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  • Ceren Abi

    Subfield: Modern Middle East, Late Ottoman Empire, Mandate Syria and Iraq, Visual Culture, Archaeology, Museums, World War I, Italian colonialism

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  • Kaleb Adney

    Subfield: Near East

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  • Samuel Anderson

    Subfield: Northwest Africa (Maghrib, Sahara, Sahel); Islam; race; French colonialism; legal and religious education

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  • Jorge Arias

    Subfield: Late Roman and Early Medieval Iberia, archaeology, Colonial Latin America

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  • Sohaib Baig

    Subfield: South Asia, Islam in South Asia, Indian Ocean,

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  • Roi Ball

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  • Grace A. Ballor

    Grace Ballor is a Ph.D. Candidate in UCLA's Department of History, focusing on the economic history of twentieth century Europe. Her dissertation research investigates the role played by multinational firms in European integration and the development of the European Union.

    Subfield: European Economic History

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    Email    gballor@ucla.edu
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  • Christopher Bates

    Dissertation: What They Fight For -- The Men and Women of Reenactment. An examination of the modern phenomenon of reenacting, and what it can tell us about the memory of the Civil War and the place of history in modern America.

    Subfield: U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction

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    Email    jrhtp@ucla.edu
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  • Chris Bingley

    My primary research interests concern religion, gender, and notions of empire during the High Roman Empire through the early period of Late Antiquity. My eventual dissertation will investigate the changing nature of how Romans imagined Greek culture in the eastern Mediterranean during the third and fourth centuries C.E. and how urban populations negotiated imperial identity.

    Subfield: Late Antiquity, Roman History, Greek History

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    Email    cbingley@ucla.edu
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  • Tania Bride

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  • Sebastiaan Broere

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  • Scottie Buehler CPM

    Scottie's specialty is the history of midwifery, obstetrics, and gynecology from 1500-1800 in France and England. Other interests include the history of medicine more generally and history of the body. Her dissertation focuses on midwifery training in late eighteenth century France and the texts, objects, and images used.

    Subfield: History of Science and Medicine

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    Email    scottiecpm@ucla.edu
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  • Peter Chesney

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  • Xiang Chi

    Subfield: Chinese economic and environmental history; Social history of forests

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    Email    xiangchi@ucla.edu
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  • Iris Clever

    My project focuses on anthropometric research in the early twentieth century and its deployment for racial classification. I am interested in anthropometric practices, its techniques and materialities, conflicts over standardization, and the encounter between scientists and their subjects of research.

    Subfield: History of science and Medicine

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    Email    irisclever@ucla.edu
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  • Elizabeth Comuzzi

    I am broadly interested in the economic and social history of the late medieval Mediterranean (c. 1000-1450), with an emphasis on medieval Catalonia, and on medieval urbanization, trade, townspeople and artisans. I also have a particular interest in the definition and interconnection of medieval regions, and on the imposition of political boundaries in the creation and redefinition of territory.

    Subfield: Medieval European History

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    Email    ecomuzzi@ucla.edu
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  • Beatriz Cruz-Lopez

    Subfield: Latin America

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  • Michael Dean

    Subfield: United States

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  • Arnon Degani

    Currently I am interested in how the mechanisms of the Israeli state prior to 1967 contributed to the incorporation of the Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel into the Israeli body politic. Methodologically, I have a bias towards extensive archival research of the Israeli civic and military bureaucracy which contain many small instances where the system was challenged by individual people and unforeseen circumstances. These vignettes reveal the daily struggles the Palestinian-Arab citizens faced but also shed light on the inner logic of Zionism. Analytically, my research utilizes a particular reading of the theoretical literature of settler colonial studies which takes note of the historical tendency of settler colonial societies to enact inclusive political frameworks with remnants of the indigenous population.

    Subfield: Colonialism; Settler-Colonialism; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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    Email    arnondeg@gmail.com
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  • Rebecca Dufendach

    MA Thesis: Injecting Modernity: Regulating Hygiene in Porfirian Oaxaca, Mexico

    Subfield: Ethnohistory, Indigenous Laguages of the Americas, Latin America, Colonial Mexico

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    Email    rdufendach(at)ucla(dot)edu
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  • Jeffrey Dymond

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  • Max Flomen

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  • Alfred Flores

    My dissertation is entitled, "Little Island into Mighty Base: Indigeneity, Race, and U.S. Empire in Guam, 1941-1962," which examines the U.S. military expansion of Guam through indigenous land stewardship and civilian military labor. This process of militarization resulted in various interracial encounters among Chamorros, Filipinos, and white Americans that were peaceful, violent, and in some instances deadly. Thus, my study underscores the connections between empire, indigeneity, and diaspora in a highly contested racialized island. This project relies on a transnational approach that includes archival sources from California, Guam, Maryland, the Philippines, and Washington D.C. These records are combined with oral history interviews that I conducted on Guam with activists, educators, professors, farmers, landowners, former civilian military laborers, and former politicians."

