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Michael Tsin

August 7, 2017

Michael Tsin

460 Hamilton Hall
tsin@email.unc.edu
919-962-5554


Research Interests:

Michael Tsin’s current research focuses on exploring the social processes of identity formation through the prism of late nineteenth and twentieth century China. The project is part of his ongoing interest in the historical processes through which ideas and practices were translated into established norms and values, disseminated through the social body, transplanted across different times and places, and contested and challenged by the populace. At a broader level, he is curious to learn more about how the forces of global capitalism, whether through the instrument of formal colonial possessions in the last century or through the mechanisms of transnational institutions in the twenty-first century, manage to continually make and unmake the world in its different forms.

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 133—Introduction to Chinese History
  • HIST 292—Unity and Difference in Twentieth-century China
  • GLBL 390—Colonization, Migration, and National Identity
  • HIST 398—Mao Zedong and the Chinese Cultural Revolution
  • HIST 890—Colonial Encounters

Notable Publications:

  • Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World From 1000 CE to the Present, 4th edition (Norton, 2014), in collaboration with Robert Tignor et al.
  • “Overlapping Histories: Writing Prison and Penal Practices in Late Imperial and Early Republican China,” Journal of World History, 20:1 (March 2009), 69–97
  • “Rethinking ‘State and Society’ in Late Qing and Republican China,” in Jens Damm and Mechthild Leutner, eds., China Networks, Berliner China-Hefte/Chinese History and Society, 35 (LIT [Münster], 2009), 20–32
  • Nation, Governance, and Modernity in China: Canton, 1900–1927, paperback edition (Stanford, 2002)

Eren Tasar

August 7, 2017

Eren Tasar

464 Hamilton Hall
etasar@email.unc.edu
N/A


Research Interests:

Religion and Politics, Central Asia, Soviet Union

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 140-The World since 1945
  • HIST 163—Modern Central Asia
  • HIST 484—Islam in Russia
  • HIST 511–9/11 in World History
  • HIST 890—Readings in Modern Central Asian History

Notable Publications:

  • Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017

My other publications are available on academia.edu.

John W. Sweet

August 7, 2017

John W. Sweet

521 Hamilton Hall
sweet@unc.edu



Research Interests:

Within the general field of Early American history, John Sweet’s research focuses on the dynamics of colonialism and on the interplay of religious cultures. His first book explored the encounters of Indians, Africans, and Europeans in New England and argued that the racial legacy of colonialism shaped the emergence of the American North as well as the South. He has also worked with other historians and literary scholars on the Jamestown colony and its broader cultural and international contexts. His current project is The Captive’s Tale: Venture Smith and the Roots of the American Republic.

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 395—Sex and the Law
  • HIST 566—Sexuality in America

Notable Publications:

  • Biography and the Black Atlantic, co-edited with Lisa A. Lindsay (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
  • Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, 1730–1830 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)

William Sturkey

August 7, 2017

William Sturkey

552 Hamilton Hall
wsturkey@live.unc.edu
919-962-1109


Research Interests:

William Sturkey is an historian of the post-1865 United States who specializes in the history of race in the American South. Most of his research centers the experiences of working-class racial minorities. He teaches courses on Modern American History, Southern History, the Civil Rights Movement, and the History of America in the 1960s. His first book, To Write in the Light of Freedom, is a co-edited collection of newspapers, essays, and poems produced by African American Freedom School students during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. His second book, Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White, is a biracial history of Southern Jim Crow that was published by Harvard University Press in March of 2019. Dr. Sturkey is currently working on a biography of the legendary Vietnam War hero Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez.

Dr. Sturkey works with graduate students in all fields of Modern United States History. He is currently advising the talented Jennifer Standish and Laura Woods. Dr. Sturkey also serves on the Faculty Advisory Board of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South and has previously served on faculty advisory committees for the Athletic Department, UNC Program in the Humanities, and Honor System. Dr. Sturkey is also an engaged public scholar who regularly delivers public lectures, appears in local and national media, and works with K-12 teachers.

