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Jordan Bergstrom

Doctoral Student
jordan.bergstrom@wsu.edu

 

Jordan is a first year Doctoral Student studying under Dr. Jennifer Thigpen. Jordan is a historian of Native American history and his areas of research include race, ethnicity, and formations of identity in 19th century America.  Jordan earned BA’s in history and political science in 2012 and an MA in history from Central Washington University 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 Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 tracking the changing identity and racial attitudes of white Americans in opposition to Natives 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 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

David Bolingbroke

PhD Candidate
david.bolingbroke@wsu.edu

David Bolingbroke, ABD, is a doctoral candidate from Reno, Nevada working with Dr. Jeffrey Sanders. His research focuses on environmental history in the American West. He has a BA from Brigham Young University and an MA from Utah State University. His Master’s thesis focused on northern Nevada’s Pyramid Lake and lower Truckee River fishery, narrating the ruin and restoration of the fishery and emphasizing what restoration meant to different resource users from the 1940s onward. At WSU, his tentative dissertation title is “Atomic Restoration: An Environmental History of the Hanford Nuclear Site.” His research will examine Hanford’s dynamic relationship with the environment from the era where it produced plutonium during World War II and the Cold War to more recent times when nuclear waste cleanup efforts began in the late 20th century and continue to the present day.

Since moving to Washington State in the fall of 2015, he has worked with Northwest Public Radio journalist Anna King for her Daughters of Hanford story on nuclear scientist Leona Woods Marshall Libby. More recently (Summer 2016), he worked for the Hanford History Project at WSU Tri-Cities.

Ryan W. Booth

PhD Candidate
ryan.booth@wsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Ryan W. Booth, ABD, is a doctoral student 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.

Samantha Edgerton

MA student
samantha.edgerton@wsu.edu

 

Samantha Edgerton is a first-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.

Non-historical interests include travel, attempting to improve as a photographer, and being a soccer mom.

Sam Fleischer

Doctoral student
sam.fleischer@wsu.edu

 

Web blurb update: Sam Fleischer is a third-year doctoral student 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. He recently published a historical biography of former WSU President C. Clement French in the WSU Press compilation, Leading the Crimson and Gray, and Sam also will be presenting some of his dissertation research next spring at the 2020 North American Society for Sports History annual conference at the University of Iowa.

 

 

 

Daniel Fogt

Daniel Fogt

PhD candidate
daniel.fogt@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Daniel Fogt, ABD, is a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Jesse Spohnholz and holds degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Idaho.  His research examines Dutch Reformed refugees in early modern Europe that assesses their experience of exile through the lens of gender.

Chris Halderman

MA Student
c.halderman@wsu.edu

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Fred Hardyway

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PhD Candidate
fred.hardyway@wsu.edu
Vancouver

 

 

 

Fred Hardyway, ABD, is a doctoral candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Candice Goucher at the Vancouver Campus. His research, at least to date, examines principles of technological migration and concepts of revocation of Muslim identity in West Africa.  This research is focused through a case study examination of the Songhay Empire and the 16th century invasion of the empire by Moroccan forces.  Through the lens of blacksmiths and warriors, Hardyway seek to understand the greater expanse of West African technological complexity and diversity, as well as movements of this knowledge within and outside of West Africa.  Under this greater umbrella examination of war, he also examine the diverse complexity surrounding ideas of being Muslim, and cases of revocation of Muslim identity and subsequent enslavement by other Muslims.

 

 

Taylor Hermsen

PhD Candidate
taylor.hermsen@wsu.edu

 

 

 

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.

 

Matthew Hitchen

MA Student
matthew.hitchen@wsu.edu

 

Matthew Hitchen is a second year MA student studying under Dr. Lawrence B. A. Hatter. He is originally from Upstate New York and grew up around Dutch, British, and German historic sites. Matt’s primary area of interest is the history of the early republic and the values, ideas, and peoples who settled colonial New York. Matt is working his MA thesis tentatively titled, A Republican Education: The Politics and Ideology of Education in Columbia County, New York, 1778-1850.  Matt double majored as an undergrad, earning a BA in History and Political Science before graduating with honors from SUNY Oneonta in December, 2016.

