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Fall 2017

13 September:  

Janine Yorimoto Boldt, The College of William & Mary
“(De)Constructing Hierarchies: Slavery & The Failures of Colonial Portraiture”

27 September:   

Alisha Hines, Duke University
“‘To Make Her Own Bargains with Boats’: Making Race, Gender, and Labor on the Western Rivers”

11 October: 

Camille Suarez, University of Pennsylvania
“Making the State: Violence, Land, and Citizenship in Early Statehood California”

25 October:

Shannon Eaves, University of North Florida
“‘Regarded as fair-looking for one of my race’: Examining Implications of Beauty For Enslaved Communities in a Sexually Exploitive South”

8 November:

Kathryn Lasdow, Columbia University
“‘Where the Pestilence Rages Most’: Waterfront Infrastructure and a “Cure” for Yellow Fever, 1793-1822”

29 November:

Eva Latterner, University of Virginia
“Passing on the Half Dollar: Fugitivity and Print Capitalism”

6 December:

Wes Alcenat, Fordham University
“The Haitian King, the American “Prince” and the British Abolitionists: The Transatlantic Origins of Haitian Emigration in the Era of Colonization (1800-1827)”

Spring 2017

18 January:  

Arianne Urus, New York University  
“Boats on Fire: Property, Nature, and Usufruct Rights in the Newfoundland Cod Fisheries, 1763-1783”

1 February: 

Julia Dauer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Talking Atoms, Talking Heads: Persons in the Early Republic”

15 February: 

Steve Dolph, University of Pennsylvania
“Thick Forests and Impenetrable Bodies in the Chronicles of Imperial Spain”

1 March:

Jennifer Chuong, Harvard University 
“‘That Immovable Veil of Black’: Engraving and Epidermal Expression in the Eighteenth Century”

15 March:

Eva Latterner, University of Virginia
“‘I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper’: The Hoax Form and the Interpretive Praxis of Print Capitalism”

29 March:

Randall Meissen, University of Southern California
“Seen from Afar: The Visual Mediation of Brazilian and Spanish American 
Animals in pre-Linnaean Natural History”

12 April:

Isaac Curtis, University of Pittsburgh
“Wai‘tu kubuli and Yurumein: Indigenous Port Cities in the Early Modern Atlantic”

26 April:

Tiffany DeRewal, Temple University
“Blessed are the Dissected: The Theology of Anatomy in Colonial Philadelphia”

Fall 2016

21 September:  

Mary Grace Albanese, Columbia University
“Theresa, Teresa, and the Locus Amoenus of Haiti”

5 October: 

Samuel Spencer Wells, College of William & Mary
“Tell it to the Church: Freedoms of Conscience in Colonial America” 

19 October: 

Stephen Krewson, Yale University
“The Apparatus and the Cut: Hawthorne, Practical Education, and the Mechanics of Peter Parley’s Universal History” 

2 November:

Catherine Murray, Temple University
“‘Jackson’s brave boys’: Women’s Captivity and the Constructing of a National Icon”

16 November:

Scott Larson, George Washington University
“‘Others Catched the Streaming Bliss’: Religious Enthusiasm and Revival Sexualities in Early American Culture” 

30 November:

Crystal Webster, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“In Pursuit of Autonomous Child-rearing: Constructions of Early Nineteenth Century Black Motherhood in the U.S. North”

Spring 2016

13 January:  

Special session on digital publishing with
Prof. Joseph Adelman and Prof. Adam Arensen

20 January:  

Jordan Smith, Georgetown University
“‘A Treasure more Useful to this Kingdom than the Mines of Peru’: British distilleries and the production of rum in the eighteenth-century” 

3 February:

John Garrison Marks, Rice University
“Race, Respectability, and Voluntary Associations in the Greater Caribbean: Free People of Color in Cartagena de Indias and Charleston” 

17 February:

Linsday Chervinsky, University of California, Davis
“Setting Expectations: The Cabinet in the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, and the First Federal Congress”

2 March:

Alice Baumgartner, Yale University
“Fugitives: The Underground Railroad to Mexico” 

16 March:

Kevin Vrevich, Ohio State
“The Fireside Poets and the Sentimental Origins of Moral Suasion”

30 March:

Ebony Jones, New York University
“‘Away from this Province’: Transportation of Condemned Slaves in British North America, 1720-1776”

13 April:

Dan Lynch, UCLA
“Southern California Chivalry: The Convergence of Southerners and Californios in the Far Southwest”

