Heads up! AW Graduate Assistantship deadline is 15 January 2013!

The Department of History at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) invites applications for its Master of Arts in the History of the Atlantic World. (2013 due date: April 1)

Aimed at talented and qualified students from around the world, the Atlantic World concentration of the History M.A. offers training in a variety of related fields across a range of temporal specializations, with interdisciplinary options also available. The program qualifies its graduates to pursue Ph.D.s in the Atlantic World, and potentially in numerous sub-fields, such as European, American, Caribbean, African, and Latin American history, International Relations, and African & African American Studies.  The Atlantic World history concentration at ECU also provides training in academic and practical skills tailored to meet the needs of teachers, public servants, and business leaders operating in a trans-Atlantic and global environment.

The Atlantic World program at ECU is unique because it operates in tandem with thriving programs in Maritime Studies (including Conservation) and Public History.  The curriculum includes a selection of courses in the historiography of the Atlantic World, as well as European, American, Caribbean, African, African American, and Latin American history. The distinguished faculty team also trains students in sub-fields such as the history of gender, the history of race and slavery, the history of Diaspora, the history of political and economic thought, the history of religion, social history, and intellectual and cultural history.

Proximity to North Carolina’s “Research Triangle” and reputable Atlantic World and other History PhD programs in the Southeast facilitates research and other collaborations with a wide network of scholars and seminars in the field.

Admission is competitive and depends on the quality and merit of the candidates.  Most candidates will have studied the humanities or social sciences at the undergraduate or graduate level, but other fields of specialization are also welcome and all applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Last year a total of 29 students in the Department received M.A. teaching and research assistantship stipends. N.B. The application deadline for Assistantships is January 15, 2013.

Application forms and further information are available here. East Carolina University is a member of the University of North Carolina system.  East Carolina University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university, which accommodates the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Prof. Jeremy Popkin to lecture on Nov. 14th

The Atlantic World History Program at East Carolina University is pleased to present Professor Jeremy Popkin of the University of Kentucky (and currently a Fellow of the National Humanities Center) who will deliver a lecture entitled “Victims, Memoirs, and Readers: The Haitian Revolution and the Holocaust” on Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 5pm in Brewster B104.  Please see the flyer below for more information.


Prof. Laurent Dubois to lecture on the banjo’s roots

The Atlantic World History program at East Carolina University is proud to present Professor Laurent Dubois of Duke University, who will deliver a public lecture entitled “The Banjo: Roots and Routes” on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 5pm, in Brewster B-102. Dr Laurent Dubois is the Marcello Lotti Professor of History and Romance Studies at Duke University. He is a world-renowned expert on the Haitian Revolution, the French Empire, and the Enlightenment in a global perspective. His most recent manuscript, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, (featured in the New York Times Review of Books) studies independent Haiti and focuses on the historical roots of contemporary society. Professor Dubois is also the co-founder of the Haiti Lab at Duke University. Read more


Kennetta Perry Fellowship

The Atlantic World History program is pleased to announce that our very own Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry was awarded a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to support the completion of her book project tentatively titled London is the Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging. The project is an extension of her dissertation work on trans-Atlantic Caribbean migration, race and citizenship in postwar Britain. Dr. Perry will spend the fellowship year researching and revising her manuscript in affiliation with the Institute of Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more details on Dr. Perry’s project click here.

New Atlantic World Faculty: Julia Gaffield

The Atlantic World History program is pleased to welcome Julia Gaffield,  a recent graduate of the Department of History at Duke University. Dr Gaffield will be teaching the Atlantic World History Capstone Seminar while Dr Kennetta Perry takes up a prestigious ACLS fellowship. Dr Gaffield’s dissertation studies the early independence period in Haiti and seeks to understand the diverse relationships that state leaders in Haiti held with the international community. In April 2010 she received international media attention for her archival discovery of the only known extant government-issued copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence. This document is part of a larger story of international communication and negotiation in the early years of Haiti’s independence. Read more

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