Russ Gasdia is a first-year History Ph.D. student. His interests cover many facets of early modern Europe, including the religious, intellectual, economic, and legal dimensions of life on the continent. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to history, Russ has examined the development of Calvinist legal theory after Calvin’s death, early Anabaptist theological formation, and the economics of book printing. In studying these topics, Russ has utilized a number of non-traditional methods including data driven historical mapping and statistical programming languages. He hopes to continue using the tools and methods he has learned from studying history, economics, and theology in his academic pursuits at Yale.
Russ was born in Massachusetts and has lived in California, Connecticut, and New York. He earned a B.A. from American University with a major in history and minors in religion and economics, as well as an M.A. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a concentration in Church History. When not studying, Russ enjoys visiting museums and spending time on the water. Please feel free to email him with any inquiries.