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The Graduate Center's History students are a diverse group, studying topics ranging from early modern food preparation to sexuality in post-war Germany. Read a bit about their scholarly work below.
 

Early Modern Europe


Julián González de León Heiblum
Major Field: Early Modern Europe
Minor Field: History and Anthropology
Degrees Conferred: MA in History, Concentration in Antiquity and Middle Ages (UNAM-FFL, 2015). BA in History (UNAM-FFL, 2011)
Research Interests: Medieval and Early Modern British Empire; Arthurian Myth; Celtic Cultures; Conceptual History; Theory of Empire; Theory of Myth.
Recent Publications: "The Arthurian Legend: A Vehicle for Symbolic Appropriation of the Insular Space", UCLA Historical Journal 1, 26 (2015): 1-15.
Contact Info:jgdeleon@gradcenter.cuny.edu
 
Megan Hills
Major Field: Early-Mid European History
Minor Field:  Enlightenment
Degrees Conferred:  M.A. History, The City College of New York (2012), Juris Doctor, Stanford University (1992), Master of Arts (English), Georgetown University (1989), Bachelor of Arts (English), Georgetown University (1988).
Dissertation Topic:  The Scottish Enlightenment


John T. Massey
Major Field:  Early Modern History
Minor Field:  Medieval
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil. History, Graduate Center; B.A. History, Mathematics Saint Peter's University
Research Interests: I am currently writing a dissertation on the lives of seminarians entering the English College, Rome from 1598-1610 through their responses to the institution's entrance questionnaire. I have secondary interests in early modern medicine and innovations to mathematics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  
Contact info: jmassey@gradcenter.cuny.edu  

Sophie Tunney
Major Field: Early Modern Europe
Minor Field: Modern Europe
Focus: France in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Degrees Conferred: M.A. in History, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2018); B.A. in History and English Literature, NYU (2015)
Research Interest: I focus on French colonization in the Early Modern Period. I trace the production of travel narratives, scientific/botanical knowledge and natural History in France and its colonies, with a focus on the connections between science, colonization, and the state. I also focus on the institution of slavery in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the Intellectual life of the Atlantic World.
Contact Info: stunney@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Katrina Wheeler 
Major Field:  Early Modern Europe
Minor Field:  Modern Europe
Degrees Conferred: MA - History of Christianity, Wheaton College. BA - French and Theology, Whitworth University
Research Interests: I am interested in Christianity in France at the transition point between the early modern/modern periods. My research focuses specifically on the late-eighteenth century, and I am currently charting the diverse experiences and reactions of Catholic clergy during the French Revolution.
Contact info: kwheeler@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Modern European History

Esther Adaire
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Intellectual History
Degrees Conferred: BA (Hons) Theater & Performance (Goldsmiths University of London, 2011), MA History (Goldsmiths University of London, 2015)
Research Interests: Postwar West German Politics; Memory and Guilt in Postwar Germany; the Far Right in Europe; Twentieth Century Critical Theory; German Theatre.
Contact Info: eadaire@gradcenter.cuny.edu 


Barbara Bailin
Major Field: Modern European History (Germany)
Minor Field: Jewish Studies
Degrees Conferred: Combined B.A./M.A. (History) The City College of New York (2011), M. Phil in History (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2016)
Research Interests: My research focuses on the interaction among various agencies of the Third Reich and their role in the development of the Holocaust; I am also interested in 20th century comparative anti-Semitism
Dissertation working title: “Rivals and Partners”:  The Competition for Control of Judenpolitik in Reichskommissariat Ostland (1941-1944).
Contact info: bbailin@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Samuel Bussan
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Modern South Asian History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. in History, Lewis & Clark College, 2018
Research Interests: Britain and British imperialism, colonial and independent India, history of psychology, history of sexuality, historical materialism
Contact info: sbussan@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Davide Colasanto
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Cultural History of War
Degrees Conferred: M. Phil in History (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2015); M.S. in Cultural Management (ESCP Europe Paris and University of Venice, 2012); M.A. in European Literary Cultures (University of Bologna and University of Strasbourg, 2011); B.A. in Literature (University of Bologna, 2009);
Research Interests: Sexuality and Violence from Fascism to Postwar;
Contact info: dcolasanto@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Phil Keisman
Major Field: Modern European History (Germany and Jewish)
Minor Field: Late Antiquity
Research Interests: My research focuses on the genesis of modernity among the Jews of Germany, in particular those who believed themselves to be guardians of tradition. I also examine the reception and retelling  of oral traditions in the context of the Eastern Mediterranean. Other interests include gender and sexuality in religious communities, popular violence and the continuities and discontinuities of antisemitism, and the origins of German nationalism.
Degrees Conferred: BA (History and Philosophy) - Brandeis University 2007; MA (Jewish Education) - Hebrew College 2011
Contact info: pkeisman@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Andrew Kotick
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: History of Popular Culture
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil, History (CUNY Graduate Center, 2017); MA, French Studies (NYU Institute of French Studies, 2014); BA, History (New College of Florida, 2013)
Research Interests: History of humor and laughter, the satirical press, cartooning and animation, graphic media, political culture, history and memory
Contact: akotick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Idan P. Liav
Major Field: Modern Europe
Minor Field: History of Sexualities.
Degrees Conferred B.A. in International Relations and English Literature and M.A. in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution.
Research Interests: History of gay conservatism, history of emotions, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nationalism and Homonationalism, oral history

Jarrett Moran
Major field: Modern European History
Minor field: Intellectual History
Degrees conferred: MA, Modern European Studies (Columbia University); BA, Ethics, Politics, and Economics (Yale University)
Research interests: History of criticism and the idea of culture in the nineteenth and twentieth century; history of political thought (particularly liberalism); British History
Contact info: jmoran@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Luke Reynolds 
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: World History
Degrees Conferred: BA (Trinity College, University of Dublin), MA (Hunter College, CUNY), M.Phil (University of Cambridge),MA (Graduate Center, CUNY), M.Phil (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Dissertation Title: Wellington's Veterans: The British Officer Corps in the Pax Britannica
Research Interests: The Long 19th Century, British History, Imperial History, Social History, Cultural History, Political History, Diplomatic History, Military History
Contact info: lreynolds@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Antonella Vitale
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: American History
Degrees: Masters in History and Philosophy at Graduate Center, City University of New York, Masters of Education, Hunter College, Bachelors of Arts in History at George Mason University.
Dissertation Title: Fuitina: Love, Sex, and Rape in Post World War II Italy.
Research interests: Gender/women studies, history of sex, rape and violence against women, sexual politics, family law, notions of honor and shame, Italy's southern question, cross-cultural immigration, race, and national identity.
Contact info: avitale@gradcenter.cuny.edu

 

Latin American History

Oscar Aponte
Major field: Latin American History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. in Sociology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; M.A. in History, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).
Research interest: My primary research interest is the role of mass media technologies--such as newspapers, photography, radio, television, and cinema--in the shaping of politics, nation, and the public sphere in twentieth-century Colombia and Latin America. I am also interested in labor sociology, connected histories, and critical theory and history.

Recent publications: Mosquera, C., Aponte, O., Garcés, S., López, S. (2017). Trabajadores, recuperación de fábricas y neoliberalismo en Colombia (1995-2015). Revista Colombiana de Sociología 40 (2), 237-254
Contact info: oaponte@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Gordon Barnes 
Major Field: Latin American and Caribbean
History Minor Field: Global History
Degrees Conferred: BA in History and Political Science (Temple University, 2010) MA in History (Rutgers University-Newark, 2012)
Research Interests: My research interests are centered around political ideology, violence, and the post-emancipation experience  in the British Empire during the 19th Century. My current research focuses upon the political ideology of the British plantocracy, specifically in Jamaica and Mauritius. I am interested in how the transitions from slavery to apprenticeship and then to “free” labor, in conjunction with episodes of plebeian political violence, influenced planter perceptions of politics, race, and labor.  
Contact Info: gbarnes@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Rafael Davis Portela
Major Field: Latin American History
Minor Field: History of Capitalism
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil in History, The Graduate Center; M.A. in Social History, Universidade Federal da Bahia; B.A. in History, Universidade Federal da Bahia.
Research Interests: History of Capitalism; Transnational History; History of Transportation; Riots and Rebellions in Latin America.
Recent publications: “O Caso da Canoa Incendiada: Perfis e Relações de Pescadores em Salvador (1853-1880)”, Revista Mundos do Trabalho Vol 7 Num 14 (2015).
Contact info: rdavisportela@gradcenter.cuny.edu ; 929-237-9575
 
Krystle Farman Sweda
Major Field: Afro-Latin America
Minor Field: Early Modern Europe
Degrees Conferred: BA in History (Metropolitan State College of Denver); MA in History (University of Kentucky); MPhil in History (The Graduate Center)
Dissertation Title: Black Catholicism: Faith, Community, and Difference in Colonial Mexico
Research Interests: African Diaspora, Afro-Christianity, the black experience, colonial Latin America, the history of slavery and freedom, and early modern religion
Contact info: kfarman@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Daniela Moraes Traldi
Major Field: Latin America/ Gender and Women's History
Minor Field: 
Degrees Conferred: MSc History of International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science); International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (Fordham University); Certificate in Global Affairs (New York University); Bachelor's Degree in Journalism (FIAM Brazil).
Research Interests: women's movements in Latin America; transnational/ global feminism; gender and sexuality; feminist/ gender theory; social and political thought.
Contact info: dtraldi@gradcenter.cuny.edu

United States History


Arinn Amer
Major Field: US History
Minor Field: Theory and History of Violence
Degrees Conferred: BA, American Studies, Columbia University (2011); MA, American History, CUNY Graduate Center (2016)
Research interests: Early American material and print culture, performance, dress, and sexuality; tarring and feathering
Contact info: aamer2@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Israel Ben-Porat
Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Early Modern Europe
Degrees Conferred: BA in History, Yeshiva University (2018)
Research Interests: Hebraism and Jewish-Christian relations in early America
Contact Info: ibenporat@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Maayan Brodsky
Major Field: US History
Degrees Conferred: MA (American History - Tel Aviv University), BA (Comparative Literature and American Studies - Tel Aviv University).
Research Interests: Government secrecy.
Contact info: mbrodsky@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Emily Brooks
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: Urban History
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil (CUNY Graduate Center, 2016), BA (University of Michigan, 2009).
Research Interests: history of policing, gender history, construction of social deviance, urban history
Recent Publications:      “Marijuana in La Guardia’s New York City: The Mayor’s Committee and Federal Policy, 1938-1945,” Journal of Policy History. (Autumn 2016)
Contact Info: ebrooks@gradcenter.cuny.edu 

Erin Cully
Major Field: US History
Minor Field: History of Capitalism
Degrees Conferred: BA (2012) and MA (2013) in history, McGill University
Research Interests: History of banking and finance, political economy, global history, 20th century US history.
Contact info: ecully@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Madeline  DeDe-Panken 
Major Field: United States History
Minor Field: Women and Gender History 
Degrees Conferred: B.A., History, Clark University (2012); M.A., History, Clark University (2013)
Research Interests: Cultural history, history of science, late 19th/early 20th century
Contact info: mdedepanken@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Sean Casey Enos Robertson
Major Field: Modern US History (Civil Rights)
Minor Field: Public History and Public Policy
Degrees Conferred: B.A. History from Providence College (2005)
Research Interests: Civil Rights Era, the Cold War, presidential politics, education, and public history.
Recent Publications: "Throw Out Your History Textbook: A Case for Primary Source Analysis,” Association for Middle Level Education: Middle School Journal (January 2017).
Contact Info: sean@juniorhistorians.com

Micki Kaufman
Major Field: US History (20th C)
Minor Field: World / International History
Degrees Conferred: B.A., U.S. History with Highest Honors, Columbia University. A.A., Simon's Rock of Bard College
Research Interests: My research focuses on computational research in U.S. diplomatic and international history, most recently an analysis of the tenure of Henry Kissinger as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State using a large collection of the DNSA's declassified U.S. government archives dated 1968-1977. I am co-author of an article on Cold War wargaming and technology forecasting in the December 2012 American Historical Review titled "General, I Have Fought Just as Many Nuclear Wars As You Have," and I received a 2012-2013 Provost's Digital Innovation Grant to expand my research to include additional databases including the 'Foreign Policy Files' of the US State Department (NARA Secret Record Group 59). I have taught undergraduate history at Hunter College and have served as the Technology Coordinator for the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative's 2011 "Summer Fever" and 2010 “Nuclear Summer” research programs.

