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History

Field Description

To encourage flexibility, general requirements are kept to a minimum. These include: taking seven graduate-level seminars including History 7090, Introduction to the Graduate Study of History; demonstrating proficiency in two languages other than English (for Africanists, only one foreign language required); completing the Graduate School's residence requirement of 6 semesters of full-time study at a satisfactory level of accomplishment; teaching for at least one year (normally as a teaching assistant); passing the "Q" examination early in the second semester of study; complete one research paper by the end of the second year; the written and oral "Admission to Candidacy" examination after completion of formal study (the "A" exam); turn in an approved dissertation prospectus within three months of the "A" exam; and completing the doctoral dissertation and defending it in a final examination.

All incoming doctoral students take a proficiency examination in an appropriate foreign language at the beginning of the first term of residence. Those who do not pass the exam enroll in suitable language courses until proficiency is acquired. Proficiency in two foreign languages (or for Africanists, one language) must be demonstrated before a Ph.D. degree candidate is eligible to take the Admission to Candidacy examination. The Admission to Candidacy exam is partly oral and partly written and is usually taken in the third year of study.

Incoming Ph.D. students who hold a master's degree from another university must still complete the requirements listed above. No formal transfer credit is given, but the Special Committee normally takes previous graduate work in history into account, which may speed the student's progress toward the doctorate.


Contact Information

Website: http://www.arts.cornell.edu/history
Email: history_grad_info@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-6738

450 McGraw Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

History

  • African history
  • American history
  • American studies (minor)
  • ancient Greek history
  • ancient history
  • ancient Roman history
  • early modern European history
  • English history
  • French history
  • German history
  • history of science
  • Korean history
  • Latin American history
  • medieval Chinese history
  • medieval history
  • modern Chinese history
  • modern European history
  • modern Japanese history
  • modern Middle Eastern history
  • premodern Islamic history
  • premodern Japanese history
  • Renaissance history
  • Russian history
  • south Asian history
  • Southeast Asian history

Faculty

Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: history of popular culture; Jewish-American history; history of politics; history of higher education
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: American history; U.S. political history; 19th Century American history
Concentrations: History: Latin American history Research Interests: Colonial Latin America; Caribbean history; Atlantic World
Richard F Bensel - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: American political development, political economy, political culture, and comparative state formation.
Concentrations: History: African history Research Interests: African and African diaspora history with emphasis on West Africa; gender; labor history and material culture; Caribbean History
Vicki Caron - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: modern European history Research Interests: modern European Jewish history, with an emphasis on France and Germany
Derek S Chang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history; American studies Research Interests: Asian-American history; African-American history; ethnicity and race; American social and cultural history ; U.S. Civil War history and Reconstruction history; U.S. South
Concentrations: History: ancient history
Raymond B Craib - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: Latin American history Research Interests: Latin American; Mexico; agrarian; postcolonial studies
Concentrations: History: history of science Research Interests: history of science; early modern science and philosophy
Concentrations: History: American history
Ziad A. Fahmy - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: African history; modern Middle Eastern history Research Interests: nationalism in modern Middle East; colloquial Arabic; mass-culture and media identity in Egypt and the Arab world
Oren Falk - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: medieval history Research Interests: Medieval, Norse, and cultural studies
Kevin K. Gaines - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: african american intellectual history, U.S. history, the civil rights era, music and social movements, afro-modernity and internationalism
Concentrations: History: American history; American studies Research Interests: U.S. Latina/Latino history; immigration; folklore
Durba Ghosh - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: south Asian history Research Interests: modern south Asia; gender; colonialism
Concentrations: History: African history Research Interests: African history; preindustrial social history; gender; ethnicity
Concentrations: History: ancient history
T. J. Hinrichs - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: medieval Chinese history Research Interests: Chinese medical and religious history
Concentrations: History: German history; modern European history Research Interests: modern European history, especially intellectual history
Concentrations: History: German history; modern European history Research Interests: Germany, 1648 to 1945; history of state systems; gender history; history of sexuality
Louis Hyman - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: history of capitalism; labor history; business history; history of consumption
Ronald R Kline - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history; history of science Research Interests: history of technology and engineering in the United States
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: post war U.S. political and social history
Isaac Kramnick - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history; modern European history Research Interests: British and American political thought since the eighteenth century
Tamara L Loos - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: Southeast Asian history Research Interests: Southeast Asian studies; gender and legal studies
Concentrations: History: ancient history
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: american social and cultural history; immigration and migration history;labor and working-class history;chkana/o and latina/o history; gender and women's history; comparative race and ethnic studies
Mostafa Minawi - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: African history; modern Middle Eastern history Research Interests: Modern Middle East, Ottoman history, Mediterranean and North African Imperial history.
Concentrations: History: American history
Concentrations: History: early modern European history; medieval history; Renaissance history Research Interests: late medieval and Renaissance Italy, especially Florence; political, social, and cultural history
Mary Beth Norton - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history; American studies Research Interests: early American history, before 1815; history of women in America
Concentrations: History: American history; American studies Research Interests: Native American (especially Iroquois) history; early American history
Concentrations: History: premodern Islamic history Research Interests: Islamic history, Quranic studies, Islamic law and history; Jews of Arab lands
Concentrations: History: French history; modern European history Research Interests: history of technology, environmental history, and their intersection ("envirotech") with a focus on 20th-century France the French empire
Aziz F. Rana - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: history of american political and constitutional thought; comparative colonial and post colonial history; citizenship and immigration; republicanism and empire
Eric Rebillard - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: ancient history; ancient Roman history Research Interests: Roman history, especially late Antiquity and Early Christianity
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: pan africanism, black nationalism, black radicalism, transnational blackness, african-american poltiical culture and american social movements
Concentrations: History: French history; modern European history Research Interests: modern France; European intellectual and cultural, gender and sexuality
Aaron J. Sachs - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: cultural, intellectual, and environmental history; American studies; comparative frontiers; travel and exploration; the writing of history; radicalism and dissent; landscape
Naoki Sakai - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: modern Japanese history; premodern Japanese history Research Interests: intellectual, cultural, and literary history in early modern and modern Japan
Victor Seow - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: modern Chinese history Research Interests: Modern China and East Asia; energy and the environment; science, technology, and society; industry and labor.
Suman Seth - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: German history; history of science Research Interests: history of the physical sciences in the 19th and 20th Centuries; gender and science; science, race and colonialism
Concentrations: History: ancient history Research Interests: ancient history, Greek and Roman; classical and Hellenistic Greece; the Greek city; late antiquity and early Byzantine
Eric Tagliacozzo - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: Southeast Asian history Research Interests: modern Southeast Asian history
Concentrations: History: Southeast Asian history Research Interests: Southeast Asian history; Vietnam
Concentrations: History: English history Research Interests: modern British and imperial history; colonial India
Enzo Traverso - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: French history; modern European history Research Interests: Contemporary social and cultural history; European intellectual history; political theory.
Concentrations: History: modern European history; Russian history Research Interests: modern Russia and Europe; cultural history; political violence
Penny Von Eschen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: History: American history Research Interests: 20th century U.S. cultural and foreign relations; transnational and global methodologies; race, gender, and empire; global circulation of African diasporic culture and anti-colonialism.
Concentrations: History: American history; American studies Research Interests: African American history; southern U.S. history; women's history
Concentrations: History: early modern European history; English history Research Interests: Tudor-Stuart England, especially cultural and political; gender