27 April:

Amy Sopcak-Joseph, University of Connecticut
“Converting Rags into Gold: Godey’s Lady’s Book, Female Consumers, and Periodical Publishing in the Nineteenth Century”

Fall 2015

16 September:  

Annie Abrams, New York University 
“‘Our Anglo-Saxon Ancestors’: Lydia Maria Child's Inclusive Anglo-Saxonism”

30 September: 

Nora Slonimsky, CUNY
“‘There Is Property in this Report’: The Boundaries of Copyright and Commerce in the Early Nineteenth Century” 

14 October:

Andy Hamman, Stanford University
“The Politics of Antislavery Slaveholders” 

28 October:

Seth Archer, University of California, Riverside
“Disease, Colonialism, and Culture in Hawai’i”

11 November:

Sam Fisher, Notre Dame University
“‘A Memorial to Them Who Trust to French Promises’: Gaels, Indians, and an Atlantic ‘45” 

18 November:

Kimia Shahi , Princeton University
“John Seller’s A Mapp of New England (1676) and King Philip’s War”

2 December:

Alexandra Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania
“French and Indian Captives Carried to Boston: Alternative Captivities During the Imperial Wars, 1688-1750”

Spring 2015

21 January:  

Robert Englebert, University of Saskatchewan
“Colonial Encounters and the Changing Contours of Ethnic Identity: Pierre-Louis de Lorimier and Métissage at the Edge of Empire”

4 February:  

Kevin Waite, University of Pennsylvania
“From Memphis to Canton: Proslavery Commercial Ambitions in the Pacific” 

18 February:

Camille Kaszubowski, University of Delaware
“‘Left in Distress’: Women Alone in Revolutionary Philadelphia” 

4 March:

William Brown, Johns Hopkins University
“The Mask of the Colonizer: Administrative 'Personas' and Native Diplomacy in New France, 1663-1715”

18 March:

Tommy Richards, Temple University
“Sovereignty on the Pacific: The Rise and Fall of the Republics of California, 1836-1846”

1 April:

Dean Bruno, Vanderbilt University
“The Sullivan Campaign of 1779 and the (Un)Making of Place and Space”

15 April:

Katherine Smoak, Johns Hopkins University
“‘Sold as an Article of Commerce’: The Trans-Atlantic Movement of Counterfeit Coins in the Late Eighteenth Century”

29 April:

Tasia Milton, Rutgers University
“Friendship in the Time of Slavery: Reading Phillis Wheatley's Correspondence”

Fall 2014

10 September

Daniel Radus, Cornell University
“Touring Tribal Histories: Apess's Eulogy on the Lecture Circuit”

24 September

Rebekah Martin, Pennsylvania State University
“The Magical and the Mundane: the Medical Culture of Colonial Yucatán”

8 October:

Mark Boonshoft, The Ohio State University
“Lotteries, Incorporation, and the Cultural Development of the Early-National Mid-Atlantic” 

22 October:

Craig Gallagher, Boston College
“Faith, Family, and Finance: Scotland's Exiled Covenanters and their Networks in the Atlantic World, 1660-1688”

5 November:

Katherine Johnston, Columbia University
“Laboring Bodies: Climate, Race, and the Georgia Myth, 1732-1750”

19 November:

Christopher Florio, Princeton University
“Uplifting the Poor to Emancipate the Slave: The Uses and Abuses of Indian Labor”

3 December:

Blevin Shelnutt, New York University
“New York City's Broadway and Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture”

Spring 2014

22 January: 

Elizabeth Della Zazzera, University of Pennsylvania
“The International Trade in Revolutionary Time: French Republican Almanacs and Transatlantic Radical Republicanism”

5 February: 

Antwain Hunter, Pennsylvania State University
“Firearms and Black Manhood in Antebellum North Carolina” 

19 February:

Qian He, Peking University, China
“The Rhetoric of 'Patriotism' during the Stamp Act Crisis” 

5 March:

Cameron Shriver, Ohio State University
“Bad Birds and Knox's Spies: Gathering Information in Revolutionary Indian Country”

19 March:

Jürgen Overhoff, University of Münster, Germany
“William Penn and Early Modern German Federalism”

2 April:

Rachael Givens Johnson, University of Virginia
“Women and Religion in the Spanish Atlantic”

16 April:

Anthony Comega, University of Pittsburgh
“Making and Breaking the Loco-Foco Paradigm: The Development of an American National Culture”

