This seminar examines expanding circuits of global mobility from the early modern period to the present, and considers methodological implications of taking mobilities and connections as object of analysis. We will examine historical processes and dynamics on multiple scales from the perspective of people, commodities, and ideas in motion, along with dynamic networks and material or cultural effects these circuits generate; and the regulatory systems that emerge in consequence of increasingly robust flows. Expanding global connections and their effects produce new constraints and open a wide range of fresh possibilities for both states and diverse groups of people. The course will look closely at the interplay between unprecedented mobility and the restrictions imposed by modern political regimes, and the shifting relationship between people and real and imagined political entities from the global (empires, internationalisms, global governance bodies), to the provincial (kingdoms, nationalisms, nation-states). Organized thematically around mobile people, commodities, and ideas, and global institutions, we will examine disaporic migrant connections, global radical and anti-colonial movements, material and cultural effects of long-distance commodity production and exchange, and the circulation and expanding scope of institutional ideas and practices. The course will be interdisciplinary, incorporating comparative and monographic historical and anthropological studies, theoretical writings, and selections from literary or historical primary source texts; and transregional, examining particular themes via close consideration of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and their interconnections. Readings will include books or articles by scholars such as Benedict Anderson, Sebouh Aslanian, Sven Beckert, Lauren Benton, Engseng Ho, Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Mark Mazower, Adam McKeown, Jeremy Prestholdt, Maia Ramnath, and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (links above are to recommended or required books ordered for the course).
Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships, and Other Support
Many graduate students are funded through teaching asssistantships. The History Department receives approximately twenty-five teaching assistantships per year from various sources; it also has a small number of graduate assistantships. Many full-time graduate students receive full tuition waivers. In addition, the Department has available to it a series of Presidential Fellowships, created by the president of the university, to be used to recruit promising new doctoral students. The Department also has an endowed fellowship, known as the Evan Frankel Foundation Fellowship, that is given each year to an outstanding first year student in the doctoral program and continues for four years. The Gardiner Graduate Fellowship awards funding to a graduate student researching early American history or subjects related to aspects of American history in which the Gardiner family played an important role – principally colonial American history and the history of the greater New York region.
Everyone who applies is automatically considered for financial assistance from the History Department, usually in the form of a Teaching Assistantship/Tuition Scholarship. There are no special forms to fill out for Departmental support.
Graduate Council Fellowships and Turner Fellowships – Entering graduate students in history may also be nominated by the admissions committee to compete for these university-sponsored awards. If you wish to be considered for either of these financial opportunities, you will need to have your application completed before January 1st. Students wishing to be considered for these awards must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Turner Fellows must self-identify as either African-American, Native American, or Hispanic on their application
US Citizens and Permanent Residents are also eligible for other forms of financial aid, which are applied for via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Click here for more information, also to apply.
Most NY residents are also eligible for the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Click here for more information, also to apply.
Various Awards and Other Funding for Existing Students
The History Department has limited funds to subsidize graduate student travel to conferences and research depositories through the Werner T. Angress Graduate Student Fund. The Fred Weinstein Award is presented annually to the student judged to have written the best dissertation chapter. The Ernesto Chinchilla/Aguilar Award is presented annually to a distinguished graduate student in Latin American History. In addition, a small number of graduate student summer travel grants are available through a grant form the Mellon Foundation.
Students already in the history doctoral program, especially once they get to the dissertation-writing phase, have a strong track record of earning additional university-wide as well as outside grants and fellowships. See Awards & Achievements for a list of those recently earned by our doctoral students.
Congratulations to both Ashley Black and Andrew Ehrinpreis for being awarded fellowships from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Black has won the prestigious Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship for her research on Mexico City as a site of Latin American exile in the 1950s. Ehrinpreis has won a Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellowship (co-sponsored by the Soros Open Society Foundations) for his dissertation, “Constructing Coca: A History of Bolivian Coca Nationalism and the War on Drugs, 1920–2000.” Ehrinpreis is the third Stony Brook history student to win this prize.
Please join us in congratulating Gregory Rosenthal! The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded him the prestigious Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his project, “Hawaiians Who Left Hawaii: Work, Body, and Environment in the Pacific World, 1786–1876.” Mellon fellowships—of which only 65 were awarded this year—support advanced graduate students in humanities and social sciences in the their last year of dissertation writing.
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Froylán Enciso! The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (dedicated to studies of violence and violence prevention) has awarded him a dissertation fellowship for his project, “Made in Sinaloa: From the Regional to the Global History of the Mexican War on Drugs, 1909–1985.”
Erica Mukherjee (Ph.D. candidate) has just received a Cornell University Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship and will use it to study Bengali at the South Asia Summer Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin this summer. Congratulations!
Later this spring, Ph.D. candidate Gregory Rosenthal will join eleven other scholars from across the country to participate in the Cornell University Institute for the Social Sciences’ 2013 Institute on Contested Landscapes. Gregory will be presenting a paper titled “The Property on/is their Backs: Dispossession and Wage Labor in Nineteenth-century Hawaiʻi.” Gregory has also received two dissertation research awards for this summer and fall: a Michael J. Connell Foundation Fellowship from the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; and an Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship at the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley.