Current and Previous Students
Art and Archaeology
Holly Borham’s research lies at the intersection of early modern religious debates and visual representation, with a specific focus on artistic responses to the Reformation across confessional divisions in Central Europe. She has a particular interest in the medium of print and its role in shaping religious identity both in Europe and throughout the global network of trade and missionary activity. She is currently at work on her dissertation, “The Art of Confession: Picturing Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Catholicism in Northwest Germany, 1580–1620.”
Jamie Kwan's research focuses on the art of the Northern Renaissance. Her dissertation, "From Flanders to Fontainebleau: the Flemish presence in the French Renaissance," examines the role Flemish art and artists played in shaping the visual culture of France from the reign of Henri II to that of Henri IV. Specific topics of interest include the rise of genre imagery in France, the intersection of court and bourgeois art, the exchange between French and Flemish print networks, and the movement of artists in the wake of the religious and political turmoil of the late 16th century.
Sarah Lynch’s research focuses on the art and architecture of Italy and Central Europe from the 14th through the 17th century. Her current work examines the intersection of the Italian and Northern Renaissances, with a particular emphasis on the changing architecture of 16th-century Germany, Hungary, and the Czech lands, incorporating themes of adaptation, assimilation, imitation, and rejection of Italian artistic and theoretical models in the 16th and 17th centuries. Sarah’s dissertation, “‘Ein Liebhaber aller freyen khünst:’ Bonifaz Wolmut and the Architecture of the European Renaissance,” addresses the meeting of and reaction to Italian architectural style and theory in 16th-century Prague and its ramifications across the broader region.
Abigail D. Newman studies Renaissance and Baroque art of the Low Countries and Spain. Her dissertation focuses on Flemish painters and paintings in 17th-century Madrid and the role of Flemish art in transforming Spanish tastes, collecting, and art production.
Emily L. Spratt is a Byzantine and Renaissance–Baroque art historian with specializations in Venice and the Mediterranean, 1400–1600, and the Hellenic world from antiquity to the Greek independence movement. Her dissertation, “Byzantium Not Forgotten: Constructing the Artistic and Cultural Legacy of an Empire between East and West in the Early Modern Period,” is a tripartite study of the response of religious art and architecture to different modes of rulership in the Venetian, Ottoman, and Slavic domains after the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Icons, wall paintings, and the role of prints and engravings in the dissemination of Western imagery in the East are key aspects of Emily’s project, as are notions of community identity through Orthodoxy.
Emily Dalton is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University specializing in late medieval English and French literature. Her dissertation examines the poetics of renaming in Middle English texts, arguing that renaming becomes an important paradigm for late medieval thinking about processes of literary and cultural transmission and translation.
Leon Grek is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM) at Princeton University. Leon’s research focuses on classical Latin literature and its reception in early modern England. His dissertation, entitled Translations of Comedy, Comedies of Translation: the fabula palliata in Republican Rome and Early-Modern England, explores the literary and cultural implications of the repeated translation of New Comedy in antiquity and the Renaissance.
Daniel Blank's research focuses on Renaissance literature and drama. His dissertation, The University Stage and Its Adversaries in Early Modern England, examines theatrical performances at Oxford and Cambridge during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Tracing the development of university drama from its earliest beginnings through the age of Shakespeare, the project situates plays performed at the English universities within their wider historical, cultural, and academic contexts.
Sarah Case is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her dissertation, “Increase of Issue: Poetry and the Elizabethan Succession Debate” investigates the role that poetry played in debates about the succession during the reign of Elizabeth I. Focusing on works by George Puttenham, Sir Philip Sidney, Samuel Daniel, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare, it explores how the crisis of the uncertain succession provided an opportunity for poetic innovation, as well as the reciprocal influence that poetry and other forms of rhetoric had on debates about gender and monarchical power in the sixteenth century and beyond.
Zoe Gibbons works on the literature and intellectual history of early modern England, particularly the seventeenth century. Her dissertation project, Telling Time: Temporal Narratives in Early Modern England, examines representations of time and temporality in seventeenth-century England, focusing on works by John Donne, Thomas Hobbes, Thomas Browne, and Andrew Marvell.
History and History of Science
Heidi Hausse is a Ph.D. student in the History Department. Heidi studies cultural history and the history of medicine and science in late medieval and early modern Europe, specializing in the Holy Roman Empire (German-speaking Central Europe). Her dissertation examines the intersections of medicine, technology and culture in the changing ideas and practices of surgically dismembering and reassembling the living body in the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Florencia Pierri is a doctoral candidate in the Program in the History of Science, broadly interested in early modern history of science, especially the history of natural history. Her dissertation, entitled “A World of Wonder: Exotic Animals in Early Modern Europe,” examines how European travelers, naturalists, scholars, and collectors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries reacted to, described, and understood exotic animals in the age of European expansion. The project focuses on how reports of exotic animals, as well as the specimens themselves, gave rise to a new way of studying animals in this period, eventually leading to a new set of assumptions and new rubrics that changed the way scholars studied natural history itself, particularly as it related to animals.
Paris Amanda Spies-Gans is Ph.D. Candidate in the History department with a focus on early modern Europe. She is particularly interested in print and visual culture, and ways in which they intersected and influenced gender, education, and religious dissent. Her dissertation, provisionally titled "Creativity through Conflict: How Female Artists Navigated the Age of Revolutions," explores the implications of the Revolutionary era for women in Britain and France.