Graduate Students

  • Johnathan Abreu

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Patrick Adamiak

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Kevan Aguilar

    Kevan Aguilar

    B.A. in History – California State University, Long Beach
    M.A. in Latin American Studies – University of California, San Diego

    My research analyzes how Mexican popular classes responded to the influx of Spanish exiles fleeing the Spanish Civil War during the late 1930s and into the 1970s. Through a study of spatial relations and political consciousness, I demonstrate how Mexican peasants and workers reimagined their society within the context of global political movements promoting anti-colonialism, leftist politics, and social revolution. Consequently, these imaginaries envisioned a revolutionary Mexican society that dismantled colonial vestiges through internationalist revolutionary politics envisioned on both sides of the Atlantic.

    https://ucsd.academia.edu/KevanAguilar

    Advisors:  Eric Van Young and Matthew Vitz

  • Sumeyra Aydemir

    Advisers:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Nazar Bagci

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Jillian Bolin

    Advisor:  Nancy Caciola

  • Peter Braden

    Advisor:  Paul Pickowicz

  • Alessandra Brivio

    Advisor(s):  Ulrike Strasser and John Marino

  • Amie Campos

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Juan Carmona Zabala

    M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies from New York University
    Licenciatura in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Málaga, Spain

    In my dissertation project, I study the multiple ways in which the production, processing and commercialization of tobacco influenced the development of state institutions in Greece in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as the country's relationship with Germany, which was the main importer of Greek tobaco. I am especially interested in how different groups (farmers, urban workers, business organizations, political elites) strived to influence the governing mechanisms that existed around Greek tobacco in order to further their own interests.

    https://ucsd.academia.edu/JuanCarmonaZabala

    Advisor:  Thomas Gallant

  • Maria Victoria Carreras

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Miguel Castaneda

    Adviser:  Luis Alvarez

  • Foster Chamberlin

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Thomas Arthur Kwok Wah Chan

    Adviser:  Karl Gerth

  • Christopher Costello

    Adviser: Mark Hanna

  • Hilary Coulson

    Hilary Coulson

    B.A. University of San Diego, 2010
    M.A. UC San Diego, 2014

    I’m interested in studying the intersections of race, class, and gender in the nineteenth-century penitentiary system and how crime impacted notions of womanhood. My current research has a regional focus on the states of Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    Dissertation in Progress: Confining Women: Gender, Race, and the American Penitentiary, 1800-1892

    Advisor:  Rebecca Plant

  • Matthew Crum

    Adviser:  Edward Watts

  • James Deavenport

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Inga Kim Diederich

    Inga Kim Diederich

    Ofice: HSS 3012

    AB in Art History, University of Chicago, 2009
    AM in Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University, 2014

    My research focuses on the Cold War relationship between South Korea and the United States, and is broadly concerned with the connections between the US-ROK alliance and domestic social movements and political/economic developments in South Korea, Cold War American security planning and policymaking, and modernization and postcolonial nationalisms in East Asia. I am particularly interested in bilateral security arrangements, such as the US-ROK Status of Forces Agreement, as sites of transnational power negotiations. My AM thesis addressed the opening of negotiations for the US-ROK SOFA, and my prospective dissertation proposes to extend the project by considering the prolonged course of negotiations themselves in light of respective political investments, resistant social movements, and regional contexts.

    http://ucsd.academia.edu/IngaDiederich

    Advisor:  Todd Henry

  • Josef Djordjevski

    Josef Djordjevski

    A.A. - Arts and Humanities. Palomar College
    B.A. - History. San Diego State University
    M.A. - History. San Diego State University
    PhD. - History. UC San Diego - In Progress.

    INTERESTS: I am interested in modern Balkan and South/Eastern European History with an emphasis on the environment, culture, nationalism, socialism & communism, the Balkan Wars, World Wars, Cold War, and the Yugoslav Civil Wars. My current focus is on environmental transformation in the Socialist Balkans (1945-1991).

    WEBSITE: https://ucsd.academia.edu/JoeDjordjevski

    Advisor:  Patrick Patterson

  • Theodora Dryer

    Advisor:  Tal Golan

  • Suzanne Dunai

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Nur Duru

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Bobby Edwards

    Adviser: Cathy Gere

  • Matthew Ehrlich

    Adviser:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Kristian Fabian

    Adviser:  Dana Murillo

  • Stephanie Fairchild

    Stephanie Fairchild

    Office: HSS 6023

    B.A. in History, UCLA 2012

    I am interested in labor and community organizing as well changing economic and immigration patterns in the second half of the 20th century. My current research centers on the relationship between formal unions and grassroots social justice activism in the context of neoliberal restructuring and its effects.  I examine the ways in which issues of class, race, gender, and citizenship have contributed to both tension and coalition building amongst union leaders and members, unorganized workers, and community members.

