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Spring 2020

22 January:

Miriam Liebman, City University of New York
“The Ambassadress Abroad: Abigail Adams in London and Paris”

5 February:

Maria Ryan, University of Pennsylvania
“Enslaved Fiddlers in the British Colonial Caribbean”

19 February:

Roger Bailey, University of Maryland
“‘A Free Republic, Like Our Own’: The US Navy and the founding of Liberia”

4 March:

Juneisy Hawkins, New York University
“Spanish Hunger, Cattle Ranches, and the Decline of the Florida Missions”

18 March:

Molly Nebiolo, American Philosophical Society/ Northeastern University
“Constructing Health: Concepts of Well-Being in the Creation of Early Atlantic Cities”

1 April:

Nicholas Canny, Emeritus Professor National University of Ireland Galway
“A Penn graduate training in History in the making of one scholar's career”

Co-sponsor McNeil Center-Penn Department of History

College Hall 209, 12:00-1:15 pm
(No Pre-circulated Paper)

15 April:

Amy Huang, Brown University
“Styling Secrecy on the Early American Stagee”

29 April:

Ryan Bachman, University of Delaware
“Making ‘the Indian’: Wax Figures and the Construction of Race in Early America”

Fall 2019

11 September:

Kimberly Takahata, Columbia University
“Ordering Death: Figuring Indigenous Remains in John Gabriel Stedman’s Narrative”

25 September:

Alexis Guilbault, Indiana University
“‘Adopted’ Captives, ‘Old Followers,’ and Black ‘Servants:’ Unfreedom in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Midwest”

9 October:

John Morton, Boston College
“‘To check the inundation of folly which threatens to overwhelm the world’: How Ladies Cent Societies Created a Missionary Boom in Early Republic New England”

23 October:

Alanna Prince, Northeastern/Early Caribbean Digital Archive
“Archiver-Monde: Decolonization in a Digital Space”

6 November:

Chip Badley, University of California-Santa Barbara/American Philosophical Society
“Irving, Looking: Style, Sexuality, and the Sketch-Books of Geoffrey Crayon”

20 November:

Makiki Reuvers, University of Pennsylvania
“‘The price and value of a soul:’ Spiritual Crisis and Anti-French Factionalism in Seventeenth-Century Iroquoia”

4 December:

Katie Lantz, University of Virginia/American Philosophical Society
“Contested Futures: Narrating Anishinaabeg and American Cultures on the Upper Great Lakes, 1790-1840”

Spring 2019

16 January:

Penn and Slavery Project
“Alexis Broderick Neumann and VanJessica Gladney”

30 January:

Grant Stanton, University of Pennsylvania
“The Language of Liberty: Petitioning for Freedom in Revolutionary Massachusetts, 1773-1777”

13 February:

Blake Grindon, Princeton University
“The Vices of Europe and the ‘Memory of the Poor Miss McCrea’: The Afterlife of an American Frontier Death in the French Atlantic”

27 February:

Denise Burgher, University of Delaware
“Recovering Bishop Henry McNeal Turner”

13 March:

Laura Michel, Rutgers University
“When Joseph Lancaster Came to Town: Education Reform in the Early Republic and Atlantic World”

10 April:

Kyle Repella, University of Pennsylvania
“Friends burying place be of itself from all others’: Quakers, Race, and the Consolidation of a Slave Regime in Colonial Pennsylvania”

24 April:

Nicole Schroeder, University of Virginia
“How Lame and Insufficient,’ Medical Education, Clinical Practice, and Charitable Aid in Early Philadelphia”

Fall 2018

19 September:  

Hannah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania
“Settler Hierarchies and Botany in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia”

3 October:   

Alexi Garrett, University of Virginia
“Prisoners, Slaves, and Nails: The Virginia State Penitentiary's Entrance into Richmond's Nail-making Industry”

17 October: 

Matthew White, Ohio State University
“‘Pennsylvania Stood as Firm as a Rock’: The Missouri Crisis and the Viability of Anti-Slavery Politics”

31 October:

Tim Holliday, University of Pennsylvania
“‘A Quick Deciding Plague’: Intimacy in the Time of Cholera”

14 November:

Sean Gallagher, University of California, Davis
“‘The Plantation Reserved as a Magazine’: Confiscated Bondpeople and the Patriot State”

28 November:

Nicole Mahoney, University of Maryland
“Performing French Sociability: Genteel Women, Political Power, and the Early American Salon”

5 December:

Cynthia Smith, Miami University
“Hope Leslie at Sea”

Spring 2018

17 January:  

Jordan Wingate, UCLA
“Carey's Museum and the Natural History of the American”

31 January:   

Alex E. Stern, Stanford University
“‘I hadn't seen or known sorrow until the soldiers came’: The Civil Wars and First Reconstruction of Indian Territory, 1861 – 1866”

14 February: 

Agnès Trouillet, Université Paris Diderot
“‘There was no fixed idea of the Relation between Great Britain and America,’ or perspectives hardly to be reconciled in 1764 and beyond, both on this and the other side of the Atlantic”

28 February:

Sarah Winsburg, University of Pennsylvania
“Mothers of Necessity: Reinventing Laws of Labor and Subsistence in the Household Economy”

