Field: Medieval; Advisor: Kosto; Year: 2009
Jay Gundacker (BA, New York University; MA, Fordham) joined the Department of History at Columbia in 2009. He studies late medieval European cultural and economic history, focusing on Mediterranean towns and trade networks. Current research interests include merchant ways of knowing, counterfeiting and commercial fraud, and the role of sensory perception in evaluating goods. Jay is also a Graduate Fellow of Columbia's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.