Reviving and Reimagining the Center for World History


About the Cluster

This research cluster aims to revive and re-envision the Center for World History at UC Santa Cruz. We will focus on new research in, and theoretical discussions of, world and transnational history. Of particular interest is discussing sub-themes, approaches, or world regions that best serve the research interests of our scholarly community, including but not limited to: global environmental history; oceanic regions, such as the Atlantic World; comparative gender history; and global indigenous histories. Towards this end the Cluster will sponsor a speaker series, a reading group, and a conference.

Principal Investigators

Greg O’Malley, Associate Professor of History
Maya Peterson, Assistant Professor of History
Marc Matera, Associate Professor of History
Ben Breen, Assistant Professor of History

Faculty and Graduate Student Participants

Alan Christy, Associate Professor, History
Camilo Gomez-Rivas, Assistant Professor, History
Alma Heckman, Assistant Professor, History
Gail Hershatter, Professor, History
J. Cameron Monroe, Associate Professor, Anthropology
S. Ravi Rajan, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Martin Rizzo, History Ph.D., 2016
Juned Shaikh, Assistant Professor, History
Noel Smyth, Lecturer, Writing Program/College Ten
Megan Thomas, Associate Professor, Politics
Lynn Westerkamp, Professor, History

Melissa A. Brzycki, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Bristol Cave-LaCoste, 3rd year Graduate Student, History
Xiaofei Gao, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Kiran Garcha, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Amy Hart, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
Daniel Joesten, 3rd year Graduate Student, History
Marc Emile Johnston, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
Taylor Kirsch, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Lauren Kwiatkowski, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
Muiris MacGiollabhui, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Priscilla Martinez, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Wilson Miu, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
Jaclyn Schultz, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Andrei Tcacenco, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Samantha Williams, 2nd year Graduate Student, History


May 9, 2019: Deirdre de la Cruz: “Psychic Surgery and Other Philippine Phenomena of the Global Occult”

April 24, 2019: Susanah Shaw Romney, “Unfree Intimacies: Gender and the Taking of Terraqueous Space at Batavia in the Seventeenth Century”

April 12, 2019: 2nd Annual Grad Student Conference: “Citizenship in Flux: Migration and Exclusion in World History, 1750-2019”

March 13, 2019: Kevin McDonald, “Babbo and the Breadfruit: Plants, Oceans, and Empires in the Age of Enlightenment”

November 14, 2018: Isa Blumi – “The Ottoman Refugee and Euro-American Colonial Terror: A Global Story” 

May 24, 2018: Mitch Aso – “Rubber and the Making of Vietnam”

May 16, 2018: UCSC Night at the Museum – “Global 1968: Race and Revolution Around the World

April 7, 2018: Intimate States: Family, Domestic Space, and the State

February 22, 2018: Titas Chakraborty – “Controlling ‘Quarrelsome Workers’: Boatmen of Bengal, English East India Company State and the Global Mobility Transition, 1701-1806”

January 11, 2018: Ana Candela – “From Compradors to Hacendados: Cantonese Merchants in Peru and the Expanding Settler Colonial Frontiers of the Cantonese Pacific”

May 8, 2017: Brett Rushforth – “‘Daily Trafficke with the Frenchmen’: Merchant Colonialism and African Sovereignty in the Sixteenth-Century Atlantic”

March 9, 2017: Zachary Lockman – “Adventures in Field-Building: On the History of Area Studies/Middle East Studies in the United States”

February 23, 2017: Ruth Mostern – “Loess is More: A Spatial and Ecological History of Erosion on Imperial China’s Northwest Frontier”

November 17, 2017: Marc Matera – “The Global 1930s: The International Decade”