Graduate Students

  • Nazar Bagci

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Mingcong Bai

    Advisors: Karl Gerth and Micah Muscolino

  • Allison Baker

    Advisor: Matthew Vitz

  • Tyler Bouwens

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Jordan Buchanan

    Jordan Buchanan

    MA (Hons) History and Politics, University of Dundee - 2019
    MPhil in World History, University of Cambridge - 2020

    Research Themes: Latin America, Mexico, Global History, Neoliberalism, Coffee, Housing, Social History, Ethnohistory, Oral History, Economic History.

    Tentative PhD Project: “Human Connections and Social Environments during Mexico’s Neoliberal Democratisation, 1982-2000.”

    In my doctoral research, I investigate how the neoliberal and democratic transition in Mexico impacted ordinary lives between 1982-2000. I situate this work within the global history of the synchronous neoliberal democratisation in the Global South by understanding how global transitions influenced the Mexican polity. In order to understand how these global and national alterations affected Mexican lives, I examine the experience of social groups in housing communities in Puebla. I employ network theory and social ecological approaches to measure and understand social mobility and immobility during neoliberalism in Mexico, which positions ordinary Mexicans as key social agents in their own lives Oral history and media sources and archival material form the basis of my ethnohistorical approach to housing communities.

    Additionally, I work on the history of specialty café culture in urban Mexico between 2010-20. For this project, I study how specialty cafés changed the labour experiences of the people participating in the industry. In order to obtain sources for this topic, I employ oral history. In the interviews, I record the experiences of baristas and café owners. I started this project in Puebla, Oaxaca and Mexico City, and I am working to increase these accounts and stories from other cities. The main themes in this research concern owners and baristas motivations for working in specialty coffee, and the labour conditions, social experience and gender dynamics of café work.

    For potential graduate student applicants, I am available for support and guidance for applying to the UCSD history program. Please send me an email if you would like to talk about the application material, process or the graduate experience.

    Advisor: Matthew Vitz

  • 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

  • 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

  • Niall Chithelen

    Advisors: Karl Gerth and Micah Muscolino

  • Jerry Christodoulatos

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Christopher Costello

    B.A. in History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    M.Ed in Secondary Teacher Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    M.A. in History, University of California, San Diego

    Research Interests: Pacific history, transnational and global history, civil/military relationships, violence and militarism. 

    Working Dissertation Title: A Vast ConsolidationEveryday Agents of Empire, the United States Navy, and the Processes of Pacific Expansion, 1784-1861.

    Advisor: Mark Hanna

  • Matthew Crum

    Matthew Crum

    B.A. in History, The Ohio State University

    My dissertation is tentatively titled “Unbecoming Romans” and it consists of a series of case studies on the regions and peoples at the borders of the Roman state. It primarily explores the extent to which the populations at the furthest parts of Romanía self-identified as Romans, whether other Romans considered the inhabitants of formerly Roman or contested regions to be members of the larger Roman ethnic community, how the identity of these groups was understood by non-Romans, and how these perceptions might change over time.

    My primary research is focused on the Medieval (or Eastern) Roman state, especially during the period of the Macedonian Dynasty (867 to 1056). I am also undertaking research on the topics of Hagiography, the archaeology of Medieval Greece, and the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Nile De Jonge

    Advisor:  Denise Demetriou

  • 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

    I am a PhD candidate in History at the University of California, San Diego and a research associate at the Center for Black Digital Research. I hold a Master’s in English from the University of Delaware. My dissertation, “A Freedom No Greater Than Bondage: Black Refugees and Unfree Labor at the Dawn of Mass Incarceration,” traces the lives of Black refugees and formerly enslaved people who experienced incarceration in the hands of the Union military (and thereby the federal government) during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. My publications 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: Danny Widener

  • Alexander Dinh

    Advisor: Claire Edington

  • 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

  • Ian Dubrowsky

    Advisors: Karl Gerth and Micah Muscolino

  • 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
    Currently in my fourth year of the graduate program here at UCSD.

