History 490 Topics/Advisors

Each student will have a primary advisor who specializes in the student's research area. Below are faculty and their areas of specialty.

 

Professor Day: Chinese and Modern East Asian History

  • Social, cultural, and intellectual history of East Asia

  • The Chinese revolution

  • Late imperial Chinese history

  • History of gender in China

  • Colonialism, Thirdworldism, and post-colonialism

  • East Asian protest movements

  • The rural-urban divide in East Asia

  • History of anarchist and communist movements

 

Professor Fett: Early North American/U.S. History/Atlantic World

  • Slavery and abolition, U.S. South

  • African American history through 19th c.

  • Black Atlantic; transatlantic slave trade; Atlantic World (with emphasis on North America and British Caribbean)

  • Health and healing, U.S. race, gender, and medicine

  • Antebellum U.S. reform and radicalism; religious and social movements

  • Nineteenth century print culture

  • Women’s history, colonial through 19th c.

  • Civil War & Reconstruction

 

Professor Gasper: Modern Middle Eastern History

  • History of the Middle East and North Africa

  • History of Muslim societies and communities

  • Ottoman history

  • Islamic histories

  • Histories of the left in Muslim societies and communities

  • State and nation building in the Middle East and North Africa

  • The Cold War

  • U.S. involvement in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Colonialism and post-colonialism

  • Nationalisms and Islamist ideology

  • Islamic modernism

  • Anti-colonial movements

 

Professor Gelbart: Early Modern European History

  • France and early modern Europe

  • European women’s history

  • History of science

  • History of medicine, panics and plagues

  • History as depicted in film

 

Professor Hong: Modern U.S. History

  • U.S. immigration 

  • Global America, U.S. in the world

  • U.S.-Asia relations

  • Race relations

  • Civil rights movements 

  • Asian American history

 

Professor Horowitz:  Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern European History, as well as Modern and 21st Century History

  • Controvertial monuments and difficult art objects (includes Hecuba Sculpture at USC)

  • Re-assessing European global encounters

  • Feminism & human rights

  • History of ideas & images

  • History of museums and collecting

 

Professor Puerto: Modern Latin America and Its Diaspora

  • Cold War Mexico and Latin America

  • Indigeneity, science, and medicine

  • Eugenics in the Americas

  • Immigrant, refugee, and migrant health

  • Political ecologies of Mesoamerica

  • Latinx environmentalisms

 

Professor Sousa: Colonial and Modern Latin America

  • Colonial Latin America

  • Indigenous peoples in colonial and modern Mexico and the Andes

  • Latin American women’s history

  • African and Indian slavery in colonial Latin America

  • History of race in Latin America

  • Religion in Mexico (indigenous spirituality, Catholicism, Virgen of Guadalupe)

  • Conquest of Mexico

 

Professor Stone: Modern Europe (on leave 2022-2023)

  • Modern European history from the French Revolution to the present

  • Issues related to war, fascism, Nazism, and genocide

  • European cultural, intellectual, and social history

  • European revolutions and social movements

  • Italian history

  • History of film and the arts

  • The history of European social and political movements of both the left and the right