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.
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.