    My research focuses on the colonial history of American anthropology in the early-twentieth century. I examine how the theory of linguistic relativity informed colonial ideology and U.S.-Indian policy. I also analyze the structural relationship between science and empire through the lens of Native American history. 

    Dissertation Title: “The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Critical Anthropology, Colonial Science, and Native Modernity in the American Borderlands”

    My work engages with the history of anthropology, American Studies, Native American studies, and Science Studies. 

    Advisors: Danny Widener and Ross Frank

  • Matthew Ehrlich

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Kristian Fabian

    Kristian Fabian

    B.A. in History, Providence College, 2014 (summa cum laude)
    M.A. in History, Brown University, 2015

    My dissertation, Global Conquistadors: A Social History of the Early Spanish Empire, 1482-1521, investigates the lives and activities of sixteenth-century conquistadors who fought in multiple theaters of early Spanish expansionism (chiefly in Granada, the Canary Islands, North Africa, Italy, the Caribbean, and New Spain). By tracking the movement of this group across the realm, my research seeks to illustrate the role of peripatetic conquistadors in the rise of Imperial Spain, as well as capture a sense of the interconnectivity and simultaneity of the early Spanish empire.

    I am a recent recipient of the Fulbright-Hays (DDRA) Fellowship, and will be spending the 2021-22 academic year conducting archival research in Spain and Mexico. 

    Fields: Early Modern Spain, Colonial Latin America, Transatlantic/Global Studies 

    Research Interests: Conquest, Empire, Conquistadors, Social/Military History

    Advisor: Dana Velasco Murillo

  • Holly Gibbens

    Holly Gibbens

    B.A. in English and History, Spring Hill College

    I’m studying Latin American history, concentrating primarily in Chile during the 1960s and 1970s. My main thematic interests are in liberation theology and popular education initiatives, and how they shape democratic social projects during pivotal-and often violent-political transitions. I plan on focusing my research on the link between Catholic social justice teaching, literacy campaigns, and the leftist politics in Chile leading up to the coup and dictatorship of Augosto Pinochet.

    Advisor: Ben Cowan

  • 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 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. One of my main purposes is to explore the development of private and indigenous interest groups in the Middle East vis-à-vis state authorities and international capitalist classes.

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • John Gove

    John Gove

    B.S. in Political Science, Florida State University
    M.A. in History, San Diego State University

    I am interested in political activism and social justice in the 20th-century United States, particularly LGBTQ+ activism and issues of gender in Southern California.

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Taylor Erin Gray

    Taylor Erin Gray

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

    As a historian of modern Europe, my research interests include the history of authoritarianism and fascism, cultural and countercultural movements, urbanization, and the visual arts.
    My dissertation, “The Making of Visual Arts Policy and Artistic Advocacy in Franco’s Spain, 1957-1975” explores the parallel and interrelated developments of official regime policy making in the visual arts and an increasingly vociferous advocacy by artists, art students, and gallerists during the second half of the dictatorship. Analyzing archival and printed sources from all players, I trace the souring of the relationship between these figures and the myriad offices that oversaw official arts programming. Artists, art students, and gallerists learned to exploit what they would deem to be inadequate governmental decisions and reforms, eventually casting off attempts to work with the regime in favor of independent action in the form of declarations, protests, and campaigns of non-participation. While the regime was not willing cede political power until after Franco’s death, the conflicts over art policy supported the growth of an increasingly vocal civil society that undermined the regime’s vision and authority.

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Jaeyoung Ha

    Jaeyoung Ha

    Before he came to the U.S., Jaeyoung Ha studied modern Korean history with Dr. Park Chan-seung in South Korea. After having a career at a museum and archive, he came to the U.S. for the Ph.D. program in history at UCSD in 2017. Jaeyoung advanced to candidacy Fall 2021.

