World History

Available as minor field. Prepares students to analyze seminal works and concepts in the development of global-scaled integrative approaches to world history.


Scott Levi is a historian of the social and economic history of early modern Central Asia. In addition to his journal articles, book chapters and other publications, he has authored The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709–1876: Central Asia in the Global Age (Pittsburgh University Press, 2017); Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road (Penguin, 2015); and The Indian Diaspora in Central Asia and its Trade, 1550-1900 (E. J. Brill, 2002). He has also edited India and Central Asia: Commerce and Culture, 1500–1800 (Oxford University Press, 2007) and co-edited (with Ron Sela) Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Sources (Indiana University Press, 2010). His current project, “Early Modern Connections: Global Integration and the 18th-Century Bukharan Crisis,” examines a number of ways that historical processes unfolding across the early modern world contributed to the collapse of the Bukharan Khanate. Professor Levi is a recipient of the 2011 OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Thomas McDow's research focuses on the Western Indian Ocean in the 19th century and examines the business and family networks that linked Arabia, the East African Coast, and the African interior. Broadly he is interested in World, Islamic, Indian Ocean, and African History and is drawn to themes of trade, migration, diaspora, slavery, and colonialism, with a growing interest in the history of medicine.

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