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Adams BeatriceBeatrice J. Adams
African-American History, American, Women's & Gender 
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Beatrice graduated with a B.A. in History from Fisk University in 2012 and with a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2013. She is interested in African American History and History of the American South. Specifically she is interested in how education, business ownership, and gender influenced individuals’ decisions to not participate in the Great Migration.

 

 

 

 

 

  Armstead Shaun 2015Shaun Armstead
Women's and Gender, American History, Global and Comparative
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Shaun is a second year doctoral student who graduated with her B.A. in History from Auburn University in 2015. She is interested in examining the international women’s movement, particularly its interaction with supranational institutions such as the League of Nations and the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Yarden Avital
Modern European History, Global and Comparative
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Yarden received her BA  in history and linguistics from Tel Aviv university. Her MA is also from TAU, in the unit for culture research. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Modern European History. Her research centers around Soviet history, Soviet Jewry, memory and history, oral history, discourse and narrative analysis, and psychoanalysis and Lacanian Theory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Babikian
Women's and Gender History,Modern European, STEH
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Catherine received her BA in history and BS in anthropology from the University of Iowa in 2015. Her research focuses on gender, race, and health care in twentieth-century Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Barry
U.S. 20th Century History, Early Modern European
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 Baker JesseJesse Bayker
Women's and Gender History, United States
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Jesse received a B.A. in History and LGBTQ Studies from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2010. He is a Ph.D. candidate and is currently writing his dissertation, "Before Transsexuality: Crossing the Borders of Gender in the United States, 1850-1960." His project examines transgender practices and narratives before the advent of sex reassignment surgeries. He is a recipient of the 2015 Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant. For the 2015-2016 academic year, he holds a Graduate Assistant position at the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity. He is also a fellow in the Rutgers Pre-doctoral Leadership Development Institute and co-chair of the History Department’s Committee on Minority Student Affairs.

 

 

 

 

Bedward MoyaMoyagaye Bedward
Middle East, African History
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 Bennett Zach 2015Zachary Bennett
Early America, Atlantic World, African Diaspora
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Zachary’s research centers on the environmental history of early America. His dissertation examines the impact of rivers on the political and ecological transformation of the colonial northeast. Focusing on New England, the project reconceptualizes the English conquest of Native Americans as a quest not just to grab land, but a struggle to control access to rivers-the primary power sources and transportation arteries of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Prior to Rutgers, Zachary received his B.A. from Northern Michigan University and his M.A. from Miami University.

 

 

 

 

 altChristopher Blakley
Colonial, STEH, Early Modern European History
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Christopher is a doctoral student specializing in environmental history and the history of science in colonial North America, the British West Indies, and Atlantic Africa. Their dissertation (Inhuman Empire: Enslaved People and Nonhuman Animals in the British Atlantic World) questions how interactions between enslaved Africans and nonhuman animals throughout the diaspora shaped imperialism and colonization in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, and how a European discursive equivalence of slaves and animals emerged out of such material encounters. In particular, their research examines the Atlantic slave trade, plantership and husbandry, colonial natural history, pest management, and enslaved African’s use of animals in resistance. Their research has been supported by The Social Science Research Council.

 

 

 

 

AJ Blandford
United States,STEH
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AJ received a BA in Architecture and Visual Arts from Barnard College. Her research is focused on the environmental and cultural histories of North American mining and the global metals trade in the 18th and early 19th century.

M. Dale Booth
Modern European History, Women's and Gender
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Dale received a B.A. in History and Anthropology and a M.A. in Comparative History from the College of William and Mary. Currently a fourth year doctoral student, Dale studies eighteenth and nineteenth-century British history, with a specific focus on gender, sexuality, and science. Dale’s dissertation addresses the intersection of natural history and gendered discourses along British coasts and waterways.

 

 Julia Bowes
United States, Women's and Gender History
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Julia is a sixth year doctoral candidate. Before moving to the United States to pursue graduate student, Julia completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) at Sydney University, a Master’s in Public Policy at the Australian National University and worked in the women’s non-profit sector. She is interested in the intersections between the history of the family and the history the state, particularly in looking at the patriarchal family unit as a mode of governance and part of the apparatus of the state in the nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. Her dissertation “The Government of the Family: The Child, the Growth of the State and the Remaking of Patriarchal Authority 1850-1930” explores how the direct regulation of children by the state transformed the nature of state power and challenged existing familial governance arrangements, provoking a form of anti-statism rooted in a gendered defense of family sovereignty that produced the modern right to family privacy.

