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2017-2018 Co-Chairs

Alexander Gambaccini

Evan Turiano

Current Members

Scott Ackerman

Zachary Bennett

Brian Bouton

Michael Crowder

Jaja Duangkamol

Maddy Lafuse

Andrew Lang

Kathryn Lasdow

Joseph Murphy

Cody Nager

Glen Olson

Laura Ping

Roy Rogers

Helena Yoo

Alisa Wade

John Winters



Mark Boonshoft, Assistant Professor, Norwich University

John Blanton, Assistant Professor, The City College of New York, CUNY

David Gary, Curator, American Philosophical Society

Michael Haggerty, University of California, Davis

David Houpt, Lecturer, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Cambridge Ridley Lynch, Curator, Museum of the City of New York

Alexander Manevitz, Visiting Assistant Professor, Trinity College

Paul Polgar, Assistant Professor, The University of Mississippi

Nora Slonimsky, Gardiner Assistant Professor, Iona College and the Thomas Paine Institute

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Zachary Bennett

Zach Bennett

Zachary is a history PhD student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His research is broadly focused on energy use in early America, specifically in regard to the political ecology surrounding river use among Native Americans, European colonists, and early industrialists.

John Blanton

John Westminster

John Blanton earned his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in February 2016 and is currently Assistant Professor of History at  The City College of New York, CUNY. John is a founding member of EARS and served as Co-Chair for the 2014/15 academic year. He earned his BA from SUNY Albany (2003) and MPhil from the Graduate Center (2013). John is currently revising a book manuscript, tentatively entitled English Air: The Origins of Anglophone Antislavery, for publication. English Air argues that there was a long and vibrant antislavery tradition in the Anglophone world that challenged the definition of enslaved persons as legitimate articles of property and sought to guarantee the basic rights of English subjecthood to the enslaved. Other interests include early national and antebellum antislavery, the history of capitalism, land and labor reform movements, and imperial history. In addition to his historical work, John is also an accomplished musician and composer whose compositions have been featured nationally on public radio. John currently lives in western Connecticut with his wife and son. He can be reached at jblanton@ccny.cuny.edu and you can follow him on Twitter at @jnblanton.

Michael Crowder

crowder-ears photoMichael Crowder is a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation, “Defining the Boundaries of Slavery: The Politics and Legalities of the Slave Trade to North America,” explores how regulation and eventual abolition of the foreign slave trade and slave importations drove the development of antislavery politics from 1754-1820. He can be reached at mcrowder@gradcenter.cuny.edu. He is serving as CUNY EARS Co-Chair for the 2015-2016 academic year. Here’s Mike’s academia.edu page. He’s also from Texas.

Sean Griffin

Sean_EARS photoSean Griffin is a PhD candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. His research interests lie in 19th Century U.S. political and cultural history, and include slavery and antislavery, labor, African-American, and urban history. His current project looks at the relationship between wage labor and antislavery politics in the decades before the Civil War. He can be contacted at sgriffin@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

David Houpt

David Houpt is a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center focusing on the politics of the early American Republic. His dissertation is entitled “To organize the sovereign people: Political Mobilization and the Deliberative Process in Pennsylvania, 1783-1809” and explores how the ability of citizens to influence the deliberative process changed in the decades following the American Revolution. David is a founding member of EARS and has served as co-chair. He is also an all-around stellar guy.

Andrew Lang

Andrew J. Lang is a Ph.D. student at the CUNY Graduate Center. A native Wisconsinite, Andrew studies the voting of northern members of the US House of Representatives before the Civil War. His other research interests include the relationship of Congress to antislavery political activism, early national and antebellum political parties and partisanship, 18th and 19th century election practices, Texas annexation and the Mexican-American War, and the American Civil War. He can be contacted at alang@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Miriam Liebman

Miriam Liebman is a History PhD student at The Graduate Center, CUNY and serves as Co-Chair of EARS for the 2015-2016 academic year. She studies the United States in a transnational perspective with France with a particular emphasis on American women in Paris in the nineteenth century. She can be reached at mliebman@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Joseph Murphy

ok (1)Joe Murphy is a founding member of EARS. Joe is a Ph.D. candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center, having received his BA from Temple University (2004) and MPhil from the Graduate Center (2012). His dissertation, “Neither a Slave nor a King: The Antislavery Project in the United States, 1820-1848,” recovers the premises and assumptions of the antislavery movement in its progression from moral crusade in the 1830s to a well-defined political project in the 1840s. Other interests include legal and constitutional history, the history of capitalism, and the intertwined histories of race and slavery.

Glen Olson

IMG_20140212_220510_257Glen Olson is a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation is entitled “Slavery’s Leviathan: Southern Visions of Federal Governance, 1815-1860.” It examines how slaveholders sought to strengthen certain federal institutions to protect their property regime.  Glen received his BA from St. John’s College and an MA from University of Chicago. He served as a 2013-2014 co-chair for CUNY EARS. Glen is a regular contributor at the blog Teaching United States History.  He currently works as a history curriculum designer for IXL Learning. He can be reached at glenjolson@gmail.com, or through his academic page. Glen also claims to be a proud Minnesotan, although he hasn’t lived there in twelve years.

Roy Rogers


Roy Rogers is a Ph.D. candidate in American history at the Graduate Center, CUNY and a Writing Fellow at the New York City College of Technology (2014 – 2015). His previous education was at Shepherd University and George Mason University. Roy is a scholar of American political and religious culture in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His dissertation, tentatively entitled “[A] body corporate and politic”: Politics, Law, and Denominational Competition in the Early National Chesapeake, explores the links between law and religious practice in Virginia and Maryland between 1776 and 1826. Roy is also a founding contributor to the Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History and a frequent panelist on its podcast. Born and raised in Virginia, Roy currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner and three cats. Further information about his teaching experience and scholarship can be found on his website.

Nora Slonimsky

Nora Slonimsky head-shotNora Slonimsky is a PhD candidate in history studying print culture, federalism and intellectual property in the Early Republic. Her dissertation, “The Engine of Free Expression [?]: The Political Development of Copyright in the Colonial British Atlantic and Early National United States” examines the relationship between partisan coalitions and copyright in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century Atlantic world, with a specific focus on the relationship between evolving conceptions of labor, nationalism and press regulation. She served as a 2013-2014 co-chair for CUNY EARS. She can be reached at nslonimsky@gmail.com or through her academic page and followed on twitter @Nora.Slonimsky.

Evan Turiano

Evan Turiano is a History Ph.D. Student at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is a 2017/2018 EARS Co-chair. He studies fugitive slaves, antislavery politics,

Alisa Wade

Alisa Wade is a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center studying the history of the early American republic and comparative women’s history.  She received her B.A. From Pacific Union College and M.A. from Washington State University.  Wade’s dissertation, “An Alliance of Ladies: Power, Public Affairs, and Gendered Constructions of the Upper Class in Early National New York City,” studies elite women’s political consciousness in New York City in the years between 1783 and 1815 as contextualized by the rise of market capitalism.  She is a 2015-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society.  She can be contacted at awade@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

John Winters

1240420_10100408219067826_375744624_n (1)John is a doctoral student in history at the CUNY Graduate Center and studies the Haudenosaunee confederacy in the 17th-18th centuries and public history. He has received fellowships from the N-Y Historical Society and the Colonial Dames of America, and before coming to the GC was a tour guide supervisor at Mount Vernon and currently leads tours at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College. John also teaches at Baruch and Hunter College, and is a co-chair of the CUNY Public History Collective.

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