14 March:

Kelsey Salvesen, University of Pennsylvania
“Sampler Theology: Crafting Identity in the 18th and 19th Century Atlantic World”

28 March :

Maria Cecilia Ulrickson, University of Notre Dame
“Life and Labor in Early Haiti”

11 April :

Emily Macgillivray, Northland College
“Maple Sugaring and the Nineteenth Century Great Lakes: A Different Perspective on Anishinaabe Women’s Economic and Political Labor”

25 April :

Jordan Grant, American University
“‘Human Tigers’: The Carceral State and Slave-Catching in the Upper South”

Fall 2017

13 September:  

Janine Yorimoto Boldt, The College of William & Mary
“(De)Constructing Hierarchies: Slavery & The Failures of Colonial Portraiture”

27 September:   

Alisha Hines, Duke University
“‘To Make Her Own Bargains with Boats’: Making Race, Gender, and Labor on the Western Rivers”

11 October: 

Camille Suarez, University of Pennsylvania
“Making the State: Violence, Land, and Citizenship in Early Statehood California”

25 October:

Shannon Eaves, University of North Florida
“‘Regarded as fair-looking for one of my race’: Examining Implications of Beauty For Enslaved Communities in a Sexually Exploitive South”

8 November:

Kathryn Lasdow, Columbia University
“‘Where the Pestilence Rages Most’: Waterfront Infrastructure and a “Cure” for Yellow Fever, 1793-1822”

29 November:

Eva Latterner, University of Virginia
“Passing on the Half Dollar: Fugitivity and Print Capitalism”

6 December:

Wes Alcenat, Fordham University
“The Haitian King, the American “Prince” and the British Abolitionists: The Transatlantic Origins of Haitian Emigration in the Era of Colonization (1800-1827)”

Spring 2017

18 January:  

Arianne Urus, New York University  
“Boats on Fire: Property, Nature, and Usufruct Rights in the Newfoundland Cod Fisheries, 1763-1783”

1 February: 

Julia Dauer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Talking Atoms, Talking Heads: Persons in the Early Republic”

15 February: 

Steve Dolph, University of Pennsylvania
“Thick Forests and Impenetrable Bodies in the Chronicles of Imperial Spain”

1 March:

Jennifer Chuong, Harvard University 
“‘That Immovable Veil of Black’: Engraving and Epidermal Expression in the Eighteenth Century”

15 March:

Eva Latterner, University of Virginia
“‘I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper’: The Hoax Form and the Interpretive Praxis of Print Capitalism”

29 March:

Randall Meissen, University of Southern California
“Seen from Afar: The Visual Mediation of Brazilian and Spanish American 
Animals in pre-Linnaean Natural History”

12 April:

Isaac Curtis, University of Pittsburgh
“Wai‘tu kubuli and Yurumein: Indigenous Port Cities in the Early Modern Atlantic”

26 April:

Tiffany DeRewal, Temple University
“Blessed are the Dissected: The Theology of Anatomy in Colonial Philadelphia”

Fall 2016

21 September:  

Mary Grace Albanese, Columbia University
“Theresa, Teresa, and the Locus Amoenus of Haiti”

5 October: 

Samuel Spencer Wells, College of William & Mary
“Tell it to the Church: Freedoms of Conscience in Colonial America” 

19 October: 

Stephen Krewson, Yale University
“The Apparatus and the Cut: Hawthorne, Practical Education, and the Mechanics of Peter Parley’s Universal History” 

2 November:

Catherine Murray, Temple University
“‘Jackson’s brave boys’: Women’s Captivity and the Constructing of a National Icon”

16 November:

Scott Larson, George Washington University
“‘Others Catched the Streaming Bliss’: Religious Enthusiasm and Revival Sexualities in Early American Culture” 

30 November:

Crystal Webster, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“In Pursuit of Autonomous Child-rearing: Constructions of Early Nineteenth Century Black Motherhood in the U.S. North”

Spring 2016

13 January:  

Special session on digital publishing with
Prof. Joseph Adelman and Prof. Adam Arensen

20 January:  

Jordan Smith, Georgetown University
“‘A Treasure more Useful to this Kingdom than the Mines of Peru’: British distilleries and the production of rum in the eighteenth-century” 

3 February:

John Garrison Marks, Rice University
“Race, Respectability, and Voluntary Associations in the Greater Caribbean: Free People of Color in Cartagena de Indias and Charleston” 

17 February:

Linsday Chervinsky, University of California, Davis
“Setting Expectations: The Cabinet in the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, and the First Federal Congress”

2 March:

Alice Baumgartner, Yale University
“Fugitives: The Underground Railroad to Mexico” 

16 March:

Kevin Vrevich, Ohio State
“The Fireside Poets and the Sentimental Origins of Moral Suasion”

30 March:

Ebony Jones, New York University
“‘Away from this Province’: Transportation of Condemned Slaves in British North America, 1720-1776”

13 April:

Dan Lynch, UCLA
“Southern California Chivalry: The Convergence of Southerners and Californios in the Far Southwest”

27 April:

Amy Sopcak-Joseph, University of Connecticut
“Converting Rags into Gold: Godey’s Lady’s Book, Female Consumers, and Periodical Publishing in the Nineteenth Century”

