International History

The International History Department at the Graduate Institute in Geneva offers a unique, first-rate graduate education at the heart of International Geneva to study and research today’s global challenges from a multiplicity of historically-informed perspectives.

International History at the Graduate Institute

A Unique Programme

The International History Department at the Graduate Institute is uniquely located to monitor and examine the making of international policies and the global history that stands behind them.

International Geneva is where national, transnational and international, public and private actors operate and meet constantly. Here, peace agreements are signed, international IT protocols are negotiated, environmental advocacy, public health policies, financial, economic, conflict and security issues are imagined, debated and enforced, between and beyond nations. This has been the case for 100 years and continues to actively shape the future.

The master programme in International History and the PhD programme in International History both explore the modern world through these transnational histories, taking into account a multiplicity of perspectives.

This education opportunity is offered to students of quality concerned with the drivers of contemporary global governance challenges and their historical undercurrents in the areas of politics, development, conflict, environment, humanitarianism, commerce and finance, health and culture.



Understand the present, prepare the future
Spring 2020

International History Forum

Tuesdays: 16:15 - 18:00
Pour l'histoire du temps présent

Fondation Pierre du Bois

A partner organisation of the International History Department
Mohammad Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou and Davide Rodogno


We have entered a resurgent age of racism wherein discrimination is globalised, normalised and weaponised.

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A unique collection of stock exchange lists covering more than 40 markets in all continents for 150 years.

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International History
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
Case Postale 1672
CH-1211 Genève 1



The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, on the corner of Avenue de France. You may take tram 15 until the Maison de la paix stop or, alternatively, walk a few minutes from the stop at Place des Nations. 


HIstories - April 2020

  • The International History Department has introduced ten new courses for its students, with plans to further expand the curriculum.
  • Professor Carolyn Biltoft and colleagues launch a New Academic Journal on History and Economics.
  • Professor Michael Goebel reflects on Urban Socioeconomic Equality and Globalisation. 
  • EUI Fellow Grace Ballor discusses Reconstructing the History of the Single Market.

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Students in Professor Mohamedou and Professor Rodogno's class An International History of Racism

HIstories - October 2019

  • A conversation on the History of International Relations with Robert Vitalis
  • The Pierre Du Bois 2019 Conference tackles Global Capitalism
  • Professor Susanna Hecht discusses Deforestation in the New Authoritarian Era
  • Professors Gopalan Balachandran and Davide Rodogno explain why Student Podcasts are the Way Forward.

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Robert Vitalis at the International History Forum

HIstories - April 2019

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Histories - November 2018


  • Environmental History at the 2018 Annual Pierre du Bois Conference
  • Talking Global History with Professor Michael Goebel
  • Connecting Histories by Professor Gopalan Balachandran
  • Exploring Economic Networks and History with Professor Rui Esteves

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HIstories - March 2018

  • Civil Rights to Human Rights: The Geopolitics of Malcolm X
  • Rural Governance in Europe with Professor Amalia Ribi Forclaz
  • The What and the Why of Environmental History by Susanna Hecht
  • Professor Jussi Hanhimäki on History and Policy-Making

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The Geopolitics of Malcolm X: A Conversation between Moshik Temkin and Mahmoud Mohamedou