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Wesley Lummus

Adjunct Faculty
Degree
MA, Texas Tech University
PhD, ABD, University of Minnesota
Office
JRC 409
Phone
651-962-5732
Mail
JRC 432

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota. A Texas native, I moved to Minneapolis to pursue a PhD in History with a focus on the Modern Middle East and Central Asia broadly. I became fascinated with Turkish and Central Asian history primarily through the study of the Turkish and Azerbaijani languages. Taking language courses in both Istanbul and Baku, I became interested in how both languages resembled each other, and yet, had linguistic particularities that reflected the deep histories of both countries.  

My dissertation research is centered on 20th-century Turkey and Azerbaijan with a focus on how nationalist elites in both countries sought to foster new forms of national identity through language reform. More broadly, I am interested in the process of language reform (and its promotion of national identity) in the Middle East and Central Asia during the 20th century. My upcoming dissertation, “The Language Reform in Kemalist Turkey and Soviet Azerbaijan, 1926-1940,” examines the interactive nature of Turkic language reform in the 1920s and 1930s.

I have instructed courses on the Modern Middle East, Islam and the West, and the Middle East and North Africa in a global perspective.   

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 118 - W02 Middle East and North Africa M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 414

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 414

Course Registration Number:

43138 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 118 - W03 Middle East and North Africa M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 414

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 414

Course Registration Number:

43139 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 118 - L01 Middle East and North Africa - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 246

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1600

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

10239 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 118 - W01 Middle East and North Africa M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC LL62

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

JRC LL62

Course Registration Number:

21137 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 118 - W02 Middle East and North Africa M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 JRC 222

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

JRC 222

Course Registration Number:

22283 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)