    Jaeyoung’s dissertation project, “‘Blood, Sweat, and Tears’,” investigates upland South Korea’s industrialization and social engineering programs that came into being from the intersection between the postcolonial South Korean nation-building project and the U.S. anti-communist strategy. After the Korean War, attracted by untapped mineral reserves required for South Korea’s nation-building and the U.S. defense industry, the U.S. and South Korean states embarked on massive industrialization and demographic engineering that Jaeyoung comprehensively calls the “mountain enclosure campaign.” Jaeyoung’s dissertation explores how these developmental projects reframed the resource-rich but impoverished upland hinterland as South Korea’s new industrial frontier as well as a part of U.S. westering frontierism. In his project, Jaeyoung also investigates the culture of capitalistic meritocracy exemplified by the state’s effort to foster “nationalized” and “hard-working” reserve labor mobilized in these mountains’ industrial sites. Particularly concentrating on highland mining company towns, Jaeyoung’s project investigates how this meritocratic discourse justified and perpetuated inequality and social stratification in the upland local society of South Korea.

    Research Interests: Korean History, Cold War, Trans-Pacific History, History of Capitalism and Labor, Nationalism and Birth of Nationalist Discourse 

    Advisor: Todd Henry

  • Nour Hachem

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • 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: Out of the Deep: Coal Miners & Politics in Germany, 1905-1920.

    I study the politics of Germany’s coal miners in the first decades of the twentieth century. This was a moment of transition for them—their industry was rapidly mechanizing and expanding and doing so at a pace miners often found dangerous and degrading. My dissertation emphasizes the formation of the miners’ communal identity out of their resistance to these working conditions. This helps to reframe the way the German Revolution is understood by linking it to a long-term localized struggle for a particular kind of democracy, which is ultimately what the miners’ own solution to their poor working conditions amounted to. It also links both this local struggle and the broader revolution in Germany to the larger global struggles of industrial workers for greater inclusion in modern society, which characterized the period between 1900 and 1925.

    Other Teaching/Research Interests: left-wing political history; labor history; especially the history of anarchism and syndicalism; intellectual history of the social sciences; nationalism, violence; imperialism and colonialism; histories of the working people in general. Recently I have taken a particular interest in the politics and ideology of the Christian labor movement in Germany, and I have a soft spot/research interest in the music of the labor movement.

    Most of my interests are rooted in Europe and its overseas holdings in the 19th and 20th centuries, although I wrote an interesting paper on the Mamluk Sultanate as an undergrad and I’d like to revisit it one day.


    Advisor: Frank Biess

  • Shumeng Han

    Shumeng Han

    B.A. in History, Renmin University of China, 2018

    M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2019

    I am a doctoral student in history and science studies. I am broadly interested in the history of rural life in modern China, especially rural everyday life, and the history of knowledge production and transmission. My major research project focuses on the history of farming technology in the PRC period. My work involves grassroots technological inventions and the interaction among technology, economic knowledge, and politics. Along with that, I am also working on a project on generational hierarchy and legal knowledge-making under Republican Legal Reform.

    Advisors: Karl Gerth and Micah Muscolino

  • 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, History of Science, Public Diplomacy and Propaganda

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

    In my dissertation, I focus on aspects related to early Cold War emotional management through information control. I examine the actions of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists (ECAS) – a group of nuclear scientists around Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, and Leo Szilard who launched a campaign to educate the public about the dangers of atomic energy and spoke out for the formation of a world government under which all nuclear power should be placed. I thereby seek to illuminate the trust/distrust relationship between government entities, the U.S. public, and nuclear scientists which was impacted by a constant fear of nuclear destruction. Driven by a concern about increasing public distrust in both science and governmental leadership, scientists as well as government agencies sought to use public nuclear fears and influence the public perception of the atomic threat by manipulating the information released about the dangers of atomic energy.

    Advisors: Rebecca Plant and Nancy Kwak

  • Rachel Hennings

    Advisor: Deborah Hertz

  • Delilah Hernandez

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Catherine Hester

    Advisor: Mark Hanna

  • James Ivey

    James Ivey

    B.A. in History with a minor in Ancient History from Swarthmore College (with honours) - 2014
    M.A. in Global History from Georgetown University and King’s College London – 2016
    Ph.D. in progress

    I primarily write on Sports History during the Cold War.

