Graduate Students

Abrahams, Rafael studies nineteenth and twentieth century American history. His research focuses on white supremacy and right-wing radicalism, and their intersections with legal regimes and social organizations.

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."

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.

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. immigration law and policy in the twentieth century with a focus on the legal admission, exclusion, and deportation of women. Lauren is currently at work on her dissertation, “Immigration, Sexuality, and the Law, 1876-1924,” which examines issues of gender, sexuality, race, and state power in the application of immigration law. 

Green, Kerry Jo studies nineteenth-century American women and children, Civil War-era America, and the issues of freedom, consent, and safety in America. More broadly, she is interested in comparative analyses of women's experiences across cultures in the nineteenth century, as well as historical pedagogy, public history, and the creation of narratives within the profession.

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.

Ji, Fangchao studies Chinese history and Southeast Asian history. His research focuses on the history of overseas Chinese communities under British and Dutch colonial governances in the Java Sea region in the 18th and 19th centuries. His research interests include European imperial history in East and Southeast Asia, Chinese maritime expansions, and global maritime trade in the early modern period. 

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.

Kardatzke, Ali 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.

Laas, Nataliia studies the political economy, consumer society, gender, the history of the social sciences, the history of computing technologies, and the relations between the state and citizens in the Soviet bloc. Her dissertation-in-progress is “Market Research Without a Market: Consumers, the State, and the Economy of Waste in the Soviet Union, 1947–1991” which draws on previously unexplored files from thirteen archives in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, and the United States. Her project demonstrates how the state-sponsored market research and consumer studies reshaped relationships between the state and its citizens, expanded women’s agency, revived the significance of money and profit under communism, and stimulated the state’s willingness to engage in economic experimentation in the 1960s.

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 historical fiction.

Sackrison, Caitlin studies Modern European History, the North American West, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on womens' land rights during the great Scandinavian migration to the United States in the nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in the importance of land in practice, partnership, ownership, and inheritance for Norwegian immigrant women who were part of the agricultural economy of the southern Minnesota plains. Please see Caitlin Sackrison's Academia profile.  

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.

Szabo, Alexandra studies Holocaust history and is particularly interested in the social history of Hungarian survivors, their coping strategies and emigration to the US and Canada. She plans to focus her research on understanding women's experiences with pregnancies and miscarriages caused by the Holocaust (pre-, mid-, and post-Shoah). Please see Alexandra Szabo's Academia profile.