Abbie Modaff

Abbie Modaff

College Fellow in Social Studies
Abbie Modaff

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Abigail Modaff is College Fellow in Social Studies, returning to the program in which she earned her undergraduate degree in 2012. She received her PhD in History from Harvard in 2021. Her current book project, To Meet Life Face to Face: Communication and American Social Reform from Haymarket to the Harlem Renaissance, narrates the search for mutual understanding that united the fractious politics of the American Progressive Era. Her broader research and teaching interests include intellectual and cultural history, in the United States and around the globe; pragmatism, progressivism, and reform; anarchy and American radical traditions; the study of immigration, race, and identity; and the intersection of aesthetics, literature, and politics. At Harvard, Abigail has served as a First-Year Proctor and a Fellowships Tutor, and continues to serve as chair of the Selection Committee of the Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships. She has received multiple teaching awards, including the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Iota Award for Outstanding Teaching, the History Prize Instructorship, and a Special Commendation for Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times. Her research has been supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and the Charles Warren Center for American History. Prior to pursuing the PhD, Abigail received her MPhil with Distinction from Cambridge University in 2013 and her A. B. summa cum laude from Harvard in 2012.


2021-22 Courses
Social Studies 10a: Introduction to Social Studies (Fall)
Social Studies 98sm: Identity and Protest in Modern America (Fall)
Social Studies 10b: Introduction to Social Studies (Spring)

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