Geographic Fields of Study
Place is one of those complex and necessary categories that helps organize the study of history. We ask students not only to be aware of the geographically bounded nature of social, political, economic, and cultural processes, but also to study the connections and interactions between units of place, like cities, states, nations, or continents. Moreover, bounded places represent the outcome of complex, often violent, processes that fix names onto landscapes and make claims on the identities of individuals. At the same time, places also help organize teaching and education and thus the department pays careful attention to the general areas of specialization within the historical profession, even as they undergo scrutiny and critique. Therefore, while students are expected to identify professionally with a global region, we strongly encourage them to travel across boundaries for their own intellectual growth.