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Chakraborty, Rukmini

I study Indian Ocean history, focusing on the late eighteenth- early nineteenth-century Bay of Bengal. My research currently focuses on intersections between competing Colonial Empires, maritime law and practices of Asian merchant groups. Related interests include, South and Southeast Asia interactions, maritime sovereignty, global intellectual history, history of international law and early nineteenth century legal thought.
Advisor:  Durba Ghosh

Cororaton, Claire

I explore the political and economic history of the Philippines particularly the intersection and interaction of Spanish and US empires in the Philippines in the late 18th to early 19th century. My thematic interests include empire and transnational history.
Advisor:  Eric Tagliacozzo

Donald, Emily

I'm interested in histories of sexuality and gender in modern Southeast Asia, focusing primarily on Thailand. I draw influence from gender theory and critical feminist historiography to study discourses around Thai sexual cultures, with special emphasis on women's same-sex sexuality and lesbianism.
​Advisor: Tamara Loos

Fernandez, Juan

I'm interested in maritime Southeast Asia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing primarily on the American Philippines, colonial photography and anthropology in the region, masculinity and gender, technologies of imperial rule, and the participation of colonies in international expositions during this period.
Advisor:  Tamara Loos

Guo, Jingya

My research focuses on Chinese women's history, material culture, and history of Chinese medicine in the Ming-Qing period.
Advisor: TJ Hinrichs

Han, Jihyun

Modern China; economy and society in early People's Republic of China; state-society relationship; social diversity; Northeastern China
Advisor:  Victor Seow

Majumdar, Aparajita

My study brings together ideas concerning matter, space and ecology in the histories of resource extraction. I work primarily on the accumulation of 'wild' rubber in the north eastern tracts of British India, with specific interests in scientific forestry, borders and contraband economies. I am interested in the discursive meanings that human societies place on natural resources and commodities, while also exploring notions about material agency which - to put simply - refers to the ability of things and objects to bring change in the various human-led endeavors.
Advisor:  Durba Ghosh

Miller, Michael Kirkpatrick

My interests focus on migration and ethnic identity in insular Southeast Asia (Indonesia) and the Pacific in colonial port cities, with a specific concentration on the exchange of peoples and goods across boats, beaches, and islands.
Advisor:  Eric Tagliacozzo

Ocampo Eibenschutz, Emilio

My interests focus on perspectives of historiographic, material culture, and ethnographic analyses to research mobility, translocality, and exchange in the Persian Gulf in relation to wider Indian Ocean dynamics (17th c. to the present). More broadly, I am interested in globalization and connectivity in the "Global South".
Advisor:  Mostafa Minawi

Peng, Yiyun

Chinese history with a focus on late imperial and modern China.
Advisor:  Victor Seow

Utne, Kelsey

Representations of national identity and public history in late-colonial to early post-colonial South Asia.
Advisor:  Durba Ghosh

Vo, Alex

Southeast Asian history
Advisor:  Keith Taylor

Vu, Hoang

I explore the evolution of Vietnam's foreign relations between the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, through the conflicts with Democratic Kampuchea and China, to its entry into ASEAN and normalization of relations with the U.S. in 1995.; website
Advisor:  Keith Taylor

Wan, Darren

My research centers on southern Chinese and Tamil diasporic communities across the Bay of Bengal (especially British Malaya, Burma, and Ceylon) in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am invested in intercommunal intimacies and violences generated by labor migration across the British Empire, and how everyday encounters with other migrants and indigenous persons in Indian Ocean port cities informed these communities’ relationships to and experiences of citizenship, decolonization, and Afro-Asian internationalism.
Advisor:  Eric Tagliacozzo

Wang, Anran

My research interest focuses on China's ethnic relations and foreign relations during the Cold War era.  I'm particularly interested in the interaction between ethnic politics in China's northern borderland and China's relations with neighboring communist states.
Advisor:  Victor Seow