30 April:

Jackson Tait, Queen's University, Canada
“Liberty or Coercion? The United States Lottery of 1776”

Fall 2013

11 September: 

Ross Newton, Northeastern University
“Anglicanism and Royal Authority in Revolutionary Boston”

25 September: 

Dallett Hemphill, Early American Studies

9 October:

Elisabeth Woronzoff-Dashkoff, Bowling Green State University
“Playing for their Share: The Legacy of Female Musicians in Eighteenth Century Virginia” 

23 October:

Kate Mulry, New York University
“‘And o'er all BOTANY preside': Cultivating Gardens and Political Subjects in Restoration England and the Colonies”

6 November:

Justin Simard, University of Pennsylvania
“Will This Be on the Test?: Liberal and Professional Legal Education in Early America”

20 November:

Arika Easley, Rutgers-New Brunswick
“Native Americans in Antebellum African American Public Culture”

4 December:

Ana Schwartz, University of Pennsylvania
“Anne Bradstreet’s Monarchies: Measure and Countermeasure”

Spring 2013

16 January: 

Aaron Sullivan, Temple University
“The Defection of…Pensylvania”: Enforcing the Revolution in 1777

30 January: 

Sarah K. Manning Rodriguez, University of Pennsylvania
“Children of the Great Mexican Family”: The Politics and Patriotism of Anglo-American Immigrants to Mexican Texas, 1820-1824

13 February:

Matthew L. Williams, State University of New York at Binghamton
“To Lay Violent Hands”: Sexual Coercion and the Courts in New York and New Jersey, 1664-1776

27 February:

Greg Ablavsky, University of Pennsylvania
The Indians’ Constitution: Rethinking Native American Influence on the Framing

13 March:

Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire, Columbia University
Drawing the Lines: Aesthetics and Practice of Translation in Nineteenth-Century American Visual Culture

27 March:

Michael D. Block, University of Southern California
How to Find an Island: Navigation in the Early American Pacific

10 April:

Julie A. Fisher, University of Delaware
One Letter, Many Stories: An Interpretation of a Letter from King Philip, May 7th, 1666

24 April:

Braxton Boren, New York University
Using Acoustic Archaeology to Simulate George Whitefield’s Voice

Fall 2012

19 September:

Oliver Cox, University of Oxford
A Play, a Ship and a Waxwork: the Cult of King Alfred the Great in Revolutionary America

3 October:

Maeve Kane, Cornell University
A Laced Coat Unbuttoned: Indian Origins, Iroquois Material Culture, and European Anxieties

17 October:

Ariel Ron, University of California, Berkeley
The Antebellum Agricultural Reform Movement and the Making of Northern Economic Nationalism

31 October:

Christopher J. Bonner, Yale University
Creating a Community of Citizens: Free Black Americans and the European Revolutions of 1848

14 November:

Professor Cassandra Pybus, Australian Research Council Chair of History, University of Sydney
Interrogating the Book of Negroes: Reconstructing Enslaved Families in Pre-Revolutionary Virginia

28 November:

Ben Wright, Rice University
“The Heathen are Demanding the Gospel”: Conversion and Redemption in African Colonization

12 December:

Lori Daggar, University of Pennsylvania
“Useful Citizens of the Republic”: Quakers, Native Americans, and the Pursuit of Agriculture in the Ohio Valley”

Spring 2012

18 January:

Melissah Pawlikowski, Ohio State University
“By Beat of Drum Declared themselves Independent”: Squatter Ethnogenesis & the Ohio Country Civil War, 1763-1785

1 February:

Mitch Fraas, University of Pennsylvania
From India to the Atlantic world: "Indian grants" and the Imperial Jurisprudence of the 18th Century

15 February:

Nancy L. Hagedorn, NEH Post-Doctoral Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia
On the Waterfrontier: Atlantic Port City Waterfronts as Zones of Cultural Interaction, 1700–1840: A Prospectus

29 February:

Brenna O'Rourke Holland, Temple University
Brothers in Business: Stephen and Jean Girard, 1772-1784

14 March:

Jim Farley, MCEAS Senior Research Associate
Cui Bono? Whose Good?: Philadelphia Privateering in King George's War, 1739-1748

28 March:

Andrew J.B. Fagal, Binghamton University (SUNY)
Alexander Hamilton's Report on Manufactures and the Origins of the War of 1812

11 April:

Rachel Banner, University of Pennsylvania
Tautologies of Native Removal in Marshall, Boudinot, and Black Hawk

