Teaching repertoire

Undergraduate Instruction

Europe and the Modern World (HIST113) - an entry level course on Europe and its global engagements from the wars of religion to the present. As the course title suggests, course content concerns Europe, but also looks outward to consider European expansion and engagement in Africa, the Americas, and Asia.
Paris (HSTEU210) - an interdisciplinary historical, cultural, and urban studies approach to the city of Paris; the course serves as a general introduction to the modern metropole - art, architecture, social geography, infrastructure, urbanism.
Modern Europe (HSTEU303) - upper division survey of major problems, events, ideas, and themes in the history of Europe from the 18th century to the contemporary era. Recommended for majors and anyone interested in the history of Europe from the apogee of European influence to its place in the contemporary multipolar world.

Wars of Colonial Conquest (HIST4xx) – a survey of the pursuit of empire by conquest in the modern era. The curriculum begins with the 1790s and carries through to the late 20th century, along the way taking in examples in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Although Colonial Wars emphasizes cases that sooner or later took on a military aspect, we also consider “soft power” techniques of expansion and resistance. Finally, we consider ways to theorize empire as well as the instrumentalization of theory. The “wars” in Colonial Wars thus implies the idea of struggle in its broadest sense. (Course debut 2015)


French Revolution (HSTEU422) - At its core, this course is about the French Revolution, which overthrew an ancient monarchy and opened the crisis of the European old regime. However, the Revolution set loose forces whose impact was felt far beyond Europe. It prompted slave revolt in the Caribbean, weakened the hold of Europe on the Americas, and shook the status quo in Russia, Central Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Feminism, secularism, and human rights were founded or sharply inflected by the Revolution. In almost every sense that matters, political modernity begins in 1789.

Graduate Instruction

Professor Jonas offers content seminars ("field courses") as well as training in historical research.

Historical research - methods, sources, theory, exposition - is the subject of History 595 "Historical Practices." Historical Practices is open to students in all fields of history. It is also open to graduate students in allied disciplines - Anthropology, Art History, L&L, Sociology, etc. - on a space-available basis. It is offered in alternating years.

Field courses - current and prospective students interested in completing a field with Professor Jonas should contact him directly regarding field content and field definition, as well as upcoming field course offerings.