    My dissertation analyses the global nature of 1980 Moscow Olympic Games Boycott: I am particularly interested in deconstructing the Cold War binary of the event and examining the role that countries from the Global South played and how these countries came to understand the nature of the boycott. Through this approach, I aim to link the 1980 Boycott to contemporaneous anti-colonial and anti-racist boycotts and also to the shifting Cold War climate. 

    An early part of my research on British – African issues on sport, diplomacy and 1980 was published by the International Journal of the History of Sport in 2019, entitled “Double Standards: South Africa, British Rugby, and the Moscow Olympics.” It highlighted the struggles of British diplomats to persuade countries to join an Olympic boycott while refusing to honour the sporting embargo of South Africa.

    Alongside my dissertation, I am engaged in a number of other fields and am currently writing on a range of sporting topics in Europe, Africa, and America. My M.A. thesis focused on the similarities between the growth of professionalism in British men’s football in the late nineteenth century and moves made around women’s football after WWI. I have also written about German and British football during the fifties to the eighties. And I have a passion for reading and writing about Muhammad Ali.

    Advisor: Robert Edelman

  • Emma Jablonski

    Advisor: Cathy Gere

  • Calvin Jordan

    Advisors: Jeremy Prestholdt and Claire Edington

  • 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 dissertation, Unsettling Militancy: Rethinking the Korean Diaspora in the Militarized Transpacific, explores the history of diasporic Korean American engagement with transpacific militarism and the U.S. Military Empire throughout the 20th century. It demonstrates that the Korean American diaspora should not be uncritically offered as evidence of a successful project that justifies the presence of the U.S. military and the promulgation of liberal democracy. I examine how the process of militarization produced various identities ranging from exemplary subjects of the global democratic order to those who become expendable to this cause by the U.S. and South Korea. My work explores the complex personhoods of exiles, refugees, conscientious objectors, and returnees who utilized their access to the military institution to work towards building a new community with an alternate envisioning of Korea and Korean diaspora without the hegemonic influences of the U.S. Military Empire. 

    I utilize both traditional archival methodologies and alternative forms of historical knowledge formation such as oral histories and engagement with community archives. At UCSD, I have been a part of the Race and Oral History Project, a student-centered collaborative initiative with the larger San Diego ethnic communities, where I worked as the Teaching Assistant for the class component of the project from 2019-2021.

    My previous work on the history of conscription and conscientious objection in post Korean War South Korea (1953-1993) 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.

    Fields: US History, Asian American Studies, Transpacific Studies, Korean American Studies.  

    Research Interests: Gender & Militarism, US Military Empire, Korean Diaspora, Oral History, Archival Absences.

    Advisors: Wendy Matsumura and Simeon Man

  • Weiyue Kan

    Advisor: Weijing Lu

  • Benjamin Kletzer

    Benjamin Kletzer

    B.A. in History, University of California, Santa Barbara
    M.A. in History, University of California, San Diego

    Working Dissertation Title: "China’s Dream of the Red Railway Professional Railroaders and The Making of an Industrial Power, 1945-1976"

    My research traces the historical and economic development of China National Railways (CNR), examining how the railways facilitated formation of the modern Chinese industrial state. As the nation’s largest single employer, CNR was the lynchpin of China’s planned economy and a critical strategic asset to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Unlike the rest of China’s economy during the Mao years, I posit that CNR prioritized professional, developmental, and operational concerns over political mandates. I argue that work and expertise of professional railroaders permitted the railway’s growth along a distinctive developmental path that included trade with enemy nations, internal market competitions, and connections with the outside world at a time when the PRC emphasized economic self-reliance. Intended to be the hallmark of a centrally planned economy, the railways, led by this cohort of professional railroaders, deviated from the dreams of the PRC state, prioritizing expertise over political correctness, professionalism over politics, and conventional technology over socialist science. By examining railway development and operations in the early PRC, my dissertation highlights the daily realities of economic decision-making, investigating how individual actions laid the infrastructural foundation of China’s current economy. My work on CNR intervenes with the existing historical narrative on Chinese economic history, highlighting the activities of individuals whose decisions steered the successful development of CNR through the economic and humanitarian disasters of Maoist China. My work has been supported by the UC Institute on Global and Cooperation, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

