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History | Current & Recent Dissertations

Dissertations in Progress

Jordan Bergstrom

PhD Candidate, ABD

Dissertation title pending

Samantha Edgerton

PhD Candidate, ABD

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

Sam Fleischer

PhD Candidate, ABD

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

Hsinshuan (Pamela) Lee

PhD Student

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

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”

Recent Alumni Dissertations

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)

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

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

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

Fogt, Daniel: “Regulating Marriage and Socioreligious Boundaries: The Reformation and Acts of Noncomformity in Netherlandish Migrant Communities, 1570-1600”. (2023)

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)

Jesch, Aaron: “The Industrial Workers of the World and the Performance of Protest”. (2023)

Kipers, Kevin: “Switchmen in the American West: Worker Unrest and Radicalism along the Early Twentieth-Century Transcontinental Railroads, 1893-1910”. (2022)

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

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

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)