Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Meet the Scholars

Meet the Fellows, 2018-2019
Genealogies of Freedom

culangDr. Jeffrey Culang (Ph.D., 2017, CUNY Graduate Center) was a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018-2019, where he worked on his book manuscript entitled "Moral Quandaries: Religion and Modern Law in Egypt." The book examines the secularization of Egyptian society between the 1880s and the 1930s, a period that witnessed the convergence of nationalism, colonial rule, missionary activity, and new modes of governance at the national and international levels. Tracing the emergence of a centralized state with the capacity to manage its population and increasing authority over religion, it focuses on the incorporation of modern legal-political concepts into Egypt’s legal system and public lexicon, and their displacement of prior concepts and forms of life. Watch the video.

kennedyDr. Wm. Matthew Kennedy (Ph.D., 2017, University of Sydney) was a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018-2019, where he worked on turning his dissertation into a book manuscript entitled “From Barataria to Utopia: Economic-Positivism, Scientific Governance and the Colonial Origins of ‘Freedom,’ 1880-1950,” exploring the influence of economic-positivist legal theory on thinking about governance in Britain and its empire. Watch the video.


Meet the Fellows, 2017-2018
Migration, Exile and Displacement

titasDr. Titas Chakraborty (Ph.D., 2016, University of Pittsburgh) was a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2017-2018, where she revised and expanded her book manuscript project, "Mobile Workers of the Companies: Labor, Migration and Resistance in Bengal, 1650-1837." Dr. Chakraborty's scholarship captures the working lives of Bengali workers in the East India Company from the pre-colonial to colonial area, in particular their use of labor mobility as a form of agency and resistance. Watch the video.

albertoPostdoctoral Fellow Dr. Alberto García Maldonado (Ph.D., 2016, UC Berkeley) discusses his research project, ”The Politics of Bracero Migration." He examines the "Bracero" work program, which brought seasonal Mexican laborers to the U.S. (1942-1964), and the varied political and religious reactions to the program in Mexico. States that had been centers of conservative Catholic anti-government opposition to land appropriations in the 1920s-1930s continued that resistance to government policy, distinctly shaping the Braceros' recruitment and selection process. Watch the video.

yaelDr. Yael Schacher (Ph.D., 2016, Harvard University), IHS Postdoctoral Fellow, discusses her work and book manuscript project "Exceptions to Exclusion: A Prehistory of Asylum in the United States, 1880-1980," under the 2017-2018 "Migration, Exile, Displacement" theme. Her project recounts the origins of America's asylum standards and the role that religious prejudice assumed in forming them. Watch the video.