Chris Gratien headshot

Christopher Richard Gratien

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
Nau 356
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., History - Georgetown University, 2015
M.A., Arab Studies - Georgetown University, 2008
B.A., History - Le Moyne College, 2005
Harvard Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
Source: President and Fellows of Harvard College
July 01, 2019 – June 30, 2020
HIME 1501: Introductory Seminar in Middle East History
Credits: 3
Introduces the study of history 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. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history.
HIME 2001: The Making of the Islamic World
Credits: 3
Explores the history of the Middle East and North Africa from late antiquity to the rise to superpower status of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Topics include the formation of Islam and the first Arab-Islamic conquests; the fragmentation of the empire of the caliphate; the historical development of Islamic social, legal, and political institutions; science and philosophy; and the impact of invaders (Turks, Crusaders, and Mongols).
HIME 2002: The Making of the Modern Middle East
Credits: 4
What historical processes that have shaped the Middle East of today? This course focuses on the history of a region stretching from Morocco in the West and Afghanistan in the East over the period of roughly 1500 to the present. In doing so, we examine political, social, and cultural history through the lens of "media" in translation, such as manuscripts, memoirs, maps, travel narratives, novels, films, music, internet media, and more.
HIST 2150: Global Environmental History
Credits: 3
This course examines global ecological connections throughout time and offers a narrative of environmental history that is more inclusive of regions outside of Europe and North America such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It explores the relationship between humans and their environments over the course of history and places special emphasis on the past century of ecological change and what has recently been called the Anthropocene.
HIST 2152: Climate History
Credits: 3
Climate change is widely regarded as the most important environmental question of the present. This course equips students to engage with the study of climate change from multiple perspectives. Part 1 surveys how understandings of the climate developed and transformed. Part 2 explores how historical climatology lends new insights to familiar historical questions. Part 3 explores the history of environment and climate as political issues.
HIST 2559: New Course in General History
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of general history.
HIST 4501: Major Seminar
Credits: 4
The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pages in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIME 4993: Independent Study in Middle Eastern History
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. Open to majors or non-majors.
HIST 8001: Master's Essay Writing
Credits: 3
Master's Essay Writing offers first-year doctoral students in History and those in the JD/MA program a workshop in which to discuss and develop an article-length work of original scholarship. Prerequisite: First-year history Ph.D. students or JD/MA students
HIST 8999: Research in History
Credits: 1–12
For master's essay and other research carried out prior to advancement to candidacy, taken under the supervision of the student's adviser.
HIME 9021: Oil and Capital in the Middle East
Credits: 3
This tutorial explores the remaking of politics, economy, and ecology in the Middle East from the late 19th century onward. While international relations and corporations play a role in the scholarship of the 20th century Middle East, we seek to understand local dimensions of oil and capital as well, focusing less on the geopolitical context and more on the socioeconomic impacts of changing economic and energy regimes.
HIME 9026: Minorities in the Middle East
Credits: 3
The status of minorities and intercommunal relations in the Middle East have long concerned scholars of the region. This tutorial explores the historiography of "minority" communities in the Middle East and their relationships with one another. In addition to examining how communal statuses and strategies of governance have changed over time, we will consider the plurality of experiences in the region and develop a comparative perspective.
HIST 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of the dissertation director.

2016-17 - Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

2015-16 - Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University Program in Agrarian Studies

2014-15 - ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2012-13 - SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship

2009 - ARIT Summer Advanced Turkish Fellowship, Boğaziçi University

2008-09 - Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Full-Year Fellowship, University of Damascus, Syria