About the Editors


Simon Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Berkeley. He works on early modern European intellectual history, and his dissertation focuses on the ways in which theology and political economy shaped ideas and practices of education in Britain between the Reformation and Enlightenment. He is also interested in the historical relationship between higher education, social science and intellectual history over the past century.




Luna Sarti is a Ph.D. student in the Italian Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on the shifting cultures and practices of water that bound the Arno river in Tuscany, thus shaping not only the Tuscan landscape but also its history and literature. Interested in exploring how histories of water and humans intersect, she spends a lot of time thinking through and with rivers.


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Anne Schult is a Ph.D. candidate in modern European history at New York University. Her research focuses on the intersection of migration, law, and demography. She is particularly interested in the impact of the quantitative social sciences on migration control and resettlement schemes in the western world between the 1920s and 1960s, as well as the rise of the concept of population in the 20th century. Her work has recently appeared in History of European Ideas.


About the Contributing Editors


Kristin Buhrow is an MPhil student and Ertegun Scholar at the University of Oxford studying Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.  A South Carolina native, Kristin holds undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Modern Languages, Mandarin Chinese from Clemson University, where she was a Clemson National Scholar. Interested in comparative Chinese and Tibetan historiography, Kristin is currently writing on the Tang Dynasty Chinese Princess Wencheng and the role which her memory plays in modern Sino-Tibetan relations.



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Nuala F. Caomhanach is a doctoral student in the Department of History at New York University. Her research focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth century construction of time and systematic theory,  botanical science, biodiversity, gender and Big Data. Nuala is a biologist at the American Museum of Natural History where she tries to focus on botanical polyploids and not get distracted by charismatic invertebrates.


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Jonathon Catlin is an Ph.D. Candidate in History and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM) at Princeton University, where he studies modern European intellectual history. His research centers on the concept of catastrophe and philosophical responses to the Holocaust in German and Jewish thought. He received his M.A. in philosophy from KU Leuven and his B.A. in Fundamentals: Issues & Texts from the University of Chicago. His writings have appeared in The Point, Post45, and Antisemitism Studies.





Albert Hawks, Jr. is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is a fellow with the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. He holds an M.Div. and S.T.M. from Yale University. His research concerns comparative Islamic social movements in Southeast and East Asia in countries where Islam is a minority religion, and more broadly the cultural sociology of popular morality.




Andrew Hines studied at both the University of Oregon and the University of Tübingen, obtaining a B.A. in Philosophy. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from University College Dublin and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Queen Mary, University of London. His thesis was on the concept of metaphor in European philosophy after Nietzsche, to be published as a book by the MHRA in 2020. He is a specialist on Nietzsche, the history of metaphor
theory in the western tradition, and post-Kantian European philosophy. More
broadly, he is interested in how human beings understand (or mis-understand) each
other and how the ideas and beliefs they use to communicate are formed.  He is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at SOAS University of London.


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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.


Rachel Kaufman is a Ph.D. candidate in History at UCLA and focuses on memory, religion, and diasporic identity in Latin America and the U.S. Southwest. She is interested in the ways in which literary and historical texts transmit the past and the affective world of the archive. Her work is forthcoming in Rethinking History and her poetry has appeared on and in JuxtaProse, Southwestern American Literature, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She received her B.A. from Yale in English and History.



Pranav Kumar Jain is a Ph.D. student in history at Yale University. His research focuses on religion and politics in early modern Europe, with a special emphasis on late seventeenth-century England. Previously, he studied at Oxford as an Ertegun Scholar where he wrote his masters thesis on legal manifestations of anticlericalism in Restoration England.



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.


Jonas Knatz is a Ph.D. student in modern European History at New York University. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from University College Maastricht and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Antisemitism Studies from Technical University Berlin. His research focuses on the history of concepts related to perception and reasoning in twentieth-century German and French intellectual and scientific thought.




David Kretz is a Ph.D. student in Germanic Studies and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Before Chicago, he finished an MA in Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Before that he studied philosophy, literature, and intellectual history at Bard College Berlin (formerly European College of Liberal Arts) and the University of Vienna. His current project is, first, to show that political agency, since the 19th century, has often been conceptualized on the model of poetic creation as some Romantics conceived of it, and, in a second step, to develop an alternative that looks to the translator rather than the poet as paradigm for political action. To this end, background issues in social theory, especially regarding the concepts of ‘world’ and ‘modernity’ are also of great interest. A persistent side-interest has been the theory and history of liberal education.



Brendan Mackie is a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Berkeley. His dissertation will have something to do with clubs, bureaucracy, and pleasure in 18th Century Britain. His infrequently updated podcast can be found at



E.L. Meszaros is a Ph.D. student in the history of the exact sciences in antiquity at Brown University, focusing on the circulation of scientific knowledge across the borders of culture, language, and time. She received an M.A. in social sciences, with a focus on history of science, from the University of Chicago, as well as an M.A. in linguistics and certificate in artificial intelligence from Eastern Michigan University. Her B.A. in classics comes from the College of Wooster. She has written for LadyScienceContingent, and Eidolon (among others), and spends her spare time training for the circus.


Max Norman was born and raised in Northern California, and then moved east to attend Yale College. He majored in comparative literature—a mixture of English, French, and Greek, with some Latin, too, plus courses in history and journalism—and ended up writing my senior thesis on early modern essayists, particularly Montaigne. He continued to work on the Renaissance at Oxford, as an Ertegun Scholar, where he recently completed a master’s in modern languages. He couldn’t quite get enough of school for a while, so he will be sticking in the UK to do another master’s, this time in Classics, at Trinity College, Cambridge. When not working or reading, he does some freelance writing, reviews mostly, and has appeared in the Literary Review, the TLS, Apollo Magazine, PublicBooks and others.

Maryam Patton is a Ph.D. candidate in the dual History and Middle Eastern Studies program at Harvard University. Her dissertation focuses on time and temporality in the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Mediterranean, with a special emphasis on Venice and Istanbul. She received her MPhil in European History in 2016 from the University of Oxford, where she was an Ertegun Scholar. She holds an AB in History from Princeton University. Her broader interests lie in cross-cultural transmission in the Early Modern Mediterranean. She has written and presented on the first Ottoman encounters with Copernican heliocentrism, English Oriental historiography in the seventeenth century, and the history of Arabic printing in Italy.


Editors Emeriti:

Sarah Claire Dunstan

Madeline McMahon (founding ed.)

Derek O’Leary

John Raimo (founding ed.)

Emily Rutherford (founding ed.)

Erin Schreiner

Spencer Weinreich



Contributing Editors Emeriti

                                          Daniel London               Eric Brandom                Brooke Palmieri                Jake Purcell

                                                             Carolyn Taratko               Basma N. Radwan                  Yitzchak Schwartz


Editorial Intern Emeritae: 

Rachel Kaufman (Ph.D. Student, UCLA)

Lauren Kelly (Ph.D. Student, USC)

Celeste Marcus (B.A., UPenn, and creator of the JHI Blog imagery)