Bio: Alison Hight is a PhD candidate in History at Rutgers University trained in modern European and global & comparative history. She specializes in modern Britain (broadly defined), and is especially interested in how British subjects thought about and mobilized the categories of ‘nation’ and ‘empire’ in the long nineteenth century. Alison’s dissertation tracks how ideas about higher education, devolved government, and the monarchy were each influenced by a prevailing British impulse to make national and imperial interests align.
Bio: Aries Li is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Rutgers University. She is writing her dissertation “Shared Past, Discordant Memories,” which explores the profound ways that memories of U.S.-China WWII military cooperation influenced American–Chinese relations during the past eight decades. Her recent works have appeared in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations and The Diplomat. Her research has been supported by scholarships from Harvard University’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
Emmet Von Stackelberg
Bio: Emmet von Stackelberg is a PhD candidate in history and Warren and Beatrice Susman Fellow, studying technologies of seeing and the history of industrial capitalism. Working across the fields of science and technology studies, environmental history, and the history of political economy, his research asks how fossil energy-fueled industrial growth came to be seen in the 20th century as inescapable, probing how ideology formation operates alongside the material practices of industrial production. His primary interest is in how moving images come to dominate our visual field across the 20th century—a development that occurred through extractive, industrial, and colonial processes on a global scale. His dissertation is a history of celluloid, the photochemical substance necessary to the mass distribution of moving images until the middle of the 20th century.
Bio: Paul is pursuing a PhD in modern European History. He received a BA in history and Russian Studies from The College of New Jersey. His research focuses on the Soviet Union during the Second World War with an interest in the representation, narrative formation, and historical memory of the Soviet experience of war and German occupation.