Recent PhD Graduates
Areas of Study: Modern U.S. history with a focus on law and imperialism
Her dissertation, "Courtroom Colonialism: Philippine Law and U.S. Rule, 1898-1935," examines the relationship between the development of modern Philippine jurisprudence under U.S. colonialism and the rising global power of the U.S. state in the early twentieth century.
Areas of Study: Social and cultural history of the United States
Dissertation title: "The Guilded Age: The American Ideal of Association, 1865-1900." Yoni held a competitive University Prize Instructorship at Brandeis in 2008 and received a Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship. He has taught at Babson College and worked as a regular columnist for the Atlantic.
Areas of Study: American legal and political history
His research focuses on the ways federal judges manipulated the rules governing access to their courts to enhance their own power and shape the contours of public discourse since the Civil War. The title of his dissertation is "Hand of the Law: Access, Process and Politics in the Federal Judiciary, 1860-2010."
Areas of Study: Early American, Native American, and American legal history
Dissertation title: "The Native Question: Rights, Sovereignty, and Empire in the Anglo-American World, 1810-1890."
Dissertation title: "Documenting Citizens: Birth Registration and American Identities, 1890-Present."
Areas of Study: American social movements, cultural constructions of gender, and visual and material culture during the long nineteenth century
She won external fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and numerous others in support of her dissertation, "Images of Change: Picturing Women's Rights from American Independence through the Nineteenth Amendment."
Areas of Study: American political, social, and cultural history
Dissertation title: "The Last Tax: Henry George and the Social Politics of Land Reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era"
Areas of Study: U.S. diplomatic history, U.S. military history, U.S. political history, national security politics
Dissertation title: "To the Brink of War: Foreign Policy Crises in East Asia in Eisenhower’s First Term". In 2012, a chapter of his thesis won first prize in the Cold War Essay Contest administered by the John A. Adams '71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute.
Areas of Study: American religious history, digital history, computational history, 19th-century U.S. history
Dissertation title: "The Varieties of American Conversion: The Origins of Religious Choice in the United States."
Professor Mullen won the Best First Book in the History of Religions Award from the American Academy of Religion for his book, The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America (Harvard University Press, 2017).
Areas of Study: American colonial, revolutionary, and early republican eras.
He won numerous fellowships in support of his dissertation, "Rightly to Be Great: Ideas of Honor and Virtue among the American Founders."
Areas of Study: History of science and technology
Dissertation title: "Milk: A New England History."