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Greg Atkins

Greg Atkins

PhD Candidate
gregory.atkins@wsu.edu

I am a PhD student studying with Dr. Matthew Sutton. My research focuses on how Colorado Springs carved out a national reputation over the last 150 years. Initially touted as a refined resort in the West, boosters of Colorado Springs later emphasized health, tourism, the defense industry, and evangelical Christianity to promote the city. Throughout these iterations, boosters and religious leaders worked closely. As these campaigns built upon and constrained each other, they also fed and set important precedents for the American West, conservative politics, and American religion that helped make the city a hotbed for the cultural wars of the 1980s and 1990s.

Outside of my research, I teach a freshman class at the University of Idaho, work on my beat-up ’66 Chevy pickup, and enjoy time with my family.

Matthias Baudinet

MA Candidate
matthias.baudinet@wsu.edu

 

 

 

I am an MA Candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Steven Kale.  I am originally from Metz, Lorraine, France, but moved to Florida at a young age.  I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Green Mountain College in Vermont, and later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.  My area of research is Modern European History with a strong focus on Modern France. My thesis examines issues and policies on identity, ethnicity, and nationality in the French-German border region of Alsace-Lorraine (with a strong focus on the Moselle) and specifically the ethnic cleansing authorized by the French government that took place in the region directly after the end of the First World War, when Germany was forced to hand over Alsace-Lorraine to France after taking control of the region in 1871.

I enjoy watching and playing sports, appreciating wine, watching films, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

 

Jennifer Binczewski

Jennifer Binczewski

PhD Candidate
jennifer.binczewski@wsu.edu

I am a Doctoral Candidate working with Dr. Jesse Spohnholz. My research fields are Reformation, early modern Europe and world history. I received my B.A. in history from Whitworth University and I completed my M.A. in ancient history at King’s College London. My research examines the role of recusant widows in the preservation of Catholicism in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.

David Bolingbroke

David Bolingbroke

PhD candidate
david.bolingbroke@wsu.edu

I am a PhD student from Reno, Nevada working with Dr. Jeffrey Sanders. My research focuses on environmental history in the American West. I have a BA from Brigham Young University and an MA from Utah State University. My 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, my tentative dissertation title is “Atomic Restoration: An Environmental History of the Hanford Nuclear Site.”  My 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, I have 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), I worked for the Hanford History Project at WSU Tri-Cities.  

Ryan Booth

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD Candidate
ryan.booth@wsu.edu

 

As a PhD candidate studying with Dr. Peter Boag, my areas of historical interest are the American West and Native Americans.  Although my current focus is on coursework, my dissertation topic explores the U.S. Army Indian Scouts from 1866 to 1942.  The U.S. Indian Scouts, as a distinct military unit, began as a tool of the Indian Wars to track rebellious tribes, but eventually grew into a global guerilla war outfit deployed to campaigns as far away as the Philippines in the Spanish-American War.  Although many colonial empires were using indigenous peoples in a similar fashion, the U.S. led the way in creating a unique systematic organization for this very special force.

When not engaged in historical study, I enjoy good films, a tidy campsite and visiting friends and family.  I have a B.A. in history and philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in history from Central Washington University.

Allison Bremmeyer

Allison Bremmeyer

 

 

 

 

MA Candidate
allison.bremmeyer@wsu.edu

 

 

I am an MA student on a public history track studying under Dr. Robert McCoy. Against the backdrop of a “Second New Deal” and WPA appropriations to put Americans back to work through art programs, my research explores notions of cultural pluralism and the creation of community identity in rural Appalachia.

I received my BA in History from WSU in 2012—a time best characterized by the emergence of Cougar football from darker days.  My two terms of service as an AmeriCorps member in West Virginia allowed me to see firsthand how small-town communities use the past to promote themselves, and formed the foundation for me to pursue a career in public history.

Laura Briere

MA Candidate
laura.briere@wsu.edu

 

 

I am an MA student studying under Dr. Orlan Svingen in Public History with a focus on Native American History.  I earned my BA at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia in History and Secondary Education. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, baking, and reading.

Katrina Cassiere

MA Candidate
katrina.cassiere@wsu.edu

 

I am a second-year MA student working with Dr. Thigpen. My research examines Confederates who immigrated to Brazil during Reconstruction. In particular, I seek to discern how American perceptions of gender contributed to the process of creating a cultural empire. A Southerner myself, I am from New Orleans, Louisiana and received my BA in History from Louisiana State University in May 2016. When I’m not researching, and even sometimes when I am, I enjoy spending my time outdoors experiencing nature.