Bloomfield, Kevin

I am a historian whose research focuses on the Late Roman West, the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, and the development of Western Christianity. I hope to join the growing number of historians who use environmental and climatological methods in their historical research.
Advisor:  Eric Rebillard

Boling, Nathaniel

My interests include modern France, European intellectual history, psychoanalysis, and critical theory.
Advisor:  Camille Robcis

Bujalski, Nicholas

I specialize in 19th and 20th century Russia, within the broader context of modern European cultural and intellectual history. My current work focuses on the birth of the Russian revolutionary tradition, political imprisonment, and spatial history.
Advisor:  Claudia Verhoeven

Carnaghi, Benedetta

I study modern European history with a particular focus on Italy, France, and Germany. My research currently focuses on a comparison between the Fascist and Nazi secret police. Related interests include the history of Resistance, the Holocaust, gender studies, political violence, and terror.
Advisor:  Enzo Traverso

Fei, Du

My research focuses on the history of empire and the environment in the northwestern frontier of the Indian subcontinent during the early modern period.
Advisor: Robert Travers

Krell, Jacob

Modern intellectual history
Advisor:  Suman Seth

Lyons, Craig

My primary area of interest is the Viking Age, particularly the interactions between the Norse kingdoms in Ireland and Britain and the established societies of those islands, and the relationship between these far-flung Norse settlements and their Scandinavian homelands. Along with this I am interested in the reception of Germanic barbarians in the Latin West from Late Antiquity through the Viking Age, the medieval North Atlantic in general, and ancient and medieval maritime and military history.; website
Advisor:  Oren Falk

McTavish, John

I am an ancient historian whose work focuses on Greco-Roman political and military history during the late Classical and early Hellenistic periods. My research interests include issues of chronology, historiography, imperialism, and monarchy, but I am most passionate about the wars of the Diadochi.; website
Advisor: Barry Strauss  

Plukker, Aimee

I am a cultural historian of modern Europe with research interests in the history of tourism, urban and transnational history, the representation and uses of history, heritage and memory studies and the dynamics between politics and (popular) culture. My PhD project investigates the impact of American tourism in Western Europe on the establishment of the post-war idea of ‘the West’ as cultural identity between 1945 and 1960. I will examine both the political, economic and cultural activities of policy-makers and European, national and local institutions as the interplay between the tourism industry and tourist practices, with a special emphasis on Rome, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Pontzer, Kaitlin

My research focuses on the intersection of political power and familial structures in early modern England. Related interests include partisan rhetoric, gender, the British Empire, emotional norms, and historical notions of public and private.
Advisor:  Rachel Weil

Raetz, Austin

I study early modern English history, with a focus on the 16th and 17th centuries. I research the history of gender and sexuality, specifically addressing issues of masculinity and men's sexuality. Masculinity and the body, and same-sex sexuality among men are prominent themes of my research.
​Advisor:  Rachel Weil

Szabla, Christopher

European and global history, particularly intellectual history and the histories of colonialism and international law. My research currently focuses on past attempts to coordinate and regulate global migration.
Advisor:  Isabel Hull, Robert Travers

Wesner, Samantha

I am a PhD candidate studying the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, with particular focus on secularism, religion, education, and aesthetics.
Advisor:  Paul Friedland


Latin America

Berduc, Manuel

I am interested in the history of solidarity in theory and practice. Broadly speaking, I plan to look at the philosophy of history, the practice of internationalism, and the intellectual history of cosmopolitanism, especially the overlap between humanism and modern leftist epistemology. Specifically, I am interested in transatlantic connections between the Americas and Europe, showing how the practice of anarchism and Marxism changes ethics, culture, and aesthetic sensibility in social groups.; website
Advisor:  Ray Craib, Claudia Verhoeven

Dawson, Daniel

My research interests center on the cultural and religious history of the African Diaspora in Spanish America and the Caribbean. My principle research focus is on the interaction between African religious practitioners and Catholic authorities, particularly the Office of the Inquisition in Cartegena, Colombia. I am interested in how African and Christian religious practices and ideas competed, intersected and conflicted with each other in the early modern Spanish Atlantic world.
​Advisor:  Ernesto Bassi

Diaz Angel, Sebastian

I have a BA in Political Science, a BA in History and an MA in Geography. My project focuses on geographical engineering development programs in Latin America during the Cold War, combining my interest in the history of cartography, science and technology studies, environmental history and digital humanities.; website
Advisor:  Ray Craib

Myers, Nicholas

My focus is on northern Mexico and, more broadly, the North American West from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. This work reflects my interest in geography, state formation, environmental history, and spatial theory.
Advisor:  Ray Craib, Ernesto Bassi

Norris Cruz, Nathan Carlos

I study 19th and 20th century Latin American and urban history. My research interests include architecture, planning, transnationalism, internationalism, housing, slums, transportation, geography, and environmental and spatial history. My previous project examined how the interaction between technical experts and the urban poor, particularly squatters, shaped Chilean cities.
Advisor: Ray Craib

Perez Canizares, Marcos

I am interested in the study of port cities and maritime communities in the 16th and 17th century Spanish empire.  My thematic interests include, early modern economy, transnational and transregional histories, early settlement in the Spanish Caribbean, early modern city planning, and trans-oceanic maritime cultures.
Advisor:  Ernesto Bassi

Samur Duque, Daniela

I have a BA in History, a BA in Political Science and a MA in Literary Studies. My project refers to the role of booksellers, publishers, and printers in promoting new ideas and values of citizenship in Colombia and it aims at understanding how print culture speaks of mobility and broader connections established between diverse geographies. I seek to study how books helped shape collective identities, political allegiances and build hemispheric connections in the nineteenth-century. This project indicates my interest in literature, print culture, state formation, mobility, and the relationship between culture and politics.
Advisor:  Ernesto Bassi, Ray Craib

United States

Begakis, Jennifer

My area of interest lies in the advent of America's post-war domestic and international tourism industries, including the experiences, accommodations, and promotion of commercial travel for recreation. This sub-sector of the service economy falls within a unique intersection of economic, social, and intellectual history, in addition to geopolitical processes in the creation of international 'destinations'. I study mid-century tourism in connection with America's expanding infrastructure, the development of the modern corporation, the growth of the middle class, and the rise of international air travel.  My research also delves into the pervasive intellectual milieu of mid-century America, I explore how postwar modernist ideas encouraged entrepreneurs to seek cross-sectoral collaborations between, research laboratories, economists, and local and state politicians, thusly producing a pseudo-scientific philosophical foundation for socio-economic design.
Advisor:  Larry Glickman

Beswick, Spencer

I am broadly interested in American and global histories of the Left. My focus is on the concept of liberated territory and the decolonization of everyday life through the construction of alternative institutions and social spaces. My research will center around alternative infrastructure, networks of autonomous spaces, and connections between “lifestylism” and more traditional political work.
Advisor:  Russell Rickford, Ray Craib

Bosworth, Amanda

I am a historian of 20th century US-Russia relations and the ocean, with research interests in material culture, museum studies, how citizens consume history and make meaning of it, and how history is manipulated for political expediency in both nations. 
Advisor:  Penny Von Eschen

Cosgrove, Sean

I am a historian of the modern United States with research interests in gender, medicine, and popular culture. I am committed to public engagement and am actively interested in fostering greater inclusivity in higher education.
Advisor:  Derek Chang

Dallos, Matt

I research twentieth century U.S. environmental and cultural history. I'm particularly fascinated by how individuals and communities have responded to regions and sites manipulated by industrial development.
Advisor:  Aaron Sachs

d'Avigdor, Lewis

My research interests include intellectual history, transnational history, the history of protest and 1960s social, political and cultural movements.
Advisor:  Penny Von Eschen

