Graduate Students

  • Adams, Beatrice J.

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    African-American History, American, Women's & Gender
    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 Hist...
  • Armstead, Shaun

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    Women's and Gender, American History, Global and Comparative
    Shaun Armstead is a third-year doctoral student who graduated with her B.A. degree in History from Auburn University in 2015. She studies women’s transnational activism after World War II. Specificall...
  • Avital, Yarden

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    Modern European History, Global and Comparative
    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...
  • Bayker, Jesse

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    Women's and Gender History, United States
    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 o...
  • Bedward, Moyagaye

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    Middle East, African History
  • Bennett, Zachary

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    Early America, Atlantic World, African Diaspora
    Zachary is a fifth year PhD student studying early America and the Atlantic World. His dissertation "Flowing Power: Rivers, Energy, and the Making of New England" examines the political ecology of wat...
  • Blakley, Christopher

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    Colonial, STEH, Early Modern European History
    Christopher Blakley is a doctoral candidate specializing in environmental history and the history of science in colonial North America, the British West Indies, and Atlantic Africa. Their dissertation...
  • Blandford, AJ

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    United States,STEH
    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 1...
  • Booth, M. Dale

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    Modern European History, Women's and Gender
    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 nineteent...
  • Bottino, Daniel

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    Early Modern European History
    Danny received his BA in History and Psychology from Tufts University and his MA in European Studies at Yale University. At Yale, he wrote his Master’s Thesis, “Landscape, Memory and the Early Modern...
  • Brossard, Doris

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    American, Women's and Gender History
    Doris graduated with a B.A. in history and French literature from the University of Rennes (Rennes II, France) and a M.A. in history from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France). She is interest...
  • Brown, Brian

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    Latin American History, American, Global and Comparative
    Brian is a fourth year doctoral candidate at Rutgers. His primary research interests include business, economic, and urban history in Southern Mexico during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He...
  • Buck, Julia

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    Modern European History, Women's and Gender, Latin American
    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 r...
  • Bunker, Rachel

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    American History, STEH
    Rachel is currently a fourth year doctoral candidate at Rutgers studying twentieth century politics, finance, and empire. Her dissertation "An Invisible Empire" examines British and American empire, a...
  • Chakraborty, Satyasikha (Shihka)

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    Women's and Gender History, Global and Comparative
    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 Sou...
  • Chernyavskaya, Yulia

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    Modern European History, Women's and Gender, Global and Comparative
    I graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University in 2010 as a «Specialist» in history. In 2017 I received my MA at European University at Saint-Petersburg where I majored in memory studies. My maste...
  • Chiknas, Christina

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    Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
    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 p...
  • Cossentino, Thomas

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    United States, Political, African-American History
    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)...
  • Criales, Jessica Lauren

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    Early American History, Early Modern Europe
    Jessica is a PhD candidate in the areas of Colonial Latin America and Colonial US. Her interests include gender, religion, and indigenous practices of Christianity. Her dissertation analyzes the exper...
  • Crouse, Henry

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    Early US, Native American
    Henry graduated with a BAS in Secondary Education and American History from Salve Regina University in 2010. He earned his MA in Global and Comparative History from Rutgers University in 2014. He earn...
  • Ernie-Steighner, Jennifer

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    Women's and Gender History
    Jennifer received her B.A. in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and her M.A. in U.S. History and Gender Studies from Miami University. Prior to pursuing doctoral s...
  • Esty, Kaisha

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    African American History, Women's and Gender
    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...
  • Fields, Whitney

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    African American History, American
    Whitney Fields is currently a first year doctoral student at Rutgers University where she studies African American history, American history, and cultural history. She received a B.A. in History and A...
  • Frydman, Hannah

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    Modern European History, France, Women's and Gender
    Hannah is a doctoral candidate interested in urban history, cultural histories of the economy, the history of advertising and the press, the history of medicine, and histories of women, gender, and se...
  • Gavigan, Ian

