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 focuses on the incorporation of Spanish political refugees into Mexican working-class and peasant communities during the 1930s and 1940s. I examine the radical imaginaries of Mexico's laboring classes and Spanish émigrés to demonstrate the impact of internationalist, revolutionary, and post-colonial thought on both societies. 

    I have recently published a chapter for the edited collection, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW (Pluto Press/University of Chicago Press, 2017), and have a forthcoming article being published for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2018). 

    I am currently conducting dissertation field research in Mexico, Spain, and the Netherlands thanks to the support of the Social Science Research Council IDRF and Fulbright Hays DDRA fellowships.

    Advisors:  Eric Van Young and Matthew Vitz

  • Sumeyra Aydemir

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Nazar Bagci

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Jillian Bolin

    Advisor: Nancy Caciola

  • Peter Braden

    Advisor: Paul Pickowicz

  • Amie Campos

    Amie Campos

    B.A. in History with Departmental Honors, University of California, Los Angeles
    M.A. in History, University of California, San Diego

    My dissertation is an agrarian and economic history of internal colonization processes in the Araucanía region of Southern Chile between the yeras 1883 to 1929. Using archival sources as its foundation, it seeks to understand the ways in which the parceling of territory by the Chilean state and its engineers led to an encroachment on indigenous land practices, and how this region became integrated into the global market through wheat exports. The Araucanía region reveals that internal colonization is a multifaceted process where local governments and central government officials as representatives of capital play a significant role in reimagining land use and the ways in which people will interact with it. Currently, I am a Fulbright scholar and will be conducting nine months of research in Santiago and Temuco, Chile.

    Advisor: Eric Van Young

  • Juan Carmona Zabala

    M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University
    Licenciatura in Translation and Interpretation, 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.

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Maria Victoria Carreras

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Miguel Castaneda

    Miguel Castaneda

    A.A. in Chicano Studies, San Diego City College
    B.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies, San Diego State University

    I am interested in the history of Mexican American left-wing politics through the twentieth century. My dissertation will focus on the political activism and cultural production of Mexican Americans in the Depression and Cold War eras and argues that the Chicana/o Movement emerged from the political traditions created by previous generations of activists. 

    Advisor: Luis Alvarez

  • Thomas Arthur Kwok Wah Chan

    Advisor: Karl Gerth

  • Jerry Christodoulatos

  • Christopher Costello

    Advisor: Mark Hanna

  • Matthew Crum

    Advisor:  Edward Watts

  • Samantha de Vera

    Samantha de Vera

    B.A. in Humanities with a minor in English, San Diego State University, 2014 
    M.A. in English, University of Delaware, 2017

    Samantha de Vera received her BA in Humanities with a minor in English from San Diego State University in 2014 and her MA in English from the University of Delaware in 2017. At UCSD, she focuses on African American women's history and is particularly interested in Digital Humanities. She's created and curated several digital exhibits for the Colored Conventions Project. Her publications also include "The Pharisees of Old New York in Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence" in the journal The Explicator and "'we the ladies...have been deprived of a voice': Uncovering Black Women's Lives Through the Colored Conventions Archive" in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century.

    Advisor: Rebecca Jo Plant


  • Inga Kim Diederich

    Inga Kim Diederich

    B.A. in Art History, University of Chicago, 2009
    M.A. in Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University, 2014

    My research focuses on the Cold War construction of a hegemonic South Korean identity, and is broadly concerned with the connections between Cold War cultural discourse and government policymaking and medical/scientific regimentation in South Korea, Cold War security planning and policymaking, and modernization and postcolonial nationalisms in East Asia. I am particularly interested in the connections bwetween popular movements and socio-political engineering, and in the diplomatic agreements and domestic arrangements that arise from this intersection. My MA thesis addressed postwar US-ROK security arrangements (specifically the opening of negotiations for a Status of Forces Agreement), and my prospective dissertation builds on that project by considering how evolving understandings of race, gender, and class effected and were effected by South Korean government policies.

    Dissertation Title: Blood of the Nation: The Contested Cold War Construction of South Korean National Identity

    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.

    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).