Marc Kagan
Major Field: American History - Labor History
Minor Field: World History
Degrees Conferred:
Dissertation Title: The Fall and Rise and Fall of TWU Local 100
Research Interests:
Recent publications:
Contact info: marckagan@aol.com

Anastasia Kirtiklis
Major Field: US History
Minor Field: Medicine & Health
Degrees Conferred: BA, American Studies, Columbia University; MA, Health Education, Columbia University
Research interests: constructions of mental and physical wellness, identity, consumerism, sexuality, emotions, trauma, spirituality, and religion in 19th & 20th century US and transnational history; intellectual history
Contact info: akirtiklis@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Madeline Lafuse
Major Field:  US History
Degrees Conferred : BA Tulane University in History, Asian Studies, Linguistics, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Research Interests:  I'm interested in the intersection of sexuality, emotion and language in early American history.
Contact info:   mlafuse@gradcenter.cuny.edu
 

Stephen Lazar
Major Field:  US History
Minor Field:  Undecided
Degrees Conferred: A.B. in Political Philosophy & Religious Studies, Brown University (2004), M.A. in African American Studies, Columbia University (2006)
Research Interests: 20th Century Social Movements; Education 
Contact info:  slazar@gradcenter.cuny.edu 
Recent Publications: 
Testimony for US Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Fixing No Child Left Behind[help.senate.gov]” (2015)
“Septima Clark: Organizing for Positive Freedom” in The New Black History (edited by Manning Marable and Elizabeth Kai Hinton, Palgrave McMillan, 2011)

Miriam Liebman
Major Field: United States History
Minor Field: Women's and Gender History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. Queens College, CUNY (2014); M.Phil. The Graduate Center, CUNY (2017)
Research Interests: early US history, women's history, transatlantic history, Franco-American connections
Contact Info: mliebman@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Sarah Litvin
Major Field:  U.S. History
Minor Field: Undeclared
Degrees Conferred: B.A. Oberlin College 2007, Jewish Studies and History
Dissertation Title:
Research Interests: Progressive Era, disability, material cultural, immigration, New York history
Recent publications:
Contact info: Slitvin@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Richard A. Naclerio
Major Field:  American History
Minor Field:  Middle Eastern History
Degrees Conferred: BA in History, MA in History
Research Interests:  U.S. Economic and Banking History
Contact info:   rnaclerio@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Glen Olson
Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Latin American History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. St. Johns College, Santa Fe; M.A. University of Chicago
Research Interests: My research interests of the 19th century include immigration, urban life, and political history. Currently, I am working on a project on conceptions of citizenship pertaining to Irish and German immigrants in 1850's New York.

Evan Turiano
Major Field: U.S. History (19th c.)
Degrees Conferred: M.A. in History, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2018); B.A. in American Studies, Trinity College, CT (2016)
Research Interests: Nineteenth-Century U.S. History, Slave Flight and Resistance, the Politics of Slavery, and the Secession Crisis
Contact info: eturiano@gradcenter.cuny.edu 

Katie Uva
Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Urban History
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil (2014), M.A. (2013), B.A. in American Studies and Classics from Boston University (2010)
Dissertation Title: Fair City: Urbanism and the New York World's Fairs
Research Interests: cultural history, New York City, housing, consumerism, popular culture, public history
Recent publications: "1964 and the State of the City" in World's Fairs in the Era of the Cold War (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming); additionally, people interactives for Robert Moses, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Samuel Lefrak currently on view in New York at its Core at the Museum of the City of New York.
Contact info: Katie.uva@gmail.com

Erik Wallenberg
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: Environmental History
Degrees Conferred: BS, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont, 2003. MA, History, University of Vermont, 2013
Research Interests: I am researching a dissertation on radical theater groups connected to a variety of social movements organizing environmental, labor, civil rights, and anti-war work in the twentieth century United States. Environmental concerns are what hold each of them together. I am actively working in the fields of environmental history, Black freedom studies, labor history, theater history, and American Studies.
Contact info: ewallenberg@gradcenter.cuny.edu

