Public Scholars 2018

August 20, 2018

Julie Elizabeth Byrne 
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
U.S. History
American Catholicism and the Cantor Fitzgerald Employees Who Lost Their Lives on 9/11

Tom Dunkel 
Independent Scholar
Washington, DC
U.S. History
White Knights in the Black Orchestra: A True Story of the Nazi Resistance

Natalie Anne Dykstra  
Hope College
Holland, MI
American Studies
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840–1924): A Life in Art

Hugh Eakin 
Independent Scholar
Sunnyside, NY
Art History
Picasso's Dealer: Paul Rosenberg and the 1939 Exhibition that Changed America

Jeremy Eichler 
Independent Scholar
Newton, MA
European History
War and Memory in Modern Classical Music

Carl Elliott 
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN
Exposing Wrongdoing in Medical Research on Human Subjects

Carole Emberton 
SUNY Research Foundation, University at Buffalo
Amherst, NY
U.S. History
An Intimate History of Freedom: The Biography of Emancipated Slave Priscilla Joyner

Cynthia Leigh Haven 
Independent Scholar
Stanford, CA
“The Spirit of the Place”: Polish-American Poet Czeslaw Milosz in California

Stephen Heyman 
Independent Scholar
Pittsburgh, PA
U.S. History
A Life of Louis Bromfield (1896–1956), The Lost Generation Novelist Who Inspired America’s Organic Food Revolution


Frank Lee Holt 
University of Houston
Houston, TX
Interdisciplinary Studies
A Social History of Coins: Money and the Making of Civilization

Robert Kanigel 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
American Scholar Milman Parry (1902–1935) and the Study of Oral Tradition in Classical Literature


Devoney K. Looser 
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
British Literature
Biography of Sisters Jane Porter (1775–1850) and Anna Maria Porter (1778–1832), 19th-Century British Novelists

Theresa MacPhail 
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
A Cultural History of Allergies, 1819-2017

Thomas F. Madden 
St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO
The Fall of Republics: A History

Stephen Mihm 
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
U.S. History
Industrial and Technical Standards in Modern Life: A History

Stephen R. Platt 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA
East Asian History
U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Evans Carlson (1896–1947)  and America's Long War for China, 1937–1950

James Romm 
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Gender Studies
The Sacred Band of Thebes and the Last Days of Greek Freedom (379–338 B.C.)

Kevin Sack 
Independent Scholar
Atlanta, GA
History of Religion
Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina: 200 Years of African-American Life

Susan Lynn Schneider 
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
Future Minds: Artificial Intelligence, Brain Enhancement, and the Nature of the Self

Timothy Judd Stiles 
Independent Scholar
Berkeley, CA
U.S. History
The Believer: Theodore Roosevelt and the Reinvention of American Democracy

Courtney Thorsson 
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
American Literature
The Sisterhood: A Black Women's Literary Organization

John G. Turner 
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
U.S. History
Out of Small Beginnings: Plymouth Colony and the Making of American Liberty