About the Program
The DE in European Studies provides curricular and research resources for students who want to concentrate on European Studies within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized in their degree designation. Designed to bring together faculty and students from different departments, the DE is administered by the Graduate Group in European Studies and provides a unique context for rigorous cross-disciplinary research. Sponsoring departments include History, Law, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Sociology, Economics, Scandinavian, Anthropology, History of Art, German and Dutch, Political Science, Italian, Architecture, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Spanish and Portuguese, Interdisciplinary Studies, Slavic, and French. However, the DE is open to interested students regardless of whether their home department is officially affiliated with the DE. The program helps advance Berkeley’s position as one of the nation’s leading European Studies programs and facilitates research in and cooperation with other European universities. Students applying to the DE must be prepared to integrate high-level research in European Studies into their coursework, qualifying exam and dissertation.
Designated Emphasis Requirements
Students are required to fill out a form requesting admission, listing their prior preparation in the field, and explaining their projected pathway through the program. In addition, students must submit a brief essay stating their interests and reasons for applying, a CV, a writing sample, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the student’s home department indicating why and how the student would benefit from the DE. Proficiency in one European language (equivalent to level C1 in the Common European Framework) other than English is a requirement for admission. Students will be required to provide evidence confirming their foreign language proficiency. Students who are unable to provide the necessary evidence regarding their foreign language proficiency will be asked to have their foreign language proficiency examined and officially acknowledged in a letter written by a UCB lecturer or faculty member.
Students must be admitted to the DE prior to taking their qualifying exams. Admission will be determined by the members of the executive committee on the basis of how coherently and logically the student can articulate the value of the DE for her/his larger course of study and career goals, the quality of the student’s written work, and her/his foreign language proficiencies. The Executive Committee will strive to build a diverse student group, comprising students from a wide range of departments and with a variety of language skills.
The number of students to be accepted in the program is limited to eight per year in order to ensure that each student receives strong individual support.
Students admitted to the Designated Emphasis Program must complete the following requirements:
1. Students will be required to complete two required core courses offered by the DE (these courses do not need to be taken sequentially):
- European Studies (EUST) 200: Ideas of Europe and European Identities. This course engages with a critical reflection on the notion of Europe and European identities, either from a historical and/or a contemporary perspective. It will provide a critical explanatory analysis of issues relating to European history, European borders, integration and disintegration, migration, transnational Europe, postcolonial Europe, and/or the position of Europe in a globalized world. Subject to approval by the Advising Committee, European Studies 200 can be cross-listed/room-shared with an existing course taught by any faculty member of the Graduate Group at one of the departments that have officially committed to sponsor the new DE.
- European Studies (EUST) 201: European Institutions and Social Conflicts. This course engages with a reflection on European institutions and social conflicts, either from a historical and/or contemporary perspective. It will provide a critical explanatory analysis of issues relating to European institutions such as the EU Commission, Council, Parliament and Court of Justice, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as well as general issues relating to the European economy and/or social and political conflicts within Europe. Subject to approval by the Advising Committee, European Studies 201 can be cross-listed/room-shared with an existing course taught by any faculty member of the Graduate Group at one of the departments that have officially committed to sponsor the new DE.
2. Besides the two required core courses, students will be required to complete two approved electives.
The two electives will be chosen in consultation with the head graduate adviser. These courses will support the interdisciplinary nature of the program with attention to the individual students’ research interests. At least one of these electives must be taken outside the student’s home department.
List of potential electives offered by the different departments sponsoring the DE and approved by the Advising Committee:
|A,RESEC 241||Economics and Policy of Production, Technology and Risk in Agricultural and Natural Resources||3|
|COM LIT 210||Studies in Ancient Literature||4|
|COM LIT 212||Studies in Medieval Literature||4|
|COM LIT 215||Studies in Renaissance Literature||4|
|COM LIT 266||Nationalism, Colonialism, and Culture||4|
|DEVP 222||Economics of Sustainable Resource Development||3|
|ECON 210B||Topics in European Economic History||3|
|ECON 220B||Industrial Organization||3|
|FRENCH C202||Linguistic History of the Romance Language||4|
|FRENCH C203||Comparative Studies in Romance Literatures and Cultures||4|
