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J'Nese Williams

J'Nese Williams is a graduate student in the field of Modern British History.  Her dissertation, "The Texture of Empire: British Colonial Botanic Gardens, Science, and Colonial Administration," uses the local activities of the colonial gardens as a window into the operation of empire and government support of science in the colonies during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  J'Nese's paper on the colonial botanic gardens in nineteenth century India won the 2014 David Underdown Prize for best graduate student paper presented at the Northeast Conference on British Studies annual meeting.  She is working under the direction of Dr. James Epstein and Dr. Alistair Sponsel.