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Dissertations in Progress

Sam Fleischer

PhD Candidate, ABD

“Twentieth-Century Women’s Olympic Basketball: Gender and Political Crossroads”

Daniel Fogt

Daniel Fogt

PhD Candidate, ABD

“Crossing Borders: Marriage and Gender in Netherlandish Refugee Communities in London and the Rhineland, 1565-1600.”

Taylor Hermsen

PhD Candidate, ABD

Dissertation title to be determined.

Aaron Jesch

PhD Student

“Charlie Reeve and the Radical Culture of the IWW”

Kevin Kipers

PhD Candidate, ABD

“Switchmen in the American West: Worker Unrest and Radicalism along the Early Twentieth-Century Transcontinental Railroads, 1893-1910”

Hsinshuan (Pamela) Lee

PhD Student

“Empire and Disease Prevention: the British Crown Colonies and Qing China in the Nineteenth Century”

Elisha Madison

PhD Student

“Mapping the Memory of Irish-American Memorials in the Pacific Northwest”

James Schroeder

PhD Candidate, ABD

“An American Foreign Legion: The Recruitment of European Refugees for United States Military and Psychological Warfare Programs during the Early Cold War”

Samantha Edgerton

PhD Candidate, ABD

“Better Than Being on the Streets:” Oregon, Idaho, and the Battered Women’s Movement

Recent Alumni Dissertations


Booth, Ryan: “Crossed Arrows: The US Indian Scouts, 1866-1947.” (2021)

Krotke-Crandall, Karl: “The Holocaust in Russian Life: New Perspectives on Soviet-Jewish Memory”. (2021)

Atkins, Gregory: “America’s Theopolis: Boosters, Businesses, and Christian Nonprofits in Colorado Springs, 1871-2000.” (2018)

Binczewski, Jennifer: “Solitary Sparrows: Widowhood and the Catholic Community in Post-Reformation England, 1580-1630.” (2017)

Bond, Trevor: “Why Should We Have to Buy Our Own Things Back? The Struggle Over the Spalding-Allen Collection.” (2017)

Bolingbroke, David: “Atomic Restoration: An Environmental History of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.” (2021)

Chowdhury, Amitava: “Horizons of Memory: A Global Processual Study of Cultural Memory and Identity of the South Asian Indentured Labor Diaspora in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean.” (2008)

Grav, Hans-Petter: “Vesterheim in Red, White, and Blue: The Hyphenated Norweigan-American and Regional Identity in the Pacific Northwest.” (2017)

Hardyway, Fred: “Songhai’s Fall: The Role of Scholars and Blacksmiths in the Adoption, Adaptation, and Rejection of Gun Technology in West Africa, 1464-1612.” (2020)

Herzog, Shawna R.: “Convenient Compromises: A History of Slavery and Abolition in the British East Indies, 1795-1841.” (2013)

Kotin, Daniel: “Soundscapes of the Black Atlantic: Music, Memory, Recreation, and Nationalism in Trinidad Calypso, Ghanaian Highlife, and the African Diaspora.” (2020)

Link, Amanda Rae: “Spectors of Empire: Remembrance of the Great War in the Irish Free State, 1914-1937.” (2015)

Martin, Nicholas: “From Crying Blood to Capitalism: The Transition of Tribal Leadership in the Revolutionary Era.” (2020)

Maxwell, Mary Jane: “Journeys of Faith and Fortune: Christian Travelers in the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth-Century dar al-Islam.” (2004)

McCormack, Carey: “Collection and Discovery: Botanical Collection in South and Southeast Asia, 1754-1885.” (2018)

Moreno, Mark: “World at War: Mexican Identities, Insurgents, and the French Occupation, 1862-1867.” (2011)

Perry, Katherine: “Mau Mau in the Metropole: The British Conservation Party and Kenya’s State of Emergency, 1952-1960.” (2018)

Powell, Randal: “The Day Soon Cometh”: Mormons, the Apocalypse, and the Shaping of a Nation.” (2020)

Reimann, Melanie: “They Would ‘Grant Canada at a Usual and Accustomed Gathering Place’: Cultural Survival and Preservation Across the US-Canada Border by the Sinixt Nation and the Confederated tribes of the Colville Reservation.” (2020)

Rhett, Maryanne: “’Quasi-barbarians’ and ‘Wandering Jews’: The Balfour Declaration in Light of World Events.” (2008)

Rond, Terisa Jeanine: “Altogether Useless’: Women, Crime and the Creation of Unfree Labor for the British Atlantic Colonies, 1660-1783.” (2014)

Selmanovic, Amir: “Self Managed Tuzla: The Development of a Working Class City.” (2015)

Shin, Dong Jo: “Sinicization with Socialist Characteristics: Han Control Over Ethnic Koreans in Northeast China, 1921-1976.” (2018)

Song, Sikang: “Building a Smoking Society: Culture and Ecology of the Tobacco Industry in North China, 1902-1937.” (2017)

Stack, Brian: “In Certain Western Areas of the United States: Bestiality, Animals, and Sexuality in the 20th-Century American West.” (2021)

Traver, Barbara: “After Kourou: Settlement Schemes in French Guiana in the Age of Enlightenment.” (2011)

Wang, Ai: “City of the River: The Hai River and the Construction of Tianjin, 1897–1948.” (2014)

Wemlinger, Cherri: “Making their Voices Heard: Expressions of World Opinion to the League of Nations during the Italo-Ethiopian Dispute (1934-1938).” (2012)

Whelchel, Aaron: “The Schoolmaster is Abroad: The Diffusion of Educational Innovations in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire.” (2011)

Wiecko, Cynthia Ross: “Guam: At the Crossroads of Spanish Imperial Militarization, Ecological Change, and Identity in World History.” (2011)