Elmer, Hannah

Field: Medieval; Advisor: Kosto; Year: 2011

Hannah specializes in the cultural, religious and intellectual history of later medieval and early modern Europe, especially Central and East-central Europe.

Her dissertation is examining practices of infant resuscitation and emergency baptism at various “sanctuaires à répit” in both German- and Polish-speaking regions during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

She holds a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Barnard College, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2006. She was supported by a Fulbright fellowship in 2006-07 to study Middle High German literature in Vienna, Austria, where she also worked as an English language teaching assistant. In 2011 she received an MA in Early Modern History from the Free University of Berlin; she began her doctoral studies at Columbia in the same year.

While at Columbia, she has received additional support from Alumnae Association of Barnard College and FLAS for the study of Polish.