|FRENCH 245A||Early Modern Studies||4|
|FRENCH 245B||Early Modern Studies||4|
|FRENCH 265A||Modern Studies||4|
|FRENCH 265B||Modern Studies||4|
|GERMAN 201A||Course Not Available||4|
|GERMAN 201B||Major Periods in German Literature: 16th and 17th Century||4|
|GERMAN 201C||Course Not Available||4|
|GERMAN 201D||Course Not Available||4|
|GERMAN 201E||Course Not Available||4|
|GERMAN 205||Studies in Medieval Literature||4|
|GERMAN 206||Studies in the Early Modern||4|
|GERMAN 210A||Studies in the 18th Century: Age of Enlightenment||4|
|GERMAN 212A||Studies in the 19th Century: Topics in Romanticism||4|
|GERMAN 214||Studies in the 20th Century||4|
|GERMAN 268||Aspects of Literary and Cultural History||4|
|GERMAN 270||History of the German Language||4|
|HISTART 258||Seminar in Late Medieval Art in Northern Europe||2,4|
|HISTART 260||Seminar in Italian Renaissance Art||2,4|
|HISTART 262||Seminar in European Art||2,4|
|HISTART 263||Seminar in European Art: Mimesis||2,4|
|HISTART 270||Seminar in Baroque Art||2,4|
|HISTART 281||Seminar in 19th-Century Art||2,4|
|HISTART 290||Special Topics in Fields of Art History||2,4|
|HISTORY 275A||Core Courses in the Literature of the Several Fields of History: Ancient||4|
|HISTORY 275B||Core Courses in the Literature of the Several Fields of History: Europe||4|
|HISTORY 275C||Course Not Available||4|
|HISTORY 280A||Advanced Studies: Sources/General Literature of the Several Fields: Ancient||4|
|HISTORY 280B||Advanced Studies: Sources/General Literature of the Several Fields: Europe||4|
|HISTORY 280C||Course Not Available||4|
|ITALIAN C201||Linguistic History of the Romance Language||4|
|ITALIAN C203||Comparative Studies in Romance Literatures and Cultures||4|
|ITALIAN 215||Seminar in Renaissance Literature and Culture||2,4|
|ITALIAN 230||Seminar in 19th Century Literature and Culture||2,4|
|ITALIAN 235||Seminar in 20th Century Literature and Culture||2,4|
|ITALIAN 260||Directed Readings in Italian Literature and Culture||2|
|POL SCI 201A||Comparative Analysis of Industrial Democracies||4|
|POL SCI 209A||Comparative Political Economy||4|
|POL SCI 210||Selected Topics in Comparative Politics||4|
|POL SCI 212A||History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval||4|
|POL SCI 212B||History of Political Thought: Early Modern (Renaissance to French Revolution)||4|
|POL SCI 212C||History of Political Thought: Modern (French Revolution through World War II)||4|
|POL SCI 215A||Approaches to Contemporary Political Theory||4|
|POL SCI 247A||Western European Politics||4|
|POL SCI 247G||The Comparative Politics of the Welfare State||4|
|RHETOR 200||Classical Rhetorical Theory and Practice||4|
|SCANDIN 240||Modern and Contemporary Scandinavian Literature||4|
|SCANDIN 250||Seminar in Scandinavian Literature||4|
|SLAVIC 248||Topics in Russian Cultural History||4|
|SLAVIC 258||Languages, Peoples, and Cultures of the Greater Slavic World||4|
|SLAVIC 285||Eastern Christianity: History and Thought||4|
|SOCIOL 280Q||Advanced Study in Substantive Sociological Fields: Economy and Society||3|
|SOCIOL 280X||Advanced Study in Substantive Sociological Fields: Immigration and Incorporation||3|
|SPANISH C202||Linguistic History of the Romance Language||4|
|SPANISH C203||Comparative Studies in Romance Literatures and Cultures||4|
Students may petition for a course not on this list if approved by the head graduate adviser.
A member of the Graduate Group in European Studies must be a formal member of the PhD qualifying examination committee. Under most circumstances, the graduate group member in the student’s home department will serve in this function. A member of the graduate group who is not a faculty member in the student’s major department may also serve as the outside member of the qualifying exam committee. A European Studies topic must be included as a subject on the qualifying examination. Satisfactory performance on the qualifying examination for the PhD will be judged according to the established rules in the student’s major program.
A member of the Graduate Group in European Studies must be a formal member of the dissertation committee. The dissertation must relate to European Studies (such as European culture, history, politics, art, literature, linguistics, sociology, or law).
Upon completion of all requirements of the student’s major program and the DE in European Studies, students will receive a designation on their transcript and diploma stating that they have completed a “PhD in (…) with a Designated Emphasis in European Studies.”
For questions, please contact the graduate student coordinator, Noga Wizansky (firstname.lastname@example.org), 204 Moses Hall.
Faculty and Instructors
+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Lilla Balint, Assistant Professor. Contemporary German literature and media, theories of the Contemporary, aesthetics and politics, transnationalism and translation, digital writing, European Jewish literatures, literary and cultural theory, theories of the novel.
Jeroen Dewulf, Associate Professor. Dutch studies, transatlantic slavery, German literature, European Studies, post-colonial studies, hybridity.
Karen Feldman, Associate Professor. Critical theory, aesthetics, literary theory, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Benjamin, 18th-20th century German thought, Hegel, Adorno.
Deniz Gokturk, Associate Professor. German literature, German cinema, transnational cinemas, German-Turkish-European-American intersections in cinema, performance and spectatorship and reception, intertextuality and intermediality and translation, the politics and poetics of migration and globalization, urban imaginaries and mediations of place, theories of diversity and nationalism, comedy and community, modern rituals of regulating identity and authority and mobility.
