The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

History Program Events

May 13 – 2016 CUNY EARS Graduate Conference

Second Annual EARS Graduate Student Conference

Revolutionary Boundaries in Early American History

Keynote Address by Dr. Catherine E. Kelly, the University of Oklahoma and Editor of the Journal of the Early Republic

Registration: 8:00am – 10:30am in the History Lounge, Room 5114

Coffee and bagels will be available from 8am to 9am.

If you’re on twitter, please use the hashtag #EARSCON16 and #CUNYEARS

I. Session 1 (9:00am – 10:30am)

Panel 1 A: Cultures of Suffering the Early American Republic – Room 5414

Chair: Michael Crowder, History, Graduate Center, CUNY. Commentator: Dr. Martin Burke, History and American Studies, Graduate Center, CUNY.

  • Rachel Engl, Lehigh University/The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
  • Elaine Lafay, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nicolas Bonneau, University of Notre Dame

Panel 1 BBoundaries of Freedom on the Early National Frontier – Room 5409

Chair: John Winters, History, Graduate Center, CUNY. Commentator: Dr. Andrew Shankman, History, Rutgers University – Camden.

  • Josh Wood, Ohio State University
  • Zach Conn, Yale University
  • Alexandra Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania


II. Session 2 (10:45am – 12:15pm)

Panel 2 AEconomic Development and Gendered Labor in Early America – Room 5414

Chair: Alisa Wade, History, Graduate Center, CUNY. Commentator: Dr. Zara Anishanslin, History, College of Staten Island.

  • Mirelle Luecke, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sarah Pearlman Shapiro, Columbia University
  • Kelsey Salvesen, University of Pennsylvania

Panel 2 BReconsidering the Boundaries of Urban Space in the Early Republic – Room 5409

Chair: Miriam Leibman, History, Graduate Center, CUNY. Commentator: Dr. Benjamin Carp, History, Brooklyn College.

  • Jacqueline Beatty, George Mason University
  • Katy Lasdow, Columbia University/Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Timothy Leech, Ohio State University

Panel 2 CBoundaries of the “Empire of Liberty” Abroad – Room 5114

Chair: Dr. David Houpt, History, Queens College. Commentator: Dr. Andrew Robertson, History, Graduate Center, CUNY.

  • Emily Casey, University of Delaware
  • Katrina Ponti, University of Rochester
  • Dan Du, University of Georgia – Athens


III. Round Table Session 3 (2:00pm – 3:30pm) – Room 5114

Panel 3: Public History and Teaching “Hamilton: An American Musical”: Interdisciplinary Considerations*

Chair: Nora Slonimsky, History, Graduate Center, CUNY.

  • Phoebe Rumsey, Theater, Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • John Winters, History, Graduate Center, CUNY and Public History Collective.
  • David Waldstreicher, US history, Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • Elizabeth Wollman, Theater, Baruch College.

*For pre-circulated readings that discuss the show, see: “Hamilton” articles (forthcoming)

IV. Round Table Session 4 (3:45pm – 5:15pm) – Room 5114

Panel 4: Pushing the Boundaries of History and “Digital World”

Chair: Roy Rogers, History, Graduate Center. CUNY.

  • Micki Kaufman, Modern Language Association and Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • Michael Hattem, History, Yale University.
  • Dr. Benjamin Wright, History, The University of Texas at Dallas.


V. Keynote Session 5 (5:30pm – 6:45pm) – Room 5114

  •  Catherine E. Kelly, the University of Oklahoma: “Disappearing Acts: William Hamilton and the Cultural Politics of Loyalism in the Early Republic”


A light reception until 7:30pm will follow Dr. Kelly’s keynote in the history lounge (5114).


Co-sponsored by the David Library of the American Revolution, the Doctoral Student Council, and the History Department at the Graduate Center 

About Us

CUNY Graduate Center’s Early American Republic Seminar (EARS) is a student-run organization focused on promoting and facilitating the study of early American history. Our primary mission is to provide a space for graduate students and early career scholars to present works in progress in a rigorous but collegial environment.  EARS has also hosted a number of public talks by prominent historians. For a look at announcements or our upcoming schedule, visit For any questions about this event, contact our conference organizers, Roy Rogers ( and Nora Slonimsky (