Carnegie Mellon University

Featured Ph.D. Themes

The Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University welcomes applicants interested in any topic, theme, time period, or geographical region—with the important caveat that proposed projects should connect to the specialization of at least one of our faculty members. In order to assist potential applicants, we are sharing below three featured themes that would be a good fit for our department. These themes are NOT an exhaustive list of projects that might be completed within our program. Rather, they are an effort to demonstrate the kind of innovative, interdisciplinary research you might undertake as a graduate student within our department.

Our current featured themes include:

Transnational/Global Food History. We especially encourage applicants whose interests connect food history with the history of social movements / social change. Successful applicants will work primarily with Edda Fields-Black, Nico Slate, and John Soluri, while benefitting from the range of faculty, courses, seminars, and other resources available at CMU and the nearby University of Pittsburgh.

Science, Technology, and the Environment. We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to explore the ethical and political dimensions of these fields as well as those interested in connections with social movements. Successful applicants will receive broad training in history, anthropology, and STS and will participate in an interdisciplinary working group that includes John Soluri, Christopher Phillips, Jay Aronson, Joel Tarr, Ema Grama, and Noah Theriault.

The History of Education. We especially encourage applicants whose interests connect the history of education with the history of democracy, social movements, and/or social change. Successful applicants will work primarily with Nico Slate, Steven Schlossman, and Christopher Phillips.

Students interested in one of these themes should apply via our standard application, and will not be required to submit any additional materials beyond what we ask of all applicants. If you are interested in completing your PhD research on one of the stated themes, we encourage you to please explain your interest in your personal statement. We read all applications closely and do not privilege those that respond to the featured themes.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Nico Slate.