    Subfield: 20th Century United States History; Pacific Islander History; Asian American History; Native American History; Empire; Immigration; Indigeneity; Labor; Race/Ethnicity; Oral History; U.S. and the World.

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    Email    apflores@ucla.edu
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  • Daniel Franken

    I use anthropometric evidence on human stature to track the secular trend in material well-being of the Brazilian population from 1830 to 1960. During that interim, the Brazilian economy and polity underwent profound structural transitions. The extant data on living standards has prevented scholars from understanding the consequences of export-led growth and industrialization. My preliminary data culled from military records?a previously untapped source?display significant improvement in physical stature beginning in the 1880s, when modernization and industrialization began. I hypothesize that the confluence of real income growth, improved education, health, and sanitation account for the upswing in the standard of living.

    Subfield: Latin America, economic history, Brazil

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    Email    franken.daniel@gmail.com
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  • Emily Frantz

    Subfield: Science

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  • Ricardo Garcia

    At the moment (July 2013), I am beginning my dissertation, which examines a series of sixteenth and seventeenth-century letters from what is now western Mexico. These were written in Nahuatl and with the Roman alphabet.

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    Email    rmedinagarcia@yahoo.com rmedinagarcia@ucla.edu
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  • Lela Gibson

    My dissertation, \Between Aufklärung and Nizam-i Cedid: The German Enlightenment and Ottoman Sufism, 1751-1817,\" examines knowledge exchange alongside diplomatic encounters between the Ottoman Empire and the German-speaking world. The project highlights cultural and intellectual exchange between Europe and the Islamic world in the late eighteenth century."

    Subfield: German History; Ottoman History; Cultural & Intellecutal History; World History; Global History; European History; Middle East History

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    Email    lela.gibson@ucla.edu
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  • Nicole Gilhuis

    Subfield: Atlantic World, Atlantic World Religion, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Colonial Empires

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    Email    ngilhuis@ucla.edu
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  • Sebastian Glen

    Subfield: Europe

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  • Amy Gordanier

    Chinese opera, actors and entertainers, migration, native-place networks

    Subfield: Late Imperial China

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  • Hippolyte A. Goux

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  • Kurt Guldentops

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  • Xiaowen Hao

    Subfield: China

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  • Caroline Harris

    My dissertation seeks to uncover the meaning of interracial worship at the Azusa Street Revival and its subsequent fading from Pentecostal practice by the second decade of the twentieth century. Charting the migrations of the revival's participants, from the Midwest and South to Los Angeles beginning in the 1880s, I argue that an understanding of the racial landscapes of Los Angeles, as well as currents of religious thought from earlier revival moments in American history, will aid our understanding of Pentecostalism?s nascent growth in Southern California. The imagined meanings of religion and race worked in tandem to not just foster the development of early Pentecostalism, but also cut short its socially transgressive practices.

    Subfield: American West, African American History, History of Religion

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    Email    cbunnell@ucla.edu
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  • Elle Harvell

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  • Joshua Herr

    Subfield: Ming, Qing China; Vietnam

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  • Ryan Hilliard

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  • Qianqing Huang

    Subfield: Japan

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  • Richard Ibarra

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  • Erdem Ilter

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  • Sarah Johnson

    Subfield: Jewish

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  • Naveen Kanalu Ramamurthy

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  • Samuel Keeley

    Subfield: Modern European History, 19th Century Germany, Immigration

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  • Yatta Kiazolu

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  • Lindsay King

    Subfield: Modern European Jewish History

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    Email    lindsayking@ucla.edu
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  • Brian Kovalesky

    Subfield: 20th Century U.S.; Southern California; History of Education

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  • Vipin Krishna

    Subfield: South/Southeast Asia

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  • Sunkyu Lee

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  • John Leisure

    Researching the emergence of middle class consumer households in postwar Japan using danchi apartment complexes as a site of social change.(B.A. History, University of Southern California; B.A. Political Science, University of Southern California; M.A. Regional Studies East Asia, Columbia University; Fulbright Fellow, Japan)