Anton Kaes, Professor. Film studies, modern literature, literary and cultural theory, cinema, interdisciplinary and comparative aspects of Weimar culture, contemporary literature and film, literary theory, theory of cultural studies, film history, film theory, history of cinema.
Winfried Kudszus, Professor. Psychoanalysis, semiotics, culture, literature, philosophy, psychology.
Niklaus Largier, Professor. Religion, literature, German, history of medieval and early modern German literature, theology, mysticism, secularism, senses, sensuality, history of emotions, passions, asceticism, flagellation, sexuality.
Irmengard Rauch, Professor. Semiotics, Germanic linguistics, linguistic archeology, paralanguage, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, linguistic fieldwork, socio-cultural and cognitive approaches to language variation and language change, contrastive analysis and linguistic methodology, Gothic, Modern High German and its dialects, Old/Middle High/Early New High German.
Isabel Richter, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Modern German history (18th â€“ 20th centuries), yransnational youth cultures in the 20th century, history of death in modern Europe, cultural anthropology, material and visual history in the 19th and 20th centuries, national socialism, gender history and interdisciplinary gender studies.
Thomas F. Shannon, Professor. Linguistics, control, German, Dutch, syntax, phonology, naturalness, syllable structure, complementation, ergative phenomena, passivization, perfect auxiliary selection, word order, processing factors syntactic phenomena, cognitive, functional grammar, corpus.
Chenxi Tang, Associate Professor. European intellectual history, German literature from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, political and legal thought, cultural theory, early modern European literature, Europe and China.
Elaine C. Tennant, Professor. German, Habsburg court society in the early modern period, the development of the German language at the end of the middle ages, the Middle High German narrative tradition, literary and cultural traditions of the holy roman empire, European reactions.
Judith Butler, Professor. Critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, comparative literature, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, social and political thought, philosophy and literature.
Pheng Cheah, Professor. Nationalism, rhetoric, legal philosophy, feminism, 18th-20th century continental philosophy and contemporary critical theory, postcolonial theory and anglophone postcolonial literatures, cosmopolitanism and globalization, social and political thought.
John Connelly, Professor.
John M. Efron, Professor. Cultural and social history of German Jewry.
Beate Fricke, Associate Professor. Medieval art and architecture, idolatry, iconoclasm, history of allegory, formation of communities, incest, anthropophagy, animation, emergence of life and procreation, theories and practices in use of images and relics, visual and material culture, Carolingian Art, Gothic Art, Ottonian Art.
Hannah Ginsborg, Professor. Philosophy, Kant and on Kantian themes in contemporary epistemology and philosophy of mind.
Mel Gordon, Professor.
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Associate Professor. Modern German and European History, Conceptual History, Transnational History, urban studies.
John Lindow, Professor Emeritus. Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Scandinavian folklore, Finno-Ugric folklore, Pre-Christian religion of the North, Scandinavian mythology.
Linda H. Rugg, Professor. Scandinavian, Swedish literature and culture 1870 to the present, August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, visual autobiography, literature and the visual arts, ecology and culture, film, whiteness studies.
Hans Sluga, Professor. Political philosophy, recent European philosophy, history of analytic philosophy, Frege, Wittgenstein, Foucault.
Yael Chaver, Lecturer.
Nikolaus Euba, Lecturer.
Harriett Virginia Ann Jernigan, Lecturer.
Esmee Van Der Hoeven, Lecturer.
Albrecht Koschorke, Visiting Professor.
Bluma Goldstein, Professor Emeritus.
Gerd Hillen, Professor Emeritus.
Gary B. Holland, Professor Emeritus. Historical linguistics, Indo-European linguistics, poetics, early Indo-European languages, linguistic typology, historical syntax, history of linguistics.
+ Claire Kramsch, Professor Emeritus. Language, culture, pragmatics, society, education, applied linguistics, aesthetics, literacy, second language acquisition, language pedagogy, language in discourse, hermeneutic approaches to language learning.
Joseph Mileck, Professor Emeritus.
Klaus Mueller, Professor Emeritus.
Hinrich C. Seeba, Professor Emeritus. 18th 20th century German literature and culture, intellectual and institutional, enlightenment, Napoleonic era, vormarz, concepts and images history, role language nationalism, contemporary trends German literature, representations urban space.
Johan P. Snapper, Professor Emeritus. Dutch studies.
Frederic C. Tubach, Professor Emeritus.
Institute of European Studies
207 Moses Hall
Member Executive Committee (Chair)
Jeroen Dewulf (Institute of European Studies, Department of German and Dutch Studies)
Member Executive Committee
John Connelly (Department of History)
Member Executive Committee
Deniz Gokturk (Department of German)
Member Executive Committee
Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas (Department of Economics)
Member Executive Committee
Katerina Linos (Berkeley School of Law)
Member Executive Committee
Mark Bevir (Department of Political Science)
Head Graduate Adviser
Richard Buxbaum (Berkeley School of Law)
Second Graduate Adviser
Mia Fuller (Department of Italian)
Graduate Student Coordinator
204 Moses Hall
207 Moses Hall