25 April:

Rob McLoone, University of Iowa
Print Submissions and Plantation Seats: The Women Writers of Virginia's Early Periodical Culture

Fall 2011
14 September: Joshua Abram Kercsmar, University of Notre Dame
The Nature of Identity: British Protestants and Animal Iconographies in Early America

28 September: Christine A. Croxall, University of Delaware
Christian Print and Material Religion: Catholic-Protestant Encounters in the Mississippi Valley, 1810-1820

12 October: Matthew Kruer, University of Pennsylvania
"[A]re not the Indians all of a colour": Native Americans and Racial Construction During Bacon's Rebellion

26 October: Aston Gonzalez, University of Michigan
The Art of Racial Politics: The Work of Black Philadelphian Robert Douglass Jr.

9 November: Jessica C. Linker, University of Connecticut
"She wants to know philosophy, chemistry, and astronomy, and the likes o' that": Women and Science in Kentucky, 1825-1860

30 November: Susan Brandt, Temple University
Reading Hearts, Not Books: Affective Literacy and Public Sentiment in David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World
Spring 2011

26 January:  Paul Polgar, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"A Well Grounded Hope": Republicans of Color and the Optimistic Origins of Black Abolitionism

16 February:  Cameron Strang, University of Texas, Austin
Science, Loyalty, and Power in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1790-1810

2 March: Matt Allison, University of Rochester
Christopher Marshall’s dinner parties:  routine, radicalism, and rupture in Revolutionary Philadelphia

16 March: Greta LaFleur, University of Pennsylvania
Precipitous Sensations: Herman Mann's The Female Review (1797) and Botanical Sexuality

30 March: Crawford Alexander Mann III, Yale University and Rhode Island School of Design
Italian Bodies and American Ideals: Benjamin West and his Models

13 April: Susan Brandt, Temple University
A Shopkeeper's Scientific Revolution:  Alchemy, Botany, and Medical Authority in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

27 April: Steph Gamble, Johns Hopkins University
Capital Negotiations: The Creek Delegation of 1790 in New York City

Fall 2010

22 September:  Cassandra Good, University of Pennsylvania
Friendly Relations: Situating Cross-Gender Friendships in the Early Republic

6 October:  Tim Cassedy, New York University
'Language Makes the Difference Between Man and Man': And Other Linguistic Truisms in the Early Republic

20 October: David Silverman, George Washington University
Indians, Firearms, and the Problem of Dependency in Colonial America

3 November: Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, University of Delaware
Dispatches from a Fluid Border: Views of the Upper Mississippi, 1832-1848

17 November: Megan Lindsay Cherry, Yale University
The Ideological Origins of Leisler's Rebellion

1 December: Katherine Gerbner, Harvard University
Christian Slavery: The Moravian Mission to Jamaica, 1754-1770


Spring 2010

13 January: Claire Gherini, The Johns Hopkins University
Smallpox and Small Places: James Kilpatrick's Negotiations of Medical Knowledge Cultures in the British Atlantic

27 January: Dael Norwood, Princeton University
Sovereignty, Slavery, and Commerce: The China Trade in Early American Politics

10 February: Kara Clevinger, Temple University
"Keeping a comfortable house": Moral Treatment for the Insane in the 1840s

24 February: Jack Dwiggins, University of Pennsylvania
"A very viper to the breast by which it is suckled": West Point and the Fate of American Democracy, 1815-1860

17 March: Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College
Riding Colonial History: Horse Travel and the Coming of King Philip's War

31 March: Susan Llewellyn, George Mason University
Competing for Power: An Examination of Motivations behind Changes in Women's Property Rights in Colonial Virginia

14 April: Sarah Blackwood, Pace University
Hepzibah's Scowl: In the Portrait Gallery of American Literature

28 April: Angela Keysor, University of Iowa
Down But Not Out: Examining Poverty in a Time of Scarcity, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1730-1820


Fall 2009

16 September: Kevin Cattrell, Rutgers University Singing
Indians: Psalmody and Credibility in Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts

30 September: Rachel Schnepper, Rutgers University
Bermuda, the Other Puritan Colony, and the English Revolution

14 October: Rick Demirjian, University of Delaware
In the Midst of Perpetual Fights: Local and National Publics in the Completion of the C&D Canal, 1821-1829

28 October: Robert Craig, Independent Scholar
East New Jersey through Fresh Eyes: The Benjamin Clarke Diary, 1688-89

11 November: Ellery Foutch, University of Pennsylvania
Temporality, Metamorphosis, and Perfection in Nineteenth-Century Art and Natural History

