I am an MA student studying under Dr. Raymond Sun with a focus on Early Modern Germany. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. My hobbies include hiking, fly fishing, and running.
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.
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. I have interests in the ideas surrounding nationalism and citizenship in Lorraine and Alsace, 19th century upper and lower class relations in northeastern France, the roles of Catholicism and Republicanism in modern France, the Great War, and French revolutionary history.
I enjoy watching and playing sports, appreciating wine, watching films, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family. My goal and dream has always been to become a historian. I am thankful for the challenging long road that lies ahead of me.
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.
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.
My research explores the ethical curation of Native American collections. The title of my dissertation is “Why should we have to buy our own things back? The struggle over the Spalding-Allen Collection.” This research examines the purchase and repatriation of the Spalding-Allen Collection in 1995 by the Nez Perce Tribe from the Ohio Historical Society for $608,100. My dissertation includes oral history interviews with Nez Perce experts and National Park Service curators. I argue that collections are never impartial or neutral and that the ownership of Native American collections is often problematic. I am particularly interested in the provenance of collections and the interactions between collectors, museums, and Native communities. My committee chair is Dr. Robert McCoy.
My other position on campus is Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections for the WSU Libraries. In that capacity, I co-direct the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and also oversee the department of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
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.
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.
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.
I an MA student studying with Dr. Jennifer Thigpen. I primarily study issues related to women, gender, and Cold War culture. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in classical civilizations from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
I was born and raised in New Orleans. One of my primary interests as I move forward with my education is considering how mainstream narratives of history misrepresent or deny agency to certain racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups. A more pressing concern is changing said narratives.
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
HGSA PhD Representative
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.
I am an MA student. I study modern American science and culture. My thesis is on the work of Carl Sagan, his theories on extraterrestrial communication, and how his scientific ideas developed from his interpretations of broader cultural anxieties. My advisor is Dr. Mattew Sutton.
PhD candidate – Vancouver
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.
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.
I am a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Candice Goucher of 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.
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.
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.
PhD Candidate – Vancouver
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.
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.
HGSA Vancouver Representative
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.
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.
I am an MA student working with Dr. Rob McCoy in Public History. I received my BA from Washington State University in 2013. My areas of studies are Pacific Northwest and local history. My thesis is a corporate history of the Olympia Brewing Company, titled “’It’s the Water’: A History of the Olympia Brewing Company, 1896-1983.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
PhD candidate – Vancouver
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.
PhD Candidate / ABD
I am a PhD Candidate working with Dr. David Pietz. My research fields are Modern China, World History, and Global Environmental History. After I graduated from Beijing Normal University with an MA degree in 2010, I entered the PhD program at WSU. My research focuses on the ecological, social, and cultural constructions of tobacco growing and tobacco industry in North China during the early twentieth century.
Graduate Studies Representative/HGSA President
I am a PhD candidate, having completed my MA while working 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, 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 haircut.
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.
I am an MA student working with Dr. Raymond Sun. My research examines former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and how he used particular sites of memory during a politically and intellectually transformative time in Germany. By looking at a series of commemorations during the 1980s and 1990s, I research how and why Kohl transformed official German memory, and how he used sites of memory to create a collective identity that represents German unity and normalization as a modern nation. I am from the Pacific Northwest, and grew up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I received my B.A. in History at WSU in 2015, so Pullman has definitely become my second home!