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Recent PhD recipients

  

Carolyn Taratko - PhD September 2019

Dissertation title: ""Feeding Germany: Food, Land, and the Social Question in Modern Germany, 1871–1923."

Postdoctoral fellow, Max Kade postdoctoral fellow at the Free University, Berlin

Danyelle Valentine - PhD August 2019

Dissertation title: "An Alternative Diaspora: African American 'Out' Migration to Trinidad and the British West Indies, 1783-1865"

Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2019-2020

Henry Gorman - PhD August 2019

Dissertation title: "American Ottomans: Protestant Missionaries in the Service of an Islamic Empire"

Rotational Associate at D.E. Shaw and Co., New York City

Zoe LeBlanc - PhD August 2019

Dissertation title: "Circulating Anti-Colonial Cairo: Decolonizing News Media and the Making of the Third World in Egypt: 1952-1978"

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Weld Fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University, 2019-2021

Justin Hubbard - PhD August 2019

Dissertation title: "'Can't Fool the P Test': American Science, the Department of Defense, and the Unlikely Invention of the War on Drugs, 1945-1980"

 

 

 

Juliet Larkin-Gilmore - PhD August 2019

Dissertation title: "Native Health on the Move: Public Health and Assimilation on the Lower Colorado River, 1890–1934"

Chancellor's Postdoctoral fellow, Center for American Indian Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2019-20


  

Katherine McKenna - PhD August 2019

Dissertation title: "Fashioning Adria, Fashioning Femininity: Venetian Women and the Radicalization of the Querelle des Femmes 1550-1635"

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital and Public Humanities, Vanderbilt University, 2019-20

 

Fernanda Bretones Lane - PhD June 2019

Dissertation title: "Spain, the Caribbean, and the Making of Religious Sanctuary" 

Assistant Professor, tenure-track, University of Florida, 2019-

  

Sarah Holliday - PhD August 2019

Dissertation title: "A Bitter Legacy: Coffee, Identity, and Cultural Memory in Nineteenth-Century Britain"

Manager, independent bookstore, Waco, Texas

 

Patrick Rasico - PhD June 2019

Dissertation title: "Arenas of Display and Debate: Britishness, Exotica, and the Material Counterflows of Empire in India, 1750—1825"

Mellon Partners in Education Postdoctoral fellow, Fisk University, 2019-2021

 

Shawn Mosher - PhD December 2018

Dissertation title: "Competing Ideals: How Commerce, Christianity and Civilization Shaped Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Liberia"

Teams Operation Manager and Training Specialist, Alorica, Omaha, Nebraska, 2016-

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Katherine Lazo - PhD September 2018

Dissertation title: 'Rigour upon men's consciences': National Identity, Religion, and English Catholics during the Interregnum"

 

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Sean Bortz - PhD September 2018

Dissertation title: "Thinking with Jews: Jews and Judaism and the Struggle for Orthodoxy in late Medieval and Reformation England"

Assistant Professor of History, Cumberland University, 2019-

Christopher Mapes

Christopher Mapes - PhD August 2018

Dissertation title: "Germany's Slavery Problem during the Sattelzeit, 1750-1850"

Post-doctoral fellow, Digital Humanities Center, Vanderbilt University

 Dean Bruno

Dean Bruno - PhD August 2018

Dissertation title: "A Place Called Home: Dispossession and Remembrance of a Central New York Landscape"

Teaching Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Advising, North Carolina State University

Danielle Picard

Danielle Picard - PhD August 2018

Dissertation title: "Analyzing the Human Factor in British Industrial Psychology, 1919-1939"

Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt’s Center for Medicine, Health & Society, 2019-

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J'Nese Williams - PhD August 2018

Dissertation title: "Imperial Intervention: Botanic Gardens, Science, and Colonial Administration in the British Empire, Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries"

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 2018-20

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Cassandra Painter - PhD August 2018

Dissertation title: "The Life and Afterlife of Anna Katharina Emmerick: Reimagining Catholicism in Modern Germany"

Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in History, Valparaiso University

Daniel Genkins

Daniel Genkins - PhD August 2018

Dissertation title: "Entangled Empires: Anglo-Spanish Competition in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean"

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Digital Humanities Center and Executive Director of the Slave Societies Digital Archive, Vanderbilt University, 2019-2020

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Aileen Teague - PhD June 2018

Dissertation title: "Americanizing Mexican Drug Enforcement: The War on Drugs in Mexican Politics and Society, 1964-1982"

Postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University

Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service, starting in the Fall of 2020

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William Murrell - PhD June 2018

Dissertation title: "Dragomans and Crusaders: the Role of Translators and Translation in the Eastern Mediterranean"

Launch Director and Lecturer in Church History, Every Nation Theological Seminary

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Marjorie Brown - PhD August 2017

Dissertation title: "Diplomatic Ties: Slavery and Diplomacy in the Gulf Coast Region, 1836-1845"

Professor, History, Houston Community College

Anthony Siracusa

Anthony C. Siracusa - PhD August 2017

Dissertation title: "A More Durable Weapon: Religion and Nonviolence in the Black Freedom Struggle, 1918-1960"

Engaged Learning Specialist, Collaborate for Community Engagement, Colorado College

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Kelly O'Reilly - PhD August 2017

Dissertation title: "Of the Poor, By the Poor, or For the Poor": Community Health Centers and the War on Poverty"

Student at Yale Law School, J.D. expected in 2020

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Lance Ingwersen - PhD August 2017

Dissertation title: "Mexico City in the Age of Theater, 1830-1901"

Assistant Professor of History, Jacksonville State University, tenure-track, 2019-

 

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Ashish Koul - PhD August 2017

Dissertation title: "Making New Muslim Arains: Reform, Law and Politics in Colonial Punjab, 1890's-1940s"

Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern University, tenure-track, 2018-

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Sonja Ostrow - PhD August 2017

Dissertation title: "Polling after Fascism: Opinion Research, Mass Society, and Democratic Fragility in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1945-1960"

Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities, the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)

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Lu Sun - PhD May 2017

Dissertation title: "Prisoners, Saboteurs, and Diplomats: An International History of the Diplomacy of Captivity During and Following the Korean War"

Assistant Professor of History, Bryant University's China campus; Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China

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Alex Jacobs - PhD December 2016

Dissertation title: ""After the Enlightenment: Progress, Tradition, and the Foundations of Democracy in Modern American Thought"

Senior Lecturer, Program of American Studies, Vanderbilt University

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Jason Bates - PhD December 2016

Dissertation title: "An Opium-Consuming Nation: Race, Government Power, and the American Penal State, 1870-1930"

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Kara Schultz - PhD December 2016

Dissertation title: "An African South Atlantic: La Plata, Brazil, and Angola, 1580-1680"

Postdoctoral Fellow and Project Manager, Slave Societies Digital Archive, run by Professor Jane Landers

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Tizoc Chavez - PhD August 2016

Dissertation title: "Presidential Parley: Personal Diplomacy and the Modern Presidency"

DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Fall 2019

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Jenifer Dodd - PhD August 2016

Dissertation title: "'Compulsive Rapism': Psychiatric Approaches to Sexual Violence in the 1980s"

Mellon Fellow at Tennessee State University, Nashville

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Michell Chresfield - PhD August 2016

Dissertation title: "Problem and Promise: 'Scientific Experts and the Mixed-Blood',1870-1970"

Lecturer of African-American History, tenure-track, University of Birmingham-UK 

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Paula Gajewski - PhD May 2016

Dissertation title: "The New York Stock Exchange and the Transformation of Retirement in America"

Jessica Burch - PhD August 2015

Dissertation title: "Soap and Hope": Direct Sales and the Culture of Work and Capitalism in Postwar America"

Assistant Professor, tenure track, in the Global Commerce program, Denison University, August 2019

