Current PhD Students by Primary Field of Study

Ancient | Africa | Atlantic World | East Asia | Europe (MedievalEarly ModernModern) | Latin America | Middle East | South Asia | History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine (STEaM) United States


Ancient
 

large_Qizhen Xie.pngQizhen Xie
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Graham Oliver
Research Interests: Development of administration and bureaucracy in the Hellenistic world.

 

Atlantic World
 

large_Imen Boussayoud.jpgImen Boussayoud
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Emily A Owens
Research Interests: Iberian Atlantic world; Intersections of gender/sexuality and race; Libidinal economies; Transmuting of cultural practices across the Atlantic.

 

large_Sherri.jpgSherri Cummings
Ph.D.  Candidate
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Research Interests: African Atlantic, early African American History, and Africana intellectual thought.

 

large_Brooke Grasberger .png(Anne) Brooke Grasberger
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Linford Fisher
Research Interests: The spiritual lives of sailors as an insight into exploring what the sea does to people and what people see in it.

 

large_phoebe_labat@brown.edu.jpgPhoebe Labat
Ph.D.  Student
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Advisor: Linford Fisher
Research Interests: Native American history, British and French Atlantic World, colonial America, environmental history, Indigenous knowledge, religious history.

 

large_Marley-Vincent Lindsey.jpgMarley-Vincent Lindsey
Ph.D. Candidate
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Research Interests: Transformation of class consciousness among the Nahua in sixteenth-century New Spain, and the effects of fifteenth-century Iberia on Spanish colonial society.

 

large_Mike at Ethnohistory.pngMichael Simpson
Ph.D.  Student
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Advisor: Linford Fisher
Research Interests: Disavowal, the intersection between Indigenous traditional knowledge and American and European Enlightenment thought, and modernity. 

 

East Asia
 

large_Yu-chi Chang.jpgYu-chi Chang
Ph.D.  Candidate
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Advisor: Rebecca Nedostup
Research Interests: State-building and Nationalism in Modern China, Political Culture, Knowledge Production, Intellectual and Cultural History, History of Maps​.
Dissertation: "Imagining the Loss: Maps, Geographic Knowledge, and the Formation of Modern Chinese Nation-State"
 

large_Keegan Cothern .pngKeegan Cothern
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Kerry Smith
Research Interests: Modern Japan and East Asia as a whole; environmental history and natural disasters; science and technology; urbanization; GIS.

 

large_Yu-cheng Shih.jpgYu-cheng Shih
Ph.D.  Student
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Advisor: Rebecca Nedostup
Research Interests: Modern East Asia, maritime communities, immigration, historical memory, folk religion, cold war, and legacies of Japanese colonization in China and Taiwan.
 

large_Aaron Stark.pngAaron Stark
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Kerry Smith
Research Interests: Modern Japan and East Asia, empire and colonialism, environmental history, mobility studies.

 

large_Lillian Tsay.jpgLillian Tsay
Ph.D.  Student
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Advisor: Kerry Smith
Research Interests: Modern Japan and East Asia, history of food, history of the body, business and commercial history, material culture.

 

large_Daisy Wan Yuk Ping .jpgDaisy Wan Yuk Ping
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Brian G Lander
Research Interests: Ancient China, bamboo and wooden manuscripts, historical geography and environmental history, history of warfare and frontier formation, urban history, material culture.

 

Medieval Europe
 

large_Paul Aste.jpgPaul Aste
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Jonathan Conant
Research interests: Early Medieval monasticism; local priests; popular belief; identity and belonging.
 


large_Julia Balakrishnan.jpgJuila Balakrishnan
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Amy Remensnyder
Research Interests: Interreligious interactions; the High Medieval Mediterranean; the Islamic World; pluralistic identities.

 

large_Picture2.pngSarah Christensen
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Jonathan Conant
Research Interests: Gender and migration in the Viking diaspora; the Viking slave trade.

 

large_Leland.jpgLeland Grigoli 
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Amy Remensnyder
Research Interests: paleography, medieval monks, mapping, and the links between religious institutions and secular power within Europe in the long twelfth century.