    Advisor:  Patrick Patterson

  • Theodora Dryer

    Advisor: Tal Golan

  • Suzanne Dunai

    Suzanne Dunai

    B.A. in International Studies/History, Texas A&M University, 2007
    M.A. in History, University of New Mexico, 2012

    I study modern Spain with a focus on the early dictatorship of Francisco Franco, 1939-1952. My dissertation examines how food regulation correlated with larger ideological objectives of the Franco regime, and how government policies intersected with the everday life of Spanish women. My research interests include food culture, social history, gender and sexuality, women and domesticity, and the history of everday life. 

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Bobby Edwards

    Bobby Edwards

    B.A., Art Studio, California State University, Sacramento, 2013
    B.A., History, California State University, Sacramento, 2013
    M.A., History, California State University, Sacramento, 2016

    Disciplines: History; Anthropology; Ethnic Studies. 

    Fields: American Studies; Science and Technology Studies. 

    Topics: The intellectual and social history of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis; U.S. colonial-imperialism; the politics of science; salvage anthropology; the ethnographer-informant relationship; the psychology of ideology; Native American representation; Native American politics; alternative modernities; epistemic hegemony. 

    Dissertation Title: "The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Reflections of Modernity in the Borderlands of the United States"

    Advisors: Daniel Widener and Ross Frank

  • Matthew Ehrlich

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Kristian Fabian

    Kristian Fabian

    B.A. in History, Providence College, 2014
    M.A. in History, Brown University, 2015

    My current research interests focuses on the contributions of minor conquistadors and Spanish captains during the Conquest of Mexico (1519-1521). One of the central thrusts of my work is to produce a detailed prosopography of the captains of the expedition, providing in-depth biographies of these men beginning in Spain and tracing their experiences up through the post-Conquest period. 

    Research Interests: Late Medieval Spain, Spanish Empire; Conquest; Conquistadors; Colonial Mexico; and native-Spanish interactions.


    Advisor: Dana Murillo

  • Kathryn Flach

    Kathryn Flach

    B.A. in Education, The University of Akron
    M.A. in U.S. History, The University of Akron
    C.Phil in U.S. History, University of California, San Diego

    Kate L. Flach is a PhD Candidate in U.S. History. Her dissertation, Tell It Like It Is: Social Change and Television 1960-1980, examines the relationship between popular culture and social movements. More specifically, the origins of sitcoms and dramas that sought to teach viewers about changing race relations and gender discourse in the mid-twentieth century. It explores how producers chose to embed fictional programming with social and political themes to teach audiences about topics such as sexism and bigotry. This sheds light on how popular culture helped to mainstream liberal conceptions of race and gender while also provoking neoconservative critiques. This dissertation challenges the argument that entertainment television is apolitical, with viewer interpretations of television's message as merely subjective. Instead, producers sought to foster social, political, and cultural paradigm shifts through informative entertainment.

    Research Interests:

    Modern US History; African American History; Women's/Gender History; Television Studies; Cultural History; Social Movements.

    Advisor:  Rebecca Jo Plant

  • Holly Gibbens

  • Semih Gokatalay

    Semih Gokatalay

    B.S. in Economics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2013
    M.S. in Economics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2015
    M.S. in Middle East Studies, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2016

    I am interested in the Middle East history with an emphasis on the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. My research interests are economic and business history of the region during the transition from empire to nation-states.

    Dissertation Title: "Chambers of Commerce and the Making of Modern Business in the Middle East (1882-1939)"

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Taylor Erin Gray

    Taylor Erin Gray

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

    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

  • Jaeyoung Ha

    Advisor: Todd Henry

  • Matthew Aaron Hall

    Matthew Aaron Hall

    B.A. in History, Murray State University, Kentucky
    M.A. in History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    C.Phil in European History, University of California, San Diego

    Working Dissertation Title: "The free council-republic": Mobilization, Meaning, and Insurrection in the Ruhr, 1905-1920.

