W.B.H. Dowse Fellows through 2008-2009


Ian Aebel
University of New Hampshire
"Constructing History: Producing America: Anglo-American Historical Thought, Historiography, and the Birth of American History in the Early Modern English Atlantic World, 1485-1714"

Len Travers, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
"Casualties of War and the Massachusets Home Front, 1756-1761"


Kevin M. Sweeney
Professor of History and American Studies, Amherst College
“The Possession and Use of Firearms in America, 1620-1820”

Shona Johnston
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Georgetown University
“The Catholic Anglo-America in the Seventeenth Century”


Eric Kimball
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
"'An Essential Link, in a vas Chain': Massachusetts and the West Indies, 1700-1775."

James W. Roberts
Ph.D. Candidate, The John Hopkins University
"New England's West Indies-Coastwise Trade."


Siobhan M. Hart
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
"Revisiting History's Silences: An Ethnohistorical and Archaeological Approach to Seventeenth Century Native History in the Connecticut River Valley"

Christopher P. Magra
Ph.D. Candidate, History Department, University of Pittsburgh
"The New England Cod Fisheries and Maritime Origins of the American Revolution."


Heather Miyano Kopelson
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Iowa.
"Performing Faith: Religion Practice and Identity in the Puritan Atlantic, 1660-1720."

Michael A. LaCombe
Ph.D. Candidate, New York University.
"Food & Authority in the English Atlantic World, 1570-1640."


Christian A. Crouch
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, New York University
"Imperfect Reflections: New France's Adoption of Indian Violence and the Six Nations Confederacy's Exercise of European Patronage during the Seven Years' War, 1754-1761"

Owen Stanwood
Department of History, Northwestern University
"Creating the Common Enemy: Cultural Construction of Empire in British American, 1680-1715"


Irina Y. Khruleva
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Moscow State University
"Salem witch hunt"

Julie Sievers
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin
"Revising Religious Experience: Wonder Literature and Protestant Rhetoric in Seventeenth-Century New England"


James E. McWilliams
Ph.D. candidate, History Department, The Johns Hopkins University
"From the Ground Up: Internal Economic Development and Local Commercial Exchange in the Massachusetts Bay Region, 1630-1710 "

Lauren F. Winner
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Columbia University
"The Anglican Communion and the Making of the British Atlantic World"


Thomas Agostini
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Lehigh University
Lives of Soldiers in the Seven Years' War

Reiner Smolinski
Associate Professor of English, Georgia State University
"Authority and Interpretation: Cotton Mather's 'Biblia Americana' (1693-1728)"


Jonathan Beecher Field
Ph.D. candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago
"A Voice Dissenting in the Wilderness: John Wheelwright's Career in Northern New England."

Marsha L. Hamilton
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, SUNY Stony Brook
"Strangers in the Land: 'Outsiders' in Eastern New England, 1640-1690."

Robert Blair St. George
Associate Professor, Department of Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania
"The Trade in Talk: Communicative Economy and Performance in Early New England."


Robert Ernest Desrochers, Jr.
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, The Johns Hopkins University
"Every Picture Tells a Story: Slavery, Freedom, African Americans, and the Printed Word in 18th-Century New England."

Sally E. Hadden
Assistant Professor of History and Law, Florida State University
"The Evolution of Legal Culture in Early American Cities: Boston, Charleston, and Philadelphia."

David J. Silverman
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Princeton University
"Conditions for Coexistence: Form, Function, and Meaning in the Indian-Anglo Social Dynamic of Martha's Vineyard, 1600-1871."


Irina Abramova
Teacher, St. Petersburg School 169, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Schooling and Education in 17th- and 18th-century New England."

Konstantin Dierks
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Brown University
"Letter Writing in Revolutionary America, 1750-1800."


Steven C. Bullock
Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
"The Politics of Politeness: Culture, Class, and Power in Provincial America."

Norman Gevitz
Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Medicine and Society in 17th-Century New England."

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History of Women and Gender Seminar

Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

18Dec 5:30PM 2018
Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute

This panel aims to begin an interdisciplinary conversation in transgender history. What is the state of the field of transgender studies in history, archiving, and public ...

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

22Dec 10:00AM 2018

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...

Early American History Seminar

The Consecration of Samuel Seabury and the Crisis of Atlantic Episcopacy, 1782-1807

8Jan 5:15PM 2019

Samuel Seabury’s consecration in 1784 signaled a transformation in the organization of American Protestantism. After more than a century of resistance to the office ...

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