Kleiser, Randal (Grant)

Field: International & Global; Advisor: Brown; Year: 2017

Born and raised in New York City, Randal (Grant) Kleiser is a first-year Ph.D. student specializing in the study of the early modern Atlantic World. He plans on concentrating on reform and resistance to the Spanish, British, and Portuguese empires in the eighteenth century. Grant is particularly interested in the effects of the Seven Years War and the persistent nuisance of smuggling on economic and political centralization efforts by these three powers. For the dissertation, he hopes to write about how the British end of “salutary neglect,” the Spanish Bourbon reforms, and the Portuguese Pombalian reforms informed each other in the 1760s and developed across time and space.


Before beginning his doctoral work at Columbia, Grant graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History and International Relations. His thesis in International Relations focused on Spanish and Portuguese border disputes over modern-day Uruguay from 1750-1801. He also wrote an in depth article last year for the Penn Archives and Records center’s website regarding the loyalist leadership of the College of Philadelphia (Penn), King’s College (Columbia University), and the College of William and Mary in the early years of the Revolutionary War.