Global/Transnational

Global Transnational

In the last few decades, Global (or World/Transnational) History has become one of the most intellectually vibrant and rapidly growing subfields within the discipline of history. UC San Diego has a number of faculty members whose teaching and research engages with the approaches and debates that constitute Global History as a specific field of inquiry. Questions of comparison and reciprocity as well as cross-cultural encounter and connectivity are central both to their scholarship and teaching. Additionally, UC San Diego faculty members share a concern for asking what constitutes the ‘global’ at various historical moments and tracing global connections long before the 20th century, which is often hailed as unique for its startling degree of market integration, cultural exchange, and human migration.

Faculty members offer special graduate training in Global History through a minor field. The minor familiarizes students with methodologies and theories for writing and teaching history in transoceanic, transregional, and transnational perspectives. Coursework stresses the importance of long-distance connectivities and exchanges in human history, with special emphasis on the early modern and modern eras. In transcending regional, continental, and national historiographies, the minor field provides an analytical tool-kit useful for research in the major field and helps students develop strategies and expertise for teaching Global History. Interested students are able to deepen their training as Teaching Assistants in the five-quarter, lower-division survey Making of the Modern World sequence, offered by UCSD’s Eleanor Roosevelt College. Several courses in the History Department offer similar Teaching Assistant experience.

Core Faculty

Luis Alvarez, History
Assoc Professor  

Frank Biess, History
Professor

Robert Edelman, History
Professor

Thomas Gallant, History
Professor & Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History

Cathy Gere, History
Assoc Professor

Karl Gerth, History
Professor & Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Chair

Jessica Graham, History
Asst Professor

Mark Hanna, History
Asst Professor

Todd Henry, History
Asst Professor

Christine Hunefeldt, History
Professor

Nancy Kwak, History
Asst Professor

Patrick Patterson, History
Assoc Professor

Jeremy Prestholdt, History
Assoc Professor

Nir Shafir, History
Assistant Professor

Ulrike Strasser, History
Professor