Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-5 years
Credit Hours:

30 (with master's) or 54 (with bachelor's)
Go beyond dates and factoids to get a more complete picture of historical events and figures.
Thematic fields organize this specialization rather than fields defined primarily by region or period. It emphasizes the methodologies of cultural and social history as tools for understanding the complicated connections between historical actors and the communities and landscapes they inhabited.

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Why Earn a Body, Place, and Identity History Ph.D.?

The concentration highlights how bodies, places and identities are fluid historical categories that are mutually constituted.

In addition to researching and writing about the past, students in this concentration will also learn how to interrogate critically the production of historical knowledge and will be encouraged to explore the significance of their scholarship across multiple fields of intellectual inquiry.

Areas of study for doctoral students:

  • Borderlands, migration and diaspora
  • Culture and everyday life
  • Empire, indigeneity, and (de)colonization
  • Environment
  • Food and the body
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Institutions, networks and power
  • Labor and political economy
  • Memory and representation
  • Politics and policy
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religion and belief
  • Science, technology and medicine
  • War, society and martial culture
Marketable Skills
  • Synthesize/interpret large amounts of data
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Mastery of the historical literature
  • Expertise in the history of specific topics/regions
  • Research/write studies based on primary sources

Body, Place, and Identity History Ph.D. Highlights

Students interested in any geographical or chronological topic may pursue this concentration.
Graduate classes normally include eight to 12 students, allowing you to receive personal attention from the instructor.
Our classes are taught by faculty who have published numerous books and articles, been awarded many research grants, and earned national and international recognition in their fields.
Our department houses the Kingsbury-Thomason Departmental Library, the Military History Center, and an extensive collection of books and films.
Several nationally and internationally recognized speakers address faculty and students on different topics each year.
You'll also have access to several other major libraries and institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the National Archives at Fort Worth, the Dallas Public Library, the Dallas Historical Society, and libraries of numerous area colleges and universities.

What Can You Do With a Body, Place, and Identity History Ph.D.?

The knowledge and skills students gain while earning a history degree offer excellent preparation for a seemingly endless variety of occupations. Students of history learn to analyze and evaluate evidence with care, to communicate persuasively and clearly, and to understand diverse perspectives and experiences.

Many history majors directly apply course content to fulfilling careers as historians, museum professionals, historical interpreters, researchers, writers, filmmakers, and educators. According to the American Historical Association, history graduates work in almost every field imaginable, ranging from financial services to healthcare to community and social services and beyond.

Particularly large numbers of history majors leverage their critical thinking and communication skills for careers in business administration or management, sales, and in the legal profession. Earning an undergraduate degree in history also offers students excellent preparation for graduate school, launching them on pathways toward careers in fields such as higher education, journalism, law, and public policy.

Body, Place, and Identity History Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Everyday Life in the Soviet Union (1917-1991) (3 hrs)
Extensive readings and study of the history of everyday life in Soviet Russia (the 1920s –1980s). Emphasis given to the study of economic shortages, propaganda, the cult of leadership, surveillance, fears and beliefs, and popular opinion, as well as the connection of “big” historical narratives to microhistory.
Food, Labor and Politics in the Americas (3 hrs)
History of the production and distribution of cooked, served, and consumed food with an emphasis on the politics of labor and historical representation in both North and South America.
World Histories of Pop Music (3 hrs)
History of modern pop music from around the world with an emphasis on historical events that shape music and analyzing the impact that popular musical forms and performers have had on world historical events.
United States LGBTQ History (3 hrs)
Examines and analyzes the ways historians have written about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history in the United States, including same-sex couplings in early America, the emergence of gay and lesbian identities in the late-19th century, and the modern roles of capitalism, government and other social, political, and cultural forces in the evolution of LGBTQ communities.
The Historian as Historical Subject (3 hrs)
Focuses on the critical study of historical methods and patterns of professionalization.
Seminar on Race, Gender, and Decolonization (3 hrs)
Research seminar preparing students to utilize analytical categories of race, gender, and decolonization to pursue their own research projects, culminating in a formal research paper and presentation.

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