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More than 70 students are currently enrolled in the Department's graduate program. Learn more about their research and teaching interests.

The Department of History


The Department of History is proud to congratulate those who have completed their doctoral dissertations in the past year. Our graduate students research is diverse in both time period and geographic focus. The graduate students listed below completed their doctoral thesis defense between Summer 2013 and Spring 2014. Find out more about our current graduate students and additional recent dissertations.


History PhD Candidate Antony Adler

Antony Adler is a doctoral candidate in the History of Science. His dissertation project, The Ocean Laboratory: Exploration, Fieldwork, and Science at Sea, presents a comprehensive transnational history of the changing practices of scientific oceanic fieldwork from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century using British, French, and American case studies. By tracing this history, he hopes to show how scientific field practices have shaped our understanding of the natural world, how scientists have altered the natural world to conform to the requirements of accepted scientific practice, and how the field gained acceptance as a legitimate space for scientific observation and analysis.

Adler’s dissertation research has involved a stay at the French Marine Biological Laboratory at Roscoff in northeastern Brittany and a visit to the private archives of the Prince of Monaco. Closer to home, he engages his passion for the history of oceanography with the Sea History Insight Project (S.H.I.P.), a self-curated oral history project comprised of a series of short interviews with professional oceanographers that he films and makes accessible on his website.


Five essays focus on Ernst Badian's contributions to the study of ancient history, Greek and Roman.

Carol Thomas (editor), provides an introduction focusing on Badian’s role in the foundation and growth of the Association of Ancient Historians
T. Corey Brennan: “Ernst Badian’s Methodological Maxims”
Stanley Burstein: “A Peltast among Hoplites: Ernst Badian and Athenian History”
Eugene Borza: “Ernst Badian’s Alexander”
Jerzy Linderski: “Ink and Blood: Ernst Badian, Rome and the Art of History"

The volume concludes with a bibliography of Ernst’s scholarship from 1952 to 2009.