PhD Graduates

PhDs in History, 1990-Present

Name Dissertation Title Major Advisor Graduation Year Current Position
Mark Abate “Roger Bacon and the Rage of Antichrist: The Apocalypse of a Thirteenth Century Natural Philosopher” Professor Clifford Backman May 2000 Chair and Professor of History, Westfield State University.
Peter Alegi “Keep Your Eye on the Ball: A Social History of Soccer in South Africa, 1910-1976” Professor Diana Wylie May 2000 Professor of History, Michigan State University
Mitchell Allen “The Anglo-Hanoverian Connection in the Foreign Policy of George II” Professor John Gagliardo May 2000
Jennifer Alpert “Medicine and Politics in the Life of Henry I. Bowditch, M.D., 1808-1892″ Professor Thomas Glick May 2004 Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Bentley University
Angel Amy-Moreno “The Spanish Treatment of Moriscos as a Model for the Treatment of Native Americans” Professor Thomas Glick May 1999 Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus, Roxbury Community College
Devon H. Atchison “Shades of Change: Suntanning and the Twentieth Century American Dream” Professor Bruce Schulman January 2007 Partner, SVP Seattle
David Atkinson “The Burdens of Whiteness: Asian Immigration Restriction and White Supremacy in the British Empire and the United States, 1897-1924″ Professor William Keylor May 2010 Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University
Christine Axen

“Mapping the Bishop of Avignon: Sources of Episcopal Power in the Thirteenth Century”

Professor Deanna Klepper May 2015 Contract Position, Plymouth State University
Andrew Ballou

“From Pacifism to Nonviolent Direct Action: The Fellowship of Reconciliation and Social Christianity, 1914-1947”

Professor Jon Roberts September 2013 History Teacher, St. John Paul II High School
Belete Bizuneh “An Agrarian Polity and Its Pastoral Periphery: State, Society and Pastoralism in the Borana Borderlands (Southern Ethiopia), 1897-1991″ Professor James McCann May 2008 Assistant Professor of History and Cultural Heritage, Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
Andrew R. Black “The Whig in Swallow Barn: The Political and Literary Culture of John Pendleton Kennedy” Professor Nina Silber January 2010

Writer, published John Pendleton Kennedy: Early American Novelist, Whig Statesman, and Ardent Nationalist (Southern Biography Series) on LSU Press

Anne Blaschke “Racing to Win: Women Track and Field Athletes in American Political Culture, 1928-1978” Professor Bruce Schulman May 2012 Visiting Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Leonid Blickstein “The Challenge of Otherness: Self, Values, and Modernity in Russian Philosophical Thought, 1900-1917″ Professor Anna Geifman January 2003 Senior Instructor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Seth Blumenthal “Children of the Silent Majority: Nixon, New Politics, and the Youth Vote, 1968-1972” Professor Bruce Schulman May 2013 Lecturer, Writing Program, Boston University
Victor Bondi “The Origins of the Theory of Totalitarianism: Essays in Interpretation” Professor Richard Fox January 1993 Vice President of Educational Technology, Platform Learning, Inc.
Zbysek Brezina “The Czechoslovak Democrat: The Life, Writing and Politics of Hubert Ripka from 1918 to 1945″ Professor Anna Geifman May 2008

