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Deets, Mark

I am a historian of modern Africa writing a spatial history of Senegal's Casamance conflict. As Casamance separatists defined the nation after 1980 through five spatial icons, non-elites corroborated, contested, or ignored this discursive mapping.

Rutledge, Brian

I research the ambiguities of playful work and work-filled play under capitalism. My dissertation on South Africa's black middle class explores links between "fun" holiday trips and profit-driven media businesses from 1910 and 1970.


Amstutz, Andrew

My areas of interest include modern South Asia, history of the British Empire, Indo-Muslim intellectual history, language politics, and history of science. My dissertation is "Finding a Home for Urdu: The Urdu movement in 20th-century South Asia."

Baba, Ai

Research interests: History of the Japanese Empire (Korea and Taiwan), modern Japan, and US-East Asia relations in the 20th century.

Chakraborty, Rukmini

I study Indian Ocean history, focusing on the late eighteenth- early nineteenth-century Bay of Bengal. My research currently focuses on intersections between competing Colonial Empires, maritime law and practices of Asian merchant groups. Related interests include, South and Southeast Asia interactions, maritime sovereignty, global intellectual history, history of international law and early nineteenth century legal thought.

Chen, Shiau-Yun

The major focus of my studies has been on the often surprising ways in which gender ideology are woven into patriarchal systems, focusing on the late imperial China. My dissertation will examine discourses on female violence, including on its physicality, emotionality, and morality.

Chia, Jack

Southeast Asia-China Interactions, Buddhism, Chinese Popular Religion, Chinese Diaspora, South China Sea.

Fernandez, Juan

I'm interested in maritime Southeast Asia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing primarily on the American Philippines, colonial photography and anthropology in the region, masculinity and gender, technologies of imperial rule, and the participation of colonies in international expositions during this period.

Han, Jihyun

Modern China; economy and society in early People's Republic of China; state-society relationship; social diversity; Northeastern China

Hong, Soo kyeong

Modern Japanese history; history of medicine and food; biopolitics, nationalism and colonialism of the Japanese Empire; dissertation in progress titled, "Food as Medicine: The Cultural Politics of Healthy Eating in Modern Japan, 1890s-1950s."

Huang, Yu-Han

My current research interest concentrates on Japanese colonialism and its influence on post Second World War East Asia, especially Taiwan, China, and South Korea.

Kelly, Jason

Modern China, U.S. foreign relations, modern Japan, history of commerce, East Asian international history.

Lee, Sujin

My main research interests include the social and intellectual history of the Japanese Empire, representations of race, nation, and sex in scientific knowledge, and interrelated debates on eugenics and population in modern states of East Asia.

Minarchek, Matthew

Southeast Asian history (Indonesia) with a focus on indigenous histories, ethnicity and identity, historical geography, colonial forestry and science, agrarian and labor history, and wildlife smuggling in the highlands of Aceh, Sumatra.

Peng, Yiyun

Chinese history with a focus on late imperial and modern China.

Reeder, Matthew

Southeast Asia: especially Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and connections beyond. I conduct research on early modern political communities, ethnicity and social categorization, early historiography and literature, and testimony and the truth.

Setlur, Shivrang

My current research concerns the history of the human sciences in South Asia. I am especially interested in engagements between the behavioural sciences, economics, planning, and development.

Siddiqui, Osama

I study modern South Asia and the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries with a focus on intellectual history, including histories of political economic discourse, language, and translation. Committee: Durba Ghosh, Robert Travers, Rachel Weil

Soenarto, Ermita

My dissertation title is 'Coming of Age in the Indies: A History of Children, Childhood and Family Life in Indonesia from 1890 to 1960'.

Townsend, Rebecca

My research interests include the transnational and social histories of Southeast Asia and Thailand, with a focus on gender and sexuality studies, international relations (especially with the US), and cinema studies. My dissertation is titled "Cinema People: History and International Modernity in Cold War Thailand."
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Utne, Kelsey

Representations of national identity and public history in late-colonial to early post-colonial South Asia.

