Junior and Senior Elective

This course explores the global history of women through a critical examination of gender over time: its interaction with world-historical systems, institutions, and events, and its intersection with the evolution of ideas around race, ethnicity, nationality, and class. Students will investigate these questions using approaches central to current scholarship in world history and the history of women: an emphasis on comparative issues rather than civilizations in isolation; a focus on contacts across different societies; and attention to ‘globalizing’ forces, such as technology diffusion, trade, migration, or empire. Students will read historical texts alongside modern theorists, thinking connectively about how (and why) histories of women and gender continue to shape our lived experiences today.