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The Graduate Center's History students are a diverse group, studying topics ranging from early modern food preparation to sexuality in post-war Germany. Read a bit about their scholarly work below.
 

Early Modern Europe (1300-1700 A.D.)


Katrina Wheeler 

Major Field:  Early Modern Europe
Minor Field:  Modern Europe
Degrees Conferred: MA - History of Christianity, Wheaton College. BA - French and Theology, Whitworth University
Research Interests: I am interested in Christianity in France at the transition point between the early modern/modern periods. My research focuses specifically on the late-eighteenth century, and I am currently charting the diverse experiences and reactions of Catholic clergy during the French Revolution.
Contact info: kwheeler@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Modern European History (1750 to the present)


Barbara Bailin

Major Field: Modern European History (Germany)
Minor Field: Jewish Studies
Degrees Conferred: Combined B.A./M.A. (History) The City College of New York (2011)
Research Interests: My research focuses on the interaction among various agencies of the Third Reich and their role in the development of the Holocaust; I am also interested in 20th century comparative anti-Semitism
Contact info: bbailin@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Megan Brown

Major Field: Modern Europe
Minor Field: Gender & War
Degrees Conferred:
MPhil (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2014);
MA (University of London, Institute in Paris, 2010);
BSJ (Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, 2008)
Dissertation Title: “A Eurafrican Future: France, Algeria, and the Treaty of Rome (1951-1975)”
Research Interests: European integration; Eurafrica; Modern France; Algeria; Citizenship; Postwar
Recent publications:
“Drawing Algeria into Europe: Shifting French Policy and the Treaty of Rome (1951-1964),” Modern and Contemporary France, peer-reviewed special issue (Forthcoming, 2017).
“Migration, Decolonization, and the European Project: France and its Partners (1956–1962),” Perspectives on Europe Volume 45, No. 1 (Spring 2015): 82-85.
“‘Une solidarité naturelle’: French Schoolmistresses and the Suffering Community, 1914-1918,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Volume 39 (2011, Portland).
Contact info: mbrown5@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Davide Colasanto

Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Cultural History of War
Degrees Conferred: M. Phil in History (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2015); M.S. in Cultural Management (ESCP Europe Paris and University of Venice, 2012); M.A. in European Literary Cultures (University of Bologna and University of Strasbourg, 2011); B.A. in Literature (University of Bologna, 2009);
Research Interests: Sexuality and Violence from Fascism to Postwar;
Contact info: dcolasanto@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Andrew Kotick

Major Field: Modern Europe (France)
Minor Field: Cultural History
Research Interests: History of humor and popular culture; satire and politics; cinema and visual culture; 19th and 20th century France and Europe
Contact: akotick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Jarrett Moran

Major field: Modern European History
Minor field: Intellectual History
Degrees conferred: MA, Modern European Studies (Columbia University); BA, Ethics, Politics, and Economics (Yale University)
Research interests: History of criticism and the idea of culture in the nineteenth and twentieth century; history of political thought (particularly liberalism); British History
Contact info: jmoran@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Diana Moore

Major Field: Modern European History (Italy)
Minor Field: Women's & Gender History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. in History and Italian Studies (Fordham University, College of Rose Hill, 2011), M. Phil in History (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2014)
Dissertation Title: Transnational Nationalists:Cosmopolitan Women, Philanthropy, and Italian State-Building, 1850-1890
Research Interests: Gender and Sexuality, The Family, Religion, Nationalism, Charity & Welfare, Transnational Networks, Writing and Memory
Contact Info: dmoore2@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Luke Reynolds 

Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: World History
Degrees Conferred: BA (Trinity College, University of Dublin), MA (Hunter College, CUNY), M.Phil (University of Cambridge),MA (Graduate Center, CUNY), M.Phil (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Dissertation Title: Wellington's Veterans: The British Officer Corps in the Pax Britannica
Research Interests: The Long 19th Century, British History, Imperial History, Social History, Cultural History, Political History, Diplomatic History, Military History
Contact info: lreynolds@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Chelsea Schields 

Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Latin American and Caribbean History
Degrees Conferred:  M.A. in History, CUNY Graduate Center (2013), B.A. in History and Anthropology, Goucher College (2008)
Dissertation Title: Closer Ties: the Dutch Caribbean and the Aftermath of Empire, 1945 – Present
Research Interests: Imperialism, Decolonization, Postcolonial Studies, Comparative Colonialism, Gender and Sexuality, Sexual Politics, Tourism, Development
Contact info: cschields@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Mark Soriano

Major Field: Modern European History 
Minor Field: American History
Research Interests: 18th and 19th century British and American popular culture, comedy, politics, culture, imperialism, and mass society
Contact info: msoriano@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Antonella Vitale

Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: American History
Degrees: Masters in History and Philosophy at Graduate Center, City University of New York, Masters of Education, Hunter College, Bachelors of Arts in History at George Mason University.
Dissertation Title: Fuitina: Love, Sex, and Rape in Post World War II Italy.
Research interests: Gender/women studies, history of sex, rape and violence against women, sexual politics, family law, notions of honor and shame, Italy's southern question, cross-cultural immigration, race, and national identity.
Contact info: avitale@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Ky Woltering

Major Field: Modern European History (Germany)
Minor Field: Modern United States
Research Interests: Transnational Religion, National Identity and Democracy in postwar West Germany and the United States
Contact info: kwoltering@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Latin American History


Gordon Barnes 

Major Field: Latin American and Caribbean
History Minor Field: Global History
Degrees Conferred: BA in History and Political Science (Temple University, 2010) MA in History (Rutgers University-Newark, 2012)
Research Interests: My research interests are centered around political ideology, violence, and the post-emancipation experience  in the British Empire during the 19th Century. My current research focuses upon the political ideology of the British plantocracy, specifically in Jamaica and Mauritius. I am interested in how the transitions from slavery to apprenticeship and then to “free” labor, in conjunction with episodes of plebeian political violence, influenced planter perceptions of politics, race, and labor.  
Contact Info: gbarnes@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Mila Burns 

Major Field: Latin American History 
Minor Field: United States History
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil in History, The Graduate Center; M.A. in Latin American Studies, Columbia University; M.A. in Social Anthropology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; B.A. in Journalism, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
 
Dissertation Title: Dictatorship Across Borders: How Brazil Influenced the Chilean Authoritarian Regime. 1964-1985
 
Research Interests: Transnational History, Diplomatic History, Authoritarianism, Gender and Ethnic Studies, History of Brazil, History of Chile
 
Recent publications:
“Dictatorship Across Borders: The Brazilian Influence on the Overthrow of Salvador Allende,” Revista Estudios de Seguridad y Defensa, Departamento de Investigación de la Academia Nacional de Estudios Políticos y Estratégicos de Chile, Number 3, July, 2014: 165-187
 
“El Modelo Brasileño: la Influencia de Roberto Campos y Câmara Canto en la Dictadura Chilena,”Nuevo Mundo, Mundos Nuevos [Online], Debates, Online since 10 October 2016. URL: http://nuevomundo.revues.org/69707
 
“Ditadura além da fronteira: A Influência Brasileira na Derrubada de Salvador Allende,”
                Revista História e Cultura, Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP. Forthcoming, December 2017
 
Contact info:
Phone: 212.817.8438
Address: Center for Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies The City University of New York, The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave, Room 5419, New York, NY 10016
 

Krystle Farman

Major Field: Afro-Latin America
Minor Field: Early Modern Europe
Degrees Conferred: BA in History (Metropolitan State College of Denver); MA in History (University of Kentucky); MPhil in History (The Graduate Center)
Dissertation Title: Conceptions of Faith: Afro-Mexican Catholicism in the Seventeenth Century
Research Interests: My research examines Catholic practices and rituals circulating among people of African descent in seventeenth-century Mexico. I explore how Afro-Mexicans gained a degree of spiritual authority recognized by Spanish and non-Spanish Christians, and how they forged communities based on shared religious values, cultural practices, and overall world view. More broadly, my project examines religion in the earliest communities of the African diaspora.

