Recent Dissertations


Badger, Elizabeth 

Gaming Culture: Intellectual Property, Commodification, and Community, 1960-90

Advisor -Tracey Deutsch


Carthago Servanda Est: Landscape, Memory, and Identity in Roman Carthage, 146 BCE - 439 CE
Advisor - Andrew Gallia

Chavana, Adrian

Reclaiming Tribal Identities in the Land of the Spirit Waters: the Tāp Pīlam Coahuiltecan Nation
Advisors - David Chang and Jimmy Patino


The Public Body: Sex Work in 12th and 13th Century Southern France
Advisors - Ruth Karras and Kathryn Reyerson


A Contested Ring: African Boxing, Social Control, and "Subversive Culture" in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1980
Advisors - Allen Isaacman and Helena Pohlandt-McCormick


Shin, Anthony

The Hammer and the Ottoman Anvil
Advisors - Howard Louthan

Pawlicki, Sarah

"I Hear that God Saith Work": Mortality, Temporality, and Labor in New England, 1619-80
Advisors - Jeani O'Brien-Kehoe



Payne, Gabriale 

'Making 'The Cut': Kikuyu Conceptions of the Body, Gender, and Ethnicity, and the Invention of Modern Gender/Sexuality in Kenya, c. 1895 to the Present
Advisors - Helena Pohlandt-McCormick and Allen Isaacman

Cuellar Cuellar, Paula Sofia

Salvadoran Women Speak: Female Accounts of Their Struggle Within a Revolution, 1981-1992

Advisors: Patrick J. McNamara and Sarah C. Chambers

Gao, Ruchen

Tobacco, Western Education, and the Japanese Army: Globalization in a Northern County in China, 1900-1950

Advisors: Liping Wang and Ann B. Waltner

Herbert, Jason Wayne

Beast of Many Names: Cattle, Conflict, and the Transformation of Indigenous Florida, 1519-1858

Advisor: David Anthony Chang

Schwartz, Allison P

Banking on a Woman’s Worth: Personhood and America’s New Patriarchy of Debt, 1968-2008

Advisors: Elaine Tyler May and Barbara Young Welke


Dorst, Jesse

Bumfodder: Cheap Paper, Ephemeral Print, and the Unsettled Nation, 1651-1720

Advisor: JB Shank

Hampton, Melissa

Women, Gender, and the Politics of Refugee Resettlement in the Cuban Mariel Migration of 1980
Advisors: Regina Kunzel and Barbara Young Welke

Jaywant, Ketaki Umesh  

Secularizing Caste: Mapping Nineteenth-Century Anti-caste Politics in Western India

Advisor: Ajay Skaria

Lummus, Wesley

One Nation, Two Languages: Latinization and Language Reform in Turkey and Azerbaijan, 1905-1938

Advisor: Gaincarlo Casale

Malauene, Denise

"A History of Music and Politics in Mozambique from 1890s to the Present"
Advisor: Allen Isaacman 

Quijada, Pedro

The Forgotten El Salvador: A Study of the Emergence and Downfall of the "Bright Spot" of Central America, 1948-1978

Advisor: Patrick McNamara

Slade, Virgil

"Sport in South Africa: The 'Ideal Body' and the Limitations of Political Equality and 'Reconciliation' in the Post-apartheid State, c 1900 - 2020" 

Advisor: Helena Pohlandt-Mcormack 

Snowden, Emma

Briding the Straight: The Shared History of Iberia and North Africa in Medieval Muslim and Christian Chronicles

Advisors: Michael Lower, Ruth Mazo Karras

Wilz, Patrick

"In Cold Type: The New Technological Sublime and the Reimagining of Print Journalism in the United States and Britain, 1960-1995”

Advisors: Thomas Wolfe, Patricia Lorcin

Zhu, Tianxiao

Secret Trails: Food and Trade in the Late Maoist China, 1960-1978

Advisor: Christopher Isset


Contreras, Jazmine

"We were all in the resistance: Historical Memory of the Holocaust and Second World War in the Netherlands”
Advisors: Anna Clark, Mary Jo Maynes

Flynn, Christopher

“Unconquered Louis Rejoiced in Iron: Military History in East Francia under King Louis the German (c. 825-876)”
Advisors: Bernard Bachrach, Kathryn Reyerson