Jared Chastain

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MA Candidate
chastj@wsu.edu

 

I am an MA student in the Public History program, working under Dr. Orlan Svingen. My work is in American Indian History, specifically the eagle hunting controversy on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. My thesis work is a legal-historic analysis of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho at Wind River—specifically, their mutual and differing use of eagle feathers and parts in cultural ceremonies. I am a contributing participant in Dr. Svingen’s  “In Good Faith” documentary in conjunction with Naka Productions, set to debut in Summer of 2018.

In addition to my research, I have recorded and edited a number of video recordings of tribal elders and members of the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Reservation in Fort Hall, Idaho. My current videographer work includes drone-mounted cameras

Samantha Edgerton

samantha.edgerton@wsu.edu
Wilson 336

Sam Fleischer

sam.fleischer@wsu.edu
Wilson 344

I am a first-year Ph.D. student working under Dr. Matthew Sutton.  My primary research field is 20th-century American sports, examining their cultural, economic and social influence on the United States. I received my B.A. in English and history from the University of California, and I earned M.A. degrees in education (Michigan State), English (Michigan State) and history (Arizona State). I have been teaching college courses in a variety of subject areas since 1998, and I am a freelance sports journalist, as well. My dissertation will focus on the evolution of the Olympics in the 20th century from a purely amateur enterprise to the modern, “professional” version we now see in the 21st century.

 

Daniel Fogt

Daniel Fogt

PhD candidate
HGSA PhD Representative
daniel.fogt@wsu.edu

I am a PhD candidate and I hold degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Idaho.  My research examines Dutch Reformed refugees in early modern Europe that assesses their experience of exile through the lens of gender.

Hans-Petter Grav

Hans Petter Grav

PhD candidate – Vancouver
hans-petter.grav@wsu.edu

I am a PhD candidate focusing on U.S. race and ethnicity. I grew up in Norway, but earned my academic degrees in the United States. I received my MA at Montana State University, Bozeman.  In 2010, I received the Department of History’s ‘Best Paper by an MA Student’ award, for a paper entitled “The First and the Sixth Pearl Harbor: Norwegian-American Identity at the Onset of World War II.”

At WSU In Pullman, I offered a poster presentation on “Bleached Dresses Only: The Absent Ethnic Dimension in the Vineland Irrigation Project” at the 2012 Academic Showcase. I also served as a student curator on this topic for MASC’s exhibit “Vineland: Shaping Paradise – Lewiston–Clarkston Improvement Company Records, 1890–1920,” which opened in April 2012. In 2012, I published the paper “When the Beast Saved the Day and Yellow Jack Got Lost: The Story of General Butler and the Yellow Fever Epidemic That Never Took Place” in the spring 2012 issue of the Southern Historian.

I am currently a graduate teaching assistant for the Roots of Contemporary Issues program at the Vancouver campus  I also serve as the Vancouver History Graduate Student Association representative.

Sarah Beth Gumm

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MA Candidate
sarah.gumm@wsu.edu

 

 

I am an MA student studying with Dr. Peter Boag.  My primary area of interest is in Gender and Sexuality in the American West.  I am also interested in Popular Culture and Media. I was raised in Billings, Montana, but have lived in Washington State for the last few years.  I received my BA in History with minors in Theatre and Asian Studies from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. I look forward to honing my craft as a historian in the coming years.

My pastimes include drinking tea, going to plays and poetry slams, board games, and making yarn crafts.

Zach Hagadone

zach.hagadone@wsu.edu
Wilson 306-B

Fred Hardyway

 

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PhD Candidate
fred.hardyway@wsu.edu
Vancouver

 

 

I am a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Candice Goucher at the Vancouver Campus.  My committee includes Dr. Tolmacheva and Dr. Wright along with Dr. Goucher.  My research, at least to date, examines principles of technological migration and concepts of revocation of Muslim identity in West Africa.  This research is focus 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, I 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, I 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

 

Taylor Hermsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD Candidate
taylor.hermsen@wsu.edu

 

 

 

I am a PhD candidate studying with Dr. Jeffrey Sanders. My research focuses on the development of the Washington wine industry, particularly in eastern Washington, over the last 80 years.  In particular, I am 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 my work.

