Alongside our existing 12 sub-fields, the History Department supports a number of cross-field clusters.  The clusters are intended to attract students and faculty to important themes and current in the historical discipline.  The clusters will offer new courses, sponsor outside speakers, and convene Department-based workshops and seminars.

The History Department clusters for 2013-14 are:

  • Modern World Economic History: This cluster takes the form of a pioneering, two-quarter course devoted to the History of Modern World Capitalism.  The team-taught course will discuss and analyze the birth, rise, challenge and transformation of modern world capitalism across the globe. The first quarter covers the period from the late 18th century to World War II; the second quarter discusses the period from 1945 to the present: welfare capitalism, globalization and rise of Asia and Latin America.  Course instructors:  Ivan T. Berend, William Summerhill, Bin Wong, and Mary Yeager.  Contact person:  Ivan Berend (
  • Atlantic History:  This primary goal of this cluster is to generate innovative scholarship on the relations linking Africa, Europe and the Americas in the development of Western capitalism and modernity.  Relevant themes include the expansion of markets during the slave trade; the production of literary texts and forms of historical memory; the politics of religious dissent and conversion; the growth of colonial science and cartography; Native American ethnogenesis; the rise of abolitionist and Pan-African ideologies; and the dynamics of race, gender and creolization throughout the Atlantic world.  Affiliated faculty include:  Andrew Apter, Robin Derby, Carla Pestana, Robin Kelley, Brenda Stevenson, Scot Brown, Peg Jacob, Debbie Silverman, Bill Summerhill, Kevin Terraciano, Mary Terrall, Craig Yirush.  Contact person:  Andrew Apter (
  • The History of Women, Men and Sexuality:  This cluster brings together faculty from the US, Asia, Africa & Latin American fields who have a common interest in gendered difference in the past. Ranging in focus from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, affiliated faculty will offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2014-2015, the HWMS will sponsor a year-long series of programs and courses entitled “Historicizing Masculinities.” Affiliated faculty include: Robin Derby, Ellen Dubois, Andrea Goldman, Robin Kelly, Ghislaine Lydon, Valerie Matsumoto, Kate Norberg, Brenda Stevenson and Mary Yeager.  Contact person:  Kate Norberg (