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AMST 777 01 (10667) /HIST755
Research on the United States and the World
Jenifer Van Vleck
W 3.30-5.20 HGS 301
Fall 2015 
 
This research seminar is designed to enable students to produce an original, article-length paper based on primary research. Questions considered include: What does it mean to work across geographical borders (or, indeed, disciplinary borders), conceptually and methodologically? Why might an international/transnational perspective enrich our understanding of U.S. history? How can we historicize the relationship between "domestic" U.S. history and the history of U.S. foreign relations? During the first four weeks of class, we read recent historiography on the United States' role in the world. Remaining weeks are devoted to a series of writing workshops, in which students share and discuss their work at various stages of the research and writing process. We also discuss practical strategies for publishing articles in academic journals, using seminar papers to advance work on the dissertation, and finding archival collections and sources at Yale that are relevant to the United States' international history.