Sarah Claire Dunstan
Spencer J. Weinreich
Disha Karnad Jani
Basma N. Radwan
Martin A. Ridge
Madeline McMahon (founding ed.)
John Raimo (founding ed.)
Emily Rutherford (founding ed.)
About the Editors
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.
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.
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(2015); “Name-Changes and Everyday Self-Fashioning in the Toledo Inquisition, 1575–1610,” Names 64:3 (2016); and “Two Unpublished Letters of Stephen Gardiner, August-September 1547 (Bodleian MS Eng.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).
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.
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.
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!
Editorial Assistant Martin A. Ridge is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where he majored in history and wrote his senior thesis on the early work of Marshall Berman. He will pursue a joint MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at Queen Mary University of London and University College London as a Fulbright Scholar starting in the fall. He is broadly interested in the development of neo-Marxism in England and the United States, postwar liberal political theory, and histories of early modern selfhood. Aside from the JHI Blog, Martin is also an editorial intern at Dissent Magazine.