Carolina Alvarado, Department of English
April C. Armstrong, Department of Religion
April C. Armstrong entered the Ph.D. program in the Department of Religion in Religion in the Americas in 2007. She is scheduled to defend her dissertation, "'That's What Makes me a Jew and Him a Baptist': Jews, Southern Baptists, and the American Public Square in the Era of Reagan," in October 2014. She is interested in the challenges and costs of American pluralism, especially as related to church-state issues. Prior to enrolling at Princeton, she earned her B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Oklahoma and her M.A.Th. in Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Matthew Axtell, Department of History
Olivier Burtin, Department of History
Olivier Burtin is a graduate student in the History Department. He is writing a dissertation on the American Legion and veterans' politics after the Second World War. More broadly, he is interested in U.S political, social, and cultural history in the twentieth century. He is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (France), where he received his Masters’ Degree in History in 2011.
Kameron Collins, Department of English
Kameron entered the English department in 2009. His project, "The Afterlives of Incorporation: Readings in Law, Literature and Philosophy" examines the statuses of affect and bodily materiality in 19th and 20th-century conversations about legal personhood. More broadly, he works at the intersection of legal theory and philosophy, legal history, and literary theory/studies. He was the recipient of an AMS summer research prize in 2010 and is co-organizing the AMS graduate conference for Spring 2013.
Peter Conti-Brown, Department of History
Peter Conti-Brown is a PhD candidate in the Department of History and is primarily interested in studying the intellectual, legal, and political evolution of central banking in the United States. More generally, he is interested in the history and law regarding the regulation of debt, public and private, within the contexts of banking, bankruptcy, public finance, and administrative law. He has published articles in the Stanford, UCLA, and Washington University Law Reviews, and co-edited the book When States Go Broke: The Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis, published by Cambridge University Press. He is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Stanford Law School, where he remains a non-resident Academic Fellow with Stanford's Rock Center for Corporate Governance. Prior to coming to Princeton, he worked as a law clerk for the Hon. Stephen F. Williams in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Brittney Edmonds, Department of English
Brittney Edmonds is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of English. She is currently working on a dissertation examining black literary cultures and economies of consumption. She is interested in the intersections among political economy, black subject formation, and cultural constructions of agency. Her research interests include 20th and 21st Century African-American Literature, Black Feminisms, and Queer Theory. She is the co-founder of the Black Queer Sexuality Studies Collective at Princeton University, which hosts an annual conference on black sexuality. She received her B.A. in English and American Studies from Cornell University in 2010 and completed her M.A. at Princeton in 2012. Brittney was a recipient of the AMS Summer Research Prize in 2011.
Justin Fowler, School of Architecture
Justin Fowler is a PhD candidate at the Princeton School of Architecture and a founding editor of Manifest, a journal of American architecture and urbanism. He received his Master of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and previously studied Government and the History of Art and Architecture at the College of William and Mary. He is the editor of Evolutionary Infrastructures by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi (Harvard GSD, 2013), an assistant editor of Invention/Transformation: Strategies for the Qattara/Jimi Oases in Al Ain (Harvard GSD, 2010) and his writing has appeared in Volume, Pidgin, Speciale Z Journal, Thresholds, PIN-UP, Domus, Conditions, and Topos, along with book chapters in Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality (Birkhauser, 2010), and Aircraft Carrier: American Ideas and Israeli Architectures after 1973 (Hatje Cantz, 2012). He has worked as a designer for Dick van Gameren Architecten in the Netherlands, Somatic Collaborative in Cambridge, and managed research and editorial projects at the Columbia University Lab for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) in New York. He also served as managing editor for C-Lab issues of Volume magazine and co-directed think tank research for the GSAPP/Audi Experiments in Motion initiative.
