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Recent PhD recipients

Recent Recipients of The Doctorate in History from Vanderbilt

Danielle Picard

Danielle Picard - PhD August 2018

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

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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."

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Cassandra Painter - PhD August 2018

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

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Daniel Jenkins - PhD August 2018

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

CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University

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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"

Two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University

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Marjorie Brown - PhD August 2017

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

Professor, 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"

Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University, 2017-18

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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"

Singh Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in South Asian Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, 2017-18.
Fall 2018 Northwestern University, tenure-track position

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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"

Administrative Assistant to the Vanderbilt History Seminar
Lecturer, Department of History; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, 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"

ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanties
Lecturer, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

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Tizoc Chavez - PhD August 2016

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

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

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Jenifer Dodd - PhD August 2016

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

Mellon Fellow at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky

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Michell Chresfield - PhD August 2016

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

Kenneth P. Dietrich Post-doctoral Fellow on Power and Inequality at the University of Pittsburgh

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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.

Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow in Business History, Harvard Business School

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". 

Pre-Major Academic Advisor for College of Arts & Science; Lecturer in History, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Amy Gant Tan - PhD August 2015

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

Research Assistant Professor of History; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (2016-2017)

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


Courtney Campbell - PhD August 2014

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

Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in U.S.) of Latin American History at the University of  Birmingham, England (effective Fall 2016).


Jeremy DeWaal - PhD August 2014

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

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Advanced Center for German and European  Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.


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.


Angela Sutton - PhD August 2014

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

Lecturer in History; Digital Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University (2016-2017)


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"

Assistant Professor of Latin American History, tenure track, University of West Florida


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


Nicholas Villanueva - PhD December 2013

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

Director of Critical Sports Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder.


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.


Joanna Mazurska - PhD August 2013

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


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


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


Erica Hayden - PhD May 2013

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Christina Dickerson Cousin – PhD May 2011

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

Visiting Professor of History at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT


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


David C. LaFevor - May 2011

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

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


Michael Boden – December 2010

Dissertation: “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


Natalie Inman – December 2010

Dissertation: “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


Kurt Johnson – December 2010

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

Term Instructor - History, University of Alaska, Anchorage


Pablo Gomez – August 2010

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

Assistant Professor, tenure track, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Larry Rivers – August 2010

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

Assistant Professor, tenure track, University of West Georgia


Selena Sanderfer – August 2010

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

Assistant Professor, tenure track, Western Kentucky University


Mary Sanderson – May 2010

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

Lecturer, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH


David Wheat – August 2009

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

Associate Professor (tenured), Michigan State University


Michael Crane – May 2009

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

Assistant Professor of History, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.


Robert Hutton – May 2009

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

Senior Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville