Jordan is a second year Doctoral Student studying under Dr. Matthew Sutton. Jordan is a historian of twentieth century social and political history from a transnational perspective. His areas of research include American foreign policy, formation of political identities, and radical political ideologies. Jordan earned BA’s in history and political science from Central Washington University in 2012. After a short time off, he returned to Central and earned an MA in history in 2015. Jordan’s MA thesis, entitled The Rise and Fall of the Minnesota Middle Ground: Henry Hastings Sibley and the Ethnic Cleansing of Minnesota, focused on the Dakota War and tracked the changing racial identities and racial attitudes of white Europeans and Americans in opposition to Native Americans that ultimately led to the attempted ethnic cleansing of the state. After his first round of graduate school Jordan earned an internship with the SCA and worked as a historian of Russian Empire and Native Alaskan Tribes for the National Park Service at Sitka National Historical Park in Sitka, Alaska. Jordan then took a position with Washington State Department of Correction as a Community Corrections Officer from 2016 – 2019 before returning to academia.
David Bolingbroke recently defended his Ph.D., “Nuclear Animals and an Atomic Restoration: An Environmental History of the Hanford Nuclear Site.” This work focused on the animals Hanford Cold War-era biologists tested and monitored to better understand the effects of radioactive exposure. Bolingbroke argues that animals are crucial to understanding Cold War science, postwar ecological risks, and the conservation efforts that flowed from them. In 2015, he worked with Northwest News Network journalist Anna King for her Daughters of Hanford story on nuclear scientist Leona Woods Marshall Libby. In addition to Hanford animals and nuclear history, Bolingbroke has researched and written about Pacific Northwest wheat history and northern Nevada fisheries history. From 2018 to 2020, he served a two-year term representing the public at large on the Hanford Advisory Board. Bolingbroke enjoys teaching, advising, and guiding students as they master digital technologies like StoryMaps.
Ryan W. Booth, ABD, teaches at the WSU Vancouver campus and is a doctoral candidate in the history of the American West working with Dr. Boag. Booth entered the program in the fall of 2016. His research focuses on Native Americans and their interactions with the U.S. military. Booth’s dissertation explores the history of the U.S. Indian Scouts from 1866 to 1947 in the US West and its imperial implications at the turn of the twentieth-century. He holds degrees from Loyola University Chicago (BA 2001, cum laude) and Central Washington University (MA 2011). Booth worked previously for the Society of Jesus Oregon Province, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and for Heritage University as a history instructor. In 2015, Washington Governor Jay Inslee appointed Booth to the Humanities Washington Board of Trustees for a three-year term which ended in 2018. In 2019, Ryan Booth was named a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year to research the similarities between the American West and the British Raj in the late nineteenth century.
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Samantha Edgerton is a second-year doctoral student working with Dr. Laurie Mercier. Her primary research fields are women and gender, race and ethnicity, social movements, and popular culture in the 20th century United States. She received her bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Women’s Studies, then an MA in History in 2019. Her Master’s thesis, “Better Than Being on the Streets”: Oregon, Idaho, and the Battered Women’s Movement, centered on interpersonal violence (IPV) and the battered women’s shelter movement in Oregon and Idaho during the period 1975 through 1994. Edgerton examined how the battered women’s movement transformed public consciousness about IPV in the Pacific Northwest and offered a historical analysis of the people and institutions that created shelters, pursued legislation criminalizing IPV, and the political backlash they faced in the early 1980s.
