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Michael Tsin

August 7, 2017

Michael Tsin

460 Hamilton Hall
tsin@email.unc.edu



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 Wood Sweet

August 7, 2017

John Wood Sweet

521 Hamilton Hall
sweet@unc.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


Research Interests:

John Sweet is an historian of Early America and the former director of UNC’s interdisciplinary Program in Sexuality Studies. He specializes in the social and cultural histories of race, gender, and sexuality during the periods before and after the American Revolution.

Graduate Students:

Courses Offered:

  • HIST 070—Seeing History in Everyday Places
  • HIST 236—Sex and American History
  • HIST 278—The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • HIST 395—Sex and the Law
  • HIST 561—The Colonial Experience in North America
  • HIST 566—The History of Sexuality in America

Notable Publications:

Digital History

  • Chapel Hill 1930, project director, October 2020. Geo-located dataset of household enumerations from the 1930 Federal Census for Chapel Hill, District 6 (township), with other geo-referenced boundaries.
  • 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

    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

    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)

    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

    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)

    Morgan Pitelka

    August 7, 2017

    Morgan Pitelka

    New West 121
    mpitelka@unc.edu
    (919) 843-5561
    Department of Asian Studies Profile


    Research Interests:

    I am a specialist in the history of late medieval and early modern Japan, with a focus on the samurai, tea culture, ceramics, cities, and material culture.

    Graduate Students:

  • Megan McClory
  • Morgan Wilson (Co-Advised with Susan Dabney Pennybacker)
  • Courses Offered:

    • ASIA 63: First-Year Seminar: Japanese Tea Culture
    • JAPN 231: Ancient and Medieval Japanese History and Culture
    • JAPN 246: Early Modern Japanese History and Culture
    • JAPN 363: Samurai, Monks, and Pirates: History and Historiography of Japan’s Long Sixteenth Century
    • JAPN 451: Swords, Tea Bowls, and Woodblock Prints: Exploring Japanese Material Culture
    • HIST 890: Material Culture and Material histories

    Notable Publications:

    • Reading Medieval Ruins: Urban Life and Destruction in Sixteenth-Century Japan. Cambridge University Press, 2021.
    • Letters from Japan’s Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: The Correspondence of Warlords, Tea, Masters, Zen Priests, and Aristocrats, with Reiko Tanimura and Masuda Takashi. University of California, Berkeley, IEAS Publications, 2021.
    • Spectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press, 2016. Winner, 2016 Book Prize, Southeastern Conference of the Association of Asian Studies.
    • Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periods: The Arts of Reinvention. Co-edited with Alice Tseng. New York: Routledge, 2016.
    • What’s the Use of Art? Asian Visual and Material Culture in Context. Co-edited with Jan Mrazek. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.
    • Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press, 2005.
    • Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. Editor. London and New York: Routledge, 2003; paperback edition, 2007.