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Nationalism is a pervasive force in culture and politics in the 21st century. It shapes our understanding of essential social categories like national identity that bear implications for citizenship and immigration. It frames debates on economic policy with consequences for inequality and development. It identifies enemies and rationalizes armed conflict in the name of the nation and complicates the negotiation of peace.  Nationalism may attract headlines and infuse large-scale political campaigns, but it is equally experienced in a myriad of individual, everyday practices that create and re-create national boundaries.

The Center for the Study of Nationalism (CSN) engages OU faculty and students in the empirical and theoretical aspects of studying nationalism and related cultural and political issues, including: cultural authenticity and reinvention; self-determination and secession; ethnic conflict and civil war; immigration and citizenship; globalization, development, and inequality; minority rights, accommodation and nation-building. Recognizing that the study of nationalism transcends academic disciplines and crosses the boundaries of traditional area studies, CSN bridges across departments and centers on campus to provide a forum for advancing knowledge and research production about nationalism and related cultural and political phenomena.

Carsten Schapkow

Dr. Carsten Schapkow
Director, Center for the Study of Nationalism
L.R. Brammer, Jr. Presidential Professor in HistoryDepartment of History/Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies
Phone: (405) 325 6356

Misha Klein

Misha Klein, Associate Professor
Dale Hall Tower 505B
Phone: (405) 325-4457

James Cane-Carrasco

James Cane-Carrasco, Associate Professor
Dale Hall Tower 317
(405) 325 9064

Afshin Marashi

Afshin Marashi, Associate Professor
Department of International and Area Studies
Farzaneh Family Chair, Iranian Studies
Farzaneh Hall, Room 326
Phone: 405-325-6671


Karin Schutjer

Karin Schutjer, Professor
German Studies
Department of Modern Languages, Norman, OK 73019-2038
Kaufman Hall 208
(405) 325-1907


Latin America:

  • Brazil Beyond Black and White (ANTH 4853/5970)
  • Modern Brazil (IAS 3353)
  • Latin America in the Age of Cuban Revolution (HIST 4543)
  • Intellectuals and Artists in Modern Latin America (HIST/IAS 4513-001)
  • The Latin American Left, 1900-present (HIST/IAS 4523-001)
  • Populism in 20th-Century South America (HIST/IAS 4533-001)
  • Latin American Independence, 1750-1880 (HIST 3843)
  • Culture and Identity in Latin America (HIST 6300)

Middle East:

  • The Modern Middle East (HIST 3953)
  • Rebirth of Israel (HIST 3963)
  • Modern Iran: 1500-Present (IAS 3223)
  • Nationalism & the Middle East (IAS 3223)
  • The Middle East Since WWI (IAS 3203)
  • Political Islam (IAS 3443)
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict (IAS 3473)
  • Iran Since 1979: Politics (IAS 3493)
  • Politics of the Middle East (PSC 3663)

Europe and Russia:

  • Transformation of the Jews (HIST 3232)
  • Jews and Nationalism in Eastern Europe (HIST 3770)
  • Imperial Russia (HIST 3793)
  • Jews and other Germans (HIST 4003)
  • From Bismarck to Hitler (HIST 3253)
  • Nazi German Culture (HIST 3120)
  • The Holocaust (HIST 2123)
  • History and Memory of the Holocaust (HIST 4973)
  • Diasporas and Minorities in Europe (HIST 3573/HIST 6200)
  • Nations and Nation-States in Europe (HIST 4973)
  • Nations and Nationalism (HIST 6200)
  • Modern Spain (HIST 3233)
  • Ethnic Politics (PSC 3970)
  • Cold War Science (HSCI 3463)

Asia and Africa:

  • Late Imperial China (HIST 3883)
  • Japan Since 1850 (HIST 3853)
  • Remembering the Asia Pacific War (HIST 4973-002)
  • Africa Since 1945 (HIST 3723)
  • Religion and Nationalism in India (RELS 3223)

Publications by Affiliated Faculty

James Cane, The Fourth Enemy. Journalism and Power in the Making of Peronist Argentina, 1930-1955 (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press 2011)

Misha Klein, Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in Sao Paulo (University Press of Florida, 2012, 2nd edition 2016).

Afshin Marashi and Kamran Aghaie eds., Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity (University of Texas Press, 2014)

Afshin Marashi, Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power, and the State, 1870-1940 (University of Washington Press, 2008)

Carsten Schapkow, Role Model and Countermodel. The Golden Age of Iberian Jewry and German-Jewish Culture During the Era of Emancipation (Lanham: Lexington Books 2016)

Karin Schutjer, Goethe and Judaism. The Troubled Inheritance of Modern Literature (Evanston: Northwestern University Press 2015)