International History

The History Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies teaches and researches the contemporary world through its layered histories and from a multiplicity of perspectives. We study history before, between and beyond the nations, thereby encouraging historically-informed approaches to current policy, politics, economics and culture.




Jordi Tejel

We are very pleased to announce that Jordi Tejel, professeur boursier at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) affiliated with the International History department of the Graduate Institute, has had his SNSF award renewed for two more years.

Professor Tejel's project, States, Minorities and Conflicts in the Middle East, was launched in 2010 with a SNSF grant. It is based on multi-archival research and oral history. Professor Tejel and his team's activities consist of the publication of multiple articles, a monograph, and the organisation of a conference, entitled The fragments imagine the nation? Minorities in the colonial and postcolonial Middle East, successfully held at the Graduate Institute on November 8 and 9, 2013.

Thank you for your contribution to the department and Institute thus far Professor Tejel, and we look forward to more of your great work!

Honorary Doctorates

Andre Liebich

Congratulations to Andre Liebich, Honorary Professor in International History at the Graduate Institute, for receiving an honourary doctorate from Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of History and Philosophy, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on 15 November 2013. The degree was granted "for his work which reflects a part of the destiny, dramas and traumas of Central and Eastern Europe in the 20TH Century, beginning with the Russian Revolution, the Socialist Regimes, and Cold War."

Professor Liebich taught at the Graduate Institute for nearly 24 years and retired at the end of last semester.

New Doctorates

Jaci Eisenberg

Our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Jaci Eisenberg, who defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled "American women in international Geneva, 1919-1939", on Tuesday 18 February 2014.

Her thesis committee consisted of: Andre Liebich, honorary professor of international history and politics, Graduate Institute, thesis supervisor; Davide Rodogno, associate professor of international history, Graduate Institute, chair of the committee and second reader; and Molly M. Wood, professor of history, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, external examiner. Jaci was awarded the following grades: For the thesis, summa cum laude avec félicitations; and for the defence, summa cum laude.

There was a very good turnout to Jaci's defense, including her family who came from the States, numerous friends, and colleagues. Jaci's defense was among the first to be held in the Maison de la Paix.

We wish the best for Dr. Eisenberg and look forward to more great work in the coming years!

Alumni News

Diego Avaria

We are pleased to announced that Dr. Diego Avaria, a department alumni, has won First Prize in Contest on Chilean Foreign Policy, Security, Defense and Integration, organized by the Chilean Career Diplomats Association, National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies and Alberto Hurtado University.

He received the prize for “La administración Reagan y el plebiscito en Chile: La política de presión (1987-1989)” / “The Reagan Administration and the Plebiscite in Chile: The Politics of Pressure (1987-1989)”. The paper will be published in a book.