Social Studies Teacher, The Rashi School

Kathyrn Brownell “The Entertainment Estate: Hollywood in American Politics, 1932-1972” Professor Bruce Schulman May 2011 Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University
Daniel Burge “Deregulation and the Partisan Politics of the Savings and Loan Crisis 1970-1989” Professor Bruce Schulman January 2018
Dane Cash “The Forgotten Debate: American Political Opinion Journals and the Korean War, 1950-1953” Professor William Keylor January 2012 Assistant Professor, Carroll College
Kyri Claflin “Culture, Politics, and Modernization in Paris Provisioning, 1880-1920″ Professor William Keylor May 2006 Lecturer, Metropolitan College, Boston University
Christopher Conz “‘Wisdom Does Not Live In One House'”: Compiling Environmental Knowledge in Lesotho, Southern Africa, C. 1880-1965 Professor James McCann May 2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Andrew David “Fighting for National Security: Building the National Security State During the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations” Professor David Mayers January 2018 Lecturer, History Department, Boston University
R. Samuel Deese “Ecology and the Gospel of Progress: Julian and Aldous Huxley in the American Century” Professor Charles Capper May 2007 International History Institute Fellow, Lecturer, College of General Studies, Boston University
John Dempsey “Bonizo of Sutri: Life and Work” Professor Clifford Backman May 2006 Associate Professor of History, Westfield State University
Jean Dunlavy “A Band of Sisters: Vietnam Veterans’ Organization for Rights and Recognition, 1965-1995″ Professor Bruce Schulman January 2009 Instructor, Phillips Exeter Academy
Amy Noel Ellison “‘Reverse of Fortune’: The Invasion of Canada and the Coming of American Independence, 1774-1776” Professor Brendan McConville May 2016 Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship, American Philosophical Society
Beth M. Forrest “Hungry and Thirsty: The Role of Food and the
Senses in Spanish Identity, 1750 – 1850”
Professor Thomas Glick September 2015 Professor of Liberal Arts and Applied Food Studies, Culinary Institute of America
Zach Fredman “From Allies to Occupiers: Living with the U.S. Military in Wartime China, 1941-1945” Professor Brooke Blower September 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College
Brenda Gardenour “Medicine and Miracle: The Reception of Theory-Rich Medicine in the Hagiography of the Latin West, 13th and 14th Centuries” Professor Deeana Klepper January 2008 Associate Professor of History, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Erik Gilbert “The Dhow Trade: Wooden Ships and the East
African Economy, 1860-1964″
Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History, Arkansas State University
Sara Georgini “Household Gods: Creating Adams Family Religion in the American Republic, 1583-1927” Professor Jon Roberts May 2016 Series Editor, The Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society
Melissa Graboyes “Surveying the ‘Pathological Museum’: A History of Medical Research in East Africa, 1940-1965″ Professor James McCann May 2010 Faculty Fellow and Assistant Director of the African Studies Program, University of Oregon
“Cold War Crucible: United States Foreign
Policy and the Conflict in Romania, 1943-1952″
David Mayers
Published Cold War Crucible: United States Foreign Policy and the Conflict in Romania, 1943-1952
Aaron Hiltner “Friendly Invasions: Civilians and Servicemen on the World War II American Home Front” Professor Brooke Blower January 2018 Instructor, History Department, UW-Madison
Heather Hoag “Designing the Delta: A History of Water and Development in the Lower Rufiji River Basin, Tanzania, 1945-1985″ Professor James McCann January 2003 Associate Professor of History, University of San Francisco
Stacy Holden “Maintaining a Moroccan Medina: Commercial and Technological Innovations at the Workplace of Millers and Butchers in Fez, 1878-1937″ Professor Diana Wylie May 2005 Associate Professor of History, Purdue University
Katherine A. Hollander

“At Home in Exile: Co-Creation and Intellectual Labor in a Socialist Circle”

Professor James Schmidt May 2015 Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Hartford
Michael Holm

“America in the World: Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1944-1950”

Professor William Keylor September 2013 Lecturer, Boston University
Kirk Hoppe “Lords of the Fly: Environmental Images and
Social Engineering in British East African
Sleeping Sickness Control, 1903-1963″
May 1997 Associate Professor of History,
University of Illinois at Chicago
Sanders Huguenin “The Curious History of the Prinkipo Idea: The Big Four and Bolshevism at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919″ Professor William Keylor May 1996 Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor; Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia, Wise
Rosemary Hynes

“The Mask of Liberty: The Making of Freeholder Democracy in Revolutionary Georgia”