Fall 2015

16 September:  

Annie Abrams, New York University 
“‘Our Anglo-Saxon Ancestors’: Lydia Maria Child's Inclusive Anglo-Saxonism”

30 September: 

Nora Slonimsky, CUNY
“‘There Is Property in this Report’: The Boundaries of Copyright and Commerce in the Early Nineteenth Century” 

14 October:

Andy Hamman, Stanford University
“The Politics of Antislavery Slaveholders” 

28 October:

Seth Archer, University of California, Riverside
“Disease, Colonialism, and Culture in Hawai’i”

11 November:

Sam Fisher, Notre Dame University
“‘A Memorial to Them Who Trust to French Promises’: Gaels, Indians, and an Atlantic ‘45” 

18 November:

Kimia Shahi , Princeton University
“John Seller’s A Mapp of New England (1676) and King Philip’s War”

2 December:

Alexandra Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania
“French and Indian Captives Carried to Boston: Alternative Captivities During the Imperial Wars, 1688-1750”

Spring 2015

21 January:  

Robert Englebert, University of Saskatchewan
“Colonial Encounters and the Changing Contours of Ethnic Identity: Pierre-Louis de Lorimier and Métissage at the Edge of Empire”

4 February:  

Kevin Waite, University of Pennsylvania
“From Memphis to Canton: Proslavery Commercial Ambitions in the Pacific” 

18 February:

Camille Kaszubowski, University of Delaware
“‘Left in Distress’: Women Alone in Revolutionary Philadelphia” 

4 March:

William Brown, Johns Hopkins University
“The Mask of the Colonizer: Administrative 'Personas' and Native Diplomacy in New France, 1663-1715”

18 March:

Tommy Richards, Temple University
“Sovereignty on the Pacific: The Rise and Fall of the Republics of California, 1836-1846”

1 April:

Dean Bruno, Vanderbilt University
“The Sullivan Campaign of 1779 and the (Un)Making of Place and Space”

15 April:

Katherine Smoak, Johns Hopkins University
“‘Sold as an Article of Commerce’: The Trans-Atlantic Movement of Counterfeit Coins in the Late Eighteenth Century”

29 April:

Tasia Milton, Rutgers University
“Friendship in the Time of Slavery: Reading Phillis Wheatley's Correspondence”

Fall 2014

10 September

Daniel Radus, Cornell University
“Touring Tribal Histories: Apess's Eulogy on the Lecture Circuit”

24 September

Rebekah Martin, Pennsylvania State University
“The Magical and the Mundane: the Medical Culture of Colonial Yucatán”

8 October:

Mark Boonshoft, The Ohio State University
“Lotteries, Incorporation, and the Cultural Development of the Early-National Mid-Atlantic” 

22 October:

Craig Gallagher, Boston College
“Faith, Family, and Finance: Scotland's Exiled Covenanters and their Networks in the Atlantic World, 1660-1688”

5 November:

Katherine Johnston, Columbia University
“Laboring Bodies: Climate, Race, and the Georgia Myth, 1732-1750”

19 November:

Christopher Florio, Princeton University
“Uplifting the Poor to Emancipate the Slave: The Uses and Abuses of Indian Labor”

3 December:

Blevin Shelnutt, New York University
“New York City's Broadway and Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture”

Spring 2014

22 January: 

Elizabeth Della Zazzera, University of Pennsylvania
“The International Trade in Revolutionary Time: French Republican Almanacs and Transatlantic Radical Republicanism”

5 February: 

Antwain Hunter, Pennsylvania State University
“Firearms and Black Manhood in Antebellum North Carolina” 

19 February:

Qian He, Peking University, China
“The Rhetoric of 'Patriotism' during the Stamp Act Crisis” 

5 March:

Cameron Shriver, Ohio State University
“Bad Birds and Knox's Spies: Gathering Information in Revolutionary Indian Country”

19 March:

Jürgen Overhoff, University of Münster, Germany
“William Penn and Early Modern German Federalism”

2 April:

Rachael Givens Johnson, University of Virginia
“Women and Religion in the Spanish Atlantic”

16 April:

Anthony Comega, University of Pittsburgh
“Making and Breaking the Loco-Foco Paradigm: The Development of an American National Culture”

30 April:

Jackson Tait, Queen's University, Canada
“Liberty or Coercion? The United States Lottery of 1776”

Fall 2013

11 September: 

Ross Newton, Northeastern University
“Anglicanism and Royal Authority in Revolutionary Boston”

25 September: 

Dallett Hemphill, Early American Studies

9 October:

Elisabeth Woronzoff-Dashkoff, Bowling Green State University
“Playing for their Share: The Legacy of Female Musicians in Eighteenth Century Virginia” 

23 October:

Kate Mulry, New York University
“‘And o'er all BOTANY preside': Cultivating Gardens and Political Subjects in Restoration England and the Colonies”

6 November:

Justin Simard, University of Pennsylvania
“Will This Be on the Test?: Liberal and Professional Legal Education in Early America”

20 November:

Arika Easley, Rutgers-New Brunswick
“Native Americans in Antebellum African American Public Culture”