    Advisors: Karl Gerth and Micah Muscolino

  • Francisco Laguna Alvarez

    Advisor: Christine Hunefeldt

  • Scott Lancaster

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Kimiko Nicole LeNeave

    Kimiko Nicole LeNeave

    Bachelors of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in History, Latin American Studies, and Music (2014)

    Kimiko Nicole LeNeave is a doctoral student of Modern Latin American History at the University of California San Diego pursuing research focused on US-Latin American relations, cultural histories of rebellion and insurgency in Latin American during the Cold War era, and the evolution of protest cultures throughout the Americas. Her dissertation “Rhythms of the Revolution: Sociopolitical Intersections of Music in the Cuban Cold War” illuminates ways music shaped political cultures and events in Cold War Latin America by examining the dialectic exchange between musicians and insurgents as well as transnational relationships between Cuba and other nations mired in political polarization. 

    Advisor: Matthew Vitz

  • Ho Chiu Leung

    Advisor: Karl Gerth


  • Hyesong Lim

    Advisor: Todd Henry

  • Jose Lumbreras

    Jose Lumbreras

    B.A. in Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
    M.A. in Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University 

    I study multiracial/multiethnic mobilizations during post-Fordism Los Angeles. For my research, I ask how and why do working-class communities of color build solidarity across differences, and how did their understanding of racial justice and economic equality change with organizing with one another?

    Research and Teaching Interests: 20th century U.S. History, comparative/relational race and ethnicity, 20th century social movements, space and place, Critical Human Geography, California History, Los Angeles History, Global History, Chicanx History

    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and Danny Widener

  • Graeme Mack

    Graeme Mack

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

    Graeme Mack holds a B.A. in History from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. in History from McGill University. He served as the Pacific Studies Coordinator for the UC Pacific Worlds Initiative (UCPWI) at the University of California, San Diego from 2017 to 2018. Graeme will be a 2020-21 Fellow for the UC Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California and Duncan Gleason Fellow in California Maritime History at the Huntington Librar for summer 2021. He defends his dissertation in spring of 2021.

    Graeme's research examines U.S. fur traders, merchant consuls, whalers, and opium traffickers as they developed maritime networks, trading strategies, and customs at principal ports across the Pacific Ocean during the first half of the nineteenth century. His dissertation demonstrates how this heterogeneous group established the early infrastructure of American empire in the Pacific by encouraging the U.S. federal government to militarily and diplomatically intervene in the region. His work has been supported by fellowships and grants issued by the Huntington Library, the Harvard Business School, the Tinker Foundation, the UC Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies, the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, the American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians. His writing has also been featured in the Washington Post’s “Made By History” series as well as the Journal of San Diego History.

    For more information, please visit his website:

    Advisors:  Mark Hanna and Rachel Klein

  • Kevan Malone

    Kevan Malone

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

    Dissertation Title: Borderline Unsustainable: Urban Planning and Diplomacy at the Tijuana-San Diego Boundary, 1919-1999

    I am broadly interested in how built environments and urban lifestyles have historically impacted public health and natural resources across borders, and how planners and policymakers have addressed these impacts. While large metropolises like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have dominated the attention of American urban historians, I see the binational metro areas of the U.S.-Mexico border—where strictly planned American tract housing developments neighbor informal Mexican settlements—as the more important sites for understand cities on a global scale.

    My dissertation examines the ecological impact of urban growth in the Tijuana-San Diego borderlands during the 20th century, highlighting the role of diplomacy in the governance of these cities. It shows that the urban landscapes of this international border zone embodied the fundamental tensions between private enterprise, nationalism, and environmental management in a region where the world’s largest economy meets the Global South.

