International History and Politics

The International History and Politics Department at the Graduate Institute in Geneva offers a unique, first-rate graduate education at the heart of International Geneva to study and research today’s global challenges from a multiplicity of historically-informed perspectives.

International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute

A Unique Programme

The International History and Politics Department at the Graduate Institute is uniquely located to monitor and examine the making of international policies and the global history that stands behind them.

International Geneva is where national, transnational and international, public and private actors operate and meet constantly. Here, peace agreements are signed, international IT protocols are negotiated, environmental advocacy, public health policies, financial, economic, conflict and security issues are imagined, debated and enforced, between and beyond nations. This has been the case for 100 years and continues to actively shape the future.

The master programme in International History and Politics and the PhD programme in International History and Politics both explore the modern world through these transnational histories, taking into account a multiplicity of perspectives.

This education opportunity is offered to students of quality concerned with the drivers of contemporary global governance challenges and their historical undercurrents in the areas of politics, development, conflict, environment, humanitarianism, commerce and finance, health and culture.



Understand the present, prepare the future


Decolonisation: Then and Now

A special dossier of Global Challenges co-produced by the Department of International History and Politics

Calls to decolonise the international production of knowledge are flourishing. The need to confront the legacies of Eurocentrism has been discussed by scholars and activists since decolonisation and earlier. Failing to register this historical depth may partake in a collective amnesia about the global colonial past.

This special interactive dossier prepared by the Department of International History and Politics in collaboration with the Graduate Institute Research Office delves into the mechanisms and politics of these urgent historical and contemporary issues with a view to examine their complexity and relevance for current research and teaching.

And also a special A Brief History of Decolonisation video by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou and a Podcast on Decolonising the Psyche by Mischa Suter.

Access the full dossier with more articles here.

Spring 2022

International History and Politics Forum

Tuesdays: 16:15 - 18:00
Pour l'histoire du temps présent

Fondation Pierre du Bois

A partner organisation of the International History and Politics Department


This episode focuses on the historical impact of the coronavirus and features Professor Mohamed Mahmoud Mohamedou, Chair of the International History and Politics Department; Professor Davide Rodogno; and Efrat Gilad, a PhD candidate.

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International History and Politics
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
Case Postale 1672
CH-1211 Genève 1



The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, on the corner of Avenue de France. You may take tram 15 until the Maison de la paix stop or, alternatively, walk a few minutes from the stop at Place des Nations. 


INTERNATIONAL HIstory and Politics- April 2022

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Colonial and Racist Heritage in the Monuments of Geneva - A study by Professors Mohamedou and Rodogno for the city of Geneva

HIstories and Politics- April 2021

  • Priya Satia, the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History in the Department of History of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, discusses her latest book, Time’s Monster – How History Makes History.
  • Professor Amalia Ribi Forclaz explores the relationship between food, agriculture and the development narrative.
  • Visiting Fellow Adam Bence Balazs writes on Lateness as a Political Perspective in Europe.
  • The Department of International History and Politics will be welcoming two Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Eccellenza Professorial Fellows, Dr. Antoine Acker and Dr. Mischa Suter.

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Priya Satia, the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History in the Department of History of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University discusses her latest book,

HIstories - NOVEMBER 2020

  • Professor Carolyn Biltoft writes on the Myth, Misinformation and the Writing of History.
  • Recent Ph.D. graduate Jonathan Matthew Schmitt discusses History, Law, Nation and the Indigenous Polity.
  • Carlo Eduardo Altamura writes on Historicising the Financial Dimensions of Authoritarianism in Latin America.
  • International History doctoral student Paroma Ghose wins the 2020 Pierre du Bois Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in International History.

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Graduate Institute Director Marie-Laure Salles, Paroma Ghose, Pierre du Bois Foundation President Irina du Bois and Professor Mahmoud Mohamedou

HIstories - April 2020

  • The International History Department has introduced ten new courses for its students, with plans to further expand the curriculum.
  • Professor Carolyn Biltoft and colleagues launch a New Academic Journal on History and Economics.
  • Professor Michael Goebel reflects on Urban Socioeconomic Equality and Globalisation. 
  • EUI Fellow Grace Ballor discusses Reconstructing the History of the Single Market.

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Students in Professor Mohamedou and Professor Rodogno's class An International History of Racism

HIstories - October 2019

  • A conversation on the History of International Relations with Robert Vitalis
  • The Pierre Du Bois 2019 Conference tackles Global Capitalism
  • Professor Susanna Hecht discusses Deforestation in the New Authoritarian Era
  • Professors Gopalan Balachandran and Davide Rodogno explain why Student Podcasts are the Way Forward.

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Robert Vitalis at the International History Forum

HIstories - April 2019

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Histories - November 2018


  • Environmental History at the 2018 Annual Pierre du Bois Conference
  • Talking Global History with Professor Michael Goebel
  • Connecting Histories by Professor Gopalan Balachandran
  • Exploring Economic Networks and History with Professor Rui Esteves

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