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Recent Dissertations



Contreras, Jazmine
"We were all in the resistance: Historical Memory of the Holocaust and Second World War in the Netherlands”
Advisor(s): 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)”
Advisor(s): Bernard Bachrach; Kathryn Reyerson


Jahnke-Wagner, Joanne
"Captive Economics: Social Reproduction, Commodification, and Settler Colonialism in the Northeast 1630-1763"
Advisor(s): Kristen Fischer
Li, Kan
"On the Road to a Modern City: New Transportation Technology and Urban Transformation of Tianjin, 1860-1937"
Advisor(s): Liping Wang; Ann Waltner
Little, John
“Vietnam Akíčita: Lakota and Dakota Military Tradition in the Twentieth Century”
Advisor(s): Jean O'Brien
Rene, Christopher
"In Search of a Confessional Identity: Dositheos Notaras, the Patriarch of Jerusalem (1669-1707), Confronts the Challenges of Modernity"
Advisor(s): Theofanis Stavrou 
Sienna, Noam
“Making Jewish Books in North Africa, 1700-1900”
Advisor(s): Daniel Schroeter
Weber, Kent
“Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Empire in Hawai’i and Cuba, 1874-1943”
Advisor(s): Ericka 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”
Advisor(s): 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”
Advisor(s): 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(s): Ann Waltner
Manke, John
“Granum Bonum: Grain Distribution and the Emergence of Popular Institutions in Medieval Genoa”
Advisor(s): Kathryn Reyerson

Thumbran, Janeke

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


Arnett, Jessica
"Between Empires and Frontiers: Alaska Native Sovereignty and U.S. Settler Imperialism"

Advisor(s): 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"

Advisor(s): Lary May; Elaine 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(s): 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”
Advisor(s): Isaacman, Allen; Pohlandt-McCormick, Helena
Jin, Hui-Han
"Emotional Death: Tombs and Burial Practices in the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644"

Advisor(s): Ann Waltner

Kim, Jee-Yeon
“Korean War Memories”
Advisor(s): Mizuno, Hiromi; Onishi, Yuichiro
King, Matthew
"The Norman Kingdom of Africa and the Medieval Mediterranean"

Advisor(s): Michael Lower

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

Advisor(s): Steven Ruggles

Taparata, Evan
"No Asylum for Mankind: The Creation of Refugee Law and Policy in the United States, 1776-1951"

Advisors(s): Erika Lee; Donna Gabaccia

Wang, Luo
"The Gothic Saints and Their Mystical Songs: Performing Sanctity in the Thirteenth-Century Diocese of Liège"

Advisor(s): Ruth Karras; Bernard Bachrach

Williams, Blair
"Making Japan’s National Game: Baseball, Bushidō, and Discourses of National Identity, 1868-2008"

Advisor(s): Hiromi Mizuno


Blackler, Adam
"Heathens, 'Hottentots', and Heimat: Colonial Encounters and German Identity in Southwest Africa, 1842-1915"

Advisor(s): Eric Weitz; Gary Cohen

Condit-Shrestha, Kelly
"Adoption and American Empire: Migration, Race-making, and the Child, 1845-1988"

Advisor(s): Erika Lee; Donna Gabaccia

Luepke, Laura
"Defining the Physician's Duty: Medical Professionalization in America and the Politics of Prostitution Reform Activism, the 1870s-1910s"

Advisor(s): Tracey Deutsch; Jennifer Gunn

Perez, Bernadette
"Before the Sun Rises: Contesting Power and Cultivating Nations in the Colorado Beet Fields"

Advisor(s): David Chang; Erika Lee

Qureshi, Basit
"Crusade, Crisis, and Statecraft in Latin Christendom: The Case of Fulk V of Anjou (1090-1143)"

Advisor(s): Michael Lower; Kathryn Reyerson

Weaver Olson, Nathan
"A Republic of Lost Peoples: Race, Status, and Community in the Eastern Andes of Charcas at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century"

Advisor(s): Sarah Chambers

Williams, Elizabeth
"Sexual Trusteeship: Constructing Race and Sexuality in Colonial Kenya, 1885-1963"

Advisor(s): Anna Clark; Patricia Lorcin


Izzo, Jesse
"The Frankish Nobility and The Fall of Acre: Diplomacy, Society, and War in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, c.1240-1291"

Advisor(s): Michael Lower

Manovich, Ellen
"Is This a Real Neighborhood?: Universities, Urban Development, and Neighborhood Change in the Twentieth-Century United States"

Advisor(s): Steven Ruggles; Donna Gabaccia

Park, Sharon
"Constructing Americans’ Responsibility to Give: Shifting Debates about Foreign and Humanitarian Aid to Child Refugees, 1945–1989"

Advisor(s): Elaine May

Zimo, Ann
"Muslims in the Landscape: A Social Map of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Thirteenth Century"

Advisor(s): Michael Lower


Bradley, Cameron
“Between Brothers: Brotherhood and Masculinity in the Later Middle Ages.”
Advisor(s): Ruth Mazo Karras

Bruce, Emily
“Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods in the Age of Revolutions.”
Advisor(s): Mary Jo Maynes

Morton, David
"Age of Concrete: Housing and the Imagination in Mozambique's Capital, c. 1950 to Recent Times."
Advisor(s): Allen Isaacman; Helena Pohlandt-McCormick

Mummey, Kevin
"Women, Slavery, and Community on the Island of Mallorca, 1360-1390."

Advisor(s): Kathryn Reyerson; Ruth Mazo Karras

Phillips, Katrina
"We All Have a Part to Play": Salvage Tourism in American Indian Historical Pagentry."
Advisor(s): Jean O'Brien

Wisnoski, Alexander
"Contesting Husbands and Masters: Law, Society, and the Marital Household in Colonial Lima."
Advisor(s): Sarah Chambers

Older dissertations can be found in the Register of Doctoral Degrees found on the Graduate School Website