Graduate Students

J. Seth Anderson studies twentieth century American history with Professor Bruce Schulman. He entered the PhD program in 2017 after earning his MA in History at the University of Utah. His research interests include the history of sexuality, religion and the environment.  His dissertation focuses on the history of conversion therapy.
Cari Babitzke entered the PhD Program in 2015 after earning her BA and MA from Texas Tech University. She is studying 20th century U.S. history with Professor Bruce Schulman and is interested in modern American conservatism.
Andrew Bell entered Boston University’s PhD program in 2014 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree from Purdue University. His research revolves around archaeology, preservation, and American foreign relations. His advisor is Brooke L. Blower.
Charley Binkow studies 19th century social and intellectual history with professor Nina Silber. He entered the BU PhD program in 2016 after getting his BA in History from the University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in researching antebellum American arts, theater, and literature.
Patrick Browne earned his BA in English in 1994 and MA in History in 1996 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He entered Boston University’s PhD program in 2015 after nearly 20 years in the museum field. He is studying American antebellum and Civil War history with Professor Nina Silber.
Agnes Burt graduated magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America in 2011 with a double major in history and English literature. She entered the PhD program at Boston University in 2013 where she studies under Professor Arianne Chernock. Her research focuses on society, women, and politics in late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain.
Kristen Carey is a PhD candidate in history. She entered the program in 2013 after earning BAs in philosophy and political science at the University of Montana. Her research centers on local and international responses to demographic change in Africa after independence. Kristen’s dissertation investigates the historical development of Tanzanian population policy in the second half of the 20th century.
Christina Carrick entered the BU PhD program in 2011 after completing her BA in History at the University of Indianapolis in 2010. She studies Early American History with Professor Brendan McConville. Her dissertation investigates the social and commercial correspondence networks created by Loyalist exiles during and after the American Revolution.
Joshua Castillo studies 20th century African political history with a focus on the independence period. He entered the PhD Program in 2016 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 with a BA in History. His advisor is Professor Linda Heywood.
Lisa Chaderjian graduated with a double major in History and International Relations from UC Davis in 2015. She entered the MA program in 2017 and studies under Prof. Betty Anderson. Her research interests include US foreign policy in the Middle East after WWII and Americans’ attitudes towards war.
Jordan Goneau-Goncalves graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2018, with a BA in History and a minor in Religious Studies. He studies 20th century labor history, with a focus on the Catholic Worker Movement. His advisor is Professor Sarah Phillips.
Jamie Grischkan entered the Boston University Ph.D. program in 2015 after earning her B.A. from Duke University in 2009 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012. She previously practiced corporate law at an international law firm in Chicago. She is studying 19th and 20th century American history with Professor Louis Ferleger, with a particular interest in American legal and economic history.
Dalia Haitayan entered the Boston University PhD program in 2014 after completing her BA and MA at Fresno State. She is studying 20th century U.S. political history with Professor Schulman. She is particularly interested in the relations between evangelical conservatives and Latino immigrants in the post WWII years.
Elizabeth Hameeteman  entered the PhD program in 2015 with a background in Law and American Studies. She studies U.S. environmental history with Professor Sarah Phillips, and interested in conservation issues, environmental law and policy, and all things water. 
Kacie Harris entered the PhD program in 2018 after earning her MA in history from Clemson University. She studies modern European intellectual history with Professor Jonathan Zatlin and is interested in how both Germans and Russians conceptualized authoritarianism.
Lilly Havstad is a PhD Candidate finishing her dissertation on gender and the making of middle-class culture in Maputo, Mozambique. Her dissertation fieldwork was supported by a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, the BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the BU Center for the Humanities. Lilly entered the MA/PhD program in 2010 with a History BA from UC Davis (2008).
Dima Hurlbut entered the Boston University MA/PhD program in 2014, after earning his BA in history from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He studies African history under James McCann, with a particular interest in the history of Christianity. His dissertation examines the history of Mormonism in Postcolonial Nigeria.
Julie Keresztes entered the PhD program in 2013. She holds a BA in History from Amherst College. Her research interests include photography associations in Wilhelmine Germany and the social and political role of photography during the Weimar Republic and Third Reich. Her advisor is Professor Jonathan Zatlin.
