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Alumni Spotlight

Kayleigh whitman ’23

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Sewanee – University of the South

Kayleigh’s research examines religious ideas in African-American women’s international activism during the twentieth century. Her research has been supported by the Rose Library at Emory University, Smith College, the Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute, and the Massachusetts Historical Society through a NERFC Fellowship. She has presented her work at the American Society of Church History and participated in panels at the National Council on Public History. She previously held an Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities, Her digital humanities work has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Partners for Humanities Collaboration and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Whitman is the co-creator of the digital project Plating the Past: A Year with the NCNW Cookbook, which explores how African American women used cooking and other domestic arts to promote Black history.

Abena Bokayewa-ANsah ’22

Assistant Research Professor of History, Associate Director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center

Dr. Abena Boakyewa-Ansah is a historian of US history with a specialized interest in Black women’s worlds, lives, and ideas of freedom in the Civil War era. A first-generation Afro-Caribbean and Black British scholar, Abena attended Vanderbilt University, where she completed her doctorate in history as the last student of Professor Richard Blackett in 2022. Her first manuscript, “Freedom Was Their North Star: Formerly Enslaved Women’s Efforts to Secure and Define Freedom During the American Civil War,” places enslaved women at the forefront of the battle for Black freedom, seeking to recast them as freedom makers rather than passive recipients of freedom. Abena developed her research interests in African-American religious history, Black women’s intellectual landscape and feminist ideas, and innovative research methods for diving deeper into the interiority of the enslaved.

Patrick Anthony ’21

Junior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at the Central European University

Patrick is a historian of science, labor, and the environment with a focus on central Europe and its global scientific networks in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His research ranges across the natural sciences, from paleontology to climatology, and explores working worlds from women’s textile manufacture to hard rock mining. He was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, supported by the DAAD PRIME program. Currently, he is a junior fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at the Central European University. His research has been published in journals such as IsisCentaurus, the Journal of the History of Ideas, and The Historical Journal. He is currently working on a book about the social history of the natural sciences, tentatively entitled, Science from Below: Work, Climate, and Mineral Empire.

Tiago Fernandes Maranhão ’20

Assistant Professor at Loyola University New Orleans

Dr. Tiago Fernandes Maranhão is a Brazilian historian working on the social, political, and racial aspects of Modern Latin America, public health, and the history of physical education and sports. Before earning a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Maranhão worked as a college professor in Brazil for several years. After concluding his doctorate, he worked as a postdoctoral faculty fellow at the Tougaloo College (HBCU), in Mississippi, and as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Maranhão is currently working on his book manuscript, tentatively titled Molding the Body, Forging the Nation: Race, Physical Culture, and the Shaping of Brazil (1822-1930), where he examines how nineteenth and twentieth-century Brazilian policy makers and scientists understood that the discipline of body through physical education could be a key tool in their efforts to build a new, “modern” nation. His work intends to analyze the key role played by eugenics and biotypology as well as their mechanisms of cohesion with political projects and the impact physical culture had on the debates that sought to construct the Brazilian body politic. Dr. Maranhão also co-coordinates the Transatlantic Bodies Project, a Digital Humanities initiative connecting the histories of the human body with the political, cultural, and intellectual knowledge developed in Brazil within the Atlantic World during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Fernanda Bretones Lane ’19

Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida

She is a historian of the colonial Caribbean, Afro-Latin America, and the Atlantic World. Prior to moving to the United States, she earned a B.A. in history from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (2009) and a master’s in social history from the University of São Paulo (2013), in her native Brazil. At present, she is assistant professor of history at the University of Florida, where she is also an affiliate faculty in the Center for Latin American Studies. Her research has been supported by Fundación Carolina (Spain), the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Germany), the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Lapidus-Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the Conference on Latin American History, among others. Her 2019 co-authored article in the Journal of Global Slavery won the 2020 Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article from the Southeastern Conference in Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), and she has also published in The Americas (2018) and Slavery & Abolition (2021). Dr. Bretones Lane will join the Omohundro Institute in January 2023 as an OI-NEH Fellow to complete her first monograph, Shores of Asylum: Fugitivity, Empire, and Slavery in the Caribbean, ca.1656-1791.

Aileen Teague ’18

Assistant Professor in the Bush School’s Department of International Affairs at Texas A&M University

She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Born in Colon, Panama, she traveled the world as part of a military family and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2006 to 2014. Dr. Teague enjoys providing a voice on how history has shaped current social and political issues. Her opinion pieces have appeared in venues including Time and The Washington Post. Her research focuses broadly on issues of interventionism, militarization, and incorporating top-down and bottom-up perspectives to understand the effects of U.S. policies on foreign societies. She is working on a book entitled, Americanizing Mexican Drug Enforcement: The War on Drugs in Mexican Politics and Society, 1964–1982, which examines the effects of United States drug policies and policing efforts on 1970s and 1980s Mexican politics and society. She has published articles in Diplomatic History and the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs. She has received support from organizations that include Fulbright (García Robles); the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR); the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College; and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, where she served as a visiting fellow.

