The Graduate Program

Annual Newsletter

Final Edition – July, 2018

We welcome our incoming Ph.D. candidates for Fall 2018!

Early Modern

Celine Camps (BA, Maastricht University; MA, Universiteit Ultrecht)

Amanda Faulkner (BA, University of Texas Austin)

Heath Rojas (BA, Stanford University)

Louis Wallen (BA, Pomona College; MA, University College London)

Bailey Yellen (BA, Claremont McKenna College)

History-East Asia

 Benjamin Pham (BA, Stanford University; MA, Peking University)

 International & Global History

 Adrienne Le (BA, Yale University)

Gabriel Solis (BA, Loyola University of Chicago; MA, University of Texas El Paso)

Jewish History

 Yakov Ellenbogen (BA, Yeshiva University New York)

Latin American History

Mariana Katz (BA, Universidad de Buenos Aires)

Middle East History

 Yasemin Akcaguner (BA, Barnard College; MSc, London School of Economics)

Jamil Sbitan (BA, Boston University; MA, Harvard University GSAS)

Sahar Bostock (BA, Ben-Gurion University; MA, Tel Aviv University)

Modern European History

Anusar Farooqui (BA, University of Delhi; MA, Delhi School of Economics; MS, Columbia University School of Professional Studies; PhD, McGill University)

Alice Gorton (BA, Capilano University; BA, University of British Columbia)

Roxanne Houman (BA, University of California Santa Barbara)

James Nadel (BA, University of Michigan Ann Arbor)

Arie Veenendaal (BA, University of Utrecht; MA, Columbia University GSAS; MSc, London School of Economics)

Azat Bilalutdinov (BA, Tomsk University)

United States History

Amanda Hardin (BA, University of Texas Austin; MA, Montana State University)

Cailin Hong (BSc, Princeton University)

Whitney McIntosh (BA, Stanford University)

Nicholas (Nikita) Shepard (BA, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; MA, Middle Tennessee State University)


Ph.D.s Conferred in 2017-18

Brown, Tristan.  The Veins of the Earth: Property, Environment, and Cosmology in Nanbu County, 1865-1942
Sponsor: Madeleine Zelin.

Chen, John Tseh-han.  Islamic Modernism in China: Chinese Muslim Elites, Guomindang Nation-Building, and the limits of the Global Umma , 1900-1960. 
Sponsor: Rashid Khalidi. Co-Sponsor: Marwa Elshakry

Halperin, Anna Danziger.  Education or Welfare? American and British Child Care Policy, 1965-2004. 
Sponsor: Susan Pedersen. Co-Sponsor: Alice Kessler-Harris.

Dunitz, Sarah Claire.  Educational Empires: the USA, Great Britain, and British Africa, circa 1902-1944
Sponsor: Alice Kessler-Harris.

Hattori, Masako.  Across War and Peace: Youth, Higher Education, and National Security in the United States, 1917-1945. 
Sponsor: Anders Stephanson.

Herschthal, Eric.  The Science of Antislavery: The Role of Science in the Early Antislavery Movement, 1770-1830.
Sponsor: Christopher L. Brown.

lsmail, Shehab.  Engineering Metropolis: Contagion, Capital, and the Making of British Colonial Cairo, 1882-1922. 
Sponsor: Marwa Elshakry.

Jones, Colin.  Living Law in Japan: Social Jurisprudence During the Interwar Period. 
Sponsor: Carol Gluck

Juravich, Nicholas. A Classroom Revolution: Community Educators and the Transformation of School and Work in American Cities.
Sponsor: Mae Ngai.

Kideckel, Michael (Mookie).  Fresh from the Factory: Breakfast Cereal, Natural Food, and the Marketing of Reform, 1890-1920.
Sponsor: Karl Jacoby.

Lasdow, Kathryn. Spirit of Improvement: Construction, Conflict, and Community in Early-National Port Cities.
Sponsor: Elizabeth Blackmar.

Meaney, Thomas Mallory.  The American Hour: US Policy Intellectuals and Decolonization. 
Sponsor: Samuel Moyn.

Morris, Melissa.  Cultivating Colonies: Tobacco and the Upstart Empires, 1580-1640.
Sponsor: Christopher L. Brown.

Petrov, Victor.  A Cyber-Socialism at Home and Abroad: Bulgarian Modernisation, Computers, and the World 1967-1989.
Sponsor: Mark Mazower.

Powers, Allison.  Settlement Colonialism: Compensatory Justice in United States Expansion, 1868-1941. 
Sponsor: Mae Ngai.

Roy, Aurelie.  ‘An Accident of Fate’: Lawyers, Tribal Sovereignty, and the Rise of Indian Law. 1964-1974. 
Sponsor: Karl Jacoby.

Rubin, Gil.  The Future of the Jews: Planning for the Postwar Jewish World, 1939-1946. 
Sponsor: Michael Stanislawski. Co-Sponsor: Samuel Moyn.

Runcie, Sarah. Mobile Health Teams and Decolonization in the Eradication Era, Cameroon, 1945-1970
Sponsor: Gregory Mann.

Shulevitz, Deborah. Heresy, Money, and Society in Southern France, 1175-1325
Sponsor: Joel Kaye

Stockland, Pierre-Etienne.  Insects, Anthropogenic Change and Rural Environments in the Global French. 
Sponsor: Pamela H. Smith.

Wazer, Caroline.  Salus Publica: Public Health and the State in the Early Roman Empire.
Sponsor: William V. Harris.


Congratulations to all those who successfully defended their dissertations in 2017-18!

Freeman, Mary. The Politics of Correspondence: Letter Writing in the Campaign Against Slavery in the United States
Sponsor: Barbara Fields.

