Current and Previous Students
Art and Archaeology
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.
Emily Vasiliauskas is a graduate student in the department of English. See more about her interestes here http://scholar.princeton.edu/evasilia.
French and Italian
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.
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.
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.
Near Eastern Studies