 

 

 

 

Kendra Boyd
African-American History, United States
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Kendra is a doctoral candidate in African American History. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Wayne State University and is completing her dissertation, "Freedom Enterprise: The Great Migration and Black Entrepreneurship in Detroit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 altDanielle Bradley
Medieval European History,Global and Comparative
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Danielle has a B.A. from the University of Iowa, an M.A. from Reading University in medieval archaeology, and an MA from the University of Connecticut in medieval studies. Her research interests include chronicles and bureaucratic culture in later medieval England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Brown
Latin American History, American, Global and Comparative
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Brian Brown is a pursuing a doctoral degree in Latin American History at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University and is a Teaching Assistant at the Newark Campus.  Brian received a Masters in History (2014) and Masters in Education (2011) from Texas State University and a BA from Southwestern University in 2001.  Brian’s current research focuses on small- and medium-sized businesses in Mexico from the 1930s to the 1990s.

 

 

 

Julia Buck
Modern European History, Women's and Gender, Latin American
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Julia received B.A.s in History with departmental honors and Spanish Language and Literature from Portland State University in 2013. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Modern European History. Her research centers around gender, migration, and clandestinity in interwar and World War II Europe. She is interested in the ways in which exile and refugee women re-established their social and political networks; interacted across cultures; and responded to displacement, trauma, and war.

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Bunker
American History, STEH
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Rachel received her B.A. in History from Agnes Scott College in 2009. She is currently a third year doctoral student at Rutgers studying twentieth century politics and finance within British and U.S. Empire. Her dissertation "Invisible Empire: The Making of the Consumer Credit Score and Global Corporate Power 1890-1980" uses the construction of an individualized yet globally applicable consumer credit score as a lens to shed light on how the related problems of cultural translation and the negotiation of difference shaped transnational networks between Latin American financial elites and U.S. credit bureaus and insurance companies during the twentieth century.

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary Buxton
Modern European History, Britain,Empire, Women’s and Gender
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Hilary received her B.A. in History from Smith College in 2011.  She is currently a fifth year doctoral student at Rutgers studying nineteenth and twentieth century body politics, gender, and medicine within the British Empire.  Her dissertation "Disabled Empire: Race, Rehabilitation, and the Politics of Healing Non-white Colonial Troops, 1914-1940" examines the bodily experience of Indian and West Indian servicemen in the Great War and its aftermath, to question how racial ideologies shaped the new healing industries and trauma care.

 

 

 

 

altMiya Carey
African-American History
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Miya is currently a sixth year in the history department.  She received her bachelor's degree in History and Pan-African Studies from Drew University.  Her research centers on African American and interracial organizations for girls.  Miya is interested in how notions of African American girlhood were shaped and contested in the twentieth century.

 

 

 

 

 

altSatyasikha (Shihka) Chakraborty
Women's and Gender History, Global and Comparative
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Shihka studied History at Jadavpur University in India before joining Rutgers in 2012. She is interested in histories of gender, race and labor in colonial households and her geographical focus is South Asia. She is currently working on ayahs - native female servants - who worked in Euro-Indian households from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on colonial visual culture.

 

 

 

 

 

altChristina Chiknas
Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
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Christina earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgia State University in 2009. Currently, she researches the mass visualization of cosmopolitanism in early twentieth-century Europe, with a particular focus on consumer culture in Germany and France. Her dissertation project takes up the intersection between formal politics and cosmopolitan performances in a pan-European context, analyzing how masquerades influenced the turbulence of early twentieth-century politics.

 

 

 

 

 

altThomas Cossentino
United States, Political, African-American History
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Tom is a doctoral candidate from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. After attending Delaware County Community College, he transferred to Villanova University, where he earned a B.A. (2009) and an M.A. (2011) in history. He studies twentieth century U.S. history, and his particular interests include social and political history and U.S. foreign relations. His dissertation investigates the different ways that military service in the Vietnam War shaped American veterans' ideas about their nation and its place in the world. 

 

 

 

 

 altJessica Lauren Criales
Early American History, Early Modern Europe
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Jessica is a PhD candidate in the areas of Colonial Latin American and Colonial US. Her interests include evangelization, religion, and indigenous practices of Christianity. Her dissertation analyzes the efforts of Christian indigenous peoples to create spaces that were both fully indigenous, in terms of ethnicity, and fully Christian, in terms of religion. In particular, her works centers on a convent for Zapotec and Mixtec women in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the "Brothertown Christian Indian Village," formed by coastal New England tribe members in upstate New York. She has a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame (2008) and a Master's in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Cultural, & Literary Studies from NYU (2012).