    I study the coalminers of Germany's Ruhr industrial region in the early 20th century, roughly from the strike wave of 1905 to the "Ruhr War" of March and April 1920. My dissertation examines the precedents for that 1920 uprising, hopefully shedding light on the specific political worldview of the participants and why they engaged in such a deadly, and ultimately fruitless, insurrection. In particular, I'm interested in the ways the post-World War I revolution's demands for economic democracy were prefigured in the demands of striking coalminers before the war. Furthermore, I want to know how the industry's labor movement, divided between social democrats, Christians, liberals, and syndicalists, reinforced, discouraged, and created boundaries around "the possible" in the politics of the Ruhr's coalminers. The cultural and political diversity of the Ruhr creates a complex and sometimes contradictory picture of workers, in an essential industry and under pressure from employers, society, and the state, caught between "bread and butter" reforms and something more revolutionary. My goal is to reconstruct their worldview to better understand the future these workers envisioned while fighting against the German state throughout the period and especially in 1920. 

    Aside from this specific interest, I'm also broadly interested in left-wing political and labor history, especially the history of anarchism and syndicalism; intellectual history; nationalism, political violence; imperialism and colonialism; and social and cultural histories of the working classes. Recently I've taken a particular interest in the politics and ideology of the Christian labor movement in Germany, and in the "cultural history" of music in the labor movement. Most of my interests are rooted in Europe and its imperial domains in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

    Advisor: Frank Biess

  • Felicitas Hartung

    Felicitas Hartung

    B.A. in History, University of Würzburg, Germany
    State Examination (Erstes Staatsexamen) in History, German, and Ethics/Philosophy, University of Würzburg, Germany

    Scholarly Interests: U.S. History, European History (especially German History), History of Emotions, Public Diplomacy and Propaganda. 

    Before I came to UC San Diego, I earned a teaching degree (Erstes Staatsexamen) for teaching History, German, and Ethics/Philsophy from the University of Würzburg in Germany. Further, I earned a bachelor's degree in History and German Linguistics/Literature.

    I am interested in the Cold War period with an emphasis on the 1980s. My research focuses on fear and anxiety during the Cold War period and the perception of an atomic threat in this era. I am currently working on a project that analyzes U.S. public diplomacy efforts to counter an atmosphere of atomic fear among the West German people during the early 1980s. 

    Advisors: Rebecca Plant and Nancy Kwak

  • Catherine Hester

    Advisor: Mark Hanna

  • Jamie Ivey

    Advisor: Robert Edelman

  • Yupeng Jiao

    Yupeng Jiao

    B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
    M.A. in 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 Michael Johnston

    Sky Michael Johnston

    B.A. in Comparative Literature and European Studies, University of California, Irvine, 2007
    M.A. in History, University of California, Irvine, 2008
    M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012
    M.A. in Ecumenical Studies, University of Bonn, 2013

    Sky is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of Early Modern Europe with minor fields in Medieval History and Global History. His dissertation examines ideas about the weather across German society in the long sixteenth century. Drawing on a wide range of early vernacular printed works, the project reveals how Renaissance astrology offered a naturalistic framework for conceptualizing the workings of the weather. Furthermore, the study traces the uneven reception of this naturalism among religious authorities both before and during the Reformation. The project engages historiographies in cultural history, the history of science, and environmental history. 

    Advisor: Ulrike Strasser

  • Youngoh Jung

    Youngoh Jung

    B.A. in History, University of California, San Diego, 2011
    M.A. in East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, 2014
    Ph.D. in History with graduate specialization on Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego (in progress)

    My work focuses on the sociocultural impacts of militarism during the Authoritarian post-Korean War period in South Korea (1953-1993), especially the crucial role played by the normalization of universal male conscription and the parallel development of hegemonic and militarized masculinity. I also historically trace the persecution and criminalization of draft evaders and conscientious objectors during this period to reveal how non-compliance to state enforced social norms and the normalized perceptions of militarized identity and hegemonic masculinity came to draw powerful boundaries demarcating social delinquency and cultural deviancy. 

    I am also deeply interested in the history of the Korean diaspora, specifically the role of diasporic ethnonationalism that prospered during the early 1900s throughout diasporic Korean commmunities in Manchuria, Vladivostok, Hawaii, and the continential United States. I have specifically focused on the role of diasporic militarism instituted by Korean immigrant independent activists in the United States and Hawaii through multiple youth military academies within the larger framework of the racialized hierarchy that operated within the American imperial enterprise during and after the influx of migrants from Asia. 