4 December:

Ana Schwartz, University of Pennsylvania
“Anne Bradstreet’s Monarchies: Measure and Countermeasure”

Spring 2013

16 January: 

Aaron Sullivan, Temple University
“The Defection of…Pensylvania”: Enforcing the Revolution in 1777

30 January: 

Sarah K. Manning Rodriguez, University of Pennsylvania
“Children of the Great Mexican Family”: The Politics and Patriotism of Anglo-American Immigrants to Mexican Texas, 1820-1824

13 February:

Matthew L. Williams, State University of New York at Binghamton
“To Lay Violent Hands”: Sexual Coercion and the Courts in New York and New Jersey, 1664-1776

27 February:

Greg Ablavsky, University of Pennsylvania
The Indians’ Constitution: Rethinking Native American Influence on the Framing

13 March:

Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire, Columbia University
Drawing the Lines: Aesthetics and Practice of Translation in Nineteenth-Century American Visual Culture

27 March:

Michael D. Block, University of Southern California
How to Find an Island: Navigation in the Early American Pacific

10 April:

Julie A. Fisher, University of Delaware
One Letter, Many Stories: An Interpretation of a Letter from King Philip, May 7th, 1666

24 April:

Braxton Boren, New York University
Using Acoustic Archaeology to Simulate George Whitefield’s Voice

Fall 2012

19 September:

Oliver Cox, University of Oxford
A Play, a Ship and a Waxwork: the Cult of King Alfred the Great in Revolutionary America

3 October:

Maeve Kane, Cornell University
A Laced Coat Unbuttoned: Indian Origins, Iroquois Material Culture, and European Anxieties

17 October:

Ariel Ron, University of California, Berkeley
The Antebellum Agricultural Reform Movement and the Making of Northern Economic Nationalism

31 October:

Christopher J. Bonner, Yale University
Creating a Community of Citizens: Free Black Americans and the European Revolutions of 1848

14 November:

Professor Cassandra Pybus, Australian Research Council Chair of History, University of Sydney
Interrogating the Book of Negroes: Reconstructing Enslaved Families in Pre-Revolutionary Virginia

28 November:

Ben Wright, Rice University
“The Heathen are Demanding the Gospel”: Conversion and Redemption in African Colonization

12 December:

Lori Daggar, University of Pennsylvania
“Useful Citizens of the Republic”: Quakers, Native Americans, and the Pursuit of Agriculture in the Ohio Valley”

Spring 2012

18 January:

Melissah Pawlikowski, Ohio State University
“By Beat of Drum Declared themselves Independent”: Squatter Ethnogenesis & the Ohio Country Civil War, 1763-1785

1 February:

Mitch Fraas, University of Pennsylvania
From India to the Atlantic world: "Indian grants" and the Imperial Jurisprudence of the 18th Century

15 February:

Nancy L. Hagedorn, NEH Post-Doctoral Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia
On the Waterfrontier: Atlantic Port City Waterfronts as Zones of Cultural Interaction, 1700–1840: A Prospectus

29 February:

Brenna O'Rourke Holland, Temple University
Brothers in Business: Stephen and Jean Girard, 1772-1784

14 March:

Jim Farley, MCEAS Senior Research Associate
Cui Bono? Whose Good?: Philadelphia Privateering in King George's War, 1739-1748

28 March:

Andrew J.B. Fagal, Binghamton University (SUNY)
Alexander Hamilton's Report on Manufactures and the Origins of the War of 1812

11 April:

Rachel Banner, University of Pennsylvania
Tautologies of Native Removal in Marshall, Boudinot, and Black Hawk

25 April:

Rob McLoone, University of Iowa
Print Submissions and Plantation Seats: The Women Writers of Virginia's Early Periodical Culture

Fall 2011
14 September: Joshua Abram Kercsmar, University of Notre Dame
The Nature of Identity: British Protestants and Animal Iconographies in Early America

28 September: Christine A. Croxall, University of Delaware
Christian Print and Material Religion: Catholic-Protestant Encounters in the Mississippi Valley, 1810-1820

12 October: Matthew Kruer, University of Pennsylvania
"[A]re not the Indians all of a colour": Native Americans and Racial Construction During Bacon's Rebellion

26 October: Aston Gonzalez, University of Michigan
The Art of Racial Politics: The Work of Black Philadelphian Robert Douglass Jr.

9 November: Jessica C. Linker, University of Connecticut
"She wants to know philosophy, chemistry, and astronomy, and the likes o' that": Women and Science in Kentucky, 1825-1860

30 November: Susan Brandt, Temple University
Reading Hearts, Not Books: Affective Literacy and Public Sentiment in David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World
Spring 2011

26 January:  Paul Polgar, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"A Well Grounded Hope": Republicans of Color and the Optimistic Origins of Black Abolitionism

16 February:  Cameron Strang, University of Texas, Austin
Science, Loyalty, and Power in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1790-1810

2 March: Matt Allison, University of Rochester
Christopher Marshall’s dinner parties:  routine, radicalism, and rupture in Revolutionary Philadelphia

16 March: Greta LaFleur, University of Pennsylvania
Precipitous Sensations: Herman Mann's The Female Review (1797) and Botanical Sexuality