Dr. Sturkey has been widely recognized for his service and scholarship. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he was named one of two faculty recipients of the university-wide UNC Diversity and Inclusion Award for “significant contribution, time and effort of Carolina community members towards advancing an inclusive climate for excellence in teaching, research, public service and academic endeavor.” In 2020, he was awarded the UNC Hettleman Prize for outstanding early career achievement.

Professor Sturkey is not currently accepting any new graduate student advisees.

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • History 89: First Year Seminar: Go Tell It On the Mountain: Black Life in the Fifties
  • History 128: American History since 1865
  • History 382: The History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • History 384: America in the 1960s
  • History 395: Race & Memory at UNC, Autumn 2019
  • History 398: History Research Seminar, “The American Icon” & “My Hometown”
  • History 671: Introduction to Public History, Spring 2021
  • History 728: Graduate Colloquium in U.S. History since 1900
  • History 870: Readings in African American History, Autumn 2019

Notable Publications:

  • Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019). [Purchase Online]
  • “Race and Reconciliation on the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad,” Southern Cultures, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Winter 2018): 87-104
  • Co-editor with Jon Hale, To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2015). [Purchase Online]
  • “‘Crafts of Freedom:’ The Poor People’s Corporation and Working-Class African American Women’s Activism for Black Power,” The Journal of Mississippi History, Vol. LXXIV, No. 1 (Spring 2012): 25–60
  • “‘I Want to Become Part of History:’ Freedom Summer, Freedom Schools, and the Freedom News,” The Journal of African American History, Vol. 95, No. 3 & 4 (Summer/Fall 2010): 348–368, Special Issue on “Black Print Culture”

Jay M. Smith

August 7, 2017

Jay M. Smith

564 Hamilton Hall
jaysmith@email.unc.edu
919-962-3949
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests:

Jay M. Smith is a specialist of early-modern France, especially in the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Most of his work traces the negotiation of change over time, and he often uses the history of language to gain access to processes of change. Smith has written about the development of royal absolutism, the emergence of patriotic habits of thought under the old regime, the origins of the French Revolution, the history of the nobility, and the fascinating legend surrounding the beast of the Gévaudan. He also wrote, with Mary Willingham, an exposé of the UNC athletic-academic scandal. He is now working on a comparative study of the emergent concept of political accountability in the eighteenth-century North Atlantic.

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 84— (First Year Seminar)–Monsters, Murder and Mayhem in Microhistorical Analysis
  • HIST 309—Old Regime France, 1661-1787
  • HIST 310—The French Revolution
  • HIST 383— Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956-Present
  • HIST 516—Historical Time
  • HIST 711—Introductory Colloquium on Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 765—Problems in the History of the French Revolution

Notable Publications:

  • The French Revolution. A Quick Immersion (Tibidabo Publishing, 2020) (Potomac Books, 2015)
  • Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports (Potomac Books, 2015)
  • Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast (Harvard University Press: 2011)
  • The French Nobility in the Eighteenth Century: Reassessments and New Approaches (Penn State University Press, 2006)
  • Nobility Reimagined: The Patriotic Nation in Eighteenth-Century France (Cornell University Press, 2005)
  • The Culture of Merit: Nobility, Royal Service, and the Making of Absolute Monarchy in France, 1600–1789 (University of Michigan Press, 1996)

Sarah D. Shields

August 7, 2017

Sarah D. Shields

467 Hamilton Hall
sshields@email.unc.edu
919-962-8078
Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


Research Interests:

Sarah Shields’s book, Fezzes in the River: Identity Politics and European Diplomacy in the Middle East on the Eve of World War II (Oxford University Press, 2011), is a social and diplomatic history of the contest between France and Turkey over the Sanjak of Alexandretta (1936–1940), an important coastal province. The book explores the development of Turkish nationalism and diplomacy in the early decades of the new republic, and analyzes French policy (and perfidy) as Paris struggled to balance her commitment to the League of Nations, promises to her Damascus protégés, and the need to protect her interests in the eastern Mediterranean as anxiety about war escalated. Her previous book, Mosul before Iraq: Like Bees Making Five-Sided Cells (State University Press of New York, 2000), analyzes the economy and society of nineteenth-century Mosul and the region surrounding it. She is currently researching the long-term impact of the League of Nations on the Middle East.

