This workshop is designed for Social Studies teachers considering graduate studies in History. It will break down the application process into clear, discrete steps. The workshop will provide you with a solid sense of what to expect from the program. We will help you brainstorm research questions and will introduce some of the varieties of source collections you might use. Professors with experience supervising MA students will lead the workshop. The program assistant who knows the ins and outs of the application process will be there. Advanced MA students who will discuss their thesis process from start to finish. Participants will leave the workshop with potential research questions as well as a road map for identifying and applying to a MA program in History
teachers who may be considering graduate studies
Born at the edge of the Colorado Desert, Luke Clossey has studied and taught world history for the last decade, near the San Francisco Bay, the Danube, and the Yellow Sea. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, awarded him the doctorate in history in 2004 for his dissertation on early Jesuit networks linking Germany, Mexico, and China. He joined the SFU History Department later that year. Vast and often shallow, like Hudson Bay, Clossey's research interests encompass early-modern world history, with a focus on religion and globalization. For the last decade he has been doing research in four dozen countries on the late-traditional (1400-1800) cult of Jesus, from Kamal Al-Din Al-Damiri to Thomas Jefferson. He also studies trends in the historical profession, and advocates a more global and more source-based approach to history.
After spending the first eighteen years of my life in Iowa City, I wanted to go as far away from home as possible. When I got to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, I told a first-year advisor that I might want to learn Chinese or Japanese. He told me that Lewis & Clark's Chinese teacher was excellent. I followed his advice and a few weeks later I had a Chinese name, Zhou Jierong 周杰荣, and had embarked on a journey that led to the Harbin Institute of Technology (1997) and Tsinghua University (2000-2001) for language training, and to the Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences (2004-2005) for dissertation research. In between, I studied Spanish in the Dominican Republic and worked at an NGO in Mexico City. I moved to Burnaby in 2008 after completing my PhD at the University of California, San Diego. Since 2014 I have served as Editor of Cambridge Studies in the History of the People’s Republic of China, a book series published by Cambridge University Press.