Department ofHistory

Cassandra Florian

Cassandra Florian

108 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 865-1367


Ph.D. Candidate, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
M.A., History, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (Spring 2022)
B.A., History and Religious Studies, Alma College, Alma, MI (Spring 2020)


I am a history graduate student in the early modern global field and have secondary fields in gender and Chinese history. My dissertation revolves around an 18th-century German language Jesuit periodical, Der Neue Welt-Bott, and its place in the rapidly changing early modern book world. In my dissertation, I discuss the strategic creation and marketing of the periodical, which aimed to draw in readers with a wide variety of interests, alongside evidence of actual reading to assess the periodical’s reach, use, and influence. I also compare the Welt-Bott to the more famous lettres édifiantes which it originally took inspiration from.

Research Interests

Early Modern Europe, Germany, East Asia, Chinese history, book history, 18th-century Jesuit missions, materiality, and the periodical press

Dissertation Chair

Ronnie Hsia