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 62—First Year Seminar: Nations, Borders, and Identities
  • HIST 138—Introduction to Islamic Civilization
  • HIST 139—Later Islamic Civilization
  • HIST 176H—A Century of Protest in the Middle East
  • HIST 273-Water in the Middle East
  • HIST 275—History of Iraq
  • HIST 276—The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 277—The Conflict Over Israel/Palestine
  • HIST 536—Revolution in the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 537—Women in the Middle East
  • HIST 538—The Middle East and the West

Notable Publications:

  • “Manufacturing Collective Identities: Contesting Territories in the Interwar Middle East: Antioch,” in Fatma Müge Göçek, ed. Contested Spaces in Contemporary Turkey: Politics of the Urban, Secular, Legal and Environmental (IB. Tauris, 2017)
  • “Teaching the Introductory Middle East History Survey Course,” Review of Middle East Studies 51 (2017), 35-39
  • “Forced Migration as Nation-Building: The League of Nations, Minority Protection, and the Greek-Turkish Population Exchange,” Journal of the History of International Law 18 (2016), 120-145
  • “The Greek-Turkish Population Exchange: Internationally Administered Ethnic Cleansing,” Middle East Report 279 (2013)
  • Fezzes in the River: Identity Politics and European Diplomacy in the Middle East on the Eve of World War II (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Mosul before Iraq (State University of New York Press, 2000) Translated into Arabic, 2008
  • “Mosul, the Ottoman Legacy, and the League of Nations,” International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 3 (2009): 217–230
  • “Mosul Questions: Economy, Identity and Annexation,” in Reeva Simon, ed, The Making of Modern Iraq (Columbia University Press, 2004)
  • Turkey (National Geographic Countries of the World, 2009)

Daniel J. Sherman

August 7, 2017

Daniel J. Sherman

109 Hanes Art Center
dsherman@email.unc.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests:

Daniel Sherman’s research interest encompass the history of museums, monuments and commemorative practices in modern Europe and the United States, and the broad history of modernism in the visual arts in France. His current research explores the connections between archaeology, empire, and the media in France in the first half of the twentieth century.

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 468: Art, Politics, and Society in France, 1850-1914
  • HIST 514: Monuments and Memory

Notable Publications:

  • Worthy Monuments: Art Museums and the Politics of Culture in 19th Century France (Harvard University Press, 1989)
  • Museum Culture: Histories, Discourses, Spectacles (co-edited; University of Minnesota Press, 1994)
  • The Construction of Memory in Interwar France (University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • Museums and Difference (edited; Indiana University Press, 2008)
  • French Primitivism and the Ends of Empire, 1945-75 (University of Chicago Press, 2011)

Iqbal Singh Sevea

August 7, 2017

Iqbal Singh Sevea

474 Hamilton Hall
isevea@email.unc.edu



Research Interests:

Iqbal Singh Sevea is interested in the socio-cultural, political and intellectual histories of modern South Asia. His new book, The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2012), uses the controversial South Asian Muslim intellectual, Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938), as a foil to a broader analysis of the engagement between Muslim intellectuals and western socio-political thought. Instead of assuming a fixed Islamic political tradition, the book explores contesting interpretations of Islam, which emerged in South Asia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries often through deep entanglement with western political thought from Nietzsche to Marx.

