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
Doctoral candidate in History
Ocean Bombay: Space, Itinerancy, and Community in an Imperial Port City, 1839-1945

Eunsung Cho
Doctoral candidate in History
The Thread of Juche: Vinalon, a Figuration between Science and Society in North Korea, 1948-1970

Susanna Ferguson
Doctoral candidate in History
Tracing Tarbiya: Women, Childrearing, and Education in Egypt and Lebanon, 1850-1939

Sean O’Neil                
Doctoral candidate in History
The Art of Signs: Symbolic Notation and Visual Thinking in Early Modern Europe, 1550-1750

 CES/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Lowenheim History Fellowship


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

Halimat Somotan has started a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, at the University of Virginia.

Heath Rojas, a first-year doctoral student, won the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article published in a history department journal by an undergraduate. His winning article, titled “A Model of Revolutionary Regicide: The Role of Seventeenth-Century English History in the Trial of King Louis XVI,” appeared in Herodotus in Spring 2018.

Madeline Woker was named a Spring 2019 fellow of the Camargo Foundation Core Program, and her article “Edwin Seligman, initiator of global progressive public finance” will be published in the Journal of Global History in November 2018.

Amanda Martin-Hardin published an article (titled “Nature in Black and White: Summer Camps and Racialized Landscapes in the Photography of Gordon Parks”) in the journal Environmental History.

The Heyman Center for the Humanities named doctoral candidates Liz Dolfi (Religion), Alma Igra (History), Paul Katz (History), Warren Kluber (Theatre), and Emily Rutherford (History) as its 2018-2019 graduate student fellows.

The National Science Foundation awarded grants supporting the dissertation research of four GSAS doctoral students: David Alfaro Serrano (Economics), Eduardo Romero Dianderas (Anthropology), Aaron Plasek (History), and Anna Schirrer (Anthropology).

Conor Wilkinson won the Graduate Student Best Paper Prize at the South East Regional Seminar in African Studies & Southeast Africanist Network Annual Joint Meeting, for his paper “Ancestors and Family Life in Eastern and Southern Tanzania at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.”

Robin Reich won the prize for Best Student Paper (for “Nearly Gold and Nearly Perfect? Meaning and Materiality of Copper-Alloy in Twelfth-Century Sicily”) from the Medieval Academy of America at its 2018 Annual Meeting.

Benjamin Serby published an article (“The Dialectical Liberalism of Richard Hofstadter”) in the journal Society.

A group of Columbia faculty, librarians, and students—including doctoral candidates Zeinab Azarbadegan (History), Mahmood Gharavi (Religion), and Sadegh Ansar (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies)—received a $500,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize the university’s collection of Islamic manuscripts and paintings.

An award from the National Science Foundation will support the dissertation research of History Ph.D. candidate Sean O’Neil, who is studying the history of science in early modern Europe.

Baby Historians