    My work on history of conscription and conscientious objection in South Korea has been published as a journal article by the Trans-Humanities Journal. Youngoh Jung. "The Normalization of Universal Male Conscription in South Korean Society and the State Regulation of Draft Evasion and Conscientious Objection: 1950-1993." Trans-Humanities (2014) Vol. 7 No. 3: 125-161.

    Advisor: Todd Henry

  • Weiyue Kan

    Advisor: Weijing Lu

  • Kalliopi Kefalas

    Kalliopi Kefalas

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

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

    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

  • Benjamin Kletzer

    Benjamin Kletzer

    B.A. in History, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Research Interests:

    Modern Chinese History and Sino-Soviet relations, specifically the economic and industrial development of China during the era of Sino-Soviet cooperation (1949-1960). I am also interested in the political economy of China from 1949-1976, and how policies and trends from this era impact modern China.

    Advisor: Karl Gerth

  • Troy Andreas Araiza Kokinis

    Troy Andreas Araiza Kokinis

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

    I am a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American history, with an emphasis on Cold War-era anarchism, organized labor, and armed struggle. My dissertation, "Haga Circular: Latin Americanist Anarchism and the River Plate Left," situates the Uruguayan Anarchist Federation (FAU) within Argentine and Uruguayan Dirty War history. 

    I have also co-directed a full-length documentary film, titled "En la Selva no todo se podia ver" (In the Junge Not All Could be Seen), that explores the "triple day," a term developed by the surging Latin American feminist movement to describe women's formal, informal, and reproductive labor in the everyday. The film will be released in June 2019. 

    Other academic interests include fascism/neo-fascism/post-fascism, race and space, autonomism, and Third World solidarity. 

    Advisors: Eric Van Young and Michael Monteon

  • Francisco Laguna Alvarez

    Advisor: Christine Hunefeldt

  • Scott Lancaster

  • Jorge Leal

    Jorge Leal

    B.A. in Journalism and History. California State University, Northridge
    M.A. in History, California State University, Northridge
    C.Phil. in History, University of California, San Diego

    Jorge N. Leal is a PhD candidate in the History Department at UC San Diego whose research focuses on the historical trajectory of transnational Latina/o urban communities in Southern California in the last third of the twentieth-century. Leal explores the generative articulations of participatory and cultural citizenship and the reshaping of the urban space in South East Los Angeles. Leal first wrote about South East L.A. as journalist assigned to cover Los Angeles politics and the Latina/o cultural beat for publications in Southern California, Mexico, and Spain. Leal holds a Masters in History from California State University, Northridge and is presently working on his dissertation entitled, "It looks like our homeland, not like the United States: Latina/o community building and belonging in South East Los Angeles: 1970-1997".

    Drawing on my research into how Latinas/os have reshaped the built environment of the American Metropolis, I published the essay, "Las Plazas of South L.A." included in the anthology "Post-Ghetto Reimagining South Los Angeles" (UC Press, 2012). In this piece, I examine how a Latina/o-themed mall has become a commercial and cultural anchor for residents in the rapidly transforming city of Lynwood.

    During my graduate training at UCSD, I created a collaborative group consisting of students of color and allies to organize events and programming to support each other and to connect with senior scholars for guidance. As a result of these initiatives, I along with my colleagues, co-wrote an article with Dr. Miroslava Chavez-Garcia (UCSB) entitled, "Future Academics of Color in Dialogue". This piece was published in the volume Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color (Taylor and Francis, 2014). As part of my continuing interest in transnational urbanism and social spaces, for my next project I will examine how Latino masculinity has been mapped out, challenged, and redefined in the public space of the American metropolis.

    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and David Gutierrez

  • Kimiko Nicole LeNeave

    Advisor: Matthew Vitz

  • Ho Chiu Leung

    Advisor: Karl Gerth


  • Hyesong Lim

    Advisor: Todd Henry

  • Yang Lin

    Yang Lin

    B.A. in International Law, Foreign Affairs College, China, 2000

    Research Interests:

    Political campaigns and mass movements in the People's Republic of China; intellectual history; Chinese Communist Party's policies on ethnic minorities; Islam and Xinjiang.

    Advisor: Karl Gerth


  • 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.

    Dissertation Title: "Public Health, Social Expenditure, and the Colombian State 1802-1930."

