Modern Europe

The Modern European field offers a broad array of courses, methodologies, and thematic emphases, including social and cultural history, political and diplomatic history, state-building and modernization, comparative ethnic politics and nationalism, transnational history, memory studies, history of science and technology, intellectual history, and religious history. The Georgetown Institute for Global History (GIGH) regularly sponsors talks by leading historians of modern Europe. Georgetown University's Center for German and European Studies—located one floor beneath the History Department—provides additional opportunities for joint-degree programs, cross-disciplinary contacts, discussion fora, speaker series, and seminars in the area of European history, politics, and culture.

In addition to Georgetown University's own rich faculty and library resources, its location in Washington, D.C. offers students the opportunity to conduct research in the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Holocaust Museum Library and Holocaust Museum archival collections, all of which house important materials relating to Modern European History.


Modern Europe Faculty and Graduate Students


KUISEL,Richard (PhD UCBerkeley 1963; adjunct professor)
20th century French history with an emphasis on Franco-American relations

MCNEILL, John (PhD, Duke 1981; University Professor)
Environmental, Mediterranean, Atlantic

OLESKO, Kathryn (PhD, Cornell 1980; assoc. prof. and faculty, Science Technology and International Affairs Program, SFS) sabbatical leave spring 2014
17th-20th century science and technology; modern European intellectual history

ROSHWALD, Aviel (PhD, Harvard 1987; prof.) 
19th- and 20th-century European diplomatic, ethnic politics and nationalism

SHEDEL, James P. (PhD, Rochester 1978; assoc. prof.)
Habsburg Austria, Germany, Central Europe

VON DER GOLTZ, Anna (D. Phil., University of Oxford, 2007; assoc. prof.)
Modern German and European History; protest movements; memory; oral history

Our strengths in Modern European History are complemented by the resources of the Early Modern European Field, and by scholars of geographically adjacent and/or overlapping regions, whose faculty are listed below:

Ágoston, Gábor. Associate Professor (Ph.D., Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1994). Ottoman History, the Balkans, Military History 

Aksakal, Mustafa  Associate Professor, SFS and History (PhD Princeton 2003) Ottoman and modern Turkish history

Astarita, Tommaso. Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1988). Early Modern Europe, the Mediterranean

Collins, David, S. J. Associate Professor (Ph.D. Northwestern, 2004). Medieval Germany

Collins, James. Professor (Ph.D. Columbia, 1978) Early Modern France and Europe

David-Fox, Michael Professor (Ph.D. Yale, 1993) modern Russian and Soviet history

Games, Alison. Professor (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1992) Colonial America, Early Modern Britain, the Atlantic World

Goldfrank, David. Professor (Ph.D., Washington University, 1970) Medieval and Early Modern Russia; Eastern Europe

Horvath-Peterson, Sandra. Professor Emeritus (Ph.D. Catholic University, 1971) Modern France

Kaminski, Andrzej. Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., Jagellonian, Poland, 1966) Early Modern East Central Europe; Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth

Leonard, Amy. Associate Professor (Ph.D., Berkeley, 1999) Early Modern Germany; the Reformation

Moran Cruz, Jo Ann. Associate Professor (Ph.D., Brandeis, 1975)

For more information regarding graduate studies in Modern European History at Georgetown, please contact Professor Anna von der Goltz, faculty area representative to the Graduate Studies Committee. In addition, we encourage you to contact current graduate students for their perspectives on the program; they will also be glad to answer any questions you may have.  The following students have agreed to serve as contacts.