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Recent Graduates

Summer 2017

Hai Nguyen, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "The Hidden Memory of the Vietnam War: Examining the Motivations of Soldiers on the Battlefields"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Justin Simundson, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Propaganda Images and Manufacturing Consent in "Free" Vietanam, 1950-1963"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Lane Sobehrad, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "The Past in Prologues: The Origins, Form, and Function of Introductory Material in Medieval Historical Works"
    • Advisor: John Howe

Jeremy Brown, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Olivia Bursch, M.A.

  • Nos Sentimos Libres: Healthcare, Socialism, and Women's Liberation in Castro's Cuba
    • Advisor: Laura Calkins

Darian Condarco, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Erin-Marie Legacey

John McCullough, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Breedlove: An Empire of the Air, 1938-1946"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Josh Reese, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Sean Cunningham

Casey Scarpati, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Agents of Modernization: American Books in South Vietnam, 1946-1964"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Heather Turbeville M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Spices, the East India Company, and the Origins of Anti-Dutch Sentiment in England in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries"
    • Advisor: Abigail Swingen

Spring 2017

Jacob Collier, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Jacob Baum

Mansell Gilmore, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Community, Identity, and AIDS in the Urban Indian Intellectual Community of the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1996"
    • Advisor: Miguel Levario

Joel Mathews, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Les Nouveaux Sans Culottes: A Social History of ROMADs During the Vietnam War"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Garret McDonald, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Prisoners at War: Soviet Forced Labor and the Second World War"
    • Advisor: Alan Barenberg

Bill Randolph, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Miguel Levario

Jase Sutton, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

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Fall 2016

Ming Syuan Jhong, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Operation Babylift: Bringing Cold War Orientalism Home"
    • Advisor: Randy McBee

Omero Lara, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Emalee Nelson, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Cubans in Baseball: The Game-Changing Ties Between Color, Gender, and Acceptance in the United States"
    • Advisor: Jorge Iber

Summer 2016

Regina Burch, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "The Pleasurable Culture: Sex, Media, and Enlightment 1715-1789"
    • Advisor: Erin-Marie Legacey

Aren Dobbs, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Ryan McDonald, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Alan Barenberg

Michael Rangel, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Queer Valley: Stories of Culture and Resistance Along the Lower Rio Grande Valley"
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Sylvia Wright, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Karlos Hill

Spring 2016

Laura E. Cannon, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Situational Solidarity: LULAC's Civil Rights Strategy and the Challenge of the Mexican American Worker, 1934-1946"
    • Advisor: Miguel Levario

Autumn A Lass, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Far From Being Propaganda: The Office of Public Affairs, Truth-Telling, and Domestic Propaganda during the Truman Administration"
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

James A Sandy, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "A War All Our Own: The Ranger and the Emergence of the American Martial Culture"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Steven D. Camron, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "BBC as New British Empire: Soft Power to Cultural Imperialism and their Role in International Relations"
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

J C Cummings, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Jacob Baum

Fall 2015

Samantha Lippard, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Alan Barenberg

Whitney Taylor, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Abigail Swingen

Summer 2015

Carson Benn, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Rose Vines and Rotting Ghettos: Gangsta Rap, Appalachian Folk Songs, and the Place of Bad Music in American Popular Culture"
    • Advisor: Karlos Hill

Tyler Bouza, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Courtney Hubbart, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Ties That Bind: Chivalric Loyalty in the Late Twelfth Century according to Major Angevin Chroniclers"
    • Advisor: John Howe

Samantha Lack, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Amusing Instruction: Constructing the Modern Child in England during the Long Eighteenth Century"
    • Advisor: Abigail Swingen

Frances Martin, M.A.

  • Thesis title: ""Freed Vietnamese have her to thank:" Khuc Minh Tho, the FVPPA, and the use of grassroots diplomacy in the release, immigration, and resettlement of Vietnamese re-education camp prisoners, 1977-2011"
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Alexander Raby, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Sean Cunningham

Abel Rios, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Entited to Exemption: How the Vietnam War Defined Conscientious Objection in America"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Spring 2015

Jacynda Ammons, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "When the People Start to Move, I Guarantee It Will Be International:" African American Influence on Aboriginal Australian Activism from Jack Johnson to the Black Panther Party"
    • Advisor: Karlos Hill

Son Mai, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Cong Dong: A History of Vietnamese Fishing Communities Along the Texas Gulf Coast"
    • Advisor: Randy McBee

Jenny Paxton, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "The Specialty of Specialties: Children's Medicine and the Development of Medical Authority in America, 1790-1890"
    • Advisor: Gretchen Adams

Alfonso Aceves, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

William Allen, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Cari Babitzke, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Guns, Politics, and Fear: The National Rifle Association and the Battle to Keep and Bear Arms in Texas"
    • Advisor: Sean Cunningham

Amanda Lancaster, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Alcoholics, Lesbians, and Radicals: Depicting Deviancy in Fin-de-Siecle France and the creation of a Deviant Feminity"
    • Advisor: Erin-Marie Legacey

Dolores Luna, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Abigail Swingen

Noel Murphy, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Countering Aridity: Attempts to Ensure the Success of Agricultural Pursuits in West Texas"
    • Advisor: Barbara Hahn

Julia Stephens, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Fall 2014

Sarah Myers, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "A Weapon Waiting to be Used: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II"
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Renee Celeste, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Forty Lashes: The Comparison of Court Punishments in Early Modern England and Colonial Virginia"
    • Advisor: Emily Skidmore