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 136—History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: South Asia since 1750
  • HIST 292—South Asia Since Independence: Society, Religion and Politics
  • HIST 292—Sex, Violence and Religion: Revolutionary Thought in Modern South Asia
  • HIST 393—Islam in Modern and Contemporary South Asia

Notable Publications:

  • “‘Kharaak Kita Oi!’: Masculinity, Caste and Gender in Pakistani Punjabi Films,” BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies (2014)
  • The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • “Schooling the Muslim Nation: Muhammad Iqbal and Debates over Muslim Education in Colonial India,” South Asia Research, 31.1 (February 2011), 69–86
  • “The Ahmadiyya Print Jihad in South and Southeast Asia” in Islamic Connections: Muslim Societies in South and Southeast Asia, eds. M. Feener and T. Sevea (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009), 134–148

Donald M. Reid

August 7, 2017

Donald M. Reid

554 Hamilton Hall
dreid1@email.unc.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests:

Donald Reid is an historian of modern France. He is a labor historian, but works on the “long 1968” as an intellectual, social and political phenomenon and on the history of collective memory in modern France as well.

Graduate Students:

  • Quinn Shepherd
  • Courses Offered:

    • HIST 89.002—Watching TV to Understand History
    • HIST 140—The World Since 1945
    • HIST 256—France Since 1940
    • HIST 291 Literature and History
    • HIST 398—Undergraduate Seminar in History: A Change is Gonna Come: Ideologies and Practices of Liberation in the 1968 Years
    • HIST 776—Modern France
    • HIST 905—Dissertation Design

    Notable Publications:

  • Opening the Gates: The Lip Affair, 1968-1981 (London: Verso Books, 2018).Translated with additions as L’Affaire Lip, 1968-1981 trans. Hélène Chuquet. Preface by Patrick Fridenson (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2020)
  • “Un Village français: Imagining Lives in Occupied France,” French Cultural Studies 30:3 (August 2019): 220-231.
  • “Le grand récit des établis (et ses multiples entrées),” Les Temps modernes 684-685 (July-October 2015): 34-53.
  • Didier Daeninckx: Raconteur of History,” South Central Review 27:1-2 (Spring-Summer 2010): 39-60.
  • Germaine Tillion, Lucie Aubrac, and the Politics of Memories of the French Resistance (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007); paperback with additions (2008).
  • Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Realities and Representations (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991). Translated as Égouts et égoutiers de Paris: Réalités et représentations trans. Hélène Chuquet. Preface by Michelle Perrot (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014).
  • The Miners of Decazeville: A Genealogy of Deindustrialization (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985). Translated as Les Mineurs de Decazeville: Historique de la désindustrialisation trans. Robert Laumon and Michel Delagnes (Decazeville: A.S.P.I.B.D., 2009
  • Cynthia Radding

    August 7, 2017

    Cynthia Radding

    513 Hamilton Hall
    radding@email.unc.edu
    919-962-5057
    Curriculum Vitae
    Personal Website


    Research Interests:

    Cynthia Radding’s research interests in Latin American colonial history focus on the intersections between environmental and ethnographic history. Her current work exemplifies methods for comparative history, across North and South America and within the broad borderlands region of northern Mexico and southwestern U.S. Her scholarship is rooted in the imperial borderlands of the Spanish and Portuguese American empires, emphasizing the role of indigenous peoples and other colonized groups in shaping those borderlands and transforming their landscapes. Her current project, “Bountiful Deserts, Imperial Shadows,” explores the ecological transition between wild and cultivated plants, the cultural intersections of sedentary and nomadic peoples, and the production of knowledge in northern Mexico.

    Graduate Students:

    Courses Offered:

    • HIST 240—Introduction to History of Mexico: A Nation in Four Revolutions
    • HIST 529—Mexico, 1750–1870: Citizenship and Conflict in a New Nation
    • HIST 393—Senior Seminar in Environmental History
    • HIST 713—Space, Territoriality, and the Creation of Regions in Colonial Ibero-America.
    • HIST 820—Ethnohistory as a Transdisciplinary Field
    • LTAM 697—Senior Research Capstone Seminar

    Notable Publications:

    • Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914, co-edited with Paul Readman and Chad Bryant, London and New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014
    • “The Children of Mayahuel: Agaves, Human Cultures, and Desert Landscapes in Northern Mexico,” Environmental History 17 (January 2012): 84-115
    • Landscapes of Power and Identity. Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia from Colony to Republic (Duke University Press, 2005)