Sarah Claire Dunstan
Derek O’Leary
Spencer J. Weinreich

Contributing Editors:

Cynthia Houng

Eric Brandom

Disha Karnad Jani

Basma N. Radwan

Brendan Mackie

AJ Hawks

Nuala F. Caomhánach

Editor Emerita:
Madeline McMahon (founding ed.)
John Raimo (founding ed.)
Emily Rutherford (founding ed.)

Erin Schreiner

Contributing Editors Emeriti
Daniel London

Brooke Palmieri

Jake Purcell

Carolyn Taratko

Yitzchak Schwartz

About the Editors

Sarah Dunstan is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow with the International History Laureate at the University of Sydney, Australia.20170421_153003 (1) She just submitted a dissertation 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.

IMG_5233Derek 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.


IMG_9446Spencer J. Weinreich is an Ph.D. student in the history of science at Princeton University. He received his M.Phil. in theology (ecclesiastical history) at the University of Oxford, where he was an Ertegun Scholar, and his B.A. in history from Yale University. 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 work has appeared in Early Science and MedicineNames: A Journal of Onomastics, and The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and is forthcoming in Gothic Studies.

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.

IMG_2639Kristin 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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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.

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.

Basma N. Radwan is a political and social theorist from Mission Viejo, California. She is a 18341867_10212660956022625_4708851993684835540_ndoctoral 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.


Brendan Mackie: Brendan Mackie is a PhD 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



DSC_0036Albert 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.


1 NualaNuala 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.

And our Editorial Intern:

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Lauren Kelly recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in history. She is fascinated by social and cultural history, and is especially interested in the 19th century United States. She wrote her senior thesis on how women used changing death and burial practices to reinforce community on the overland trails in the mid-19th century U.S. Also, after working with elementary school students to teach history, she is passionate about spreading interest and excitement about history across all ages and disciplines.