    Advisor: Eric Van Young

  • Jose Lumbreras

  • Graeme Mack

    Graeme Mack

    B.A. in History, University of British Columbia
    M.A. in U.S. History, McGill University

    My work focuses on California and the greater Pacific Ocean. I am especially interested in the connections of Pacific merchants from the US eastern seaboard to pre-Gold Rush California. From 1787 to 1848, Pacific merchants developed a maritime trading system that transformed California's geopolitical, social, and environmental character by connecting it to manufactured goods, raw resources, and communities from across the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and East Asia. 

    Long before California's Gold Rush, I argue, Pacific merchants' maritime activities converted California from a Spanish-mercantilist society of scattered pueblos, missions, and presidios into a cosmopolitan, transpacific, free trade community. Their efforts also drew California into the economy of the greater Pacific Ocean and forever connected its landward histories to communities across the globe. My research engages with scholarship focused on the US West, Pacific Worlds, Latin American independence, the Spanish Empire and colonial Mexico, and maritime history.

    Advisor:  Mark Hanna and Rachel Klein

  • Kevan Quinn Malone

    B.A. New York University, 2006
    M.A. in American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 2009

    My research examines a central paradox of the US-Mexico border: that its "twin" cities grew in tandem with one another, becoming more and more interconnected, during a period in which the United States erected increasingly impenetrable barriers on the international boundary between them.

    Research Interests:

    US-Mexico borderlands; urban history; environmental history; transnational migration.

    Dissertation Title: "The Magnetic Frontier: Urbanization and the Making of the US-Mexico Border, 1920-1997"

    Advisor: Nancy Kwak

  • Patricia Martins Marcos

    Patricia Martins Marcos

    Licenciatura in History, New University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2006
    Master of Social Science, Roskilde University, Denmark, 2012
    Master of Public Policy, Oregon State University, 2015

    Research Interests:

    History of Medicine; History of Public Health; History of Science; Enlightenment Science; Postcolonial STS; Feminism; History of the Body, Science and the State; Lusophone History; Portugese Empire; and Colonial Brazil.

    Dissertation Title: Health Politic: Medical Reform and Imperial Rehabilitation Across the Portugese Atlantic 1720-1808

    Advisor: Cathy Gere

  • Jamie Marvin

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Joy Miller

    Joy Miller

    B.A. in History, California State University, San Marcos, 2015
    M.A. in History, California State University, San Marcos, 2018

    I am interested in United States history with a subfield of African American history and global history. 

  • Saribel Morales-Rivera

    Saribel Morales-Rivera

    B.A. in History and Spanish, Mount St. Mary's University, 2018

    I am broadly interested in the intersection of cultural, intellectual, literary, and political history. My research interests follow the historiography of memory and trauma in modern Spain following the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Jordan Mylet

    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and Daniel Widener

  • Jennifer Walcoff Neuheiser

    Jennifer Walcoff Neuheiser

    B.A. summa cum laude in History and English Literature, Depauw University
    M.A. in Modern European History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    As a historian of Modern Europe, my research focuses broadly on citizenship and democracy in the first half of the twentieth century. More specifically, I am interested in the intersections of gender and politics in Germany during the tumultuous years of the Weimar Republic. 

    My dissertation, "Paradox Redux?: Women's Citizenship in Germany, 1918-1935," argues that the granting of suffrage to women and the inclusion of women's citizenship in the Weimar Constitution of 1919 fundamentally reshaped the dialogue about women's roles in state and society in Germany. Approaching citizenship as a fluid process of contestation and negotiation, I examine the conflicts between competing notions of citizenship that sprouted up with the promise or potential of legal reforms. I identify where boundaries of citizenship were drawn along gendered lines, looking at which aspects of citizenship women were excluded from and why. At the same time, I examine how some notions of citizenship adapted to include women. And, lastly, I trace the ways in which women fought for the extension of their rights as citizens and thereby developed identities as "citizens." Not only were ideas about women's citizenship formulated and reformulated in this process of negotiation, I contend, but also more fundamental questions were posed about the nature of democracy and the paradox of equality and difference.

