James Gregory: Areas of Graduate Study

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Division: United States History

My graduate teaching fields are tailored to the individual interests of students. We will work out precise subject areas and reading lists as we proceed. Subject to those negotiations, students generally choose one of the following concentrations:

1) Twentieth Century U.S.: I prefer to treat this as a broad field that covers the full chronological sweep of the century. Students will read widely, developing a modest familiarity with the literature on a large number of subjects (including politics, culture, foreign relations, race, gender, labor, region, urban). Depending upon interests, certain issues and time periods will be developed in more depth.

2) Class, Race, Labor, and Political Economy: This concentration joins the subject of American political economy with those of labor history and race/ethnic formation covering both the 19th and the 20th centuries.

3) Regions, Migration, Immigration: This concentration explores place and mobility in American history with readings that examine how place identities and regional political economies have been formed and maintained and how migrations (both from abroad and internal) reshape places and people.



Winter 2016/Spring 2016

HSTRY 596/597: Research Seminar in History

This is a two-quarter research seminar open to History graduate students in all fields.  The object of the course is to facilitate the writing of article-length original research papers on topics of individual interest.  Students will work closely with faculty advisors or faculty members who are familiar with the area of research in addition ot the course instructor.  We will meet weekly during the Winter Quarter to explore research techniques and writing strategies.  Some preliminary assignments will be due that quarter.  Rough drafts and the final paper will be due Spring Quarter.  No grade will be assigned until the end of Spring Quarter.  It will retroactively apply to Winter Quarter.


Spring 2015

HSTAA 522: American History: Writings and Interpretations since 1870

This class continues the introductory graduate sequence in United States history, focusing on the twentieth century. Two papers are
required, each about 10 pages in length.  I’ve chosen a selection of books that differ in subject, time period, and method. Our goal is to
explore a variety of historical issues while also discussing historical methods and evaluating the architecture of each book.


Autumn  2014

HSTAA 525: American Social History since 1860

"Class, Labor, and American Capitalism": This graduate seminar examines selected themes from the field of American labor and working class history, especially the following: stages of capitalism and American political economy; class and its relationship to other structures of inequality; labor movements and laborist cultures. In addition to participation in weekly discussions of the assigned readings, there will be three assignments: (1) lead one discussion section and report on an additional book (2) 10 page book-based essay due mid quarter that explores a theme related to the class. (3) 10 page final paper that can either be book based or involve original research.