The graduate program in European history reflects the new Europe, integrating diverse geographic regions to shape thematic and transnational specializations. The geographic parameters of the European program extend from the Atlantic to Russia and include the Mediterranean World.
The current European faculty has teaching and research strengths in ancient, early modern, modern, and contemporary Europe, with a strong concentration of scholars who work on the history of the twentieth century. Recent scholarly publications focus on migration, consumption and material culture, gender and ethnicity, religion, science and medicine, public health, democracy and popular protest, education, and the legacies of mass violence.
Graduate students can choose primary fields in Modern Europe or Russia, or they can construct a field that bridges traditional geographic or chronological divisions. The program draws on the Department’s strengths in migration, gender, ethnic studies and world history, and encourages linkages with other regional foci, including the Atlantic World, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and East Asia.
The Department also has close ties to scholars of Europe in James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, Residential College in Arts and Humanities, and elsewhere on campus. Students are encouraged to draw on these other faculty members when tailoring their particular course of study. Europeanists work closely with the Center for European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at MSU, Migration Studies Initiative, Muslim Studies Program, and Jewish Studies Program as scholarly centers for their work. And the Department’s own European History Colloquium offers an important forum for graduate students of all levels to workshop their work and to join faculty in discussing current developments in the field.