Contact info: kfarman@gradcenter.cuny.edu

United States History


Peter Aigner 

Major Field:  U.S. History
Minor Field: Intellectual
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil.
Dissertation Title: "The Professor and the Politician: Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the Strains of Modern American Liberalism"
Research Interests: History of American Liberalism and Conservatism; Federal Economic and Social Policy History; Trans-Atlantic Enlightenment and Book History
Contact info: paigner@gradcenter.cuny.edu 

Arinn Amer

Major Field: US History
Degrees Conferred: BA, MA
Research interests: Material, print, and popular culture; gender, the everyday, and 18th century crowd action
Contact info: aamer2@gradcenter.cuny.edu
 

Emily Brooks

Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: Urban History
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil (CUNY Graduate Center, 2016), BA (University of Michigan, 2009).
Research Interests: history of policing, gender history, construction of social deviance, urban history
Recent Publications:      “Marijuana in La Guardia’s New York City: The Mayor’s Committee and Federal Policy, 1938-1945,” Journal of Policy History. (Autumn 2016)
Contact Info: ebrooks@gradcenter.cuny.edu 

Lawrence Cappello

Major Field: United States History 
Minor Field: Latin American History
Research Interests: Social, Cultural, and Political History, particularly the history of American Privacy
Recent Publications: "In Harm's Way: The Lawrence Textile Strike Children's Affair," in R. Forrant and J. Siegenthaler (eds.), The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread and Roses Strike. Baywood Publishing Co., Amityville, N.Y., 2014
Contact info: LawrenceCappello@gmail.com

Madeline  DeDe-Panken  

Major Field: United States History
Minor Field: Women's History 
Degrees Conferred: B.A., History, Clark University (2012); M.A., History, Clark University (2013)
Research Interests: My research interests center on women in the late 19th and early 20th century, with a focus on cultural history, self/group identity, and education. Currently, I am working on a project on nonprofessional engagement with scientific study in the context of the women's club movement.
Contact info: mdedepanken@gradcenter.cuny.edu
 

Barry Goldberg

Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: African-American History 
Degrees Conferred: B.S. Northwestern (2005); M.Phil CUNY GC (2012)
Dissertation Title: 'The World of Our Children': Jews, Puerto Ricans, and the Politics of Place and Race on the Lower East Side, 1963-1966
Research Interests: 20th century U.S.; race and ethnicity; urban history; American Jewish history
Recent publications: "'A Revolution in Rising Expectations': School Activism and Interracial Politics on the Lower East Side, 1963-1993, Journal of Policy History, Winter 2017 (29:1); "'That Jewish Crowd': Prejudice, Protest and the Politics of Fair Education Law in New York, 1945-1950," New York History, Fall 2014 (v. 95:4)
Contact info: bpgoldberg@gmail.com

 

Ben Hellwege

Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Middle Eastern History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. in History, The University of Chicago (2005)
Research Interests: Currently, my research interests include urban, political, and labor history. I am primarily interested in how political power can be used by both individuals and institutions, and in turn how the use of that power reflects the limits of democracy. Prior to commencing my studies at the Graduate Center I worked as a research analyst and as an editorial assistant.


Micki Kaufman

Major Field: US History (20th C)
Minor Field: World / International History
Degrees Conferred: B.A., U.S. History with Highest Honors, Columbia University. A.A., Simon's Rock of Bard College
Research Interests: My research focuses on computational research in U.S. diplomatic and international history, most recently an analysis of the tenure of Henry Kissinger as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State using a large collection of the DNSA's declassified U.S. government archives dated 1968-1977. I am co-author of an article on Cold War wargaming and technology forecasting in the December 2012 American Historical Review titled "General, I Have Fought Just as Many Nuclear Wars As You Have," and I received a 2012-2013 Provost's Digital Innovation Grant to expand my research to include additional databases including the 'Foreign Policy Files' of the US State Department (NARA Secret Record Group 59). I have taught undergraduate history at Hunter College and have served as the Technology Coordinator for the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative's 2011 "Summer Fever" and 2010 “Nuclear Summer” research programs.

