Alexandra Harmon: Areas of Graduate Study

Division: United States History*

Under Professor Harmon's supervision, students may prepare a field focusing on indigenous peoples of North America and their descendants. The geographical scope of study may extend to Canada, Mexico, and the Hawaiian Islands but always encompasses the present-day United States. Although history and historiography for the centuries before 1492 are relevant, the chronological emphasis of the field is on the fifteenth century to the present. In consultation with Professor Harmon, students may develop areas of concentration that are defined geographically, ethnically, chronologically, or thematically, or they may focus on historiographic and theoretical issues of particular concern in the field. A student's area or areas of concentration will determine whether proficiency in a language other than English is desirable.

*Adjunct faculty do not normally supervise first fields.




Winter 2015

HSTAA 517: American Indian History

HSTAA 517 is a reading course intended to acquaint graduate students with important issues and texts in the field of American Indian history.  Familiarity with the theoretical and methodological issues considered in this course can benefit scholars in a variety of history fields and in other areas of study, including anthropology, museology, and ethnic studies.  Readings and discussions touch on subjects such as oral historal traditions, colonialism, ethnicity, nationality, and culture change.  In most weeks of the quarter, each student will read one book and several articles and will submit a written synopsis and critical analysis of the book.  Course requirements also include a longer final paper.