Current and Previous Students
Art and Archaeology
Giada Damen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology. Her field of study is the Italian Renaissance, with particular attention to the art, culture, ideas and society of the fifteenth century. Her dissertation focuses on the trade in antiquities between Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Caroline Fowler is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology, with a focus on Northern Renaissance and Baroque paintings and prints. Her research interests include print culture, questions of genre, early-modern colonialism and historiography.
Leslie Geddes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Her dissertation focuses on Leonardo and the art of water in early modern Italy.
Johanna Heinrichs is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology working on Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Her research focus is architecture, urbanism, and villa culture in northern Italy, especially Venice and Genoa, in the sixteenth century.
Chen Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology. Her major research field is the Italian Renaissance & Baroque architecture and landscape architecture. She is also studying cinema as a visual art. Besides, she maintains an interest in Far Eastern art and literature, especially classic poetry.
Sarah Lynch is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology. Her research interests include the exchange of artistic ideas and materials between Italy and Central Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries with a focus on Hungary and Florence, writing about art from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, and early printed images.
Jennifer Morris is a graduate student in the Department of Art and Archaeology whose focus is on Central European art and architecture of the early modern period. She is interested in the interplay between religion, art, and economics in the Reformation era, especially the effects of urbanization and the emergence of capitalism on religious art of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century.
Abigail Newman is a graduate student in the Department of Art and Archaeology working in the fields of Northern Renaissance and Baroque art. She is particularly interested in the art of the North and South Netherlands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Elizabeth Petcu is a graduate student in the department of Art and Archaeology. Her primary research interests include the architecture and urbanism of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Central Europe, gift exchange between courts, and the role of ephemeral architecture in urban centers such as Vienna, Prague, Munich and Dresden during the early modern period.
Marion Riggs is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art & Archaeology. Her field of interest is Italian architecture of the early modern period, with a focus on architectural drawings.
Susannah Rutherglen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology, studying with Patricia Fortini Brown. Her dissertation focuses on Giorgione and the origins of the Venetian cabinet picture.
Eli Cohen is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Comparative Literature. His research centers around narrative history and theory, with a special emphasis on Early Modern Spain and the relationships between narration, language, subjectivity and agency. Other areas of interest include contemporary literary theory, modern continental philosophy, and 19th and 20th century narrative.
Alana Shilling is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Comparative Literature. Her interests include semiotics, reception histories and the place of lyric poetry in both. Currently, Alana is completing a dissertation on the problem of when to read allusively in 16th century chivalric romance. She also has a particular affection for Aristotelian ethics.
Kenneth Chong is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English. His research interests include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British poetry, Protestant theology, the classical tradition, and philosophy.
William Evans is a graduate student in the Department of English. His interests are sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature and culture, poetry and poetics, aesthetics, listening and music, gender and sexuality studies, and the history of criticism and theory.
Matthew Harrison is a graduate student in the Department of English. His research interests include Jonson, horses, bread and bad poetry.
Liz Melly is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her dissertation explores the appropriations and transformations of Arthurian narrative in sixteenth- and seventeenth- century Britain. Her research interests include literature and the visual arts, the relations between folklore or myth and historiography, romances and drama.
Julianne Werlin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her dissertation examines Early Modern utopianism and natural law. Research interests include changing conceptions of causality in the Early Modern period, philosophical methods, models, and fictions, and narrative theory.
Lisa Wilde is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. She is working on political prose of the 17th century.
French and Italian
Scott Francis is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of French and Italian. His dissertation, entitled "What You Get Is What You Want," will examine how early Renaissance French authors construct an implied reader who would regard the text and the book in a certain way, and will compare this construction with modern advertising techniques. His research interests include late medieval and early Renaissance French poetry, Rabelais, Montaigne, literary representations of religious concepts, codicology, and sociological and reader-oriented approaches to early modern literature.
History and History of Science
Catherine Abou-Nemeh is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science program. Her interests include the history of optics, the development of telescopes and lens-grinding techniques, as well as the history of medicine and anatomy. She is in the process of writing her dissertation on the natural philosophy of Nicolaas Hartsoeker, a seventeenth-century Dutch savant and lens maker.
Alexander Bick is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. His dissertation is on the Dutch West Indies Company and its forts on the Guinea Coast, 1637-1665. His interests include mercantilism, European overseas expansion, and the politics of print.
Nick Bomba is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. He is studying the ideological foundation and early development of political counsel in Spain under Charles V. Other interests include political discourse in the royal court of Portugal, migration in colonial Latin America, and the exploration of the Northwest Passage.