    Advisors:  David Gutierrez

  • Edward (Ted) Falk

    Edward (Ted) Falk

    B.A. in History - Carleton College
    M.A. in History - UC San Diego

    In my dissertation, Arabs into Frenchmen, I investigate the social and cultural development of late Ottoman Lebanon. I examine how students and teachers in French Jesuit and Lazarist missionary schools shaped the future of non-Muslim identity in the region through the teaching of language and history, as well as contemporary ideas of race and nationhood. I propose that the Syro-Lebanese graduates of these institutions shaped the French cultural perceptions of Lebanon, as well as the discourse in France surrounding so-called Eastern Question, regarding the future of the Ottoman Empire in the years before the First World War. Concurrently, alumni of these institutions, including poets, newspapermen, and political activists imagined a past and future separate from both the Ottoman Empire and the Arab Muslim majority of Greater Syria.

    http://ucsd.academia.edu/EdwardFalk

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Kathryn Flach

    Advisor:  Rebecca Plant

  • Semih Gokatalay

    Advisers:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence
  • Taylor Erin Gray

    Taylor Erin Gray

    B.A. Smith College, History
    M.A. Central European University, History

    I am interested in the study of twentieth-century Spain, especially in the Francoist arts apparatus and the visual artists who worked in Spain during the regime.

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Laura Gutierrez

    Advisors:  Michael Monteon and David Gutierrez

  • Matthew Aaron Hall

    Matthew Aaron Hall

    PhD in History, in progress - University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
    MA in History, May 2014 - University of Wisconsin­Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
    BA in History, May 2011 - Murray State University, Murray, KY

    Research and Teaching Interests:

    Modern Germany, modern Spain, anarchism, transnational identities, the methodological uses of anthropological theory in historical research, the Left's relationship with nationalism, the practical differentiation between far­left ideologies, and the way theory/ideology is disseminated in class­based social movements.

    Advisors:  Frank Biess

  • David Henderson

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Catherine Hester

    Advisor:  Mark Hanna

  • Jennifer Huerta

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • David Idol

    Advisor:  Thomas Gallant

  • Jamie Ivey

    Adiver:  Robert Edelman

  • Yupeng Jiao

    Yupeng Jiao

    B.A. : Chinese Language and Literature, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
    M.A. : International Politics, UC San Diego


    I'm a Ph.D student in Modern Chinese History (starting from Fall 2014). My research interests are mainly about Chinese religiosity, Christianity in China, Global Christianity and Chinese Modernism.

    Advisor:  Paul Pickowicz

  • Sky Johnston

    Sky Johnston

    BA: University of California, Irvine, 2007, Comparative Literature and European Studies
    MA: University of California, Irvine, 2008, History
    MDiv: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012
    MA: University of Bonn, 2013, Ecumenical Studies

    Research Interests: Early Modern Europe, Global History, Medieval History, Germany, Religion, the Natural World

    www.linkedin.com/pub/sky-johnston/a7/788/278/

    Advisor:  Ulrike Strasser

  • Youngoh Jung

    Adviser:  Todd Henry

  • Weiyue Kan

    Adivser:  Weijing Lu

  • Kalliopi Kefalas

    Kalliopi Kefalas

    Office: Galbraith Hall 173B

    B.A. University of California, Berkeley in History and Cognitive Science

    I study modern Greek history, with an emphasis in the history of crime and policing. My geographical focus is Crete and my current research focuses on the changes in crime and policing on the island from the late Ottoman imperial period, specifically 1856-1898, to the period of the autonomous Cretan polity from 1898-1913. Specifically, I examine violent crime as an interpersonal rather than as an inter-confessional phenomenon and thus add a new social and cultural dimension to the study of violence in late Ottoman Crete, which thus far centers on its political context. Additionally, I study the interactions between the gendarmes on Crete and the rural population which is important for bridging together the social and political history of the island.

