Jordanna Bailkin: Areas of Graduate Study

For more on Dr. Bailkin's publications, scholarly interests and contact information, please see her faculty page.

Division: Europe--Medieval to Modern Times

Students may work with Professor Bailkin in British, French, or European Cultural History. A field in British history would include the social, political, and cultural history of Britain (including Ireland) and Empire from the eighteenth century to the present. Students will develop subfields on major historiographical questions such as the development of the welfare state, race and immigration, urban identity, gender and the family, "four nations" approaches to British history, and the impact of decolonization on the metropole. A field in French history will place particular emphasis on late-19th and 20th-century France. Students will develop subfields on topics such as the state's treatment of prostitution, natalism and the First World War, and French identity after the European Union. Students pursuing a field in European Cultural History may approach this field by examining the individuals, institutions, and ideologies that have contributed to major cultural currents in modern Europe, including the production of the categories of "high" and "mass" culture and the social and political impact of new visual and literary traditions. This subfield will also trace the development of cultural history through and beyond the linguistic turn.

Division: Comparative History (Comparative Colonialisms)*

Students may work with Professor Bailkin on fields of study encompassing Comparative Gender and/or Comparative Colonialisms. A field in Comparative gender will incorporate a comparative approach to the history of women and gender. Students will develop fields on major historiographical questions such as the development of protective family legislation in Europe and the United States and the globalization of feminism. Students pursuing a field in Comparative Colonialisms will examine England's economic, political, military, and cultural treatment of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales compared to its overseas dominions. We will consider the relationship between "white" and "non-white" colonies as part of the larger racial politics of European colonialism.

*Students may not offer a field in the Comparative History division as a first field.



Autumn 2016

HSTEU 590: Britons and Others

This course will provide an overview of major themes and recent scholarship in modern British and imperial history, with an emphasis on the ways in which ideas about class, gender, and race have influences Britain's relationship to the wider world.  The seminar is organized around the theme of conceptions of difference: how have British understandings of class, gender, national, and racial differences structured metropolitan, imperial and post-imperial politics?  What methodologies have scholars of Britain used to understand these real and imagined differences?


Winter 2015

HSTRY 571: Orientation to a Career in History

This course introduces second and third year students in the Department of History to life as a professional historian both within and outside academia.  Topics covered include writing effective grant proposals, presenting your research at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, preparing for different kinds of job markets, and more.   All graduate students must take this 3-credit, ungraded course twice, in both their second and third years in the graduate program.  The course meets four times over the quarter.  The curriculum changes each year.  You do not need to be enrolled in the course to access the readings, and all graduate students in the program are welcome to sit in on sessions that interest them. Please let the instructior know via email if you would like to attend one or more sessions.

Autumn 2014

HSTRY 570: Teaching History