Miriam Martin Erickson - PhD August 2015


Dissertation title: "The Black Auxiliary Troops of King Carlos IV: African Diaspora in the Entangled Spanish Atlantic World, 1791-1818"

Academic Services Coordinator, Writing Studio/Tutoring Services, Vanderbilt University

Amy Gant Tan - PhD August 2015

Dissertation title: "Richard Bernard and His Publics: A Puritan Minister as Author"

Independent Researcher, Nashville

Jonathan Hansen - PhD May 2015

Dissertation title: "Development at the Margins: Missionaries, the State, and the Transformation of Marsabit, Kenya in the Twentieth Century"

Nicolette Kostiw

Nicolette Kostiw - PhD May 2015

Dissertation title: "Child and Citizen" The Tutelage of Minors, Slavery, and Transition in Rio de Janeiro, 1871-1900"

Assistant Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University

Matthew Owen - PhD December 2014

Dissertation title: "For the Progress of Man: The TVA, Electric Power, and the Environment,1939-1969"'

Research Associate, Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

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Ansley Quiros - PhD December 2014

Dissertation title: "'The Devil and Jesus in Americus, Georgia': Lived Theology in the Civil Rights Movement in Americus, GA, 1942-1978"

Assistant Professor, tenure track, University of North Alabama

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Courtney Campbell - PhD August 2014

Dissertation title: "The Brazilian Northeast, Inside Out: Region, Nation, and Globalization (1926-1968)"

Lecturer of Latin American History at the University of  Birmingham, England

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Jeremy DeWaal - PhD August 2014

Dissertation title: "Redemptive Geographies: The Turn to Local Heimat   in Early Postwar West  Germany, 1945-1965" 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

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Frances Kolb - PhD August 2014

Dissertation title: "Contesting Borderlands: Policy and Practice in Spanish Louisiana, 1765-1800"

Instructor in the History Department at Western Kentucky University, 2016-2017

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Angela Sutton - PhD August 2014

Dissertation title: "Mercantile Culture of the Gold Coast Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, 1621-1720"

Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Fellowship in partnership with Vanderbilt University, post-doctoral fellow, Slave Societies Digital Archive, 2018-2020

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Erin Woodruff Stone - PhD May 2014

Dissertation title: "Indian Harvest: The Rise of the Indigenous Slave Trade and Diaspora from Espanola to the Circum-Caribbean, 1492-1542"

Associate Professor of Latin American History, University of West Florida

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Adam Richard Wilsman - PhD May 2014

Dissertation title: "Our Enemy's Enemy: Human Rights and the U.S. Intervention in El Salvador, 1977-1992"

Upper School History Teacher, Harpeth Hall, Nashville, Tennessee

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Nicholas Villanueva - PhD December 2013

Dissertation title: "No Place of Refuge: Mexicans, Anglos, and Violence in the Texas Borderland, 1900-1920"

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Ethnic Studies Department, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Caree Banton - PhD August 2013

Dissertation title: " 'More Auspicious Shores": Post-Emancipation Barbadian Emigrants in Pursuit of Freedom, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Liberia, 1834-1912"

Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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Stephen Kennedy Harrison - PhD August 2013

Dissertation title: "Communism and Christianity: Missionaries and The Communist Seizure of Power In China"

Lecturer at Wenzhou-Kean University, 2014-2015.

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Joanna Mazurska - PhD August 2013

Dissertation title: "Making Sense of Czeslaw Milosz: A Poet's Formative Dialogue with his Transnational Audiences"

Consultant at the Institute for Polish Literature Studies, United Kingdom

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Kevin Vanzant - PhD August 2013

Dissertation title: " 'We Sweat and Toil": Self-Interest, Labor, and the Power of "The People" in Early America Politics, 1607-1692"

Visiting Professor, Tennessee State University and Visiting Scholar in History, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN through the Mellon Partners Postdoctoral Fellowship

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William Hardin - PhD May 2013

Dissertation title: "Litigating the Lash: Quaker Emancipator Robert Pleasants, the Law of Slavery and the Meaning of Manumission in Revolutionary and Early National Virginia”

