Doctoral Candidates - United States History

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



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

Maggie Hoffman - PhotoMaggie Nettesheim-Hoffmann
Research Interests:
United States history during the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras with a focus on the history of capitalism and philanthropy
Dissertation: The Benefactors of Milwaukee: Philanthropy, Economics, and Faith in Constructing Capitalism, c. 1860-1930
Advisor: Dr. Alison Clark Efford

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

Doctoral Students - United States History

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

Cory PhotoCory Haala
Research Interests:
Modern American history; Midwestern history; political history; History of Liberalism

Dissertation title/topic: “Midwestern Liberalism in the Age of Reagan” (Tentative)

Advisor: Fr. Steven Avella

No Photo Brian Hoefel
Research Interests:

Lisa - PictureLisa Rose Lamson
Research Interests:
Early US through Antebellum; Gender relations and sexuality; social policing and the law; Chesapeake, specifically Maryland; culture

No Photo Kevin Wienke
Research Interests:
Violence; Industrialization; Community Spaces; Late 19th-early 20th century U.S. history.

Dissertation title/topic: Communal Violence in IL

Advisor:Dr. Alison Efford

Masters Students - United States History

No PhotoKendall Cosley
Research Interests: 20th Century U.S. Military History

Emily PhotoEmily Dattilo
Research Interests: U.S. History, Nineteenth Century, Public History

No PhotoWilliam Denzer
Research Interests:
20th Century U.S. and Allied Powers transnational history; Holocaust studies.

No PhotoMathew Goetz
Research Interests:


No PhotoMathew Hentz
Research Interests: Atlantic Intellectual History

No PhotoDayton Lueck
Research Interests: Modern American history

No PhotoJoseph Predebon
Research Interests: 20th Century American History; World War II; Refugees

No PhotoJessica Niver
Research Interests: American History, Victorian Era Milwaukee and Wisconsin

Amber - PhotoAmber Rodriguez
Research Interests: U.S. History

No PhotoAlexander Smith
Research Interests:
19th Century U.S. history; Intellectual History; Early Modern Europe; Religious history



Doctoral Candidates - European History

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. Timothy McMahon

Matt DouglasMatthew Douglas

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



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

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

Michelle PhotoMichele Weber
Research Interests: Modern European History

Doctoral Students - European History

Abby - Web Abigail Bernhardt
Research Interests: Twentieth Century Ireland, british Empire, Nationalism
Advisor: Dr. Timothy McMahon

patrickPatrick Bethel
Research Interests:
Modern Irish history; Rural conflict

Advisor: Dr. Timothy McMahon


Ben Nestor PhotoBenjamin Nestor
Research Interests:
Modern Germany

Advisor: Dr. Peter Staudenmaier


Masters Students - European History

Marlo - PhotoMarlo Buser
Research Interests:
Southeast Europe, Legal History, Peace and Conflict Studies


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Steven A. Vickers, Jr
Research Interests:
Modern Europe; 20th Century Ireland and Italy; Fascism; Nationalism; Crime and Punishment

Masters Students - Medieval History

Mindy - WebMindy Williams
Research Interests: Medieval European history



Masters Students - Global History

Eric - WebEric Griffin
Research Interests: Latin America, Cold War, National Identity


Ben Linzy - PhotoBenjamin Linzy
Research Interests: Middle East and north Africa (MENA), Comparative Colonialisms, Transnational crime, slavery

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