Faculty Profile

Jeremy Ball

Associate Professor of History (2005), Department Chair

Contact Information

ballj@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 19
717.245.2548191
http://users.dickinson.edu/~ballj/index.html

Bio

He teaches courses in African political and ecological history, apartheid, the Atlantic slave trade, and human rights. His research focuses on the labor and business history of Angola, Portuguese colonialism, and oral history.

Education

  • B.A., Boston College, 1994
  • M.A., Yale University, 1998
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

HIST 204 Intro Historical Methodology
Local archives and libraries serve as laboratories for this project-oriented seminar that introduces beginning majors to the nature of history as a discipline, historical research techniques, varied forms of historical evidence and the ways in which historians interpret them, and the conventions of historical writing. Prerequisite: one previous course in history.

EASN 206 Imperial China
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01. In this class, you will learn about change and continuity in imperial China, from the third century BC through 1911. Over the course of this more than two thousand years, what we refer to as “China” changed a great deal politically, economically, socially, and even ecologically. We will explore many of these changes, while at the same timekeeping an eye on the continuities that continued to characterize this amazing place and people over the long term. Among the topics you can expect to learn about in this course are:•Who and what constituted “China” in different periods•How the geography and climate of China differ from place to place•How the imperial government was organized and how the ruling family established their legitimacy•How different forms of religion—including Daoism, Buddhism, the state cult and popular practices such as ancestor worship—developed and related to one another•How the Chinese empire interacted with the nomadic peoples and states on its borders•How the role and treatment of women in Chinese society changed, and what has remained the same

EASN 206 Mod Japan in Transpacific Wrld
Cross-listed with HIST 215-02.Drawing on recent developments in postcolonial and transnational studies, this course explores various approaches to modern Japanese history from a transpacific perspective, in particular Japan’s relationship with the United States and other East Asian countries. Using a rich variety of materials such as novels, films, and essays, this course will examine the intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic history of Japan from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Japanese migration to the United States, Japanese colonization of East Asia, African- American interest in racial issues within Asia, Japanese and Chinese intellectual discussions of modernity, American militarization in East Asia, and the circulation of Japanese subcultures abroad.

HIST 215 Imperial China
Cross-listed with EASN 206-01. In this class, you will learn about change and continuity in imperial China, from the third century BC through 1911. Over the course of this more than two thousand years, what we refer to as “China” changed a great deal politically, economically, socially, and even ecologically. We will explore many of these changes, while at the same timekeeping an eye on the continuities that continued to characterize this amazing place and people over the long term. Among the topics you can expect to learn about in this course are:•Who and what constituted “China” in different periods•How the geography and climate of China differ from place to place•How the imperial government was organized and how the ruling family established their legitimacy•How different forms of religion—including Daoism, Buddhism, the state cult and popular practices such as ancestor worship—developed and related to one another•How the Chinese empire interacted with the nomadic peoples and states on its borders•How the role and treatment of women in Chinese society changed, and what has remained the same

HIST 215 Mod Japan in Transpacific Wrld
Cross-listed with EASN 206-03.Drawing on recent developments in postcolonial and transnational studies, this course explores various approaches to modern Japanese history from a transpacific perspective, in particular Japan’s relationship with the United States and other East Asian countries. Using a rich variety of materials such as novels, films, and essays, this course will examine the intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic history of Japan from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Japanese migration to the United States, Japanese colonization of East Asia, African- American interest in racial issues within Asia, Japanese and Chinese intellectual discussions of modernity, American militarization in East Asia, and the circulation of Japanese subcultures abroad.

AFST 220 African History since 1800
Cross-listed with HIST 271-01.In this course we will study the political, social, economic and ecological forces that have shaped African societies since 1800. We will examine in depth the Asante kingdom in West Africa, the Kongo kingdom in Central Africa, and the Zulu kingdom in Southern Africa. European's colonization of Africa and Africans' responses will be a major focus of the course.

HIST 271 African History since 1800
Cross-listed with AFST 220-01.