Marc Kagan

Major Field: American History - Labor History
Minor Field: World History
Degrees Conferred:
Dissertation Title: The Fall and Rise and Fall of TWU Local 100
Research Interests:
Recent publications:
Contact info: marckagan@aol.com


Sarah Litvin 

Major Field:  U.S. History
Minor Field: Undeclared
Degrees Conferred: B.A. Oberlin College 2007, Jewish Studies and History
Dissertation Title:
Research Interests: Progressive Era, disability, material cultural, immigration, New York history
Recent publications:
Contact info: Slitvin@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Glen Olson

Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Latin American History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. St. Johns College, Santa Fe; M.A. University of Chicago
Research Interests: My research interests of the 19th century include immigration, urban life, and political history. Currently, I am working on a project on conceptions of citizenship pertaining to Irish and German immigrants in 1850's New York.
 

Laura Ping

Major Field:  U.S. History
Minor Field: Women’s History
Degrees Conferred:  B.A. University of Iowa , M.A. Virginia Commonwealth University, MPhil. The Graduate Center
Dissertation Title:  Throwing off “the Drapery”: Women and Bifurcated Clothing, 1820-1900
Research Interests:  Antebellum, Civil War, Visual Culture, Material Culture, Women’s History
Contact info:  lping@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Mitchell Rocklin

Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Jewish History
Degrees Conferred: M. Phil
Dissertation Title: The American Whig Party and Slavery
Research Interests: 18th and 19th century political and intellectual history
Recent publications:
Contact info: mrocklin@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Nora Slonimsky 

Major Field:  American History
Minor Field: Intellectual History
Degrees Conferred: MA, American Studies (CUNY Graduate Center, 2010) BA, English Literature and Rhetoric, History (Binghamton University, 2008)
Dissertation Title:  “The Engine of Free Expression” [?]: The Political Development of Copyright in the Colonial British Atlantic and Early National United States
Research Interests: I study print culture, federalism and intellectual property in the Early Republic. My dissertation is on the politicization of copyright in the eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Atlantic world, with a specific focus on the relationship between evolving conceptions of property,nationalism and press regulation. 
Contact info: nslonimsky@gmail.com, nslonimsky@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Johnathan Thayer 

Johnathan Thayer
Major: U.S. History
Degrees: M.Phil (CUNY Graduate Center, 2016); MLS (Queens College, CUNY, 2011); BA (Wesleyan University, 2008)
Dissertation: "Sailortowns, Merchant Seamen, and the Parameters of U.S. Citizenship, 1843-1945"
Research Interests: Archives, Public History, Sailortowns


Evan Turiano

Major Field: U.S. History (19th c.)
Degrees Conferred: B.A., American Studies, Trinity College, CT (2016)
Research Interests: I’m interested in antislavery politics and activism, particularly on a local level in Northern cities and towns. Specifically, I’ve researched free black activism in Northern communities, and local responses to the Fugitive Slave Law.
Contact info: I can be reached via email at eturiano@gradcenter.cuny.edu or on twitter @e_turiano.


Katie Uva

Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Urban History
Degrees Conferred: M.A. (2013); M.Phil (2014)
Dissertation Title: Fair City: Urbanism and the New York World's Fairs
Research Interests: cultural history, New York City, housing, consumerism, popular culture, public history
Recent publications: "1939 World's Fair," "1964 World's Fair" et al. in Savoring Gotham (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015); "Plump, Moist, and a Bit of a Chump: Facing the Future with Elmer at the 1939 World's Fair" in Meet Me at the Fair: A World's Fair Reader (Pittsburgh: ETC Press, 2013); additionally, people interactives for Robert Moses, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Samuel Lefrak currently on view in New York at its Core at the Museum of the City of New York.
Contact info:Katie.uva@gmail.com
 

 