Tiffany Gonzalez, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Chicana Politics: Maria Cardenas and La Raza Unida Party in Texas, 1935-1993"
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Helen Rose, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Rebellion, Spymasters, and Spies: The Rise of Intelligence Operations in England, 1569-1585"
    • Advisor: Abigail Swingen

Summer 2014

Richard Driver, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Music Is Revolution, Music Is Work: Rock 'n' Roll, Popular Music, and Working in American Culture, 1930s-1970s"
    • Advisor: Randy McBee

Christopher Arnold, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Westphalian Soldiers and the Myth of the War of Liberation - Evolving Notions of Identity, Francophobia, and Masculinity during the Napoleonic Era"
    • Advisor: Aliza Wong

Kristen Kimble, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Miguel Levario

Patrick Tobin, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Francisco Franco and the Construction of Modern Spanish Identity: Nationalism in Spain, 1945-1975"
    • Advisor: Aliza Wong

Joshua Tracy, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

James Vice, M.A.

  • Thesis title: " THE Nuclear Weapons Complex: A History of Acquiring, Selling, Reclaiming, and Expanding for the Mission of Pantex"
    • Advisor: Mark Stoll

Spring 2014

Michael Rollin, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "America's First Cold War: U.S.-U.K. Naval Relations and the Washington Treaty System, 1916-1936"
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Lorin Scott, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Abigail Swingen

Adam Smithwick, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Fall 2013

Juan Coronado, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "I'm Not Gonna Die In This Damn Place": Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War"
    • Advisor: Miguel Levario

Jennifer Torres, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title:"T'was Here With Bloody Feet With Scarcely Food To Eat": The Memory of Valley Forge In Amercian Culture 1778-1878"
    • Advisor: Gretchen Adams

Leah Blackwell, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: John Howe

Katelin Dixon, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Perfecting Perfection: An Analysis of the Redefinition of Franciscan Identity and the Concept of Evangelical Perfection in the Mid-Thirteenth Century"
    • Advisor: John Howe

Stephen Patterson, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Summer 2013

Corye Beene, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Deep in the Sports of Texas: TA, AW, Title IX, and Women's Intercollegiate Athletics in the 1970s"
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Krystal Humphreys, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Youth Aflame: The Creation of a Christian Youth Culture and the Rise of the Christian Right, 1945-2000"
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Sarah Dykowski, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Sunset Magazine and Suburban Masculinity"
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Richard Evans, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Becoming Occult: Alienation and Orthodoxy Formation in American Spiritualism"
    • Advisor: Mark Stoll

Rebekah James, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Economy, Society, and Religion in Modern Egypt"
    • Advisor: Saad Abi-Hamad

Scott Thompson, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Their Homes were in the Enemy's Lines: Loyalty, Militray Occupation, and Irregular Warfare in Northern Virginia Border County, 1861-1865"
    • Advisor: Barton Myers

Travis West, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Saad Abi-Hamad

Spring 2013

Jim Cloninger, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "The Paperbag Army: The American Army in the Early Cold War and the Disastrous Beginning to the Korean War"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Philip Pope, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Missing Places: Small Town Decline in the Texas Panhandle Plains Since 1945"
    • Advisor: Sean Cunningham

Caitlin Guard, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Alexandria Harwood, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Identity on the Move: The Creation of a German National Identity through Nineteenth Century German Tourism to Japan"
    • Advisor: Patricia Pelley

Justin Kirkland, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "From Rite to Right: How Holy Days Became a Natural Right in Medieval England"
    • Advisor: John Howe

Thomas Reynolds, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Aliza Wong

Mary Suhl, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Grassroots Intellectualism: International Youth Meeting Dachau as a Case Study for Holocaust Education and Awareness through Para-Educational Activities"
    • Advisor: Lynne Fallwell

Fall 2012

Kenna Archer, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Damming the River of the Arms of God: the People of the Brazos and their Unruly River"
    • Advisor: Mark Stoll

Curtis Peoples, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Crossroads: Place, Style, and Process in West Texas Music to 1955 "
    • Advisor: Jorge Iber

Emily Verfurth, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "Strikes, Spares, and Gutter Balls: The History of Women's Bowling in Twentieth Century America"
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Annalysa Owen, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Culture Vultures: Degenerates, Looters, and War Profiteers in the New York Times, 1933-1948"
    • Advisor: Lynne Fallwell

Summer 2012

Christopher Thrasher, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "A History of Fight Sports in America"
    • Advisor: Randy McBee

Halen Watkins, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "A Rough Pitch: An Eploration of Soccer and Society in Texas since the 1960s"
    • Advisor: Randy McBee

Amber Batura, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "From the Bachelor Pad to the Jungle: Playboy Magazine, and Vietnam Soldiers"
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Gari Davis, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Jaime Perez, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Corbin Williamson, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Industrial Grade Generosity: British Warship Repair in the United States in 1941"
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Spring 2012

Shadia Mahamoud, Ph.D.

  • Dissertation title: "The Development of Museums in Egypt during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries and the Effects of the Modernizing UNESCO Agenda"
    • Advisor: John Howe

Joseph Anselmi, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Gary Forsythe

David DeVilla, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Allan Kuethe

Ryan Garner, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Justin Hart

Jacob Lackner, M.A.

  • Thesis title: "Jews Through Christian Eyes: The Jewish Other in Thirteenth-Century Papal Documents, Artwork, and Sermons"
    • Advisor: John Howe

Wesley McCasland, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Ron Milam

Colleen Sisneros, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Julie Willett

Jessica Waldrop, M.A.

  • Non-Thesis
    • Advisor: Karlos Hill