Meet the Fellows 2018-19
Katherine Adams, Associate Professor, Tulane University
Katherine Adams is an associate professor of English and Kimmerling Chair in Women’s Literature at Tulane University. She is the author of Owning Up: Privacy, Property, and Belonging in US Women’s Life Writing (Oxford 2009) and of essays on gender and race politics in nineteenth-century US literature and culture. She guest edited “US Women Writing Race,” a 2009 special issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and co-edited, with Sandy Zagarell and Caroline Gebhard, a 2016 special issue of Legacy dedicated to the life, writing, and activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. At The Huntington she will be completing her second book project, Reconstructing Value: Cotton Culture and Blackness after Emancipation, an examination of how black writers reimagined racial capitalism in the decades following the abolition of slavery.
Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Daniela Bleichmar is Associate Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California, where she also serves as Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Arts and Humanities. She received a BA from Harvard University and a PhD in the history of science from Princeton University. She is the author of Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin (Yale University Press, 2017). The latter publication accompanied an exhibition by the same name that she co-curated at The Huntington in Fall 2017 as part of the Getty Foundation’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America. Other publications include the co-edited books Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World (2015), Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World (2011), and Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500–1800 (2009). Her research and teaching address the history of science, visual culture, and material culture in colonial Latin America and early modern Europe, focusing particularly on knowledge production, cultural contact and exchange, collecting, and the history of the book. Her current book project is entitled Painted Book: A Mexican Codex on the Move in the Early Modern World.
Molina Fellow in the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences
Kristen Block, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kristen Block is Associate Professor of History and the Program Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Tennessee. Her research has focused geographically on the Caribbean–arguably the epicenter of colonial competition in the early modern Americas. Her second book project, Holistic Medicine, Spiritual Healing, and Dis-ease in the Early Caribbean, explores how residents of the region defined disease and contagion--and how conflict and hybridity influenced their attempts at healing. Today’s rising interest in holistic medicine from both Western scientific establishments and a range of spiritual communities brings to mind what was once commonly accepted by all people--that a person’s mind, body, and spirit are inextricably linked. She intends to study those links without privileging science over religion, learned over “folk” therapies. As in her first book, Ordinary Lives in the Early Caribbean: Religion, Colonial Competition and the Politics of Profit (UGA Press, 2012), she meditates on the limits of conventional historical methods to capture the emotions and voices of her subjects, many of them marginalized because of their sex, class, or enslaved status. She also remains committed to understanding the multilingual and inter-imperial entanglements that marked life in the early circum-Caribbean, and utilizes primary sources in Spanish, French, and English in her research.
Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellow
Manuel Covo, Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Manuel Covo is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Prior to joining he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company in Philadelphia and served as an assistant professor at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. He is completing his first book project entitled The Entrepôt of Atlantic Revolutions: Saint-Domingue, Commercial Republicanism and the Remaking of the French Empire (1778-1804). It places the American, the French, and the Haitian Revolution in a global context and argues that the massive trade between the wealthiest slave colony in the world and the first independent republic in the Americas was foundational in the invention of a modern French republican empire.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
Katherine Cox, Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin
Katherine Cox recently received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.A. from Stanford University. She taught English literature in post-doctoral positions at UT Austin from 2016-2018. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between British Renaissance literature, the history of science, and the cultural history of environment, and appears in article form in SEL: Studies in English Literature and Milton Studies. Her recent essay on the acoustical mechanism of temptation depicted in Paradise Lost received the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Article Award. As a 2018-2019 NEH Fellow, she will spend a year at The Huntington Library researching and completing her book manuscript, Climate Change and Original Sin: Meteorology and Acoustics in the Age of Milton. The project demonstrates the influence of the early modern fields of meteorology and acoustics in Milton’s moralistic portrayal of climate corruption and brings to light the theological inflections of early modern climatology.
Andrea Denny-Brown, Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside
Andrea Denny-Brown is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Fashioning Change: The Trope of Clothing in High- and Late-Medieval England (2012) and the co-editor, with Lisa H. Cooper, of Lydgate Matters: Poetry and Material Culture in the Fifteenth Century (2008) and The Arma Christi in Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture (2014). Most recently she has guest-edited a double issue of the journal Exemplaria on “The Provocative Fifteenth Century,” a project that originated as a conference at the Huntington Library in 2015. Her current book project, Criminal Ornament: Aesthetic Misbehavior in the Fifteenth Century, claims a new importance for the aesthetic category of medieval ornament in Western intellectual history. This project demonstrates the emergence of ornament as a provocative interdisciplinary technique in late medieval verbal, visual, and decorative arts that also played a crucial if antithetical role in the articulation of modernist aesthetics in the early twentieth century.
Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow
Lori Anne Ferrell, Professor, Claremont Graduate University
Lori Anne Ferrell (a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society) is the John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, with a joint appointment in early modern history and literature. She is also the director of The Kingsley & Kate Tufts Annual Poetry Awards at CGU. Her many multidisciplinary publications have concentrated on the effect of religious and political change on early modern texts—theological, literary, theatrical, and practical—in the turbulent century before the outbreak of civil war in Britain. Prof. Ferrell is the author of Government by Polemic and The Bible and the People, as well as the editor of the forthcoming The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne: Sermons at St Paul’s Cathedral, 1623-5. She has held residential fellowships at The Huntington Library; the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC; the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL; All Souls College Oxford. UK; Wolfson College Cambridge, UK; Pembroke College Cambridge, UK; and the Bogliasco Foundation Study Centre in Liguria, Italy; and fellowships from the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the Whiting Foundation.
Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-Century American History
Gary Gallagher, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia
Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War Emeritus at the University of Virginia. A native of Los Angeles, he received his graduate training at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include The Confederate War (Harvard University Press, 1997), Lee and His Generals in War and Memory (Louisiana State University Press, 1998), Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), The Union War (Harvard University Press, 2011), Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty (University of Georgia Press, 2013), and The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (co-authored with Joan Waugh, Spielvogel Books, 2015). Active in the field of historic preservation, he served twice on the board of the Civil War Trust. At The Huntington, he will work on a book-length project prospectively titled “Our Civil War: How Scholars and the Public Understand the Great American Crisis.”
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
Marjoleine Kars, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Marjoleine Kars is Associate Professor of History at UMBC where she just served two terms as department chair. At The Huntington she will be finishing a book about a massive and nearly successful slave rebellion in a Dutch colony (now the Republic of Guyana) in South America tentatively titled Slaves Remastered: An Untold Story of Rebellion, Revolution, and Restoration in the Atlantic World. An article about this work, “Dodging Rebellion: Politics and Gender in the Berbice Slave Uprising of 1763,” published in the American Historical Review (2016) won a number of prizes. With Michael McDonnell and Andrew Schocket, she is editing a three-volume Handbook of the American Revolution for Cambridge University Press.
Molina Fellow in the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences
Seth LeJacq, Fellow, Duke University
Seth Stein LeJacq is a Lecturing Fellow in Duke University's Thompson Writing Program. He received his BA from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in 2016 from the Department of the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is currently completing work on his first book project, Run Afoul: Sodomy, Masculinity, and the Body in the Sailing Royal Navy. This work explores masculinity and sexuality among British sailors in the age of sail, and focuses on the history of trials for same-sexual contact in the fleet from the late seventeenth century into the Victorian era. At The Huntington, his research will investigate forensic medicine and sexual crime in the premodern west, asking how knowledge of proscribed sexual activities was generated, how it circulated, and how it was used.
Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor in the History at Caltech and The Huntington
Gabriel Motzkin, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gabriel Motzkin was the Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute from 2007 to 2016 and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 2001 to 2004. He held the Ahad Ha’am Chair in Philosophy, and was also a member of the departments of History and German Literature. He has been a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and at the universities of Giessen, Amsterdam, and Konstanz. His fields of interest are: the philosophy of history, secularization theory, and historical conceptions of memory. His current research is about the preconditions for the development in literature and in religion of a conception of subjectivity that makes science possible. In this vein, he is studying the troubadours and late medieval mysticism.
Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow
Gregory Nobles, Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology
Gregory Nobles is Professor Emeritus of history at Georgia Tech, where he specialized in early American history and environmental history. In addition to teaching, he served in three administrative positions at Georgia Tech, as Associate Dean of the Ivan Allen College (1994-1996), Chair of the School of History, Technology, and Society (1996-2001), and Founding Director of the Georgia Tech Honors Program (2005-2014). He held two Fulbright professorships, as Senior Scholar in New Zealand (1995) and as the John Adams Chair in American History in The Netherlands (2002). His research grants include three from the National Endowment for the Humanities and residential fellowships at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, the American Antiquarian Society, The Huntington Library, the Princeton University Library, and the Newberry Library. In 2004 he was named to the Distinguished Lectureship Program of the Organization of American Historians and, for 2005-2008, was elected to the Advisory Council of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR); more recently, he has also served SHEAR as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Early Republic and as a member of the SHEAR Book Prize committee. After retiring from Georgia Tech, Nobles was the 2016-2017 Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American Antiquarian Society, and his latest book, John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2017.
Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellow
Jessica Rosenberg, Assistant Professor, University of Miami
Jessica Rosenberg is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Miami, where she teaches courses on Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, and science and literature. Drawing on the history of the book and the history of science, her research examines the formative connections between poetry, print, and the natural world in early modern England. Her current project, Botanical Virtues: Horticulture and Textual Culture in Early Modern England, traces the plants, flowers, and trees ubiquitous in the poetic and practical books published in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. She has also essays published or forthcoming on husbandry, poetry, and household management; the virtues of plants; and the poetics of instructional books.
Dana and David Dornsife Fellow
Rachel St John, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis
Rachel St John is Associate Professor in the Department of History at UC Davis. Her research focuses on North American history with a particular emphasis on state-formation and nation-building in the nineteenth century. Her first book, Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border, was published by Princeton University Press in early 2011. Her current book project, The Imagined States of America: The Unmanifest History of Nineteenth-century North America, explores the diverse range of nation-building projects that emerged across the continent in the 19th century. Originally from California, she taught at New York University and Harvard University before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2016.
Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow
Martha A. Sandweiss, Professor, Princeton University
Martha A. Sandweiss, Professor of History at Princeton University, is a historian of the United States, with interests in the history of the American West, visual culture, and public history. She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University and began her career as a photography curator at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, TX. She later taught American Studies and History at Amherst College for twenty years before joining the Princeton faculty in 2009. Sandweiss is the author or editor of numerous books on American history and photography. Her publications include Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception across the Color Line (2009), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography, and Print the Legend: Photography and the American West (2002), winner of the Organization of American Historians’ Ray Allen Billington Award. Her other works include Laura Gilpin: An Enduring Grace (1986), the co-edited volume The Oxford History of the American West (1994), and the edited volume Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (1991). She currently serves as Project Director for the recently launched Princeton & Slavery Project. At The Huntington, Sandweiss is working on a book about the many colliding stories embedded in an Alexander Garden photograph made at Ft. Laramie in 1868.
Dibner Research Fellow in the History of Science & Technology
Alexander Statman, Fellow, Global Intellectual History Graduate School, Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Alexander Statman is a postdoctoral fellow in the Global Intellectual History Graduate School, Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. His research on the global Enlightenment and east-west exchange in the history of science has been published in journals such as Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society and East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine. At The Huntington Library, he is completing his first book, Global Enlightenment: France, China, and the Idea of Progress, which argues that a signature contribution of what has been thought of as the European Enlightenment – the idea of progress – emerged through a global conversation between France and China.
Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Fellow
Naomi Tadmor, Professor, Lancaster University
Naomi Tadmor completed her BA and MA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was awarded the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Award and the Pembroke College Research Studentship to study for a PhD at the University of Cambridge. She held a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and taught at the universities of Cambridge and Sussex. In 2009, she was appointed to a Chair in History at the University of Lancaster. Tadmor specializes in English social history from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries and has written widely on the history of reading, the history of kinship and family relationships, and on religion and literature. Her main publications include: The Practice and Representation of Reading (coedited, Cambridge, 1996); Family and Friends in Eighteenth-century England: Household, Kinship and Patronage (Cambridge, 2001); and The Social Universe of the English Bible: Scripture, Society and Culture in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2010). In 2015/16, she held a British Academy and Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship to develop a project on poverty and migration in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, which she will be completing during her time at The Huntington Library. She will be studying the welfare legislation of the period, and its wide-ranging ramifications and effects.
Occidental/Billington Visiting Professor in U.S. History
Michael Vorenberg, Associate Professor, Brown University
Michael Vorenberg is Associate Professor of History at Brown University. His work focuses on the American Civil War, the U.S. Constitution, slave emancipation, and citizenship. He is the author of Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment (Cambridge University Press, 2001), which was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize and was used liberally by Stephen Spielberg for his 2012 film Lincoln. He is also the author of an edited collection, The Emancipation Proclamation: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010). Currently he is completing a book to be published by Alfred A. Knopf titled Lincoln’s Peace, about the struggle to end the American Civil War. He is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. At Brown, he has received the McLoughlin Prize for teaching and the Romer Prize for advising. From 2004 to 2007, he was a member of Brown’s steering committee on slavery and justice.
R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow
Louis Warren, Professor, University of California, Davis
Louis Warren, W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History at UC Davis, is a historian of the American West and environmental history. His first book, The Hunter’s Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (Yale Historical Publications Series) was a study of racial and ethnic conflicts over wildlife conservation from the late nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth. In 2005, Warren published Buffalo Bill’s America: William Cody and the Wild West Show (Knopf, 2005). A cultural biography of William Cody, this book explores how a child of the frontier Great Plains became one of America’s greatest showmen and the most famous American in the world. Warren has also published a popular classroom textbook, American Environmental History (Blackwell, 2003). A collection of primary source documents and provocative essays, the book has been widely assigned in environmental history courses for graduates and undergraduates. Warren was a British American Education Foundation Scholar at Cranleigh School, Surrey, UK, in 1980 – 81, and did his undergraduate work in history at Columbia University in New York, where he graduated in 1985. He became a teacher at Peterhouse School in Zimbabwe from 1985 until 1987. In 1988, he began graduate study at Yale University, where he received his Ph.D. in history in 1993.
Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellow
Danielle Terrazas Williams, Assistant Professor, Oberlin College
Danielle Terrazas Williams (Ph.D. Duke University) is Assistant Professor of History at Oberlin College. Her work focuses on the social and legal histories of African-descended people in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Mexico. Her research interests include women’s history, governance, slavery, family, and notions of class and status. Her work has appeared in The Americas and Ulúa. Her current book project aims to challenge traditional narratives of racial hierarchies and gendered mobility by focusing on African-descended women’s experiences in Mexico’s understudied period of 1580-1730. At The Huntington, she will be working with the collection’s rare books and manuscripts to study the regional influence of various Catholic institutions and to examine the impact of Caribbean piracy on both quotidian experiences and colonial governance.