Current Crown Fellows

ANDRIAMASINDRAY, KELLY studies modern American history, with a focus on African-American history. Her research interests center around mass incarceration and the discourse on black criminality, the relations between African-Americans and other minority groups, as well as the role of racial stereotypes in cultural productions.

BEEBE, SEAN studies contemporary French and European history, and is especially interested in the evolution of the political and cultural ties between France and West Africa in decolonization and the postcolonial period. His dissertation-in-progress is "Colonialism to Cooperation: France, Mauritania, and Senegal, 1955-1974."

BERMAN, CASSANDRA studies eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American history, with particular interests in gender, print culture, and the history of the family. Her research examines women who violated maternal ideals in the newly United States, and the ways in which their actions were contested and reshaped in popular printed works.  Her dissertation is entitled, "Motherhood and the Court of Public Opinion: Transgressive Maternity in America, 1768-1868." http://www.cassandranberman.com

BORDELON, CHRIS is studying the domestic politics of foreign trade throughout American history. His interests include American political, legal/constitutional, and diplomatic history, and modern China. His dissertation-in-progress is entitled, "Trade or Fade? John Kennedy and the Domestic Politics of Foreign Trade."

BROWN, PATRICK studies Russian cultural, social, and political history, concentrating on the working-class in the early Soviet period. His dissertation-in-progress is "Revolution in the Working-Class: Community, Conflict, and Identity in Nizhnii Novgorod, 1917-1941."

CAMPBELL, IAN researches early American political, cultural and social history. His dissertation-in-progress is “State of Reform: The Politics of Perfection in New England, 1790-1860.”

CAREY, MARISA specializes in African-American History from slavery to the Progressive era. Her research more specifically focuses on race, gender, and sexuality, as well as how intersecting oppressions shaped social and legal definitions of race and gender in the United States.

COHEN, DAVID studies North American environmental history and the history of American capitalism.  His dissertation, "Harvesting Green: Capitalism and Environmental Stewardship in the Great North Woods," explores the evolving rhetoric and environmental practices of the pulp and paper industry in the northeast United States, tracing the deep and often tangled roots of modern-day Corporate Social Responsibility. 

COHEN, SASCHA explores American popular culture and its intersections with the history of politics, gender, and sexuality. Her dissertation-in-progress is entitled “The Comedy of the Culture Wars: American Humor, Feminism, and Gay Liberation, 1969-1989.”

CORNETT, NATALIE researches nineteenth to twentieth century women's movements in central and eastern Europe. More broadly, she is interested in how gender and cultural identity inform political identity, and how this translates into civic action. 

DAHM, CLAIR studies twentieth century U.S. social and political history.  Her research focuses on the decline of the rehabilitative ideal in America and the relationship between community action and state and federal policy.

DAVIS, KELSEY studies Russian religious history and post-Soviet historical memory. More specifically, she researches the Russian Orthodox Church's role in commemorating victims of Soviet repression and multiconfessionalism in Russia's borderlands.

DIENDER, SIMONE will write a dissertation on “The Private Citizen: Expert Power and the Obligations of Work, Prayer, and Parenthood, 1923-1970.” Her research and teaching interests include 20th-century American history, especially intellectual history, and women’s and gender studies.

FLANAGAN, DREW studies 20th century French and German history, transnational and borderlands history, memory studies, and political anthropology. His dissertation-in-progress is entitled “Radiance on the Rhine: The French in Occupied Germany, 1945-1955.”  Drew has received a number of awards in support of his work, including a summer scholarship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Chateaubriand Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship from the Embassy of France. Most recently, he was awarded a 2015-16 Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship. https://brandeis.academia.edu/DrewFlanagan

FRENCH, APRIL specializes in Russian history. Her research interests center around religious praxis and theology in the late Soviet period. Her dissertation-in-progress is "Religious Activism in Soviet Siberia: Evangelical Women's Faith in Everyday Life, 1941-1991." http://www.historianaprilfrench.net

GEARTY, LAUREN studies U.S. history, with a focus on immigration law and policy in the twentieth century relating to unaccompanied migrant children.  

GONCALVES, SERGIO studies twentieth-century U.S. diplomatic history, specifically relations between the United States and Latin America at the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.  He is particularly interested in U.S. relations with Argentina. 

GUDEFIN, GERALDINE specializes in modern Jewish history and legal history.  Her research interests center around Jewish marital practices and legal pluralism in comparative perspective. Her dissertation-in-progress is "Navigating the Civil and Religious Worlds: Jewish Marriage and Divorce in France and the United States (1880s-1920s)."

HANNIGAN, JOHN studies the American Revolution, the early modern Atlantic world, the history of American slavery, and the comparative histories of war and society. His dissertation-in-progress is “‘To Be Faithful, Good Soldiers’: Slavery, War, and Emancipation in Revolutionary Massachusetts.” He was named a Mellon-Sawyer Predoctoral Fellow, joining the university’s 2013-14 faculty/ graduate seminar, “Rethinking the Age of Revolution.”

JUNG, HANNAH studies nineteenth and twentieth century women's history in the United States. She is particularly interested in how women negotiate roles of authority in religious traditions. 

LAAS, NATALIIA studies modern Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet history, with a focus on the cultural history of the economy, consumption, Soviet commercial advertising, and trade. https://brandeis.academia.edu/NataliaLaas

LINTON, MATTHEW is interested in Sino-American diplomatic history and the relationship between academic scholarship and politics. He is at work on a dissertation entitled “Understanding the Mighty Empire: China Studies and Liberal Politics, 1930-1980.” matthewdlinton.com

LUGER, JOSH has research interests in American Jewish history of the 20th century.  Currently he is focusing on American Jewish soldiers who have served in the American military.

SNYDER, CALVIN studies 20th-century US legal history. His research focuses on urban underworlds, organized crime, and policing.

WIGHT, PHILIP studies global histories of energy and the environment.  His research ranges from investigating oil pipelines in the Arctic to the growth of renewable energy systems in Latin America.  He is at work on a dissertation entitled: "The Carbon TAP: A Reckoning of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System and Modern America.  https://brandeis.academia.edu/PhilWight