Ethan Key entered the BU PhD program in 2018. Prior to that, he received a master’s degree in world history from Georgia State University. Under the guidance of Professor McCann, he plans to continue research in the field of African history, particularly in the Horn of Africa during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Jeanna Kinnebrew entered the Ph.D. program in 2015, after a decade spent as a development director for various nonprofit organizations. She holds an A.B. in History from Harvard University and a M.A. in History from Middle Tennessee State University. She studies the role of NGOs and foreign policy in the Cold War with Dr. Brooke Blower.
Krista Kinslow entered the PhD program in 2011, and her advisor is Nina Silber. She has a BS in Marketing and History from the University of Indianapolis. Her dissertation, “Contesting the Centennial” looks at the 1876 World’s Fair as a contested space following the Civil War and will be the first full-length study of that exhibition.
Benjamin Kochan received a BS from MIT in 2006. Prior to entering the History Department’s PhD program in 2011, Ben spent five years working for a Boston-based seafood company. His dissertation is on US and Canadian fisheries management policies in the twentieth century. His advisor is Professor Sarah Phillips.
Matthew Lavallee studies United States economic and political history. He entered the PhD program in 2014 after earning a B.A. at Boston University and studies with Professor Louis Ferleger. He published “Industrial Requiem: Management, Labor, and Investment at the Lowell Machine Shop” in the journal Labor History in 2015.
Nina Martin entered the Ph.D. program in 2013 with a BA in history from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in history from Georgetown University. She studies early twentieth century American transnational history, focusing on German-American political, cultural, and economic networks during and after World War I. Her advisor is Dr. Brooke Blower.
Hannah Metheny is a fourth year PhD candidate.  She studies 19th century US history with Prof. Silber, as well as gender studies and military history.  Currently, she is researching the experiences of women connected to the American Civil War during the post-war period.  She received her bachelors in History and Anthropology at the College of William and Mary in 2013.
Philip Rotz entered the PhD program in 2010. He earned a BA in history from Eastern Nazarene College (1999) and worked for nearly a decade in public health programs in Southern Africa. Phil’s dissertation explores mosquito-borne diseases and the evolving urban ecologies of Durban, South Africa. His advisor is Professor James McCann.
Ryan Shaver entered the PhD program in 2015 to study 19th century US history with Professor Nina Silber. He received his BA in history from Rice University, and worked for Google in the interim years. Research interests include nationalism, gender, and identity in the Gilded Age.
David Shorten entered the PhD program in 2012. He is an American historian specializing in twentieth-century business and political history under the direction of Bruce Schulman. His dissertation traces the relationship between the diplomatic power of American banks and the rise of neutralism in the era of World War I.
Untitled Tom Sojka received a dual BA in History and Political Science from Roger Williams University in 2013 before obtaining his M.Litt in Modern History from the University of St Andrews in 2014. Tom entered the PhD program in 2017 and studies 19th and 20th century British history with Arianne Chernock.
Untitled Benjamin Welton joined the Boston University History Department in 2015. He received his B.A. at West Virginia University, while he received his M.A. at the University of Vermont. Currently, Mr. Welton is researching the history of American police reform during the Progressive Era under Dr. Bruce Schulman.
Jim Williams entered the PhD program in 2016. He received his BA from Grove City College and his MA from Kent State University. Currently, he is studying 19th century American religious and intellectual history with Dr. Jon Roberts.
Johnathan Williams entered the PhD program in 2016 after receiving his BA and MA from the University of Northern Iowa. He is studying modern US history under Bruce Schulman. His research focuses on the culture, politics, and social movements of the Reagan era.
Rachel Wilson entered the PhD program in 2017 after earning her MA in History and Archival Studies from Claremont Graduate University and BA in History from Occidental College. She is studying modern European history with Jonathan Zatlin and is interested in modern Germany, material culture, and its intersections with gender and memory.
Christina Youard entered the PhD program in 2018 after earning a B.A. in History and Religious Studies from Montclair State University in 2017. Her research interests focus on the Third Reich, the Holocaust and the representation of religious minorities in Germany. Her advisor is Jonathan Zatlin.
Chenguang Zhu studies nineteenth-century British cultural history with Professor Arianne Chernock. He entered the PhD program in 2015 after receiving his BA in history and art history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the same year. He is particularly interested in collections and displays in the context of empire-building.