Professor Brendan McConville September 2014 Associate Dean, Program Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Emory University
Katherine Jewell “As Dead as Dixie: The Southern States Industrial Council and the End of the New South, 1933-1954″ Professor Louis Ferleger May 2010 Assistant Professor of History, Fitchburg State University
Douglas Kierdorf “Social, Political, and Economic Life in the Post-Conquest Kingdom of Valencia: La Plana de Castello” Professor Thomas Glick May 2012 Adjunct Lecturer, Bentley University
Amy Kittelstrom “The Religion of Democracy: William James and Practical Idealism in Evolutionary America, 1870-1910″ Professor Charles Capper May 2004 Associate Professor of History, Sonoma State University
Aaron Knapp “Law’s Revolutions: Coercion and Constitutional Change in the American Founding” Professor Brendan McConville January 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston University
Jonathan Koefoed “Cautious Romantics: Trinitarian Transcendentalists and the Emergence of a Conservative Religious Tradition in America” Professor Charles Capper January 2014 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Thomas Jefferson Center, University of Texas at Austin
Jolanta Komornicka “The Parlement of Paris and Crimes of Lese Majesty in France, 1328-1350” Professor Clifford Backman January 2013 Lecturer, University of Virginia
Christina Kopp “‘A School of New Men’: Composing an American Identity in the Early Twentieth Century” Professor Bruce Schulman May 2006

Global Studies Program Coordinator, Deerfield Academy

Mark Kukis “An Unseen Dimension of RFK: The Attorney General and National Security Policy, 1961-1963” Professor Andrew Bacevich January 2016 Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, Minerva Schools at KGI
Virginia Laffey “The Invisible Regiment: The Wives, Mothers and Girlfriends of Soldiers in Vietnam” Professor Bruce Schulman January 2006 Lecturer, Bryant University
Pamela Laird “The Business of Progress: The
Transformation of American Advertising,
Joseph Boskin
May 1992 Professor of History, University of
Colorado, Denver
François Lalonde “Diverging Visions of Leadership in the Atlantic Alliance, 1957-1963″ Professor William Keylor January 2011 Part-time professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa.
Ronald Lamothe “Slaves of Fortune: Sudanese Soldiers and the River War, 1896-1898″ Professor James McCann May 2010 Documentary Film Maker; Assistant Professor of History, Lesley University
Yusufu Lawi “Local Environmental Perceptions and te Political Economy of Natural Resource Use in Iraqw’ar Da/aw, Northern Tanzania, 1900-1980s” Professor James McCann January 2000 Senior Lecturer in History, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
William Leeman “The Long Road to Annapolis: The Naval Academy Debate and Emerging Nationalism in the United States, 1775-1845″ Professor Nina Silber January 2006 Associate Professor of History and Faculty Fellow, Salve Regina University
Melissa Lurio “An Educated Bishop in an Age of Reform: Marbode, Bishop of Rennes, 1096-1123″ Professor Clifford Backman January 2004
Scott Marr “Urban Encounters and the Religious Divide: Catholic-Protestant Coexistence in Samur, France, 1589-1665” Professor Barbara Diefendorf January 2012 Lecturer, College of General Studies, Boston University
“The Economic Impact of Shipwreck During the
Age of Discovery”
Thomas Glick
Associate Professor of History,
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
William McCoy

“Healing the Leper? Mission Christianity, Medicine, and Social Dependence in 20th Century Swaziland”

Professor Diana Wylie May 2015 Associate Professor of History, East Nazarene College
Gareth McFeely

‘”Gone are the Days’: A Social and Business History of Cinema-Going in Gold Coast/Ghana, 1910 – 1982”

Professor Diana Wylie May 2015 Executive Director, Study Abroad, Boston University
John McGrath “France in America, 1555-1565: A
Reevaluation of the Evidence”
May 1991 Associate Professor of Social Science,
College of General Studies, Boston
Michael McGuire “An Ephemeral Relationship: American Non-Governmental Organizations, the Reconstruction of France, and Franco-American Relations, 1914-1924 Vol. I of II” Professor William Keylor January 2012 Visiting Instructor, Salem State University
Robyn Metcalfe “Smithfield on the Move: Cattle, Commerce, and the City, 1800-1855” Professor Louis Ferleger January 2010 Director of Food+City, University of Texas at Austin
David Mislin “Faith Bounded and Unbounded: The Protestant Establishment, Secularism, and the Emergence of Religious Inclusiveness in America” Professor Jon Roberts May 2012 Assistant Professor, Temple University
Katie Moore “A Just and Honest Valuation: Paper Money and the Body Politic in Colonial America, 1640-1765” Professor Brendan McConville September 2017 Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University
Andrea Mosterman “Sharing Spaces in a New World Environment: African-Dutch Contributions to North American Culture, 1626-1826” Professor Linda Heywood January 2012 Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans
Robert Munson “The Landscape of German Colonialism: Mounts Kilimanjaro and Meru, c. 1890-1916″ Professor James McCann May 2005 African Analyst, United States Airforce
April Najjaj “The Alhambra in Comparative Perspective: Towards a Definition of Palace-Cities” Professor Thomas Glick May 2005 Lecturer, Texas A&M University at San Antonio
David Olson “The World ‘In Search of its Soul’: Unesco, America, and the Struggle to Build a Postcolonial World” Professor William Keylor September 2016
Melissane Parm Schrems “A Freedom to Suit Themselves: Negotiating Mashpee Indian Political Identity on Cape Cod, 1746-1834″ Professor Jill Lepore May 2003