Goder, Neta

My general areas of interest are U.S. 20th century, African-American history, Black Nationalism, Black Internationalism, Zionism, transnational history, nationalism, colonialism and post-colonialism.  More specifically, I intend to examine mutual influences between Zionism and Black Nationalism and trace African-Americans' evolving attitudes towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Advisor:  Penny Von Eschen

Gonzalez, Lyrianne

My research interests surround 20th-century U.S.-Mexico relations, labor history, Borderlands, and migration history. I study the untold stories of the children of Braceros (Mexican laborers imported to the U.S. from 1942-1964) who were raised within the U.S., by examining archived official federal and political records and putting them into conversation with oral histories. The aim of my work is to explore the social, cultural, and political legacies of the Bracero Program. More specifically, I am interested in the second generation’s narratives as impacted by their familial ties to the program. With the current H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers program and anti-immigrant sentiment, it is imperative to understand the implications of foreign laborer programs and how they impact future generations.
Advisor:  Maria Cristina Garcia, Veronica Martinez-Matsuda

Jeffreys, Megan

My research interests have long aligned with American slavery and the American Civil War.  In recent years, I have turned towards runaway slave advertisements searching for information about enslaved children who actively resisted that "peculiar institution."  As I continue to explore this avenue of research, I hope to further illuminate the experiences of enslaved children in the United States during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
​Advisor:  Edward Baptist

Meiners, Sarah

My research focus is 20th century United States history with a special focus on post-Vietnam War refugee policy. My research is transnational in character and analyzes the geopolitical motivations behind the admission of certain Southeast Asian refugee groups  Of particular interest is the intersection of US imperialism and humanitarianism.
​Advisor:  Maria Cristina Garcia

Peschard, Jeremy

Post-1848 United States Southwest and Northern Mexico; cross-cultural exchanges and U.S. imperialism; the subsequent social experience of ethnic and religious minorities; general positioning of non-normative gender and sexual variance, with a specific tracking of large-scale attitudinal shifts in indigenous communities.
​Advisor:  Maria Cristina Garcia

Purcell, Ryan

My research interests include urban cultural history, and the ways in which the built environment, economy, and arts intersect. Specifically, I am interested in meanings of punk and hip-hop culture in late-20th century America.
Advisor:  Kevin Gaines

Reed, Molly

19th century U.S. environmental, social, intellectual history; transnationalism; science and technology studies; environmental imaginaries of communal settlements.
Advisor:  Aaron Sachs

Roggensack, Kelsey Jennings

I am interested in African American history following the Emancipation Proclamation, particularly concerning Black migratory communities to the Southwestern United States with special regard to Black intellectual history, education, and themes of multiculturalism in the region.
Advisor:  Russell Rickford

Rojas, Nathaniel

My research engages the intertwined relationships between science, technology, and U.S. foreign relations during the early Cold War.
Advisor:  Penny Von Eschen

Thompson, Kwelina

US 19th and 20th century economic and labor history, history of capitalism, transnationalism, urban studies.
Advisor:  Larry Glickman

Walters, Jake

I am broadly interested in the intersection of political, social, and artistic radicalism, with a particular investment in African-American political radicalism in relation to African-American aesthetic movements. Manifestations of this encounter include the intersection between the Black Power movement and African-American independent film of the '70s and, more broadly, the ways in which black intellectuals have questioned forms of knowing through not only writing about but participating in artistic projects, be it through painting, writing novels, composing music, or engaging in cinematic production. I am also interested in overlaps and disjunctures in concepts of narrativization in the fields of history and art, as well questions of historical memory and how the broader principles of liberalism inform and often demarcate the boundaries of sight, sound, and mind. I would like to research how African-American artists and thinkers have – both politically and aesthetically – interrogated questions of historical agency – as well as historical time and historical self – in ways that are not always tethered to liberal questions of cause and effect.
Advisor:  Kevin Gaines, Penny Von Eschen