    My research has been funded by the American Historical Association (AHA), the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), the Tinker Foundation, the Kenneth and Dorothy Hill Foundation, and the UCLA Special Collections Library, as well as by UCSD’s Global Health Institute, International Institute, and Institute of Arts and Humanities. My commentaries have appeared in The Washington Post and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

    Advisor: Nancy Kwak

  • Patricia Martins Marcos

    Patricia Martins Marcos

    Licenciatura, History, New University of Lisboa, Portugal, 2006
    Master of Social Science, Roskilde University, Denmark, 2012
    Master of Public Policy (minor in Science, Technology & Society), Oregon State University, 2015
    C.Phil in History and Science Studies, UC San Diego, 2018

    Patrícia Martins Marcos is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of History and the Science Studies Program at UCSD. She is a scholar of Portuguese colonialism and postcolonialism who works at the intersections of STS, history of science and medicine, visual and material culture, as well as queer and Black studies. Her dissertation, Configurations of the Human: Political Medicine, Imperial Bodies, and Natural Government in the Portuguese Atlantic 1715-1810, interrogates assumptions of bodily normativity and examines the production of hierarchies of humankinds in the early modern Afro-Luso-Brazilian Atlantic. She is an Associate Editor at the History of Anthropology Review and her work has been supported by the Consortium for the History of Science Technology and Medicine, the Huntington Library, the American Philosophical Society, the John Carter Brown, UCSD’s Black Studies Project, and the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies. Currently, she is also the elected Graduate Student Representative for the Forum for the History of Health, Medicine, and the Life Sciences, at the History of Science Society. 

    Martins Marcos is also an active public historian whose essays on Portuguese colonialism, race-making, statues, and Afro-Luso-Brazilian aesthetics and historiography have been widely read in Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé, and Mozambique. She has active collaborations with the poet, scholar, audiovisual artist Prof. Patrícia Lino (UCLA), and she collaborated as a historical consultant in the installation "Me and My White Skeleton," by the dancer, performer, and choreographer Angela Guerreiro. 

    She has recently published on the role of whiteness and race in Portuguese colonialism and postcolonial Portugal in the journal Práticas da História (2020), and the journal Isis recently published a co-authored piece on the future of the history of science. She also has forthcoming pieces with Isis and Eighteenth-Century Studies, as well as a co-authored book chapter on Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic.

    Her principal areas of interest are the history of science and medicine, early modern natural history, global history, non-Western science, healing cultures, the history of anthropology and the human sciences, histories of premodern and modern race, histories of whiteness, Atlantic history, African History, Black Studies, STS, and visual studies.

    Advisor: Cathy Gere

  • Jamie Marvin

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Michael McGalliard

    Advisor: Mark Hendrickson

  • Grace Mertz

    Grace Mertz

    B.A. in History with Departmental Honors, University of California, San Diego, 2020
    Ph.D. in History with a specialization in Early Modern German History, University of California, San Diego (in progress) 

    I am broadly interested in religion and art in 16th and 17th century Germany. 

    Advisor: Ulrike Strasser

  • Alexis Meza

    B.A. with Honors in History & Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
    M.A. in United States History, University of California, San Diego, 2017

    Research interests: Latina/o Studies, Salvadoran Diaspora, Critical Refugee Studies, Migration Histories 

    Advisor: Luis Alvarez

  • 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. 

    Advisor: Danny Widener

  • Saribel Morales-Rivera

    Saribel Morales-Rivera

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

    My research seeks to understand the emotions that Spaniards associate with the democratic transition from a 40-year dictatorship and to employ this emotional framework to open new approaches to the history of the Transition and democratic consolidation. By discussing fears of the past, present and future, Spaniards created and conformed to what scholars call “emotional communities” which impacted considerations and implementations of a Spanish democracy. 

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Jordan Mylet

    Jordan Mylet

    Jordan Mylet is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History advised by Dr. Rebecca Jo Plant and Dr. Luis Alvarez. Her dissertation examines the emergence of addiction recovery communes in post-World War II United States, and centers the political activism of self-identified ex-addicts in the national struggles over the possibilities and boundaries of radical participatory democracy in the long 1960s. She attended New York University for her undergraduate education, and is currently an editoral assistant for the digital journal, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, published by Alexander Street Press.


