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 explores how 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. candidate 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.
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
Jenny Davis Barnett is a Higher Degree by Research student in the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities at the University of Queensland. Her current research in Intellectual and Literary History focuses on the idea of the satanic witch of the sabbath in medieval France and Switzerland. Her research interests also include French Literature and Visual Culture.
Nick Barone is a Ph.D. student in modern European history at Princeton University. His research focuses on the (ideological, aesthetic, symbolic) function of the family in nineteenth-century British working-class political thought and cultural production. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 2019 with a B.A. in English and History. He has also completed graduate work at Brown University in literary studies.
Zach Bates is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Calgary, and an instructor of history at Columbus Technical College. His primary area of research is the political and intellectual history of the first British Empire from 1688 to 1776, and his current dissertation project is a study of the political thought and practices of two generations of “revolutionary” Scottish colonial administrators from 1710 to 1763. He also has interests in the historiography of the early modern British world in the long eighteenth century and its influences on the politics of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and the relationship between film, history, and culture. His writings and reviews have appeared in the Journal of the History of Ideas (including this Blog), Journal of British Cinema and Television, and Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography; and are forthcoming in the Journal of British Studies and History.
Oscar Broughton is a Ph.D. candidate in Global Intellectual History at the Free University Berlin. His research interests include the Global History of Ideas, Food History and the History of Knowledge, particularly in relation to Brazil, Britain and Germany. His current dissertation explores the Global History of Guild Socialism during the early twentieth century by examining the circulation and intersection of different forms of practical and theoretical knowledge.
Nuala P. Caomhánach is a doctoral student in the Department of History at New York University and evolutionary biologist at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on the concept, meaning, and construction of biological Time and Space across three bodies of scientific knowledge—Ecological, Malagasy, and Phylogenetic—as applied to conservation ideology and policy from the late nineteenth century to the present day. In short, her dissertation aims to understand how Madagascar became the botanical museum to save all of nature (and thus, mankind).
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.
Shuvatri Dasgupta received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in History from Presidency University, Kolkata, India. She was also an exchange student and Charpak Fellow at Sciences Po Paris (Reims campus), studying for a certificate programme in European Affairs and B1 French. For her Master’s degree, she wrote a dissertation titled “Beyond local and global narratives: Concept Histories of the Baidya Community in Colonial Bengal, c.1870-1930.” She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, and is funded by the Cambridge Trust and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Fellowship. Her doctoral dissertation is tentatively titled “A History of Conjugality: On Patriarchy, Caste, and Capital, in the British Empire c.1872-1947.” By using the lens of Social Reproduction Theory (and Marxist-feminist scholarship in general), it attempts to establish the importance of uncovering histories of marriage not just as legal or gender histories, but as the origin point of private property ownership and capitalist exploitation. Her general research interests include global history, gender history, intellectual history and political thought, histories of empire, histories of capitalism, Marxist and Marxist-Feminist theory, and critical theory.
Thomas Furse is a PhD candidate at City, University of London. His thesis is titled “From the Hollow Force to the Behemoth: The US Army’s Strategic Thought from 1970-1988.” It attempts to show how ideas from the social sciences, political economy and military history influenced a collection of US Army officers to remake the US Army’s strategy and organization structure. He holds a BA in Archaeology & Anthropology and an MSc in International Security from the University of Bristol. General interests are empire, revolution and radical political thought, political judgement, the social sciences, debates about decolonization and museum repatriation and animal sculpture.
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.
Emily Hull is a PhD candidate at the UCL Institute of the Americas funded by a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities. Emily’s PhD thesis uses the life of Irving Kristol, the former Trotskyist and so-called “godfather of neoconservatism,” as a lens through which to explore a range of transformations in American intellectual and political life during the twentieth century.
Alec Israeli is an incoming student at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where he will be studying for an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History as a recipient of a Dunlevie King’s Hall Studentship. His research considers overlaps of intellectual history and labor history in the 19th-century Atlantic world, focusing on theorizations of free versus unfree labor in both political-economic and metaphysical terms. He is additionally interested in the philosophy of history (and the history of the philosophy of history). Alec received a BA in History from Princeton University. His work has also appeared in the Vanderbilt Historical Review, the Columbia Journal of History, the Princeton Progressive Magazine, and the Mudd Library Blog.
Rachel Kaufman is a PhD student in History at UCLA and focuses on memory, religion, and diasporic identity in Mexico 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, and her current research focuses on New Mexico crypto-Jewish memory practices and the Mexican Inquisition. Her prose has been published in Rethinking History and The Yale Historical Review, and her poetry has appeared on poets.org and in the Harvard Review, Southwestern American Literature, Western Humanities Review, JuxtaProse, and elsewhere. Her first book of poetry, Many to Remember, was recently published by Dos Madres Press. She received her B.A. from Yale in English and History.
Isabel Jacobs is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London. Her current research explores the work of Alexandre Kojève from a transnational perspective. Her interests include Soviet and Russian émigré philosophy, German-Jewish thought, global intellectual history, cinema, and aesthetics. She received her M.A. in Russian and East European Literature and Culture from UCL SSEES and her B.A. in Philosophy and Slavic Studies from Heidelberg University.
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. candidate 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. He is currently writing a conceptual history of the Western European automation of labor, focusing on how the transformation of work after World War II constituted an intellectual event that altered the concepts with which philosophers, sociologists, engineers, and politicians understood their historical moment.
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 historian.live
Max Norman studied comparative literature and classics in America and England, and now writes often on art and literature for magazines in both countries.
Glauco Schettini is a PhD candidate in history at Fordham University, New York. His research centers on religion and politics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe and the Atlantic world. His dissertation, titled “The Invention of Catholicism: A Global Intellectual History of the Catholic Counterrevolution, 1780s-1840s,” investigates how European and Latin American counterrevolutionary thinkers reinvented Catholicism during the Age of Revolutions. An alumnus of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy, he is the author of more than a dozen articles and book chapters.
Grant Wong is a Ph.D. student in History at the University of South Carolina. His research is based in the history of twentieth century American popular culture and considers its import on its own terms, alongside its impact on the fields of intellectual, political, public, and global history. Grant is particularly interested in how popular culture manifests itself in all aspects of American life, especially within music, consumerism, commodification, gender, sexuality, and youth culture.
Tingfeng Yan is a Ph.D. student in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He holds an MA in History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from University College London and Queen Mary University of London and a BSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. He is interested in the history of international political thought, such as how European theorists conceived non-European polities and international relations.
Stephanie Zgouridi is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Princeton University. Her current research focuses on the conceptual history of generation(s) in modern Europe, particularly in France, Germany, and Spain. She received her M.A. in European Studies from KU Leuven and her B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
About the Editorial Assistant
Scott Newman is a current senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in History with a concentration in Intellectual History. He is originally from Dobbs Ferry, New York, a small town outside of New York City. Some of his academic interests include German Romanticism and its historical context, the relationship between architectural forms and social thought, and the Russian avant-garde. Outside of school and work, he enjoys running, playing tennis, watching movies, and film photography.
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