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Doctor of Philosophy in History

Faculty working with Students: 18
Students: 21
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 90.48%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • GRE

Degree Description:

The Department of History offers programs of study for full-time and part-time students leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Students entering the PhD program in History are expected to have completed a Masters degree in History or in a related field of study at an accredited college or university, and to show promise of doing excellent work at the doctoral level. All doctoral candidates conduct independent research leading to a written dissertation, with the objective of making a major contribution to the body of academic knowledge in History. Research will be focused on a specific Primary Field, which is embedded in a broader General Field that gives a geographical, chronological, and historiographical framework for the research. The program will culminate with a final oral examination. Financial aid in the form of a teaching assistantship is available for dedicated, quality full-time PhD students.

Admission Requirements:

Must complete a Language Background Form (competency in a foreign language desired, but not required). Also must complete a Preferred Fields of Study Form (both Language and PFS forms are available for download on the History Dept website)

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Student’s mastery of the main methodologies and historical arguments in the primary fields of study.
  2.  Student’s familiarity with the major trends in historiography and the methodological innovations associated with changes in historiographical theory.
  3.  Student’s ability to apply appropriate theories and methods to the major field through independent research projects.
  4.  Student’s demonstrated mastery of historical exposition.
  5.  Student’s skills associated with the presentation of historical research within the professional apparatus of the discipline, and communication skills for diverse professional purposes.
  6.  Student’s success in the production of a successful and nationally commensurate master’s thesis or dissertation by defining a viable research project and conducting research according to  nationally recognized professional standards.
  7.  Student’s skills associated with the teaching of history at the college level.

Student Opportunities:

The Department of History has a committee dedicated to Graduate Professional Development. History graduate students also organize a weekly colloquium in addition to weekly meetings of the History Graduate Students Association (HGSA). The HIST 595 course gives students knowledge and practice for teaching in higher education.

Career Opportunities:

Students receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in History can go on to be professional teachers and researchers at all types of schools and universities, they can work in museums and curation, and serve as historians at both private and governmental organizations providing research and cultural resource management expertise.

Career Placements:

Tenured faculty at public and private colleges and universities; high school teachers; librarians; independent researchers; historians for various federal and state agencies; writers; and leaders in public and private historical organizations.

Faculty Members:

Bauman, Robert Alan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

American history and public history

Boag, Peter Guy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

American West, the Pacific Northwest, modern America, the environment, and sexuality

Farley, Brigit Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Russian and East European history

Hatter, Lawrence, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Early America, Atlantic World, Borderlands history

Hoch, Steven L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Modern Russian history, European agrarian history, and historical demography

Kale, Steven David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

19th-century Europe, modern France, and postwar Europe

Kawamura, Noriko, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

U.S. foreign relations, U.S.–East Asian relations, and modern Japanese history

McCoy, Robert R, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Public history and Native American history

Mercier, Laurie K, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

United States, the American West, the Pacific Northwest, immigration and migration, and American labor

Peabody, Susan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Early modern Europe, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, world slavery and race, History in Media and Popular Culture

Sanders, Jeffrey C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental, Pacific Northwest, and U.S. West history

Spohnholz, Jesse A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Early modern European social, cultural, and religious history

Sun, Raymond C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Social history of religion, modern German history, Holocaust and genocide studies, military history

Sutton, Matthew A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

20th-century United States, cultural, and religious history

Svingen, Orlan J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Public and United States history

Thigpen, Jennifer, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

19th-century U.S. history, women and gender, colonialism, and the West

Wang, Xiuyu, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Modern Chinese history, ethnicity, religion and nationalism in China, modern East Asian history, and world history

Wright, Ashley, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Modern Britain, colonial Burma, British Empire, World History

Contact Information:

Jordan Pike
Short Hall 301
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-5139