Ispahani, Merve. Building Sovereignty in the Late Ottoman World: Imperial Subjects, Consular Networks and Documentation of Individual Identities.
Sponsor: Rashid Khalidi

Kung, Chien Wen.  Coercion, Culture, and Chineseness: Nationalist China and Overseas Chinese Anticommunism in the Philippines, 1945- 1970s.
Sponsor: Eugenia Y. Lean.

Kuzuoglu, Ulug.  Codes of Modernity: Chinese Script during the Global Information Revolution.
Sponsor: Madeleine Zelin.

Zakar, Adrien Paul. The Disembodied Eye: War, Space and Visual Technologies in Syria (1900-1946)
Sponsor: Marwa Elshakry

Zarate, Arthur. The Making of a Muslim Reformer: Muhammad al;-Ghazail (1917-1996) and Islam in Postcolonial Egypt, 1947-1967
Sponsor: Marwa Elshakry.

Dissertation Write-up Fellowships Awarded for the 2018-19 Academic Year (Update in progress)


Doris G. Quinn Fellowship

 Angela Giordani,

Daniel G. Kressel,

Rachel Newman

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship


Harriet Zuckerman Dissertation Completion Fellowship


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Tania Bhattacharyya

Eunsung Cho

Susannah Ferguson

Sean O’Neil

 CES/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Lowenheim History Fellowship


Fellowships, Awards, Grants, Jobs, & Babies (Update in progress)


Carolyn Arena has been named the 2017-2019 Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture- National Endowment for the Humanities (OIEAHC-NEH) Postdoctoral Fellow. The Institute, in partnership with UNC press, holds rights of first refusal on her book manuscript. Her first article “Indian Slaves from Guiana in Seventeenth-Century Barbados” was published in the January 2017 issue of Ethnohistory.

Zeinab Azarbadegan has been awarded the GSAS International Travel Fellowship for the academic year 2017-18.

Nishant Batsha has started in an alt-ac position as Communications Director at Flair, a startup revolutionizing smart home heating and cooling. Check out for more information.

Manuel Bautista Gonzalez has been reelected as member of the Executive Committee of the Mexican Economic History Association (AMHE) for 2017-2020. To date, he is the youngest member ever to be elected to the AMHE’s governing board.

Sohini Chattopadhyay has been awarded a Summer Language Fellowship for International Students for Summer 2017.

Samuel Daly will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Anna Danziger Halperin has received a Heyman Center Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Her second daughter, Eleanor, was born on February 13, 2017.

Masako Hattori has been awarded an Albert J. Beveridge Research Grant from the AHA.

Eric Herschthal will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Lapidus Center for the Study of Transatlantic Slavery, part of the New York Public Library/Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Lotte Houwink ten Cate has been awarded a Summer Language Fellowship for International Students for Summer 2017. She is also  is a recipient of the 2017 Harriman-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Council for European Studies. Her article “‘Die Amerikanerin Scolds!’ How the Private Friendship Between Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem Went Public” — which details Isaiah Berlin’s unknown role in passing on Arendt’s private letters to editors in London — is forthcoming in New German Critique.

Shehab Ismail will be going to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, on a three-year postdoc.

Nick Juravich and Jean Seestadt welcomed Alden Juravich Seestadt on December 25, 2016. Starting in September, Nick will be the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New York Historical Society.

Paul Katz received a Fulbright-Hays for the fall of 2017 for research in Argentina and Brazil.

Ana Keilson and her husband Justin Reynolds welcomed their daughter Liva Ruth MacAlpine Keilson-Reynolds on August 31, 2016. Liva, Justin and Ana will be moving to Cambridge, MA, where Ana and Justin will be taking up lectureships in the Social Studies Program at Harvard in the fall.

Chien Wen Kung has been awarded a V. K. Wellington Koo Fellowship from the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. His article will appear in a forthcoming issue of Modern Asian Studies.

Owain Lawson has been awarded an SSRC IDRF fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year.

Caroline Foster Marris will be researching abroad in AY ’17-18, supported by a Harley Research Fellowship in Cartography. In summer 2017 she will attend the Mellon Foundation & University of Illinois’ “Humanities Without Walls” workshop in Chicago.

Scot McFarlane has been offered a Lead Teaching Fellow position for the 2017-18 academic year.

Melissa Morris will be an Assistant Professor of History at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA.

Brianna Nofil has received research fellowships from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, the Schlesinger Library, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. I also received the Littleton-Griswold Grant from the AHA.

Natasha Pesaran  has been awarded an SSRC IDRF fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year.

Allison Powers has accepted a Past and Present Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. She also welcomed her daughter, Violetta, on April 21, 2017.

Jason Resnikoff has been selected for the Graduate Student Core Preceptor Award for excellence in teaching Contemporary Civilization.

Justin Reynolds and his wife Ana Keilson welcomed their daughter Liva Ruth MacAlpine Keilson-Reynolds on August 31, 2016. Liva, Justin and Ana will be moving to Cambridge, MA, where Ana and Justin will be taking up lectureships in the Social Studies Program at Harvard in the fall.

Kristin Roebuck has accepted a tenure-track position as professor of Japanese History in the Department of History at Cornell University.

Gil Shalom Rubin will be taking a postdoc position as an Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.

Emily Rutherford has been awarded the GSAS International Travel Fellowship for the academic year 2017-18.

Halimat Somotan has been awarded a Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources.

Madeline Woker has been awarded the GSAS International Travel Fellowship for the academic year 2017-18.

Natasha Grace Wheatley has accepted a tenure-track position in Modern European History at Princeton University.

Mason Williams has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College. His wife, Alexis, and he are expecting their first child in mid-June.

Carlos Zuniga Nieto has received a multi-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.