The Graduate Program

Annual Newsletter

Final Edition – May 2, 2017

We welcome our incoming Ph.D. candidates for Fall 2017!

African History

Luz Colpa (BA, SUNY Stony Brook;MA, Columbia University GSAS)

Conor Wilkinson (BA, University of Western Ontario; MA, University of British Columbia)

Early Modern

James Buckley(BA, University of Illinois at Chicago)

History-East Asia

Ryo Kawashima (BA, Northwestern University; MA, Georgetown University)

Danping Wang (BA, Zhejiang University; MA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

International & Global History

Afroditi Giovanopoulou (Bachelor & Master of Laws, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Master of Laws, Harvard University Law School)

Randal Grant Kleiser (BA, University of Pennsylvania)

Rohan Shah (BA, University of California-Santa Cruz; MA, Columbia University GSAS; MSc, London School of Economics)

Jewish History

Aleksandra Jakubczak (BA;Magistrar, University of Warsaw)

Latin American History

Luis Andrei Guadarrama Dominguez Licence & Masters’, Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico)

Stephanie Rivadeneira (BA, Rutgers University; MA, University of Calgary)

Medieval Europe

Carl Garris (BA, University of South Carolina-Columbia)

Middle East History

George Kimson, III (BA, University of Texas-Austin)

Modern European History

Jennifer Goetz (BA, Bowdoin College) 

Lynton Lees (BA, University of Oxford)

Sohee Ryuk (BA, Colgate University)

Ruet Ullman (BA;MA, York University)

United States History

Barrie Blatchford (BA; MA, University of British Canada)

Emily Hawk (BA, Franklin & Marshall College; MA Roehampton College)

Justine Meberg (BS, US Military Academy-West Point)

Isabel Plowright (BFA;MA, Concordia University Montreal-Sir George William)

Amelia Spooner (BA, Columbia University School of General Studies)


Ph.D.s Conferred in 2016-17

Carolyn Marie Arena.  Indian slaves from Caribana: Trade and labor in the 17th-century Caribbean. 

Sponsor: Christopher L. Brown.

Kyoungjin Bae.  Joints of utility, crafts of knowledge: The material culture of the Sino-British furniture trade, 1700-1850. 

Sponsor: Pamela H. Smith.

Tzafrir Barzilay.  Plot, poison, persecution: Well poisoning accusations in medieval Europe. 

Sponsor: Adam J. Kosto.

Nishant Batsha.  The currents of restless toil: Colonial rule and Indian indentured labor in Trinidad and Fiji. 

Sponsor: Christopher L. Brown.

Samuel Daly.  Forging the Biafran state: Law and crime in the Nigerian civil war, 1967-1976. 

Sponsor: Gregory Mann.  Distinction.

Debra Glasberg Gail.  Scientific authority and Jewish law in early modern Italy. 

Sponsor: Elisheva Carlebach.

Romeo Guzman.  Transnational citizens: Mexican migrant families and youth, 1920s to 1940s. 

Sponsor: Pablo Piccato.

George Halvorson.  Valuing the air: The politics of environmental regulation from the Clean Air Act to carbon trading. 

Sponsor: Elizabeth Blackmar.

Daniel Steinmetz Jenkins.  The other intellectuals: Raymond Aron and the United States. 

Sponsor: Samuel Moyn.

Maria Katherine John.  Sovereign bodies: Urban indigenous health and the politics of self-determination in Seattle and Sydney.  Sponsor: Mae Ngai.  Distinction.

Ana Keilson. “Making Dance Modern: Knowlegde, Politics, and German Modern Dance, 1890-1927.

Sponsor: Samuel Moyn.

Jessica Harriet Lee.  To the seventh generation: Italians and the creation of an American political identity, 1921-1948. 

Sponsor: Mae Ngai.

Benjamin C. Lyons. John Jay and the Law of Nations in the Diplomacy of the American Revolution.

Sponsor: Christopher L. Brown.

Daniel Morales.  The making of Mexican America: Transnational networks in the rise of mass migration 1900-1940. 

Sponsor: Mae Ngai.

Oliver Rhoads Murphey.  A bond that will permanently endure: The Eisenhower administration, the Bolivian revolution and Latin American leftist nationalism. 

Sponsor: Matthew J. Connelly.

Sarah Raskin.  False oaths: English lollards and the insincere abjuration of heresy, c. 1400-c. 1530. 

Sponsor: Martha C. Howell.

Justin MacAlpine Reynolds.  Against the world: The rise and fall of anti-secularism in the ecumenical movement, 1900-1952.  Sponsor: Samuel Moyn.  Distinction.

James Timothy Roane.  Sovereignty in the city: Black infrastructures and the politics of place in twentieth century Philadelphia.  Sponsor: Samuel K. Roberts.

Nathan Still Schumer.  The temple and its memory in ancient Judaism. 

Sponsor: Seth Schwartz.

Kin-Yee Ian Shin.  Making ‘Chinese art’: Knowledge and authority in the Transpacific Progressive Era. 

Sponsor: Mae Ngai.

Asheesh K. Siddique.  Paperwork, governance, and the archive in the British Empire during the age of revolution.  Sponsor: Christopher L. Brown.

Joseph Aaron Skloot.  Printing, Hebrew book culture and Sefer Hasidim. 

Sponsor: Elisheva Carlebach.

Matthew Paul Swagler.  African youth radicalism during a time of global revolt: Congo-Brazzaville and Senegal, 1957-1973. 

Sponsor: Gregory Mann.

Peter William Walker.  The church militant: The American Loyalist clergy and the British counterrevolution. 

Sponsor: Christopher L. Brown.

Jeffrey Michael Wayno.  St. Peter’s trumpet: Institutional communication and the Foundations of Papal Power, 1050-1250. 

Sponsor: Adam J. Kosto.

Jude Patrick Webre.  Seeking the true contrary: The poetics and politics of democratic modernism. 

Sponsor: Casey N. Blake.  Distinction.

Carlos Gerardo Zúñiga-Nieto.  Violent passions: Childhood and emotions in the making of modern Mexico, 1870-1910. 

Sponsor: Pablo Piccato. 


Congratulations to all those who successfully defended their dissertations in 2016-17!

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

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

Dissertation Write-up Fellowships Awarded for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Doris G. Quinn Fellowship

Michael Kideckel

Adrien Zakar

Hannah Elmer

Rahul Sarwate

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Arthur Zarate

Harriet Zuckerman Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Abram Kaplan 

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Ulug Kuzuoglu

CES/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Lowenheim History Fellowship

Mary Tibbetts Freeman

Fellowships, Awards, Grants, Jobs, & Babies

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.