Placement History

The list below includes all graduate students who have received their Ph.D. in the department since 2018. Positions are designated as tenure-track (TT), tenured (T), or fixed-term (FT). If our graduates have accepted employment outside academia, this is noted where information is available. 

2020-2021

Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Kevan Aguilar Revolutionary Encounters: Mexican Communities and Spanish Exiles, 1906-1959 VanYoung/Vitz Post-doc, University of Maryland (FT)
Jillian Bolin Second Sight in Early Modern Scotland Caciloa/Strasser
Inga Diederich Blood of the Nation: Medical Eugenics, Bio-Nationalism and Identity Formation in Cold War South Korea Henry
Kalliopi Kefalas "Setting the Wolf to Protect the Sheep"? The Criminal Justice System in Late Ottoman Crete (1878-1913) Gallant
Michael Kenny The Eternal Kingdom: Catholic Conservatism, Croat Nationalism, and the Habsburg State Mission, 1867-1918 Patterson
Carrie Streeter Self-Expression and Health: Mind-Body Medicine in the Era of the New Woman Plant
Chirstos Theofilogiannakos The Perennial Periphery: Insularity, Identity, and Politics in the Ionian Islands during the Long Nineteenth Century Gallant
Matthew Wills Mediating the Message: Book Culture and Propaganda in Mao's China, 1974-1977 Gerth/Pickowicz

2019-2020

Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Peter Braden Serve the People: Bovine Experiences in China's Civil War and Revolution, 1935-1961 Gerth/Pickowicz Post-doc, Harvard University (FT) Post-doc, Harvard University (FT)
Troy Kokinis Haga Circular: Latin Americanist Anarchism, Dissident Labor, and the Uruguayan New Left, 1956-1976 Monteon/Van Young
Sky Johnston Weathering Early Modern Germany: Vernacular Meteorology, Pastoral Theology, and Communal Life in the Long Sixteenth Century Strasser/Westman Post Doc, University of Tübingen in Germany (FT) Post Doc, Leibniz Institute of European History in Germany (FT)
Yupeng Jiao Martial Arts, Apocalypse, Counterrevolutionaries: Huidaomen and Rural Governance in Modern China, 1919-1961 Gerth/Pickowicz Post Doc, Stanford University (FT) Post Doc, Stanford University (FT)
P. Mark McNaughton Atascadero, Dachau for Queers: Examining the Transformation of the Gay Rights Movement from Accomodationism to Militancy 1954-1973 Plant
Joel Palhegyi Tito Under Glass: Museum and Myth in the Making of Croat Yugoslavism Patterson Lecturer, San Diego State University (FT) Lecturer, San Diego State University (FT)

2018-2019

Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Johnathan Abreu Frontiers Beyond Abolition: Fugitive Slave Communities and Resistance in Maranhão and Pará, Brazil, 1860-1950 Hunefeldt
Patrick Adamiak To the Edge of the Desert: Caucasian Refugees, Civilization, and Settlement on the Ottoman Frontier, 1866-1918 Kayali/Provence Lecturer, CUS San Marcos (FT)
Juan Carmona Zabala State Expansion and Economic Integration: A Transnational History of Oriental Tobacco in Greece and Germany (1880-1941) Gallant Post-Doc, Vienna University of Economics and Business (FT) Post-Doc, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FT)
Theodora Dryer Designing Certainty: The Rise of Algorithmic Computing in an Age of Anxiety Gere Post-Doc, AI Now Institute at New York University (FT) Post-Doc, AI Now Institute at New York University (FT)
Suzanne Dunai Food Politics in Postwar Spain: Everyday Life during the Early Franco Dictatorship, 1939-1952 Radcliff
Nancy Egan Infrastructure, State Formation, and Social Change in Bolivia at the Start of the Twentieth Century Monteon
Kathryn Flach Tell It Like It Is: Television and Social Change, 1960-1980. Plant Lecturer, CSU Long Beach (FT)
David Idol Betting on the Farm: Rural Economic and Environmental History of Greece, 1860–1900. Gallant Instructional & Tech Designer, Atrium Health
Young Hyun Kim Popular Politics of Social Emancipation in Bolivia from the 1930s to the Present: Indigeneity, Revolution and the State. Hunefeldt
Jorge Leal Aquí y Allá: ¡Yo Voy a Existir! Young Latina/o Ingenuity, Sounds, and Solidarity in Late Twentieth-Century Los Ángeles, 1980-1997 Alvarez/Gutiérrez Post-Doc, University of Southern California (FT) Asst. Professor, UC Riverside (TT)
Manuel Morales Fontanilla Impossible Roads: Cycling Landscapes and Cultural Representation in Colombia, 1930-1958 Hunefeldt/Edelman Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (TT) Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (TT)
Kelly Silva To Serve and To Heal: Native Peoples, Government Physicians, and the Rise of a Federal Indian Healthcare System, 1832-1883 Klein Instructor, Muir College Writing Program, UC San Diego (FT)
Cameo West Antebellum Inc., Hollywood, and the Construction of Southern Identity, 1920-1940. Widener/Klein Post-Doc, Engaged Teaching Hub, UC San Diego (FT) Asst. Dean for Institutional Diversity, Reed College
Geoffrey West Tallgrass Empire: Aspirational Citizenship, Martial Service, and the Creation of Subjects in the Northern Great Plains, 1876-1898 Plant Lecturer, San Diego State University (FT)

