Graduate Students

Andriamasindray, Kelly studies modern African-American history. Her research interests center around the policing of racial minorities, the discourse on black criminality, and the carceral state. Her dissertation-in-progress is entitled "'The Greatest State for the Negro?' African-American Women and the Criminal Justice System in California, 1890-1950s."

Beebe, Sean studies contemporary French, European, African and Francophone history, and is especially interested in the evolution of the political and cultural ties between France and West Africa in decolonization and the postcolonial period. His dissertation-in-progress is "Colonialism to Cooperation: France, Mauritania, and Senegal, 1960-1980."

Berkowitz, Jared studies American legal history and political economy. His research focuses on the rise of corporate capitalism in the late nineteenth century and, in particular, the ideological origins of corporate personhood.

Berman, Cassandra studies eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American history.  Her research focuses on gender, maternity, and print culture.  She is currently at work on her dissertation, "Motherhood Writ Large: Transgressive Maternity and American Popular Print, 1768-1868."

Brown, Patrick studies Russian cultural, social, and political history, concentrating on the working-class in the early Soviet period. His dissertation-in-progress is "Revolution in the Working-Class: Community, Conflict, and Identity in Nizhnii Novgorod, 1917-1941."

Carey, Marisa specializes in African-American History from slavery to the Progressive era. Her research more specifically focuses on race, gender, and sexuality, as well as how intersecting oppressions shaped social and legal definitions of race and gender in the United States.

Cochran, Robert studies imperial and colonial history, with particular emphases on the modern British Empire and the Caribbean. His research focuses on the interactions between colonizer and colonized, particularly as seen in the experiences of East Indian indentured laborers throughout the British Empire.

Cohen, David studies North American environmental history and the history of American capitalism. His dissertation, "Harvesting Green: Capitalism and Environmental Stewardship in the Great North Woods," explores the evolving rhetoric and environmental practices of the pulp and paper industry in the northeast United States, tracing the deep and often tangled roots of modern-day Corporate Social Responsibility.

Cohen, Sascha explores American popular culture and its intersections with the history of politics, gender, and sexuality. Her dissertation-in-progress is entitled "The Comedy of the Culture Wars: American Humor, Feminism, and Gay Liberation, 1969-1989."

Cornett, Natalie researches nineteenth to twentieth century women's movements in central and eastern Europe. More broadly, she is interested in how gender and cultural identity inform political identity, and how this translates into civic action.

Davis, Kelsey studies Russian religious history and post-Soviet historical memory. More specifically, she researches the Russian Orthodox Church's role in commemorating victims of Soviet repression and multiconfessionalism in Russia's borderlands.

Diender, Simone will write a dissertation on "The Private Citizen: Expert Power and the Obligations of Work, Prayer, and Parenthood, 1923-1970." Her research and teaching interests include 20th-century American history, especially intellectual history, and women’s and gender studies.

French, April specializes in Russian history. Her research interests center around religious praxis and theology in the late Soviet period. Her dissertation-in-progress is "Religious Activism in Soviet Siberia: Evangelical Women's Faith in Everyday Life, 1941-1991."

Gable, Sarah Beth studies the American Revolution in in New England, with specific interests in the concept of neutrality in war, civilian experience in war and the redistribution of wealth in New England communities after the expulsion of loyalists. Side interests include literary culture and literature produced during wartime, collaboration in war, and war related reprisals.

Gearty, Lauren studies U.S. history, with a focus on immigration law and policy in the twentieth century relating to unaccompanied migrant children.

Green, Kerry Jo studies modern American women and the roles of medical treatment and experimentation, labor and economy, and sexual violence on women in the nineteenth century. More broadly, she is interested in comparative analyses of women's experiences with medicine and sexual violence in the nineteenth century.

Hannigan, John studies the American Revolution, the early modern Atlantic world, the history of American slavery, and the comparative histories of war and society. His dissertation-in-progress is "‘To Be Faithful, Good Soldiers’: Slavery, War, and Emancipation in Revolutionary Massachusetts." He was named a Mellon-Sawyer Predoctoral Fellow, joining the university’s 2013-14 faculty/ graduate seminar, "Rethinking the Age of Revolution."

Herbert, Alexander studies the culture and politics of the late Soviet Union, with special emphasis on youth culture, environmental activism, and radical politics. His research focuses on how a particular engineering project facilitated the expansion of generational, ideological, and civic discourse to realms that fundamentally questioned Soviet man and woman’s conception of self and security in the late state-socialist cultural capital. 

Jung, Hannah studies nineteenth and twentieth century women's history in the United States. She is particularly interested in how women negotiate roles of authority in religious traditions.

Ali Kardatzke studies 19th century American history and the history of medicine. Her research examines the ways in which medicine and ideas about health interact with social and cultural values. Her dissertation-in-progress is: "Home and Hospital: The Civil War Origins of Veteran Healthcare in America.

Kelleher, Bridget studies the history of race and racism and the modern United States, focusing on institutions, the development of the modern state, and how marginalized peoples engage with activism and intellectual production from intersectional identities. Her research centers around various forms of racism in the Northern U.S. during the 20th century.

Krug, Eric studies early 20th century U.S. history, with a particular focus on the interwar years of the '20s and '30s. His research focuses on diplomatic and political history especially as it involves U.S. relations with Europe.

Laas, Nataliia studies Soviet history with a focus on the history of the economy, consumption, and trade. Her dissertation-in-progress is “Market Research Without a Market: Command Economy and Consumer Demand in the USSR (1953-1991).

Longva Vaeth, Susann studies modern European History, more specifically the post-WWII period. Her research focuses on the role of education and history textbooks in the development of national identity.

Low, Joey studies early modern Europe and Asia, particularly France and Ming-Qing China, with a focus on state formation and social and cultural history. His research interests include global frontier-state interactions, gunpowder technology, and socioeconomic patterns in global history.

Luger, Josh has research interests in American Jewish history of the 20th century. Currently he is focusing on American Jewish soldiers who have served in the American military.

Murad, Alaa studies the modern history of the Middle East. Her current research focuses on the transition away from traditional Islamic historiography in the 19th-century Levant and the historiography of the nahḍa in relation to the historical fiction.

Sackrison, Caitlin studies Modern European History, Women's History, and Migration History. Her current research focuses on the social and cultural experiences of Scandinavian women who immigrated from Norway to the Great Lakes region of the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Snyder, Calvin studies modern US history. His research probes the murky relationship between illicit economies and state power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is at work on a dissertation called "Shadows of the State: A History of the Los Angeles Underworld, 1848-1950."  Please see Calvin Snyder's Academia profile.

Wight, Philip studies global histories of energy and the environment. His research ranges from investigating oil pipelines in the Arctic to the growth of renewable energy systems in Latin America. He is at work on a dissertation entitled: "The Carbon TAP: A Reckoning of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System and Modern America.