    Advisor:  Thomas Gallant

  • Michael Kenny

    Advisor:  Patrick Patterson

  • Young Hyun Kim

    Young Hyun Kim

    B.A. in history at the State University of New York at Albany
    M.A. in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies at the State University of New York at Albany

    My research : I study the articulation of Indian self-consciousness of Aymaras and Quechuas, the two most prominent native groups in the Bolivian Andes. I understand history in accordance with the Aymara/Quechua notion of time (pachakuti), according to which the past and the present are intertwined as a coherent space/time in connection with the future. My history of the Andes, therefore, does not view time in a linear manner but as a space, where people¹s collective imagining and remembering is condensed into images, memories and narratives about the past as envisioned by those in the present in relation to the future tied to the past/present. I study how Aymaras and Quechuas articulate rebellious Indian self-consciousness in this space/time, where the future, the past, and the present become a coherent whole. The Aymara notion of ch'ixi is a central concept in my envisioning of the Andean history as it means ³stain,² connoting the double origin of human being, and a state of being under which one is something and is not at the same time. This is a crucial idea for understanding the multicolored nature of social formation in Bolivia without negating the existence of the "included third." (Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui; René Zavaleta Mercado) Since "everything is a pair in this world," as an Andean saying goes, I look at the Indian self-consciousness in the Andean cosmological and gender notions of jaqichana and chchawarmi. My study is an effort to contribute to the decolonization of Euro/U.S.-centric knowledge production by shedding significant light on the Indian humanity articulated through their own ideas of gender, history, space, and time.

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Mary Klann

    Advisor:  Rebecca Plant

  • Troy Kokinis

    Troy Kokinis

    Office: Pepper Canyon Hall, CAT Offices

    B.A.: Pitzer College, Philosophy Politics and Economics
    M.A.: University of California San Diego, Latin American Studies

    Troy Andreas Araiza Kokinis is PhD student in Latin American History and Teaching Assistant in Sixth College's Culture, Art, and Technology Writing Program. His dissertation, titled “Anarchism and Armed Struggle in Midcentury Río de la Plata,” investigates the role of anarchist organizations during the Dirty Wars in Argentina and Uruguay. He specifically focuses on the relationship between anarchist groups and populist political movements, such as Peronismo and the Frente Amplio. Other interests include Fascism in Latin America, Spanish and Italian anarchism, Situationism, Chicano art history, Southern California micro­punk scenes, and Morrissey.

    Advisors:  Eric Van Young and Michael Monteon

  • Francisco Laguna Alvarez

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Jorge Leal

    Jorge Leal

    Office: HSS 6037

    B.A. — Journalism and History. California State University, Northridge
    M.A. — History. California State University, Northridge

    Jorge N. Leal research focuses on the historical and contemporary creation of Latina/o urban enclaves in Southern California in the second half of the 20th Century. Leal’s dissertation centers Latinas/o as place-makers, whose labor and contested presence in the urban space of the United States has yielded generative articulations of transnational participatory citizenship and the creation of Latina/o identities via expressive and quotidian culture.

    https://ucsd.academia.edu/JorgeLeal

    Advisors:  Luis Alvarez and David Gutierrez

  • Kimiko Nicole LeNeave

    Adviser:  Matthew Vitz

  • Yang Lin

    Adviser: Karl Gerth

  • David Livingstone

    David Livingstone

    BA degree, 2002, History, Cal State Northridge

    MA degree, 2004, History, Cal State Northridge
    AS degree, 1992, Criminal Justice, Moorpark College

    I specialize in modern European social and cultural history with minor fields in modern Africa and early modern Europe.  I am particularly interested in the effects of modern war on postwar German society.  My dissertation examines the West German Border Police, 1951-1978, as a case study in the methods post-dictatorial, democratizing regimes employ to re-civilize state security.

    Advisor:  Frank Biess

  • Edwin Lopez Rivera

    Edwin Lopez Rivera

    

    B.A. in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota
    M.A. in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota

    I am interested in studying the relationship between health, standard of living and economic development in Colombia. Also, I have especial interest in estimations of national income, economic inequality and fiscal issues in Colombia and Latin America during the nineteenth century.

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Hoi Ling Lui

    Advisors:  Weijing Lu and Suzanne Cahill

  • Graeme Mack

    Graeme Mack

    B.A. in History, University of British Columbia
    M.A. in U.S. History, McGill University
    Ph.D. in U.S. History, UC San Diego (in progress)

    My research broadly focuses on pre-Gold Rush California within a Pacific context. I examine the impacts of transpacific trade and immigration on California trader communities from roughly 1815 to 1846. I trace the migration of Latin American, European, and United States traders through South American and Mexican ports, and explore the processes of their integration into California’s coastal communities. My research engages with scholarship focused on the American West, the Pacific, Latin American independence, the Spanish Empire and colonial Mexico, and maritime history.


