Johnathon Speed is a third-year doctoral candidate with research interests in issues of social control and child-welfare in nineteenth and twentieth-century Central Europe. His dissertation concerns the seasonal movements of the “Swabian Children”, child-migrants from the Eastern Alps who "sold" themselves at "Child-Markets" in the Swabian cities of Friedrichshafen and Ravensburg. In this project, he interrogates how children navigated shifting legal, cultural, and national borders in their pursuit of seasonal labor at home and abroad.
He received his B.A. from the University of North Texas and his M.A. from New York University, and has recently been selected as a 2019 - 2020 Doctoral Fellow by the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Germany. He works with Professor Helmut Walser Smith.