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    US History
    Ian Gavigan is a first-year PhD student who studies 20th century U.S. history. His main interests include (but are not limited to) political history, northern school segregation & public school distri...
  • Gaynair, Marlene

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    African Diaspora, Women's and Gender, African-American History
    M. Hyacinth Gaynair is a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of History, where she studies the African Diaspora/Atlantic World and African-American history. She received her Honours B.A. an...
  • Groch-Begley, Hannah

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    Modern European, Women's and Gender History
    Hannah received her B.A. in History with honors from Vassar College in 2012. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as a professional researcher in D.C. political nonprofits, focused on narratives and...
  • Harris, Patrick

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    Modern European History, Comparative, American
    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 cult...
  • Hege, Sam

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    STEH, Global and Comparative History
    Sam is currently a second year doctoral student that studies the history of environmental justice and political economy in the 20th century. With a particular interest in New York City and its positio...
  • Hight, Alison

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    Modern European History, Britain, Global and Comparative
    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...
  • Jeffres, Travis

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    Transnational/Borderlands, Native American History
    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 o...
  • Johnson, Tracey

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    African American History
  • Kaplan, Joseph

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    African American History
    Joe Kaplan is a first year doctoral student in African American History. Joe received his B.A. in History at the University of Puget Sound. His undergraduate thesis examined the exile of Black Panther...
  • Katz, Julia

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    United States, Global and Comparative History
    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...
  • Kelly, William

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    Latin American History, United States
    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...
  • Kitada, Eri

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    United States, Women's and Gender History
    I'm studying modern history of the United States from a global and comparative perspective. I'm also a geographer to question assumptions on various spaces such as the past, bodies, and academic disci...
  • Lawrence-Sanders, Ashleigh

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    Modern American History, African-American
    Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders is a doctoral candidate studying African American Civil War memory, African American cultural and intellectual history, and the legacy of the Lost Cause movement. She is curr...
  • Li, Rong (Aries)

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    American History, Modern Asian History
    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...
  • Macy, Xavier

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    African American History, STEH
    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 int...
  • Malanga, Tara

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    Latin American History, Global and Comparative
    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 i...
  • Manuel, Daniel

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    American, Women's and Gender, African-American History
    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 g...
  • Marquez Soljancic, Hugo

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    Medieval History, Women's and Gender
    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, na...
  • Mendoza, Celso

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    Latin American History, Early American
    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...
  • Mercandetti, Paul

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    Modern European History
  • Michel, Laura

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    American, Comparative, Early Modern European History
    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...
  • Mond, Ariel

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    Modern France, Empire
    Ariel received her BA in History and French Studies from American University in Washington, DC (2015) and her MA in French Studies from New York University (2017). She is a first year doctoral candida...
  • Moore, Taylor

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    Middle Eastern History, Women's and Gender
    Taylor M. Moore is a PhD Candidate specializing in Modern Middle Eastern History. Her dissertation, “Superstitious Women: Race, Magic, and Medicine in Upper Egypt (1875-1960),” explores the role that...
  • Mukhamatulin, Timur

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    Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
    Timur is a second-year Ph.D. student. His field of interest is a history of post-war USSR. Mainly he is focused on gender history, history of sports, and history of youth. He has a B.A. degree from Ru...
  • Naeve, Catherine Harris

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    Early Modern History,British Isles, Global and Comparative
    Catherine is currently a fourth-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...
  • Nath, Anna

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    Modern European History
  • Neighly, Dustin

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    Medieval History, Global and Comparative
    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...
  • O’Brien, Matthew

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    Early Modern European History, Modern Europe
  • Pacatte, Jerrad P.

