Doctoral Degrees Awarded

2015

Iain P. Watts
Dissertation:
"Current Events: Galvanism and the World of Scientific Information, 1790-1830"
Megan Brankley Abbas
Dissertation:
"Knowing Islam: The Entangled History of Western Academia and Modern Islamic Thought"
Adviser(s):
Alex Chase-Levenson
Dissertation:
"Quarantine, Contagion, and Imaginative Geography in the British Mediterranean World, 1780-1870"
Adviser(s):
Valeria Lopez Fadul
Dissertation:
"Languages, Knowledge, and Empire in the Early Modern Iberian World (1492-1650)"
Adviser(s):
Margarita Fajardo
Dissertation:
"The Latin American Experience with Development: Social Sciences, Economic Policies, and the Making of a Global Order, 1944-1971"
Nabaparna Ghosh
Dissertation:
"Being Urban: Space, community, and everyday life in colonial Calcutta (1800-1930)"
Adviser(s):
Tikia K. Hamilton
Dissertation:
"Making a "Model" System: Race, Education and Politics in the Nation's Capital Before Brown, 1930-1950"
Adviser(s):
Justene Hill
Dissertation:
“Felonious Transactions: Slave Economies and Localized Law in South Carolina, 1787-1860”
Adviser(s):
Rebecca Wynne Johnson
Dissertation:
"Praying for Deliverance: Childbirth and the Cult of the Saints in the Late Medieval Mediterranean"
Paul Kreitman
Dissertation:
"Feathers, Fertilizer and States of Nature: Uses of Albatrosses in the US-Japan Borderlands"
Adviser(s):
Radha Kumar
Dissertation:
"Police Matters: Law and Everyday Life in Rural Madras, c.1900-1960"
Adviser(s):
Meg Leja
Dissertation:
"Dissecting the Inner Life: Body and Soul, Medicine and Metaphor in the Carolingian Era"
Adviser(s):
Ninad Pandit
Dissertation:
"The Bombay Radicals and the Left in Colonial India"
Adviser(s):
Andrei Pesic
Dissertation:
"The Enlightenment in Concert: The Concert Spiritual and Religious Artworks in Secular Spaces, 1725-1790"
Adviser(s):
Farah Peterson
Dissertation:
"Statutory Interpretation and Judicial Authority, 1776-1860"
Adviser(s):
James R. Pickett
Dissertation:
"The Persianate Sphere during the Age of Empires: Islamic Scholars and Networks of Exchange in Central Asia, 1747-1917"
Adviser(s):
Christian Casey Sahner
Dissertation:
"Christian Martyrs and the Making of an Islamic Society in the Post-Conquest Period"
Adviser(s):
Humberto Schwarzbeck-Aguirre
Dissertation:
"Political Theories of the Instant, 1914-1939"
Adviser(s):
Dov Weinryb Grohsgal
Dissertation:
"Southern Strategies: The Politics of School Desegregation and the Nixon White House"
Matthew Growhoski
Dissertation:
"A Fable like a Historic": Literary Politics in Early Stuart Britain, 1603-1642
Giuseppe (Joseph) A. Ricci
Dissertation:
Nomads in Late Antiquity: Gazing on Rome from the Steppe, Attila to Asparuch (370-680 C.E.)
Adviser(s):