30 March: Crawford Alexander Mann III, Yale University and Rhode Island School of Design
Italian Bodies and American Ideals: Benjamin West and his Models

13 April: Susan Brandt, Temple University
A Shopkeeper's Scientific Revolution:  Alchemy, Botany, and Medical Authority in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

27 April: Steph Gamble, Johns Hopkins University
Capital Negotiations: The Creek Delegation of 1790 in New York City

Fall 2010

22 September:  Cassandra Good, University of Pennsylvania
Friendly Relations: Situating Cross-Gender Friendships in the Early Republic

6 October:  Tim Cassedy, New York University
'Language Makes the Difference Between Man and Man': And Other Linguistic Truisms in the Early Republic

20 October: David Silverman, George Washington University
Indians, Firearms, and the Problem of Dependency in Colonial America

3 November: Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, University of Delaware
Dispatches from a Fluid Border: Views of the Upper Mississippi, 1832-1848

17 November: Megan Lindsay Cherry, Yale University
The Ideological Origins of Leisler's Rebellion

1 December: Katherine Gerbner, Harvard University
Christian Slavery: The Moravian Mission to Jamaica, 1754-1770


Spring 2010

13 January: Claire Gherini, The Johns Hopkins University
Smallpox and Small Places: James Kilpatrick's Negotiations of Medical Knowledge Cultures in the British Atlantic

27 January: Dael Norwood, Princeton University
Sovereignty, Slavery, and Commerce: The China Trade in Early American Politics

10 February: Kara Clevinger, Temple University
"Keeping a comfortable house": Moral Treatment for the Insane in the 1840s

24 February: Jack Dwiggins, University of Pennsylvania
"A very viper to the breast by which it is suckled": West Point and the Fate of American Democracy, 1815-1860

17 March: Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College
Riding Colonial History: Horse Travel and the Coming of King Philip's War

31 March: Susan Llewellyn, George Mason University
Competing for Power: An Examination of Motivations behind Changes in Women's Property Rights in Colonial Virginia

14 April: Sarah Blackwood, Pace University
Hepzibah's Scowl: In the Portrait Gallery of American Literature

28 April: Angela Keysor, University of Iowa
Down But Not Out: Examining Poverty in a Time of Scarcity, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1730-1820


Fall 2009

16 September: Kevin Cattrell, Rutgers University Singing
Indians: Psalmody and Credibility in Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts

30 September: Rachel Schnepper, Rutgers University
Bermuda, the Other Puritan Colony, and the English Revolution

14 October: Rick Demirjian, University of Delaware
In the Midst of Perpetual Fights: Local and National Publics in the Completion of the C&D Canal, 1821-1829

28 October: Robert Craig, Independent Scholar
East New Jersey through Fresh Eyes: The Benjamin Clarke Diary, 1688-89

11 November: Ellery Foutch, University of Pennsylvania
Temporality, Metamorphosis, and Perfection in Nineteenth-Century Art and Natural History

2 December: Matthew Karp, University of Pennsylvania
"An Artful, Sagacious & Bold Enemy": British Abolitionism and the Origins of a Southern Foreign Policy of Slavery, 1833-1842


Spring 2009

21 January: Katie Gray, Johns Hopkins University
To "try how long [the] Streets are": Youthful Explorations of Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

4 February: Ross Barrett, University of Chicago
Rioters Refigured: The Gangs of Antebellum New York in Paint and Print

18 February: Teagan Schweitzer, University of Pennsylvania
"Iron Chef America" (Philadelphia Edition)- Philly Food ca. 1750-1850: A Historical and Zooarchaeological Approach to Foodways in the Past

4 March: Wendy Wong, Temple University
Diplomatic Subtleties and Frank Overtures: Print, Publicity, and Citizen Genet

18 March: Vanessa Mongey, University of Pennsylvania
The Curious Case of the Courtois Brothers: Haiti in Atlantic Geopolitics

1 April: Charlotte Carrington, University of Cambridge
The "knave, cheater, and French dog" Versus the Puritan "Parsecuting Dogs": The Battle between the Jerseyan Settlers and the Puritan Authorities in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts

15 April: Chris Parsons, University of Toronto
Seeing like a Jesuit, or, The Conflict between Missionary Informants and French Colonial Science

29 April: Natalie Inman, Vanderbilt University
The Role of Family in Chickasaw Politics and Economy


Fall 2008

10 September: Christa Dierksheide, University of Virginia
The Amelioration of Slavery in the Anglo-American Imagination, ca. 1770-1840

24 September: Derrick R. Spires, Vanderbilt University
Appeals to the People" Defining Citizenship in the Black State Conventions of the 1840s

8 October: Raúl Coronado, University of Chicago
The Sublime Revolutionary Power of Development: José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara's 1811 Travel Narrative and Mexican Independence in Texas

22 October: Ryan K. Kashanipour, University of Arizona
Trading Cures: Indigenous and European Medicine in Eighteenth Century Yucatán