Vo, Alex

Southeast Asian history

Vu, Hoang

I explore the evolution of Vietnam's foreign relations between the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, through the conflicts with Democratic Kampuchea and China, to its entry into ASEAN and normalization of relations with the U.S. in 1995.; website

Wang, Anran

My research interest focuses on China's ethnic relations and foreign relations during the Cold War era.  I'm particularly interested in the interaction between ethnic politics in China's northern borderland and China's relations with neighboring communist states.

Yi, Jongsik

Modern China, PRC history, Southwest China, agrarian and environmental history, political ecology, China-Southeast Asia interactions.


Bloomfield, Kevin

I am a historian whose research focuses on the Late Roman West, the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, and the development of Western Christianity. I hope to join the growing number of historians who use environmental and climatological methods in their historical research.

Boling, Nathaniel

My interests include modern France, European intellectual history, psychoanalysis, and critical theory.

Bourgeois, Janelle

My interests focus on race, slavery, and abolitionism in the eighteenth century French Atlantic.

Bujalski, Nicholas

I specialize in 19th and 20th century Russia, within the broader context of modern European cultural and intellectual history. My current work focuses on the birth of the Russian revolutionary tradition, political imprisonment, and spatial history.

Casey, Christina

My dissertation explores iterations of domesticity in British imperial politics and culture during the long nineteenth century.

Carnaghi, Benedetta

I study modern European history with a particular focus on Italy, France, and Germany. My research currently focuses on a comparison between the Fascist and Nazi secret police. Related interests include the history of Resistance, the Holocaust, gender studies, political violence, and terror.

d'Avigdor, Lewis

My research interests include intellectual history, transnational history, the history of protest and 1960s social, political and cultural movements.

Fisher, Abigail

Gender and legal history in early modern England.

Horning, Kate

Modern Germany, intellectual history, and political violence and terror.

Jackson, Lauren

Cultural and imperial history of Britain in the 18th century, and especially the influence of the growth of empire upon domestic self-perception and social structures.

Krell, Jacob

Modern intellectual history

Lyons, Craig

My primary area of interest is the Viking Age, particularly the interactions between the Norse kingdoms in Ireland and Britain and the established societies of those islands, and the relationship between these far-flung Norse settlements and their Scandanavian homelands. Along with this I am interested in the reception of Germanic barbarians in the Latin West from Late Antiquity through the Viking Age, the medieval North Atlantic in general, and ancient and medieval maritime and military history.; website

McComb, Max

My research focuses on ideas about healing and punishment in the early Middle Ages, particularly the Carolingian period. I am also broadly interested in religious history and the history of violence. My dissertation is tentatively titled "Strategies of Correction: Miraculous Healing and Punishment in the Carolingian Empire."

Pontzer, Kaitlin

My research focuses on the intersection of political power and familial structures in early modern England. Related interests include partisan rhetoric, gender, the British Empire, emotional norms, and historical notions of public and private.

Son, Joo-Rak

ancient societies and intercommunity relations using theory and material culture; specialization is Classical and Hellenistic Greece.

Sorg, Tim

I am interested in the transition of ancient Mediterranean states from regional city-state to territorial empire, with a special focus on land allotment. My disssertation is tentatively titled "Imperial Neighbors: Empires and Land Allotment in the Ancient Mediterranean World."

Szabla, Christopher

European and global history, particularly intellectual history and the histories of colonialism and international law. My research currently focuses on past attempts to coordinate and regulate global migration.

Wesner, Samantha

I am a PhD candidate studying the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, with particular focus on secularism, religion, education, and aesthetics.

Willoughby, Emma

Early American History, native American History, British Imperialism, Australian History.

Latin America

Diaz Angel, Sebastian

I have a BA in Political Science, a BA in History and an MA in Geography. My project focuses on geographical engineering development programs in Latin America during the Cold War, combining my interest in the history of cartography, science and technology studies, environmental history and digital humanities.; website

Harvey, Kyle

My research is on the development of mobility in Argentina and Chile (1850s-1910s), particularly in the central Andes and the pampas. This research connects to my interests in space, environment, technology, bottom-up state formations, and labor.

Myers, Nicholas

My focus is on northern Mexico and, more broadly, the North American West from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. This work reflects my interest in geography, state formation, environmental history, and spatial theory.