Ashish Koul ’17

Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University

She specializes in the history of South Asia from the eighteenth century to the present. Her research investigates the historical processes through which collective identities take shape and transform in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Her current book project, provisionally entitled Islamic Caste: the Arains of Colonial India, 1890s-1940s, examines the intertwining of caste, religion, and politics in the historical trajectory of a South Asian Muslim community called the Arains. Paying attention to changing ideas about history and genealogy, religious practice, and political representation, her book analyzes articulations of Arain identity during a period when this community, and South Asia as a region, witnessed the transition from British colonial rule to post-colonial nationhood. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, and has published articles in Modern Asian Studies, South Asian History and Culture, and Social Science Probings.

Previous Placements


Miguel Chavez
Assistant Professor of History
Cumberland University

Jesse McCarthy
Lecturer in History
Vanderbilt University

Alexandre Pelegrino
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rice University

Samantha Rogers
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt University

Kayleigh Whitman
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Sewanee - University of the South

Abena Boakyewa-Ansah
Assistant Reserach Professor of History, Associate Director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center
The Pennsylvania State University

Kelsey Ensign
Louis W. Cabot Postdoctoral Fellow
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Hannah Hicks
Postdoctoral Fellow at the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center
The Pennsylvania State University

J. Andie Speed
High School Subject Expert Teacher
BASIS Independent School in McLean, VA

Mohammed Allehbi
Postdoctoral Fellow
Oxford Center for Islamic Studies

Maria Paula Andrade
Instructional Designer
Belmont Abbey College

Patrick Antony 
Junior Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Institute of Advanced Study at the Central European University

Jorge Delgadillo
Chancellor’s Advance Postdoctoral Fellow

Abraham Lidell
Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University

Jessica Lowe
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Sewanee University

Taryn Marashi
Assistant Professor of History
Augsburg University

Sarah Nelson
Postdoctoral Fellow
Leiden University

Danielle Stubbe
K-12 Education

Anna Young
College Counselor
Berkeley Squared Academy

Mary Bridges
Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy Postdoctoral Fellow
Johns Hopkins University

Lisa Lackney
Program Associate at the East Asia National Resource Center 
George Washington University

Tiago Maranhao
Assistant Professor
Loyola University New Orleans

Kyle Romero
Visiting Assistant Professor
Loyola Univeristy Maryland

Fernanda Bretones Lane
Assitant Professor
University of Florida

Henry Gorman
Data Science Academy Associate

Sarah Holliday
Fabled Bookstore

Juliet Larkin-Gilmore
ACLS Oscar Handlin Fellow
American Council of Learned Societies

Zoe LeBlanc
Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Katherine McKenna
NEH/Teagle Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow 
University of Notre Dame

Carolyn Taratko
Research Associate and Lecturer
University of Erfurt

Danyelle Valentine
Mellon Postdoc in Women's Studies
Vanderbilt University

Sean Bortz
Assistant Professor of History
Cumberland University

Dean Bruno
Associate Teaching Professor, Assistant Head for Student Affairs
NC State University

Johanna Elrick
Freelance Writer

Daniel Genkins
Mellon Assistant Professor of History and Digital Humanities
Vanderbilt University

Katherine Lazo
Assistant Athletics Director, Engagement
Stanford University

Christopher Mapes
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt University

Shawn Mosher
Operations Team Manager

William Murrell
Dean of Academics and Professor of Church History
Every Nation Theological Seminary

Cassandra Painter
Lecturer in Humanities
Valparaiso University

Danielle Picard
Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt's Center for Medicine, Health and Society
Vanderbilt University

Aileen Teague 
Assistant Professor of International Affairs
Texas A&M University's Bush School of Governmnet and Public Service

J'Nese Williams
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and the Environment
Wake Forest University

Marjorie Brown
Instructor of History
Houston Community College

Lance Ingersen
Assistant Professor of Latin American History
Jacksonville State University

Asish Koul
Assistant Professor of History
Northwestern University

Kelly O'Reilly
Law Clerk (Yale J.D. 2020)
Debevoise & Plimpton

Sonja Ostrow
Assistant Professor of Arts & Humanities
Minerva University

Anthony Siracusa
Assistant Professor of History and Community Engagement
St. John Fisher University

Lu Sun
Assistant Professor of History
Bryant University's China Campus

Tizoc Chavez
Visiting Assistant Professor of Government
Colby College

Michell Chresfield
Lecturer, 20th century US cultural, race, African-American history
University of Birmingham, UK

Jenifer Dodd
Instructor of History
Tennessee State University

Paula Gajewski
Senior Director
Dollar General

Alexander Jacobs
Senior Lecturer, American Studies
Vanderbilt University

Kara Schultz de Carvalho
Co-director Slave Societies Digital Archive
Vanderbilt University

Jessica Burch
Assistant Professor in Global Commerce Program
Denison University

Miriam Erickson
Academic Support Coordinator & Tutor Support Specialist
Vanderbilt University

Jonathan Hansen
Director of Product Engineering

Nicolette Kostiw
Sr. Project Manager
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Amy Tan
Independent Reseracher

Courtney Campbell
Lecturer in Latin American History
University of Birmingham, UK

Jeremy DeWaal
Lectuer of History
University of Exeter, UK

Frances Kolb
History Department at Western Kentucky University

Matthew Owen
Research Associate, Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
State of Tennessee

Ansley Quiros
Associate Professor of History
University of North Alabama

Erin Stone
Associate Professor of History and Philosophy
University of West Florida

Angela Sutton
Research Assistant Professor of Communicatons Studies and Assistant Dean of Graduate Education and Strategic Initiatives in the College of A&S
Vanderbilt Univeristy

Adam Wilsman
Upper School History Teacher
Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA