The European History doctoral field at Georgetown University is strong and diverse. The research interests of its faculty encompass cultural, educational, intellectual, political, and social history, as well as the histories of gender, law, and religion. Doctoral students in the field benefit from faculty expertise not only in the Balkans, England, France, Germany, and Italy, but also in eastern Europe and Russia, the Atlantic World, the eastern Mediterranean, and East Asia. The History Ph.D. program at Georgetown, while grounded in the discipline of History, encourages doctoral students to take advantage of numerous supporting faculty in other disciplines and departments with specialties in the European field. The program is also enriched by the university’s internationally renowned programs in European and Mediterranean languages. Students in this field are also invited to attend the seminars presented by the Institute for Global History, as well as visit the Center for German and European Studies for additional opportunities joint-degree programs, cross-disciplinary contacts, discussion fora, speaker series, and seminars in the area of European history, politics, and culture.

Important resources for medieval and early modern European research in the city beyond the university campus include the Folger Shakespeare Library, the library at Dumbarton Oaks, the Holocaust Museum Library and the Holocaust Museum archival collections, the National Archives, and the Library of Congress. Doctoral students in the European field compete successfully for highly prestigious dissertation fellowships, and the program enjoys a strong placement record at universities in the U.S. and abroad.


AGOSTON, 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

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

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

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

MORAN CRUZ, Jo Ann. Associate Professor (Ph.D., Brandeis, 1975)

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

For more information regarding graduate studies in Modern European History at Georgetown, please contact Professor James Collins, 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.