Speakers & Participants

Luca Codignola-Bo Senior Fellow, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame

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A historian of the early modern era, Codignola-Bo is former professor of Early North American History at Università di Genova (Italy), where he served on the faculty for 25 years. His career also includes affiliations with University of Toronto, Université Laval, and Saint Mary's University (Halifax). His main field of research is the Roman Catholic church in the North Atlantic area in the early modern era. He has also written on the history of early European expansion. Among his most recent books, Humans in Outer Space: Interdisciplinary Odysseys (2009, ed., with K.-U. Schrogl); Le Saint-Siège, le Canada et le Québec (2011, with G. Pizzorusso and M. Sanfilippo); Little Do We Know: History and Historians of the North Atlantic, 1492-2010 (2011, ed. M. Binasco); and Calendar of Documents Relating to North America (Canada and the United States) in the Archives of the Sacred Congregation “de Propaganda Fide” in Rome 1622-1846 (2012), 6 vols.

Frank Cogliano Professor of American History, University of Edinburgh


A native of Massachusetts, he was educated at Tufts University and completed his graduate work at Boston University. He has taught at the University of Edinburgh since 1997. His research is mainly concerned with the political, cultural and diplomatic history of revolutionary and early national America. He is the author No King, No Popery, which considers the history of anti-Catholicism in New England during the era of the American Revolution, and of Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy, which has offered the first study of Jefferson’s reputation in fifty years. 

Tom Cutterham Lecturer in United States History, University of Birmingham


I studied American history at Oxford before coming to Birmingham in 2016. I've held fellowships at the International Center for Jefferson Studies, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Society of the Cincinnati. I'm a member of the Organization of American Historians, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the British Group of Early American Historians.

William Doyle Emeritus Professor of History, University of Bristol

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I have written extensively on French and European history from the seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Special areas include nobles, the sale of offices, religion and the Enlightenment.

Marcela Echeverri Assistant Professor of History, Yale University


Marcela Echeverri is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in Anthropology and Political Theory. She received her PhD in Latin American and Caribbean History from New York University (NYU) in 2008, and taught at the City University of New York (CUNY) before joining Yale in 2013. Her research and teaching interests focus on the relationship between political subjectivities and social transformation in Latin America from colonial times to the present.

Christopher Flanagan Ph.D. student, University of Notre Dame

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Interest/Specialization: Revolutionary America and the Early Republic, United States and Empire, 18th Century British Atlantic, Early Modern Political Thought


Eliga Gould Professor of History, University of New Hampshire


Eliga Gould is professor of history and chair of the History Department. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of early America, especially the American Revolution. He also offers classes in Atlantic history, the history of European expansion, and the Anglo-American right to bear arms.

Patrick Griffin Madden-Hennebry Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

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Griffin's work explores the intersection of colonial American and early modern Irish and British history. As such, it focuses on Atlantic-wide themes and dynamics. He has published work on the movement of peoples and cultures across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the process of adaptation.  He also examines the ways in which Ireland, Britain, and America were linked—and differed—during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has looked at revolution and rebellion, movement and migration, and colonization and violence in each society in comparative perspective.

Katie Jarvis Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame

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Katie Jarvis is a historian of early and late modern France. Her research focuses on popular politics, broadly conceived, during the French Revolution. She is especially interested in the intersection of social and cultural history, as well as gender history. She teaches courses on French and European history from the seventeenth century to the present.

Rhys Jones Research Fellow, University of Cambridge


I grew up in Neath, South Wales, before completing my BA, MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge. In 2013, I received the Wolfson Scholarship in the Humanities, and in 2016, I was appointed Research Fellow in History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. My research focuses primarily upon the shifting perception of time during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. I privilege the lived experience of time - the sensation of compression, acceleration, stagnation, instantaneity - above chronometric or calendrical innovation and experimentation as a means of explaining how and why institutions of power (from British imperial rule in America to the French ancien regime) crumbled.

Jane Judge Postdoctoral Fellow, KU Leuven 


Jane Judge received her PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in June 2015. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the history of the United States of Belgium and its place within the wider Age of Revolutions, with the assistance of a fellowship at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation working with the Early Modern History group of KU Leuven in Belgium. Currently she is researching public manifestations of Belgianness during the 18th-century revolution, with an eye to incorporating the movement of revolution, revolutionaries, ideologies across borders. She is also transforming her doctoral thesis into a book to be published by Leuven University Press.

Sarah Knott Associate Professor, Indiana University

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I am a British-born historian of early America and the Atlantic World, with interests in the rich meeting ground of history, experience and feeling.My first book explored how sensibility, a way of being that celebrated the human capacity for sympathy, was central to the American Revolution. Sensibility and the American Revolution thus looked beyond our traditional accounts of social unrest, republican and liberal ideology, and the rise of individualism. I have served as both Associate and Acting Editor of the American Historical Review, the American historical profession’s flagship journal. In 2013, I was elected to the Editorial Board of the UK’s Past and Present.

José Shane Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez NEH Keough Visiting Fellow, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame


José Shane Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez has a PhD in History from the University of Salamanca. He has been a Research Assistant on the IRC-funded project “Changing Words/Changing Worlds: Translation in Nineteenth-Century Ireland”, at NUI Galway , 2014-15 and Lecturer in History at the University of Winchester, before receiving a fellowship at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at Notre Dame. His main areas of interest are Irish migration and mobility in the Americas in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Hispano-Irish relations, and the development of Irish identities in exile. 

Andrew O’Shaughnessy Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Professor of History, University of Virginia


Andrew O’Shaughnessy is Vice President of Monticello, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Professor of History at the University of Virginia.  He is the author of An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000).  His most recent book The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013) received eight national awards including the New York Historical Society American History Book Prize, the George Washington Book Prize, and the Society of Military History Book Prize.

Steven Pincus Professor of History, Yale University


Steven Pincus received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1990. He teaches 17th and 18th century British, Atlantic and European history,and the history of the early British Empire. In addition to research seminars in History, he regularly co-teaches cross disciplinary seminars with faculty in other departments. Recent topics have included the Divergence of Britain, Comparative Revolutions, and Early Modern Empires in Theory and Practice.  

Janet Polasky Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

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Janet Polasky is Presidential Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. Her earliest work was in European comparative history, often with an eye toward Belgium. Her most recent work in Atlantic History has focused on travelling revolutionaries and on political refugees, their networks and the nations that offer asylum.

Jonathan Singerton Ph.D. student, University of Edinburgh

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My doctoral research focuses on the diplomatic, economic, and intellectual connections between the Habsburg Monarchy and the early American Republic during the second half of the eighteenth century.

Peter Thompson Sydney L. Mayer Associate Professor of American History, University of Oxford

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Dr Peter Thompson works on the history of British North America and the Carribean c.1600-1837. His major publications are Rum Punch and Revolution: Taverngoing and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century PhiladelphiaCassell's Dictionary of American History, and (with Peter Onuf) State and Citizen: British America and the Early United States. 

James Vaughn Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin


My main interests lie in the history of Britain and the history of the British Empire in the late seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. My current project examines the origins and early development of the British East India Company's territorial empire in the context of metropolitan socio-political evolution and far-reaching global transformations in the eighteenth century.

Anna Vincenzi Ph.D. student, University of Notre Dame

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Atlantic World; American Revolution; Age of Revolutions; Early Modern European and American Intellectual History; Early Modern Italy. In my dissertation, I will consider Italian reflections on the American Revolution and the birth of the American Republic from 1765 to the early years of the nineteenth century, focusing in particular on the cities of Milan, Turin, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Naples. 


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