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.



Honorary Doctorates

Andre Liebich

Congratulations to Andre Liebich, Honorary Professor in International History at the Graduate Institute, for receiving an honourary doctorate from BabeČ™-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

We are very proud to announce that two International History holders of the Pierre du Bois Scholarship have successfully defended their PhD viva with magna cum laude and cum laude, respectively. We extend our warmest congratulations to both of them and wish them much success in their bright futures. Well done Doctors!

Leonardo Rodríguez Pérez (Colombia)

Dr. Leonoardo Rodriguez Pérez

Title: La construction du movement autochtone en Colombie 1970-2000

Committee: Isabelle Milbert (président du jury, membre interne), Claude Auroie (membre du jurie, co-directeur de thèse), Annick Lempérière (membre du jurie, co-directeur de thèse), and Aline Helg (membre externe, UNIGE)

Date and location of defense: 18 November 2013, Villa Rigot

Carlos Rodrigo Sáez-Muñoz (USA/Chile)

Dr. Carlos Rodrigo Sàez-Munoz

Title: Privatized Water Rights and Services in Chile 1981-2011: Flowing Towards the Mainstream?

Committee: Davide Rodogno (president of the committee, internal reader), Jussi Hanhimaki (member of committee, thesis co-director), Urs Luterbacher (member of committee, thesis co-director), and Mara Tignino (UNIGE, external reader)

Date and location of defense: 20 November 2013, Villa Barton

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.