Graduate Students

  • Adams, Beatrice J.

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    African-American History, American, Women's & Gender
    Beatrice J. Adams is a fifth-year doctoral student in African-American and African Diaspora History at Rutgers University. She received a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a B...
  • Armstead, Shaun

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    Women's and Gender, American History, Global and Comparative
    Shaun Armstead is a doctoral student studying women’s transnational activism in the post-World War II era. Her dissertation, tentatively titled Toward a Universal Human Family: Third World Women Activ...
  • 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...
  • Babikian, Catherine

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    Modern European, Women's and Gender History
    Catherine received her BA in history and BS in anthropology from the University of Iowa in 2015. She studies the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain and its empire. Her dissertati...
  • 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...
  • Berryhill, Jeffery

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    American, African American History
    Jeff Berryhill is a first year student studying Modern American history. He graduated with a BA from The Evergreen State College and a MA in Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research....
  • Bershady, Isaac

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    Modern European History, Global and Comparative
    Isaac is a first-year doctoral candidate specializing in Modern European history. His research interests involve education, politics, religion, and migration in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century...
  • Blakley, Christopher

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    Colonial, STEH, Early Modern European History
    Christopher Blakley is a doctoral candidate focusing on environmental history in colonial North America, Atlantic Africa, and the British Caribbean in the early modern period. Their dissertation, "Inh...
  • 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 graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Southwestern University in 2001, and earned his M. Ed. in Secondary Education from Texas State University in from Texas State University in 2011,...
  • Buck, Julia

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    Modern European History, Women's and Gender, Latin American
    Julia earned B.A.s in History with departmental honors and Spanish Language and Literature from Portland State University in 2013. Her current research explores the relationship between multi-scalar c...
  • Bunker, Rachel

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    American History, STEH
    Rachel Bunker is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Rutgers. Her research examines politics, finance, race, and gender in the context of U.S. imperialism. Her dissertation, "Insuring Empire: U.S. Ac...
  • Chakraborty, Satyasikha

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    South Asia, British Empire & Postcolonialism, Women’s & Gender History
    Satyasikha is a PhD Candidate in the History Department at Rutgers University. Before joining Rutgers, she did an MA in History with certification in Women’s Studies from Jadavpur University in India....
  • 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)...
  • Council, Ashley

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    African American History, Women's and Gender
  • Criales, Jessica Lauren

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    Colonial Latin America, Early American History
    Jessica is a doctoral candidate whose interests include gender, religion, and indigenous practices of Christianity, particularly in a comparative framework. Her dissertation, " 'Women of Our Nation":...
  • 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...
  • Ditkoff, Andrea

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    STEH, Women's and Gender History
    Andrea Ditkoff graduated with a B.A. in history from Vassar College in 2018. She is interested in the histories of women, medicine, biology, and education in the nineteenth and early twentieth century...
  • Esty, Kaisha

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    African American History, Women's and Gender
    Kaisha Esty is a doctoral candidate and Warren and Beatrice Susman fellow in African American and women and gender history. Her interests lie in power, sexual politics and the State. Her dissertation,...
  • Faurt, Anais

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    Modern European History, Women's and Gender
    Anaïs was trained as an undergraduate in the humanities, social sciences and law in both France and Finland. She received her M.A. in French Studies from New York University in 2017 and graduated from...
  • 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 with research interests in urban history; the history of advertising and the press; the history of capitalism; histories of women, gender, and sexuality; and feminist th...
  • Gabel, Harold

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    Modern European History, Global and Comparative
    Harold is interested in late-twentieth-century Central European history and its connection to the history of neoliberalism. His research will focus on the role of dissidents and émigrés who crossed th...
  • Gavigan, Ian

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    US History
    Ian Gavigan is a second-year graduate student who studies modern U.S. and urban history. His current project examines American socialists in the first half of the twentieth century, with a special foc...
  • Gaynair, Marlene

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    African Diaspora, Women's and Gender, African-American History
    Marlene H. Gaynair is a doctoral candidate specializing in social, cultural and digital histories of the modern Black Atlantic, particularly North America and the Caribbean. Her dissertation, Islands...
  • 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 Hege is a third-year doctoral candidate studying the history of environmental justice, industrial agriculture, and political economy in the 20th century. His dissertation project examines the hist...
  • Hight, Alison

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    Modern European History, Britain, Global and Comparative
    Alison is a third-year doctoral student studying the cultural politics of Victorian Britain and its empire from a Four Nations perspective. Alison earned her B.A. and M.A. in history from Virginia Tec...
  • Isaacson, Clio

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    Latin American History
  • Jefferson, La'Nora

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    African American History, American
    La’Nora graduated from the University of Houston in 2016 with a BA in History. She is a first-year doctoral student whose field of focus is 20th century African-American and U.S History. La’Nora is in...
  • Johnson, Tracey

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    African American History
    Tracey Johnson is a fourth-year doctoral student focusing on the visual dimension of the Black Arts Movement in New York City. Her dissertation “Carving Out A Space For Themselves: Black Artists Durin...
  • Kaplan, Joseph

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    African American History
    Joe Kaplan is a second 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 Panthe...
  • Kelly, William

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    Latin American History, United States
    William Kelly is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the department. His dissertation explores housing reform and revolution in Cuba in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, drawing on research he conducted throughout th...
  • Kitada, Eri

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    United States, Women's and Gender History
    I am a third-year doctoral student working on missing links between three different regions – Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the United States, with interests in race, space, gender/sexuality, and emp...
  • 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, U.S.-East Asian relations, Modern East Asian History, Memory Studies
    Aries received her B.A. and M.A. in history from Northeast Normal University in China. Her research centers on the history of U.S.-East Asian relations in the 20th century, with a special interest in...
  • 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 following the beginning of his career in academia at City College of San Francisco. He is interested...
  • 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. His research focuses on the role of women in debates about God’s omnipotence and limits of nature during the long twelfth century.
  • McMurry, Cassandra

