Recent Ph.D. Recipients (2000 to Present)
This page is intended to give a sense of the range and focus of recent Ph.D. student research in our department, and of the positions that Ph.D.s from our department have found. See also books by history department alumni.
Carolyn Barske: "The Lover's Instructor": Courtship Advice in Anglo-America, 1640-1830." (2011) Currently Assistant Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. Also, working with Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation, Civil Rights Historic District Nomination for Selma, Alabama.
Yveline Alexis: "Nationalism & the Politics of Historical Memory: Charlemagne Peralte's Rebellion against U.S. Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1986." (2011)
Kathryn Merriam: "The Preservation of Iroquois Thought: J.N.B. Hewitt's Legacy of Scholarship for His People." (2010)
Margaret Shea: "Once Again It Happens:" Collective Remembrance and Irish Identity in Catholic Derry, Northern Ireland 1896-2008." (2010)
Harry Franqui: "Fighting for the Nation: Military Service, Popular Political Mobilization and the Creation of Modern Puerto Rican National Identities: 1868-1952." (2010)
Michael Shapiro: "Becoming Union Square: Struggles For Legitimacy in Nineteenth-Century New York (2010). Currently Assistant Editor, Frederick Law Olmsted Papers.
Brian Bixby: "Seeking Shakers: Two Centuries of Visitors to Shaker Villages" (2010).
Aimee Newell: "A Stitch in Time: Needlework and Feminine Aging in Antebellum America" (2010). Currently Director of Collections, National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA.
Jordan Lewis Reed: "American Jacobins: Revolutionary Radicalism in the Civil War Era" (2009). Currently employed at the Office of Naval Intelligence.
Babette Faehmel: "Beyond the Bell Jar: Sexuality and Identity of College Women, 1940-1965" (2009). Currently Assistant Professor of History, Schenectady County Community College, NY.
Jill Mudgett: "The Hills of Home: Environmental Identity in the Rural North, 1820-1860" (2008). Currently an independent scholar.
Jill Ogline: "A Mission To a Mad County: Black Determination, White Resistance, and Educational Crisis in Prince Edward County, 1959-1965" (2007). Currently Associate Director, C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Washington College, Md.
Dinah Mayo-Bobee: "‘Something Energetic and Spirited’: Massachusetts Federalists, Rational Politics, and Political Economy in the Age of Jefferson, 1805-1815" (2007). Tenure-track Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University.
Thomas Rushford: "Burnings and Blessings: The Cultural Reality of the Supernatural across Early Modern European Spaces." (2007). Currently Digital Historian, Office of the Historian of the House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Heather Murray: "Not in This Family: Gays and the Family of Origin in North America, 1945-90" (2006). Currently Assistant Professor of History, University of Ottawa.
Julia Sandy-Bailey: "The 'Negro Market' and the Black Freedom Movement in New York City, 1930-1965" (2006). Currently Assistant Professor of History, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W. Va.
Christoph Strobel: "Contested Grounds: Ideologies of Accommodation and Separation and the Colonial Transformation of Ohio and the Eastern Cape, 1760s-1860s." (2004). Currently Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Thomas Conroy: "Before 'Bulfinch's Boston': Building, Builders, and the Politics of Style, 1750-1800." (2004). Currently Director of Programs, Worcester Historical Museum (Massachusetts).
Wan-li Hu: "Mao's American Strategy and the Korean War." (2004). Currently Director, China Program Center, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Kristin Harper: "Reforming the Familia Tabasqueña: Gender and State Formation in Revolutionary Tabasco" (2004). Currently Assistant Professor of History, Educational Advisor at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Lansdowne, VA.
Germaine Etienne: "Morality and the 'Middle Class': Antebellum Free Blacks in the Age of Reform" (2004). Currently Assistant Professor of History, Southern Illinois University.
Martha Yoder: "Violation and Immunity: The Body and the Body Politic in Revolutionary America." (2004). Currently Lecturer, Commonwealth College, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Kevin S. Reilly: "Corporate Stories: Fortune Magazine and the Making of a Modern Managerial Culture." (2004)
Julie Gallagher: Women of Action, In Action: The New Politics of Black Women in New York City, 1944-1972" (2003). Currently Assistant Professor of History, Penn State Brandywine, Brandywine, Pa.
Rick Goulet: "Trade and Conversion: Indians, Spaniards and Franciscans on the Upper Amazon Frontier, 1693-1792" (2003). Currently Associate Professor of History, Department of History, Economics, and Political Science, Lock Haven University, PA.
David Hamblin: "A Social History of Protestantism in Colombia, 1930-2000" (2003).
Robert Surbrug: "Thinking Globally: Political Movements on the Left in Massachusetts, 1974-90." (2003). Currently Instructor in History, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA.
Timothy Willig: "Restoring the Thin Red Line: British Policy and the Indians of the Great Lakes, 1783-1812" (2003). Currently Assistant Professor of History and coordinator of the Native American Studies Program, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY.
Barbara Fox: "Rejuvenating France: The Creation of a National Youth Culture After The Great War" (2002). Currently Associate Professor of History, Suffolk County Community College, Long Island, NY.
Richard Gassan: "The Birth of American Tourism: New York, the Hudson Valley, and American Culture, 1790-1835" (2002). Currently Assistant Professor of History, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Maria G. Abarca: "'Discontented But Not Inevitably Reactionary': Organized Labor in the Nixon Years" (2001). Currently Program Officer & Advisor, U.S. Fulbright Commission.
John Lund: "Fear of an Oath: Piety, Hypocrisy, and The Dilemma of Puritan Identity" (2001). Currently adjunct faculty, History Department, Keene State College, NH.
Kazuteru Omori: "The Burden of Blackness: Quest for 'Equality' Among Black 'Elites' in Late 19th-Century Boston" (2001). Currently Associate Professor of Comparative Culture, Tsuru University, Yamanashi, Japan.
Glendyne R. Wergland: "Women, Men, Property, and Inheritance: Gendered Testamentary Customs in Western Massachusetts, 1800-1860: or, Diligent Wives, Dutiful Daughters, Prodigal Sons, Westward Migration, Reciprocity, and Rewards for Virtue, Considered" (2001). Currently an independent scholar.
Harold A. Goldman: "'He Had No Right': Sex, Law, and the Courts in Vermont, 1777-1920" (2000). Currently an attorney in Burlington, Vermont.
Else K. Hambleton: "'The World Fill'd with a Generation of Bastards': Pregnant Brides and Unwed Mothers in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts" (2000). Currently an independent scholar.
Ann F. Jefferson: "The Rebellion of Mita, Eastern Guatemala, in 1837" (2000). Currently Lecturer in History, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Marian B. Mollin: "Actions Louder Than Words: Gender and Political Activism in the American Radical Pacifist Movement, 1942-1972" (2000). Currently Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the History Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Graham Warder: "Selling Sobriety: How Temperance Reshaped Culture in Antebellum America" (2000). Currently Lecturer in History, Keene State College, NH.