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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: 1 May 2017

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:]  


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 2017}, which can be searched for, e.g. "2017}"


Catherine Akeroyd, Australian National University, Canberra (Humanities & the Arts). [2018]. '"Terra Australis": An Analysis of the Imagery on the Unknown Southern Land found on Renaissance World Maps 1530s-1630s'. Email: cathakeroyd(at)optusnet.com.au   {added February 2012}

Julien Bérard, Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit der Universtität Bayreuth. [2017]. 'Kommunikation, Wissensproduktion und Kartographie: Abraham Ortelius und die Kartenproduktion in Antwerpen des späten 16. Jahrhunderts' [Communication, Production of Knowledge and Cartography: Abraham Ortelius and Map Production in Late Sixteenth Century Antwerp.] Email: Julien.Berard(at)uni-bayreuth.de   {added May 2012; updated January 2014}

Andrew Blackler, University of Birmingham (Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies). [2018]. 'The Medieval Towers of Greece: re-interpreting their role based on a reconstruction of Late Medieval Euboea'. [Making use of cartographic evidence, e.g. from the portolan charts.] Email: AVB205(at)student.bham.ac.uk   {added November 2016}

Edward Boyle, Hokkaido University (Law and Politics). [March 2017]. 'Territory as technology: Mapping and marking Yezo in early modern Japan. Email: tedkboyle(at)gmail.com   {added May 2016}

Nathan Braccio, University of Connecticut (History). [Fall 2018]. Provisional title: 'Clashing New Englands: Identity and the Parallel Geographies of Algonquian and English New England, 1600-1730'. Email: nathan.braccio(at)uconn.edu     Personal webpage   { added January 2017}

Jeremy Brown, Royal Holloway, University of London and British Library (collaborative). [end 2018]. Working title: ‘Maps and the Italian Grand Tour, 1660-ca.1824’. Emails: Jeremy.brown.2015(at)live.rhul.ac.uk or Jeremy.brown(at) bl.uk   {added May 2016}

Robert Caldwell, University of Texas at Arlington (Transatlantic History). [2018]. '[American] Indians in their proper place: culture areas, linguistic stocks, and the genealogy of a map' [Referring to the Smithsonian Institution's 1967 anthropological map.] Email: robertbcaldwell(at)mavs.uta.edu   {added March 2016}

Vanessa Jane Collingridge, University of Glasgow (Geography and Earth Sciences). [mid 2017]. 'Mapping Myths: the fantastic geography of the Great Southern Continent, 1760-1777'. Email: ness(at)monstermedia.tv

Jacky Derrick, University College London (History). [November 2017/January 2018]. '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}

Cornelia Dreer, Universität Kassel (Mittelalterliche Geschichte) [2017]. 'Das "Polychronicon" von Ranulph Higden. Wissen, Weltchronik und Weltkarte' [The 'Polychronicon' by Ranulph Higden. Knowledge, world chronicle and world map]. Email: dreer(at)uni-kassel.de   {added October 2015}

Colin Dupont, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (History) / Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Brussels (Cartes et Plans). [March 2017]. 'Les plans de ville de Jacques de Deventer (16ème siècle) comme source de l’histoire urbaine du Moyen Âge et des Temps Modernes'. Email: colin.dupont(at)kbr.be     Personal webpage   {added February 2014}

Ricardo A. Fagoaga-Hernández, University of California, San Diego (History). [2017]. '"En medio de una y otra América": Regions, Markets and Indigenous Economic Participation in Chiapas and Guatemala, 1750-1850'. Email: rfagoaga(at)gmail.com  {added November 2010}

Emmanuel Falguières, EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Paris, at the Center for North-American Studies (CENA). [2020]. '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}

Anna Feintuck, University of Edinburgh (Economic and Social History). [2017]. 'Producing spatial knowledge: Map making in Edinburgh, c.1880-c.1920'. Email: Anna.Feintuck(at)ed.ac.uk     Personal webpage   {added February 2016}

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}

Charlotta Forss, Stockholm University (History). [early 2018]. 'The Eye of History: geography and perceptions of the continents in 17th-century Sweden'. Email: charlotta.forss(at) historia.su.se   {added January 2013}

Jaap Gestman Geradts, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. [2017]. Provisional title: Biography of the Dutch-Belgian mapmaker and engraver Cornelis de Hooghe (1541-1583). Email: jaapgestmangeradts(at)hotmail.com     Personal webpage   {added April 2012}