 

 

 

 Courtney Doucette
Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
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Courtney received a B.A. in History and Russian Language from Lawrence University and an MA from the European University in St. Petersburg (Russia). Her current research focuses on the last years of Soviet history, when First Party Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev launched the most far reaching reform program in history. From 1985 to 1991 reformers emphasized socialism as the guiding ideology of reform, and Courtney's dissertation investigates how Soviet people engaged socialism in what we now know are the last years of Soviet history. Her research touches on the history of ideology, the press, morality and letter writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Mario D’Penha
Women’s and Gender History, South Asian
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 Kaisha Esty
African American History, Women's and Gender
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Kaisha earned her B.A. and MRes in American Studies from the University of Nottingham in the UK. She is currently a fourth year doctoral student at Rutgers where she studies African American and women’s and gender history. Fixated on competing notions of purity, Kaisha’s research explores the relationship between moral values and meanings of citizenship in the thought of African American women from Emancipation to the early 20th century.

 

 

 

 

 

altMaco Faniel
African-American History, Cultural, Urban, Carceral State
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Maco holds an M.A. in history from Texas Southern University and a B.A. in speech and communications from Texas A&M University. His master's thesis was recently published as a book, Hip-Hop in Houston: The Origin and Legacy (History Press, July 2013), in it he discovered the roots of Houston's hip-hop culture and brought to fore the persons and places that helped make Houston a significant hip-hop city.   He is interested in the social and cultural histories of African-Americans in the late twentieth century, with particular focus on the ways in which those considered invisible, deviant, worthless, or marginal made meaning of American life. More specifically, he will be investigating the political economy and lived experiences of the War on Drugs in Houston, TX.

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Frydman
Modern European History, France, Women's and Gender
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Hannah received her B.A. in History and French Studies from Smith College in 2012. Currently a fourth-year doctoral student at Rutgers, she is interested in urban history, cultural histories of the economy, women's history, feminist history, and the history of sexuality. This year, she is conducting research in Paris as a Chateaubriand Fellow. Her dissertation examines the development of the classifieds in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Parisian newspapers, where one could find advertisements for abortionists, prostitutes, fortune tellers, queer romance, marriage agencies, and beauty parlors. She treats these print spaces as an important site for understanding the evolution of sexuality and of the place of women in society, both in how these were conceptualized and how they were lived.

 

 

 

 

Marlene Gaynair
African Diaspora, Women's and Gender, African-American History
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Marlene received her B.A., Specialized Honours and M.A. in History at York University in Toronto. Her interests lies in the Black Atlantic/African Diaspora, contextualized through discussions of migration, race, gender, identity, and citizenship within diasporic communities in urban centres.

 

 

 

 

 


 

altBrittany Hall
African-American History, Diaspora
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Brittany received her B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University where she also completed graduate work at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. With interests across disciplines, Brittany’s primary area of interest is African American cultural history. She is particularly interested in the visual culture of late nineteenth and early twentieth century America, with an emphasis on black body politics and the development of a conscious black identity in an increasingly global imperial moment.

 

 

 

 

Catherine Harris
Early Modern History,British Isles, Global and Comparative
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Catherine graduated with a B.A. in History, Plan II, and European Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. She is currently a second-year doctoral student whose research focuses on the British Isles in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century, with an emphasis on state formation, immigration, citizenship and identity, and religious toleration situated in European and imperial contexts.

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Harris
Modern European History, Comparative, American
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Patrick's research focuses on the intellectual history of empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, including debates surrounding slavery and abolition, counterrevolutionary thought, and concepts of culture. He is currently studying the impact of French emigres from colonial backgrounds on the emergence of pan-European conceptions of imperialism in the Age of Revolutions. Patrick received a B.A. in History-International Studies and Philosophy from Rhodes College in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Hege
STEH, Global and Comparative History
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Sam is a first-year doctoral student. He completed his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 and an M.A. in the Global and Comparative History program at Rutgers in 2016. He is interested in 20th century Environmental history, particularly in understanding the relationship between food production and consumption and the social, physical, and political consequences of these processes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Hight
Modern European History, Britain, Global and Comparative
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Alison earned a B.A. in History and Classical Studies and an M.A. in History from Virginia Tech. She is currently a first-year doctoral student in modern European history. Alison is interested in the construction of cultural heritage and national identity in 19th and early 20th century Britain, particularly from a 4-nations perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