    Subfield: Modern Japan

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    Email    leisure@ucla.edu
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  • Janice Levi

    My project primarily centers on the oral narrative of the House of Israel (Ghana) and how their faith identity is constructed through knowledge of oral histories, performative/ritual memory, and encounters with normative Judaism. I seek to historicize the oral narrative through archival record, practical memory, and via sites of memory (archaeological and abstract). Additionally, I am interested in how ideological trends concerning Hebraic heritage (may have) influenced the narrative of this community.

    Subfield: African History | Research Interests: African History, Jewish History, Memory Studies, Identity Studies, Race Politics, and Material Culture

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    Email    jrlevi@g.ucla.edu
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  • Pauline Lewis

    Late Ottoman Empire; Science, Technology, and Infrastructure

    Subfield: Modern Middle East

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    Email    plucylew@ucla.edu
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  • Chien-Ling Liu

    Subfield: European Medicine in China, History of Medicine

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  • Fredrick Walter Lorenz

    Fredrick Walter Lorenz's research focuses on migrations and empire shaping in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Ottoman Empire. He studies the political and social effects of the large-scale movement and resettlement of refugees from the Balkans into Anatolia and Arab provinces under Ottoman rule.

    Subfield: Modern Middle East, Late Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Balkans

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    Email    florenz@ucla.edu
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  • Daniel Lynch

    “Southern California Chivalry: The Convergence of Southerners and Californios in the Far Southwest, 1846-1866.” Ph.D. diss., 2015.

    Subfield: US, World, History Education

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    Email    daniellynch@ucla.edu
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  • Kristina Markman

    Dissertation: Between Two Worlds: A Comparative Study of the Representations of Pagan Lithuania in the Chronicles of the Teutonic Order and Rus'

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  • Amanda Martinez

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  • Michael Matthews

    Subfield: Ancient

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  • Preston McBride

    2014 Resident Scholar, Autry National Center Institute for the Study of the American West, Undisciplined Research Project

    Subfield: 18th-20th Century U.S. & American Indian History

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    Email    pmcbride@ucla.edu
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  • Kelly Midori Mccormick

    Kelly McCormick is a doctoral student in modern Japanese history whose research approaches the Japanese camera as the intersection of visual and consumer culture. She is exploring the invention, development, and marketing of the Japanese optical industries in the postwar period. Through analysis of corporate histories, camera company labor union handbooks, and camera magazines marketed to camera enthusiasts, she is developing a picture of how discourses of healthy families, economic recovery, and national identity were deeply tied to the domestic and international success of the Japanese camera. In addition, her project sheds light on the role that the Japanese camera played in the history of postwar photography in Japan and internationally, from amateur to photojournalistic uses of new lenses and films. Before coming to UCLA, she completed an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University (2012) and received her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz (2008). Kelly has lived in Kagoshima, Osaka, Hakodate, Yokohama, and Tokyo, Japan.

    Subfield: Modern Japan, History of photography, Camera Culture, Consumer Culture, Design

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    Email    kelly.midorim@gmail.com
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  • Devin McCutchen

    Subfield: 20th Century US, California, Western US, Urban, Planning, Cultural, Oral History, Public History

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  • Joshua McGuffie

    Subfield: History of ScienceEnvironmental HistoryHistory of the Western United States

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  • Juan Pablo Mercado

    Juan Pablo is a PhD candidate in U.S. History specializing in Chicana and Chicano History and currently is a managing editor for Regeneración Tlacuilolli: UCLA Raza Studies Journal. Juan Pablo is also an interviewer for the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research, conducting oral histories on the High Potential Program at UCLA between 1968-1971.