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    Early Modern European History, Women's and Gender
    Cassandra received her B.A. in History and German Literature from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 2017. She is interested in gender, power, and material culture in the transnati...
  • 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
    Paul is pursuing a PhD in modern European History. He received a BA in history and Russian Studies from The College of New Jersey. His research focuses on the Soviet Union during the Second World War...
  • 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 second-year doctoral candid...
  • 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 third-year Ph.D. student. His field of interest is a history of post-war USSR. Mainly he is focused on gender history, intellectual history, and history of sports and youth. He has a B.A. d...
  • Naeve, Catherine Harris

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    Early Modern History,British Isles, Global and Comparative
    Catherine is currently a fifth-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, Women’s and Gender History, Urban Slavery and Emancipation
    Jerrad P. Pacatte is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. A student of Erica Armstrong Dunbar, his research and teaching interests include: the...
  • Petrusek, Alexander

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    Modern European History, Global and Compartive
    Alexander is a fourth-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 PhD candidate at Rutgers after receiving a B.A. from Bard College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College. Marika studies what low-income New Yorkers did for fun, outdoors, during the long ninet...
  • Powell, Stephen

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    European History, Global and Comparative
    Stephen received his BA in History from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2015 and an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University in 2018. His research interests include the economic and...
  • 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...
  • Ren, Jian

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    Latin American History, Global and Comparative
    Jian graduated with a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of Sydney in 2016 and with a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago in 2017. Jian is interested in the late n...
  • Reynolds, Melissa

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    Early Modern European History, Medieval, Women's and Gender
    Melissa is a sixth-year doctoral candidate specializing in early modern European history (emphasis on the British Isles) and Women’s and Gender History. She is a 2018-19 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Compl...
  • Richey, Anna

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    American History, Women's and Gender
    Anna is a doctoral student who focuses on twentieth century American women’s history. She received her BA from the Ohio State University majoring in History and Women Studies. She also received resear...
  • 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 doctoral candidate in the history of science, technology, and environment. He is currently writing his dissertation “Ventilating the Empire: Environmental Machines in the British Atlantic Wo...
  • Siegel, Jesse

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    Modern European History, Global and Comparative
    Jesse Siegel is a first year PhD student focusing on Modern Europe, with a minor field in Global Comparative Studies. Jesse received a BA at Gettysburg College in 2016, majoring in History and German...
  • Sigurdson, Hannah

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    Early Modern European History, STEH
    Hannah is a first year PhD student who graduated with a B.A. in history from the University at Buffalo. She is primarily interested in early modern and Victorian British history, with a thematic focus...
  • Sinclair, Katie

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    European History, STEH
    Katherine is a third-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 tec...
  • Snow, Henry

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    Early Modern Atlantic/Britain
    Henry is a second-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 i...
  • 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...
  • Sprenger, Nicholas

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    Modern European History, Global and Comparative
    Nick Sprenger is a first year PhD candidate who studies the British Empire in the long nineteenth century. He is interested in the histories of colonial police/policing, as well gender and empire. Pri...
  • Stackelberg, Emmet von

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    American, Cultural History
    Emmet is a third-year doctoral student, studying the cultural and sensory history of the United States in the early 20th century. He is interested in the politics of commercial media, and in the ways...
  • 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-...
  • Stone, Adam J.

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    American History, Modern European
    Adam J. Stone is a first-year PhD student studying United States Foreign Relations in the 20th Century, with a particular interest in the Soviet Union and the relationship between the German Democrati...
  • 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...
  • Valdes, Leo

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    Women's and Gender History, US, Latin American
    Leo Valdes is a first-year doctoral student in the history department. Leo received his B.A. in History and Women's and Gender Studies from Dartmouth College in 2013. Prior to entering the PhD program...
  • Varon Carvajal, Lisette

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    Women’s and Gender History, STEH
    Lisette is currently a third year doctoral student. Prior to attending Rutgers, she earned her bachelor degree at Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia, with a major in Political Science, and two m...
  • Walker, Pamela

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    African American History, Women's and Gender
    Pamela Walker is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University specializing in African American History and Women and Gender History. Her dissertation, “‘Everyone Must Think We Really Need Freedom’: Blac...
  • Wierda, Meagan

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    19th C. US History, STEH
    Meagan is a fourth-year PhD candidate who studies American history and the history of science and technology. Broadly conceived, her dissertation project considers the myriad calculations that were im...
  • Wiesner, Caitlin

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    Women's and Gender History, African American
    Caitlin is currently a fourth 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 & Gend...
  • Willard-Kyle, Danielle

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    Modern European, Jewish, Women's and Gender History
    Danielle Willard-Kyle is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the History Department specializing in Modern Europe. Her dissertation, "Living in Liminal Spaces" focuses on the questions of home-making a...
  • Williams, Joseph

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    African American History, Women’s and Gender
    Joseph entered the doctoral program after earning an M.A. from the Department of History at DePaul University and a Master of Theological Studies at Garrett Seminary. He is interested in black intelle...
  • 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 third-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, specif...
  • Young, Kevin

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    Latin American, Caribbean History, Global and Comparative
    Kevin C Young is a PhD Candidate majoring in Latin American/Caribbean and minoring in Global Comparative history. He has an MA in World History from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. He rec...
  • Zanoni, Amy

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    American History, Women's and Gender, African-American
    Amy Zanoni is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. and Women's & Gender History at Rutgers University and an Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow in History Education at the Museum of the City of New York (2018-2...