2 December: Matthew Karp, University of Pennsylvania
"An Artful, Sagacious & Bold Enemy": British Abolitionism and the Origins of a Southern Foreign Policy of Slavery, 1833-1842


Spring 2009

21 January: Katie Gray, Johns Hopkins University
To "try how long [the] Streets are": Youthful Explorations of Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

4 February: Ross Barrett, University of Chicago
Rioters Refigured: The Gangs of Antebellum New York in Paint and Print

18 February: Teagan Schweitzer, University of Pennsylvania
"Iron Chef America" (Philadelphia Edition)- Philly Food ca. 1750-1850: A Historical and Zooarchaeological Approach to Foodways in the Past

4 March: Wendy Wong, Temple University
Diplomatic Subtleties and Frank Overtures: Print, Publicity, and Citizen Genet

18 March: Vanessa Mongey, University of Pennsylvania
The Curious Case of the Courtois Brothers: Haiti in Atlantic Geopolitics

1 April: Charlotte Carrington, University of Cambridge
The "knave, cheater, and French dog" Versus the Puritan "Parsecuting Dogs": The Battle between the Jerseyan Settlers and the Puritan Authorities in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts

15 April: Chris Parsons, University of Toronto
Seeing like a Jesuit, or, The Conflict between Missionary Informants and French Colonial Science

29 April: Natalie Inman, Vanderbilt University
The Role of Family in Chickasaw Politics and Economy


Fall 2008

10 September: Christa Dierksheide, University of Virginia
The Amelioration of Slavery in the Anglo-American Imagination, ca. 1770-1840

24 September: Derrick R. Spires, Vanderbilt University
Appeals to the People" Defining Citizenship in the Black State Conventions of the 1840s

8 October: Raúl Coronado, University of Chicago
The Sublime Revolutionary Power of Development: José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara's 1811 Travel Narrative and Mexican Independence in Texas

22 October: Ryan K. Kashanipour, University of Arizona
Trading Cures: Indigenous and European Medicine in Eighteenth Century Yucatán

5 November: Seth Cotlar, Williamette University
The Cultural History of Nostalgia in Modernizing America, 1776-1860

19 November: Julie Atkinson, University of Warwick Office
Politics: Representing the City in Revolutionary New York

3 December: Brian Rouleau, University of Pennsylvania
Showdown at the Oriental Hotel, and Other Such Tales of Barroom Violence from Abroad


Spring 2008

23 January: Maartje Janse, Harvard University/University of Leiden
Associational Mania: New Perceptions of Organizing, 1820-1850

6 February: Sean Harvey, College of William and Mary
'Your colour bespeakes deception and your Tongue a Ly': Language, Race, and the Ambiguities of Empire in the Ohio Country, 1786-1793

20 February: Kelly Wisecup, University of Maryland
Communicating Disease: Epidemic and Encounter in Thomas Hariot's Briefe and True Reporte of the New Found Land of Virginia

5 March: Ted Andrews, University of New Hampshire
Of Saints and Savages: Indigenous Missionaries in the Early Modern British Atlantic

19 March: Susan Klepp, Temple University
Go Ask Alice: A Slave's Life and Legacy

2 April: April Shelford, American University
Reading the Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica

16 April: Lesley Doig, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
'When a man marries a fortune it is not all he marries': Riches, Reputation and the West v. West Divorce of 1806

30 April: Jeff Edwards, University of Pennsylvania
'Sypathetic Hearts and Homogenial Souls': American Men of Feeling in the Barbary States


Fall 2007

19 September: Michelle McDonald, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Regional Reliance: Caribbean Coffee and the North American Economy, 1760-1830

3 October: Christopher Moses, Princeton University
Massachusetts' Colonial Empire and the Mayhew Controversy in Context, c. 1760-1765

17 October: Andrew Lipman, University of Pennsylvania
Reconsidering Kieft's War: A Regional Perspective on Dutch-Algonquian Relations

31 October: Jarrett Anthony, University of Pennsylvania
William Apess's Indian Prayer: American Christianity and the Eulogy on King Philip

14 November: Lily Santoro, University of Delaware
God's Book of Nature: Popular Science and Christianity in the Early Republic

28 November: Justin Roberts, Johns Hopkins University
Negotiating Sickness: Health and Work on British West Indian Sugar Plantations, 1750-1810