Travis Jeffres
Transnational/Borderlands, Native American History
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Travis is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in borderlands and Native American history. His dissertation was researched in archives in Mexico and the United States and traces the historical experiences of native peoples in diaspora in the Greater Southwest. A transnational study of migration and exploitation, it offers fresh insight into the experiences of Native Americans under Spanish colonial rule in the region by analyzing sources written in an indigenous language (Nahuatl). He is recipient of The Americas Research Network Transnationalism Fellowship as well as the Rutgers University Warren and Beatrice Susman Dissertation Fellowship.

 

 

Tracey Johnson
African American History
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altJulia Katz
United States, Global and Comparative History
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Julia received her B.A. in Africana Studies from New York University in 2011.  She is a fifth year doctoral student at Rutgers studying U.S. and Hawaiian history.  Her research examines Asian migration to Hawaii, focusing on intimacies between migrant Asians and indigenous Polynesians, and Asian accommodations to American empire.

 

 

 

 

 

altWilliam Kelly
Latin American History, United States
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William is a 2016-2017 Mellon CLIR dissertation research fellow and a fourth-year student in the department with a focus on Latin American and Caribbean history. His dissertation will explore housing policy, community, and everyday life in Cuba in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. William holds a master's degree in history from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida. He is currently in Cuba.

 

 

 

 

 

Eri Kitada
American History, Women's and Gender
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Eri graduated with a B.A. in Humanities and Human Sciences from Hokkaido University in 2008 and with a M.A. in Area Studies (American Studies Program) from University of Tokyo in 2013, Japan. She is interested in race, space, and empire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alissa Klots
Modern European History, USSR, Women's and Gender
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Alissa Klots is a PhD candidate currently working on her dissertation entitled "The Kitchen Maid That Will Rule the State: Domestic Service and the Soviet Revolutionary Project, 1917-1953." Her research has been supported by awards form the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the German Historical Institute in Moscow and the Open Society Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yvette Florio Lane
Modern European History, Women's and Gender
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Yvette is a PhD candidate whose research interests are at the intersection of histories of consumerism and advertising, technology, and material culture. Yvette holds a BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York College at New Paltz, and an MA in History from Monmouth University. Yvette has written on the use of rayon in comparative perspective, women immigrants and national identity, and is currently working on her dissertation, “Duty and Desire: Selling Benevolence in Modern Britain,” which focuses on how modern British identity was shaped, in part, through acts of philanthropic consumerism. Linking together these research interests are questions of in/authenticity, modernity, and the methodology of reading objects as texts through which aspects of lived experience are illuminated.

 

Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders
Modern American History, African-American
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Rong (Aries) Li
American History, Modern Asian History
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Rong (Aries) received her B.A. and M.A. in History form Northeast Normal University in China. She is interested in U.S. Foreign Relations. Her research focuses on the twentieth century U.S.-East Asian relations, with a special interest in war memories, perceptions, and propaganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Lubot
Twentieth Century US history, US in the World
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Rebecca earned a joint MSc in international history and international relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in political science from Boston University. Her PhD dissertation, entitled "Crisis of Succession:  Discourse and Anxiety Surrounding the Twenty-Fifth Amendment" is a political and cultural history of the sudden transition of executive power during a crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

Raechel Lutz
United States, STEH
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Raechel is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the Rutgers University, with interests in American history, environmental history, cultural history,  the history of toxicity and toxic landscapes, and energy history. Her dissertation is tentatively titled, “A Refined State: A Environmental History of Petroleum Refining in New Jersey, 1860-2015.” Drawing on a wide range of sources, her research focuses on how oil refining has influenced history and shaped the ways modern people interact with and rely on petroleum. In so doing, she pays particular attention how Standard Oil’s Bayway and Bayonne refineries located in Northeastern New Jersey reshaped the land, people, culture, and politics on a both local and national scale. Her doctoral research has been supported through fellowships and grants from the American Society for Environmental History, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Graduate School of Rutgers University, the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. Raechel earned a Master of Arts degree in History from Rutgers University-Newark in 2010 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ithaca College in 2007. Raechel has published, “Still Life with Vitamins: Art and Science at the 1939 New York World’s Fair” in Environmental History and several book reviews. Raechel can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Xavier Macy
African American History, STEH
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Xavier entered the doctoral program after completing an M.A. in History at James Madison University after beginning his career in academia at City College of San Francisco. He is interested in the intersections of African American history, the history of technology, environmental history, and the carceral state.

 

 

 

 

 

Tara Malanga
Latin American History, Global and Comparative
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Tara earned her B.A. in History from Rutgers University and her M.Ed. in Social Studies Education from The Graduate School of Education also at Rutgers University.  Her research focuses on the change in indigenous perceptions of disease, illness, death, and dying in Mexico from the Pre-Columbian to the Colonial period.  Tara is currently working with Nahuatl language documents including the Cantares Mexicanos, a number of historical annals written by various Nahua noblemen, wills and testaments from areas in and around the Valley of Mexico, morality plays, and a record keeping book titled El Libro de los Difuntos, to understand how disease and death were recorded and represented both before and after Spanish contact.

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Manning
Early Modern European History, Women's and Gender
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Daniel Manuel
American, Women's and Gender, African-American History
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Daniel earned his BA (2012) and MA (2014) in history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a third-year PhD student in the women’s and gender history program. Broadly, his interests are gender, race, sexuality, and health in the 20th-century US South. More specifically, Daniel is looking at the everyday politics and social history of health care in Louisiana’s early HIV epidemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 Hugo Marquez Soljancic
Medieval History, Women's and Gender
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Hugo earned his B.A. and M.A. at Wichita State University, concentrating on Western Europe in the Middle Ages. He is currently focusing on the intersections between sexual and gender constructions, natural philosophy, and heresy during the High Middle Ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lytton McDonnell
United States, Cultural History
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Lytton is a PhD candidate interested in the historical intersections of music, emotion, and altered states of consciousness in the United States and the "trance"-Atlantic world. Originally from Canada, he has earned history degrees from the University of Ottawa (BA, 2004) and the University of Victoria (MA, 2009) as well as a diploma in music composition from Selkirk College (2006). His dissertation explores various manifestations of musical trance during the late-19th and early-20th centuries, including the melodious ecstasies of Pentecostal revivalists, the sublime raptures of opera-goers, and consumer “play” — that experience of getting caught up or lost in cultural products and practices, which lies at the heart of modern entertainment.

 

 

 

 

Steven McGrail
American History, Women’s and Gender
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Patrick McGrath
American History, Cultural and Intellectual
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Celso Mendoza
Latin American History, Early American
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I became fascinated and enamored with Mexico's indigenous cultures ever since I first visited Mexico City as an undergraduate. After seeing the city's extensive archaeological museums, I bought nearly every book on the Aztecs and their language that I could find at the gift shops there. This fascination soon grew into an obsession so great that I changed my major to history. I graduated soon thereafter with a BA in history from UC Davis and then went on to earn an MA in Latin American Studies at UCLA in 2016. While at UCLA, I won a fellowship to study Nahuatl, the Aztec language, with native speakers at Yale in the summer of 2015. As a PhD in history at Rutgers I am looking forward to pursuing a dissertation project involving Nahuatl documents under the supervision of Camilla Townsend, an expert on everything Aztec. I can be reached at celsoam at outlook dot com.

Paul Mercandetti
Modern European History
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Laura Michel
Colonial American, Comparative, Early Modern European History
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Laura received her B.A. in History from Carleton College (2012) and her M.A. in Eighteenth Century Worlds (2013) from the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include the history of poverty and crime in the United States and Europe during the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Laura's dissertation explores transnational networks of philanthropy and reform, particularly in the Anglo and Dutch Atlantic Worlds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damien Miller
American History, Women’s and Gender
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Taylor Moore
Middle Eastern History, Women's and Gender
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Taylor received her BA in Honors Political Science and Sociology from The American University in Cairo in 2013. She is currently a third year PhD student specializing in Modern Middle East History. Her work focuses on the intersections of race, political economy, ethno-botany/folk medicine, and the development of natural and social sciences in nineteenth-century Upper Egypt.