Upper School History Teacher at Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville TN

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Erica Hayden - PhD May 2013

Dissertation title: "Plunged into a Vortex of Iniquity”: Female Criminality and Punishment in Pennsylvania, 1820-1860”

Associate Professor in History, tenure track, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

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Deanna Matheuszik - PhD May 2013

Dissertation title: "The Angel Paradox: Elizabeth Fry and the Role of Gender and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Britain”

Visiting Assistant Professor, Modern European History, University of Mississippi, 2014-15

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Patrick Jackson - PhD December 2012

Dissertation title: "Lost: American Evangelicals in the Public Square, 1925-1955"

Nationally Competitive Fellowship Advisor, and Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies at Allegheny College, PA

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William Bishop - PhD August 2012

Dissertation title: "Diplomacy in Black and White: America’s Contribution to the Search for Zimbabwean Independence, 1965-1980"

Upper Division History Teacher, Casady School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Cheryl A. Hudson - PhD December 2011

Dissertation title: "Making Modern Citizens: Political Culture in Chicago, 1890-1930"

Lecturer in American History at the University of Liverpool, England

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Crystal A. deGregory – PhD May 2011

Dissertation title: “Raising a Nonviolent Army: Four Nashville Black Colleges and the Century-Long Struggle for Civil Rights, 1830s-1930s

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Christina Dickerson Cousin – PhD May 2011

Dissertation title: “Diplomats, Soldiers, and Slaveholders: The Coulon de Villiers Family in New France, 1700-1763”

Assistant Professor of African American History (tenure track) at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT

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Rachel Donaldson – PhD May 2011

Dissertation title: “Music for the People: The Folk Music Revival and American Identity, 1930-1970”

Assistant Professor in Public History, tenure track, College of Charleston

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David C. LaFevor - May 2011

Dissertation title: “Forging the Masculine and Modern Nation: Race, Identity and the Public Sphere in Cuba and Mexico, 1890s – 1930s”

Associate Professor of Latin American History and Digital Humanities, tenure track, University of Texas, Arlington

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Michael Boden – December 2010

Dissertation title: “The First Red Clausewitz: Friedrich Engels and Nineteenth-Century Socialist Military Thought”

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY

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Natalie Inman – December 2010

Dissertation title: “Networks in Negotiation: The Role of Family and Kinship in Intercultural Diplomacy on the Trans-Appalachian Frontier, 1680-1849”

Assistant Professor, Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN

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Kurt Johnson – December 2010

Dissertation title: “The Re-enchanted Body in fin de siècle German Culture"

Term Instructor - History, University of Alaska, Anchorage

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Pablo Gomez – August 2010

Dissertation title: “Bodies of Encounter: Health, Illness and Death in the Early Modern African-Spanish Caribbean”

Associate Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, and History, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Larry Rivers – August 2010

Dissertation title: “‘Our God is Marching On’: James Hudson and the Theological Foundation of the Civil Rights Movement”

Assistant Professor, tenure track, University of West Georgia

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Selena Sanderfer – August 2010

Dissertation title: “For Land and Liberty: Black Territorial Separatism in the South, 1776-1904”

Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University

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Mary Sanderson – May 2010

Dissertation title: “ ‘Our Own Catholic Countrymen’: Religion, Loyalism, and Subjecthood in Britain and its Empire, 1775-1829”

Lecturer, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

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David Wheat – August 2009

Dissertation title: “The Afro-Portuguese Maritime World and the Foundations of Spanish Caribbean Society, 1570-1640”

Associate Professor (tenured), Michigan State University

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Michael Crane – May 2009

Dissertation title: “Slavery on the Edge of Freedom: The Lower Ohio River Valley in the Antebellum and Civil War Era”

Associate Professor of History, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

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Robert Hutton – May 2009

Dissertation title: “‘Bloody Breathitt’: Power and Violence in the Mountain South”

Senior Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville