Department of History Spring 2022 Courses

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Sexual Pleasure in the Modern World

HIST 112

Anderson Hagler

Interdisciplinary study of ways societies around the globe have understood sexual pleasure. Investigates ethics of the manners in which people have explored sexual pleasure and ways that such pleasure relates to creation of the modern person. Emphasizes effects of colonialism and development of race in relation to sexuality. Includes an extensive discussion of pornography, sexual fantasy, orgasm and virtual sex, asking how sexual pleasure relates to histories of danger & violence. 




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The History of Medicine

HIST 113 

Prof. Margaret Humphreys

This course explores the history of western medicine from Ancient Greece to the 21st century. Students will engage with primary and secondary sources that expose a diverse array of themes illuminating the interactions between medicine and society.  We’ll ask: who practiced medicine, what were their tools, when and how did changing ideas usher in modern surgery, vaccines, antibiotics, transplants, and genetic medicine? This is an introductory course that targets first years and anyone else interested in learning how we got from there, to here.


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Introduction to Asian American History

HIST 198

Prof. Calvin Cheung-Miaw

Migration, exclusion, war, displacement, activism, community building.  What does U.S. history look like from the diverse perspectives of Asian American communities?








Jewish History 1492-Present

Jewish History: 1492 - Present

HIST 251

Prof. Malachi Hacohen

Major developments in Jewish history from the early modern period to today. The Kehillah, the Spanish-Jewish Diaspora, the rise of Polish Jewry, the Safed Kabbalah, Sabbatianism, the emergence of the Chassidut, the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), Emancipation and the nation state, Reform Judaism, economic modernization, racial antisemitism, Zionism, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, flourishing Jewish pluralism in the United States, the future: nation and Diaspora?





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Theorizing Liberation: From Black Power to the Age of Trump


Prof. Calvin Cheung-Miaw

This seminar explores the writings of radical thinkers and activists who sought to understand the nature of racial oppression and liberation in the post-civil-rights era.







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North America to 1776

HIST 336

Prof. Dean Bruno (NCSU)

While much North American history is focused on the creation and maintenance of nation-states, the history of borderlands and borders allows scholars to analyze the various ways that people crossed, shaped, and openly defied both physical and cultural borders in pursuit of their own individual and group goals and objectives.  This course examines the historical construction of North American borderlands from the perspective of various cultures and peoples.  Major themes will include encounters, exchanges, cooperation, conflict, agency, and identity within the broader context of social, cultural, environmental, and economic power dynamics and differentials. 



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The Modern Regulatory State


Prof. Tom Cinq-Mars

Interdisciplinary inquiry into the origins/evolution of modern regulatory institutions in Western Europe and North America, along with the more recent rise of global regulatory bodies. Examines conceptual frameworks from across the social sciences, and considers the ethical dimensions of current debates over regulatory purposes, strategies, and policies in areas such as finance and the environment.




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Public Health in America

HIST 369

Jessica Hauger

The role of epidemic diseases such as smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, tuberculosis, and polio in shaping public health policy in the United States from the colonial era to World War II. 








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Engineering the Global Middle East

HIST 393

Prof. Adam Mestyan

This class is a global techno-environmental history, with a special emphasis on the modern Middle East. We will interrogate the many ways in which the transformation of nature and transfer of technologies has rearranged political relations within and between states in the last two hundred years. We shall survey the social history of technology, of engineering, infrastructural developments, urbanization, and energy resources. Students in this course will learn how to do research through the lenses of environmental history and science and technology studies using the methods of microhistory.