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Morris
Women's and Gender History, American, Diaspora
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Katy graduated from Smith College in 2011, majoring in the Study of Women and Gender with a concentration in race and culture. She then received her MA in oral history at Columbia University in 2013. Her research focuses on the history of gender and sexuality in the 20th century US, with a special interest in rural lesbian history in the American West.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Moss
Latin American History, Women’s and Gender
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Timur Mukhamatulin
Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
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Timur is a first-year Ph.D. student. His research focuses on history of unofficial sports in a late Soviet Union (between 1960-s and 1980-s). He has a B.A. degree from Russian State University for Humanitites received in 2008. In 2013 he defended a dissertation (entitled "Formation of the image of Spain in the Soviet society during the Civil War, 1936-1939", in Russian) in Institute of Russian History in Moscow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Nath
Modern European History
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altDustin Neighly
Medieval History, Global and Comparative
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Dustin received his B.A. from the University of Washington.  Currently in his third year of the Rutgers PhD program, Dustin's research focuses on the intersections of power, resistance, and integration within the manorial system of medieval England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 altMatthew O’Brien
Early Modern European History, Modern Europe
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Jerrad P. Pacatte
African American History, Women’s and Gender, Modern U.S.
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Jerrad is a first year doctoral student in the Rutgers’ Department of History majoring in modern African American and Women and Gender histories. He is a 2016 alumnus of the State University of New York Oneonta where he completed his honors Bachelors of Science degree in History. Jerrad’s historical interests survey the postbellum African American experience beyond the borders of the “New South” from the Civil War era until the start of the Great Migration. Specifically, Jerrad aims to explore anti-black ideologies which plagued the northeastern United States at the turn of the twentieth century - ideologies which often culminated in white-on-black racial and sexual violence.

 

 

 

 

Alexander Petrusek
Modern European History, Global and Compartiver
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Alexander is a second year doctoral student in the Department of History at Rutgers, focusing on modern European and German history. His area of study is the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany). His projected dissertation, Real Existing Idealism: East Germany and the Socialist Imaginary 1971-1995, traces the works of East German civic and socialist activists and their contributions to the development of European leftist thought. Employing the concept of the imaginary, it seeks to explore the generation and circulation of political understandings in a space beyond traditional liberal/totalitarian, public/private, and representation/practice binaries.

 

 

 

 

 

Svanur Petursson
Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
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Marika Plater
U.S. History, STEH
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Marika is a fourth year doctoral student at Rutgers after receiving a B.A. from Bard College in 2008 and an M.A. from Brooklyn College in 2013. Marika studies working-class landscapes of leisure in and around late nineteenth and early twentieth-century New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin Canzano Pinyan
Medieval European History, Women’s and Gender
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Kristin earned her B.A. in Medieval Studies and English from Georgetown University in 2004 and her M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University in 2005. She taught US history at a New Jersey high school before coming to Rutgers in 2007 to pursue a PhD in medieval European history. Her dissertation tentatively titled "Gentility and Status in Late Medieval England." Kristin also teaches Expository Writing and is a fellow at the Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute.

Jazmin Puicon
Latin American History, Women’s and Gender
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Jazmin received her BA from Union College (NY) and her MA from NYU in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  She is a sixth year PhD student in Latin American History and Women's and Gender History working under the supervision of Professors Temma Kaplan, Aldo Lauria Santiago, and Mark Wasserman.  Focusing on barrio life in Cali after La Violencia in Colombia, her dissertation examines the participation of working-class men and women as they reclaimed their political rights and redefined cultural and gender norms through salsa music and oral history in Colombia.

 

altDavid Reid
American History, modern Mexico
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David earned a BA in Spanish and History from Dalhousie University in Halifax and an MA in History from York University in Toronto. His dissertation examines Mexican water politics in the Cold War, focusing on a dispute between Mexico and the United States over salt contamination in the Colorado River in the 1960s and early 70s. It explores environment, infrastructure, and economic development in statecraft and the links between local, national, and international politics.

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Reynolds
Early Modern European History, Medieval, Women's and Gender
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I am a fourth-year PhD Candidate with an MA in History (2011) and a BA in English with Honors (summa cum laude, 2005) from the University of Alabama. My dissertation, 'Gentle Reader, ye shall understande': Practical Books and the Making of an English Reading Public, 1400–1560, examines iterations of practical knowledge in manuscript and print with attention to how the format of these books influenced both the expression and the reception of this knowledge. Beginning with a close study of manuscript almanacs, receipt books, and medical miscellanies, I trace the growth of a book-based culture of practical, vernacular knowledge transmission in the decades before print. I follow these practical texts as they were printed and reprinted in the early decades of the sixteenth century, paying special attention to how printed books created genres where none had existed before and constituted distinct communities of readership. Using the methodologies of book history, my dissertations asks how attention to the social, economic, and cultural context of practical books challenges our narratives of religion and the decline of magic, science and the social order, and print and the public sphere in early modern England.