 

large_M.jpgStacey Murrell
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Amy Remensnyder
Research Interests: gender/sexuality, power, medievalism, the intersection(s) of race and gender, the history of the family, burials, and memory. 
 

Ayse Topaloglu
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Amy Remensnyder
Research Interests: The history of violence and crime with a focus on Italy. 
 

large_Dillon Webster.jpgDillon Webster
Ph.D. Student
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Research Interests: The ethno-religious make up of the western Mediterranean, specifically the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb.

 

Early Modern Europe 

 

large_Tamar Golinsky .pngTamar Golinsky
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Tara Nummedal

 

 

large_Mayer.jpgMayer Juni
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Tara Nummedal
Research Interests: Early modern knowledge practices of Europe and the Atlantic World.

 

large_Elizabeth Nielsen.pngElizabeth Nielsen
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Harold Cook
Research Interests: Early modern medicine and maritime culture, commerce, vernacular science and medicine, and the creation of expertise and cultural authority.

 

large_Jongkook.pngJongook Yoon
Ph.D. Student 
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Advisor: Tim Harris
Research Interests: British commercial expansion into the Atlantic the ushering in of modernity through domestic industries and colonial agriculture. 

 

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Yekai Zhang
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Tim Harris
Research Interests: Early modern British Isles; popular politics, rumours and revolts; memory; political culture; history of ideas in early modern Europe; Atlantic history comparative history between early modern Europe and Ming-Qing China; modernisation; historiography and historical theories.

 

Modern Europe

 

large_Norman Frazier1.jpgNorman Frazier
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Michael Steinberg
Research Interests: 19th-century Germany and the US; Urban history, national identity, migration, housing, folklore, theatre, film.

 

large_Jisoo Hong.jpgJisoo Hong
Ph.D.  Candidate
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Advisor: Ethan Pollock ​Research Interests: Oil in the former Soviet Union with a focus on the rise of oilmen and the reimagining of the political economy of the Soviet Union through oil.

 

large_Alexandra Morehead .pngAlexandra Morehead
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Omer Bartov
Research Interests: Genocide Studies; Modern Central & East European History; History of Energy and the Environment; Continental philosophy & critical theory; ecofeminism.

 

large_Emily Julia Roche.jpgEmily Julia Roche
Ph.D.  Candidate
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Advisor: Omer Bartov
Research Interests: Jewish history, memory and place, Polish-Soviet relations, communist aesthetics, theories of urbicide, and intellectual history.

 

large_Jorge Rosario.jpgJorge Rosario
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Omer Bartov
Research Interests: History of the Holocaust, resistance movements, extreme violence, and history and memory. 


Judith Smith
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Omer Bartov
Research Interests: Internationalism (especially in the late 19th century through interwar period), Interethnic Relations and Nationalism, Legal History, War and Political Violence.
 

large_Jtsundu_profile photo.jpgJenny Lhamo Tsundu
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisors: Holly Case and Bathsheba Demuth
Research Interests: 20th-century Russia; histories of planning; culture and economy; place and poetics.

 

large_James.jpgJames Wang
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Omer Bartov
Research Interests: The political and economic history of modern East Central Europe.

 

Latin America
 

large_Thamyris.jpgThamyris Almeida
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisors: James GreenJennifer Lambe
Research Interests: Popular culture, national identity, and Cold War-era cultural politics.

 

large_IMG_5654.JPGJuan J. Bettancourt-García
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Jennifer Lambe
Research Interests: Colonial Latin America and the Atlantic World, Indigenous history, trade, ecology, maritime labor communities, and the African diaspora in the early modern Caribbean.
 

large_René Cordero.jpgRené Cordero
Ph.D.  Candidate
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Advisor: Jennifer Lambe
Research Interests:​ Dominican Republic, Latin American social movements and politics during the Cold War, racial consciousness, anti-imperialism and historical revisionism. 
 

large_Augusta De Oliveira.jpgAugusta De Oliveira
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: James Green
Research interests: LGBTQ+ history; feminist theory; social movements; gender/sexuality in modern Latin America.

