of the Jews in Germany from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.  German Jews made defining innovations in Jewish life while at the same time, they also contributed to general western culture to a degree disproportionate to their numbers.  No other Jewish community has had such a profound effect on both Jewish and European civilizations concurrently. Among the topics to be explored are the debates over Jewish emancipation, the scholarly and religious life of German Jews, integration into and separation from the mainstream, German antisemitism and Jewish responses, economic transformations, communal organization and family life, Jewish culture in the Weimar Republic, life under Nazi rule, Jewish life in postwar Germany.

John M. Efron
3104 Dwinelle
Tu 2-4P
CCN: 16093
280B.005 / 285B.001: The Stuart Hall Project

This course is combined with History 285B.001, CN 16005.  See Professor Vernon regarding dual enrollment.

Stuart Hall was arguably the most important and influential intellectual in late twentieth century Britain.  A migrant from Jamaica he arrived in Britain as a Rhodes Scholar and became an important voice in the New Left. His work was diffuse - ranging from analyses of popular culture, racial formation, and neoliberalism - but was always shaped by the politics of his present.  This class will not be an intellectual history of his various theoretical engagements. Instead we will use Hall as an object to consider the history of late imperialism in Jamaica and the myriad transformations of late Britain that his work was situated in and sought to comprehend. 
James Vernon
2303 Dwinelle
M 2-4
CCN: 16094
280B.006: Advanced Studies in European History
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Geoffrey Koziol
2231 Dwinelle
Th 2-5p
CCN: 16095
280D.001: Gender, Medicine & Science
This seminar comprises a selective overview of the scholarship on gender and sexuality as the subject of medical and scientific study and practice. Specifically, we will explore how physicians, sexologists, biologists, psychiatrists and other researchers have sought to explain sexual difference and sexuality in scientific terms and how these differences have in turn affected medical and scientific practices. The course emphasizes three interlocking questions: How have medical and scientific concepts of the body informed notions of masculinity and femininity? How did medical and scientific knowledge and practice shape understandings of sex difference, gender, and sexuality over time? How did medical views of male and female bodies shape gendered conceptions of health and illness? Topics include the medicalization of sex and the nineteenth-century medical interest in hermaphroditism; sexology and the emergence of the homosexual; race and class in medical practice; explanations of sex determination in terms of chromosomes and hormones; the study of animal model organism for human sexual behavior; twentieth-century concepts of intersexuality and transsexuality; and debates about sex and/or race specific diseases from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. The course focuses on the USA but takes into account the transnational nature of medical and scientific theories and practice. While we will take a historical approach, we will read relevant works from gender studies, sociology, anthropology, and science and technology studies.
Sandra Eder
2303 Dwinelle
Th 2-4p
CCN: 15801
280D.002: African American History

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the history of African Americans in the United States, and to the main lines of scholarly thinking about those issues. The readings tilt toward newer material and students will have the chance to engage some of the most exciting scholarship being done today in the field on the relationship between slavery and capitalism, how struggles over black belonging shaped American citizenship and the modern logic of rights, the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality in black freedom struggles, mass incarceration and the rise of the modern American state, and the local and international roots of black politics. We will pay particular attention to the complex relations of power and identity within black social formations. Requirements for this 280 include actively participating in all our discussions, reading one to (occasionally) two books per week, and writing a final review essay of fifteen to twenty pages.

Dylan C. Penningroth
3205 Dwinelle
F 9-12
CCN: 15801
280D.005: American Legal History

The Law & History Foundation Seminar is a reading and discussion seminar.  It is taught under the auspices of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Ph.D. Program and is open to all JSP graduate students, Berkeley Law JD, LLM and JSD students, graduate students from History, Critical Theory, other campus programs, and from other Bay Area institutions.  The course is cross-listed with the History Department and with the Program in Critical Theory.

Considered as a field of study, legal history is as much history as it is law, and history is primarily a discipline of the book.  For this reason, I have chosen to make this a course that focuses on books, largely books written about the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Our goal will be to explore the "main currents" of American legal history while also acquainting ourselves with the methodological and theoretical possibilities for innovation in the production of legal history that exist at the conjunction between history and other social science and humanities disciplines.  The course concentrates on the United States, but to set our discussion of theory and method off with a bang, we will begin in the dark undergrowth of a forest in eighteenth century England.  

