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Graduate Student Research Fellow
Sophie Hunt is a Ph.D. candidate in history. She has recently begun work on a dissertation on colonialism and nation-building projects in the Gulf of Mexico in the nineteenth century. Specifically, she plans to examine the ways in which the Gulf peninsulas -- Florida and Yucatán -- offered spaces of persistence for Seminoles, Mayas, and other non-state actors as the emerging nation-states of the United States and Mexico worked to define and control their water border. Her broader interests include borderlands and indigenous histories, colonialism and settler colonialism, transnational history, and constructions of race and nation.
The Eisenberg Institute's research grant has allowed Sophie to make her first trip to international archives in Mexico City and Mérida, Yucatán during the summer of 2013. During the fall and winter terms, her home base will be in Ann Arbor, but she plans to spend short amounts of time in Washington, DC; Florida; and New Orleans. By the end of the year, she hopes to have finished the first chapter of her dissertation.
Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
Haven HallRoom 1521435 South State St.
Ann Arbor, MI