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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. 


Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Amie Campos Territorial Conflicts, Bureaucracy, and State Formation in Chile’s Southern Frontera 1866-1912 Van Young/Vitz
Maria Carreras A Local Affair: Barcelona’s Municipal Schools and Recreational Activities in Late Francoist Spain, 1950-1975 Radcliff
Thomas Arthur Kwok Wah Chan From Users to Criminals: Creating, Pathologizing, and Killing 'Drug Criminals’ in Twentieth-Century China Gerth/Pickowicz Asst. Professor,  Indiana University (FT)
Christopher Costello A Vast Consolidation: Everyday Agents of Empire, the United States Navy, and the Processes of Pacific Expansion, 1784-1861 Hanna
Kevan Q. Malone Borderline Unsustainable: San Diego, Tijuana, and the Politics of Urban Planning at the U.S.-Mexico Boundary, 1920s-1970s Kwak Post-doc, Humanities Center, Texas Tech University (FT) Post-doc, Humanities Center, Texas Tech University (FT)
Patrícia Martins Marcos Configurations of the Human: Population, Patriarchy, and Medical Power in the Luso-Afro-Brazilian Atlantic (1720-1800) Gere Post-doc, UCLA (FT)
Alexis Nicole Meza Solidarity, Memory, and Radical Imaginaries in the Salvadoran Diaspora Alvarez Post-doc, NYU (FT) Asst. Professor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (TT)
Johanna Peterson "A Measure of All Nations": Girls' Schools and Constructions of Citizenship in French Mandate Lebanon, 1919-1951 Kayali/Provence Associate Director of the Making of the Making of the Modern World program at UCSD
Ivana Polic The (Re)Making of Young Patriots: Children and Nation-Building in Wartime Croatia and the Republic of Serb Krajina (1990-1995). Patterson
Carrie Streeter Wings to Their Heels: Self-Expression and Health and the Rise of the New Woman Plant
Chuchu Wang Revolution on a Budget: Politics, Finance, Urban-rural Divide, Gender and Personal Experiences of Local Level Education in Socialist China, 1949-79 Gerth/Pickowicz
Mirna Wasef Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation: American Missionaries, the State, and Competing Notions of Idealized Womanhood in the Race to Govern Girls’ Education in Egypt, 1920s-1940s Kayali/Provence
Lauren Elizabeth Wood From the Devil We Came: Reimagining Female Agency with the Monstrous Mélusine Caciola


Name Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement Current Position
Samantha de Vera A Freedom No Greater Than Bondage: Black Refugees and Unfree Labor at the Dawn of Mass Incarceration during the Civil War and Reconstruction Widener/Plant Post-doc, Penn State (FT)

Asst. Professor, UC Irvine (FT)

Josef Djordjevski A Seaside for the Future: Yugoslav Socialism, Tourism, Environmental Protection, and the Eastern Adriatic Coastline, 1945-2000s Patterson
Taylor Gray The Making of Visual Arts Policy and Artistic Advocacy in Late Francoist Spain Radcliff Lecturer/Instructor MMW, UC San Diego Performance & Policy Evaluator CA State Auditor (FT)
Francisco Laguna-Alvarez The Ecclesiastical Court of San José de Toluca, 1675-1800 Hunefeldt
Graeme Mack Seaborne Sovereignties: Pacific Trade and the Evolution of American Commercial Maritime Imperialism, 1787-1848 Hanna/Klein
Russell Peck Power Grabs: Hydroelectricity, Regional Hydropolitics, and the Transformation of Los Angeles, 1890-1925 Hendrickson
Jorge Ramirez-Lopez Indigenous Worldmaking in a World of Crisis: Race and the Making of the Migrant Circuit from Southern Mexico to the US/Mexican Pacific Coast, 1968-1994 Alvarez/Molina Post-doc, Dartmouth (FT) Post-doc, Dartmouth (FT)
Reuben Silverman Becoming Little Americans? Economic Integration and Social Polarization in Cold War Turkey, 1950-1960 Kayali/Provence
Paul Tchir A Forgotten Legacy – The Transformative Impact of Modern Sport in Egypt, 1882-1956 Kayali/Provence


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) 2021-2022 Asst. Professor, UC Irvine (TT) 2022-present
Jillian Bolin Second Sight in Early Modern Scotland Caciola/Strasser
Inga Diederich Blood of the Nation: Medical Eugenics, Bio-Nationalism and Identity Formation in Cold War South Korea Henry Asst. Professor, Colby College (TT) Asst. Professor, Colby College (TT)
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 Post-doc, Arizona State University (FT) Post-doc, Arizona State University (FT)
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


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, University of Michigan (FT)
Troy Kokinis Haga Circular: Latin Americanist Anarchism, Dissident Labor, and the Uruguayan New Left, 1956-1976 Monteon/Van Young
Sky Michael 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) Asst. Professor, Trinity Christian College (TT)
Yupeng Jiao Martial Arts, Apocalypse, Counterrevolutionaries: Huidaomen and Rural Governance in Modern China, 1919-1961 Gerth/Pickowicz Post Doc, Stanford University (FT) Asst. Clinical Professor, University of Maryland, College Park (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)


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 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (FT) Assistant Professor, Penn State Abington (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)


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 Assistant Professor (TT), University of North Carolina-Greensboro


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


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 Assistant Professor (TT) Regent University Associate Professor, Regent University
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


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 Associate Prof. of History at Arkansas State University (2017-current)
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 Lecturer, Clarkson University