Graduate Student Bios

Julia Jesko is a first-year Ph.D. student in the history department at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is primarily interested in how indigenous people in Senegal used European institutions, such as the Catholic Church, to improve their lives under French colonialism in the 19th century. Additionally, Julia plans to situate her work in conversation with global and comparative themes, while also dedicating the focus of her narratives to women's experiences and actions.

Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts in History at Grand Valley State University in 2020, where she completed an archival research project on Catholicism, gender, and migration in early colonial Senegal in 2019— using legal documents from Les Archives Nationales du Sénégal in Dakar.