    Advisor:  Mark Hanna, Rachel Klein

  • Kevan Quinn Malone

    Advisor:  Nancy Kwak

  • Jonathan Francis Martin

    Advisor:  Edward Watts

  • Patricia Martins Marcos

    Advisor:  Tal Golan

  • Jamie Marvin

    Adivers: Edward Watts

  • William McGovern

    William McGovern

    B.A. – History, Philosophy, and Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
    M.A. – American History, Duquesne University

    I am a PhD candidate in 19th century U.S. history at UC San Diego.  My dissertation, “Street Children: St. Louis and the Transformation of American Reform, 1850-1880,” focuses on the lives of marginalized children in Civil War St. Louis and the role of St. Louis in shaping child reform throughout the nation.  In addition to intellectual history, my project employs social historical and sociological methodologies, including social network analysis.  My research has benefitted from the generous support of the UC Humanities Research Institute, UCSD Center for the Humanities, UC California Studies Consortium, and numerous departmental grants.

    Advisor:  Rachel Klein

  • Mark McNaughton

    Adviser:  Mark Hanna

  • Alina Mendez

    Alina Mendez

    B.A. - Latin American History, University of California, Berkeley (2009)
    M.A. - United States History, University of California, San Diego (2014)

    Alina is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at UC San Diego.  Her dissertation, entitled “Cheap for Whom? Family Migration and Labor in the Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1964,” examines the Bracero Program in the eastern California-Baja California Norte borderlands. This study argues that the economic interdependence that the guestworker program cemented in the Imperial-Mexicali borderlands requires a permanent class of transborder workers who are active in the Imperial Valley’s labor market, but who are denied social membership in the United States.

    Advisors:  David Gutierrez, Natalia Molina

  • Alexis Meza

    Advisor:  Luis Alvarez

  • Manuel Morales Fontanilla

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Jordan Mylet

    Advisors:  Luis Alvarez and Daniel Widener

  • Leonidas (Lance) Mylonakis

    Leonidas (Lance) Mylonakis

    B.A. in History, UC San Diego. 2010
    M.A./C.Phil in History, UC San Diego, 2014

    My dissertation will explore the impact of piracy on nation-building and state formation programs in Greece and the Ottoman Empire, focusing on the Aegean as a zone of entanglement and contention. I provide two important historical revisions. First, I expand the narrative of Mediterranean piracy beyond 1830, the terminal point for most studies of Mediterranean piracy, when French colonization of Algiers brought an end to the last remaining corsair society. I do so by turning my attention to pirates outside the corsairing societies of Malta and North Africa. Aegean pirates were typical sea-robbers that, unlike corsairs and privateers, were not inherently employed by the state. Second, my study will contribute to the current literature by showing that piracy, much like banditry on land, played a critical role in nation-state formation during the nineteenth century. At the state level, Greek and Ottoman officials viewed banditry and piracy as potential precursors of Greek nationalism and irredentism. On the local level, the Aegean community crossed sectarian lines in both committing acts of and defending against piracy.

    https://ucsd.academia.edu/LeonidasMylonakis

    Advisor:  Thomas Gallant

  • Kristopher Nelson

    Advisor:  Tal Golan

  • Joshua Newton

    Joshua Newton

    Office: HSS 6017

    B.A., King’s University, 2009
    MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary

    I specialize in early twentieth-century United States religious history and relational race and ethnicity. I am particularly interested in the role of religion in the racialization of Mexican Americans and immigrants in Los Angeles. My current research examines Mexican popular religion and culture as a response to the attempted imposition of competing Catholic and Protestant visions of religion, citizenship, and race through Americanization programs from the 1920s to 1940s.

    Areas of Interest: Relational Race and Ethnicity, Religious History, Urban History, and U.S-Mexico Borderlands History

    Advisors:  Luis Alvarez and David Gutierrez

  • Amy O'Keefe

    Amy O'Keefe

    BA: History, Brigham Young University
    MA: Modern Chinese History, UC San Diego

    My research is on Christian discussions of and attempts to promote ideal family life in early twentieth-century China. Approaching this topic as an intellectual history, I seek to understand the complex relationships between religion and intellectualism, and trace the transformative and transnational development and spread of ideas about family, church, and nation during and after the two world wars.