Over the course of the semester our goal will be to achieve a thorough and complete grounding in legal history's formative literatures by reading a wide selection of the field's best work, ranging from the classics that have structured the field, stirred controversy, and inspired generations of scholars (like James Willard Hurst's Law and the Conditions of Freedom and Morton Horowitz's Transformation of American Law), to the best work of the current generation of field leaders (like Laura Edwards' The People and their Peace and Kunal Parker's Legal Thought Before Modernism), to notable recent work by rising scholars (like Max Edling's A Revolution in Favor of Government and Ken Mack's Representing Race).  Along the way, we will accumulate considerable knowledge of the substance of American legal history, while giving close critical attention to the very different ways in which scholars have chosen to write the history of American law (and the very different subjects they have considered appropriate to write about).

Christopher Tomlins
40 Piedmont 102
Tu 10A-1240P
CCN: 15805
280D.006: Bodies, Boundaries, and Belonging: Law in Historical Perspective

In this joint History-Berkeley Law seminar, students will engage with some of the most exciting new research by scholars working at the intersection of Law and History. Attentive to both the material and symbolic power of law, we will explore law’s historical role in the constitution of space, place, the body, and various modalities of belonging. We’ll trace law and its effects beyond the institutions, discourses, and people with which it is conventionally associated (courts, legislatures, statutes) to law’s unofficial makers, interpreters, enforcers, messengers, claimants, subjects, spaces, and objects. Our geographic focus will be largely North American, though we will situate the continent’s legal history in the broader flow of the ideas, empires, peoples, commodities, and vital matter that have unmade and remade law as we know it. We will also have the chance to engage face-to-face with several prominent scholars in a workshop format. Requirements for this 280 include active participation in all discussions, reading one to two books (or equivalent) per week, and writing a final review paper (15-20 pages). 

Karen Tani
Rebecca M. McLennan
12 Boalt
Tu 335-525P
CCN: 15806
280F.001: History of Nationalism in Asia

This course opens by surveying a range of general theoretical approaches to the history of nationalism put forward by scholars such as Ernest Gellner, Anthony Smith, and Benedict Anderson.  It then examines research monographs on the history of a handful of Asian nationalisms, ranging from Thailand and Vietnam to China and Japan. Some attention will be paid to contrasting "modernist" approaches with both older studies of the topic and newer attempts to take seriously the possibility of pre-nineteenth century ideas or forms of the nation. In addition to examining the origins and development of Asian nationalism, the course will look at the relationship between nationalism and other forms of politicized identity. It will also pay some attention to connections between nationalism, newspapers, and the novel and to the gender dynamics of nationalist movements. Requirements for the course include short weekly written assignments, several in-class presentations, and a final reflection piece.

Nicolas Tackett, Peter B. Zinoman
2303 Dwinelle
Tu 2-4
CCN: 15931
280F.002: Self and Society in the Chinese Tradition

The idea that Chinese culture values society at the expense of the individual has become cliché, particularly in the West, where Chinese “collectivism” is almost always contrasted with Western “individualism.” However, for artists, intellectuals, and literati in the Chinese tradition, the individual person possessed important philosophical, social, and political meaning and required constant redefinition and affirmation. In this course, students will examine the construction of the individual and the self in Chinese society and culture, from the early imperial period through the early 20th century, and the relationship between these concepts—as they are variously defined—to larger social categories such as family, state, and society. Although the historical texts will focus primarily on China and East Asia, theoretical readings for the course will reflect the contemporary expansion in approaches to this topic, including neurobiology, historiography, social theory, philology, and narratology. Opportunities for comparative approaches will be available for students of different historical traditions. Sources will be available in English, but students with the ability to read Chinese will be encouraged to do so. 

