Current Students and Dissertation Prospectus or Area of Interest

Texts in bold type are approved dissertation prospectus titles; those in normal type are areas of student research interests.

Aaron Ahlstrom: history of American landscape design, historic preservation, and environmental history

Evan Barros: “Noise Makers: Electric Currents in American Popular Music since the 1950s.”

Rebekah Beaulieu: “Designing Culture: The Creation, Preservation, and Interpretation of Three Historic Houses in the American Midwest”

Jacob Begin“Gone But Not Forgotten: The Temporality and Technique of Portraiture on Gravestones in Rhode Island

George Born: “Home Rule: Local Historic Districting in the New Boston, 1953-1983”

Philip (P.J.) Carlino: cultural influences on innovation in specialty product industries prior to the Civil War

Tessa Croker: twentieth century American cultural history, the Cold War, the 1950s, Disney, Anglo-American relations and Alistair Cooke

Emma Czaja: design history, decorative arts, material culture, and 19th century American history

Kathleen Daly“Shapely Bodies: Women, Architecture, and the Material World of Health, 1865-1940”

Christine D’Auria: American literature and culture studies, 1850s through the 1930s

Daniel DeFraia: 19th century American literature and history, particularly concerning financial crises.

Megan Dawley: the intersections of  literary satire and socio-political reform in Gilded Age America

Jamie Devol: 19th and early 20th century architecture and American thought

William Edmonstone: documentary photography, transnational American Studies with a focus on diaspora, migration, race, class, and literatures of U.S. imperial history in the 19th and 20th century

Paul J .Edwards: Transnational semiotics and the performance of the everyday

Katy Evans Pritchard: late nineteenth and early twentieth century landscape, urban design, and institutional development and their representations in literature

Adrea Hernandez: Latino culture and society and the U.S. criminal justice system.

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

Neal Knapp: environmental history

Rachel Kopelman: Late 19th & early 20th century cultural history; Civil War memory; gender; visual & material culture

Niki Lefebvre“Beyond the Flagship: Politics & Transatlantic Trade in the American Department Store, 1859-1949”

Sarah Leventer: “The Southern Imaginary in the New Hollywood Era”

Catherine Martin: Early American radio and television, hardboiled detective fiction, representations of women in adventure programs, popular culture, and consumerism

Kristi Martin : 19th century American culture; Transcendentalism; Concord, MA;  cemeteries; death/grief/mourning practices; house museums; and literary tourism

Amanda Mayo: Transnational and Korean American foodways

Channon Miller: Intersections of race, gender and class with an emphasis on the African American women of the 20th and 21st centuries

Jason Michelitch Michelitch: avant-garde cinema and expérimental non-fiction film

Sayaka Moue: 19th century American literature;  women’s and African American history

Emma Newcombe:19th century literature, culture and environmentalism

Matthew Noferi : Film, TV, and Radio Studies; popular media of the 1960s and 1970s; Elvis Presley; 1960s counterculture

Sarah O’Connor: the politicization and subversion of the traditional family in the United States, as represented in literature, history and popular media; feminist and queer theory

Samuel Palfreyman: Mormon culture and historic preservation with a particular emphasis on Mormon architectural history

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

Clare Ploucha: Recent U.S. history and the relationship between public history, popular culture, and social movements; women’s history; material culture and historical fiction

Jordan Pouliot: gender, sexuality, and family; poverty and capitalism; the military and the state.

Robert Ribera“As a Soldier, an Artist, and a Man: Art and War in the works of John Ford, John Huston, Jacob Lawrence, and Bill Mauldin.”

Casey Riley: “From Page to Stage: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Photograph Albums and the Development of a Museum, 1850-1920”

Karen Robbins“Discipline and Polish: Teaching Domesticity at the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls, 1868-1917”

George SchwartzCollecting and Arranging…a History of the Globe”: A Reconsideration of the Salem East India Marine Society and Antebellum American Museology”

Sam Shupe: nineteenth century cultural and social history with a particular interest in leisure and recreation from the perspective of the built environment and material culture

C. Ian Stevenson: the interplay of the built environment and landscapes, including architectural, environmental and social history, especially of the nineteenth century

Christopher Stokum: history of early American education, educational theory, and religious thought

Katheryn Viens: the cultural effects of early 19th-century railroads, including technology, capitalism, and labor