Reviving and Reimagining the Center for World History

About the Cluster

The World History Research Cluster aims to revive and re-envision an inactive research center 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

Faculty and Graduate Student Participants

Ben Breen, Assistant Professor, History
Melissa A. Brzycki, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Bristol Cave-LaCoste, 3rd year Graduate Student, History
Alan Christy, Associate Professor, History
Xiaofei Gao, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Kiran Garcha, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Kyuhyun Han, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
Amy Hart, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
Alma Heckman, Assistant Professor, History
Gail Hershatter, Professor, History
Daniel Joesten, 3rd year Graduate Student, History
Marc Emile Johnston, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
Rita Jones, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Taylor Kirsch, Ph.D. Candidate, History
John Klein, 3rd year Graduate Student, 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
J. Cameron Monroe, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ben Pietrenka, Ph.D. Candidate, History
S. Ravi Rajan, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Martin Rizzo, History Ph.D., 2016
Juned Shaikh, Assistant Professor, History
Jaclyn Schultz, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Noel Smyth, Lecturer, Writing Program/College Ten
Andrei Tcacenco, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Megan Thomas, Associate Professor, Politics
Nicole VanderMeer, 2nd year Graduate Student, History
Lynn Westerkamp, Professor, History
Samantha Williams, 2nd year Graduate Student, History


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”