Amy L. Johnson

Amy Johnson

 

 

 

 

MA Candidate
amy.l.johnson@wsu.edu

 

 

 

I am an MA student working with Dr. Laurie Mercier, WSU Vancouver. I have a BS in Botany from the University of Washington. My research fields include Native American and Pacific Northwest history. I am particularly interested in cross-cultural interactions between Native and non-Native peoples.  My thesis will examine the Palouse/Palús people and their forced relocation from the Hanford area in 1943.

I love to spend my free time exploring the Palouse region, hiking, biking and turning my yard into an urban farm.

Joshua Johnson

joshua.a.johnson@wsu.edu
Wilson 330-C

I am a first-year master’s student studying Early Modern History with Dr. Spohnholz. My research interest includes cross-cultural and religious interactions. Specifically, during my Master’s program, I plan to look into relations between Jews and Christians in Early Modern Europe and the radical theologies and practice of Anabaptist communities. In terms of language, I have studied ancient Greek and Hebrew, Spanish, German, and Yiddish, and plan to study Latin. Outside of class, I enjoy imbibing the majestic cheesiness of Christian heavy metal and the sugary pop goodness of Taylor Swift, translating ancient texts, and exploring the dusty back roads and trails of Washington and Idaho.

 

Kevin Kipers

kevin.kipers@wsu.edu
Wilson 336

I am a PhD student working with Dr. Lawrence Hatter. My 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. I hail from Reno, NV and earned my B.A. in history from the University of Nevada, Reno with concentrations on Nevada and the West.  I went on to receive my 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.  I also conducted some regional study on the history of Orange County’s citrus industry.

In my spare time I enjoy sporting events (especially college football), watching movies, going for hikes, swimming, and traveling.

Daniel Kotin

Daniel Kotin

PhD Candidate – Vancouver
daniel.kotin@wsu.edu

I am a PhD candidate studying Modern World and African History with Dr. Candice Goucher. My research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century colonialism, imperialism, and decolonization in the Atlantic World.

Karl Krotke-Crandall

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

 

 

 

I am a PhD candidate working with Dr. Brigit Farley of the Tri-Cities campus.  My research examines the experiences of Russian Jews from Late Imperial Russia through the Soviet period. I received my 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.

When not reading, writing, or translating, I enjoy a good Razorback football game (Woo Pig!) or watching Netflix with my wife.

Carey McCormack

Carey McCormack

PhD Candidate
HGSA Vancouver Representative
carey.mccormack@wsu.edu

I am a PhD candidate at the WSU Vancouver campus.  As a teaching assistant, I assist students in general research in world history for the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program (History 105). As a historian, my research includes the development of colonial botany and the interaction between science, gender, race, and class in nineteenth century British Empire. My master’s thesis analyzed nineteenth century British literary representations of colonial Burma in gendered and racial categories. Similarly, my PhD dissertation explores the development and expansion of colonial botany during the long nineteenth century. Particularly, this study includes the role of indigenous guides and cultivators as well as the gendered professionalization of botany as a British male endeavor.

Elisha Madison

elisha.madison@wsu.edu
Wilson 344

Education
I have a Bachelors in marketing which I attained at Regis University. I also have a Master’s degree in Public History from American Military University and a Master’s of Ancient Celtic History & Mythology from Regis University. I am now pursuing a PhD in American History with the Public History Track at Washington State University.

Background
I was born in England but moved to California when I was young. I have now lived in many places across the United States, most recently near our nation’s capital in Washington D.C. I first started college without much knowledge as to my passion or goal; however, due to a happy circumstance I ended up taking an Irish history course that changed my life. I have been pursuing history ever since that day.

I have worked as a Graduate Academic Advisor for many years before quitting to become a freelance writer full time. I have written lessons, articles, and also professionally edited novellas and journal papers.

Areas of Interest
I am usually drawn to all things dirty and dusty in history, but I am fascinated by the mythology and folklore of people. The stories that are passed down orally and generationally that affect behaviors and lives of people still to this day. Due to this passion I have pursued public history, historic preservation, and archiving. My hope is to find a universal way to keep these stories alive for more generations in the future.

When I have spare time I also love to cook, play video games, travel, and read with my husband who is also currently in the midst of his Management doctorate. I have eclectic music tastes that range from Dean Martin to Kesha.