Jahnke-Wagner, Joanne

"Captive Economics: Social Reproduction, Commodification, and Settler Colonialism in the Northeast 1630-1763"
Advisor: Kristen Fischer

Li, Kan

"On the Road to a Modern City: New Transportation Technology and Urban Transformation of Tianjin, 1860-1937"
Advisors: Liping Wang, Ann Waltner

Little, John

“Vietnam Akíčita: Lakota and Dakota Military Tradition in the Twentieth Century”
Advisor: Jean O'Brien

Poletti, Bailey

"Final Preparations: The Emergence of Human Agency in Christian Apocalyptic Speculation in the 10th and 11th Centuries" 

Advisor: Kathryn Reyerson 

Rene, Christopher

"In Search of a Confessional Identity: Dositheos Notaras, the Patriarch of Jerusalem (1669-1707), Confronts the Challenges of Modernity"
Advisor: Theofanis Stavrou 

Sienna, Noam

“Making Jewish Books in North Africa, 1700-1900”
Advisor: Daniel Schroeter

Weber, Kent

“Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Empire in Hawai’i and Cuba, 1874-1943”
Advisors: Erika Lee, David Chang


Depenbusch, Brooke

“Down and Out in the USA: General Relief and the Politics of Precarity in the Shadow of the Welfare State, 1935-1964”
Advisors: Barbra Welke, Tracey Deutsch

Dillenburg, Elizabeth

“Constructing and Contesting “the Girlhood of Our Empire”: Girls’ Culture, Labor, and Mobility in Britain, South Africa, and New Zealand, c. 1830-1930”
Advisors: Anna Clark, Mary Jo Maynes

Jiang, Yuanxin

“More than just a Drink: Tea Consumption, Material Culture, and ‘Sensory Turn’ in Early Modern China (1550-1700)”
Advisor: Ann Waltner

Manke, John

“Granum Bonum: Grain Distribution and the Emergence of Popular Institutions in Medieval Genoa”
Advisor: Kathryn Reyerson

Thumbran, Janeke

“The ‘Coloured Question’ and the University of Pretoria: Separate Development, Trusteeship, and Self Reliance, 1933-2012”
Advisors: Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, Allen Isaacman

Vig, Paul

“Hunters and After Riders: A History of Hunting and the Making of Race in the Waterberg, 1840s-Present”
Advisors: Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, Allen Isaacman


Arnett, Jessica

"Between Empires and Frontiers: Alaska Native Sovereignty and U.S. Settler Imperialism"
Advisors: Jean O'Brien, Barbara Welke

Haker, Joseph

"The Rock of the Republic: The Ten Commandments in American Life from World War II to the Culture Wars"
Advisors: Lary May, Elaine Tyler May

Hoyt, Andrew

"And They Called Them “Galleanisti”: The Rise of the Cronaca Sovversiva and the Formation of America’s Most Infamous Anarchist Faction (1895-1912)"
Advisor: Donna Gabaccia

James, Elliot

“Sithutha Isizwe ("We Carry the Nation"): Dispossession, Displacement, and the Making of the Shared Minibus Taxi in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, 1930-Present”
Advisors: Allen Isaacman, Helena Pohlandt-McCormick

Jin, Hui-Han

"Emotional Death: Tombs and Burial Practices in the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644"
Advisor: Ann Waltner

Kim, Jee-Yeon

“Korean War Memories”
Advisors: Hiromi Mizuno, Yuichiro Onishi

King, Matthew

"The Norman Kingdom of Africa and the Medieval Mediterranean"
Advisor: Michael Lower

Nelson, Matt

"Relieved of These Little Chores: Agricultural Neighbor Labor, Family Labor, and Kinship in the United States 1790-1940"
Advisor: Steven Ruggles

Taparata, Evan

"No Asylum for Mankind: The Creation of Refugee Law and Policy in the United States, 1776-1951"
Advisors: Erika Lee, Donna Gabaccia

Wang, Luo

"The Gothic Saints and Their Mystical Songs: Performing Sanctity in the Thirteenth-Century Diocese of Liège"
Advisors: Ruth Karras, Bernard Bachrach

Williams, Blair

"Making Japan’s National Game: Baseball, Bushidō, and Discourses of National Identity, 1868-2008"
Advisor: Hiromi Mizuno

Older dissertations can be found in the Register of Doctoral Degrees.