Designated Graduate Contacts

If you are interested in pursuing graduate level studies in the MU History Department and would like to speak with someone in the graduate community, we are happy to suggest the following representatives. Please feel free to email these individuals who will gladly answer any questions you may have about applying at MU, the student community here in the History Department, or specific questions you may have about the program.

Matthew CostelloUnited States History Contact
Matthew Costello
Email Matt

Research Interests: Early Republic and Antebellum America with an emphasis on sectional identities

Matt DouglasEuropean History Contact
Matthew Douglas
Email Matt

Research Interests: Seventeenth and eighteenth century criminal history, Early Modern masculinity, and religious conflict in France

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Lezlie Knox
Email Dr. Knox

Department Chair
Dr. James Marten
Email Dr. Marten

The Graduate Community

United States History

Doctoral Candidates

Brian Burns Brian Burns
Research Interests: U.S. Military, Foreign Relations, and Cultural History

 

Matthew Costello Matthew Costello
Research Interests: Early Republic and Antebellum America with an emphasis on sectional identities
Advisors: Dr. Foster
Dissertation: Will explore the importance of the founding of America to the emerging sectional identities in the early Republic by looking at cultural and social elements of Northern and Southern societies.

Bethany Harding Bethany Harding
Research Interests: Revolutionary America and the Early Republic with an emphasis on identity and post-colonialism
Advisor: Dr. Foster

Aaron Hyams Aaron Hyams
Research Interests: The American West and Native American History
Dissertation: Investigating cultural evolution of the emergence of a landed elite on the Flathead, Nez Perce, and Crow Reservations.


Gayle Kiszely Gayle Kiszely
Research Interests: Modern U.S history with a focus on evangelical religion and community


Karalee Surface Karalee Surface
Research Interests: Modern U.S. social history with an emphasis on gender and disability
Advisor: Dr. Jablonsky
Dissertation: "In Harm's Way: Disability and Work, 1870-1930"

Peter BorgPeter Borg
Dissertation:
"Christianity at a Crossroads: Milwaukee's White Urban Churches in the Age of Suburbanization"


Doctoral Students

Bill Fliss Bill Fliss
Research Interests:
U.S. Religious history and the Catholic Church

 

Maggie HoffmanMaggie Nettesheim-Hoffman
Research Interests:
American history with an interest in intellectual history, women's history, and the history of philanthropy

 

M.A. Students

Cory HaalaCory Haala
Research Interests:
American history; political organization; legacy of Midwest radicalism

 

nathanNathan Foster
Research Interests:
Modern American history

 

gentineNathan Foster
Research Interests:
Modern American history

 

tonyTony Guidone
Research Interests:
Colonial and Revolutionary America, the Critical Period, and the American Civil War

 

davidDavid Schenk
Research Interests:
Civil War and Reconstruction

 

kellyKelly Smale
Research Interests:
Modern American history: Social, cultural, and intellectual

 

European History

Doctoral Candidates

alissaAlissa Condon
Research Interests: Modern Europe and Ireland, specifically World War I and its effects on nationalism, public memory, and commemoration in post-war Ireland
Advisor: Dr. McMahon

Matt Douglas Matthew Douglas
Research Interests: Seventeenth and eighteenth century criminal history, Early Modern masculinity, and religious conflict in France
Advisor: Dr. Ruff

olga Olga Shchennikova
Research Interests: Modern European History
Advisor: Dr. Ball

 

Michael PulidoMichael Pulido
Research Interests: German Democratic Republic, Socialism, and the 1953 East German uprising
Advisors: Dr. Ruff and Dr. Staudenmaier

 

Doctoral Students

micheleMichele Weber
Research Interests: Modern European History

 

M.A. Students

Claire MarshallClaire Marshall
Research Interests:
Early Modern Europe

 

 

Mia Michael

Mia Michael
Research Interests: Modern Ireland, Early America

 

heatherHeather Mohr
Research Interests:
British and Irish history; gender history

 

paulPaul Sampson
Research Interests: Early modern Britain and Ireland

 

patrick

Patrick Bethel
Research Interests:
Modern Europe, Modern America: Irish America from 1845-1922

 

 

lukeLuke Frommelt
Research Interests:
Modern Europe, early modern America

 

 

 

glavanArie Glavan
Research Interests:
Early Modern Europe
, Early Modern America

 

 

ashleyAshley Meddaugh
Research Interests:
Early modern France and England; women and gender

 

 

benBen Nestor
Research Interests:
Modern Europe

 

 

Medieval History

M.A. Students

glenGlen Brown



katieKatharine Curtis
Research Interests:
Moorish Spain; gender and religion

 

seanSean Malone
Research Interests:
Medieval European History; military and diplomatic history; monarchical history

 

Global History

M.A. Students

Andrew MountinAndrew Mountin
Research interests: East Asia; globalism

 

thomasThomas Bouril
Research interests: Post-colonial Africa; globalism; history of foreign relations

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