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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): Clark, Anna; Maynes, Mary Jo
Flynn, Christopher
“"Unconquered Louis Rejoiced in Iron": Military History in East Francia under King Louis the German (c. 825-876)”
Advisor(s): Bachrach, Bernard; Reyerson, Kathryn
Li, Kan
Advisor(s): Wang, Liping; Waltner, Ann
Little, John
“Vietnam Akíčita: Lakota and Dakota Military Tradition in the Twentieth Century”
Advisor(s): O'Brien, Jean
Sienna, Noam
“Making Jewish Books in North Africa, 1700-1900”
Advisor(s): Schroeter, Daniel
Weber, Kent
“Chinese Exclusion and U.S. Empire in Hawai’i and Cuba, 1874-1943”
Advisor(s): Lee, Erika; Chang, David


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): Welke, Barbara; Deutsch, Tracey
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): Clark, Anna; Maynes, Mary Jo
Jiang, Yuanxin
“More than just a Drink: Tea Consumption, Material Culture, and ‘Sensory Turn’ in Early Modern China (1550-1700)”
Advisor(s): Waltner, Ann
Manke, John
“Granum Bonum: Grain Distribution and the Emergence of Popular Institutions in Medieval Genoa”
Advisor(s): Reyerson, Kathryn

Thumbran, Janeke

“The ‘Coloured Question’ and the University of Pretoria: Separate Development, Trusteeship and Self Reliance, 1933-2012”
Advisor(s): Pohlandt-McCormick, Helena; Isaacman, Allen
Vig, Paul
“Hunters and After Riders: A History of Hunting and the Making of Race in the Waterberg, 1840s-Present”
Advisor(s): Pohlandt-McCormick, Helena; Isaacman, Allen


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

Advisors: Jean O'Brien and 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 and 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: 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: Advisor(s): Isaacman, Allen; Pohlandt-McCormick, Helena
Jin, Hui-Han
"Emotional Death: Tombs and Burial Practices in the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644"

Advisor: 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: 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 and Donna Gabaccia

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

Advisors: Ruth Karras and Bernard Bachrach

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

Advisor: Hiromi Mizuno


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

Advisors: Eric Weitz and Gary Cohen

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

Advisors: Erika Lee and Donna Gabaccia

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

Advisors: Tracey Deutsch and Jennifer Gunn

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

Advisors: David Chang and Erika Lee

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

Advisors: Michael Lower and 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: Sarah Chambers

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

Advisors: Anna Clark and 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: Michael Lower

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

Advisors: Steven Ruggles and Donna Gabaccia

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

Advisor: Elaine May

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

Advisor: Michael Lower


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

Bruce, Emily
“Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods in the Age of Revolutions.”
Advisor: M.J. Maynes

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

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

Advisors: Kathyn Reyerson and Ruth Mazo Karras

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

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

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