Aaron Jesch

Doctoral student
aaron.jesch@wsu.edu

 

 

Aaron Jesch is a first year PhD. student hailing from Kearney, Nebraska where he attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney. There he received a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science in 2000, then a master’s degree in History in 2008. His Master’s thesis, A Peddler’s Progress: Assimilation and Americanization in Kearney, Nebraska 1890-1924, discusses the assimilation process of a small group of Syrian immigrants in central Nebraska at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and that as traveling peddlers, they skipped the factory work that other immigrants suffered, and quickly became an integral part of central Nebraska’s culture. Since receiving his master’s degree, he has traveled the adjunct circuit including stints at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon, then back to Nebraska and UNK, and Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska where he has taught a variety of courses in Western Civilization and American History. Here, he will be working under the supervision of Dr. Laurie Mercier and plans to continue his research into the issues of immigration, but drift slightly into labor and labor radicalism in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Jesch has a daughter, who is in her third year at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He also has two dogs that you might see on walks at the disc golf park. When he needs to release excess energy, he likes to lace up his skates and play a game of hockey with the local adult league.

 

Kevin Kipers

Doctoral student
kevin.kipers@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Kevin Kipers is a doctoral student 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.

 

Daniel Kotin

Daniel Kotin

PhD Candidate
daniel.kotin@wsu.edu
Vancouver

Daniel Kotin, ABD, is a doctoral candidate studying Modern World and African History with Dr. Candice Goucher. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century colonialism, imperialism, and decolonization in the Atlantic World.

Karl Krotke-Crandall

PhD Candidate
k.krotke-crandall@wsu.edu
Vancouver

 

 

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

MA Student
adam.laporte@wsu.edu

Adam LaPorte is a first 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 Lee

Doctoral student
hsinhsuan.lee@wsu.edu

 

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

Doctoral student
elisha.madison@wsu.edu

 

 

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!

Samantha Manz

MA Student
samantha.manz@wsu.edu

 

Samantha Manz is a first year MA student working with Dr. Linda Heidenreich. Sam is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and originally from Lubbock, Texas. She received her BA in English and History from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her time in undergrad, she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and conducted research for two years. She’s done research at Macalester College and Columbia University under Dr. Katrina Phillips and Dr. Celia Naylor (respectively). Her research interests include how Indigenous women experience violence in structures of settler colonialism in a historic and contemporary context. She is also interested in how Indigenous women artists use art as a form of resistance while responding to the historic legacies of photographers, such as Edward S. Curtis. In her free time, Sam enjoys to run, bike, and hike. She enjoys to cook and bake new recipes.!

Nicholas Martin

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PhD Candidate
nicholas.martin@wsu.edu

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Martin, ABD, is a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Lawrence Hatter.  Martin is studying the role that firearms access and commodities trade played in deciding the fate of marginalized and minority populations leading up to the Revolutionary War and in the Early American Republic. He has lived in various spots across the country, notably Massachusetts and Georgia, and holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University and the University of Southern Maine.

Martin likes to spend his free time watching football, drinking craft beer, and traveling.

Delaney Piper

MA student
delaney.piper@wsu.edu

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.

Craig Platzke

Doctoral student
craig.platzke@wsu.edu

 

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Randy Powell

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PhD Candidate
randal.powell@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Randy Powell, ABD, is a doctoral student studying with Dr. Matt Sutton. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a master’s degree in religious studies from Claremont Graduate University. Powell’s research interests include American religious history, Mormonism, and Evangelicalism.

Randy lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife, Heidi.

 

Melanie Reimann

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PhD Candidate
melanie.reimann@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Melanie Reimann, ABD, is a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Robert McCoy.  Reimann’s research fields are Native American and First Nation history, as well as the U.S./Canadian West.  She received her B.A. in English and History and an M.A. in History from University of Bielefeld in Germany.

Melanie moved from Germany to Pullman in August 2015 and her dissertation focuses on transborder indigenous groups in the American and Canadian West. She analyzes their ability to keep connections to people and lands on the other side of the border alive even though access to cross the border freely became more and more limited with the creation of a border patrol apparatus in both the United States and Canada.

Cole Robinson

MA Student
cole.s.robinson@wsu.edu

 

Cole Robinson is a first 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

Doctoral student
james.schroeder@wsu.edu

 

 

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.

 

Jade Shen

MA Student
qianni.shen@wsu.edu

Qianni, Jade Shen is a first-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

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PhD Candidate
brian.stack@wsu.edu

 

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!

Joshua Taylor

MA Student
Joshua.taylor2@wsu.edu

 

 

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MJ Vega

 

MA student
Mario.vega@wsu.edu

MJ Vega is a first 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.

In his free time, MJ runs a website dedicated to the history of his high school football team. He also enjoys listening to music, local coffee shops, and exploring the Palouse.

 

Alicia Woodard

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MA student
awoodard@wsu.edu

 

 

 

 

Alicia Woodard is a MA student working with Dr. Orlan Svingen.

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