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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." 

(L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between, 1953)

Note: The JFKI department of history is committed to the standard principles of DEIB: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Diversity is having a seat at the table.
Equity is giving everyone what they need to have access to the table.
Inclusion is having a voice.
Belonging is having your voice heard.

All course participants are expected to imbibe these principles by treating other course participants--including the instructors, possible guests, other students and student assistants--, with courtesy and respect. Comments should be factual, constructive, and free from harassment. Students are encouraged to disagree with other students, but disagreements must be constructive, based on facts, documentation and/or experiences rather than prejudices and personalities. All members will promote an atmosphere of mutual respect. At the beginning of classes, students can elect a student representative to voice comments and concerns. Please contact the student representative or the instructor if you have suggestions for improving the classroom environment. Students may also email their respective instructor directly. All instructors in the department aim to create a course using DEIB. If you require accommodations, please do let us know immediately. We are always happy to consider creative solutions that do not compromise the intent of the assessment or learning activities. We welcome feedback that will assist us in improving the usability and experience for all students.

North American Studies Course Catalog (Summer Semester 2021)


Orientation Module

The United States and other Empires, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 14:00-16:00

Readings in Atlantic History: Slavery and Race in North America and the Atlantic World, 1619-1865, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 12:00-14:00

Module B: History of North America since 1865

Between Cultures: Indigenous Men and Women in the U.S. Military in the 20th and 21st Century, Mattias Voigt, Tuesdays, 18:00-20:00

Music and Social Movements in the US, 1960-1990, Anna Rauscher, Mondays, 8:00-10:00



MA-Colloquium History, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 18:00-20:00

Module B: North American History to 1865

Race and Music, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Brandon Keith Brown, Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00 (B and C)

Making Public History: Slaves, Migrants, and Mass Migration in the Atlantic World, Sönke Kunkel, Birte Wege, Mondays, 14:00-16:00

Module C: North American History since 1865

Race and Music, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Brandon Keith Brown, Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00 (B and C)

20th Century U.S. History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Wednesdays, 8:00-10:00

American Ancestry: A Popular and Political History, After 1865, Adam Hjorthén, Mondays, 10:00-12:00

Human Rights and American Foreign Relations in the Twentieth Century, Bastiaan Bouwman, Mondays, 12:00-14:00


Advanced Disciplinary Theory and Methods in the Study of History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 17:00-18:30