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.) Erin Schreiner
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.
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.
Spencer 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 Medicine, Names: 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.
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.
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 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.
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.