Teaching repertoire

Undergraduate Instruction

Europe and the Modern World (HIST113) - an entry level course on Europe and its global engagements from the wars of religion to the present. As the course title suggests, course content concerns Europe, but also looks outward to consider European expansion and engagement in Africa, the Americas, and Asia.
Paris (HSTEU210) - an interdisciplinary historical, cultural, and urban studies approach to the city of Paris; the course serves as a general introduction to the modern metropole - art, architecture, social geography, infrastructure, urbanism.
Europe and the Modern World (HSTEU303) - an outward-looking history of Europe from the Revolution of 1789 to the contemporary era. Recommended for majors and anyone interested in a history of Europe placed within a global context.

Wars of Colonial Conquest (HIST4xx) – a survey of the pursuit of empire by conquest in the modern era. The curriculum begins with the 1790s and carries through to the late 20th century, along the way taking in examples in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Although Colonial Wars emphasizes cases that sooner or later took on a military aspect, we also consider “soft power” techniques of expansion and resistance. Finally, we consider ways to theorize empire as well as the instrumentalization of theory. The “wars” in Colonial Wars thus implies the idea of struggle in its broadest sense.


French Revolution (HSTEU422) - At its core, this course is about the French Revolution, which overthrew an ancient monarchy and opened the crisis of the European old regime. However, the Revolution set loose forces whose impact was felt far beyond Europe. It prompted slave revolt in the Caribbean, weakened the hold of Europe on the Americas, and shook the status quo in Russia, Central Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Feminism, secularism, and human rights were founded or sharply inflected by the Revolution. In almost every sense that matters, political modernity begins in 1789.

Graduate Instruction

Professor Jonas offers content seminars ("field courses") as well as training in historical research.

"Digital Historical Practices" (History 595) is an introduction to the digital humanities, especially the application of technology to research and teaching in the humanities, as well as to humanistic practice outside the academy (Alt.Ac). It is open to graduate students in all fields of history; it is also open to graduate students in allied disciplines - Anthropology, Art History, L&L, Sociology, etc. - on a space-available basis.

Field courses - current and prospective students interested in completing a field with Professor Jonas should contact him directly regarding field content and field definition, as well as upcoming field course offerings.


Digital Historical Practices (HSTRY595) is a graduate-level survey of technologies for historically-minded humanists and social scientists. Over the course of the quarter we will learn about human and machine transcription, text indexing, content management, close reading and “distant” reading, as well as visualization, mapping, and spatial analysis.


Europe and the Modern World (HSTEU513) aims to provide a familiarity with some of the great themes, problems, and events in the history of modern Europe, including Europe’s global engagements. It offers a foundation for advanced study of a thematic or regional nature, a basis for comparative historical study within Europe and beyond, and preparation for the teaching of undergraduate surveys in the field.