 

Charles Riggs
American History
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Charlie is a fifth-year PhD student in American cultural and intellectual history, with interests in therapeutic culture, political economy, attitudes toward work, and the history of capitalism writ large. His current research examines the connection between white collar job-seeking, career development, and notions of selfhood in the twentieth-century United States. He earned his Bachelor's in History from Harvard College in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Sampson
Early American History, STEH
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Paul is a second-year doctoral student studying intellectual history in the British Atlantic World, particularly how new scientific developments influenced long-held assumptions in politics and religion. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas in 2011 and his M.A. in Early Modern European and Early American History from Marquette University in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson Santana
Latin American, Comparative, American History
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Nelson obtained his B.A. in English from Baruch College (CUNY), his M.A. in the Study of the Americas from the City College of New York (CUNY), and his M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. His research centers on the cultural, and social history of Dominican migration in the United States. He is particularly interested in the types of social networks established by Dominican migrants in the sixties and seventies and their impact on the fabric of U.S. history.

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Sinclair
Modern European History, Global and Comparative
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Katherine is a first year PhD student in European and Global Comparative history. Before coming to Rutgers, she received her B.A. in History at the University of Texas at Austin, and masters degrees from Columbia University and the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. She is particularly interested in French imperial history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including networks of global colonial circulations and French penal colonies.

 

 

 

 

 

altPeter Sorensen
Latin American History, Comparative
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Peter earned his B.A. in History and Classical Studies from York University in Toronto and his M.A. in History from Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.  His research focuses on Pre-Columbian and Early Colonial Mexico with a focus on the Valley of Mexico.  Peter works with Nahuatl documents including the Cantares Mexicanos and The Florentine Codex to understand Pre-Columbian Social and Cultural History as well as their production as Colonial Documents.

 

 

 

 

 

Emmet von Stackelberg
American,  Cultural History
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Emmet is a first-year doctoral student, studying the cultural history of the United States in the early 20th century. His interests include the production, regulation, and proliferation of mass culture, and the technologies and industries surrounding early cinema. He received his BA in History and Literature from Harvard.

 

 

 

 

 

altDustin Stalnaker
Modern European History, Comparative, Women's and Gender
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Dustin earned his BA in History from the University of Chicago in 2008 and his MA in History from the University of Missouri- Kansas City in 2013. His primary interests include working-class politics in Weimar and prewar Nazi Germany, international participation in the Spanish Civil War, and the historiography of antifascism since 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brenann Sutter
American, Women's and Gender, African-American History
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Bren earned her BA in history and sociology from the University of California, San Diego in 2010. In 2012, she completed her MA in history at New York University. Bren is currently pursuing her PhD in twentieth-century American history with a concentration in women and gender. Her research explores social negotiations between sexuality, citizenship, and consumerism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 altLauren Swift
Early Modern History, Women's and Gender, Comparative
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Lauren,a fourth-year PhD student, graduated from Earlham College in 2011 with a B.A. in History.  Lauren's interests include Early Modern northern Europe and Scandinavia, gender, and the construction of self and bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Driskell Tate
American History,Women's and Gender, labor, social
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Ryan is a fourth-year PhD student studying the twentieth century United States. His interests lie broadly in energy and the environment; social politics and social protest; labor and work; and women’s and gender history. His current project examines grassroots resistance movements to expanding energy infrastructures, and how, between the 1960s and 1980s, these social activists connected their movements to broader cultural criticisms about the role of technology in American life. He received his B.A. in Honors History from Hamline University.

 

 

 

 

 

Lance Thurner
Latin American History, American
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Lisette Varon Carvajal
Women’s and Gender History, STEH
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Lisette is a first year doctoral student in the History department. Prior to attending Rutgers, she earned her bachelor degree at Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia, with a major in Political Science, and two minors in History and Law. Lisette's current research interests lies in the intersection of XIX century Latin America History, Gender, Feminism and History of Science.

 

 

 

 

altDara Walker
African American History
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Dara received her B.A. in African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 and a M.A. in Pan-African Studies from Syracuse University in 2011.  She is currently a sixth year doctoral student in African American History where her research explores urban history, women’s history, and 20th century U.S. social history. She is principally interested in the ways in which postwar high school student activism in Detroit shaped and was shaped by city politics, the black labor movement and calls for community control of educational institutions.

