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Jordan Bergstrom

PhD candidate
jordan.bergstrom@wsu.edu

 

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.

Samantha Edgerton

PhD candidate
samantha.edgerton@wsu.edu

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.

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

Sam Fleischer

PhD candidate
sam.fleischer@wsu.edu

Sam Fleischer, ABD, is a fifth-year doctoral candidate working under Dr. Matthew Sutton. His primary research fields are gender, politics, race, and sports in twentieth-century America, examining the intersection of women’s athletics and the Olympic Games during the Cold War era. 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 and multidisciplinary course instruction as the Special Assistant to the Office of the President Emeritus at Michigan State University (1998-2018). Sam has earned graduate degrees in education, English literature, and history, and he also works as an academic success coach in the WSU Academic Success and Career Center.

Daniel Fogt

PhD candidate
daniel.fogt@wsu.edu

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

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.

Erin Hvizdak

MA student
erin.hvizdak@wsu.edu

 

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Aaron Jesch

Doctoral student
aaron.jesch@wsu.edu

 

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

PhD candidate
kevin.kipers@wsu.edu

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.

Adam LaPorte

MA student
adam.laporte@wsu.edu

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 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.

Sreya Mukherjee

Doctoral student
sreya.mukherjee@wsu.edu

 

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.

Jessica O’Rourke

MA student
jessica.orourke@wsu.edu

Jessica O’Rourke is a first-year MA student studying under Dr. Rob McCoy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Museum Studies from the University of Wyoming. She has a passion for museums and historic preservation. O’Rourke is pursuing her MA in Public History in hopes that she may enter into the museum field.

Mina Park

Doctoral student
mina.park1@wsu.edu

 

 

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 centuryHer 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.

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.