Director of the Program in World History and Cultures
Ph.D., Rutgers, 2002
Christine Skwiot earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 2002 under the guidance of the wonderful dynamic duo, Jackson Lears and Michael Adas. Her research focuses on race and empire, with a particular emphasis on the national, comparative, and global histories of the U.S. imperium. She teaches courses on empires in modern world history, frontiers and borderlands, Oceania, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. transnational history, and world history and is developing a course on the U.S. and the World. She is completing a manuscript currently called, "The Purposes of Paradise: The Politics of U.S. Travel, Tourism, and Empire in Cuba and Hawai'i, c 1820 -1959." Skwiot is active in the History Department's Program in World History and Cultures. She is the faculty advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences' Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in International Studies.
“Genealogies and Histories in Collision: Tourism and Colonial Contestations in Hawai‘i, 1900-1930,” in Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton, eds., Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility, and Intimacy in an Age of Empire (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press), forthcoming, Fall 2008.
“Atlantic and Pacific Crossings: Race, Empire, and the ‘Labor Problem’ in the Late Nineteenth Century,” Radical History Review 91 (Winter 2005): 40-61, co-author Matthew Guterl.