 

large_Marina Dias Lucena Adams.jpgMarina Dias Lucena Adams
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: James Green
Research Interests: Gender History; Modern Latin America; Social and Political Movements; Political Subjectivity; Memory Studies; Public History.

 

large_Luiz Paulo Ferraz.pngLuiz Paulo Ferraz
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: James Green
Research Interests: Colonial and modern Latin America with a focus on Indigenous history, race, ethnicity, and the military dictatorship in Brazil.

 

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Daniel McDonald
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: James Green
Research Interests: Citizenship, cities, social movements, migration, and gender with an emphasis on digital and public humanities methods in modern Latin America with a focus on twentieth-century Brazil. 
Dissertation: "Peripheral Citizenship: The Popular Politics of Rights, Welfare, and Health in São Paulo, 1964-1994​"

 

large_Fernando Norat.jpgFernando Norat
Ph.D.  Student
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Research Interests: Relationship between Communism, Nationalism and Anti-Imperialism in the Latin-American left of the 20th century.

 

large_Wong.pngStephanie Wong
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Evelyn Hu-Dehart
Research Interests: Spanish Pacific, global empire, classical reception, material culture, engaged scholarship.

 

Middle East 
 

large_Anil.Askin.PhD.Student.History.2nd.Year.jpegAnil Askin
Ph.D.  Student
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Advisor: Beshara Doumani
Research Interests: Environmental history, animal studies, history of capitalism, history of science, political economy, early modern and modern Ottoman empire and Middle East.

 

large_Kate Elizabeth Creasey.jpgKate Elizabeth Creasey
Ph.D.  Student
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​Advisor: Beshara Doumani
Research Interests: Politics of everyday life in the immediate aftermath of the 1980 military coup in Turkey.

 

large_Ebru Erginbas.jpgEbru Erginbas
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Beshara Doumani and Faiz Ahmed
Research Interests: U.S. History; Ottoman History; History of Medicine; Gender; Missiology.

 

large_Gettle.jpgJulia Gettle
Ph.D. Candidate​
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​Advisor: Beshara Doumani
Research Interests: Modern Middle East, 20th Century Levant, Arab Nationalism, Mediterranean History, Social and Cultural History, Political and Social Movements.

 

large_Maariyah.jpgMaariyah Lateef
Ph.D. Candidate
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​Advisor: Beshara Doumani
Research Interests: Late Ottoman history; interactions between muftis and their communities; Islamic legal and ethical norms.

 

large_Leidy Hist Dept Photo.jpgJoseph Leidy
Ph.D. Candidate
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​Advisor: Beshara Doumani
Research Interests: Social and cultural history of the modern Middle East, particularly Lebanon and Syria; youth and childhood; migration and diaspora; intellectual history; environmental history.

 

large_Nadia Tadros.jpgNadia Tadros
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisors: Beshara Doumani and Sreemati Mitter
Research Interests: Palestinian history, modern Middle East, spatial and economic history, urban politics, power structures.


 

South Asia
 

large_Osama Ahmad - Dept. Photo.jpgOsama Ahmad
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar
Research Interests: Modern South Asia, Colonial Punjab, Social history, Decolonization, Post-Colonial Theory.

 

large_Faraz Haider1.jpgFaraz Haider
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar
Research Interests: History of Modern South Asia, Marxism, Nationalism, Islam in South Asia, Critical Theory, Intellectual History of the Left, Urban History.

 

large_Devon Newhouse.jpgDevon Newhouse
Ph.D.  Student
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Advisor: Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar
Research Interests: 20th century India, migration, gender.

 

large_suviad ..jpgSuvaid Yaseen
Ph.D. Candidate
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​Advisor: Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar
Research Interests: Modern South Asia, Islam, Intellectual History, Political and Religious Movements.

 

History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine (STEaM)
 

large_Max C.jpegMaximilian Conley
Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Bathsheba Demuth
Research Interests: Nineteenth-century US History, Environmental History, Energy History, the Pacific World, Racial Capitalism and Extractivism, World-Ecology, Eco-Marxism.