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    African American History, Women’s and Gender, Modern U.S.
    Chairperson, Interpreting American History Graduate Workshop and Lecture Series, 2017-18 academic year - “The Scars of the Past: Violence in American History and Memory” A second-year doctoral student...
  • Petrusek, Alexander

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    Modern European History, Global and Compartive
    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,...
  • Petursson, Svanur

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    Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
  • Plater, Marika

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    U.S. History, STEH
    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 an...
  • Puicon, Jazmin

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    Latin American History, Women’s and Gender
    Jazmin Puicon is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Rutgers, specializing in modern Latin American history and Women’s and Gender History. Her research examines how the working class...
  • Rael, Carie

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    United States, Women and Gender History
    Carie Rael received her B.A. at California State University, Fullerton in Comparative Religion and History and later received her Master’s at California State University, Fullerton in History where sh...
  • Reynolds, Melissa

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    Early Modern European History, Medieval, Women's and Gender
    Melissa is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in early modern European history (emphasis on the British Isles). Her dissertation compares vernacular practical knowledge in fifteenth-century manuscript an...
  • Riggs, Charles

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    American History
    Charlie is a sixth-year PhD candidate in modern U.S. cultural and intellectual history, with interests in the histories of religion, theology, philosophy, and psychology. His current research examines...
  • Sampson, Paul

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    STEH and Early Modern European History
    Paul is a third-year doctoral student in the history of science. His research focuses on improvement, cosmology, and global trade in early modern Britain and the Atlantic world. He received his B.A. i...
  • Sinclair, Katie

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    European History, STEH
    Katherine is a second year doctoral student studying the far reaches of the French empire in the nineteenth and twentieth century. She is also interested in environmental history and the history of te...
  • Snow, Henry

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    Early Modern Atlantic/Britain
    Henry is a first-year PhD student studying the Atlantic world in the long eighteenth century. He graduated from Brandeis University in 2017 with a B.A. in History and Physics. His previous research in...
  • Sorensen, Peter

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    Latin American History, Comparative
    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...
  • Stackelberg, Emmet von

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    American, Cultural History
    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 cultur...
  • Stalnaker, Dustin

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    Modern European History, Global and Comparative
    Dustin is a doctoral candidate whose research focuses on twentieth-century Europe, with a particular emphasis on Germany. His chief interests include the histories of political internationalism, anti-...
  • Sutter, Brenann

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    American, Women's and Gender, African-American History
    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...
  • Swift, Lauren

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    Early Modern History, Women's and Gender, Comparative
    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 o...
  • Tate, Ryan Driskell

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    American History, Women's and Gender, labor, social
    Ryan Driskell Tate is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Rutgers. His research examines twentieth-century labor, politics, and the environment in the American West. His dissertation, “The Saudi Arab...
  • Thomas, Brooke A.

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    African American History, Women's and Gender
    Brooke A. Thomas graduated with a B.A. in History from Spelman College in 2013 and with an M.A. in History from the University of South Alabama in 2016. She is interested in 20th century African Ameri...
  • Thurner, Lance C.

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    Latin American History, American
    I am a historian of science and imperialism, with wide interests in historical methods and pedagogy. My dissertation focuses on the vogue for “Indian medicines” in the latter part of Spain’s imperial...
  • Varon Carvajal, Lisette

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    Women’s and Gender History, STEH
    Lisette is currently a second 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 P...
  • Walker, Pamela

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    African American History, Women's and Gender
    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 Ne...
  • Wierda, Meagan

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    19th C. US History, STEH
    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 ra...
  • Wiesner, Caitlin

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    Women's and Gender History, African American
    Caitlin is currently a third year PhD student specializing in women's and gender history in the 20th century United States. She earned her B.A. with Distinguished Honors in History and Women's & Gende...
  • Willard-Kyle, Danielle

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    Modern European, Jewish, Women's and Gender History
    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 t...
  • Williams, Joseph

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    African American History, Women’s and Gender
    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 histo...
  • Williams, Kyle

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    American History
    Kyle Williams is a PhD candidate in history at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a 2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow in the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. H...
  • Yellin, Brenna

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    Modern European History, Women’s and Gender
    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, spec...
  • Young, Kevin

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    Latin American, Caribbean History, Global and Comparative
    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 Nat...
  • Zanoni, Amy

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    American History, Women's and Gender, African-American
    Amy is a fifth-year doctoral candidate whose research examines social movements, welfare and health care policy, and political economy in the late twentieth-century United States. Her dissertation, “P...