Laura Tabili Ph.D.
Office: Social Sciences (#27)
Since coming to the University of Arizona in 1988, I have been responsible for guiding undergraduate and graduate students who wish to study Modern European history. I teach an array of courses that take Europe as a whole, rather than one country, as the unit of analysis. They include War, Peace and Social Change in Europe, 1870-1945 (314a), Europe Since 1945 (314b), Women in European History (455), and The Rise & Fall of European Empires (416). In these we seek to discover what is commonly and uniquely European while acknowledging Europe's internal diversity and its many links to the world beyond. In addition, I teach the cross-disciplinary and comparative courses Work, Culture & Power (427), and Women & Work (453). I have taught graduate courses on the history of European imperialism, on women in Europe, on outsiders in European history, the core course on Women's and Gender history, on postcolonial approaches to imperial history, and on class, racial and gender formation in European history. All of these emphasize the fluidity of national, racial and gender categories and identities, the mobility of populations, and how changing class, gender and racial relationships reflected and also affected the nature of European societies. I have also taught the graduate research seminar many times.
My research has been devoted to explaining the specific forms of gender, race and class formation and labor migration stemming from processes of European global expansion. My books include ?We Ask for British Justice: Work and Racial Difference in Late Imperial Britain (Cornell, 1994) and Global Migrants, Local Culture: Natives and Newcomers in Provincial England, 1841-1939 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), as well as articles on migration, interracial and endogamous marriage, and the racialization of masculinity.