Global Interaction and Exchange

Global Interaction and Exchange

The Global Interaction and Exchange field (GIE) engages topics that transcend nations, regions, and single civilizations. By disciplinary convention, most of the History Department’s graduate fields are defined by region and geography. In 2010 the Department introduced the GIE field in order to enhance the graduate program’s curriculum and to foster a collaborative learning environment for graduate students whose research interests span beyond the traditional frameworks of nation and region. A number of our faculty conduct research, publish works, and teach courses that investigate processes that cross boundaries, and seek to make connections between and across far-flung locales.  

The GIE curriculum is flexible by design. It seeks to accommodate the differences in scope and method appropriate to global, transregional, and/or comparative scholarship while providing the depth of study to demonstrate expertise both within and beyond traditional national/geographic fields. At the same time, the GIE curriculum requires specific seminars that train students in the major works, methodologies, and theories related to transnational, transregional, global, comparative, international, borderlands and transoceanic approaches.

Faculty and graduate students at Maryland are actively engaged in this scholarship with particular expertise in the study of: empire and colonialism, cultural and intellectual flows, gender and sexuality, religion, labor and capitalism, political economy, migration, medicine, disease and public health, race, the African diaspora, Atlantic history, slavery, technology, science and the environment, and the global presence of the United States.

Students in GIE find a vibrant intellectual community not only in the department, but also through programs and seminars supported by the Center for Global Migration Studies, the Latin American Studies Center, the Graduate School Field Committee in Film Studies, the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity, and the Middle East Studies Program. Faculty and graduate students regularly attend the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas, an annual gathering in Mexico dedicated to transnational studies.