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Current Graduate Students S-Z


John Sager

I plan to examine the creation and organization of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff.

James Sandy

I am probably studying the US Cold War-Vietnam Era US/Middle East conflict and the cultural clashes.

David Scott


Colleen Sisneros


Justin Simundson

I am studying the Vietnam War.


Daniel Sloan


Kathryn Snyder


Ryan Strong

The counter-culture student movement of the 1960s in Italy.  Leading into terrorism and the new left of Italy.

Christopher Thrasher

I am interested in bikers, prisoners, and fighters (especially mixed martial-artists).


Jennifer Torres


Bryan Treadway

My thesis project examines how East Germany (German Democratic Republic) was represented in West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) during the era of Ostpolitik and détente (ca. 1965-1975).  It will ultimately entail examining West German identity formation via the use of the Saidean concept of “the Other,” which in this case is East Germany.



Chris Trobridge

Jetsetting: the cultural, technological, and economic struggle facing the introduction of commercial jet service in America.

My current research is examining the forces that delayed the implementation of commercial jetliner service in America until 1958, while European nations embraced commercial jet aviation before the conclusion of World War II.  Beginning in 1942, the British Brabazon Committee advocated for the development of jet commercial airliners.  As a result in 1952, the deHavilland Comet entered commercial aviation service in England, yet it took until 1958 for an American jetliner to follow suit.  My dissertation will not only examine the technical advances necessary to promote jet travel, but more importantly, examine the social, cultural, and economic forces influencing the development (or hindering the acceptance by airlines) of jet age travel.

Robert Weaver


Michael Wolf

My thesis will examine current attitudes towards/explanations of the genocide which occurred under the Democratic Kampuchea regime (1975-1979). This period, until recently, has been completely ignored academically within the country and is still too painful for many survivors to discuss with the younger generations. Geographic tensions, political rivalries, and a lack of education have allowed alternative ‘histories’ of the period to be formed. The Cambodian people must develop a clear, truthful understanding of their past in order to begin moving the country out from underneath the shadow of genocide.



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