Reviving and Reimagining the Center for World History 2017-18

    The World History Research Cluster aims to revive and re-envision an inactive research center at UC Santa Cruz. We will focus on new research in, and theoretical discussions of, world and transnational history. Of particular interest is discussing sub-themes, approaches, or world regions that best serve the research interests of our scholarly community, including but not limited to: global environmental history; oceanic regions, such as the Atlantic World; comparative gender history; and global indigenous histories. Towards this end the Cluster will sponsor a speaker series, a reading group, and a conference.

    Principal Investigators:
    Greg O’Malley, Associate Professor of History
    Maya Peterson, Assistant Professor of History
    Marc Matera, Associate Professor of History

    Faculty and Graduate Student Participants

    Ben Breen, Assistant Professor, History
    Melissa A. Brzycki, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    Bristol Cave-LaCoste, 3rd year Graduate Student, History
    Alan Christy, Associate Professor, History
    Xiaofei Gao, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    Kiran Garcha, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    Kyuhyun Han, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
    Amy Hart, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
    Alma Heckman, Assistant Professor, History
    Gail Hershatter, Professor, History
    Daniel Joesten, 3rd year Graduate Student, History
    Marc Emile Johnston, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
    Rita Jones, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    Taylor Kirsch, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    John Klein, 3rd year Graduate Student, History
    Lauren Kwiatkowski, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
    Muiris MacGiollabhui, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    Priscilla Martinez, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    Wilson Miu, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
    J. Cameron Monroe, Associate Professor, Anthropology
    Ben Pietrenka, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    S. Ravi Rajan, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
    Martin Rizzo, History Ph.D., 2016
    Juned Shaikh, Assistant Professor, History
    Jaclyn Schultz, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    Noel Smyth, Lecturer, Writing Program/College Ten
    Andrei Tcacenco, Ph.D. Candidate, History
    Megan Thomas, Associate Professor, Politics
    Nicole VanderMeer, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
    Lynn Westerkamp, Professor, History
    Samantha Williams, 2nd year Graduate Student, History


    May 8, 2017: Brett Rushforth: “‘Daily Trafficke with the Frenchmen’: Merchant Colonialism and African Sovereignty in the Sixteenth-Century Atlantic”

    March 9, 2017: Zachary Lockman: “Adventures in Field-Building: On the History of Area Studies/Middle East Studies in the United States”

    February 23, 2017: Ruth Mostern: “Loess is More: A Spatial and Ecological History of Erosion on Imperial China’s Northwest Frontier”

    November 17, 2017: Marc Matera: “The Global 1930s: The International Decade”


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