Meet the Graduate Community

United States History

Peter BorgPeter Borg, Ph.D. Candidate 

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





Brian Burns

Brian Burns, Ph.D. Candidate

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





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William Denzer, MA Student

Research Interests: Modern Europe; Modern America, 20th Century Europe




Bill Fliss

Bill Fliss, Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: U.S. Religious history and the Catholic Church
Dissertation: Born in defiance: The Public Career of Rev. Virgil C. Blum, S.J.
Advisor: Fr. Steven Avella



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Cory Haala, Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Modern U.S. history, Midwestern history; Political history; American Liberalism; Social history; Digital humanities
Advisor: Fr. Steven Avella 



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Brian Hoefel, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: 19th Century U.S.; Cultural history; Race and Gender
Advisor: Dr. Alison Clark Efford




Gayle Kiszely

Gayle Kiszely, Ph.D. Candidate

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




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Christian Krueger, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Early America; Animal History
Advisor: Dr. James Marten




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Lisa Rose Lamson, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Race and Gender; Children and Childhood; 19th Century Baltimore, Education and Legal policies
Advisor: Dr. James




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Benjamin Linzy, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Colonialism, Transnational crime, Slavery
Advisor: Dr. Michael Donoghue




Maggie Hoffman - PhotoMaggie Nettesheim-Hoffmann, Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: U.S 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


petersenAdam Petersen, MA Student

Research Interests: Modern U.S.; Foreign Policy





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Kevin Wienke, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Progressive Era and Gilded Age; Animal Studies; Class and Race
Advisor: Dr. Alison Clark Efford




European History

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Abigail Bernhardt, Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Modern Ireland; Sport and Nationalism; Political and Social movements
Dissertation: On Sides: Reading Irish National Identites through Soccer, 1920-1998

Advisor: Dr. Timothy McMahon



Patrick Bethel, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Modern Irish history; Rural conflict
Advisor: Dr. Timothy McMahon





Alissa Condon, Ph.D. Candidate

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 Douglas

Matthew Douglas, Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: 17th and 18th century criminal history; Early Modern masculinity; Religious conflict in France
Dr. Julius Ruff




greenwaltLucas Greenwalt, MA Student

Research Interests: Modern Europe





aaronAaron Kinskey, MA Student

Research Interests: Medieval Europe; Religion  





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Benjamin Nestor, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Modern Germany and the Holocaust; History of Antisemitism and Race
Dr. Peter Staudenmaier




Olga Shchennikova, Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Modern European History
Advisor: Dr. Alan Ball




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Steven A. Vickers, Jr., MA Student

Research Interests: Modern Europe; 20th Century Ireland and Italy; Fascism





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Michele Weber, Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Modern European History
Advisor: Dr. Peter Staudenmaier