The History Department of the Graduate Institute 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, culture and environment.
The main teaching and research themes of our department are:
- the history of international governance and systems
- the history of transnational actors and actions
- the history of culture, societies, markets and environment in regional and/or global perspective
These themes are not mutually exclusive: faculty constantly and diversely intertwines them in their research and teaching. The department cultivates methodological richness and diversity of approaches in international, transnational, global/world, economic, political ecologies and postcolonial history.
In the report "International History at the Graduate Institute" published in Globe, the Institute's Review, you will find more information about the department.
Yukako OTORI, PhD Candidate, Harvard University
Chercheuse invitée, Département d'histoire internationale
"The Graduate Institute is offering me a wonderful community of scholars and students during my research stay in Geneva. The historical sources available in Geneva - a hub of international organisations - have enriched my dissertation project in a way that I had never expected. I am certain that my time at the Graduate Institute and in Geneva is broadening my intellectual horizon!"