Recent Dissertations


Rebekah Beaulieu: “Accounting for the Past: Historic House Museums and the American Midwest” (William Moore)

Sarah Leventer:”Beasts of the Southern Screen: Race, Gender, and the Global South in American Cinema since 1963″ (Roy Grundmann)

Channon Miller:”Migrant Black Mothers: Intersecting Burdens, Resistance, and the Power of Cross-Ethnic Ties” (Marilyn Halter)


George Born: “Home Rule: The Creation of Local Historic Districts in the New Boston, 1953-1983″ (Keith Morgan)

Niki Lefebvre: “Beyond the Flagship: Politics & Transatlantic Trade in American Department Stores, 1900-1945” (Brooke Blower)

Robert Ribera: “Between Patriotism and Pacifism: Jacob Laurence, John Huston, Bill Mauldin, and Walt Disney” (Roy Grundmann)


Evan Barros: “Sonic Utopia and Social Dystopia in the Music of Hendrix, Reznor, and Deadmau5″ (Victor Coelho)

Kathleen Daly: “Fit to Mother: Women, Architecture, and the Performance of Health, 1865-1930″ (Keith Morgan)

Paul Hutchinson: “Crafting an Outdoor Classroom: The Nineteenth-Century Roots of the Outdoor Education Movement” (Nina Silber)

Mary Potorti: “For Food, For Freedom”: The Black Freedom Struggle and the Politics of Food” (Bruce Schulman)

Casey Riley : “From Page to Stage: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Photograph Albums and the Development of her Museum, 1874-1924″ (Kim Sichel)

Karen Robbins: “Discipline and Polish: Designing the ‘Family System’ at the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls, 1868-1921” (Keith Morgan)

George Schwartz: “‘Collecting and Arranging…a History of the Globe’: A Reconsideration of the Salem East India Marine Society and Antebellum American Museology” (Keith Morgan)



Michael D’Alessandro: “Staged Readings: Sensationalism and Class in Popular American Literature and Theatre, 1835-1875” (Laura Korobkin)

Virginia Myhaver: “The ‘New American Revolution’: Cultural Politics, New Federalism and the 1976 Bicentennial” (Bruce Schulman)

Brian Sirman: “Concrete Dreams: Architecture, Politics, and Boston’s New City Hall” (Keith Morgan)

Zachary Violette: “The Decorated Tenement: Working-class Housing in Boston and New York, 1860-1910” (Keith Morgan)



Jared Champion: “Suffering Masculinity Like Illness: Gender Fictions and Cultural Traumas, 1880-1950” (Robert Chodat)

John Stuart Gordon: “Lurelle Guild’s Historical Modernism: Americana and Industrial Design” (Keith M. Morgan)

Eric Jarvis: “‘The Metropolis of Discontent’: Chicago and the Evolution of Modern Liberalism, 1890-1920” (Bruce Schulman)

Dean Lampros: “Like a Real Home: The Residential Funeral Home and America’s Changing Vernacular Landscape, 1910 – 1960”  (William Moore)

Jessica Roscio: “Photographic Domesticity: The Home/Studios of Alice Austen, Catherine Weed Barnes Ward, and Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1885-1915.” (Kim Sichel)

Patricia Stuelke: “The Making of the Affective Turn: U.S. Imperialism and the Privatization of Dissent in the 1980’s.”(John T. Matthews)



Anthony Buccitelli: “Remembering Our Town: Social Memory Folklore, and (Trans)Locality in Three Ethnic Neighborhoods in Boston.” (Marilyn Halter)

Michael Civille: “Illusions of Prestige: Hemingway, Hollywood, and the Branding of an American Self-Image, 1923-1958” (Roy Grundmann)

Kerri Greenidge: “Bulwark of the Nation: The Northern Black Press, Political Radicalism, and Northern Civil Rights, 1859-1919” (Nina Silber)

Ruth Ann Murray: “Through their Stomachs: Serving Up Shaker to the World’s People” (Mary Beaudry)

Colin Root: “‘Living on the Level’: The Significance of Horizontality in Reshaping Cold-War America” (Keith Morgan)

Francine Weiss: “Visual Verses: Edward Weston’s Photographs for Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, 1941-1942” (Patricia Hills)



Molly Geidel: “The Point of the Lance: Gender, Development, and the 1960s Peace Corps.” (Nina Silber)

Diane Hotton-Somers: “Re-Envisioning Identities: Ethnicity and Cultural Nationalism in Irish and American Drama 1899-1939.” (Susan Mizruchi)

Christine Hult-Lewis: “The Mining Photographs of Carleton Watkins, 1858-1891 and the Origins of Corporate Photography.” (Kim Sichel)

Gillian Mason: “Censorship, Obscenity, and American Culture: 1970-1986” (Susan Mizruchi)

John Metz: “‘Room for Improvement, but No Room for Progress’: The Material Basis of the Economic and Social Transformation of Middle Georgia, 1880-1910” (Lou Ferleger)



Beth Bennett: “A Picture of Moral Agency: Subduing the Victim in Richard Wright’s Prose, Film, and Photography.” (Gene Jarrett)

Elizabeth Hope Cushing: “The Road to Williamsburg: Crafting the Career of Arthur A. Shurcliff.” (Keith Morgan)

Carney Maley: “Flying the ‘Un-friendly Skies’: American Flight Attendant Activism in the 1960’s-1980’s.” (Bruce Schulman)

Veronica Savory McComb: “The Bonds of Faith: Religion and Community Among Nigerian Immigrants to the U.S., 1965-Present.” (Marilyn Halter)

Timothy Orwig: “‘Material Things Worth While’: Joseph Everett Chandler, The Colonial Revival, and the Preservation Movement.” (Keith Morgan)

Miriam Michelle Robinson: “Places for Dead Bodies: Race, Labor, and Detection in American Literature.” (John Matthews)