    Advisor: Frank Biess

  • Robert Nixon

  • Csaba Olasz

    Csaba Olasz

    M.A. in American Studies, ELTE University, Budapest
    M.A. in Comparative History, Central European University, Budapest
    PhD in History, Science Studies. In progress, UC San Diego

    I am interested in the interconnections of the social and natural sciences in the 20C. Atomic age, Cold War science and society, institutions, universities, refugee scientists as well as issues of technical experts acting as public intellectuals. I also retain an interest in the historiography of science and religion, broadly construed. 

  • Cecelia Opatken-Ringdal

  • Joel Palhegyi

    Joel Palhegyi

    Joel Palhegyi's research interests concern the intersection of nationalism and nation state building, socialism and socialist state building, and the role of public history in solidifying these ideas, namely museums. More specifically, Joel engages with the development of modern museology in the context of Yugoslav Croatia where professionals grappled with balancing the imperatives of socialist and nationalist ideologies. He has published two articles related to his current research: National Museums, National Myths: Constructing Socialist Yugoslavism for Croatia and Croats and Revolutionary Curating, Curating the Revolution: Socialist Museology in Yugoslav Croatia. His forthcoming dissertation, Tito under Glass: Museum and Myth in Yugoslav Croatia (Fall 2019), elaborates and expands on these articles while also investigating the post-communist vision of Croatian national history as constructed in national and local museums from the early 1990s onward. 

    Joel received his MA in Modern European History from the University of California, San Diego in the Spring of 2014. He will complete his PhD in the same field by Fall 2019.

    Advisor: Patrick Patterson

  • Russell Peck

    Advisor: Mark Hendrickson

  • Johanna Peterson

    Johanna Peterson

    B.A. in History, California Lutheran University, 2008
    M.A. in History, California State University, Fullerton, 2011

    Johanna's research interests focus on the modern Middle East and questions of nationalism, citizenship, and gender. For her Master's thesis, Johanna examined the development of a Syrian-and Lebanese-American identity among Syrian and Lebanese immigrants in the United States during the interwar period, focusing on the role women played in that development. For her disseration, Johanna is looking at the intersection of gender, nationalism, citizenship, and education in the context of French mandate Lebanon (ca. 1919-1951). In particular, she explores the central role of girls' education, educational institutions, and the female students, teachers, and administrators that comprised them in the contestation and formation of ideas about female citizenship in colonial and emerging nation-states.

    Dissertation Title: "A Measure of All Nations": Girls' Schools and Conceptions of Citizenship in French Mandate Lebanon, 1919-1951.


    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • 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.

    Advisor: Patrick Patterson

  • Jorge Ramirez

    Jorge Ramirez

    A.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Santa Rosa Junior College, 2011
    B.A. in Black Studies and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014
    M.A in History, University of California, San Diego, 2017
    Ph.D. in History, University of California, San Diego, in progress

    My dissertation centers on the relationship between Indigeneity, violence, and capitalist transformation that linked Indigenous people from western Oaxaca, Mexico in the Cold War with the agricultural regions of the Pacific Coast in Baja California, Mexico and California U.S. by the 1980s. I emphasize Indigenous self-activity through a long-range historical study to understand how these everyday activities under violence were transformed and survived across time, borders, and regions. 

    My research has been supported by the SSRC's Dissertation Proposal Development Program, UC San Diego's Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies' Tinker Field Research Grant, UC San Diego's Friends of the International Center Fellowship, and the Fulbright-García Robles scholarship. I am a visiting fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies for the Academic Year 2018-2019. 

    Research Interests:

    Race & Ethnicity, Latina/o studies, Modern Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Hemispheric Indigenous Studies, Immigration, Post-War Social Movements

    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and Natalia Molina

  • Kelly Silva

    B.A. in History, Vanderbilt University 
    MSEd in Social Studies Education, University of Pennsylvania 
    M.A. in History, University of California, San Diego
    Ph.D Candidate, University of California, San Diego

    Dissertation Title: To Serve and To Heal: Government Physicians, Native Peoples, and the Rise of a Federal Indian Health Care System, 1832-1883

    Research Interests: 19th Century US History, History of Medicine, Native American HIstory, Reconstruction.

    Advisor: Rachel Klein

  • Reuben William Silverman

    Reuben William Silverman

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

    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.