Savala, Joshua

I am interested in the Peruvian-Chilean working class maritime world, from the mid nineteenth to the early twentieth century. More broadly, my work looks at the history of anarchism, policing, maritime space, state formation, and masculinity.

United States

Ackerman, Seth

US political and foreign relations history; US/European relations in the 20th Century.

Bartel, Fritz

I work on the international history of the Cold War and the history of capitalism. My dissertation, "The Privatization of the Cold War: Global Finance and the Fall of Communism," will examine the pivotal role of Western commercial banks and communist sovereign debt in the late Cold War.

Begakis, Jennifer

My area of interest lies in the advent of America's post-war domestic and international tourism industries, including the experiences, accommodations, and promotion of commercial travel for recreation. This sub-sector of the service economy falls within a unique intersection of economic, social, and intellectual history, in addition to geopolitical processes in the creation of international 'destinations'. I study mid-century tourism in connection with America's expanding infrastructure, the development of the modern corporation, the growth of the middle class, and the rise of international air travel.  My research also delves into the pervasive intellectual milieu of mid-century America, I explore how postwar modernist ideas encouraged entrepreneurs to seek cross-sectoral collaborations between, research laboratories, economists, and local and state politicians, thusly producing a pseudo-scientific philosophical foundation for socio-economic design.

Bosworth, Amanda

I am a historian of 20th century US-Russia relations and the ocean, with research interests in material culture, museum studies, how citizens consume history and make meaning of it, and how history is manipulated for political expediency in both nations. 

Cosgrove, Sean

I am a historian of the modern United States with research interests in gender, medicine, and popular culture. I am committed to public engagement and am actively interested in fostering greater inclusivity in higher education.

Dallos, Matt

I research twentieth century U.S. environmental and cultural history. I'm particularly fascinated by how individuals and communities have responded to regions and sites manipulated by industrial development.

Fibiger, Mattias

My research focuses on 20th century U.S. foreign relations, modern Southeast Asia, and the international history of the Cold War. My dissertation examines the Nixon Doctrine at work in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Giacomelli, Joseph

My research focuses on theories of climate change and human agency in the nineteenth-century United States. I am especially interested in the role of cartography, scientific uncertainty, and expansionism in shaping debates about climate.

Goder, Neta

My general areas of interest are U.S. 20th century, African-American history, Black Nationalism, Black Internationalism, Zionism, transnational history, nationalism, colonialism and post-colonialism.  More specifically, I intend to examine mutual influences between Zionism and Black Nationalism and trace African-Americans' evolving attitudes towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Katungi, Candace

U.S. history: 18th and 19th century, African American history, and gender. Dissertation: "Pioneering Race Women: Black Women's Activism in the Northeast 1787-1848." Minor fields: 20th century African American history and colonial Latin America.

Milian, Alberto

U.S. history (19th and 20th centuries), U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Chicano history, race and racial formation in the U.S., Modern Mexico.

Purcell, Ryan

My research interests include urban cultural history, and the ways in which the built environment, economy, and arts intersect. Specifically, I am interested in meanings of punk and hip-hop culture in late-20th century America.

Reed, Molly

19th century U.S. environmental, social, intellectual history; transnationalism; science and technology studies; environmental imaginaries of communal settlements.

Reynoso, Jacqueline

My research interests include Early American history, the history of cartography, and spatial theory. In my dissertation, I examine the American Revolution from the vantage point of Quebec - a British province at the time.; website

Rivera Marin, Jorge

20th century U.S. foreign relations history, Cold War history, decolonization, modern U.S. history.

Rojas, Nathaniel

My research engages the intertwined relationships between science, technology, and U.S. foreign relations during the early Cold War.

Thompson, Kwelina

US 19th and 20th century economic and labor history, history of capitalism, transnationalism, urban studies.

Tomlinson, Anne

My research explores the technological, political, and cultural co-production of nuclear weapons in the United States during the Cold War. My fields include the history of science and technology, STS, and postwar America. Additionally, the teaching of history and pedagogical practice in the humanities fascinates me.