Robert Cross is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. He is completing a dissertation on political and cultural relations between England and Spain, entitled "An Ambivalent Amity: England and Spain in the Early 17th Century." His broad range of research interests and teaching experience includes Tudor/Stuart Britain, Habsburg Spain, the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, the history of political thought, the interaction between politics and religion, the Atlantic world, and all things transnational.
Will Deringer is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science Program. He is interested primarily in the intersections of the history of knowledge and economic history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Currently, Will is beginning a dissertation project on the political use of numbers and economic crisis in Britain, 1660-1800. Will's broader historical interests include the history of the human sciences, the historical construction of expertise, and the deep history of modern finance.
Freddy Dominguez is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. He is primarily interested in sixteenth-century political history, and is currently writing a dissertation about English Catholic exiles in Italy, France, and Spain and their printed polemical works. The provisional title of his dissertation is: "Fighting with Paper and Pens: Spanish Elizabethan Printed Polemic and the Spiritual Conquest of England, 1585-1598." Freddy is also interested in early modern mysticism and is currently writing a short article on the sixteenth-century Portuguese "pseudo-mystic" Maria de la Visitación.
Matthew Growhoski is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. His primary research interest is in the place of religion, historiography, and literature in early modern political culture.
Jebro Lit is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department, studying early modern Europe
Suzanne Podhurst is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. She studies the history of the book and is writing a dissertation about early-modern Irish-English literary coteries.
Manu Radhakrishnan is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department studying medieval European history. He is researching lay piety and vernacular hagiography in late medieval and early modern Italy through an exploration of the writings and translations of the Pisan friar Domenico Cavalca (1270c-1342), produced for a literate lay audience. His dissertation, "Egypt in Italy: Domenico Cavalca, Lay Piety, and the Vernacular Vita Patrum," analyzes the late medieval and early modern vernacular reception of this late antique Latin monastic hagiographical collection. Although he focuses on the Tuscan translation, he compares it with other incunable translations into French, Spanish and Middle English. He is also interested in the print fortune of medieval texts and what this can tell us about early modern attitudes to the past as well as the continuities in religious experience implied by their success in print.
Aviva Rothman is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science program. She is writing a dissertation on the astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, in which she plans to consider Kepler as a member of multiple textual networks. She hopes to investigate more broadly questions of community and communication - scientific, philosophical, and theological - in late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Europe.
Padraic Scanlan is a graduate students in the History Department. He is interested in the history of popular politics in late eighteenth-century Britain and France. He is also interested in the history of censorship and control of the press in early modern Britain.
Margaret Schotte is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science program. She is interested in the interesction of the history of technology and print culture in the early modern transatlantic world. Formerly a rare book cataloguer in New York, NY, Margaret plans to undertake a comparative study of seventeenth-century French navigation manuals.
Donna Sy is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science program. She is preparing a dissertation on the early modern Elzevier printing house, examining the fashioning of the firm's identity by Elzevier family members over the course of two centuries.
John Ananda Graham is a PhD student in the department of Musicology and has been studying language and music history in the Republic of Georgia for three years. His interests include the transcription of Georgian medieval polyphonic chant into western notation, the sruligalobelni 'master-chanter' tradition, medieval architecture, history, and folk traditions in the Caucasus. John brings Georgian choirs to the United States, and leads medieval monastery tours for tourists in the Republic of Georgia.
Valeria De Lucca
Christa Lynn Pehl is a Phd student in the department of music and an historic flutist. Her research interests include English broadside balladry, especially as they relate to social history and women’s lives, ballad operas, French Baroque instrumental music, the history of the flute, performance practice, and early American sacred music.
Emily Snow is a student in the musicology department. She is writing her dissertation "The Lady of Sorrows: Music, Devotion, and Politics in the Burgundian Netherlands" under Profs. Rob Wegman and Peter Jeffery.
Near Eastern Studies
Spanish and Portuguese
Natalia Pérez is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her dissertation will focus on the philosophical question of Voice in relation to the theatre of Golden Age Spain. Before Princeton she studied translation (theory and practice) and comparative literature and performed as flutist with a Baroque music ensemble in Mexico.
Nuria Sanjuán Pastor is writing a dissertation on the connection between new forms of subjectivity and the rise of epistolary texts in 16th century Spain. She considers a variety of letters, from St. Teresa's private correspondence to the first epistolary novel, Processo de cartas de amores. Other interests include early modern lyric, gender and sexuality, and film.
Sonia Velázquez is a PhD candidate in the department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is writing a dissertation on the prose fiction of Cervantes that looks at the relationship between citizenship and multilingualism. Other research interests include issues of periodization and reception, comparative poetics, and critical theory.