Sam Fleischer, ABD, is a fourth-year doctoral candidate working under Dr. Matthew Sutton. His primary research fields are gender, politics, and race in twentieth-century America, examining the intersection of women’s athletics and the Olympic Games during the Cold War era. Sam recently contributed a historical biography of former WSU President C. Clement French in the WSU Press publication, Leading the Crimson and Gray, and he also is presenting some of his dissertation research next spring at the 2021 North American Society for Sports History annual conference. In the non-WSU world, Sam has been teaching English and journalism at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA, since 2002, and in addition, he spent 20 years in educational administration as the Special Assistant to the Office of the President Emeritus at Michigan State University (1998-2018). Sam also has been a professional music and sports journalist since the early 1990s, publishing over 2,000 pieces for AXS, CBS, and USCHO websites. He is a former Ironman triathlete and a certified triathlon coach, who only competes in much shorter triathlons these days. Sam’s next planned race is Lavaman 2021 in Waikoloa, HI.
Daniel Fogt, ABD, is a doctoral candidate from Houston, Texas working with Dr. Jesse Spohnholz. He holds degrees from the University of Idaho and Wheaton College. His dissertation is tentatively titled “Regulating Marriage and Socio-Religious Boundaries: The Reformation and Acts of Nonconformity in Netherlandish Refugee Communities, 1560-1600.” His research examines how sixteenth-century Dutch-speaking migrants utilized adjacent and overlapping religious spaces and legal jurisdictions to marry individuals their communities rejected, to abandon unwanted partners, or to escape accusations of bigamy and adultery.
Taylor Hermsen, ABD, is a doctoral candidate studying with Dr. Jeffrey Sanders. Hermsen’s research focuses on the development of the Washington wine industry, particularly in eastern Washington, over the last 80 years. In particular, he is interested in the ways in which an agricultural region/community is able to reinvent its understanding of itself, its public image, and its relationship with the local environment. Eastern Washington presents an interesting case study since even after the change, it was still an agricultural region, but had increased focus on the development of agritourism and the production of more luxury-orientated products. Examining the changes and continuities in this process will form part of the basis for Taylor’s work.
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Aaron Jesch is third year PhD student working under Dr. Laurie Mercier on a project that links the Industrial Workers of the World’s culture of labor radicalism to topics of art (tattoos and music) and sexuality, especially as they relate to ideas about protests and other forms of thought and behavior. It ultimately explores how protests as a performance (soapbox street speaking) became performance as a protest (working-class songs and theater) all in an effort to dismantle the inequities and unfairness of the capitalist system.
Kevin Kipers, ABD, is a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Lawrence Hatter. Kipers’ research focuses on settlement in the US West and how migration across the frontier during the nineteenth century gave way to the gradual rise of American capitalism, especially after the West’s declared closure in the 1890s. Hailing from Reno, NV, he earned his B.A. in history from the University of Nevada, Reno with concentrations on Nevada and the West before going on to receive a M.A. in history from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis on public history and a minor focus on history of the American frontier. Kipers’ has also conducted some regional study on the history of Orange County’s citrus industry.
In his spare time he enjoys sporting events (especially college football), watching movies, going for hikes, swimming, and traveling.
Karl Krotke-Crandall, ABD, is a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Brigit Farley of the Tri-Cities campus. Karl’s research examines the creation and transmission of historic memory about the Holocaust within Russian Jewish community in the Soviet period. He received his MA in History from the University of Arkansas in 2015 and a BA in History and Journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2006. In 2018, Karl received a Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Association for Slavic, East-European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). He spent the 2018-2019 academic year conducting research throughout the Russian Federation and returned to the WSU-V Campus in the fall of 2019.
When not reading, writing, or translating he enjoys a good Razorback football game (Woo Pig!) or watching Netflix with his wife.
Adam LaPorte is a second year MA student studying U.S. diplomatic relations preceding and during the Second World War under Dr. Noriko Kawamura. Born and raised in Upstate New York, Adam attended RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) and later UC (Utica College), where he earned his BA in History. During undergrad he was able to be part of his school’s study abroad program where he studied and lived at the University College of Dublin. He enjoys traveling, coffee, craft beer, and playing his friends in fantasy football.
Pamela Hsinhsuan Lee is a Ph.D. student in economic and medical history at Washington State University and works with Dr. Ashley Wright. Her research interests include the social, economic and public health networks connecting Asia and the world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and imperial and colonial policy.
