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Principal Investigator Mackenzie Cooley is an Assistant Professor at Hamilton College, where she teaches the history of science. She earned her doctorate from Stanford University and is a member of the Cornell University Society of Fellows as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow.
One strand of Cooley’s work considers the history of ideas in Renaissance Italy and the Spanish Empire, especially the role that practice and experience played in informing theories about nature. Another strand focuses on history with science, particularly the ways in which genetics and bioarchaeological evidence can provide new datasets for historians to transcend archival sources. Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton College is a humanities-based collaboratory supporting long-term faculty-led interdisciplinary research projects involving students.
Antton De Arbeloa
Antton De Arbeloa (’21) majors in history with a double minor in government and art. He has pursued his study of colonial Latin American history through research in Spanish archives in addition to work on a structured database of the sixteenth century Relaciones Geográphicas.
Thomas Anderson is a double major in history and French and francophone studies. His work focuses on island-based medicines and herbals, with a particular emphasis on poisons and their antidotes. Thomas recently completed a transcription and translation of Jean-Baptiste Ricord’s extensive Mémoire sur le Mancenillier vénéneux, in addition to conducting archival research in the Canary Islands and France.
Elizabeth Atherton (‘22) intends to major in history with a minor in French. She has carried out research into indigenous languages sources, primarily the Matricula de Huexotzinco, as part of her study of colonial Latin America.
Kate Biedermann (’22) plans to double major in history and French. As a CLASS Fellow in the Digital Humanities, she is attending courses in the digital approaches at the DHSI to continue her research on the intersections of race and animality with Professor Mackenzie Cooley. At present, she is developing a multilingual database of race in European discourse from 1350 to 1800.
Kayla Self (’21) is a sophomore concentrating in World Politics in Latin American and the Caribbean. She has contributed to the Relaciones Geográphicas database and is conducting on-site research in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to understand how the Spanish Caribbean served as a precedent for inland Iberian empire. Self is using ArcGIS to develop an interactive timeline of how animals, plants, and peoples arrival to islands transformed these nature-cultures
Alexa (Ali) Zildjian
Alexa (Ali) Zildjian (‘19) graduated in literature major at Hamilton College with minors in both History and Theatre. Her academic interests land mostly in Medieval and Renaissance topics, which led to her employment as an Assistant Documentarian in the Burke Library’s Special Collections. She collaborated on the “Seeing New World Nature” Vikus Viewer Platform.
Edsel A.R. Llaurador
Edsel A. F. Llaurador (‘19) is a history major with a minor in public policy. He pursued his interest in the intersection of race, polity, and law through his research on the relationship between native knowledge and the Spanish Empire, and research on sixteenth-century mestizo Diego Muñoz Camargo’s Historia de Tlaxcala.