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Recent Dissertations


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

Jin, Hui-Han
"Emotional Death: Tombs and Burial Practices in the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644"

Advisor: Ann Waltner

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


Biel, Justin Blake
"Divide and Tolerate: Imperial Secularisms in Ireland, India, and Britain, 1774-1815."
Advisor: Anna Clark

Holdren, Nathaniel David
'The Compensation Law Put Us Out of Work': Workplace Injury Law, Commodification, and Discrimination in the Early 20th Century United States."
Advisors: Barbara Welke and Tracey Deutsch

Johnson, Ryan
"War is the Health of the State: War, Empire, and Anarchy in the Languages of American National Security."
Advisors: Kevin Murphy and Barbara Welke

Lelis, Arnold A.
"We Are not the Periphery: Barbarian Economies and Northern Europe in Exchange Patterns of Western Eurasia, 1800 BC – AD 900."
Advisor: Bernard Bachrach

Madden, Mollie
"The Black Prince at War: The Anatomy of a Chevauchee."
Advisor: Bernard Bachrach

Marshall, Chrisopher
"A Revolutionary Crucible: French Radicals, Foreign Expatriates, and Political Exiles in the Paris Commune."
Advisor: M.J. Maynes

Paltzer, Daniel
"Clashing Legacies: Narratives of Continuity and Rupture in Restoration."
Advisors: JB Shank and Anna Clark

Paul, Andrew
"The Roots of Post-Racial Neoliberalism in Blacklist Era Hollywood."
Advisors: Lary May and Tracey Deutsch

Roubinek, Eric
"Re-Imagined Communities: Racial, National, and Colonial Visions."
Advisors: Eric Weitz and M.J. Maynes

Venditto, Elizabeth
"Nation-Building and Catholic Assistance to Migrants in Italy's Transition from Land of Emigration to Immigration, 1861-1990."
Advisors: Donna Gabaccia and Patricia Lorcin


Donahue, Kelly
"Prodigal Daughters: Imprisoned Women, Reform, and the Feminine Ideal in the British Isles, 1800-1877."
Advisor: Anna Clark

Epstein, Seth David Edward
"Tolerance, Governance, and Surveillance in the Jim Crow South: Asheville, North Carolina, 1976-1946."
Advisors: Kevin Murphy and David Chang

Goetz, Kathryn R.
"Tell me how you like the shoose?": Gender, Girlhood, and Material Self-Fashioning in America, 1770-1850."
Advisor: Lisa Norling

Huska, Melanie
"Entertaining Education: Teaching National History in Mexican State-Sponsored Comic Books and Telenovelas, 1963 to 1996."
Advisors: Pat McMamara and Jeffrey Pilcher

Moerer, Andrea Kristine
"Changing Capultepec: Construction, Consumption, and Cultural Politics in a Mexico City Forest, 1934-1944."
Advisors: Pat McNamara and Sarah Chambers

Molosiwa, Phuthego Phuthego
"The Tragedy of the Ababirwas": Cattle Herding, Power and the Socio-Economic Environmental History of the Ethnic Identity of the Babirwa in Botswana, 1920 to the Present."
Advisors: Allen Isaacman and Helena Pohlandt-McCormick

Namakkal, Jessica L.
"Transgressing the Boundaries of the Nation: Decolonization, Migration, and Identity in France/India, 1910-1972."
Advisor: Patricia Lorcin

Rodriguez, Chantel R.
"Health on the Line: The Politics of Citizenship and the Railroad Bracero Program of World War II."
Advisors: Erika Lee and Barbara Welke

Snyder, Edward N.
"Work not Alms: The Bethel Mission to East Africa and German Protestant debates of Eugenics, 1880-1933."
Advisor: Eric Weitz

Thompson, Drew Anthony
"AIM, FOCUS, SHOOT: Photographic Narratives of War, Independence, and Imagination in Mozambique, 1950 to 1993."
Advisors: Allen Isaacman and Helena Pohlandt-McCormick

Vann Sprecher, Tiffany Dawn
"Priest as Criminal: Community Regulation of Priests in the Archdeaconry of Paris, 1483-1505."
Advisor: Ruth Mazo Karras

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