Matthew Wells
2231 Dwinelle
F 10A-12P
CCN: 33826
280F.003: Capitalism in Modern Japan -- Historical Explorations
This seminar will explore the history of capitalism in Japan from a number of different, overlapping perspectives: as a story of purposive national “development” out of something, toward something, and perhaps beyond something; as an episode in an ongoing global process that has included but is more than imperialism; as the “infrastructure” of the time/space of modernity itself.   Readings will range across classic and newer monographic works focused on Japan, literary treatments, and a number of strategic texts chosen to incite comparative discussion.  A list of readings will be available later in the summer.
Andrew E. Barshay
2303 Dwinelle
W 12-2
CCN: 33932
280U: The Long Eighteenth Century in South Asia

This graduate seminar introduces students to the history and historiography of the eighteenth century, roughly from the death of Aurangzeb in 1707 to the East India Company’s conquest of Delhi in 1803. We will study key themes and debates in the history of the later Mughal empire, the rise of regional states, competition between European trading companies and the founding of colonial authority in the subcontinent. We will also examine developments in economy, culture, and religious practice during this critical period of transition from the early modern to modern South Asia. Students will write a 20 page research paper on a topic of their own devising in consultation with the instructor.

Abhishek Kaicker
3205 Dwinelle
W 10-12
CCN: 15824
283 / 285B.002: Historical Method and Theory / Adv Studies in European History

This course is combined with History 285B.002, Class No. 33915.  See Professor Hoffman for dual enrollment.

Does History as an academic discipline need not only methods but also its own epistemology, a theory of history? In this course, we will seek an answer to this question primarily, but not exclusively, by reading the works of the German historian and theorist Reinhart Koselleck. We will explore Koselleck’s theory of history in conversation with some of his intellectual interlocutors from Polybius to François Hartog. The principal writing assignments are weekly summaries and a research paper. 

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
3205 Dwinelle
W 2-5
CCN: 15809
285D: Research Seminar in U.S. History: Topic TBA
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Mark Brilliant
3205 Dwinelle
Tu 12-2
CCN: 16178
285H/280H: Visions of Africa: Inventing and Documenting a Continent

This seminar is combined with History 280H, CN 15923.

This course serves two separate purposes. The first (280H) is a broad and critical survey of the production of knowledge on Africa. We will explore the varied ways in which Africa has been conceptualized and represented from antiquity to the present. A range of theoretical, historical, ethnographic, travel, fictional, autobiographical, colonial, and post-colonial writings will be used in the 280H component of the class. Students will be expected to: 1) prepare a half page summary of the week’s reading(s) due in class; (2) make one class presentation; 3) write a short paper (15-20pages) due at the end of the semester. The second component of the course is the 285H research seminar option which revolves around the conceptualization, crafting, refining and completion of a research paper. For the larger part of the semester, students in 285H will work on their individual research papers. Occasional class meetings will provide opportunities to critique each other’s work. The goal is for students to produce a substantial article-length paper. Both options of the seminar will explore the research methodologies, sources, and interpretative practices of the field at the beginning of the semester.
Tabitha Kanogo
3104 Dwinelle
Tu 4-6
CCN: 15908
290: Historical Colloquium: History of Science

This is a 1-credit S/U graduate course in history of science, accompanying the history of science colloquium and the brownbag series. It meets every Thursday, 4-6 pm. Meetings consist of: invited lecture on a special topics, followed by an extended session of questions and answers; informal discussions over the work of affiliated scholars; and roundtable sessions on broader methodological issues in the history of science and technology. The course brings you up to the research front in these topics, interacting with historians on subjects that currently engage their scholarship. Attendance is compulsory.

Massimo Mazzotti
470 Stephens Hall
Th 4-6
CCN: 15811
375: Teaching History Pedagogy Seminar

This course, required of first time GSIs and open to all History GSIs, introduces graduate students to a variety of pedagogical theories and techniques used in teaching history at the university level. It will examine readings dealing with a range of classroom situations, opportunities, and challenges, with the goal of enabling future college teachers of history to understand the learning process of their students and to develop and improve their own teaching skills. The course will have two primary goals: (1) to train graduate students to work more effectively as graduate student instructors in history classes at Berkeley; and (2) to introduce students to techniques of designing and running their own classes that they will use when they become independent instructors and, ultimately, professors of history in their own right.

The Staff
3205 Dwinelle
F 3-5
CCN: 16048
C250: Advanced Studies in History and Science and Technology Studies
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Massimo Mazzotti
470 Stephens Hall
Tu 4-6P