HIS 341 Crime and Punishment in U.S. History
An examination of the changing philosophies and practices of crime and punishment from the Enlightenment to modern times.
Look through an exceptionally global lens and use a variety of methods to explore your interests. As a history major, you might make a short film, write historical fiction, create a museum exhibit or collect oral histories from immigrants. Faculty have expertise in China, Japan, India, Germany, Italy, Russia, the Andes, Pan-Africa and the American West, South and New England. In your junior and senior years, you take small seminars in your area of specialization, exploring important historical texts and issues with other students and professors. The writing, speaking, thinking and research skills you gain as a history major will give you a strong foundation for a variety of pursuits. Some graduates move into high-tech companies, advertising firms and media companies. Others pursue advanced studies in history and other fields or go into teaching, law or business.
You have many opportunities to pursue your own research interests. Our challenging program and creative environment has inspired work as diverse as a cultural history of the Outer Banks at the time of the Wright brothers' first flight and a thesis on the theories and practices of non-racialism in South Africa.
We encourage you to travel to do primary research for your studies. Our students have recently done work in India, Cairo, Rome, Tokyo and Berlin. Faculty have led trips to the Mexican border to study immigration and to key locations of the civil rights movement.
David A. Canton, associate professor of history, was appointed Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion in June 2015, after serving as a Co-Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion in April and May 2015.
Sheetal Chhabria is a historian of South Asia with interests in the problems of inequality in social and cultural life. Her research focuses on the intensification and alleviation of urban poverty in cities like Bombay and Karachi through the long 19th century, seeking to embed South Asia’s urban “slum” problem within the global urban housing and labor crisis at the turn of the century.
Ann Marie Davis is associated also with the East Asian Languages and Cultures program. She teaches the following courses: An Introduction to Japanese Civilization, Human Trafficking: Prostitution and Sex-Slavery in Northeast Asia, Western Europe and the U.S. Since 1850, Expansion and Empire in East Asia and the History of Gender and Sexuality in Japan, 1850s-1980s.
Jim Downs is currently an Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellow at Harvard University, where he is gaining training in medical anthropology. While at Harvard, Downs will also be a fellow at The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History. Downs is a historian of the United States. His research examines the history of race and medicine in the 19th century. He recently published Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2012), which tells the largely unknown story of how many former slaves died at the moment of freedom.
An historian of early modern Germany (1500-1800), Marc Forster's last fifteen years of research has focused on the development of Catholic identity, primarily in southern and western Germany.
Leo Garofalo teaches a first-year seminar: Castro, Che Guevara and Fifty Years of the Cuban Revolution, Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean History, Modern Latin American History: Nation and the Poverty of Progress, Rebellion and Revolutions in Latin America: Tupac Amaru to Subcomandante Marcos, History of Gender in Mexico and the Andes, Migration and Immigration in Latin America, and "Race" in Colonial Latin America.
Eileen Kane is a historian of modern Russia and Eurasia interested in comparative and global approaches to history. Her research and teaching focus on modern Russia, and she always seeks to consider Russia within broader histories of Europe, Eurasia and the world. Her interests include empires, migrations, religion and historical connections between the Russian and Ottoman empires.
Bryan Knapp works on the compromises and conflicts between states, corporations, communities and individuals within the politics of survival.
Jen's book, Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) shows the connections between the establishment of democracy, the abolition of slavery, and the expansion of the penal state and the implications for racialized and gendered ideologies of freedom, resistance, and dependency.
Fred Paxton sees himself as both a humanist and a social scientist. He regularly teaches courses on European history from 200 A.D. to the present, early Islamic history from Muhammad to the Mongols, and History 101, "Big History: From the Big Bang to the Future of the Cosmos." Recent advanced courses have included New Approaches to World History, The Middle Ages in Big Historical Perspective: Northwestern Eureope and the American Southwest, 400-1400 A.D. and The Carolingian Age in Europe.
Sarah Queen's primary research examines China's philosophical and religious foundations as it was expressed in early texts written by practitioners of the Confucian and Daoist traditions. Her research focuses on the ways in which these two traditions shaped early ethical and spiritual norms, conceptions of the body, state, and cosmos as well as Confucian and Daoist self-cultivation as distinctive forms of religious experience.
Cathy Stock is the author of Rural Radicals: Righteous Indignation in the American Grain (Penguin, 1997). She is also the author of Main Street Crisis: The Great Depression and the Old Middle Class on the Northern Plains, plus the introduction to Dakota Territory, 1861-1889: A Study of Frontier Politics, by Howard Roberts Lamar.
Lisa Wilson focuses her present research on North America and the Caribbean. She has recently begun a project comparing the experiences of seventeenth-century women in Barbados, Bermuda, Virginia and New England. She has published on topics such as widowhood, manhood, and stepfamilies in Early America.
A: When I visited, I knew instantly that this was the school for me. I was drawn to the small classes that create spaces for intellectual engagement and I love how involved the student body is in activism.
A: I have always been interested in it. After my first history class, "Introduction to European History" with Professor Mullane, I knew that I was going to be a history major.
A: My concentration was colonial history with a focus on the Atlantic world. I was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and also was awarded a CONNSharp grant that allowed me to do research in the Barbados with Professor Wilson. This was the foundation for my thesis, "The Creation of a Brotherhood in Early British America."
A: I am attending the Ph.D. program in history at the University of Michigan.