12 December: James Corbett David, College of William and Mary
The All-Encompassing Other: Lord Dunmore and the American Revolution in Virginia


Spring 2007

17 January: Joanna Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
"His Humble Production Is Entirely An American Production": Domestic Manufactures and the Making of an American Marketplace in the Early Republic

31 January: Friederike Baer, Temple University
The Politics of Language in Philadelphia's German Community, 1800-1820

14 February: Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Crafting Comfort: Betsy Ross and the Philadelphia Upholstery Trades

28 February: Maurizio Valsania, University of Torino
The Curse of History: Leaders' Distrust of American History, 1783-1828

14 March: Larry Skillin, The Ohio State University
From Proclamation to Dialogical Debate: George Keith and the Opening of the Public Sphere in Colonial America

28 March: Erik Mathisen, University of Pennsylvania
Courtrooms, Muster Rolls and The Ties that Bind: Tracing the Rural Body Politic in the Slave South

11 April: Eric C. Stoykovich, University of Virginia
Woolly Sheep, Racial Science, and the Improvement of an Industrial Fiber in the United States, 1840-1855

25 April: Stephanie Schnorbus, University of Southern California
Instilling Identity: The Relative Importance of Doctrine in Spelling Books, Pennsylvania, 1680–1815


Fall 2006

20 September: Eric Kimball, University of Pittsburgh
Colonial New Hampshire and the Atlantic Slave Economies: 1768-1775

4 October: Jonathan White, University of Maryland
Constructive Treason and the States: The Revolutionary Origins of State Treason Law in the Civil War North

18 October: Katherine Paugh, University of Pennsylvania
Reproducing Healthy Laborers and Appropriating African Medicine: Yaws, Slavery, and the Flow of Medical Knowledge in the British Caribbean

1 November: Andrew Heath, University of Pennsylvania
Between the Neighborhood and the Nation: Municipal Politics and the Creation of Metropolitan Philadelphia in the Antebellum Era

15 November: Jonathan Yonan, Oxford University
The Anti-Moravian Polemic in the 1750s: An Interesting Application of Lockean Political Theory

29 November: Rosalind J. Beiler, University of Central Florida
Communication Networks and the Dynamics of Migration, 1660-1730

13 December: Nathan Kozuskanich, The Ohio State University
"Falling Under the Domination Totally of Presbyterians": The Frontier, the Constitution, and Pennsylvania's Road to the American Revolution


Spring 2006

18 January: Nathan Kozuskanich, Ohio State University
"Falling Under the Domination Totally of Presbyterians": The Frontier, the Constitution, and Pennsylvania's Road to the American Revolution

1 February: Sally Haddon, Florida State University
Powers of Attorney and the Operations of Mercantile Law in Philadelphia in the Eighteenth Century

15 February: James Farley, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
"The Bigger of My New Ships is Near Launch": Early Philadelphia Shipbuilding and Shipbuilders, 1676-1772

1 March: Jessica Roney, The Johns Hopkins University
Clubbing Together: The Roots of Associational Culture in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

15 March: Christian Crouch, New York University
The Zeal of the King's Arms: Questions of Legitimate Violence in New France During the Seven Years' War

29 March: Jennifer Schaaf, University of Pennsylvania
"Consult Your Bible, and the Life of Your Divine Model": Catholic Masculinity and the Trustee Crisis in Early National Philadelphia

5 April: Jared Richman, University of Pennsylvania
The Many (After)Lives of Major André: Trauma, Mourning and Transatlantic Literary Legacy

26 April: Rik Van Welie, Emory University
"The Best Steersmen are Ashore": Dutch Critiques of Coerced Labor in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World

Fall 2005

21 September: Dan Hicks, The Pennsylvania State University
'Who Are Her Subjects and Who Are Our Citizens': Maritime Challenges to National Identity in the Early Republican Period"

5 October: Jake Blosser, University of South Carolina
Anglican Pursuits of Happiness: Popular Religion in the Colonial Chesapeake

19 October: Christopher Hunter, University of Pennsylvania
Without Foreign Alloy: Benjamin Franklin's Memoires and the Political Economy of Translation

2 November: Michael Carter, University of Southern California
Catholic-Protestant Print Controversy in Late Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

16 November: Kyle Roberts, University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Payson Prentiss's Piety and the Problem of Defining Evangelicalism

30 November: Simon Finger, Princeton University
An Epidemic Constitution: Quarantine, Diplomacy, and Nationhood in Early Federal Philadelphia

