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Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Office Hours: Robinson 121, Thursdays 1-3

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is 300th Anniversary University Professor and Director of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard. Formerly Professor of American history at the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of many articles and books on early New England, but she is not a native New Englander. She grew up among the potato farms and sagebrush of eastern Idaho in a town that was on the main highway to Yellowstone National Park. On clear days, which were common, you could see the Grand Tetons in the distance. Her western upbringing accounts for her Rocky Mountain accent and for her fascination with the way New England writers in the nineteenth-century came to dominate national culture. Even in the west, school children in the 1950s memorized the poems of Longfellow.

Head Teaching Fellow Philip Mead

Office Hours: Robinson L-31, Tuesdays 2-4

Philip Mead is a fourth year graduate student in the Harvard Department of History, specializing in Early America. A native New Englander and descendant of both Pilgrims and Irish immigrants, Mead was first introduced to the power of material culture and significance of historical memory by his Irish grandmother, who still delights in having emptied the attic of her husband's seventeenth-century family home in Greenwich, Connecticut of its multi-generational contents, and bringing "those methodist things" to the dump. Mead's dissertation explores the meaning of silences and constructed narratives in the diaries of Revolutionary War soldiers. He looks forward to reconnecting to New England's material history through this course, with apologies to his grandmother. Perhaps she will forgive him, if we all commit to also remember the Irish New England experience..

Teaching Fellow Linford Fisher

Office Hours: Friday 1-3 PM, CORE Office, Rm. 12

Linford Fisher is a fourth year graduate student in the history of religion in America. He originally hails from the rolling, silo-dotted fields of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home of another perennial American cultural fascination: the Amish (for fun, ask him about his parents sometime). Linford's dissertation is on the religious and cultural exchange between Indians and English in southern New England and the formation of increasingly racialized identities in the eighteenth century. Linford enjoys snowboarding, hiking, keeping Starbucks in business through the incessant ingestion of their seasonal lattes, and inventing new games to keep his two small children occupied.

Teaching Fellow Michelle Morris

Office Hours: Robinson Basement, L-23, Tuesdays 1:30-3:30

Michelle Morris received her Ph.D. from Harvard in November 2005 and is currently a lecturer in the history department. . She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and has a masters degree in Early American Material Culture from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation examines familial responses to sexual misbehavior in Puritan Massachusetts, and she can be encouraged to tell wild stories about decapitated bastards and courtships gone wrong. She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and never in a million years believed she would willingly brave the hazards of the frozen North. While walking outside on particularly cold days, she can be heard to mutter testily if only radical Protestant dissenters could navigate.

Teaching Fellow Noam Maggor

Office Hours: Thursday, 9:30AM-10:30AM, Barker Center 253 (inside African-American Studies)

Noam is a third year graduate student in History of American Civilization, specializing in history of capitalism and history of the built environment. He enjoys reading nineteenth-century credit reports, account books, street maps, public speeches, trade journals, and short bio's of lower-middle-class people. Noam grew up far away from cold New England , in Rishon-Le-Zion , Israel , where his family still resides. Since then, he has lived in Brookline, New York City, and the beautiful Jordan Valley (right by the Sea of Galilee). He looks forward to bringing to this course on the “New Israel” of New England some of his experiences of old Israel .


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