Alfredo Garcia, Department of Sociology
Alfredo entered the department of sociology in 2011. Prior to arriving, he obtained a B.S. from Duke University and a MTS (Masters in Theological Studies) degree from Harvard Divinity School. His recent research has focused on the segment of the U.S. population that identifies itself as having "no religion" on surveys, a diverse group that includes the irreligious, unreligious, anti-religious, and anti-clerical. Of particular interest to Alfredo are those who disaffiliate from their religion of birth and also those who join non-theist organizations such as the American Atheists, Ethical Societies, etc. Alfredo has also dabbled in journalism as a former writer for the Religion News Service.
Josh Garrett Davis, Department of History
Josh Garrett-Davis is a PhD candidate in the history department. His dissertation explores American Indian engagements with phonograph and radio technology from 1890 to the mid-twentieth century. His other interests include American cultural history and the history of the American West. He majored in American studies as an undergraduate at Amherst College, and also received an MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University. His book Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains was published in 2012.
Brian Gingrich, Department of English
"Brian Gingrich (B.A. Southwestern University; M.A. German Studies, Stanford University) studies modern literature from America and Europe, and he’s also interested in American cinema, Freud, aesthetics, notions of realism, and narrative style. His dissertation focuses on the concept of narrative pace in modern fiction: its crafting, its indeterminateness, its spatial and temporal composition, and its ultimate correspondence to what we try to understand, socially, as the pace of modern life."
Justene Hill, Department of History
Justene Hill is a graduate student in the Department of History. Her academic interests include African-American History, History of Slavery in the British Atlantic World, and Women’s History. Specifically, Justene is interested in studying the formation of informal and clandestine economies within enslaved communities in the United States and the British West Indies and specifically the ways in which gender shaped participation in informal economic activities. Justene has a B.A. in Spanish from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from Florida International University in African New World Studies. She is originally from Oakland, California.
Jennifer Huynh, Department of Sociology
Kurt Karandy, Department of Religion
Working in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, my research and writing focus on the popular culture of multiculturalism in the post-Civil Rights era. I'm also interested in transnationalism, performance, religion, and the category of race in US political culture.
George Laufenberg, Department of Anthropology
George Laufenberg is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology. He is interested in spirituality, healing, and community in contemporary North American life. He is currently working on a dissertation which explores modes of knowledge production and representations of experience in the teaching and learning of metaphysically-oriented practices of ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicine’, as well as the connections practitioners make to healing traditions in native North America and European esoteric traditions. George is a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow in the Princeton Writing Program, and a Graduate Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion. He teaches a Freshman Writing Seminar called 'American Mysticism'. He holds an M.A. from Georgetown and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins.
Jane Manners is a graduate student in the history department. She is interested in 19th century U.S. legal history, and is writing her dissertation on the legal and political aftermath of the Great New York Fire of 1835. She has an undergraduate degree and a J.D. from Harvard, and has tried her hand at teaching, journalism, philanthropy, and politics.
Kijan Bloomfield Maxam, Department of Religion
Kijan Bloomfield Maxam is a graduate student in the Department of Religion. She is in the Religion, Ethics, and Politics subfield. Kijan graduated from Bowdoin College with a AB in Religion and Africana Studies and earned her MA in International & Transcultural Studies, with an emphasis on educational development from Columbia University. Her research interests include Caribbean Philosophy, African Diaspora Studies,and Gender and Religion. Her current project focuses on religion and social change in the Caribbean from the late 19th century to the present.
Maribel Morey, Department of History
A PhD candidate in the History Department, Maribel Morey is writing a dissertation on Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma (1944); a two-volume study celebrated as one of the most monumental texts of the U.S. civil rights movement. The dissertation deconstructs the Carnegie Corporation's reasons for commissioning, funding, and publishing Myrdal's study; and in the process, helps explain how this organization became a civil rights actor in the postwar United States. She received a J.D. from NYU School of Law, and a B.A. in Politics and Romance Languages & Literatures from the U. of Notre Dame. This year, she is a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at NYU Law.
Wangui M. Muigai, Department of History of Science
Wangui is a graduate student in the history of science program with broad interests in race and medicine, history of childhood, and American cultural history. Her research focuses on medical and public health ideas about mortality at the turn of the twentieth century. She received her A.B. in History and Science from Harvard in 2009.
