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Bond, Trevor, PhD
“Why Should We Have to Buy Our Own Things Back? The Struggle Over the Spalding-Allen Collection.”
Committee members: Rob McCoy, Jennifer Thigpen, Robert Bauman, Jeffrey Sanders

Gilleran, Sean, MA
“Carl Sagan’s Groovy Cosmos: Public Science and American Counterculture in the 1970s.”
Committee members:
Matthew Sutton, Jeffrey Sanders, Lawrence Hatter

Ockerman, Megan, MA
“It’s the Water”: A History of the Olympia Brewing Company, 1896-1983.”
Committee members: Rob McCoy, Jeffrey Sanders, Laurie Mercier

Song, Sikang, PhD
“Building a Smoking Society: Culture and Ecology of the Tobacco Industry in North China, 1902-1937”
Committee members:  David Pietz, Jeffrey Sanders, Noriko Kawamura, Heather Streets-Salter

Torres, Renee, MA
“Emissaries for the Lord: American Protestant Women Writers and Missionaries, 1930s”
Committee members: Jennifer Thigpen, Peter Boag, Matthew Sutton

Webb, Brianna, MA
“Helmut Kohl: In Search of a Unified Past”
Committee members: Raymond Sun, Steven Kale, Brigit Farley, Rachel Halverson


Anderson, James, MA, May 2016
Advisor: Rob McCoy
Thesis Title:  “Seeing America’s Alps: Visual Media and the Creation of North Cascades National Park”

Hogstad, Jason Thomas, MA, May 2016
Advisor: Peter Boag
Thesis Title: “Splitting Hares: Eastern Oregon Pest Control and the Urban/Rural Divide, 1900-1925”

Rau, Calen Edward, MA, May 2016
Advisor: Raymond Sun
Thesis Title: Of Monumental Importance: World War II, Hungarian Nationalism, and the Commemorative Landscape of Budapest


Bell, Brett, PhD, May 2015
Advisor: Jennifer Thigpen
Dissertation title: “Curse of the Forbidden Fruit: Southern Opposition During the Mexican War Era, 1835-1850”

Dennis, Michael (Mickey), MA May 2015
Advisor: Orlan Svingen
Thesis Title: “An Un-American” Objection: Mennonite Conscientious Objectors and American Antagonisms in Kansas During World War I”

Ford, Joni, MA May 2015
Advisor: Jennifer Thigpen
Thesis Title: “Lowered Expectations: Mary Walker and the Disappointments of Mission Life, 1839-1848”

Kinsella, Tyler, MA, August 2015
Advisor: Raymond Sun

Link, Amanda, PhD 2015
Advisor: Raymond Sun and Heather Streets
Dissertation Title: “Specters of Empire: Remembrance of the Great War in the Irish Free State, 1914 – 1937”

Runyan, Nyssa, MA, August 2015
Advisor: Orlan Svingen
Thesis Title: “The Greatest Adventure: American Volunteers from Leland Stanford, Jr. University and the University of California, Berkeley, in the American Field Service, 1916 – 1918”

Schlect, Christopher, PhD, May 2015
Advisor: Matthew Sutton
Dissertation Title: “Onward Christian Administrators”

Schraeder, Sarah, MA, May 2015
Advisor: Raymond Sun
Thesis Title: “The Long Road to Memorialization: A History of the Development of the Esterwegen Memorial, 1945-2011”

Selmanovic, Amir, PhD, December 2015
Advisor: Brigit Farley
Dissertation Title: “Self-Managed Tuzla: The Development of a Working Class City”

Stack, Brian. MA, 2015
Advisor: Peter Boag
Dissertation Title: “Sodomists and Citizens: The Washington State Sodomy Law at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”

Tyler, Jacki Hedlund, PhD, May 2015
Advisor: Peter Boag
Dissertation Title: “The Power of Political Chatter: Settler Colonialism and the Construction of Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Oregon

Wells, Jacob, MA, May 2015
Advisor: Jesse Spohnholz
Thesis Title: “The Devotio Moderna; The Radical Reformation, and the Ideal of Inner Spirituality: 1374 – 1554”


Arata, Laura, PhD, August 2014
Advisor — Robert Bauman
Dissertation Title — Race and the Wild West: Sarah Bickford and the Construction of Historical Memory in Virginia City, Montana, 1870 – 1930

Erdey, Beth, PhD, December 2013
Advisor — Robert McCoy
Thesis Title — Wildly Contentious: The Battle for North Central Idaho’s Roads, Rivers, and Wilderness

Franklin, Robert, MA, August 2014
Advisor — Robert McCoy
Thesis Title — “Matanuska? Mister, She’s Tough”: New Deal Agricultural Settlement in Alaska, 1933-1940

Grube, April Mae, M.A., May 2014
Advisor — Peter Boag
Dissertation Title — From Honeymoon to Massacre: Memory and Remembrance of Marcus Whitman, 1847-1962

Herzog, Shawna, PhD, August 2013
Advisor — Heather Streets
Thesis Title — Convenient Compromise: A History of Slavery in the British East Indies, 1795-1841

Homberger, Torsten, PhD, May 2014
Advisor — Raymond Sun
Dissertation Title — Fashioning German Fascism: Constructing the Image of Hitler’s Storm Troopers, 1924-1933

Patterson, Katherine Joyce, M.A.  2014
Advisor — Raymond Sun
Dissertation Title — Inferiority, Sexuality, and Motherhood: Methods and Representations of Female Holocaust Rescuers

Powell, Lee Ann, PhD, December 2013
Advisor — Jeffrey Sanders
Dissertation Title — Culture, Cold War, Conservatism, and the End of Atomic Age: Richland, Washington  1943-1989

Rond, Terisa, PhD, May  2014
Advisor — Susan Peabody
Dissertation Title — Altogether Useless: Women, Crime and the Creation of Unfree Labor for the British Atlantic Colonies 1660-1783

Travis, Philip, PhD, May,  2014
Advisor — Matt Sutton
Dissertation Title — Outlaw States: The United States, Nicaragua and the Cold War Roots of the War on Terrorism

Vickoren, Daniel Joseph, MA, May  2014
Advisor — Matthew A Sutton
Dissertation Title — Seeing Red From the Pulpit: Shifting Perceptions of Mormons and Pentecostals in American Society During the First Red Scare

Wang, Ai, PhD, August, 2014
Advisor — David Pietz
Dissertation Title — City of the River: The Hai River and the Construction of Tianjin, 1897-1948

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