    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and Rebecca Jo Plant

  • 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

    B.A. in History and French, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

    I am studying Modern Middle East history, with my current focus on Syria in the 1950s and 1960s. I am thematically interested in the development of nationality and national identity in the post-independence period, both as a political project and as lived experience reflected in cultural production. To that end my research is currently focussed on the period surrounding the rise of the Ba’ath Party and the faction of Hafiz al-Asad, and the impact that their programs both had and did not have on the development of Syrian national identity. 

    Advisors: Michael Provence and Hasan Kayali

  • 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. 

    Advisor: Cathy Gere

  • Oswin Orellana

    Oswin Orellana

    B.A. in History, University of California, Irvine, 2015
    M.A. in History, California State University, Northridge, 2018

    My research revolves around the early modern European period, with a specific focus on the Spanish empire during the 15th and 16th centuries. I am interested in the construction of an early modern Spanish identity during this period, whether this identity is self-imposed or is being perpetuated onto themselves by their enemies. So far, my projects have attempted to highlight how the territorial enemies of the Spanish continuously used different mediums to express their interpretation of a Spanish identity while subsequently being in constant interaction with the Spanish’s interpretation of their own identity.

    Advisor: Andrew Devereux

  • Russell Peck

    Advisor: Mark Hendrickson

  • Sean Pfeifer

    Advisor: Mark Hendrickson

  • 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

  • Catherine Quan Potmesil

    Catherine Quan Potmesil

    B.A. in History, UC Santa Cruz, 2017

    I am primarily looking to pursue a trans-pacific approach to examining American imperialism in Southeast Asia. Particularly, I am interested in the aftermath of the Second Indochina Conflict and the ensuing refugee crisis that reached its peak in the 1980s. The refugee camps that were established in locations such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong serve as an interesting space in which individuals (camp workers and refugees alike) can articulate their perceived position in relation to the dominant American presence in the region. The liminal nature of the refugee camp also serves as an insight into space-making among refugees away from an established "homeland." 

    I am looking to combine a variety of materials, from traditional archival sources, to oral testimonies, to video and digital materials in my work, taking full advantage of digital humanities as a whole. 

    Research Interests: Trans-pacific studies, American Empire, Critical Refugee Studies, Immigration, Cold War, American militarism in the Pacific

    Advisor: Simeon Man

  • Miguel Sanchez Morquecho

    Advisor: Denise Demetriou

  • Nathaniel Schwartz

    Advisor: Mark Hendrickson

  • Guilherme Sena De Assuncao

    Advisor: Ben Cowan

  • Rebecca Shoup

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Reuben William Silverman

    Reuben William Silverman

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

    I focus on politics and culture in Turkey and the Middle East. My dissertation work focuses on the process of democratization in Turkey during the 1950s and the ways in which it was shaped by center-right populism and the larger Cold War context. As an instructor, I have taught courses on the history of the Modern Middle East and Democratization in the Middle East. Beyond my work in the graduate program, I write regularly on historical and contemporary issues in Turkey. My work has been collected in three books, Turkey's Ever Present Past: Stories From Turkish Republican History (2015); Politics in Turkey: Parties, Politicians and the Struggle for Power (2018); and Borderline Personalities: Lives at the Political, Social and Geographic Edges of Modern Turkey (2021) Additional writing can be found on my personal site:

    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

  • Matthew Soleiman

    Advisor: Cathy Gere

  • Abner Sotenos

    Abner Sotenos

    B.A. in History, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), 2009
    M.A. in Social History, Federal University of Rio de Janiero (PPGHIS-IH-UFRJ), 2013
    Ph.D. in History, University of California, San Diego, In Progress

    Abner Fco Sótenos is a Ph.D. Student in Latin American History at the Department of History of University of California – San Diego. 

    He holds a master’s in social history from PPGHIS-Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ (2013) Brazil, and a bachelor’s in history at UFRJ (2009).  He was a visiting researcher at Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Brown University (2016-2018).

    Awarded Honorable Mention in the Best Master's Dissertation Award, Ana Lugão Rios do PPGHIS-UFRJ (2013).