2014

Hagar Barak
Dissertation:
"Capetian Corporate Qualities: The Administration of the Auvergne Under Alphonse of Poitiers, 1241-1270"
Nimisha Barton
Dissertation:
"Foreign Affairs, Family Matters: Gender and Acculturation in Paris, 1914-1940"
Adviser(s):
Alexander Bevilacqua
Dissertation:
"Islamic Letters in the European Enlightenment"
Adviser(s):
Keisha N. Blain
Dissertation:
"'For the Freedom of the Race': Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929-1945"
Adviser(s):
Frederic N. Clark
Dissertation:
"Dividing Time: The Making of Historical Periodization in Early Modern Europe"
Hannah-Louise Clark
Dissertation:
"Doctoring the "Bled": Medical Auxiliaries and the Administration of Rural Life in Colonial Algeria, 1904-1954"
Adviser(s):
Henry M. Cowles
Dissertation:
"A Method Only: The Evolving Meaning of Science in the United States, 1830-1910"
Adviser(s):
Zachary Kagan Guthrie
Dissertation:
"Labor, Mobility and Coercion in Central Mozambique, 1942-1961"
Adviser(s):
Rotem Geva Halperin
Dissertation:
"The City as a Space of Suspicion: Partition, Belonging and Citizenship in Delhi, 1940-1955"
Adviser(s):
Jennifer Dominique Jones
Dissertation:
"The 'Fruits of Mixing': Homosexuality and the Politics of Racial Empowerment, 1945-1975"
Adviser(s):
Sarah M. Kampbell
Dissertation:
"The Economy of Conflict: How East Mediterranean Trade Adapted to Changing Rules, Allegiances and Demographics in the 10th and 12th Centuries A.D."
Adviser(s):
Christopher Michael Kurpiewski
Dissertation:
"The Confessor's Daughters: Women Religious and the Dominican Order in Medieval Germany"
Victoria Leung Lee
Dissertation:
"The Arts of the Microbial World: Biosynthetic Technologies in Twentieth-Century Japan"
Jebro Ee Jay Lit
Dissertation:
"A Reformation of Tears: Christianity and the Invention of Modern Emotions"
Adviser(s):
Jessica K. Lowe
Dissertation:
"Murder in the Shenandoah: Commonwealth v. John Crane and Law in Federal Virginia"
Adviser(s):
Nicholas G. Marinides
Dissertation:
"Lay Piety in Byzantium, ca. 600-730"
Adviser(s):
Anne K. O’Donnell
Dissertation:
"A Noah's Ark: Material Life and the Foundations of Soviet Governance, 1916-1922"
Helen Pfeifer
Dissertation:
"To Gather Together: Cultural Encounters in Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Literary Salons"
Adviser(s):
Margaret E. Schotte
Dissertation:
"A Calculated Course: Creating Transoceanic Navigators, 1580-1800"
Adviser(s):
Seiji Shirane
Dissertation:
"Mediated Empire: Colonial Taiwan in Japan's Imperial Expansion in South China and Southeast Asia, 1895-1945"
Nishtha Gaur Singh
Dissertation:
"Dehliviyat: The Making and Un-Making of Delhi's Indo-Muslim Urban Culture, C. 1750-1900"
Adviser(s):
Wayne S. Soon
Dissertation:
"Coming from Afar: The Overseas Chinese and the Institutionalization of Western Medicine and Science in China, 1910-1970"
Daniel Trambaiolo
Dissertation:
"Writing, Authority and Practice in Tokugawa Medicine, 1650-1850"
Adviser(s):

2013

Tuna Artun
Dissertation:
"Hearts of Gold and Silver: The Production of Alchemical Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman World"
Adviser(s):
Rohit De
Dissertation:
"The Republic of Writs: Litigious Citizens, Constitutional Law and Everyday Life in India (1947-1964)"
Franziska C. Exeler
Dissertation:
"Reckoning with Occupation. Soviet Power, Local Communities, and the Ghosts of Wartime Behavior in Post-1944 Belorussia"
Adviser(s):
Kyrill M. Kunakhovich
Dissertation:
"In Search of Socialist Culture: Art and Politics in Krakow and Leipzig, 1918-1989"
Adviser(s):
Sarah E. Milov
Dissertation:
"Little Tobacco: The Business and Bureaucracy of Tobacco Farming in North Carolina, 1920-1965"
Maribel Morey
Dissertation:
"The Making of 'An American Dilemma' (1944): The Carnegie Corporation, Gunnar Myrdal, and the Unlikely Roots of Modern Civil Rights Discourse"
Nicholas Naquin
Dissertation:
"On the Shoulders of Hercules: Erasmus, The Froben Press and the 1516 Froben Jerome Edition in Context"
Adviser(s):
Ronny Regev
Dissertation:
"'It's a Creative Business': The Ideas, Practices, and Interaction that Made the Hollywood Studio System"
Padraic X. Scanlan
Dissertation:
"MacCarthy's Skull: The Abolition of the Slave Trade in Sierra Leone, 1792-1823"
Adviser(s):
Benjamin M. Schmidt
Dissertation:
"Paying Attention: Imagining and Measuring a Psychological Subject in American Culture, 1886-1960"
Adviser(s):
Ksenia Tatarchenko
Dissertation:
"'A House With the Window to the West': The Akademgorosk Computer Center, 1958-1993"
Adviser(s):
Alden H. Young
Dissertation:
"Accounting for Decolonization: The Origins of the Sudanese Economy, 1945-1964"

