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Defining the project

· November 24th, 2020 · No Comments

By Hannah Farber When I help graduate students prepare applications for fellowships and jobs, we sometimes talk about the phrase “my project.” What does this phrase actually mean? Ph. D. students usually use it, reflexively, to mean “my dissertation.” Book writers often use it to mean “my book.” I prefer to think about a “project”… Read More »

An argument over seven years in the making

· November 17th, 2020 · No Comments

By Asheesh Siddique In 2013, while I was a PhD candidate making my first foray into research on a dissertation about administrative knowledge practices in the early modern British empire, I stumbled across a curious and cryptic set of notes in an obscure file at the UK National Archives at Kew Gardens. The file, TNA,… Read More »

Jack Custis, Race, and the Unseen in Colonial Virginia Portraits

· August 31st, 2020 · No Comments

by Janine Yorimoto Boldt One painfully obvious fact as one scrolls through Colonial Virginia Portraits is that the faces are overwhelmingly white. Colonial Virginia Portraits includes more than 500 recorded portraits of which approximately 95 are documented but no longer extant. Only four of the total represent a non-white person. Three of these feature unnamed… Read More »

NAIS is Central to Early American Scholarship

· July 23rd, 2020 · No Comments

By Joshua Piker and Karin Wulf If Early American history had a traditional newspaper a number of events over the last months would have produced top-of-the-fold, all-caps headlines about Native American and Indigenous Studies. One of these was the April publication of an exchange in the American Historical Review entitled  “Historians and Native American and… Read More »

Tips and Tricks for Recording: Remote Interviews

· July 8th, 2020 · No Comments

By Liz Covart How can you record remote guests and phone calls? These were two questions people sent my way on Twitter when I asked what questions people had about mics, lighting, and sound for their virtual programs and courses.  In this last post of our three-post series on the subject of mics, sound, and… Read More »