    He is co-author of the book Written History, Lived History: Social Movements, Memory, and Political Repression During the Military Dictatorship in Brazil, (Rio de Janeiro: Lamparina editora, 2019), in Portuguese.

    He is working on a manuscript book entitled Down with the Dictatorship: Democratic Opposition and the Surveillance apparatus in the Baixada Fluminense During the Dictatorial Year, in Portuguese.  Moreover, He is the author of many articles and book chapters and participates as a political commentator in the Brazilian and US press. He is a popular educator and political activist.

    He is interested in Racial Formation in Brazil, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Human Right, Transnational Activism in the Diasporic World, Cold War in Latin America, Critical Race Theory, Decolonial Studies, History of Republican Brazil; Military Dictatorship in Brazil, Changes in Political Regimes in Latin America, and grassroot movements in Brazil and the United States.

    Advisors: Jessica Graham and Ben Cowan

  • 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

  • Amanda Mcgovern Tarkington

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • 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 sport 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

  • Trisha Tschopp

    Trisha Tschopp

    B.A. English, Religion, Augustana College (2004)
    M.A. Jewish Studies, Hebrew College (2008)
    M.P.S. International Development, Cornell University (2015)

    C.Phil. History and Science Studies, UCSD (2020)

    Working Dissertation Title: Contested Technologies: Science, Arabs, and their Sociotechnical Imaginaries in Ottoman and Mandate Palestine (1906-1948)

    Research Interests:

    History of the Modern Middle East, Israel/Palestine, History of Technology, STS, Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies

    Personal Website:

    Advisor: Michael Provence

  • 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. 

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • 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

  • Kevin Westerfeld

    Kevin Westerfeld

    B.A. in Philosophy, UC San Diego, 2016
    M.A. in History, UC San Diego, 2020

    Research Interests: I study Ancient Greek History and am broadly interested in the social, political, and institutional changes that take place within the Greek world following the Peloponnesian War at the start of the fourth century BCE.

    Working Dissertation Title: All Together Now: The Successes and Failures of Community Building in Xenophon’s Anabasis

    My dissertation analyzes several of the most common strategies for community building employed by the Greeks of the Classical Period.  In particular I consider the way that religion, Panhellenism, stasis (or factionism) and ethnic identity function in the creation and preservation of a community, and assess the way each of these phenomena were mobilized, at times interdependently, in the building and maintenance of Greek communities at the start of the fourth century BCE. 

    To study these aspects of community building, I use Xenophon’s Anabasis, a firsthand account of ten thousand Greek mercenaries who fought in a Persian civil war in 401 BCE, and who, after the death of their Persian patron, were forced to band together and fight their way 1000 miles back to mainland Greece.  As a truly cosmopolitan assembly of Greeks, made up of men from cities throughout the Greek world, the successes and failures of the Ten Thousand in establishing what amounts to a civic community provide a unique insight into the most common strategies and devices employed in fostering communal bonds across a diverse group, as well as the practical limits to which these could be employed.

    Advisors: Denise Demetriou and Edward Watts

  • Eden White

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Katherine White

    Advisor: Tal Golan

  • 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

  • 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

    Modern Middle East Historian broadly interested in the social, cultural, and economic history of the Levant. I research state modernization, development, political economy, and sectarianism in post-independence Lebanon. Prior to attending UC San Diego I worked as a researcher and analyst for several media outlets and think tanks (BBC Media Action, Carnegie Middle East Center, The Century Foundation etc.). I am also a writer, an editor, and co-founder of Megaphone, a Lebanese independent online media platform.

    Advisors: Michael Provence and Hasan Kayali

  • Yixue Yang

    Advisors: Karl Gerth and Micah Muscolino

  • Yunhui Yang

    Yunhui Yang

    B.A. in History and Japanese Studies, Furman University, 2019
    M.A. in Regional Studies-East Asia (RSEA), Harvard University, 2021

    Advisor: Sarah Schneewind

  • Tianqi "Kiki" Zhao

    Advisors: Karl Gerth and Micah Muscolino