Clemens Ottenhausen

Ph. D. Candidate, Art and Art History 2019-2020 Rothman Doctoral Fellow This dissertation provides the first comprehensive English analysis of the international art exhibition Documenta which started 1955 in Kassel, Germany, and is currently preparing its fifteenth edition to open in 2022. Ottenhausen discusses Documenta in the context of mid-century art history, exhibition architecture, and […]

Oren Okhovat

Ph. D. Candidate, History 2019-2020 Rothman Doctoral Fellow This dissertation examines the seventeenth-century network constructed by the Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam to connect their various Dutch Atlantic settlements. Using the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao as a focal point, Okhovat inquires into the extent to which Portuguese Jews living in the Dutch world maintained […]

Mary Ibarrola

Ph. D. Candidate, Anthropology 2019-2020 Rothman Doctoral Fellow Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Florida’s residents experienced frequent geopolitical stress. Colonial documents detail two centuries of international conflict on the peninsula and the resulting borderland was a landscape in which claims to identity, property, and liberty were under constant negotiation. In order to better understand […]

Meagan Frenzer

Ph. D. Candidate, History 2019-2020 Rothman Doctoral Fellow Frenzer’s dissertation, “Dancing in the Devil’s Playground: The Intersection of Labor, Morality, and Pleasure in Chicago’s Dance Halls, 1910-1930,” dives into the rich social and political ecosystem with the dance hall at its center. Throughout the early twentieth century, dance halls developed as an urban leisure and […]

Daniel Fernández

Ph. D. Candidate, History 2019-2020 Rothman Doctoral Fellow This dissertation project examines the impact of Spanish migration to Cuba in the twentieth century, including how Cuban and Spanish revolutionaries recalibrated the relationship between former colony and its colonizer to forge a transnational solidarity network that helped consolidate the Cuban Revolution after 1959. Fernández’s dissertation, “Weaponizing Solidarity: […]

Madison Cates

Ph. D. Candidate, History 2019-2020 Rothman Doctoral Fellow This project seeks to understand the complex politics of land use and economic development in shaping the rise of the Sunbelt South after 1945. With the quickening pace of rural depopulation and white flight to the suburbs during this time, planners and policymakers worked feverishly to boost the […]

Arianne Boileau

Ph. D. Candidate, Anthropology 2019-2020 Rothman Doctoral Fellow This project  investigates change and continuity in Maya political economy following Spanish contact at Lamanai, Belize. Boileau combines the analysis of archaeological animal remains and historical documents to examine how individuals and groups of different statuses and occupations responded to the realities of Spanish colonialism through their […]

Mark Hodge

Ph.D. Candidate, Art and Art History 2019-2020 Rothman Doctoral Fellow We think of the twenty-first century obsession with taking and enhancing self-portraits as a product of the digital age. But contemporary western society is not unique in its fixation with self-representation and expression through portraiture. Ancient Roman citizens were just as obsessed with visual modes […]

Kyra Rietveld

Ph.D. Candidate, Art and Art History 2019-2020 Tedder Doctoral Fellow Kyra Rietveld was awarded a Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship to support her dissertation, which considers the uniquely local images of the goddess Artemis.  These began to transform throughout the Greek-speaking world in parallel with a push for a universal Greek identity after the Persian Wars.  This […]

Kaitlyn Muchnok

Ph.D. Candidate, History 2019-2020 Tedder Doctoral Fellow Kaitlyn Muchnok was awarded a Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship to support her dissertation, which explores Florida’s female juvenile justice system from 1945 to 1970. By the time these state institutions integrated in 1967, Florida officials had expanded their authority over young women substantially and committed thousands of girls to […]