Graduate Students in US History

Evelyn Atkinson

US pre-1900, 2013

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Research Interests

US legal history; history of corporations; history of tort law; history of capitalism; the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Dissertation

Engine of Duty: Railroads, Responsibility, and Law in the Late Nineteenth Century


Lawrence Bauer

US pre-1900, 2010

Dissertation

Raising Small Citizens: Democracy and the Political Socialization of American Children, 1865–1917


Johann Bayer

US 1900–Present, 2015

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Research Interests

Twentieth-century US and Middle Eastern history; modern Iraq and Syria; violence, total war, and militarization in the United States; the US all-volunteer military; terrorism in the American imagination; the Westphalian state after the Cold War; the politics of secularism, religion, human rights, and gender; transnational history; international relations; cultural history; problems of evidence and interpretation in digital history


Jacob Betz

US pre-1900, 2005

Dissertation

Race, Mission, and the Americanization of the United States Catholic Church, 1865–1910


Mariana Brandman

US 1900–Present, 2012

Research Interests

Twentieth-century US history; women and gender; mass culture, humor, leisure and entertainment; consumerism; media studies; national identity and citizenship

Dissertation

Take Back the Mic: The Rise of Feminist Comic Performance in American Culture

Mariana Brandman

Filiberto Chávez Jr.

US 1900–Present, 2011

Research Interests

American West; Southwest history; borderlands; citizenship; higher education; social movements; American legal history; US government; racial formations; social reform; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Native American history; Mexican American history; Latino history; urban history


Daina Coffey

US 1900–Present, 2012

Dissertation

"In the midst of such opulence, people will never starve": Los Angeles and the Great Depression


Serena Covkin

US pre-1900, 2016

Research Interests

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century US history; American political culture; gender and sexuality; historical memory; patriotism, nationalism, and imperialism

Serena Covkin

Enrique Dávila

US 1900–Present, 2011

Research Interests

US-Mexico borderlands, Mexican American history, Latino history, northern Mexico, Texas history, Progressive Era, late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Latin America

Dissertation

A Progressive Border: A Transnational History of Reform in the South Texas/Northern Mexico Borderland Region, 1890–1940

Enrique Dávila

Julia Dufosse

US pre-1900, 2014

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century US history; gender and sexuality; social history; literary, visual, and material culture; metahistory and historiography.

Julia Dufosse

Ashley Finigan

US 1900–Present, 2011

Research Interests

African American history; nineteenth- and twentieth-century US women's and gender history; the modern United States; cultural history; print and musical cultures; black internationalism

Dissertation

"The National Council of Negro Women has been there even when our story has not been told …": The NCNW and the Creation of an International Black Women’s Movement, 1935–1975

News

—"If There is a Feminist in the World It's the Black Woman"
Dissertation Awards for 35 students in 2016–17

Ashley Finigan

Nicholas Foster

US 1900–Present, 2016

Research Interests

History of capitalism in the twentieth-century United States; history of ideas; emergence of neoliberalism as a economic, political, and social construct

Nicholas Foster

Sonia C. Gomez

US 1900–Present, 2011

Research Interests

Late nineteenth- and twentieth-century US history; Asian American studies; Japanese American history; race and ethnicity; gender; intersectionality; immigration; marriage; family; post–World War II America; the Allied Occupation of Japan; modern Japanese social and cultural history

Dissertation

From Picture Brides to War Brides: Race, Gender, and Belonging in the Making of Japanese America

News

Dissertation Awards for 35 students in 2016–17
—Accepts internship, with a focus on diversity among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, at the University of Chicago

Sonia C. Gomez

Caine Jordan

US 1900–Present, 2016

Research Interests

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century US history; African American history; women's and gender history; social movements; black elitism; race and resistance

Caine Jordan

Trish Kahle

US 1900–Present, 2012

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Research Interests

Global and transnational labor; energy, ecology, environmental politics; gender, feminist theory; Marxism, capitalism, and neoliberalism; social movements; mining and extraction; southern Africa, Appalachian United States; the long 1970s

Dissertation

The Graveyard Shift: Energy-Industry Restructuring, Mine Disasters, Environmental Politics, and Rank-and-File Rebellion in the Appalachian Coalfields, 1963–1981


Christopher Kindell

US pre-1900, 2012

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Research Interests

The Pacific world and the rise of American imperialism; Hawaii; the American West; Australia and New Zealand; translocal history; migration, settlement, and urbanization; public health, epidemiology, and medical geography; visual and material culture

Dissertation

Contagious Currents: Public Health, Infectious Diseases, and the Urban Pacific, 1869–1914


Nicholas Kryczka

US 1900–Present, 2013

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Research Interests

Urban history; history of education; migration; civil rights and desegregation; the middle class; race and ethnicity; nativism; neighborhoods; gentrification; oral history; K–12 history education

Dissertation

Selective Renewal: Education Markets and Urban Renaissance in Post–Civil Rights Chicago

News

Named 2015–16 Urban Network Doctoral Fellow

Nick Kryczka

Carl E. Kubler

East Asia-China, 2015

Research Interests

Social and economic history of late imperial and modern China; history of Sino-Western contact; global maritime history; intercultural communication and conflict; language and identity; children, childhood, and nationalism

Carl Kubler

Minyong Lee

US pre-1900, 2010

Research Interests

Transnational history of the American West; nineteenth-century US History; US expansionism and imperialism; history of race and ethnicity; migration and belonging; Asian American history; Pacific world

Dissertation

The California Gold Rush and Cross-Oceanic Circulation of Race and Empire, 1848–1898

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Dissertation Awards for 35 students in 2016–17


Emily Masghati

US 1900–Present, 2013

Research Interests

African American history; history of the US South; US intellectual history; history of social science; philanthropy; education; urban history

Emily Masghati

Gregory Montoya-Mora

US 1900–Present, 2014

Research Interests

US political history; state and society; citizenship; Latino history; US-Mexico borderlands; urban history; defense research; federalism

Gregory Montoya-Mora

Kai Parker

US 1900–Present, 2009

Dissertation

City of My Soul: Messianism and Black Chicago's Freedom Struggle


Rachel Ponce

US pre-1900, 2005

Rachel Ponce is a joint-degree candidate in the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and Department of History.

Dissertation

Homicidal Monomania: Insanity, Criminal Responsibility, and Medicine in America, 1835–1882


Pablo Rangel

US 1900–Present, 2013

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Research Interests

United States history; Latin American history; digital humanities; agriculture; international relations; public policy; capitalism; global economies; immigration; politics in the countryside

Pablo Rangel

Savitri Sedlacek

US 1900–Present, 2013

Research Interests

Twentieth-century American history; United States in the world; human rights and humanitarianism; migration; legal history; international law

Savitri Sedlacek

Alyssa Smith

US 1900–Present

Research Interests

Twentieth-century cultural history of the United States; race and identity; gender and sexuality; racism; inequality; violence; social movements

Alyssa Smith

Robert Suits

US pre-1900, 2015

Research Interests

Environmental history, especially climate, soil, energy, and epidemiological histories; capitalism, imperialism, and inequality; indigenous peoples and the Fourth World; global history; deep history; spatial history; quantitative history; the American West; and Native American history

Robert Suits

Lael Weinberger

US 1900–Present, 2013

Research Interests

Legal history; the United States in the world; international law; human rights; law and religion

Dissertation

Law, Rights, and Courts for America and the World: From World War I to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights