Graduate Fields of Study - United States

The Program and its Scope

The U.S. History graduate program at the University of Arizona offers students an excellent graduate experience with many opportunities to develop their research and teaching skills. The department is large enough to offer a wide variety of courses, many of which are graduate-only colloquia and seminars, and small enough to offer the individual attention that students need. Some students gain valuable experience as teaching assistants and more advanced students also have opportunities to teach their own courses during the winter and summer sessions. Students work with faculty who specialize in a broad spectrum of topics and employ diverse methods to explore social, cultural, and political history. Faculty fields include: environmental history; gender, sexuality, and women's history; borderlands/southwest history; the history of the North American West; the history of science, technology, and medicine; the history of capitalism and political economy; Native American history; and Mexican American history. U.S. faculty members often collaborate with, and the U.S. graduate curriculum draws broad instructional and research support from, other faculty members in the Department of History and other units in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the University of Arizona. For example, the U.S. faculty’s offerings in borderlands/southwest history and Mexican American history benefit from the History Department’s emphasis on Latin American history. Similarly, our course of study in U.S. women’s history contributes to the History Department’s program in Comparative Women’s History and also draws upon the College’s Gender & Women’s Studies Department. Graduate students interested in environmental history regularly engage with the Institute of the Environment, while early Americanists often participate in the Group for Early Modern Studies

Resources for students:

The Department of History and the University offer a wealth of resources for students in the areas of research, training, and support. The University of Arizona Library collections are especially rich in materials related to U.S. History and the southwest. In addition to published books, the library has archival holdings and substantial microform holdings of documents, reprints, journals, and so on. Also available for research are the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy on campus, the University's Photography museum archives, and the Arizona Historical Society whose rich collection of Southwestern material has already formed the basis of many books and is located just next to the University.  



Juan Garcia: twentieth century, Mexican American 
David Gibbs: twentieth-century political economy, capitalism
Katie Hemphill: nineteenth-century, South, gender, urban
Katherine Morrissey: nineteenth- and twentieth-century, West, environmental
Erika Pérez:  colonial America, nineteenth-century, West/borderlands, women
Tyina Steptoe: twentieth-century, race, gender, South
Jeremy Vetter: nineteenth- and twentieth- century, West, environmental, science and technology, capitalism


Dissertations in Progress

Nina Bogdan
Marcus Hernandez
Amado Guzman
Lora Key
Frank Whitehead


Recently Completed Dissertations and Recent Ph.D. Placements

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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