    Subfield: Twentieth-Century United States; Chicana/o History

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  • Sean Messarra

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  • Juan Pablo Morales Garza

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  • Patrick Morgan

    Subfield: Medieval

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  • Makeda Njorge

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  • Christopher Null

    Subfield: U.S. History, Legal History, 19th Century

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  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Subfield: Middle East and South Asia

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  • Daniel Ohanian

    social and intellectual history; structure and agency; intercultural collaboration; 1700–1930; Ottoman and Armenian history

    Subfield: Near East

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  • Nana Osei-Opare

    Subfield: Intellectual African History, Nkrumahism, CPP, Ghanaian State, State Capitalism, Modernization, Soviet Union, Intellectual Networks, South Africa

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  • Caitlin Parker

    Dissertation working title: \Mayor Bradley's Los Angeles: Urban Governance in an Era of Austerity, 1973-1993\""

    Subfield: 20th Century US; urban; political; spatial; race and ethnicity

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    Email    caitlinparker@ucla.edu
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  • Marissa Petrou

    Science museums, history of anthropology, German history of science in the Kaiserreich, visual culture of science and scientific publications.

    Subfield: History of Science, Medicine and Technology

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  • Joshua Rahtz

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  • Bernard James Remollino

    Subfield: United States

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  • Kathryn Renton

    Subfield: Intellectual & Cultural History of Europe; Early modern Spain; Early modern France; History of Science

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  • Kevin Richardson

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  • Susan Rosenfeld

    Trans-Atlantic slave trade; West African history; mythology and folklore; Afro-Brazilian returnees; Afro-Caribbean intellectual and cultural production and radicalism; Pan-Africanism; and Yoruba systems of divination. I am also working as a research assistant for the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project under Professor Robert Hill.

    Subfield: African History; History of the African Diaspora; Yoruba History; History of Afro-Brazilian returnees

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    Email    susanrosenfeld@ucla.edu
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  • Cassia Roth

    In my dissertation, “A Miscarriage of Justice: Reproduction, Medicine, and the Law in Rio de Janeiro (1890-1940),” I argue that legal and medical efforts to build a ‘new’ Brazil were contingent upon the impoverished population’s health, particularly female reproduction. State preoccupation with poor women’s fertility manifested itself through police intervention in women’s daily lives, facilitated by patriarchal medical discourses and the popular condemnation of abortion and infanticide. But state intrusion did not improve the high rates of miscarriages, stillbirths, and maternal deaths in urban Rio de Janeiro. Despite these indications, historians have overlooked how the institutionalization of law and medicine intersected with women’s embodied experience of reproductive health. Using police investigations and court cases, medical theses, and quantitative healthcare data, I argue that this surveillance created a culture of criminalization surrounding women’s health without improving services or outcomes.

    Subfield: Modern Latin America; Brazil; Women and Gender Studies; Atlantic World; History of Medicine

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  • Twyla Ruby

    Subfield: History of science and medicine in early modern Europe, visual and material culture

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  • Winter Schneider

    Property Ownership, Race, Political Subjectivity, Militarization and Historicity in nineteenth-century Haiti and the Caribbean

    Subfield: Latin American and Caribbean History, Afro-Atlantic History, Environment and History

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  • Elisabeth Schoepflin

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  • Robert Schraff

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  • Fernando Serrano

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  • Fernando Serrano

    In my research I consider the impact of silver mining in colonial Guanajuato on the indigenous cummunities that provided the labor force for the mines. In particular, I consider the participation of workers from Purépecha communities in Michoacan.

    Subfield: Latin American History; Ethnohistory; Colonial Mexican History; Michoacán and Guanajuato

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  • Chris Silver

    My work focuses on the socio-cultural role(s) played by Jews in the North African music industry in the twentieth century.

    Subfield: Modern Jewish and North African History; Music

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  • Sabrina Smith

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  • David Spielman

    Subfield: African

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  • Sona Tajiryan

    Early Modern Trade Network of Julfa Armenians

    Subfield: Armenian Studies

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  • Madina Thiam

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  • Jennifer Tiari

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  • WANG You

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  • Marjan Sarwar Wardaki

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  • Adam Woodhouse Mowl

    Imperial thought in Renaissance Europe ; Machiavelli ; Medieval political and economic thought

    Subfield: Medieval ; European Intellectual History

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  • Maia Woolner

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  • Masayoshi Yamada

    Subfield: United States

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  • Dong Yan

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  • Meng ZHANG

    My dissertation, titled “Timber Trade along the Yangzi River: State, Market, and Frontier, 1750-1911,” provides the first reconstruction of the overall structure of the south China timber trade during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with hand-collected data and situates the story of timber in a broader perspective. Timber and its cultivation, trade, and taxation provide the focal points for addressing a number of central debates regarding state building, political economy, and business paradigms in Chinese history.

    Subfield: social and economic history in early modern and modern China; trade networks and commercial organizations; frontier economy, ethnicity, and environment.

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