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 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
2022 Anastasiia Strakhova “Selective Emigration: Border Control and the Jewish Escape in Late Imperial Russia, 1881-1914”
2020 Julia López Fuentes "Thinking Europe, Thinking Democracy: The Struggle for European Democracy in Spain, 1949-1986"
2020 Rebekah A. Ramsay "Kindling the Hearths of Culture: Kazakh Citizenship and Cultural Revolution on the Soviet Frontier, 1917-1937"
2019 Stefanie Marie Woodard "The Latecomers: Ethnic German Resettlers and Their Integration into West Germany, 1970-1990"
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"