Graduate Students

  • Johnathan Abreu

    Advisor:  Christine Hunefeldt

  • Patrick Adamiak

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Kevan Aguilar

    Kevan Aguilar

    B.A. in History, California State University, Long Beach
    M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego

    My research focuses on the incorporation of Spanish political refugees into Mexican working-class and peasant communities during the 1930s and 1940s. I examine the radical imaginaries of Mexico's laboring classes and Spanish émigrés to demonstrate the impact of internationalist, revolutionary, and post-colonial thought on both societies. 

    I have recently published a chapter for the edited collection, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW (Pluto Press/University of Chicago Press, 2017), and have a forthcoming article being published for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2018). 

    I am currently conducting dissertation field research in Mexico, Spain, and the Netherlands thanks to the support of the Social Science Research Council IDRF and Fulbright Hays DDRA fellowships.

    Advisors:  Eric Van Young and Matthew Vitz

  • Sumeyra Aydemir

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Nazar Bagci

    Advisors:  Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Jillian Bolin

    Advisor: Nancy Caciola

  • Peter Braden

    Advisor: Paul Pickowicz

  • Amie Campos

    Amie Campos

    B.A. in History with Departmental Honors, University of California, Los Angeles
    M.A. in History, University of California, San Diego

    My dissertation is an agrarian and economic history of internal colonization processes in the Araucanía region of Southern Chile between the yeras 1883 to 1929. Using archival sources as its foundation, it seeks to understand the ways in which the parceling of territory by the Chilean state and its engineers led to an encroachment on indigenous land practices, and how this region became integrated into the global market through wheat exports. The Araucanía region reveals that internal colonization is a multifaceted process where local governments and central government officials as representatives of capital play a significant role in reimagining land use and the ways in which people will interact with it. Currently, I am a Fulbright scholar and will be conducting nine months of research in Santiago and Temuco, Chile.

    Advisor: Eric Van Young

  • Juan Carmona Zabala

    M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University
    Licenciatura in Translation and Interpretation, University of Málaga, Spain

    In my dissertation project, I study the multiple ways in which the production, processing and commercialization of tobacco influenced the development of state institutions in Greece in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as the country's relationship with Germany, which was the main importer of Greek tobaco. I am especially interested in how different groups (farmers, urban workers, business organizations, political elites) strived to influence the governing mechanisms that existed around Greek tobacco in order to further their own interests.

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Maria Victoria Carreras

    Advisor:  Pamela Radcliff

  • Miguel Castaneda

    Advisor: Luis Alvarez

  • Thomas Arthur Kwok Wah Chan

    Advisor: Karl Gerth

  • Christopher Costello

    Advisor: Mark Hanna

  • Matthew Crum

    Advisor:  Edward Watts

  • Samantha De Vera

  • James Deavenport

    Advisor: Christine Hunefeldt

  • Inga Kim Diederich

    Inga Kim Diederich

    B.A. in Art History, University of Chicago, 2009
    M.A. in Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University, 2014

    My research focuses on the Cold War construction of a hegemonic South Korean identity, and is broadly concerned with the connections between Cold War cultural discourse and government policymaking and medical/scientific regimentation in South Korea, Cold War security planning and policymaking, and modernization and postcolonial nationalisms in East Asia. I am particularly interested in the connections bwetween popular movements and socio-political engineering, and in the diplomatic agreements and domestic arrangements that arise from this intersection. My MA thesis addressed postwar US-ROK security arrangements (specifically the opening of negotiations for a Status of Forces Agreement), and my prospective dissertation builds on that project by considering how evolving understandings of race, gender, and class effected and were effected by South Korean government policies.

    Dissertation Title: Blood of the Nation: The Contested Cold War Construction of South Korean National Identity

    Advisor: Todd Henry

  • Josef Djordjevski

    Josef Djordjevski

    A.A. Arts and Humanities. Palomar College
    B.A. History. San Diego State University
    M.A. History. San Diego State University
    PhD. History. UC San Diego - In Progress.

    I am interested in modern Balkan and South/Eastern European History with an emphasis on the environment, culture, nationalism, socialism & communism, the Balkan Wars, World Wars, Cold War, and the Yugoslav Civil Wars. My current focus is on environmental transformation in the Socialist Balkans (1945-1991).


    Advisor:  Patrick Patterson

  • Theodora Dryer

    Advisor: Tal Golan

  • Suzanne Dunai

    Suzanne Dunai

    B.A. in International Studies/History, Texas A&M University, 2007
    M.A. in History, University of New Mexico, 2012

    I study modern Spain with a focus on the early dictatorship of Francisco Franco, 1939-1952. My dissertation examines how food regulation correlated with larger ideological objectives of the Franco regime, and how government policies intersected with the everday life of Spanish women. My research interests include food culture, social history, gender and sexuality, women and domesticity, and the history of everday life. 

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Nur Duru

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Bobby Edwards

    Advisor: Cathy Gere

  • Matthew Ehrlich

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Kristian Fabian

    Advisor: Dana Murillo

  • Stephanie Fairchild

    Stephanie Fairchild

    Office: HSS 6023

    B.A. in History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

    I am interested in labor and community organizing as well changing economic and immigration patterns in the second half of the 20th century. My current research centers on the relationship between formal unions and grassroots social justice activism in the context of neoliberal restructuring and its effects.  I examine the ways in which issues of class, race, gender, and citizenship have contributed to both tension and coalition building amongst union leaders and members, unorganized workers, and community members.

