NEH Summer Scholars

Chris Barker, Southwestern College

Chris Barker currently teaches political thought classes at Southwestern College. He has previously held positions at Ohio University, Boston College, and Harvard University.

He is currently working on JS Mill’s theory of liberal imperialism. This project draws on a close reading of all of Mill’s dispatches, which are held in the India Office Records of the British Library. The aim of this new work is to reassess the principles and practices of liberal imperial power at a granular level, taking into account Mill’s other writings and the history of intervention in India. He recently completed his first book, Educating Liberty, on Mill’s theory of liberalism. It will be released this summer by the University of Rochester Press.

In addition to work on Mill and liberalism, he has written on topics such as demagoguery and classical democratic political theory. He is also currently working on populism and popular sovereignty, and will co-convene a conference on this theme in March, 2019 at Ohio University.

Eric Brandom, Kansas State University

Eric Brandom is a James Carey Research Fellow in the History Department at Kansas State University. His areas of interest are modern European intellectual history, French history, the history of political thought, and the Francophone Caribbean. He is at work on a manuscript: Autonomy and Violence: Georges Sorel and the Problem of Liberalism.



Alvin Chen, Oxford University

I am a D.Phil. student in History at the University of Oxford. My research interests include the history of Enlightenment political thought, genealogy, historiography, and moral and political philosophy. My D.Phil. thesis explores the conception of Enlightenment(s) in George Berkeley’s writings.




Rochelle DuFordUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington

Rochelle DuFord is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of North Carolina Wilmington. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Binghamton University’s SPEL (Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal Philosophy) Program in 2016. Her areas of specialization include social and political philosophy, critical theory, and philosophy of law. Currently, she is working on a manuscript project, which argues that the ability to allow and withstand conflict is a necessary component of democratic solidarity. She has published work on theories of value, international law, and the thought of T.W. Adorno.


Nicholas Germana, Keene State College

Nicholas Germana is a professor of history at Keene State College in New Hampshire.  His research focuses on orientalism and gender in the German philosophical tradition from Kant to Hegel.  His most recent book is The Anxiety of Autonomy and the Aesthetics of German Orientalism (Camden House, 2017).


Daniel Guernsey, Florida International University

Daniel Guernsey is Associate Professor of Art History at Florida International University. He specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art with a concentration on the role that philosophies of history and the civilizing process played in public mural painting in Europe from 1777 to 1848. His current works focuses on the history of aesthetic thought in Germany from Winckelmann to Hegel.



Katharine Hamerton, Columbia College Chicago

Katharine (Kate) Hamerton grew up in Canada, came to the University of Chicago for graduate school where she earned a PhD in Modern European History, and currently is Associate Professor of History at Columbia College Chicago. She teaches undergraduate courses on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and taste and consumption in French history to arts and media majors, and is writing a book on Malebranche’s thought on taste and pleasure as it relates to Enlightenment Epicureanism and polite culture.


Jack Hanson, Yale University
Jack Hanson is a PhD student in Religious Studies at Yale University, in the subject areas of Philosophy of Religion and Religion and Modernity. He focuses primarily on the post-Enlightenment philosophical engagement with Christian theology, especially German idealism, Romanticism, mysticism, and the philosophical and theological foundations of science.




Biliana Kassabova, Stanford University

Biliana Kassabova is Lecturer of French at Stanford University. Her research is focused on 18th and 19th century French literature, intellectual history, and political thought, especially revolutionary discourse in the long 19th century and literature, sociability, and economic thought. She has articles published, forthcoming, and under review at L’Esprit Créateur, Modern Intellectual History, and Nineteenth-Century French Studies.


Gal Katz, New York University

Gal Katz received his doctorate from Columbia University’s Department of Philosophy (October 2017), where he studied under Frederick Neuhouser and Axel Honneth. HIs dissertation, Personal Freedom and Its Discontents: Hegel on the Ethical Basis of Modern Skepticism, explored the epistemological implications of a peculiarly modern conception of freedom. He teaches at New York University and works on his next project, The Incorporation of Nature: Desire and Individual Freedom in Hegel’s Social Philosophy.


Randall Kindleberger

After growing up in suburban Boston, I majored in history at The University of Chicago and specialized in eighteenth-century France at Johns Hopkins. I spent most of my career at a tiny public college in Downeast Maine teaching a wide range of courses. Recently retired, I am eager to revisit scholarship armed with insights gleaned from history’s transformations over the past fifty years.


Adrian O’Connor, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Adrian O’Connor is an associate professor of history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. His first book, In pursuit of politics: Education and revolution in eighteenth-century France, was published by Manchester University Press in 2017. His next book project is tentatively entitled Society, Sentiment, and Statecraft in Revolutionary France.

Sonya Parrish, The Ohio State University

Dr. Sonya Parrish is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at The Ohio State University. Her research in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century transatlantic literature focuses on women’s political agency in republican communities, performative speech as political action, and captivity studies. Her teaching interests include seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, composition, science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, and the connections between early modern literature and contemporary popular culture.


Darian Qureshi, Pima Community College

Darian Qureshi is an Adjunct Faculty member of philosophy and political science at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. He is particularly interested in researching applied ethics and conveying the relevance of philosophy to his students. In addition to his J.D., he has master’s degrees in international affairs and philosophy.



Meghan Roberts, Bowdoin College

Meghan K. Roberts is an associate professor of history at Bowdoin College and the author of Sentimental Savants: Philosophical Families in Enlightenment France. She is currently working on a history of medical experts in the French Atlantic World. More about her research and teaching is available at




Srividhya Swaminathan, Long Island University

Srividhya Swaminathan is Professor of English at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Her primary field of research is the rhetoric of arguments both for and against African slavery in Britain, North America, and the Caribbean. Her most recent publication is a co-edited collection titled The Cinematic Eighteenth Century (Routledge 2018).