5 November: Seth Cotlar, Williamette University
The Cultural History of Nostalgia in Modernizing America, 1776-1860

19 November: Julie Atkinson, University of Warwick Office
Politics: Representing the City in Revolutionary New York

3 December: Brian Rouleau, University of Pennsylvania
Showdown at the Oriental Hotel, and Other Such Tales of Barroom Violence from Abroad


Spring 2008

23 January: Maartje Janse, Harvard University/University of Leiden
Associational Mania: New Perceptions of Organizing, 1820-1850

6 February: Sean Harvey, College of William and Mary
'Your colour bespeakes deception and your Tongue a Ly': Language, Race, and the Ambiguities of Empire in the Ohio Country, 1786-1793

20 February: Kelly Wisecup, University of Maryland
Communicating Disease: Epidemic and Encounter in Thomas Hariot's Briefe and True Reporte of the New Found Land of Virginia

5 March: Ted Andrews, University of New Hampshire
Of Saints and Savages: Indigenous Missionaries in the Early Modern British Atlantic

19 March: Susan Klepp, Temple University
Go Ask Alice: A Slave's Life and Legacy

2 April: April Shelford, American University
Reading the Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica

16 April: Lesley Doig, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
'When a man marries a fortune it is not all he marries': Riches, Reputation and the West v. West Divorce of 1806

30 April: Jeff Edwards, University of Pennsylvania
'Sypathetic Hearts and Homogenial Souls': American Men of Feeling in the Barbary States


Fall 2007

19 September: Michelle McDonald, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Regional Reliance: Caribbean Coffee and the North American Economy, 1760-1830

3 October: Christopher Moses, Princeton University
Massachusetts' Colonial Empire and the Mayhew Controversy in Context, c. 1760-1765

17 October: Andrew Lipman, University of Pennsylvania
Reconsidering Kieft's War: A Regional Perspective on Dutch-Algonquian Relations

31 October: Jarrett Anthony, University of Pennsylvania
William Apess's Indian Prayer: American Christianity and the Eulogy on King Philip

14 November: Lily Santoro, University of Delaware
God's Book of Nature: Popular Science and Christianity in the Early Republic

28 November: Justin Roberts, Johns Hopkins University
Negotiating Sickness: Health and Work on British West Indian Sugar Plantations, 1750-1810

12 December: James Corbett David, College of William and Mary
The All-Encompassing Other: Lord Dunmore and the American Revolution in Virginia


Spring 2007

17 January: Joanna Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
"His Humble Production Is Entirely An American Production": Domestic Manufactures and the Making of an American Marketplace in the Early Republic

31 January: Friederike Baer, Temple University
The Politics of Language in Philadelphia's German Community, 1800-1820

14 February: Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Crafting Comfort: Betsy Ross and the Philadelphia Upholstery Trades

28 February: Maurizio Valsania, University of Torino
The Curse of History: Leaders' Distrust of American History, 1783-1828

14 March: Larry Skillin, The Ohio State University
From Proclamation to Dialogical Debate: George Keith and the Opening of the Public Sphere in Colonial America

28 March: Erik Mathisen, University of Pennsylvania
Courtrooms, Muster Rolls and The Ties that Bind: Tracing the Rural Body Politic in the Slave South

11 April: Eric C. Stoykovich, University of Virginia
Woolly Sheep, Racial Science, and the Improvement of an Industrial Fiber in the United States, 1840-1855

25 April: Stephanie Schnorbus, University of Southern California
Instilling Identity: The Relative Importance of Doctrine in Spelling Books, Pennsylvania, 1680–1815


Fall 2006

20 September: Eric Kimball, University of Pittsburgh
Colonial New Hampshire and the Atlantic Slave Economies: 1768-1775

4 October: Jonathan White, University of Maryland
Constructive Treason and the States: The Revolutionary Origins of State Treason Law in the Civil War North

18 October: Katherine Paugh, University of Pennsylvania
Reproducing Healthy Laborers and Appropriating African Medicine: Yaws, Slavery, and the Flow of Medical Knowledge in the British Caribbean

1 November: Andrew Heath, University of Pennsylvania
Between the Neighborhood and the Nation: Municipal Politics and the Creation of Metropolitan Philadelphia in the Antebellum Era

15 November: Jonathan Yonan, Oxford University
The Anti-Moravian Polemic in the 1750s: An Interesting Application of Lockean Political Theory

29 November: Rosalind J. Beiler, University of Central Florida
Communication Networks and the Dynamics of Migration, 1660-1730

13 December: Nathan Kozuskanich, The Ohio State University
"Falling Under the Domination Totally of Presbyterians": The Frontier, the Constitution, and Pennsylvania's Road to the American Revolution


Spring 2006

18 January: Nathan Kozuskanich, Ohio State University
"Falling Under the Domination Totally of Presbyterians": The Frontier, the Constitution, and Pennsylvania's Road to the American Revolution

1 February: Sally Haddon, Florida State University
Powers of Attorney and the Operations of Mercantile Law in Philadelphia in the Eighteenth Century

15 February: James Farley, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
"The Bigger of My New Ships is Near Launch": Early Philadelphia Shipbuilding and Shipbuilders, 1676-1772

1 March: Jessica Roney, The Johns Hopkins University
Clubbing Together: The Roots of Associational Culture in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