2012

Catherine Samar Abou-Nemeh
Dissertation:
"Nicolas Hartsoeker's Système of Nature: Physics by Conjecture and Optics by Design in Early Modern Europe"
Adviser(s):
Alexander B. Bick
Dissertation:
"Governing the Free Sea: The Dutch West India Company and Commercial Politics, 1618-1645"
Adviser(s):
Thomas Andrew Carlson
Dissertation:
"Christians in Fifteenth-Century Iraq: The Church of the East as a Conceptual Community"
Adviser(s):
Howard Hsueh Hao Chiang
Dissertation:
"Why Sex Mattered: Science and Visions of Transformation in Modern China"
Zachary R. Chitwood
Dissertation:
"Byzantine Legal Culture under the Macedonian Dynasty, 867-1056"
Adviser(s):
William Clark
Dissertation:
"Calculated Values: A Political History of Economic Numbers in Britain, 1688-1738"
Robert Stuart Milton Cross
Dissertation:
"To Counterbalance the World: England, Spain, & Peace in the Early 17th Century"
Adviser(s):
William P. Deringer
Dissertation:
"Calculated Values: The Politics and Epistemology of Economic Numbers in Britain, 1688-1738"
Adviser(s):
Paul V. Eason
Dissertation:
"Forging Fukuoka: Locality and Development in Modern Japan"
Adviser(s):
Carolyn Beth Eisert
Dissertation:
"Imagining a Psychology of the Pill: Women, Experts, and Contraception in the 1960s"
Adviser(s):
Matthew H. Ellis
Dissertation:
"Between Empire and Nation: The Emergence of Egypt's Western Borderland, 1841-1911"
Adviser(s):
Eberhard L. Faber
Dissertation:
"Building the Land of Dreams: The American Transformation of New Orleans, 1795-1820"
Adviser(s):
Yulia Frumer
Dissertation:
"Clocks and Time in Edo Japan"
Adviser(s):
Christienna D. Fryar
Dissertation:
"The Measure of Empire: Crisis and Responsibility in Postemancipation Jamaica"
Adviser(s):
Dael A. Norwood
Dissertation:
"Trading in Liberty: The Politics of the American China Trade, c. 1784-1862"
Adviser(s):
Suzanne J. Podhurst
Dissertation:
"The Scriblerians Uncensored: Libel, Encryption, and the Making of Copyright in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland"
Adviser(s):
Manu Radhakrishnan
Dissertation:
"Domenico Cavalca and the Liber Vitaspatrum: Vernacular Hagiography in Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy"
Aviva T. Rothman
Dissertation:
"Far From Every Strife: Kepler's Search for Harmony in an Age of Discord"
Adviser(s):
Brigid E. Vance
Dissertation:
"Textualizing Dreams in a Late Ming Dream Encyclopedia"
Adviser(s):
Nurfadzilah Yahaya
Dissertation:
"Courting Jurisdictions: Colonial Administration of Islamic Law Pertaining to Arabs in the British Straits Settlements and the Netherlands East Indies, 1860-1941"
Adviser(s):

2011

Kutlu Akalin
Dissertation:
"Co-Existence and Persecution: Sixth-Century Constantinople according to John of Ephesus"
Adviser(s):
Pey-Yi Chu
Dissertation:
"Permafrost Country: Eastern Siberia and the Making of a Soviet Science"
Adviser(s):
Freddy Cristobal Dominguez
Dissertation:
"'We Must Fight With Paper and Pens': Spanish Elizabethan Polemics, 1585-1598"
Adviser(s):
Mayhill Fowler
Dissertation:
"BEAU MONDE: State and Stage on Empire’s Edge, Russia and Soviet Ukraine, 1916-1941"
Adviser(s):
Jeremy Friedman
Dissertation:
"Reviving Revolution: The Sino-Soviet Split, the Third World, and the Fate of the Left"
Adviser(s):
Benjamin H. Gross
Dissertation:
"Crystallizing Innovation: The Emergence of the LCD at RCA, 1951-1976"
Adviser(s):
Nam Q. Ha
Dissertation:
"Marking Bodies: A History of Genetic Sex in the Twentieth Century"
Adviser(s):
Jeffrey Hardy
Dissertation:
"Khrushchev’s Gulag: The Evolution of Punishment in the Post-Stalin Soviet Union, 1953-1964"
Adviser(s):
Ilya N. Kharin
Dissertation:
"Self-Realization of the Japanese Orthodox Church, 1912-1956"
Piotr H. Kosicki
Dissertation:
"Between Catechism and Revolution: Poland, France, and the Story of Catholicism and Socialism in Europe, 1878-1958"
Jamie Kreiner
Dissertation:
"The Social Functions of Merovingian Hagiography, 600-750"
Adviser(s):
Christopher McDonald
Dissertation:
"Building the Information Society: A History of Computing as a Mass Medium"
Adviser(s):
Elidor Mehilli
Dissertation:
"Building the Second World: Postwar Socialism in Albania and the Eastern Bloc"
Adviser(s):
Joshua Rowe
Dissertation:
"The Public Life of Information"
Adviser(s):
Elena Schneider
Dissertation:
"The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Cuba"
Adviser(s):
Laura Weinrib
Dissertation:
"The Liberal Compromise: Civil Liberties, Labor, and the Limits of State Power, 1917-1940"
Adviser(s):
Joseph Younger
Dissertation:
"Monstrous and Illegal Proceedings: Law, Sovereignty and Revolution in the Rio de la Plata Borderlands, 1810-1880"
Adviser(s):