 

 

 

 

 Pamela Walker
African American History, Women's and Gender
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Pamela graduated with a B.A. in History and a Minor in Journalism and Electronic Media from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2011.  She received her M.A. in History from the University of New Orleans in 2015. She is interested in African American History, History of the American South, and Women’s and Gender History. Pamela is specifically interested in the intersections of race, class, gender, and intergenerational constraints surrounding women’s participation in the modern civil rights movement.

 

 

 

 

 

Meagan Wierda
19th C. US History, STEH
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Meagan is a second-year PhD student jointly interested in the history of slavery and the history of medicine in the United States during the nineteenth century. Her interests center on questions of race, embodiment, and knowledge production. More particularly, she is looking to examine how African-American abolitionists mounted a specifically scientific challenge to slavery in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Before coming to Rutgers, Meagan earned an MA in history from Concordia University (Montréal) and a BA in history and lettres françaises from the University of Ottawa.

 

Caitlin Wiesner
Women's and Gender History, African American
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Caitlin is a second year doctoral student specializing in Women's History in the twentieth century United States. She received her BA in History and Women's & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2015. She is interested in the history of anti-rape feminist activism writ large. Her current research focus on the role of African American women in anti-rape organizations in the 1970s and 1980s United States, with special attention paid to interracial cooperation, professionalization, poverty and institutional advocacy.

 

Danielle Willard-Kyle
Modern European, Jewish, Women's and Gender History
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Danielle received her B.A. in History and English from Westmont College, her M.A. in History in collaboration with Jewish Studies from the University of Toronto, and her M.St. in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford. She is currently a second-year doctoral student working on Modern European and Women's and Gender Studies. In particular, her research focuses on post-Holocaust refugees, migration, and families in Western Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Williams
African American History, Women’s and Gender
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Joseph entered the doctoral program at Rutgers after completing an M.A. in History at DePaul and a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) at Garrett Seminary.  He is interested in black intellectual history, women's and gender history, and American religious reform from the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Williams
American History
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Kyle received his Bachelor's from the University of Oklahoma in 2011, where he studied history and classical languages. His current interests lie in the 19th- and early 20th-century United States, broadly in intellectual and cultural history, Populism, and the history of capitalism.

 

altJennifer Wilson
Early Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
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Jennifer is a PhD Candidate studying early modern English religious politics and bodily epistemologies. Working under the supervision of Alastair Bellany, her dissertation entitled “Reading Ambiguous Bodies: Confessional Politics and Epistemological Anxiety in Early Modern England, c.1580-1660,” examines the ways that knowledge about the body shaped early modern confessional contests. She earned an M.A. from The New School for Social Research and is the recipient of the Bevier fellowship for 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Wisdom
Early Modern European History
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Brenna Yellin
Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
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Brenna is a first-year PhD student in European and Women's and Gender history. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she received her B.A. in History. Brenna is interested in Modern German History, specifically in how women navigated the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) and German Reunification. Brenna also hopes to integrate and utilize oral history in her work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmin Young
African-American History, American
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 Kevin Young
Latin American, Caribbean History, Global and Comparative
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Kevin is a fourth-year PhD candidate who completed qualifying examinations in Colonial and Modern Latin America and Global Comparative History in 2015. His dissertation concerns the enslavement of Native Americans from New Spain in Caribbean colonies from the Bourbon Reforms throughout the long nineteenth century. His committee includes Aldo Lauria-Santiago, Mark Wasserman, and Camilla Townsend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Amy Zanoni
American History, Women's and Gender, African-American
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Amy is interested in the history of social movements in the twentieth-century U.S. Her research examines anti-poverty, labor, and feminist organizing in response to the political economic transformations of the 1970s and 1980s. Amy received a BA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Cultural Studies from McGill University in 2008, and an MA in Historical Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2013.

 

Christopher is a doctoral student specializing in environmental history and the history of science in colonial North America, the British West Indies, and Atlantic Africa. Their dissertation (Inhuman Empire: Enslaved People and Nonhuman Animals in the British Atlantic World) questions how interactions between enslaved Africans and nonhuman animals throughout the diaspora shaped imperialism and colonization in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, and how a European discursive equivalence of slaves and animals emerged out of such material encounters. In particular, their research examines the Atlantic slave trade, plantership and husbandry, colonial natural history, pest management, and enslaved African’s use of animals in resistance. Their research has been supported by The Social Science Research Council.

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