14 December: Margaret Sumner, Rutgers University
Building the Ideal Environment: Principles of Construction from the Early American College World, 1820s-1840s


Spring 2005

19 January: Justine Murison, University of Pennsylvania
"'Wrong in the Upper Story': Hypochondria in Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee"

2 February: Bill Carter, Princeton University
"Petticoats and Other Forms of Imperial Rule: Consumer Goods, Gender, and Subordination in the Covenant Chain"

16 February: Jim Buss, Purdue University
"'Led by a touch of romantic feeling': Constructing Indian History through George Winter's Artwork"

2 March: Wendy St. Jean, Dickinson College
"Enoe Will's British Commission: Power Politics in Colonial North Carolina"

16 March: Ken Cohen, University of Delaware
"Cultural Business: The Making and Meaning of Leisure in Early America, 1750-1840"

30 March: Aaron Wunsch, University of California at Berkeley
"Parceling the Picturesque: Rural Cemeteries and Urbanization in Antebellum Philadelphia"

13 April: Heidi Aronson Kolk, Washington University, St. Louis
"Inventing Connoisseurship: Tropes of Amateurism and Rituals of Collecting in the Antebellum Travel Journal"

27 April: Matthew Osborn, University of California at Davis
"Klapp's Cure: Phantoms and Inebriate Care in Philadelphia, 1817–1827"

11 May: Wendy Woloson, The Library Company of Philadelphia
"In Hock: Pawning in Early America"


Fall 2004

22 September: George Boudreau, Pennsylvania State University, Capital College
Penn, Paine, Pacifism, and Pennsylvania Politics: Memory and Society in Revolutionary Philadelphia

6 October: Frank Fox, Independent Scholar
Democracy in the Rough: The Associators of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1775-1777

20 October: Martha Schoolman, University of Pennsylvania
Sidney Edwards Morse and the Problem of Sectional Geography

3 November: Russell Spinney, Pennsylvania State University
Surveying the Frontier: Settlement, Identity, and European-American Relationships in the New Purchase Territory (Centre County, Pennsylvania, 1769-1778)

17 November: Sarah Klimenko Riedl, University of Pennsylvania
Historical Memory in American Political Culture during the Secession Crisis of 1860-1861

1 December: Mark Nicholas, Lehigh University
The Indians' Second Great Awakening: Senecas and the Presbyterian Church


Spring 2004

21 January: Brian Luskey, Emory University and MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellow
Conflict at the Counter: Class, Gender, and Retail Clerks in Antebellum New York

4 February: Anne Casey, University of Pennsylvania
Gender and Migration in the Cambridge Conversion Narratives

18 February: Bethany Schneider, Bryn Mawr College
An Inoculated Mohegan in King George's Court: Samson Occom, Smallpox, and the Conversion of the English

3 March: Matt Backes, Columbia University
Charles Francis Adams and the Burden of the Past

17 March: Laura Mielke, Iowa State University
Staging Encounters: Indian Plays and the Sentimental Impulse

31 March: Robyn Davis McMillin, University of Oklahoma and Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow
A "Restless Desire of Knowledge": The Cultivation of Science in Eighteenth-Century America

14 April: Jennifer Greeson, Princeton University
The Internal Other of United States Decolonization


Fall 2003

10 September: Cathy Kelly, University of Oklahoma
"Seeing is Becoming: A Family of Women Miniaturists in teh Early Republic"

15 October: Bethany Schneider, Bryn Mawr College

29 October: Matt Backes, Columbia University
"Charles Francis Adams and the Burden of the Past"

12 November: Daniel K. Richter, MCEAS, University of Pennsylvania
"Stratification in Eastern Native America"

19 November: Mark Miller, University of Pennsylvania
"Temperance Discourse, Asceticism, and Indian Rights in the Early Writing of William Apess, 1829-1833l"

3 December: James Alexander Dun, Princeton University

10 December: Martha Elena Rojas, Sweetbriar College
"'Hand in Hand': John Adams, Independence, and the Plan of Treaties of 1776"


Fall 2002

18 September: Jennifer Snead, University of Pennsylvania
"Crocodile Tears and Crises of Epistemology: Whitefield in America, 1739-40"

2 October: David Stewart, National Central University
"Reading the Republic: Interdisciplinarity on the Barricades"

16 October: Carl Keyes, The Johns Hopkins University
"Marketing an Education in Sophistication: Advertisements for Schoolmasters, French Tutors, and Dancing Masters in Colonial Philadelphia"