2010

Melinda Baldwin
Dissertation:
"Nature and the Making of a Scientific Community, 1869-1939"
Adviser(s):
Carolyn Biltoft
Dissertation:
"Speaking the Peace: Language and World Politics, 1918-1935"
Adviser(s):
Nicholas Bomba
Dissertation:
"Caesar’s Conscience: Counsel and Crisis in the Hispanic World, 1500-1560"
Adviser(s):
Christina Burnett
Dissertation:
"Contingent Constitutions: Empire and Law in the Americas"
Adviser(s):
Damian Fernandez
Dissertation:
"Economy and Society in Atlantic Iberia during Late Antiquity (300-600)"
Adviser(s):
John-Paul Ghobrial
Dissertation:
"A World of Stories: News in Constantinople and Beyond in the Seventeenth Century"
Adviser(s):
Erica Jo Gilles
Dissertation:
"'New France'?: The Frankish Aristocracy in Conquered Byzantium, 1204-1311"
Joe Paul Kroll
Dissertation:
"A Human End to History? Hans Blumberg, Karl Löwith, and Carl Schmitt on Secularization and Modernity"
Adviser(s):
Ariel G. Lopez
Dissertation:
"Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty"
Adviser(s):
Rupali Mishra
Dissertation:
"Slavery and Freedom in the American Confluence, from the Northwest Ordinance to Dred Scott"
Hannah Weiss Muller
Dissertation:
"An Empire of Subjects: Unities and Disunities in the British Empire, 1760-1790"
Adviser(s):
Paul Ocobock
Dissertation:
"Coming of Age in a Colony: Youthood, Lawlessness and Colonial Authority in Colonial Kenya, 1898-1963"
Jennifer Johnson Onyedum
Dissertation:
"'Humanizing Warfare': The Politics of Medicine, Health Care and International Humanitarian Intervention in Algeria during the War for Independence, 1954-62"
Adviser(s):
Richard Payne
Dissertation:
"Christianity and Iranian Society in Late Antiquity, ca. 500-700 C.E."
Adviser(s):
Martin Ruehl
Dissertation:
"The Making of Modernity: The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical Imagination, 1860-1930"
Adviser(s):
Jason Sharples
Dissertation:
"The Flames of Insurrection: Fearing Slave Conspiracy in Early America, 1670-1780"
Adviser(s):
Jeremy Stern
Dissertation:
"The Overflowings of Liberty: Massachusetts, the Townshend Crisis and the Reconception of Freedom, 1766-1770"
Adviser(s):
Jack Tannous
Dissertation:
"Syria between Byzantium and Islam: Making Incommensurables Speak"
Adviser(s):
Anne Twitty
Dissertation:
"Slavery and Freedom in the American Confluence, from the Northwest Ordinance to Dred Scott"
Shellen Xiao Wu
Dissertation:
"Underground Empires: German Imperialism and the Introduction of Geology in China 1860-1919"
Adviser(s):
Catherine L. Evans
Dissertation:
Persons Dwelling in the Borderland: Responsibility and Criminal Law in the Late-Nineteenth-Century British Empire
Adviser(s):
Maeve Glass
Dissertation:
These United States: A History of the Fracturing of America
Adviser(s):
Heidi Hausse
Dissertation:
Life and Limb: Technology, Surgery, and Bodily Loss in Early Modern Germany, 1500-1700
Adviser(s):
Evan Hepler-Smith
Dissertation:
Nominally Rational: Systematic Nomenclature and the Structure of Organic Chemistry, 1889-1940
Adviser(s):
Jenna Phillips
Dissertation:
Sound, Violence, and the Period Ear in Thirteenth-Century France
Sarah Seo
Dissertation:
The Fourth Amendment, Cars, and Freedom in Twentieth-Century America
Adviser(s):
Fidel Tavarez
Dissertation:
The Commercial Machine: Reforming Imperial Commerce in the Spanish Atlantic, c. 1740-1808
Adviser(s):