Recent PhD Graduates

Cassandra Berman (2020)
Archivist for the Maryland Province Archives at Georgetown University

Areas of Study: gender, maternity, and print culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American history.  

Dissertation title: "Motherhood Writ Large: Transgressive Maternity and American Popular Print, 1768-1868."

Philip Wight (2020)
Assistant Professor of History, Arctic & Northern Studies at University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Areas of Study: Global histories of energy and the environment

Dissertation title: “Arctic Artery: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and the World it Made”

Sarah Sutton (2016)
Director, Ten Bridge Communications

Areas of Study: History of science and technology

Dissertation title: "Milk: A New England History."

Zachary Matusheski (2015)
The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency Post-Doctoral Historian in Residence in the Department of History at The Ohio State University

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.

Clara Altman (2014)
Deputy Director, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC

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.

Yoni Appelbaum (2014)
Senior editor, The Atlantic [Politics section], Washington, DC

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.

Winston Bowman (2014)
Federal Judicial Center, History Department, Washington, DC

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."

Joshua Cracraft (2014)
Program Director, Primary Source, Watertown, MA

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."

Shane Landrum (2014)
Instructor in History, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Dissertation title: "Documenting Citizens: Birth Registration and American Identities, 1890-Present."

Allison Lange (2014)
Assistant Professor of History, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

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."

Lincoln Mullen (2014)
Assistant Professor, department of History and Art History, George Mason University

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).

Craig Bruce Smith (2014)
Assistant Professor of History, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS)

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."

Alexandra Lough (2013)
Director, Henry George Birthplace, Archive, and Historical Research Center

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"