    Advisors:  Joseph Esherick and Paul Pickowicz

  • Mychal Odom

    Advisor:  Daniel Widener

  • Joel Palhegyi

    Advisor:  Patrick Patterson and John Marino

  • Russell Peck

    Advisor:  Mark Hendrickson

  • Johanna Peterson

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Ulices Pina

    Advisor:  Eric Van Young

  • Ivana Polic

    Ivana Polic

    B.A. in History and English Language and Literature – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 2011
    M.A. in History and English Language and Literature (Teacher Course) – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 2014

    I am interested in modern history of Southeastern Europe, with particular emphasis on post-1945 history of Yugoslavia and its successor states.  My research focuses on topics such as popular culture, interrelationship between gender and politics, and various forms of political propaganda. My current project deals with the question of how the indoctrination of childhood reflected the process of nation building in Croatia after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/ivana-poli%C4%87/74/82b/3a9

    Advisor:  Patrick Patterson

  • Audrey Price

    Advisor:  Robert Westman

  • Jorge Ramirez

    Jorge Ramirez

    AA. Social and Behavioral Sciences (Honors), SRJC, 2011

    BA. Black Studies and Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), UC Santa Barbara, 2014

    M.A/PhD. History, UC San Diego, in progress

    Jorge is a doctoral student in the Department of History at UC San Diego. His dissertation is attentive to the collective memories de la autonomía of the Triqui diaspora originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, and the historical moments that shape them. His prior training includes the Department of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara and the Chicana/o historians at Santa Rosa Junior College. Influenced by the Black Radical Tradition, he is interested in the self-activity of ordinary people; the relationship between Latina/o immigrant labor and racial capitalism, as well as the collective and communal responses to it; and lastly, indigenous and black movements de las Américas and its relations to the world system.

     Research Interests: Race and Ethnicity, Transnational American Studies, Indigenous America History, Chicana/o Studies, Social Movements

    https://ucsd.academia.edu/JorgeRamirez

    Advisor:  Luis Alvarez

  • Gerardo Rios

    Adviso:  Eric Van Young

  • Luis Sanchez-Lopez

    Luis Sanchez-Lopez

    B.A.—History, UCLA, 2009
    M.A.—Latin American History, UC San Diego, 2013
    Ph.D.—Latin American History, UC San Diego, in progress

    Luis is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Latin American History Ph.D. program and is co-advised by Michael Monteón and Christine Hünefeldt. His dissertation, “Since Time Immemorial: Zapotec Pueblos and State Formation in Oaxaca’s Central Valley, 1857-1929,” explores how the Zapotec pueblos of the Tlacolula Valley fought for and defended their local autonomy against neighboring villages and the emerging national state. In doing so, he demonstrates that Zapotec costumbres (traditional customs) were a central component of Zapotec practices of autonomy from the nineteenth century to the formation of the national revolutionary party in 1929.

    He is interested in social movements, state formation, historical memory, decolonization, and critical indigenous studies.

    Advisor:  Michael Monteon

  • Kelly Silva

    Advisor:  Rachel Klein

  • Reuben William Silverman

    Reuben William Silverman

    B.A. History (2006), University of Washington
    M.A. International Studies (2012), University of Washington

    Thesis/Interests: I am interested in the 20th century in general. It is a time of great social change and experimentation; where people sought to make the world a better place--sometimes successfully, sometimes not, but never in vain. While such themes are hardly limited to one moment or place, I am particularly interested in Turkey and the experiences people living there had during the 1950s--a time when democratic possibilities (both there and throughout the world) seemed to be both growing and shrinking.

    Website: https://reubensilverman.wordpress.com

    Advisor:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Lauren Smit

    Adviser:  Edward Watts

  • Richard Smith

    Advisor:  Luis Alvarez

  • Benjami Smuin

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Dimitrios Stergiopoulos

    Adviser:  Thomas Gallant

  • Carrie Streeter

    Advisor:  Rebecca Plant

  • Christopher Stroot

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Amanda Mcgovern Tarkington

    Advisor:  Edward Watts

  • Baris Tasyakan

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Paul Tchir

    Paul Tchir

    Office: Making of the Modern World, Teaching Assistant Suite

    B.Sc. - Management Science, University of California, San Diego
    M.A. - Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin

    Paul Tchir's major research concentration concerns the development of organized sport, its organizational infrastructure, and its impact on society throughout the Middle East, with an emphasis on Egypt from the British occupation to the present day. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the UCSD with a B.Sc. in Management Science, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies, and holds an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Since May 2009 he has also been an active contributing scholar and writer with Bill Mallon’s Olympic research group OlyMADMen.

