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Arranne Rispoli

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Email    arrannerispoli@ucla.edu
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Arranne is a first-year Ph.D. student whose research encompasses the intersection of race and religion in early America. His master's thesis Between the Pulpit and the Gallows: Original Sin, Capital Punishment, and Identity in Eighteenth-Century New England (2019) examined the ephmerality of life among Africans and Natives sent to the gallows. This, he argues, was neutralized by their astute understanding of the religious spoken word and the enduring quality of printed text. 

Before attending UCLA, Arranne taught in Baltimore City Schools as part of Teach for America.

Field of Study

United States


African cosmology and cross-cultural exchange in and around the Atlantic World.


Paige-Rispoli, Arranne G. (2019) "Between the Pulpit and the Gallows: Forging Race and Identity in 18th Century New England," Madison Historical Review: Vol. 16, Article 6. 

Conference Presentations

Between the Pulpit and the Gallows: Original Sin, Capital Punishment, and Identity in Eighteenth-Century New England. Susman Conference, Rutgers University, Spring 2019.  


The Dissemination of Execution Sermons. Future Professoriate Program Conference, Syracuse University, Spring 2019. 


Carla Pestana


B.A. English Literature and History (Canisius College, 2017)

M.A. History (University at Buffalo, 2019)

M.S. Education (Johns Hopkins University, 2021)