Recent PhD Graduates

April French (2022)
Senior Academic Advising Professional, University of Wyoming

Dissertation title: "The Lived Religion of Baptist Women and Children in Soviet Siberia, 1941-91"

Nataliia Laas (2022)
Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

Dissertation title: "Market Research Without a Market: Consumers, the State, and the Economy of Waste in the Soviet Union, 1947-91"

Sascha Cohen (2021)
Freelance writer

Dissertation title: "The Comedy of the Culture Wars: American Humor, Second Wave Feminism, and Gay Liberation,1969-89"

Natalie Cornett (2021)
McGill University (Montreal) two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Dept. of History and Classical Studies

PhD dissertation accepted for publication by Cornell University Press: "The Politics of Love: The "Enthusiasts  and Feminism in 19th-Century Poland"

John Hannigan (2021)
Curator, Massachusetts State Archives

Dissertation title: "King’s Men and Continentals: War and Slavery in 18th-century Massachusetts"

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

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

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

Patrick Brown (2019)
Assistant Professor of History, West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Dissertation title: "Revolution in the Working Class: Collaboration, Conflict, and Identity in Nizhnii Novgorod, 1917-41

Chris Bordelon (2018)
Attorney, Philadelphia

Dissertation title: "Trade or Fade: The Transformation of U.S. Trade Policy, 1934-62"

Drew Flanagan (2018)
Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Director of the History/Political Science Program

Dissertation title: "Radiance on the Rhine: The French in Occupied Germany 1945-55"

Sarah Sutton (2016)
Managing Director, Argot Partners, LLC (Greater Boston)

Dissertation title: "Milk: A New England History"

Zachary Matusheski (2015)
Historian/Project Manager, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (Greater Philadelphia)

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

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 20th century.

Yoni Appelbaum (2014)
Deputy Editor, The Atlantic, Washington, DC

Dissertation title: "The Guilded Age: The American Ideal of Association, 1865-1900"

Winston Bowman (2014)
Associate Historian at the Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C.

Dissertation title: "Hand of the Law: Access, Process and Politics in the Federal Judiciary, 1860-2010"

Joshua Cracraft (2014)
Dean, Class of 2025, Hawken School (Ohio)

Dissertation title: "The Native Question: Rights, Sovereignty, and Empire in the Anglo-American World, 1810-90"

Shane Landrum (2014)
Oracle Cloud Solution Engineer, Oracle

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

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

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 19th Amendment."

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

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)
Associate Professor of History, National Defense University in the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS), Norfolk, VA.

Smith won numerous fellowships in support of his dissertation, "Rightly to Be Great: Ideas of Honor and Virtue among the American Founders." He has since authored "American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era" and co-authored "George Washington's Lessons in Ethical Leadership." 

Alexandra Lough (2013)
Co-founder and Vice President, LectureSource, an educational technology company

Dissertation title: "The Last Tax: Henry George and the Social Politics of Land Reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era"