Jewish History


Barbara Bailin

Major Field: Modern European History (Germany)
Minor Field: Jewish Studies
Degrees Conferred: Combined B.A./M.A. (History) The City College of New York (2011)
Research Interests: My research focuses on the interaction among various agencies of the Third Reich and their role in the development of the Holocaust;  I am also interested in 20th century comparative anti-Semitism
Contact info: bbailin@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Mitchell Rocklin

Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Jewish History
Degrees Conferred: M. Phil
Dissertation Title: The American Whig Party and Slavery
Research Interests: 18th and 19th century political and intellectual history
Recent publications:
Contact info: mrocklin@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Vincenzo Selleri

Major Field: Jewish History
Minor Field: Early Modern European History
Research Interests: I'm studying the development of the political life of the Jewish communities in the Aragonese Kingdom of Naples. Analyzing the status of the minorities of the Kingdom in the context of the rise of a mercantile class in the Italian port cities and commercial hubs, I argue that merchants had an important role in the definition of political and civil rights. I hope to give a contribution to the historiography of Jewish citizenship in early modern Italy giving agency to the qehillot and the municipal administrations, revising the idea that Neapolitan Jewish policies were strictly top-down.
Contact info: vselleri@gradcenter.cuny.edu 

Middle East History


Jeffrey Culang

Major Field: Middle Eastern History
Minor Field: Jewish History
Degrees Conferred: B.A., Ithaca College; M.A., New York University
Research Interests: My research focuses on religion and secularism in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean during the late 19th and 20th century. I am tracing intellectual and social transformations associated with the introduction of concepts such as nationality and citizenship.

Chris Rominger
Major Field: Middle East

Minor Field: Colonialism and Imperialism

Degrees Conferred: BA, Middlebury College

Dissertation Title: "Imagined Places and Fragmented Spaces: Tunisian Migrants and Political Subjectivity around the First World War, 1911-1925"

Research Interests: My research focuses on the impact of migration on North Africans' political subjectivity and during the First World War and its aftermath.

Recent publications: “Paths Not Taken: Mukhtar al-Ayari and Alternative Voices in Post-War Tunisia.” In Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War One, edited by Gearóid Barry, Enrico Dal Lago, and Róisín Healy. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Contact info: crominger@gradcenter.cuny.edu



 

Medieval Europe (300-1500 A.D.)

David Heayn

Major Field: Medieval History
Minor Field: Ancient History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. in History, Villanova University (2007); M.A. in History, Villanova University (2009)
Research Interests: My primary research interests are in the broad swath of time encompassed by the term Late Antiquity, (Late Roman/ Early Byzantine/ Early Medieval and the Early Islamic periods). I concentrate on the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly the Levant but have significant interests in southern Arabia, the Transcaucasus region, and North Africa. The thematic concentration of my work is in the socio-cultural and religious conflict and syncretism of transitional regions and periods.So far my research has been wide ranging but I am primarily interested in the Byz-lamic socio-cultural interaction in the 7th through 9th centuries, especially liminal identity, indigenous peoples, and revolt.

Clare Wilson

Major Field: Medieval European History
Minor Field: Global History
Degrees Conferred: B.S., Emerson College, Mass Communications; M.A., Marquette University, History: Medieval Europe
Research Interests: I am interested in the troubadours and contextualizing their compositions. My other research interests include medieval notions of identity, cross-culturalism, and medieval organum/polyphony.
 

Eytan A. Zadoff

Major Field: Medieval European History
Minor Field: Jewish History
Degrees Conferred: BA, History and Jewish Studies (Yeshiva University); MA, Medieval Jewish History (Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University)
Dissertation Title: Jewish Marriage Law and Practice in Comparative Perspective in Northwestern Europe, 1140-1234.
Research Interests : My dissertation explores the development of Jewish marriage law and practice (Hilkhot Erusin ve'Nesuin) in Northern France and Germany (Ashkenaz) during late twelfth and thirteenth centuries in comparative perspective with the regnant Church law and prescribed practice. More broadly, I am interested in the history and development of medieval Jewish law and canon law, the interplay between law, culture, and society in Western Europe during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Jewish-Christian relationship in the high Middle Ages, as well as contemporary legal theory, specifically comparative law theory.