    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Dionysios Angelos E. Skouloudis

    Dionysios Angelos E. Skouloudis

    B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Economics and History & Minor in International Relations, The American College of Greece, 2017

    I am a graduate student in the Department of History of UC San Diego in the field of modern European history. My research will focus on Greece during the latter part of the nineteenth century. In particular, I will focus on the interaction of private and state actors and the impact of their actions on the international relations of the Greek kingdom in the overarching context of the Eastern Question.

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Lauren Smit

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Benjamin Smuin

    Benjamin Smuin

    B.A. History, Weber State University, 2007
    M.A. History: Middle East Studies, University of Utah, 2011

    Research Interests:

    Middle East; Islam; Empire, Nation and Imperialism; Nationalism; Citizenship and Nationality.

    Dissertation Title: "Speaking to the State: Petitions, Citizenship, and the Legacies of Ottoman Reform in Syria, 1868-1936"

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Matthew Soleiman

  • Abner Sotenos

  • Dimitrios Stergiopoulos

    Dimitrios Stergiopoulos

    B.A. in Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 2013
    M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands, 2015

    My research interests are centered on the transformation of Southeastern Europe and the Middle East from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries due to the incorporation of the region in the capitalist world economy of Western Europe. In my PhD, I am focusing on the political views of the Ottoman Christians, with a special emphasis on Ottoman Greeks, in the second part of the nineteenth century. Specifically, I investigate whether the Ottoman Greeks supported the modernizing reforms of the Ottoman state and how they negotiated their status as Ottoman subjects with the potential appeal of Greece, which aimed to serve as the national center for the Ottoman Orthodox Christians. For my research, I am mainly using primary sources from non-state social actors, such as newspapers, pamphlets, ego-documents, biographies, memoirs and private correspondence.

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Carrie Streeter

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Ashley Shiyan Sun

  • Amanda Mcgovern Tarkington

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Baris Tasyakan

    Baris Tasyakan

    B.A. in Management, Bogazici University, Turkey
    M.A. in Ataturk Institute of Modern Turkish History, Bogazici University, Turkey

    My research interests are the economic, urban and environmental history of the late Ottoman period. I focus on the transformation of Ottoman cities following urban disasters such as fire, earthquake, and disease.

    I have written an MA thesis titled 'The Volunteer Firefighters of Istanbul, 1826-1923'. I've tried to explain the various responses developed by the inhabitants of the Ottoman capital during the last hundred years of the empire to the frequent fires they experienced.

    I am currently writing my dissertation with the working title 'Disasters and Transformation of an Imperial City: Ottoman Bursa in the mid-nineteenth Century' which is a comparative disaster case study that attempts to conceptualize multiple disasters in an urban context within the framework of economic crisis.

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Paul Tchir

    Paul Tchir

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

    Focusing particularly on Egypt from the British occupation to the present day, my dissertation research examines the ways in which sport and its concomitant discourse allows elite ideas to be presented in ways that are easier for broader segments of the population to internalize and act upon. I hypothesize that one key advantage of spot in facilitating the dissemination of ideology is that it can be engaged by individuals regardless of their educational background, literacy, or conscious attachment to nationalist sentiments, thus increasing its appeal and mobilizing power. I therefore seek to restore the agency of a broader segment of the population to negotiate the meaning, and ultimate impact, of particular ideologies. 

    Since May 2009, I have 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. in History, North Carolina State University

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

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

    My dissertation, "The People's Drink: Beer, Bavaria, and the Remaking of Germany, 1933-1988," contends that beer, and a particularly Bavarian conception of beer, emerged as a material and symbolic icon part and parcel of 20th century contests over the fate of Germany. The seismic shifts wrought by dictatorship, world war, occupation, economic boom and bust, late modern globalization, and the Cold War exerted crucial transformative pressure on the history of beer and its symbolic and material value. Beer and beer consumption, which had long been part of everyday life, took on multiple important meanings both within and beyond Germany; from fostering public sociability in the 1950s to propping up a global stereotype of Germany as a land of beer drinkers rather than the land of National Socialism. The research has been supported by the J. William Fulbright Program, the German Historical Institute, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 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 the work have been presented in Oxford, Munich, and across the U.S.

    My second project focuses 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, the emergence of early Near Eastern restaurants and stores, and the expansion of German luxury automobile markets in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.

