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Chelsey Moler Ford
I am a MA/PhD student in the English Department who graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with a B.A. in English Literature and International Studies. I study English literature in the long eighteenth century and am especially interested in women's writing, as well as theories of trauma, violence, and resistance.

Advisor: Jesse Molesworth

Jake Hagstrom
I am currently a graduate student in the History Department. I graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor's degree in International History in 2009. My academic interests center on the formation of political culture and institutions in the early American Republic. I hope to trace the development of the United States into a Federal Republic within the larger Atlantic Age of Revolutions, with special attention paid to the impacts of the French Revolution.
Advisor: Kon Dierks.

  Kathy Hrach
Kathy is a first-year student in Germanic Studies. She graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in German and Philosophy and then worked as a German-speaking paralegal in the New York law firm of Lankler, Siffert, & Wohl. She plans to study Kleist's "Kant-Krise" (the Kant crisis) in the context of the philosophy of emotions and the philosophy of mind.
Advisor: Michel Chaouli.

Tracey Hutchings-Goetz
I am a doctoral candidate in the English Department focusing on British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. I graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in 2011. My dissertation, titled "Touchy Subjects: An Eighteenth-Century Anatomy of Haptic Sensation" offers a corporeally structured revaluation of the sense of touch—and, by extension, the other senses—in eighteenth-century Britain. Organized around four forms of touch, my project suggests connections between the experience of embodiment and the narrative and epistemological structures of the period.
Committee: Jesse Molesworth; Nick Williams, Richard Nash, Rebecca Spang

Hannah Malcolm
I am a graduate student in the History Department. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in History and have presented my work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and at another conference in Cairo (Egypt). My research currently focuses on pedagogy, dissent, and citizenship during the French Revolution with a growing interest in how individuals interacted with the various levels of government.
Advisor: Rebecca Spang.

Christopher Martiniano
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of English with a minor in Art History. I received my M.A. from DePaul University (Chicago) where I was also an undergrad triple major (English Lit, Studio Art, Philosophy). In my dissertation," William Blake's Bounding Line 'Gath'ring Thick'" I continue to work across multiple fields, juxtaposing Blake's aesthetics with a broad canvas of eighteenth-century figures who similarly explored linearity. My multimodal approach contrasts Blake's work with that of composers, artists, scientists, philosophers and poets (including J.S. Bach, G.W. Leibniz, Christopher Smart, Thomas Gainsborough, and Thomas Warton).
Advisor: Nick Williams
Trevor McMichael
I am a PhD student in the English Department and currently hold the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies' recruiting fellowship. Both my B.A. and M.A. were awarded by the University of Oklahoma. I specialize in British Romanticism, but I am interested as well in earlier eighteenth-century, British literature and culture, as well as gender and trauma studies.

Amy Ransford
I am a graduate student in the History Department and an editorial assistant at the American Historical Review. My research interests center on communication and information exchange in France and the Netherlands during the long eighteenth century. I graduated with a B.A. in English from Hanover College and a M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.
Advisor: Rob Schneider


Krista Rodkey
After a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Philosophy from Westmont College (Santa Barbara, California) and a M.St. in Ancient Philosophy from Oxford, I am continuing my studies in the IU Philosophy Department. My dissertation is on Hume's view of the relationship between ethics, politeness, and aesthetics, with a special emphasis on the connection of aesthetics to his artificial virtues.
Committee: Kate Abramson (advisor), Gary Ebbs, Pieter Hasper.

Rachel Seiler-Smith
I am a PhD Candidate in English with a doctoral minor in Gender Studies. I focus primarily on British (and, at time, French) literature and philosophy during the very "long" eighteenth century, though my theoretical leanings are rooted in contemporary feminist ethics and biopolitics. My dissertation, "Un/Accountable Enlightenment," theorizes how the "account"—with all its formal and epistemological strategies for determining the value of peoples and things—becomes inflected with the ethical problems of caring for a population and cultivating flourishing life in the eighteenth century.
Committee: Mary Favret and Jesse Molesworth (co-chairs); Penelope Anderson, Sarah Knott, Richard Nash.

Grace Schmitt
I am a graduate student in the English Department. My undergraduate degree is from St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin) where I earned a B.A. in English and Women's and Gender Studies. I am primarily interested in British literature, with research interests in masculinity and eighteenth-century sexuality.

Jordan Taylor
I am an advanced graduate student in the History Department and received my B.A. from the University of Dayton in History. I am chiefly interested in Early America in the Atlantic World, focusing on the relationship between the early Republic and the "Age of Revolutions." My dissertation looks at
Advisor: Sarah Knott.


Bobby Wells
I am a Ph.D candidate in History studying early modern European colonialism. I received my BA (History, Political Science) from Michigan State University and my MA (History) from IU. My dissertation focuses on the role played by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, more commonly known as the Knights of Malta, in French colonial endeavors in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds.
Advisor: Rob Schneider.


Arne Willée
Currently a graduate student in the Germanic Studies Department, I received my M.A. in Philosophy and German Literature from the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn in 2010 with a thesis about Intersubjectivity in Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment. I am interested in the intersection between aesthetics and game culture, which started a cross-fertilized discourse since the German Enlightenment. Further subjects of interest include performative aspects of interpretation, narratology, and the discourse of aesthetic experience. Advisor: Michel Chaouli
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