Meet the 2017-2019 HASTAC Scholars:
Alexander Cors is a doctoral candidate in History, focusing on the Atlantic World in the early modern period. He holds an M.A. in Historical Sciences and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary European Studies from the University of Augsburg (Germany). His research investigates questions of immigration, integration, and coercion in Spanish Louisiana, a colony which in the eighteenth century was home to a diverse population of French, Spanish, British, German, and U.S.-American settlers, as well as Indigenous Peoples and Africans. As a HASTAC Scholar, he will work on a Historical Geo Information System (HGIS) project to map colonial and indigenous settlement patterns in Spanish Louisiana and West Florida (roughly the present-day states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida).
Shari Wejsa, a PhD student in Latin American History, is broadly interested in issues of human rights and social justice in modern Latin America, and more specifically in the experiences of African refugees and migrants in Brazil in the post-colonial period. Prior to entering the program at Emory, she completed an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Columbia University and an Ed.M. at Rutgers University. She also conducted field research with a Fulbright research grant in Salvador, Bahia on Brazil’s National Truth Commission, which investigated human rights violations committed primarily during Brazil’s 1964-1985 civil-military dictatorship. As a HASTAC Scholar, she will continue to develop her digital projects, designed to make her research and its relevance to the Atlanta community more accessible to the general public.