    For more information, please visit my website:

    Advisor: Frank Biess

  • Trisha Tschopp

    Trisha Tschopp

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

    Research Interests:

    History of Israel/Palestine, Science and Technology Studies (STS), environmental history, settler colonialism, human geography, nationalism and state formation, science policy and expertise. 

    I am currently a Ph.D. student in the History of Science at UCSD (anticipated graduate date: 2021). I've received Master's degrees at Cornell University (International Agriculture and Rural Development) and Hebrew College (Jewish Studies). Originally from the midwest, I completed my Bachelor's degree at Augustana College (IL), focusing on English and religion. 

    My research focuses on the integration of Palestinians into scientific narratives. Primarily, I look at agricultural and industrial development in Palestine under the British Mandate as an avenue for Arab participation in the scientific sphere, examining claims of epistemic authority and geopolitical jurisdiction. These questions extend to conversations regarding modern modes of governance surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, post-colonial studies, and transnational studies.

    Advisor: Tal Golan

  • Juan Villa

    Juan Villa

    B.A. in History, California State University, Fullerton
    M.A. in History, California State University, Fullerton

    My research interest revolves around Modern Spain and Mexico. I explore the Spanish Civil War, its Exiles, and their transition into Mexico. I also am interested in Intellectual History, Marxism, the History of Fascism and authoritarianism. 


  • Stephanie Violette

    Advisor: Nancy Caciola

  • Chuchu Wang

    Advisor: Paul Pickowicz

  • Mirna Wasef

    Mirna Wasef

    B.A. in History, UC San Diego, 2011
    St. Antony, Oxford University, International Politics Summer Program, 2012
    M.A. in Historical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, 2013
    PhD in History, UC San Diego, expected June 2020

    Mirna's work investigates the experience of girls' education, Egyptian nationalism and constructions of female citizenship in semi-colonial Egypt. Shifting outside Cairo, she surveys how nationalism was experienced in Upper Egypt. She examines this by focusing on Asyut, a key urban center in Upper Egypt, and how Asyutis governed, shaped and engaged in girls' education through the main local girls' school - the American missionary school - amidst competition from gropus such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian state. Within this, she explores the status of Copts in modern Egypt within broader narratives of Egyptian nationalism and deals with historical narratives of women, minorities and subaltern communities. Her primary interest is in how education and political activism influenced the dynamic changes of the 20th century Middle East, such as the development of nationalism and the workings that led to divisions making up the contemporary Middle East.


    "Who are the Copts: Muslim, Christian and Diaspora Claims to Coptic identity." January 2018, Coptic Canadian History Project,
    "The Internment of the Pope: The Coptic Community During Sadat's Egypt," forthcoming 

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Geoffrey West

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Kevin Westerfeld

    Advisors: Denise Demetriou and Edward Watts

  • Eden White

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Mathew White

    Mathew White

    A.A. in Literature, Miramar College
    B.A. in History, University of California, San Diego
    Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History, University of California, San Diego (in progress)

    Mathew White is an American Historian focusing on privateers between the 1690s and 1730s. He is interested in shipboard conflict as mediated by the geography of the ship, the desire of crews to return home, and global designs of empire. Mathew is currently working on his dissertation and is being advised by Professor Mark Hanna.

    Mathew has been an active volunteer at the San Diego Maritime Museum working on the San Salvador building project for 2 years. He is active in the community as an advocate for persons with disabilities and veterans. He is currently working on a project to provide scholarships to physically disabled children so they can attend the college prep school of their choice. 

    Mathew was named the UCSD 2018 Student Veteran of the Year for his efforts in the community. 


    Advisor: Mark Hanna

  • Matthew Timothy Wills

    Advisor: Karl Gerth

  • Rosana Womack

    Advisor: Christine Hunefeldt

  • Lauren Wood

    Advisor: Nancy Caciola

  • Zeead Yaghi

    Zeead Yaghi

    B.A. in Psychology, American University of Beirut, 2014
    MSc in Neuroscience, King's College London, 2015

    Research Interests:

    Social, cultural, and political history of the modern Middle East, special focus on Lebanon and Syria. I am interested in political violence, displacement, sectarianism, collective memory, and trauma.