New Graduate Courses

Fall 2021: (HI 792) Police and Policing: a Modern Global History with Professor David Ambaras

In this colloquium, we will examine the history of police and policing in the modern world (roughly since the eighteenth century), and its relationship to state formation, capitalism, transformations of urban space, and imperialism and colonialism. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, we will explore the role of increasingly professionalized police forces and of larger systems of policing in producing and maintaining boundaries of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality; and the ways in which different social groups and movements have contested police power and its unequal application. While a number of our readings will deal with US history, we will also engage with  histories of police/policing in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, highlighting the ways in which these practices and politics are interrelated with those of the US and with each other. The history of policing will also allow us to consider closely related questions regarding technologies of surveillance and incarceration and their place in the broader penal system.

Fall 2021: (HI 792) Sexuality in U.S. History with Professor Megan Cherry

This seminar will explore the history of sexuality in North America from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first century.  Throughout the semester, we will explore both dominant and alternative constructions of sexuality; trace the changing and contested meanings of sexuality; and explore the implications of these understandings in sexuality for power relations in the history of the United States.  While issues of gender and race frequently intersect with sexuality, we will be focused primarily on the latter.  Students may choose from a range of final projects, including historiographic papers, public history projects, and original research papers.