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Allan D. Megill

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
434 Nau Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.A. Saskatchewan 1969
M.A. Toronto 1970
Ph.D. Columbia 1975
HIEU 1502: Introductory Seminar in Post-1700 European History
Credits: 3
Intended for first- or second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history.
HIEU 3802: Origins of Contemporary Thought
Credits: 3
Studies selected themes in intellectual history since the mid-19th century, focusing on Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, and other thinkers, emphasizing the intellectual contexts out of which they came and to which they contributed.
HIEU 3812: Marx
Credits: 3
Introduces the social theory of Karl Marx. What Marx said, why he said it, what he meant in saying it, and the significance thereof. Situates Marx's writing in the context of 19th-century intellectual history. Focuses on the coherence and validity of the theory and its subsequent history.
HIST 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
In exceptional circumstances and with the permission of a faculty member any student may undertake a rigorous program of independent study designed to explore a subject not currently being taught or to expand upon regular offerings. Independent study projects may not be used to replace regularly scheduled classes. Enrollment is open to majors or non-majors.
HIEU 5062: Philosophy and Theory of History
Credits: 3
Course surveys tradition of 'philosophy of history' (ca. 1860--1960s) but focuses on the more recent genre of 'theory of history' (late 1960s/70s--present), which responds to recent historical genres and to new problems related to narrative, memory, trauma, counterfactuality, etc. Emphasis is on linking theory to specific historical and meta-historical instances (e.g., Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, Friedlander's Nazi Germany and the Jews, 'trut
HIST 7001: Approaches to Historical Study
Credits: 3
This course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of historical approaches.
HIST 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
HIST 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

President, Journal of the History of Ideas, Inc., 2005--2014Directeur d'études invité at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, May 1997.

University of Virginia Sesquicentennial Associateship, Spring Semester 1994, Spring Semester 2000, Spring Semester 2005, fall semester 2010..

University of Iowa Faculty Scholarship, 1985-88.

Research Fellow, Australian National University, 1977-79.