Cultural History

To study cultural history at Duke is to question methodological orthodoxies and engage the challenge of writing history in vibrant and multi-faceted ways.  Coursework in method, theory, and interpretation explore the impact of Critical and Social Theory, Cultural Anthropology, and Literary analysis on the making of Cultural History and its methodology.  Learning different analytical frameworks and interpretive skills, applying them to different mediums (text, image, film), and historicizing the formation of cultural history constitute crucial vectors in students’ training.  The conversation about pressing methodological and interpretive questions continues virtually in all courses offered by the department when students critically explore limits and possibilities of novel and established categories of historical analysis as well as academic discourses on power, knowledge, empire, nation, state, race, citizenship, womanhood, and manhood.  The rich corpus of interpretive tools that cultural historians have produced over past few decades thus serves as an effective languages of intellectual exchange and inquiry and brings together an active scholarly community that works across a broad range of geographical areas and thematic subfields, such as gender history, legal history, military history, history of race and ethnicity, labor history, intellectual history, transnational and comparative colonial history.

People

Juliana Barr, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Associate Professor Juliana Barr received her M.A. and Ph.D. (1999) in American women’s history from the University of Wisconsin Madison and her B.A. (1988) from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the Duke University Department of History in 2015 after teaching at Rutgers University and... full profile »

Dirk Bonker, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: 208 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-3930

I am a historian of the United States and Germany, who focuses on questions of militarism, warfare, and empire in the long twentieth century. In my work, I also address larger questions about how best to "globalize" and "internationalize" U.S and German histories in the modern age. full profile »

Laurent Dubois, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 213 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-3112

I am a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic world, with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. I am the faculty director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, and write for magazines including the New Republic, Sports Illustrated, and the New Yorker.... full profile »

Engseng Ho, Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 205 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-4544

Anna Krylova, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: 209 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-3871

Anna Krylova is Associate Professor of Modern Russian History at Duke University. She works on twentieth-century Russia and the challenges posed in envisioning and building a socialist alternative in the age of industrial and post-industrial modernity and globalization.  Questions of historical... full profile »

Jehangir Malegam, Assistant Professor of History

Office: 319 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-7842

My first book focused on clerical self-fashioning and lay-clerical relationships between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries as seen through the discourse around peace-making and conflict. My new research concerns the history of personhood, con-sociation and alienation during a period of... full profile »

Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor of History

Office: Office 316; 114 Campus Drive, Carr Building (east Campus), Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2343

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017; order it on... full profile »

Martin A. Miller, Professor with Tenure

Office: 337 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-3575

Professor Miller's interests are in Modern Russian history, the history of psychoanalysis in Russia, and comparative and international terrorist movements. full profile »

Kristen Neuschel, Associate Professor with Tenure

Office: 233 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2437

Dr. Neuschel concentrates on late medieval and early modern France and Europe. Her current research focuses on war and culture in northern Europe between 1400 and 1600. She teaches courses in the history of war, of gender relations and surveys of the history of medieval and early modern Europe. full profile »

Simon Partner, Professor in the Department of History

Office: 303 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-5464

Late 19th and 20th-century Japanese history Focusing on: growth of consumer markets; technology and social change; Japanese rural society full profile »

Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History

Office: Dept of History, 226 Carr Bldg, Box_90719, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-5764

I am a cultural historian of South Asia and the British Empire and my research over the last few years has been largely in the areas of visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender. My recent publications in this area include The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India (... full profile »

William M. Reddy, William T. Laprade Professor of History, in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Office: 314 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2497

New book-- The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012). Awarded the Pinkney Prize for best book in French History, 2012, by the Society for... full profile »

Thomas Robisheaux, Professor of History

Office: 202 Carr Bldg, Department of History, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Phone: (919) 684-5979

As an historian of early modern Europe Dr. Robisheaux has particular interests in social and cultural history, German-speaking Central Europe, Renaissance culture, religious reform, popular religion and culture, and microhistory. Author of The Last Witch of Langenburg and Rural Society and the... full profile »

Peter Sigal, Professor in the Department of History

Office: 234 Carr, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-3551

The relationships between gender, sexuality, and colonialism have intrigued me since I began my first book on Maya sexuality. I recently completed a study on the interaction of writing and sexual representation in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Nahua societies--The Flower and the Scorpion:... full profile »