2017-2018

Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Ali Brivio Plague Spreaders: Political Conspirators and Agents of the Devil. A Study of Popular Belief in 17th-Century Milan Strasser/Caciola Assistant Professor (TT), Erskine College
James Deavenport Streams of Memory: Cultural Selection, Monumentalism, and the Collapse of History in the (re) fashioning of Amazonia Hunefeldt
Stephanie Fairchild Urban Farm Workers: A History of the Justice for Janitors Campaign as an Adaptive Response to Neoliberal Restructuring and Union Decline Gutierrez
Edward "Ted" Falk Arabs into Frenchmen: Education and Identity in Ottoman Syria Kayali/Provence
David Henderson El Mar de Extremadura: Irrigation, Colonization, and Francoism in Southwestern Spain, 1898-1978 Radcliff
David Livingstone The Bundesgrenzschutz: Re-civilizing Security in Postwar West Germany, 1950-1977 Biess Chief of Police, Simi Valley, CA Chief of Police, Simi Valley, CA
Alina Mendez Cheap for Whom? Migration, Farm Labor, and Social Reproduction in the Imperial Valley-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1969 Molina/Gutierrez Assistant Professor (TT), University of Washington
Lance Mylonakis Transnational Piracy in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1821-1897 Gallant
Mychal Odom From Southern California to Southern Africa: Translocal Black Internationalism in Los Angeles and San Diego from Civil Rights to Antiapartheid, 1960 to 1994 Alvarez/Widener
Amy O'Keefe God of Our Fathers in A Mother's Realm: Christianizing the Home and Indigenizing Protestantism in China, 1907- 1938 Pickowicz/Esherick Assistant Professor (TT), Meredith College Assistant Professor (TT), Meredith College
Audrey Price Pure and Applied: Christopher Clavius's Approach to Mathematics Pedagogy Westman
Gerardo Rios Por la Patria Chica: Indigenous Rebellion and Revolution in the Oriente Central de Mexico, Tlaxcala and Puebla, 1853-1927 Van Young Assistant Professor (TT), Southwestern College Assistant Professor (TT), Southwestern College
Luis Sanchez-Lopez Crafting the Mestizo: Indigeneity, Customary Law, and Statecraft in Mexico Monteon
Robert Terrell The People's Drink: Beer, Bavaria, and the Remaking of Germany, 1933-1987 Biess Assistant Professor (TT), Syracuse University Assistant Professor (TT), Syracuse University
Teresa Walch Degenerate Spaces: The Coordination of Space
in Nazi Germany
Biess Post-Doc Fellow (FT), Hebrew University Post-Doc Fellow (FT), Tel Aviv University

2016-2017

Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Foster Chamberlin Honor Bound: The Military Culture of the Civil Guard and the Political Violence of the Spanish Second Republic, 1931-1936 Radcliff Assistant Professor (FT),  Bogazici University  Assistant Professor (FT),  Bogazici University 
Hilary Coulson The Penitentiary at Richmond: Slavery, State Building, and Labor in the South's First State Prison Plant
Mary Klann Citizens with Reservations: Race, Wardship, and Native American Citizenship in the Mid-Twentieth-Century American Welfare State Plant
William McGovern Street Children: St. Louis and the Transformation of American Reform, 1832-1904 Klein
Ulices Pina Rebellious Citizens: National Reforms and the Practice of Local Governance in Jalisco, Mexico. 1914-1940 Van Young Assistant Professor (TT), CSU Long Beach

2015-2016

Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Amanda Bevers To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds: The Army Medical Museum and the Development of American Medical Science, 1862-1913 Gere
Philip Clements Science in extremis: the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition Gere/Golan
Laura Gutierrez A Constant Threat: Deportation and Return Migration to Mexico, 1918-1965 Gutierrez
Jessica Jordan Island too Beautiful for their Names: Local Memories and Japanese Colonial Rule (1914-1944) in the Northern Mariana Islands Tanaka/Takashi
William Skiles Preaching to Nazi Germany: The Confessing Church on National Socialism, the Jews, and the Questions of Opposition Biess/Hertz
James Stout Breakaway Nations: the use of sport and physical culture to create a cross class Catalan identity during the Second Republic Radcliff
Megan Strom Transnational Youth: The Federation of Uruguayan University Students in the Early Cold War, 1941-1958 Monteon

2014-2015

Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Rodolfo Alaniz Dredging Evolutionary Theory: the emergence of the deep sea as a transatlantic site for evolution, 1853-1876 Gere/Golan
Andrea Davis Santa Coloma de Gramenet: The Transformation of Leftwing Popular Politics in Spain (1968-1986) Radcliff
Cutler Edwards Styles of Struggle: Community Organizing, Youth Culture, and Radical Politics in New York City, 1968-1981 Alvarez/Widener
Sarah Malena FERTILE CROSSROADS: The Growth and Influence of Interregional Exchange in the Southern Levant's Iron Age I-II Transition, Examined through Biblical, Epigraphic, and Archaeological Sources Propp/Levy
Ryan Moran Tabling Death: Life Insurance in Modern Japan, 1881-1945 Tanaka/Takashi
Ryan Reft The Metropolitan Military: Navy Families and Housing in the American Sunbelt 1941-2000 Shah/Kwak
Anne Schenderlein "Germany on Their Minds?" German Jewish Refugees in the United States and Relationships to Germany, 1938-1988 Biess/Hertz Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College (TT) Managing Director, Dahlem Humanities Center at Freie Universität in Berlin
Elizabeth Sine Grassroots Surrealism: The Culture of Opposition and the Crisis of Development in 1930s California Alvarez/Widener
Maki Smith Fighting Poverty Together: The War on Poverty and the Fault Lines of Participatory Democracy Shah/Widener
Amy Zroka Serving the Volksgemeinschaft: German Red Cross Nurses in the Second World War Biess