John Raimo (founding ed.)
Emily Rutherford (founding ed.)
Sarah Claire Dunstan
Disha Karnad Jani
Spencer J. Weinreich
Madeline McMahon (founding ed.)
About the Editors
John Raimo is a PhD candidate at New York University, where he studies modern European history. His work mainly focuses on twentieth-century intellectual history in France, Germany, Italy, and (increasingly) further east. Primary research interests include the history of the book, of reading and publishing, and of scholarship; historiography; literature; philology; and postwar European politics. Another abiding interest remains the various uses that historians and philosophers make of etymology, hermeneutics, and semantics.
Emily Rutherford is a PhD student in modern British and European history at Columbia University. She is interested broadly in education, gender and sexuality, social relations, and political thought in Britain since the 1830s. Her dissertation is about how the university was a site for the contestation and renegotiation of gender norms in Britain between 1860 and 1939. Her publications include “Impossible Love and Victorian Values: J.A. Symonds and the Intellectual History of Homosexuality,” Journal of the History of Ideas 75:4 (2014) and “Arthur Sidgwick’s Greek Prose Composition: Gender, Affect, and Sociability in the Late-Victorian University,” Journal of British Studies 56:1 (2017).
Erin Schreiner is an itinerant bibliographer working with private collectors and institutions in New York to arrange and describe their collections. She previously worked as Special Collections Librarian and Digital Humanities Curator at the New York Society Library, where she developed City Readers, a digital humanities tool for exploring the Library’s archive. Erin writes about the collections she works with to share the personal and community histories that emerge from the physical evidence of readers’ interactions with books.
About the Contributing Editors
Eric Brandom finished his PhD at Duke University in 2012, and is a James Carey Fellow in the History Department at Kansas State University. He is at work on a book, Autonomy and Violence: Georges Sorel and the Problem of Liberalism, which explores the relationship between liberalism, rationalism, and political violence in the French Third Republic. Interests include the history of socialism, philosophy of science, aesthetics, and the Francophone Caribbean.
Sarah Dunstan is a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney on an Australian Postgraduate Award. She is working on a thesis entitled ‘A Tale of Two Republics: Black configurations of rights and citizenship between French Empire and American exceptionalism, 1919-1963.’ Sarah’s publications include ‘Conflicts of Interest: The 1919 Pan-African Congress and the Wilsonian Moment,’ Callaloo, 39:1 (Winter 2016): 133-150 and ‘A Question of Allegiance: African American intellectuals, Présence Africaine and the 1956 Congrès des écrivains et artistes noirs,’ Australasian Journal of American Studies, 34:1, (July 2015):1-16. The latter received the James Holt Award for the best article published in the Australasian Journal of American Studies in the preceding two years.
Disha Karnad Jani is a writer and historian from Markham, Ontario. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of History at Princeton University, where she studies global/transnational history. She is interested in the politics and practices of anti-imperial resistance between the World Wars, in the British Empire and across sites of empire’s incarnation.
Cynthia Houng is a doctoral candidate in the department of history at Princeton University. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of art and economic history. She began her academic career as a modernist, but now studies Renaissance and Early Modern European history and art history. A California girl transplanted to New York City, she tries to steal time away from her academic work to explore the city’s diverse spaces for arts and culture.
Rob Koehler is a Ph.D. candidate in English at New York University. He works at the intersections of education, literature, and publishing in the early United States, examining the political, legal, and cultural origins of schools and libraries as public institutions.
Derek O’Leary is a PhD candidate in UC Berkeley’s History Department, where he studies and teaches about US history and the Atlantic World. His dissertation has to do with the construction of archives, historical memory, and Romantic historians in the early US. When at Berkeley, he co-runs an interdisciplinary working group on the early US and is Assistant Director of the Benelux program at the Institute of European Studies. He has an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Basma N. Radwan is a political and social theorist from Mission Viejo, California. She is a doctoral student in Columbia University’s Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies department and is affiliated with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and the Psychoanalytic Studies Program. She completed her undergraduate degrees at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (campus de Menton) and Columbia. She is interested in the history of political thought and colonialism’s impact on modernity. She is currently writing about notions of racial difference in the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville.
Mike Rottman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of German at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. As a Research Assistant, he is connected with the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer in Halle and the German-French research project “Nietzsche’s library. Digital edition and philosophical commentary” at the University of Freiburg. He is working on a thesis entitled ‘Friedrich Nietzsche’s excerpts” and is preparing an edition of Karl Löwith’s unpublished doctoral dissertation of 1922 “Interpretation von Nietzsches Selbst-Interpretation und von Nietzsches Interpretationen”. His broader academic interests lie at the intersection of literary history and the history of ideas in the period 1750-1900; the theory and methodology of philology; and the history of (scholarly) reading and discussion about originality, copying, and plagiarism. Mike’s publications include “Nietzsche erhaschen oder der verbotene Blick in die Werkstatt. Der Nachlass als historische und hermeneutische Herausforderung”, Jahrbuch Nietzscheforschung 22 (2015) and “Subtile Lektüren. Nietzsches Weg mit Winckelmann”, Jahrbuch der Klassik Stiftung Weimar 2017.
Yitzchak Schwartz: I am a born and raised New Yorker pursuing a PhD in history at NYU. My work focuses on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century American intellectual history, especially American religion, though I occasionally stray into Europe. My current projects focus on the relationship between notions of religion and of self-development/ improvement in American culture, especially as they developed in mainline Christianity and liberal streams of Judaism. I am interested in all things Jewish history, from ancient to contemporary, and am looking forward to finding and editing exciting pieces for the blog!
Spencer J. Weinreich is an M.Phil. student in ecclesiastical history at the University of Oxford, where he is an Ertegun Scholar. He is interested in the early modern history of ideas, broadly defined: the history of science, historiography, lived religion, and the spaces in which knowledge is produced. His publications include “Thinking with Crocodiles: An Iconic Animal at the Intersection of Early-Modern Religion and Natural Philosophy,” Early Science and Medicine 20:3 (2015); “Name-Changes and Everyday Self-Fashioning in the Toledo Inquisition, 1575–1610,” Names 64:3 (2016); and “Two Unpublished Letters of Stephen Gardiner, August-September 1547 (Bodleian MS Eng. th. b. 2),” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 67:4 (2016).