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.

Maggie Hoffman - PhotoUnited States History Contact
Maggie Nettesheim-Hoffmann
Email Maggie

Research Interests:United States history during the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras with a focus on the history of capitalism and philanthropy

Michelle PhotoEuropean History Contact
Michelle Weber
Email Michelle

Research Interests:Modern European History

The Graduate Community

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

Matthew Costello Matthew Costello
Research Interests: Early Republic and Antebellum America with an emphasis on sectional identities
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. Advisor: Dr. Kristen Foster

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

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. Advisor: Father Steven Avella

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:
American history; political organization; legacy of Midwest radicalism

Lisa - PictureLisa Rose Lamson
Research Interests:
Early American sexuality, law, social policing; history of science and medicine

Masters Students - United States History

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

nathanNathan Foster
Research Interests:
Modern American history

Luke PhotoLuke Frommelt
Research Interests:
Early United States, American Revolution, Modern Europe, Public History and Museums



glavanArie Glavan
Research Interests:
Early Modern Europe
, Early United States, Atlantic World



gentineTony Gentine
Research Interests:
Modern American history

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

Marisa PhotoMarisa Moonilal
Research Interests: Modern U.S., Social Justice, U.S. Catholicism and work for Social Change

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

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

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



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

Masters Students - European History

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



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



ashleyAshley Meddaugh
Research Interests:
Early Modern England; Women and Gender;


Ben Nestor PhotoBen Nestor
Research Interests:
Modern Germany



Masters Students - Medieval History

Mindy - WebMindy Williams
Research Interests: Medieval European history



Masters Students - Global History

thomasThomas Bouril
Research interests: Colonial and Post-colonial East Africa, Nationalism, Gender, Perceptions of cultural authenticity

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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