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Successful Students and Alumni


Welcome, Huskies! We're proud of our current students and our alumni.  Read on to hear what your amazing things our students and alumni have been doing! We'd love to know what you've been doing, whether that be last year or way back. So send us your news, and we'll let your fellow Huskies know what you've been up to.

Featured Student

Nicole Dressler

Nicole Dressler has been awared a Dissertation Fellowship to the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia. Dressler is a Ph.D. candidate, specializing in early America, with research interests in labor and the history of humanitarianism. Directed by Presidential Research Professor Aaron Fogleman, her dissertation, "'The Vile Commodity': Criminal Servitude, Authority, and the Rise of Humanitarianism in the Anglo-American World, 1718-1820, explores the role that British convict transportation and penal servitude in America played in the early history of humanitarianism. She argues that emerging ideas of punishment, morality and unfreedom evoked by convict labor created new moral responsibilities and inspired novel denunciations of suffering in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Anglo-American world. She is a recipient of the 2016-2017 Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia, and she has been selected to participate in the Global Humanitarianism Research Academy workshop in Mainz, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland.

Featured Alumnus

Noah Blan

Noah Blan (M.A., 2011) is the 2016 Alumnus of the year. Noah is pursuing Ph.D. work at the University of Michigan, where he studies the intersection of nature and sovereignty in the medieval European Carolingian empire from c. 780-814 CE. As ruler, Charlemagne inaugurated an ambitious project that sought to transform the environment from a rural wilderness into a garden of curated plants, animals, and people. Combining written sources with archaeological data, Noah’s dissertation reconstructs the ideological underpinnings of this program and its role in the environmental and political transformations of the Carolingian era.


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