ESP Biography



SAMI RAZA, Columbia College Freshman studying History




Major: History and MESAAS

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I was born in NYC, but I moved out when I was a baby, first to Tennessee, and then to Maryland, where I grew up. I've loved history and reading about it my whole life, and I plan a career in either Middle Eastern or South Asian history. I dabble in plenty of academic fields, but in general, I would describe myself as fascinated by the obscure and forgotten.



Past Classes

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Y869: India and Indians in the First World War in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
Over a million men from the Indian subcontinent served all over the world during the First World War, but their contribution has been mostly forgotten, even in the subcontinent itself. This course will be a brief introduction to both the military and social history of India during the period focusing mainly on the Indian Army and Independence Movement. It will use the Indian experience of the war as a lens into British India.


W870: 2020 Presidential Forum in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
Interested in politics and/or debate? On the edge of your seat watching each passing presidential debate? Or are you just interested in talking about policy and how the country is run? Enroll to participate in a seminar on the important issues for this presidential race, focusing primarily on fact-based policy.


Y882: From Tirpitz to the Washington Conference: the Global Naval Arms Race,1897-1938 in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
From Wilhelmine Germany’s decision to build a navy to challenge Britain in 1897, up to the First World War, and again from its end up to the Washington Naval Conference in 1922, Europe’s Great Powers, as well as secondary powers across the world, engaged in an intense naval arms race, generally considered the first serious modern arms race, which eventually ended in the first international arms control conference, the Washington Conference, successfully limiting the navies of the world for over a decade before breaking down in the 1930s. This course will examine the technological, political, and cultural developments surrounding the first, and arguably most widespread, arms race of the 20th century, reflecting on study of disarmament in general and current challenges to American naval dominance. I will mostly focus on the Anglo-German Dreadnought race and the Washington Treaties, but I will touch on the various smaller naval races in the period, especially the South American Dreadnought Race.


Y788: India and Indians in the First World War in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
Over a million men from the Indian subcontinent served all over the world during the First World War, but their contribution has been mostly forgotten, even in the subcontinent itself. This course will be a brief introduction to both the military and social history of India during the period focusing mainly on the Indian Army and Independence Movement. It will use the Indian experience of the war as a lens into British India.