Bernd Giesen, Universität Bielefeld, Abteilung Geschichte, Schule für Historische Forschung/Universität Zürich, Historisches Seminar. [2018?]. 'Protonationale Topographien. Die Landkarten und Landesbeschreibungen in der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft 1480-1580'. Email: berndgiesen(at)gmx.de

Spyridon Gkounis, Ionian University, Corfu (History). [2017?]. [Desertum et mare: Depictions of Monsters and Monstrous Races in Medieval World Maps]. Email: s.gkounis(at)hotmail.com

Danielle Gravon, University of Manchester (Art History). [2019]. ‘Fabrica of Printed spaces in Mercator’s Atlas’. Email: danielle.gravon(at)postgrad.manchester.ac.uk.   {added February 2017}

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}

Phillip Michael Koyoumjian, University of Rochester, New York, Department of History. [May 2019.] 'Herman Moll and Geography in the British Isles, 1678-1732'. Email: koyoumjianp(at)gmail.com   {added May 2015; title amended April 2017}

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}

Caroline Marris, Columbia University (History). [2019-20]. '"The Silver Sea" and the Nation-State: The Multifaceted Geopolitics of the Early Modern English Channel'. Email: cfm2123(at)columbia.edu   {added January 2017}

Felix de Montety, University of Nottingham (Geography). [2016]. ‘Silk Roads in translation: the spaces of Central Asian languages in the eyes of European geographers (1820-1914)’. Email: lgxfd1(at)nottingham.ac.uk   {added February 2014}

Sven Outram-Leman, University of Stirling (History and Politics). [2017]. 'Britain's pre-colonial mapping of West Africa, 1749-1841'. Email: s.d.outram-leman(at)stir.ac.uk   {added July 2015}

Jean-François Palomino, Université de Montréal (History). [2018]. ‘L'État et l'espace colonial: savoirs géographiques en Nouvelle-France aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles’. Email: jeanfrancois.palomino(at)banq.qc.ca   {added January 2012}

Nydia Pineda De Avila, Queen Mary, University of London. [Spring 2017]. 'Collecting Selenographies: Lunar maps as Crossroads of Astronomical Theory, Practice and Pleasure in the Seventeenth Century' Email: n.pinedadeavila(at)qmul.ac.uk   {added March 2015}

Bárbara Polo Martín. University of Barcelona (Human Geography). [2019]. 'Burgos a través de la cartografía histórica. Un ejemplo de modelo de ciudades españolas'. Email: barbara.polo(at)ub.edu   {added January 2016}

Kevin Rodriguez Wittmann, Universidad de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain). [2020]. 'Precedentes históricos de la insularidad atlántica. El Atlántico y sus islas en la cartografía y geografía medieval antes de la Era de los Descubrimientos' [Historic Precedents of Atlantic Insularity. The Atlantic Ocean and its Islands in Medieval Geography and Cartography before the Age of Discoveries]. Email: kr.wittmann.k(at)gmail.com   {added June 2016}

Maren Elisabeth Schwab, Georg-August University Goettingen (NeoLatin Studies). [March 2018]. 'Rom in Beschreibungen des 14. bis 16. Jahrhunderts' [Descriptions of Rome between the 14th and 16th centuries]. [One chapter will focus on cartography.] Email: mschwab(at)uni-goettingen.de     Personal webpage    {added February 2017}

Cécile Shaalan, Université Lumière-LYON 2 (Langues, histoire et civilisations des mondes anciens). [2017]. 'Histoire de la cartographie d’Alexandrie (Egypte). Du XVe siècle à la moitié du XXe siècle'. Email: cecile.shaalan(at)cea.com.eg     Personal webpage     {added January 2013}

Joy Slappnig, Royal Holloway, University of London and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). [2020]. '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}

Lena Thiel, Universität Kassel (Medieval History). [2018], 'Die Weltkarte des Andreas Walsperger im Kontext (Arbeitstitel)' [Andreas Walsperger's world map and its context (Working title)]. Email: lthiel(at)uni-kassel.de   {added February 2017}

Gion Wallmeyer, Georg-August University Goettingen (History). [2018]. 'De recuperatione Terre Sancte - Strategien der Inszenierung von Kreuzzugs-Experten an den Hoefen des spaeten 13. und fruehen 14. Jahrhunderts' [The production of Crusade experts in the royal courts of the late 13th and early 14th centuries]. [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}

Wu Chia-Jung, National Taiwan University, Taipei (Geography). [2017]. 'Mapping, Water & Local Tradition: Development of Irrigation Maps in colonial Taiwan and its Relation to Local-based Irrigation Management'. Email: d99228005(at)ntu.edu.tw   {added June 2015}


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'

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)'.

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'.

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]).


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