The Ph.D. in History at Emory University

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The History Department offers a selective, mid-sized Ph.D. program that combines training in a number of geographic and chronological areas with a stress on cross- cutting comparative, thematic, and interdisciplinary study. We provide rigorous preparation in both historical scholarship and the teaching of history. And we do so within a supportive and collegial academic community--a setting in which students work with leading authorities and are encouraged to learn from one another.

Content of Our Program

Professor Miller Conducts a Graduate SeminarDoctoral candidates in History, working in close consultation with the faculty, use our flexible examination structure to shape their specific fields of inquiry, blending concentrations in particular times and places with interests that are more inter-regional and theoretical, and that connect history to other disciplines. The Department's intellectual reach is significantly amplified by strong connections, including joint faculty appointments with such other Emory Departments, Programs, and Schools as African American Studies, African Studies, Art History, the Candler School of Theology, Classics, the Graduate Division of Religion, the Institute of Liberal Arts (including American Studies), Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Law School, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Among the cross-cutting branches of study in which our faculty have strength and expertise are:

  • Nation and Empire, Colonial and Post-Colonial History

  • Race, Subalternity, and Difference (including differences of gender, ethnicity, and class)

  • Jewish History

  • Slavery, Migration, and Diaspora in Comparative Perspectives

  • Trans-National Histories (including Atlantic World)

  • Religious, Intellectual, and Cultural History

The geographic and chronological areas of faculty strength include: African History, Ancient History, Asian History, Early Modern and Modern European History, Jewish History, Colonial and Modern Latin American History, and the United States.

Support and Intellectual Community

Woodruff LibrarySelected from a pool of 150-200 applicants, the 8-10 students matriculating each year are fully funded with a stipend of at least $20,000, tuition scholarship, and a health insurance subsidy that covers 100% of the cost of Emory's student health insurance for five years, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. Professional Developlment Support funding from the Laney Graduate School for research, training, and conference attendance is also available. Of particular note are the funds available for research and travel early in a student's career that permit preparation for the dissertation prospectus and facilitate successful application for major external grants.

Besides the financial support they receive, Ph.D. candidates in History benefit from a lively intellectual community. Talks by visiting speakers, locally-based conferences, annual lectureships, and several ongoing colloquium series are all open to graduate students. Acting on their own, History graduate students have formed assorted reading groups and participate in the Graduate History Society. The latter organization serves as liaison between the graduate study body, the Department, and the University. It participates in our student recruitment weekend each spring and maintains an impressive ongoing website.