 

large_Amanda Arceneaux.jpgAmanda Arceneaux
Ph.D. Candidate​
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​Advisor: Tara Nummedal
Research Interests: Early Modern Europe; History of Science; Book History; Natural History; Pre-Linnaean Botany; Early Modern Information Systems; Manuscript Culture; Materiality.

 

large_George Elliott .pngGeorge Elliott
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Tara Nummedal
Research Interests: Anglo-American alchemy, early modern history of science, history of the laboratory, early modern medical practice, early colonial New England history, Atlantic world.


United States
 

large_archelus.jpgBetsy Archelus
Ph.D.  Student
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Advisor: Naoko Shibusawa
Research Interests: Modern U.S and the Pacific; colonialism and empire; military prostitution and gendered state violence; Blackness; race and race making.

 

large_Kimonee Burke 1.jpgKimonee Burke
Ph.D.  Student
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Advisor: Linford Fisher
Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Northeastern Indigenous History, Federal Indian Policy, Federal Acknowledgment Policy.

 

large_daly, ann.jpgAnn Daly
Ph.D. Candidate
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​Advisor: Seth Rockman
Research Interests: Nineteenth-century United States with a focus on the history of money, race, technology, and political economy.
Dissertation: “Minting America: Money, Value, and the Federal State, 1784-1858”
 

large_Dorney .pngMichael Dorney
Ph.D.  Student
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​Advisor: Naoko Shibusawa
Research Interests: Sites of Japanese American incarceration during World War II as material, social and imagined landscapes.

 

large_Taaja.pngTaaja El-Shabazz
Ph.D.  Student
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​Advisor: Françoise Hamlin
Research Interests: Racial politics of citizenship and belonging, anti-black racism and the American political imagination, and racial capitalism.

 

large_aaron jacobs.JPGAaron Jacobs
Ph.D. Candidate
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​Advisor: Robert Self
Research Interests: American politics and culture, interested in the relationship between race, nationalism, and the history of mass media.
Dissertation: “When Lightning Strikes Twice: Cinema, Race, Empire and the Re-Birth of the Ku Klux Klan.”
 

large_Takuya Maeda.jpgTakuya Maeda
Ph.D.  Candidate​
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​Advisor: Naoko Shibusawa
Research Interests: Asian American identity and politics in the 20th century U.S. with a focus on Japanese American interment and redress, how traditional notions of communal history, group membership, ethnic identity, and political activism are being challenged by the influx of post-1965 Japanese immigrants.
 

large_Rebecca Marisseau .pngRebecca Marisseau
Ph.D. Candidate
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​Advisor: Seth Rockman 
Research Interests: Early American republic with a focus in statecraft, science and technology, capitalism, and material culture.
Dissertation: "A Well-Oiled Machine: New Bedford Whale Fishery and the Production of the Early American State"
 

large_Sarah Pearlman Shapiro.jpgSarah Pearlman Shapiro
Ph.D.  Candidate​
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​Advisor: Seth Rockman 
Research Interests: The intersection of violence and intimacy in early America with a focus on the politics of death, medicine, and material culture.

 

large_Emily Salemi .pngEmily Pierson
Ph.D. Candidate
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​Advisor: Linford Fisher
Research Interests: The use of cemeteries in the shaping of identity, especially regarding questions of inclusion and exclusion, and the relationship of the living and the dead.
Dissertation: "Living with the City of the Dead: Place and Community in Nineteenth-Century American Garden Cemeteries"
 

large_LWT Robinson.jpgLeslie-William Robinson
Ph.D. Candidate
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​Advisor: Robert Self
Research Interests: Twentieth-century US military, labor, and intellectual history.

 

large_Simeon Simeonov.jpgSimeon Simeonov
Ph.D. Candidate
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Advisor: Seth Rockman
Research Interests: The history of extraterritoriality and its relationship to diasporas, empires, states, colonialism, and decolonization.

 

large_Joseph Williams.jpgJoseph Williams
Ph.D.  Student 
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Advisor: Françoise Hamlin
Research Interests: Twentieth century United States history, African American history, and the black freedom struggle.

 

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