30 October: Rick Bell, Harvard University
"The Cultural Significance of Suicide in Early America, 1750-1810"

13 November: Bridget Ford, American Antiquarian Society
"'New Hearts Bound in Sympathy': Race and the Poetic Turn in Nineteenth-Century Evangelicalism"

4 December: Mark Hanna, Harvard University
"Beneficial Pirates: The Impact of Piracy on Newport and Charleston, 1680-1730"


Spring 2002

23 January: James Carrott, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"'Paxton Boys' Unmask'd': The Politics of Resistance on the Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1760-1774"

6 February: Wendy Bellion, Winterthur Museum
"Patience Wright, the 'Promethean Modeler': Gender and Creativity in an Eighteenth-Century Waxworks"

20 February: Benjamin Irvin, Brandeis University
"'Oh that I was a Soldier!': Martial Longings in the Continental Congress"

6 March: Gabriele Gottlieb, University of Pittsburgh
"'The Punishment of a Few' for 'the Preservation of Multitudes': Capital Punishment, Penal Reform, and Social Order in Late 18th-Century Philadelphia"

20 March: Kendall Johnson, Swarthmore College
"'Rising from the stain of the painter's palette': George Catlin's Picturesque and the Politics of Indian Removal"

3 April: Michael Mackintosh, Temple University
"Pennsylvania at Night: Indians and Colonists in Dark Times"

17 April: Jill Kinney, University of Rochester
"Friends and Missionaries: Joseph Elkinton and the Quakers on the Allegany Reservation"

1 May: Jennifer Jordan Baker, Yale University
"Royall Tyler's The Contrast: Performing Redemption on the Federalist Stage"


Fall 2001

19 September: Benjamin Carp, University of Virginia
"Changing Our Habitation: The Revolutionary Movement in Charleston's Domestic Spaces"

3 October: J. Fred Saddler, Temple University
"Ties that Bind: The Meaning of Slavery in Colonial New Jersey, 1686-1738"

17 October: Daniel Kilbride, John Carroll University
"Britons, Cosmopolites, Americans: American Grand Tourists in the Eighteenth Century"

31 October: Emily Blanck, Emory University
"Origins of the Slavery Controversy in the Constitutional Convention"

14 November: John McCurdy, Washington University, St. Louis
"Single Freemen in Colonial Pennsylvania: Some Preliminary Observations on Gender and Politics in Early America"

28 November: Patrick Erben, Emory University
"'A Token of Love & Gratitude': Francis Daniel Pastorius's Literary Tribute to Friends and Friendship in Early Pennsylvania"

12 December: Mark Schmeller, Rice University
"Phrenology Surveys the Public Mind"


Spring 2001

24 January: Bernard Herman, University of Delaware
"The Shipwright's House"

7 February: Roger Abrahams, University of Pennsylvania
"A Swarm of Bees, the Gift of Corn"

21 February: Juila Boss, Yale University and MCEAS Dissertation Fellow
"Burning Down the House: Convents and Catastrophe in New France, 1650-1734"

7 March: Ashli White, Columbia University
"People of Color and Revolutions in the 1790s: The Case of Stephen Girard and Crispin"

21 March: Kate Haulman, Cornell University
"Suiting the Market: The Trans-Atlantic Fashion Network"

4 April: Timothy Shannon, Gettysburg College
"The Indian Trader as Artifact in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain"

18 April: Jennifer Lawrence, Temple University
"Prisons in the Wilderness: Bucolic Pastoralism and the Image of Antebellum Penitentiaries"

2 May: Gene Ogle, University of Pennsylvania
"The Problems of Policing: Maroons, Free Men of Color and the Maréchaussée in French Saint Domingue"

16 May: Karol Weaver, Bloomsburg University
"Enslaved Healers in Saint Domingue, 1750-1804"


Fall 2000

6 September: McNeil Center Initiation

20 September: Kathy Brown, University of Pennsylvania
"The Maternal Physician, or How American Women Learned to Put the Baby In the Bathwater"

4 October: Sheryllynne Haggerty, University of Liverpool
"Cay, Clow and Control: An Exercise in Atlantic Distribution"

25 October: Ryan Smith, University of Delaware
"The Cross: Anti-Catholicism and Protestant Symbolism in 19th-Century America"

15 November: Francois Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University
"Educated Citizens, Illiterate Slaves: Considerations on American Nationalist Ideology"

29 November: Cindy Lobel, City College of New York
"Dietary Change in New York City, 1790-1860"