15 March: Christian Crouch, New York University
The Zeal of the King's Arms: Questions of Legitimate Violence in New France During the Seven Years' War

29 March: Jennifer Schaaf, University of Pennsylvania
"Consult Your Bible, and the Life of Your Divine Model": Catholic Masculinity and the Trustee Crisis in Early National Philadelphia

5 April: Jared Richman, University of Pennsylvania
The Many (After)Lives of Major André: Trauma, Mourning and Transatlantic Literary Legacy

26 April: Rik Van Welie, Emory University
"The Best Steersmen are Ashore": Dutch Critiques of Coerced Labor in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World

Fall 2005

21 September: Dan Hicks, The Pennsylvania State University
'Who Are Her Subjects and Who Are Our Citizens': Maritime Challenges to National Identity in the Early Republican Period"

5 October: Jake Blosser, University of South Carolina
Anglican Pursuits of Happiness: Popular Religion in the Colonial Chesapeake

19 October: Christopher Hunter, University of Pennsylvania
Without Foreign Alloy: Benjamin Franklin's Memoires and the Political Economy of Translation

2 November: Michael Carter, University of Southern California
Catholic-Protestant Print Controversy in Late Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

16 November: Kyle Roberts, University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Payson Prentiss's Piety and the Problem of Defining Evangelicalism

30 November: Simon Finger, Princeton University
An Epidemic Constitution: Quarantine, Diplomacy, and Nationhood in Early Federal Philadelphia

14 December: Margaret Sumner, Rutgers University
Building the Ideal Environment: Principles of Construction from the Early American College World, 1820s-1840s


Spring 2005

19 January: Justine Murison, University of Pennsylvania
"'Wrong in the Upper Story': Hypochondria in Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee"

2 February: Bill Carter, Princeton University
"Petticoats and Other Forms of Imperial Rule: Consumer Goods, Gender, and Subordination in the Covenant Chain"

16 February: Jim Buss, Purdue University
"'Led by a touch of romantic feeling': Constructing Indian History through George Winter's Artwork"

2 March: Wendy St. Jean, Dickinson College
"Enoe Will's British Commission: Power Politics in Colonial North Carolina"

16 March: Ken Cohen, University of Delaware
"Cultural Business: The Making and Meaning of Leisure in Early America, 1750-1840"

30 March: Aaron Wunsch, University of California at Berkeley
"Parceling the Picturesque: Rural Cemeteries and Urbanization in Antebellum Philadelphia"

13 April: Heidi Aronson Kolk, Washington University, St. Louis
"Inventing Connoisseurship: Tropes of Amateurism and Rituals of Collecting in the Antebellum Travel Journal"

27 April: Matthew Osborn, University of California at Davis
"Klapp's Cure: Phantoms and Inebriate Care in Philadelphia, 1817–1827"

11 May: Wendy Woloson, The Library Company of Philadelphia
"In Hock: Pawning in Early America"


Fall 2004

22 September: George Boudreau, Pennsylvania State University, Capital College
Penn, Paine, Pacifism, and Pennsylvania Politics: Memory and Society in Revolutionary Philadelphia

6 October: Frank Fox, Independent Scholar
Democracy in the Rough: The Associators of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1775-1777

20 October: Martha Schoolman, University of Pennsylvania
Sidney Edwards Morse and the Problem of Sectional Geography

3 November: Russell Spinney, Pennsylvania State University
Surveying the Frontier: Settlement, Identity, and European-American Relationships in the New Purchase Territory (Centre County, Pennsylvania, 1769-1778)

17 November: Sarah Klimenko Riedl, University of Pennsylvania
Historical Memory in American Political Culture during the Secession Crisis of 1860-1861

1 December: Mark Nicholas, Lehigh University
The Indians' Second Great Awakening: Senecas and the Presbyterian Church


Spring 2004

21 January: Brian Luskey, Emory University and MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellow
Conflict at the Counter: Class, Gender, and Retail Clerks in Antebellum New York

4 February: Anne Casey, University of Pennsylvania
Gender and Migration in the Cambridge Conversion Narratives

18 February: Bethany Schneider, Bryn Mawr College
An Inoculated Mohegan in King George's Court: Samson Occom, Smallpox, and the Conversion of the English

3 March: Matt Backes, Columbia University
Charles Francis Adams and the Burden of the Past

17 March: Laura Mielke, Iowa State University
Staging Encounters: Indian Plays and the Sentimental Impulse

31 March: Robyn Davis McMillin, University of Oklahoma and Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow
A "Restless Desire of Knowledge": The Cultivation of Science in Eighteenth-Century America

14 April: Jennifer Greeson, Princeton University
The Internal Other of United States Decolonization


Fall 2003

10 September: Cathy Kelly, University of Oklahoma
"Seeing is Becoming: A Family of Women Miniaturists in teh Early Republic"

15 October: Bethany Schneider, Bryn Mawr College

29 October: Matt Backes, Columbia University
"Charles Francis Adams and the Burden of the Past"

12 November: Daniel K. Richter, MCEAS, University of Pennsylvania
"Stratification in Eastern Native America"

19 November: Mark Miller, University of Pennsylvania
"Temperance Discourse, Asceticism, and Indian Rights in the Early Writing of William Apess, 1829-1833l"