John Winters
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: Public History
Degrees Conferred: MA (George Mason University, 2013), BA (Rowan University, 2008)
Research Interests: John is ABD at the CUNY Graduate Center. His working dissertation, A Monstrous Heap of Fables: The Empire of the Haudenosaunee in Myth and Memory, is on the memory of the Iroquois empire from its origins in the early 18th century to the Iroquois Influence Thesis of the 1980’s-90’s. John currently leads tours at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College, teaches at Baruch and Hunter College, and before coming to NYC led tours at George Washington's Mount Vernon.
Contact info: jwinters@gradcenter.cuny.edu
 

Helena Yoo
Major Field:  US History
Minor Field:  Undecided
Degrees Conferred: B.A., American Studies, Columbia University (2016)
Research Interests: early US history, transatlantic history, cultural history
Contact info:  hyoo@gradcenter.cuny.edu

 
 

Jewish History


Barbara Bailin

Major Field: Modern European History (Germany)
Minor Field: Jewish Studies
Degrees Conferred: Combined B.A./M.A. (History) The City College of New York (2011)
Research Interests: My research focuses on the interaction among various agencies of the Third Reich and their role in the development of the Holocaust;  I am also interested in 20th century comparative anti-Semitism
Contact info: bbailin@gradcenter.cuny.edu

 

Middle East History


Andrew Alger
Major Field: Middle East
Minor Field: Colonialism
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil, Graduate Center; M.A. and B.A., University of Chicago
Research Interests: labor history, education history, history of colonial disease and medicine
Contact Info: aalger@gradcenter.cuny.edu
Dissertation Title: "Building Up Baghdad: A History of Labor, Migration, and Space, 1917 - 1968"

Mohamad J. Hodeib
Major Field: Middle East History
Minor Field: Intellectual History
Degrees Conferred: M.A. Middle East Studies, Graduate Center (CUNY); B.A., Political Science/International Affairs, Lebanese American University
Research Interests: Power, intellectuals, ideology, political culture, cultural history, revolutionary politics, counter-culture, poetry, music, song, civil war, the Arab Levant, Lebanon, Palestine
Contact Info: mhodeib@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Melis Sulos
Major Field: Middle Eastern History
Minor Field: European History
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil, Graduate Center; M.A. and B.A., Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Research Interests: 20th century cultural and intellectual history of the late Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic.
Contact Info: msulos@gradcenter.cuny.edu
Dissertation Working Title: “Socio-Spatial Construction of Childhood in Turkey (1917-45): The Children’s Protection Society and the Transformation Childrearing Practices”

Medieval Europe (300-1500 A.D.)

David Heayn

Major Field: Medieval History
Minor Field: Ancient History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. in History, Villanova University (2007); M.A. in History, Villanova University (2009)
Research Interests: My primary research interests are in the broad swath of time encompassed by the term Late Antiquity, (Late Roman/ Early Byzantine/ Early Medieval and the Early Islamic periods). I concentrate on the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly the Levant but have significant interests in southern Arabia, the Transcaucasus region, and North Africa. The thematic concentration of my work is in the socio-cultural and religious conflict and syncretism of transitional regions and periods.So far my research has been wide ranging but I am primarily interested in the Byz-lamic socio-cultural interaction in the 7th through 9th centuries, especially liminal identity, indigenous peoples, and revolt.

Clare Wilson

Major Field: Medieval European History
Minor Field: Global History
Degrees Conferred: B.S., Emerson College, Mass Communications; M.A., Marquette University, History: Medieval Europe
Research Interests: I am interested in the troubadours and contextualizing their compositions. My other research interests include medieval notions of identity, cross-culturalism, and medieval organum/polyphony.
 

Eytan A. Zadoff

Major Field: Medieval European History
Minor Field: Jewish History
Degrees Conferred: BA, History and Jewish Studies (Yeshiva University); MA, Medieval Jewish History (Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University)
Dissertation Title: Jewish Marriage Law and Practice in Comparative Perspective in Northwestern Europe, 1140-1234.
Research Interests : My dissertation explores the development of Jewish marriage law and practice (Hilkhot Erusin ve'Nesuin) in Northern France and Germany (Ashkenaz) during late twelfth and thirteenth centuries in comparative perspective with the regnant Church law and prescribed practice. More broadly, I am interested in the history and development of medieval Jewish law and canon law, the interplay between law, culture, and society in Western Europe during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Jewish-Christian relationship in the high Middle Ages, as well as contemporary legal theory, specifically comparative law theory.