The Ph.D Program: Modern Europe
Emory University's History Department offers a transnational, dynamic, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Modern Europe from the eighteenth century to the present. Our faculty focuses on a wide array of approaches: cultural, economic, social, and political history, as well as international and environmental history. Students can organize their studies either around a particular national and geographical area or around themes such as revolutions, borderlands, the Cold War, human rights, decolonization, gender, and many others.
We offer a high level of faculty-student contact as well as intellectual and interpersonal mentoring for our graduate students. Students are supported throughout the stages of their doctoral studies from coursework and language training, to their preliminary research and dissertations, to preparation for publications and the job market. Moreover, through the TATTO program and its teaching assistantships and apprenticeships, our graduate students prepare for their careers in the classroom or as public scholars. All students receive competitive fellowships with stipends for the first five years in addition to full healthcare coverage, as long as good academic standing is maintained. The faculty guide their students through the processes of applying for campus-wide and external fellowships for their research. An important resource for our graduate students is the Major Fellowship, which provides funding for dissertation research and writing in European fields or those related to European expansion.
Our program offers expertise on every major European power: Britain and the world, France and its empire, German-speaking Europe, Eastern Europe, Imperial Russia, the USSR, and post-Soviet Russia. Students are encouraged to pursue dissertations that cross themes and geographical foci. They work closely with our faculty, including: Professor Tehila Sasson, whose research includes Britain and the world, decolonization, international history, human rights, and the history of capitalism; Professor Kathryn E. Amdur, who works on modern European social and political history, especially the history of labor movements in twentieth-century France; Professor Judith A. Miller, whose expertise is in French history (ca. 1600-1850), in particular the French Revolution, and who teaches courses on the Atlantic and global economies of those periods; Professor Brian Vick, who teaches, researches, and supervises work on political, international, and intellectual-cultural history of German-speaking Central Europe in the long nineteenth century; Professor Astrid M. Eckert, who teaches modern German history and publishes on German contemporary history, environmental history, and borderlands; Professor Ellie Schainker, whose research includes modern Jewish and Russian history, conversion studies, and religion and empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and Professor Matthew J. Payne, who studies Russian and Soviet history with a focus on Central Asia and Russian/Soviet colonization of Kazakhstan.
We work closely, too, with our department’s early modernists, who specialize in the history of medicine, gender history, and the history of migration in Renaissance Italy (Professor Sharon Strocchia) and the German-speaking world (Professor James V. H. Melton).
Our students in Modern European History have opportunities to work with other faculty around the campus, most especially our associated faculty members, who teach courses in our department and who can supervise doctoral work: Professor Elizabeth Goodstein (Professor of English and the Liberal Arts); Professor Kevin C. Karnes (Winship Professor of Music History); and Professor Deborah Lipstadt (Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies).
The Modern European program also counts on the support of other faculty on campus such as Professor Sander L. Gilman (Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry).
Recent Graduate Students
|Graduation Year||PhD Recipient||Dissertation Title|
|2018||Claudia Kreklau||"'Eat as the King Eats': Making the Middle Class through Food, Foodways, and Food
Discourses in Nineteenth-Century Germany"
|2015||Sean Andrew Wempe||"Lost at Locarno? Colonial Germans and the Redefinition of 'Imperial' Germany, 1919-1933"|
|2014||John Dunn||"One-Hundred Million No Longer: Learning to Be French in the Era of Decolonization, 1944-1992"|
|2013||Rhiannon Evangelista||"From Dictatorship to Democracy? Giuseppe Bottai and the Legacy of Fascism in Italy, 1945-1960"|
|2013||Dana Drew Irwin||"Revolutionary Histrionics: Violence and the Creation of Bourgeois Masculinity in Post-Napoleonic France"|
|2013||Mauro Pasqualini||"The Adventures of the Unconscious: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Italy, 1920-1940s"|
|2012||Elizabeth Stice||"Empire Between the Lines: Constructions of Empire in British and French Trench Newspapers of the Great War"|
|2011||Adam Rosenbaum||"Timeless, Modern, and German? The Re-Mapping of Bavaria through the Marketing of Tourism, 1800-1939"|
|2009||Jayme A. Feagin||"Sentimental Tools: Literary Narrative, Female Bodies and Medical Identities in France, 1795-1850"|
|2009||Scott Gavorsky||"Ceding to the Circumstances: State Institutions, Civil Society, and Running to Schools at Maine-et-Loire, 1815-1875"|
|2008||Chad R. Fulwider||"The Kaiser's Most Loyal Subjects? The German View of America and German Americans during World War I"|
|2007||Daniel Krebs||"Approaching the Enemy: German Captives in the American War of Independence, 1776-1783"|
|2007||Natalia Starostina||"Engineering the Empire of Images: The Representations of Railways in Interwar France"|
|2006||Kevin Bradley||"The Development of the London Underground, 1840-1933: The Transformation of the London Metropolis and the Role of Laissez-Faire in Urban Growth"|
|2006||Jonathyne Briggs||"Anarchie en France: Hypermodernity and French Popular Music, 1958-1981"|
|2004||Jennifer Sartori||"Our Religious Future: Girls¿ Education and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth Century France"|
|2003||Paul Menair||"Savages in the City: British Bohemia and the Ideal of Artistic Squalor, 1840-1870"|
|2002||Allison Belzer||"Femininity Under Fire: Women in Italy During the First World War"|
|2001||Alexander Auerbach||"In the Courts and Alleys: Enforcement of the Laws on Children¿s Education and Labor in London, 1870-1914"|
|2001||Kristian Blaich||"Creating the Socialist University: Academic Culture and GDR Politics at Greifswald University, 1945-1961"|
|2000||Theresa Ast||"Confronting the Holocaust: American Soldiers Who Liberated the Concentration Camps"|
|2000||Michael Bennighof||"Echoes of Radetsky: Institution Memory and the Austrian Campaign in Italy, 1866"|
|2000||Yael Fletcher||"City, Nation and Empire in Marseilles, 1919- 1939"|
|2000||Rebecca Wendelken||"Red Metal on the Steppes: The Spassky Copper Mines Ltd., 1904-1919"|
|2000||Jennifer Wynot||"Keeping the Faith: Russian Orthodox Monasticism in the Soviet Union, 1917-1939"|