Constitutional Law in US History

Introduces major themes and patterns of change in American constitutional law since 1787, including federal-state relations, racial and gender equality, economic regulation, and civil liberties. Readings consist of original court cases, especially from the US Supreme Court, including cases of the current term. Emphasis on the historical development of constitutional law and on the relationship between the Supreme Court and broader social, political, and cultural trends.

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Offered Fall 2021

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.001

How to Stage a Revolution

Lecture: TR 1-2, 5-234
Recitation 1: R 2-3, 1-273
Recitation 2: R 2-3, 1-277
Recitation 3: R 3-4, 1-273
Pouya Alimagham
Malick W. Ghachem
Caley Horan
Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.108 WGS.110

Sexual and Gender Identities

T EVE 7-10, 66-160
Caley Horan Introductory HASS-H
21H.143 21G.056

The “Making” of Modern Europe: 1789 – Present

MW 1-2:30, 4-261
Alexandra Steinlight Introductory HASS-H
21H.226 11.015

Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History

T EVE 7-10, 56-162
Andrew Pope
Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.281

MIT and Slavery: Research

Lecture: M 3-5, 14N-112
Recitation: W 3-4, 14N-112
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.381 WGS.222

Women and War

T 12:30-3:30, 2-103
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-S

Not Offered This Term

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.061

The History of American Presidential Elections

Christopher Capozzola Intermediate Half term subject
21H.101

American History to 1865

Staff Introductory HASS-H
21H.102

American History since 1865

Caley Horan
Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.106 24.912 21L.008 21W.741 CMS.150 WGS.190

Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies

Michel DeGraff
Fox Harrell
Danielle Wood
Introductory HASS-H
HASS-A
CI-H
21H.107 21G.043

Introduction to Asian American Studies: Historical and Contemporary Issues

Emma Teng
Introductory HASS-H
21H.141

Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800

Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.157

Modern South Asia

Sana Aiyar Introductory HASS-S
21H.170 17.55 21A.130 21G.084

Introduction to Latin American Studies

Tanalís Padilla Introductory HASS-S CI-H
21H.173

Socialism in Latin America, from Che Guevara to Hugo Chavez

Tanalís Padilla Introductory HASS-H
21H.181 17.035

Libertarianism in History

Malick W. Ghachem Introductory HASS-H
21H.187

US Environmental Governance: from National Parks to the Green New Deal

Megan A. Black Introductory HASS-H
21H.201

The American Revolution

Staff Intermediate
21H.203

The History of American Presidential Elections

Intermediate HASS-S
21H.205 STS.427

The Civil War and the Emergence of Modern America: 1861-1890

Merritt Roe Smith Intermediate HASS-H
21H.211

The United States in the Nuclear Age

Caley Horan Intermediate HASS-H
21H.213 17.28

The War at Home: American Politics and Society in Wartime

Christopher Capozzola
Adam Berinsky
Intermediate HASS-S
21H.214

War and American Society

Christopher Capozzola Intermediate HASS-H
21H.217 11.013

American Urban History

Staff Seminar HASS-H CI-H
21H.218

History of the Built Environment in the US

Staff Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.220 11.150

Metropolis: A Comparative History of New York City

Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-H
21H.228

American Classics

Staff Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.229

The Black Radical Tradition in America

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.245 21G.086 17.57

Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society: 1917 to the Present

Elizabeth A. Wood Intermediate HASS-S CI-H
21H.260

Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics and Society

Staff Intermediate HASS-S
21H.262

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H
21H.282

MIT and Slavery: Publication

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.283

The Indigenous History of MIT

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.315

American Consumer Culture

Caley Horan Seminar HASS-H
21H.319

Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American Law

Malick W. Ghachem Seminar HASS-S
21H.320

Gender and the Law in US History

Christopher Capozzola Seminar HASS-H
21H.321 11.026

Downtown

Staff Seminar HASS-H
21H.322

Christianity in America

Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-H
21H.382

Capitalism in the Age of Revolution

Malick W. Ghachem Seminar HASS-H
21H.388 U 21H.988 G

Global Commodities, American Dreams

Megan A. Black Graduate
Seminar
HASS-H
21H.902

Reading Seminar in American History: 1877 to Present

Staff Graduate