3 December: James Alexander Dun, Princeton University

10 December: Martha Elena Rojas, Sweetbriar College
"'Hand in Hand': John Adams, Independence, and the Plan of Treaties of 1776"


Fall 2002

18 September: Jennifer Snead, University of Pennsylvania
"Crocodile Tears and Crises of Epistemology: Whitefield in America, 1739-40"

2 October: David Stewart, National Central University
"Reading the Republic: Interdisciplinarity on the Barricades"

16 October: Carl Keyes, The Johns Hopkins University
"Marketing an Education in Sophistication: Advertisements for Schoolmasters, French Tutors, and Dancing Masters in Colonial Philadelphia"

30 October: Rick Bell, Harvard University
"The Cultural Significance of Suicide in Early America, 1750-1810"

13 November: Bridget Ford, American Antiquarian Society
"'New Hearts Bound in Sympathy': Race and the Poetic Turn in Nineteenth-Century Evangelicalism"

4 December: Mark Hanna, Harvard University
"Beneficial Pirates: The Impact of Piracy on Newport and Charleston, 1680-1730"


Spring 2002

23 January: James Carrott, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"'Paxton Boys' Unmask'd': The Politics of Resistance on the Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1760-1774"

6 February: Wendy Bellion, Winterthur Museum
"Patience Wright, the 'Promethean Modeler': Gender and Creativity in an Eighteenth-Century Waxworks"

20 February: Benjamin Irvin, Brandeis University
"'Oh that I was a Soldier!': Martial Longings in the Continental Congress"

6 March: Gabriele Gottlieb, University of Pittsburgh
"'The Punishment of a Few' for 'the Preservation of Multitudes': Capital Punishment, Penal Reform, and Social Order in Late 18th-Century Philadelphia"

20 March: Kendall Johnson, Swarthmore College
"'Rising from the stain of the painter's palette': George Catlin's Picturesque and the Politics of Indian Removal"

3 April: Michael Mackintosh, Temple University
"Pennsylvania at Night: Indians and Colonists in Dark Times"

17 April: Jill Kinney, University of Rochester
"Friends and Missionaries: Joseph Elkinton and the Quakers on the Allegany Reservation"

1 May: Jennifer Jordan Baker, Yale University
"Royall Tyler's The Contrast: Performing Redemption on the Federalist Stage"


Fall 2001

19 September: Benjamin Carp, University of Virginia
"Changing Our Habitation: The Revolutionary Movement in Charleston's Domestic Spaces"

3 October: J. Fred Saddler, Temple University
"Ties that Bind: The Meaning of Slavery in Colonial New Jersey, 1686-1738"

17 October: Daniel Kilbride, John Carroll University
"Britons, Cosmopolites, Americans: American Grand Tourists in the Eighteenth Century"

31 October: Emily Blanck, Emory University
"Origins of the Slavery Controversy in the Constitutional Convention"

14 November: John McCurdy, Washington University, St. Louis
"Single Freemen in Colonial Pennsylvania: Some Preliminary Observations on Gender and Politics in Early America"

28 November: Patrick Erben, Emory University
"'A Token of Love & Gratitude': Francis Daniel Pastorius's Literary Tribute to Friends and Friendship in Early Pennsylvania"

12 December: Mark Schmeller, Rice University
"Phrenology Surveys the Public Mind"


Spring 2001

24 January: Bernard Herman, University of Delaware
"The Shipwright's House"

7 February: Roger Abrahams, University of Pennsylvania
"A Swarm of Bees, the Gift of Corn"

21 February: Juila Boss, Yale University and MCEAS Dissertation Fellow
"Burning Down the House: Convents and Catastrophe in New France, 1650-1734"

7 March: Ashli White, Columbia University
"People of Color and Revolutions in the 1790s: The Case of Stephen Girard and Crispin"

21 March: Kate Haulman, Cornell University
"Suiting the Market: The Trans-Atlantic Fashion Network"

4 April: Timothy Shannon, Gettysburg College
"The Indian Trader as Artifact in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain"

18 April: Jennifer Lawrence, Temple University
"Prisons in the Wilderness: Bucolic Pastoralism and the Image of Antebellum Penitentiaries"

2 May: Gene Ogle, University of Pennsylvania
"The Problems of Policing: Maroons, Free Men of Color and the Maréchaussée in French Saint Domingue"

16 May: Karol Weaver, Bloomsburg University
"Enslaved Healers in Saint Domingue, 1750-1804"


Fall 2000

6 September: McNeil Center Initiation

20 September: Kathy Brown, University of Pennsylvania
"The Maternal Physician, or How American Women Learned to Put the Baby In the Bathwater"

4 October: Sheryllynne Haggerty, University of Liverpool
"Cay, Clow and Control: An Exercise in Atlantic Distribution"

25 October: Ryan Smith, University of Delaware
"The Cross: Anti-Catholicism and Protestant Symbolism in 19th-Century America"

15 November: Francois Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University
"Educated Citizens, Illiterate Slaves: Considerations on American Nationalist Ideology"

29 November: Cindy Lobel, City College of New York
"Dietary Change in New York City, 1790-1860"