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 Nineteeth 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

Dissertation Awards for 35 students in 2016–17
Named 2015–16 Urban Network Doctoral Fellow

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 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

The "Goodwill Ambassadors": Japanese War Brides and the Politics of Marriage and Belonging

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 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

News

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; Chicano history and literature; digital humanities; visual and material culture; transnationalism; immigration; agriculture; international relations; identity and citizenship; social justice; public policy

Pablo Rangel

Emily Romeo

US pre-1900, 2008

Research Interests

Colonial America; women's history; gender studies; violence and warfare; crime and punishment; puritanism

Dissertation

The Virtuous and Violent Women of Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts

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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