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Robert Terrell

    Robert Terrell

    B.A. North Carolina State University, History

    M.A. Villanova University, European History
    C.Phil. University of California, San Diego, European History


    I am a historian of modern Germany and Europe with a focus on the twentieth century, the history of consumption and commodities, and the history of Islam in Europe. My research agenda extends from the local to the regional, national, continental, and global.

    My current research project, “From Genußgift to Global Icon: Beer, Bavaria, and the Remaking of Germany, 1933-1988” contends that Bavarian beer became increasingly important for conceptualizations of Germany and German-ness at home and around the world in the tumultuous course of the mid- and late-twentieth century. From shaping local consumer cultures in the postwar "economic miracle," to disputes about European integration and free trade, and on to global perceptions of Germany as a beer drinker's paradise far removed from its Nazi past, beer provides an entry point into entangled histories of Germany's twentieth century. The project stresses a fluid geography from rural Bavaria to global cities like Hong Kong and New York, and brings together scholarship in German, European, and global historiographies as well as work on consumption, commodities, and late modern globalization. With support of the J. William Fulbright Program, the German Historical Institute, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdiest, I consulted archival materials in the United States, the U.K., Germany, and Italy, as well as printed materials from more than a dozen countries. Selections of this work has been presented in Washington D.C., Oxford, Munich, and San Diego.

    My second book project is on the interconnected political and cultural histories of the Weimar Republic and the post-Ottoman Middle East. I am preparing an article on the geopolitics of Islam in interwar Berlin and how the oft-neglected legacies of German imperialism shaped local policies towards Muslim students and immigrants seeking to make a new home in the city. Future research will expand to include material exchanges like the German obsession with Oriental rugs and the expansion of German luxury automobile markets in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.

    Advisor:  Frank Biess

  • Trisha Tschopp

    B.A. English, Religion - Augustana College (IL)
    M.A. Jewish Studies - Hebrew College
    M.P.S. International Agriculture and Rural Development - Cornell University 

    My work is situated at the intersection of environmental history, spatial history, and science and technology studies. Using qualitative methods, I research how human and non-human actors shape the landscapes of the modern Middle East. I'm specifically interested in exploring late nineteenth and early twentieth century Zionism as a technological and environmental movement.

    Adivser:  Tal Golan

  • Teresa Walch

    Teresa Walch

    B.A. in History & German, The College of Saint Benedict, 2010

    Research Interests: Modern Germany, Urban History, Global History, Holocaust Studies, Postwar Memorial Cultures and Sites of Memory

    My dissertation project investigates space (from entire cityscapes down to specific neighborhoods, streets, and buildings) in Nazi Germany.  I examine how the regime, city officials, and ordinary Germans appropriated and redesigned space to fit their ideological visions and the extent to which they employed space as a means of social control during the Third Reich, physically demarcating who and what belonged – or did not belong – to the national community.

    https://ucsd.academia.edu/TeresaWalch

    Advisor:  Frank Biess

  • Chuchu Wang

    Advisor:  Paul Pickowicz

  • Mirna Wasef

    Advisor:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Cameo Lyn (Williams) West

    Cameo Lyn (Williams) West

    B.A.: History, from the University of South Florida, Tampa (2011)

    My broad field of study is U.S. Cultural History, with a concentration on the representation of the South in popular media, and particularly in film. My dissertation project, Show Me That Old-Time Religion: Film and the Idea of the Christian South During the Interwar Era, concerns, broadly, the role of film in forging of a collective national conception of the U.S. South during the early 20th century. I argue that film is an often neglected, but ultimately integral, component in the perpetuation of the idea of the "primitive" South, and religion was used as a visual descriptor of the discomfiting otherness of southerners. Since the evangelical, ecstatic Christianity stereotyped in film is deeply connected to blackness, I contend that is was an effective, racialized rhetorical tool for the arguments that the South should remain of a junior partner, or a colonized region.

    I enjoy hiking, drinking, and, appropriately, watching movies.

    Advisor:  Daniel Widener

  • Geoffrey West

    Advisor:  Rebecca Plant

  • Kevin Westerfeld

    Advisers:  Denise Demetriou and Edward Watts

  • Eden White

    Advisor:  Rebecca Plant

  • Mathew White

    Adviser:  Mark Hanna

  • Matthew Timothy Wills

    Advisor:  Karl Gerth

  • Rosana Womack

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Lauren Wood

    Adviser:  Nancy Caciola