Spring Quarter, 2021


HIST 187D: Collecting Community History: Museums, Equity, and Power in the Age of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter. Prof. Tyree Boyd-Pates

This seminar will consider the origins of museums, their impacts on the contemporary landscape, and the ways that we can reckon, reconcile, and reimagine, the museum-making process in the 21st century as public historians. The survey will draw on relevant museum curatorial examples, in particular the Autry Museum’s Collecting Community History Initiative. Through assigned readings, discussion, analytical writing, and hands-on public history practice, students will engage with various approaches and tools. They will learn how to communicate historical and curatorial concepts to broad general audiences – physically and digitally. Taught by guest Professor Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator, Autry Museum of the American West.

HIST 191I. American Census: Politics, Race, and Numbers. Prof. Theodore Porter

This Capstone seminar focuses on the census, including the classification of race, ethnicity, and nationality. Students will have the opportunity to consider the relevance of census data to public history.

HIST 191L. Jewish History. Prof. David Meyers

This Capstone seminar  will explore how to bring historical knowledge and perspective to bear on contemporary questions in the form of policy papers. 

HIST 195CE: HistoryCorps Internship. Please see this page for more information.

HIST 199: Digital History Independent Study with In Search of LA (taught in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Consortium). Prof. Tawny Paul

In Search of LA is a digital hub for making histories and telling stories about Los Angeles neighborhoods, past and present. Through independent research projects, students will contribute to the development of a prototype website that will bring together resources and scholarship that facilitate placed-based research in Los Angeles. Students will learn about participatory digital storytelling and will explore how the process of analyzing sources and creating histories can be democratized through user-generated online content.  Depending on student interest, there will be opportunities to document neighborhood histories by identifying and interpreting resources, and to contribute to the design of a user-generated content platform. 

Winter Quarter, 2021

HIST 5: Holocaust History and Memory. Prof. Sarah Stein

HIST 135C: Europe and World: Imperialism and Postcolonialism, 1870 to Present. Prof. Minayo Nasiali

Public-facing final project.

HIST 148: Introduction to Public/Applied History. Prof. Tawny Paul

This course introduces students to core debates and theories of public history, as well as providing hands-on experience of creating public history. Through collaborative projects and engagement with visual and textual tools, students will learn how historical research is used to inform digital projects, public policy, museum exhibitions, historic commemoration, and popular media productions.

HIST 153: The History of the American West. Prof. Benjamin Madley

Considers the legacies of history in the present.

HIST 187: Citizenship at Grassroots: Migrant Publics and Political Power. Prof. Tobias Higbie

Students will develop information about sites and locations in Los Angeles related to labor and immigrant rights movements in the 1970s through 1990s. Student work will contribute to the wider project “Memory Work L.A.”

HIST 188: Careers in History. Prof Stefania Tutino

HIST 191J: Writing the Middle East. Prof. James Gelvin

Students spend the quarter writing and polishing an op-ed concerning some aspect of the “New Middle East.”

HIST 191D3: Plymouth Plantation. Prof. Carla Pestana

Considers how the myths and meanings of Plymouth have changed over time.

HIST 195CE: HistoryCorps Internship. Please see this page for more information.