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Native American Studies, St. Lawrence University

Patricia J. Peknik

“Exotic Folk: Old-Time French Louisiana Music and the Politics of Culture, 1946-1973”

Professor Bruce Schulman May 2015 Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music
Sarah Phillips “Acres Fit and Unfit: Conservation and Rural Rehabilitation in the New Deal Era” Professor Bruce Schulman January 2004 Associate Professor of History, Boston University
Matthew Pressman “Remaking the News: The Transformation of American Journalism, 1960-1980” Professor Bruce Schulman May 2016 Assistant Professor of Journalism, Seton Hall University
“Zamanin Siyasa (the Time of Politics): Islam
and Political Legitimacy in Northern Nigeria,
May 1995 Professor of History, Northern
Kentucky University
Christopher Seely “Fighting the Good Fight: The Religious Right and American Foreign Policy Since World War II” Professor William Keylor May 2013 Writer
Robert Shimp “A British Paradox: John Quincy Adams’s Life and Career in the Early American Republic” Professor Brendan McConville May 2018 Adams National Historical Park
Zachary Smith “From the Well of the House: Remaking the House Republican Party, 1978-1994” Professor Bruce Schulman January 2012 Lecturer, Quincy College
Madia Thomson “Modernization, Slavery, and the Transformation of Social Hierarchy in Southwestern Morocco, 1912-56″ Professor Diana Wylie May 2005

Writer, published The Demise of Slavery in Southwestern Morocco, 1860-2000: Economic Modernization and Transformation of Social Hierarchy on Edwin Mellen Press

Bryan Thrift “Jesse Helms, the New Right, and American Freedom” Professor Bruce Schulman January 2005 History Instructor, Johnston Community College
“A History of Public Health Policy in Lesotho,
Southern Africa, 1900-1980″
Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies,
National University of Lesotho
Benjamin Twagira “Bajeemi Urbanites: Roots of Social Resilience in Militarized Kampala, 1966-1986” Professor Diana Wylie January 2018 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of African Studies, Emory University
David Van
“The Empire of the Year 6000: Eschatology
and the Sanctification of Carolingian Politics”
May 1997 Financial Advisor, Van Meter & Van Meter, LLC, Little Falls, NY
Benjamin Varat “A Clash of Kings: de Gaulle, Kennedy and the Battle for Western Europe, 1958-1963” Professor William Keylor January 2006 Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences, College of General Studies, Boston University
Ellen Wald “Fueling the American Century: The United States, Great Britain and the Middle-Eastern Oil Industry, 1945-1960” Professor Louis Ferleger January 2013 Writer; Adjunct Professor, Jacksonville University
Timothy Walker “Doctors, Folk Medicine and the Inquisition: The Repression of Popular Healing in Portugal During the Enlightenment Era” Professor Barbara Diefendorf January 2001 Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Gerald Ward “Restoring the Shattered World: The Apocalyptic Mercantilism of Samuel Purchas and the Revelatiopn of World Trade” Professor Thomas Glick May 2003
Midori Yoshii “Reducing the American Burden: Kennedy’s Policy Toward Northeast Asia” Professor David Mayers May 2003 Associate Professor of International Studies, Albion College
“A City and Its Hinterlands: The Political
Economy of Land Tenure, Agriculture and Food
Supply for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1887-1974″
Academic Vice President, Associate
Professor of History, Addis Ababa