Elisha Madison is a doctoral student studying American history with Dr. Laurie Mercier. She has a Bachelors in marketing from Regis University and a Master’s degree in Public History from American Military University as well as a Master’s of Ancient Celtic History & Mythology from Regis University. Madison is fascinated by the mythology and folklore of people, particularly the stories that are passed down orally and generationally that affect behaviors and lives of people still to this day. Due to this passion she has pursued public history, historic preservation, and archiving, hoping to find a universal way of keeping these stories alive for more generations in the future.
Madison was born in England but moved to California when she was young. She worked as a Graduate Academic Advisor for many years before quitting to become a freelance writer full time and has written lessons, articles, and also professionally edited novellas and journal papers. In her spare time she loves to cook, play video games, travel, and read with her husband who is also currently in the midst of his Management doctorate. She has eclectic music tastes that range from Dean Martin to Kesha!
Sreya Mukherjee is a first-year doctoral student working under Dr. Ashley Wright. Sreya was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She has completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Before moving to the United States, Sreya interned with the National Museum, New Delhi, and DakshinaChitra, Tamil Nadu. She was a Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellow in 2017. Her research interest caters to the subcontinent’s social history with a focus on the consumption of inebriants and gender dynamics in late 19th century and early 20th century India. When not working, Sreya likes to travel, sing, and play the ukulele.
Mina Park is a first-year doctoral student working under Dr. Noriko Kawamura. Mina was born and raised in Changwon, South Korea. Before she came to Pullman, she studied U.S. food aid to South Korea and the change of South Koreans’ dietary culture after WWII to complete the second MA in history from Miami University of Ohio. She earned the first MA in history from the Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea; the research focus was on Charles H. Haskins’s historical view which is based on the theory of the twelfth-century renaissance, who was an American historian of the early 20th century. Her current interests are mainly in the U.S.’s 20th century foreign relations with Asia regarding agricultural policy, capitalism, and popular culture. When not working on her studies, she enjoys listening to music, doing exercise, and travelling.
Delaney Piper is a MA student working with Dr. Peter Boag. Piper’s research focuses on US settlement and agricultural history through the lens of race and gender.
Cole Robinson is a second year MA student from Michigan studying under Dr. Lawrence B.A. Hatter. His love for travel, adventure, and tales of treachery and intrigue have led him into the field of Atlantic World history during the Age of Revolutions. More specifically, he is studying late colonial Atlantic-World empires, their seafaring peoples, the connections among them, and how those connections informed the conception and construction of sovereignty. Concepts such as, trans-imperial movements of ideas, goods, people, and rumors all had significant influence on the way individuals and groups conceived sovereignty and constructed it in newly independent nations.
James Schroeder is a doctoral student working under Dr. Noriko Kawamura. Schroeder’s research interest focuses on the military history and foreign relations of the United States in the twentieth century.
James enjoy traveling, reading, and drinking coffee.
Qianni (Jade) Shen is a second-year MA student, working under Dr. William Brecher. Jade is originally from Shanghai, China. She acquired her BA in History from Washington State University. Her research mainly focuses on the cultural and social aspect of modern Japan and China during wartime.
Brian Stack, ABD, is a doctoral candidate who also completed his MA at WSU. For both, he has worked with Dr. Peter Boag. Stack’s dissertation examines the history of bestiality in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century American West with particular emphasis on human-animal relationships, ideas about animal protection, power, and sexual assault.
Brian grew up in New England but has grown to embrace the Pacific Northwest. When not working he can be found gaming, watching comedies, or reminiscing about his mohawk!
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MJ Vega is a second year MA student studying Public History under Professor Orlan Svingen. Born and raised in Washington, he graduated from Washington State University in 2018 with a Bachelors in History. He returned to his alma mater where he plans to study the experiences of Japanese-Americans in the Palouse region during World War II and the role that local universities played for those affected by internment.