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Doctorates in progress relating to the history of cartography

See also the listing of doctorates awarded since 1995

Contact lost with these candidates - the outcome is not known

This listing was mounted on 14 January 2004.   Latest updates: 19 October 2021

A note about Russian higher degrees. There are two levels: 'Candidate of Science' (roughly equivalent to a Ph.D) and 'Doctor of Science' (a higher degree, entitling the person to the Full Professor's position). All those listed below will be defended in the Institute of the History of Science and Technology's Scientific Council on the History of Geography and Geology.

Once you have your award, the details can be moved to the doctorates awarded page.

[Please notify Tony Campbell when this happens or send any corrections:]  

From July 2017 I have decided to stop actively seeking entries for the list below. Tutors rarely point it out to their doctoral students, few candidates
ask to be included, and most of my invitations are ignored. However, I am delighted to receive entries (please follow the style below)
and certainly want the parallel list of completed doctorates to be as comprehensive as possible

The expected completion date is given between square brackets
From January 2010, the date that the entry was added to this page is noted thus, {added January 2018}, which can be searched for, e.g. "2018}"

Catherine Akeroyd, Australian National University, Canberra (Humanities & the Arts). [2021]. '"Terra Australis": An Analysis of the Imagery on the Unknown Southern Land found on Renaissance World Maps 1520s-1620s'. Email: cathakeroyd(at)optusnet.com.au

Vivienne Aldous, University of Suffolk, Ipswich and University of East Anglia (History). [2022]. Working title: ‘The Life, Work and Influence of John Darby (c.1553-1608/9), Surveyor, Map-Maker, Artist, Protestant and Social Climber’. E-mail: V.Aldous(at)uos.ac.uk   {added July 2017}

Beatrice Blümer, University of Kassel (History). [2024]. 'Dynamiken der Rezeption. Kartographische Aneignung im 'Liber insularum Archipelagi' von Cristoforo Buondelmonti' [The dynamic of reception. Cartographic appropriation in the 'Liber insularum Archipelagi' of Cristoforo Buondelmonti.]   Email: beatrice.bluemer@gmail.com       Personal webpage     {added September 2021}

Gerda Brunnlechner, FernUniversität, Hagen, Germany (History). [summer 2021]. “Die ‘Genuesische Weltkarte’ – Bild und Stimme einer ambiguen Welt. Portolano 1 der BNC in Florenz“. Email: gerda-brunnlechner(at)t-online.de   { added October 2019}

Elizabeth Chant, University College London (Spanish and Latin American Studies). [2021]. Provisional title: '"Horizon on Horizon": Representing the Patagonian Natural Environment, 1779-1992'. Email: elizabeth.chant.17(at)ucl.ac.uk   {added March 2020}

Jacky Derrick, University College London (History). [2021]. 'Marino Sanudo: the geographical knowledge of an Italian merchant in the fourteenth century' [Including a study of the maps appended to the Secreta.] Email: sjderrick(at)blueyonder.co.uk   {added March 2015}

Sebastian Diaz Angel, Cornell University, Ithaca (History). [2021]. '“South American Great Lakes System”: histories and cartographies of a geographical engineering Cold War development program in Latin-America aimed to contain Communism'. Email: sd785(at)cornell.edu.       Personal webpage   {added January 2017}

Andrew Doll, University of Oxford (History). [spring 2021]. 'Creed and Cartography: Religion and the Mapping of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth'. Email: andrew.doll(at)lincoln.ox.ac.uk   {added November 2018}

Cornelia Dreer, Universität Kassel (Mittelalterliche Geschichte) [2021]. 'Das "Polychronicon" von Ranulph Higden. Wissen, Weltchronik und Weltkarte' [The 'Polychronicon' by Ranulph Higden. Knowledge, chronicle, and map]. Email: dreer(at)uni-kassel.de   {added October 2015}

Deyse Cristina Brito Fabrício, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil (Instituto de Geociências. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ensino e História de Ciências da Terra). [2021]. 'Permanências do maravilhoso oceânico medieval: ilhas, monstros e outros “detalhes” na cartografia do século XVI'. Email: deysecbf(at)gmail.com       Personal webpage     {added June 2020}

Emmanuel Falguières, EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Paris, at the Center for North-American Studies (CENA). [2021]. 'Construire l’espace, faire communauté dans le Midwest aux Etats-Unis. Une histoire spatiale et sociale des communautés rurales dans le Kansas (1890-1930)' [Constructing Space and Building Communities in the Midwest. A Social and Spatial History of Rural Communities in Kansas (1890-1930)]. [Involving different types of local maps: township plats by the federal government, county atlases by commercial publishers and vernacular cartography by the rural populations themselves.] Email: e.falguieres2016(at)gmail.com   {added January 2017}

David T. Flaherty, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (History). [2017]. 'Envisioning the British Atlantic: Strategies for Settlement and Sovereignty on the North American and Caribbean Frontiers, 1700-1763'. [Including consideration of the cartography produced for and by British officials.] Email: david.flaherty(at) virginia.edu   {added February 2011, revised January 2012}

Natalia Gándara Chacana, University College London (History). [February 2021]. 'A Chilean Thalassology: Competing for knowledge of the South Eastern Pacific in the Age of Revolutions'. Email: natalia.gandara.16(at)ucl.ac.uk     Personal Webpage  {added November 2019) }

Philip Jagessar, University of Nottingham (Geography). [August 2021]. Working title: ‘The Linguistic Survey of India and the mapping of languages in late colonial India, 1890-1947.’ Email: philip.jagessar(at)nottingham.ac.uk.   {added December 2018}

Dina Jovanovic, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (Architecture & Cultural Heritage). [2023]. 'Digital heritage in Digital towns: Methodology for analysing historical cartography of small widespread centres in Lombardy to be used in preservation and planning projects'. Email: dina.jovanovic(at)polimi.it   {added October 2021}

Desiree Evelien Krikken, University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts, Department of Early Modern History. [2021]. "My plot, your plat, our inhabited landscape: early modern land surveyors and the record of European physical space". Email: d.e.krikken(at)rug.nl     Personal webpage   {added February 2018}

Sima Krtalic, University of Lisbon (Sciences). [ ?]. On the history of nautical cartography, as part of the MEDEA-Chart project. Email: sima.krtalic(at)gmail.com   {added January 2020}

Meagan Loftin, University of Washington (English). [2017]. 'Inscribing the Nation: Chronicles, Maps and Chorographies in Medieval Britain'. Email: m.loftin(at)u.washington.edu     Personal webpage   {added December 2014}

Gregory McIntosh, University of Lisbon (Sciences) [2022]. Provisional title: 'The Evolution of Manuscript Planispheres of the 16th Century'. Email: gregorymcintosh(at)yahoo.com   {added December 2018}

Caroline Marris, Columbia University (History). [Spring 2021]. '"The Silver Sea" and the Nation-State: The Multifaceted Geopolitics of the Early Modern English Channel'. Email: caroline.marris(at)columbia.edu   {added January 2017}

Lena Näser, Universität Kassel (Medieval History). [summer 2021], 'Die Weltkarte des Andreas Walsperger im Kontext (Arbeitstitel)' [Andreas Walsperger's world map and its context (Working title)]. Email: naeser(at)uni-kassel.de.   {added February 2017}

Karen Rann, Queens University Belfast (Geography). [2022]. Working title: ‘The art of contouring: towards a creative historical geography of contour lines in Britain and Ireland, 1778–1860’. E-mail: karenrann(at)yahoo.co.uk   {added June 2018}

Luis A. Robles Macias, Université Libre de Bruxelles (History). [2021]. Provisional title: 'Juan Vespucci: A pilot, mapmaker and merchant at the heart of Spanish exploration and conquest of America'. Email: luis.a.robles.macias(at)gmail.com   {added January 2018}

Carmem Marques Rodrigues, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (History of Science). [2021]. Provisional title: ‘Prima Brasil: Luís Pinto de Sousa Coutinho, William Faden e a consolidação cartográfica do Brasil’. E-mail: carmemmarquesrod(at)gmail.com   {added October 2020}

Joy Slappnig, Royal Holloway, University of London and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). [March 2021]. 'The indigenous map: native information, ethnographic object, artefact of encounter' [considering questions of definition and approach, the contexts in which such maps were acquired by the RGS, and how they were subsequently used.] Email: Joy.Slappnig.2016(at)live.rhul.ac.uk     Personal webpage    {added May 2017}

Işin Taylan, Yale University (History). 'A History of the Atlas: Material Culture and Science in the Ottoman Empire'. [May 2022]. Email: isin.taylan@yale.edu   {added October 2021}

Kaan Üçsu, Istanbul University (Department of the History of Science). [2021]. ‘Tarihsel Baglaminda Cografyaci Ebu Bekir Efendi (ö. 1691) ve Atlas Maior’un Tercümesi’ [Geographer Abu Bakr Effendi (d. 1691) and the Translation of Atlas Maior into Turkish in its Historical Context]. Email: kaanucsu(at)hotmail.com   {added May 2019}