Ronny Regev, Department of History
Ronny is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. She studies twentieth century American history with a particular interest in popular culture, the development of mass-media industries and labor history. Her dissertation, “It’s a Creative Business”: The Ideas, Practices, and Interaction that Made the Hollywood Studio System, seeks to reveal the day-to-day reality inside this industry during it’s golden age, c. 1930-1950, by examining the effect work relations and politics had on cinematic production and content. It is a social history of Hollywood that recovers the organization of both labor and the creative process through which movies were produced, and an attempt to understand how everyday routines and interactions shape entertainment. Ronny is an affiliate of the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2006 with a BA in history and philosophy.
Leslie Ribovich, Department of Religion
Leslie Ribovich entered the Religion Department in the Religion in the Americas subfield in 2011. Her interests include the relationship of church and state in the United States, contemporary character education programs, the history of teaching morality in schools, gender, virtue theory, and religion in the public sphere. She received a BA, cum laude, in Religion and English from Barnard College, earning distinction on both senior theses. Her Religion senior thesis was on the universalizing of moral values in the public sphere among thinkers in the character education and New Atheist movements. Leslie is also a recipient of the Beinecke Scholarship.
Rebecca Rosen, Department of English
Rebecca Rosen joined the English Department in 2010. She studies early American literature, with particular interests in women's manuscript writing, autobiography, captivity narratives and slave narratives, Native American literature and history, and elegiac forms.
Saul Schwartz, Department of Anthropology
Saul has been a graduate student in the anthropology department since 2008. He does ethnographic and historical research on American Indian language documentation and revitalization with a focus on Siouan languages. He is interested in language ideologies, translation, disciplinary cultures, collaborative methods, and research audiences.
Roy Scranton, Department of English
Roy can be reached at Scranton [at] Princeton.edu. More information about his publications and teaching can be found at scholar.princeton.edu/Scranton.
Sarah Seo, Department of History
Sarah Seo is a PhD candidate in the History Department. Her dissertation, “The Fourth Amendment, Cars, and Freedom in Twentieth-Century America,” examines the history of car searches to explore the development of public rights and police powers and to explain the emergence of proceduralism as an integral aspect of American freedom in the twentieth century. She received an A.B. in History in 2002 from Princeton and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2007. Prior to graduate school, Sarah served as a law clerk for Judge Denny Chin in the Southern District of New York and Judge Reena Raggi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. This year, she is a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at the NYU School of Law.
James Steichen, Department of Music
James Steichen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Music, where his research focuses on opera, dance, and the intersection of music and theater. His dissertation offers a critical reexamination of George Balanchine’s first two decades in the United States and the institutional antecedents of the New York City Ballet, encompassing the choreographer’s work in ballet, opera, musical comedy, and film.He studied comparative literature at the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago. He has authored reference articles on impresarios Lincoln Kirstein and Rolf de Maré for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, and his reviews and translations have appeared in The Yale Review, The Opera Quarterly, and TLS. His scholarship on the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” cinema broadcast initiative has been published in The Opera Quarterly and Music and the Moving Image. In February 2012 he served as co-organizer, along with Caryl Emerson and Simon Morrison, of the international conference “After the End of Music History” in honor of musicologist Richard Taruskin, and in May 2013 is co-organizing an interdisciplinary conference on “The Agon of Opera and Dance.” His research has been supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Affiliate in Cultural Policy Award from the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton as well as a Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance from Harvard University’s Houghton Library.
Beth Stroud entered the PhD program in the Department of Religion, specializing in Religion in the Americas, in 2010. She holds an S.T.M. from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. She is interested in the history of liberal American Protestantism, especially the fissures and contradictions between academic theology, religious social action, and everyday lay religious practice. She also has a strong interest in African-American religion and cities. While completing her S.T.M., she worked as a research assistant on Faith on the Avenue, Dr. Katie Day's ongoing study of nearly 100 congregations on a single city street in Philadelphia.