Nicholas Martin

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PhD Candidate
Graduate and Professional Student Assn representative
nicholas.martin@wsu.edu

 

 

 

 

I am a PhD candidate and am currently 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. I grew up in various spots across the country, notably Massachusetts and Georgia, and hold two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University and the University of Southern Maine. As the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) representative from the Department of History, I plan to give a voice to our department as best as I can, and encourage anyone to reach out with concerns, ideas, or suggestions.

I like to spend my free time watching football, drinking craft beer, and traveling.

John Menard

john.menard@wsu.edu
Wilson 330B

Emily Oller

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MA Candidate
emily.oller@wsu.edu

 

 

I am an MA candidate from Bend, Oregon working under the supervision of Dr. Raymond Sun. In 2013, I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in History and Journalism from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. Upon graduation, I worked as a sports journalist. My area of research is Modern European History with a focus on Modern Germany and Nazi Germany.

In my free time, enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling, and watching movies.

Katie Perry

Katherine Perry

PhD Candidate
katherine.perry@wsu.edu

I am a Doctoral Candidate working with Heather Streets-Salter (Northeastern University, and Dr. Raymond Sun.  I received my BA in History (2006) and my MA in Modern European History (2009) from the university of North Carolina, Wilmington.  My areas of study include Modern Europe, Modern Britain, and Imperialism.  My dissertation examines the role of British Parliament in the process of detention during Kenya’s State of Emergency, 1952-1960.  I am specifically interested in how the Conservative Party handled allegations of abuse from the numerous detention camps and villages that held an estimated on million detainees.

Randal Powell

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PhD Candidate
randal.powell@wsu.edu

 

I am a PhD candidate studying with Dr. Matt Sutton. I hold a bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a master’s degree in religious studies from Claremont Graduate University. My research interests include American religious history, Mormonism, and Evangelicalism. I live in Pullman, Washington with my wife, Heidi.

Melanie Reimann

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PhD Candidate
melanie.reimann@wsu.edu

 

 

 

I am a PhD candidate working with Dr. Robert McCoy.  My research fields are Native American and First Nation history, as well as the U.S./Canadian West.  I received my B.A. in English and History and my M.A. in History from University of Bielefeld in Germany.  I moved from Germany to Pullman in August 2015.  My thesis will focus on protest movements of tribes in Washington State and British Columbia against their treatment by the U.S. and Canadian governments.

James Schroeder

james.schroeder@wsu.edu
Wilson 330-A

I am an MA student working under Dr. Noriko Kawamura. My research interest focuses on the military history and foreign relations of the United States in the twentieth century. I enjoy traveling, reading, and drinking coffee.

 

Dong Jo Shin

DongJo Shin
PhD candidate – Vancouver
dongjo.shin@wsu.edu

 

Taylor Smith

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MA Candidate
taylor_smith@wsu.edu

 

 

I am an MA candidate working with Dr. Matthew Sutton.  Originally from Alaska, I moved to Washington for school, receiving my BA in History from Western Washington University. From there I spent four years as a pastor at Central Washington University.  At WSU, I study American faith movements in the 20th century, with a growing interest in legal cases relating to expression of faith and the persecution complex of American Evangelicals.

Along with my interest in history, I enjoy comic books, tabletop gaming, and good coffee.  I live in Pullman with my wife, Sarah.

 

Brian Stack

 

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PhD Candidate
Graduate Studies Representative/HGSA President
Wilson 317
brian.stack@wsu.edu

 

I am a PhD student who also completed my MA at WSU. For both, I have worked with Dr. Peter Boag. My 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. I grew up in New England but have grown to embrace the Pacific Northwest. When not working, I can be found gaming, watching comedies, or reminiscing about my Mohawk.

Amanda Svehla

Amanda Svehla

 

 

 

 

MA Candidate
amanda.svehla@wsu.edu

 

 

I am an MA student currently studying Early Modern and Modern European History with a focus on historical memory of the Middle Ages. I am originally from Pennsylvania, but have lived in Dover, Delaware for the past six years. I am a U.S. Air Force veteran with my training centered in Airfield Management. This is how I ended up in Delaware. After getting out of the USAF, I attended Wesley College, where I received a Bachelors of Arts in History. I’m very excited to see what Washington State University has in store for me in my quest for knowledge and personal growth.

Brett Turner

brett.w.turner@wsu.edu
Wilson 336

Alicia Woodard

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MA Candidate
awoodard@wsu.edu

Washington State University