Gion Wallmeyer, Georg-August University Goettingen (History). [summer 2021]. 'Von nützlichem Wissen und ungenutzten Chancen. Politikberater und die Pläne zur Rückeroberung des Heiligen Landes im späten 13. und frühen 14. Jahrhundert' (Of Useful Knowledge and Unused Chances. Political Advisors and the Plans for the Recovery of the Holy Land in the Late 13th and Early 14th Century.' [Including analysis of the maps used by Marino Sanudo, Fidenzio of Padua and others.]  Email: gwallmeyer(at)uni-goettingen.de     Personal webpage  {added January 2017}


For comments and tips on resources providing "potential, current and former PhD students with all of the information necessary to thrive" see
Online PhD: Musings on the lives of doctoral students and resources for the entire PhD experience

See also Online Ph.D. UK , 'an Advisory Centre for Ph.D.students and an international voluntary service that provides free educational
advice and guidance to students from all over the world'


Contact has been lost with these candidates - the outcome is not known

Jakeline Benavides Quecán, University of Groningen (Alfa-Informatica). [September 2007]. 'Measuring the Historical city: The reliability of historical land surveying methods and their use in virtual urban cartography'

Robert Engelbert, University of Ottawa. [??]. 'Beyond Borders: Mental Mapping and the French River World in North America, 1763-1805'

Ricardo A. Fagoaga-Hernández, University of California, San Diego (History). [2020]. '"En medio de una y otra América": Regions, Markets and Indigenous Economic Participation in Chiapas and Guatemala, 1750-1850'.

André Múrias Santos Ferrand de Almeida, European University Institute, Florence (History and Civilisation). [July 2006 {?}]. Provisional title: 'Religious Orders and the Organization of the Territory in the Amazon Basin (1680-1767)'.

David T. Flaherty, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (History). [2016]. 'Envisioning the British Atlantic: Strategies for Settlement and Sovereignty on the North American and Caribbean Frontiers, 1700-1763'. [Including consideration of the cartography produced for and by British officials.]

Susan Ford, Australian National University, Canberra (Classics). [July 2012]. 'The three modes by which commentators reach an understanding of spatial description in Homer and Herodotus, characterised as: a) autopsy of place; b) cartographic re- imagining; and c) via linguistic and cognitive categorisation'

Charles Neil Hoke, University of Houston (History ). [Spring 2005 {?}]. 'Conflicts and Compromises, Border Disputes and Boundary Settlements: A Study of the Evolution and History of the Political Geography of Texas, 1492 to Present'.

Robert Imes, University of Saskatchewan, Department of English. [2017]. 'Writing Geography: Early Modern English Travel Writing and the New Science'. Email: robert.imes(at)usask.ca   {added February 2015}

Meagan Loftin, University of Washington (English). [2016]. 'Inscribing the Nation: Chronicles, Maps and Chorographies in Medieval Britain'.

Lilla Lukács, Eötvös Loránd University (Cartography and Geoinformatics), Budapest, Hungary. [2009]. [The landscape-representation of maps of the Carpathian Basin.]

Valentin Mandache, The London School of Economics and Political Science (International Relations). [October 2004 {?}]. 'The Russian-Romanian geopolitical encounter in Moldova: National identity in a peripheral state' [noting particularly Chapter 2: 'Historical geography: Moldova and the Carpathian-arc region'].

Jana Phifer, University of California at Los Angeles (History). [??]. 'Carolinian Maps, 10th and 11th Century'.

Steve Emanuel Arseen Philips, Ghent University (Early modern history). [July 2007]. 'Cartografie en cartografen in de Lage Landen' [Cartography and cartographers in the Low Countries].

Mark Romans, University of Southampton (History). [Summer 2004 {?}]. 'Military Intelligence in Wellington's Army'.

Asao Sarukawa, University of East Anglia, Norwich (World Art Studies and Museology). [September 2007]. 'Representing the City in Edo Japan: Experience, Place and Environment' [dealing with early modern Japanese commercial city maps of Tokyo and Kyoto].

Olaf Petrus Nicolaas Satijn, Groningen Institute of Archaeology. [2006 {?}]. 'A socio-economic and political landscape archaeology of transition: Southern Lazio from the late Roman period to incastellamento'.

Andreas Steinsieck, Technische Universität Braunschweig (Historisches Seminar). [2008]. [War Correspondents in the South African War (1899-1902)] (including a chapter: "Öffentliche Kriegskarten. Die Bedeutung von Karten für die Rezeption des Südafrikanischen Krieges" [Public War Maps. The Role of Maps in the Public Perception of the South African War]).

              Please notify Tony Campbell [info(at)tonycampbell.info] when an award is made, so that the details can be moved to the doctorates awarded page.
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