    Advisor: David Gutierrez

  • Kathryn Flach

    Kathryn Flach

    B.A. in Education, The University of Akron
    M.A. in U.S. History, The University of Akron
    C.Phil in U.S. History, University of California, San Diego

    Kate L. Flach is a PhD Candidate in U.S. History. Her dissertation, Tell It Like It Is: Social Change and Television 1960-1980, examines the relationship between popular culture and social movements. More specifically, the origins of sitcoms and dramas that sought to teach viewers about changing race relations and gender discourse in the mid-twentieth century. It explores how producers chose to embed fictional programming with social and political themes to teach audiences about topics such as sexism and bigotry. This sheds light on how popular culture helped to mainstream liberal conceptions of race and gender while also provoking neoconservative critiques. This dissertation challenges the argument that entertainment television is apolitical, with viewer interpretations of television's message as merely subjective. Instead, producers sought to foster social, political, and cultural paradigm shifts through informative entertainment.

    Research Interests:

    Modern US History; African American History; Women's/Gender History; Television Studies; Cultural History; Social Movements.

    Advisor:  Rebecca Jo Plant

  • Semih Gokatalay

    Semih Gokatalay

    B.S. in Economics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2013
    M.S. in Economics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2015
    M.S. in Middle East Studies, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2016

    I am interested in the Middle East history with an emphasis on the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. My research interests are economic and business history of the region during the transition from empire to nation-states.

    Dissertation Title: Chambers of Commerce to the Making of Modern Business in the Middle East (1882-1939)

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Taylor Erin Gray

    Taylor Erin Gray

    B.A. in History, Smith College
    M.A. in History, Central European University

    I am interested in the study of twentieth-century Spain, especially in the Francoist arts apparatus and the visual artists who worked in Spain during the regime.

    Advisor: Pamela Radcliff

  • Jaeyoung Ha

  • Matthew Aaron Hall

    Matthew Aaron Hall

    B.A. in History, Murray State University, Kentucky, 2011
    M.A. in History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2014

    I study the political meaning and mobilization in Germany during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My current project examines the precedents for the 1920 uprising in Germany's Ruhr region, hopefully shedding light on the specific political worldview of the participants and why they engaged in such a deadly, and ultimately fruitless, insurrection. This political worldview arose from the workers' material conditions, their cultural and political foundation in the largely Catholic habitus of the Ruhr, and their understanding of the socialist debates of the day, ranging from leftwing Catholicism, anarchism, and syndicalism, to the Marxism of the Social Democratic Party and later the Communists. My goal is to reconstruct this worldview to better understand the future these workers envisioned while fighting against the German state in 1920. 

    Aside from this specific interest, I'm also broadly interested in left-wing political history, especially the history of anarchism; intellectual history; nationalism; political violence; imperialism; and social and cultural histories of the working classes. Most of my interests are rooted in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

    Dissertation Title: "The free council-republic": Mobilization, Meaning, and Insurrection in the Ruhr, 1905-1920.

    Advisor: Frank Biess

  • Felicitas Hartung

    Felicitas Hartung

    B.A. in History, University of Würzberg, Germany
    State Examination (Staatsexamen) in History, German, and Ethics/Philosophy, University of Würzberg, Germany

    Scholarly Interests: U.S. History, European History (especially German History), History of Emotions.

    I am interested in the Cold War period with emphasis on the 1980s. My research focuses on fear and anxiety during the Cold War period and the perception of an atomic threat in this era. 


  • Catherine Hester

    Advisor: Mark Hanna

  • David Idol

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Jamie Ivey

    Advisor: Robert Edelman

  • Yupeng Jiao

    Yupeng Jiao

    B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
    M.A. in International Politics, UC San Diego

    I'm a Ph.D student in Modern Chinese History (starting from Fall 2014). My research interests are mainly about Chinese religiosity, Christianity in China, Global Christianity and Chinese Modernism.

    Advisor: Paul Pickowicz

  • Sky Michael Johnston

    Sky Michael Johnston

    B.A. in Comparative Literature and European Studies, University of California, Irvine, 2007
    M.A. in History, University of California, Irvine, 2008
    M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012
    M.A. in Ecumenical Studies, University of Bonn, 2013

    Sky is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of Early Modern Europe with minor fields in Medieval History and Global History. His dissertation examines ideas about the weather across German society in the long sixteenth century. Drawing on a wide range of early vernacular printed works, the project reveals how Renaissance astrology offered a naturalistic framework for conceptualizing the workings of the weather. Furthermore, the study traces the uneven reception of this naturalism among religious authorities both before and during the Reformation. The project engages historiographies in cultural history, the history of science, and environmental history. 

    Advisor: Ulrike Strasser

  • Youngoh Jung

    Advisor: Todd Henry

  • Weiyue Kan

    Adivsor: Weijing Lu

  • Kalliopi Kefalas

    Kalliopi Kefalas

    Office: Galbraith Hall 173B

    B.A. in History and Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley 

    I study modern Greek history, with an emphasis in the history of crime and policing. My geographical focus is Crete and my current research focuses on the changes in crime and policing on the island from the late Ottoman imperial period, specifically 1856-1898, to the period of the autonomous Cretan polity from 1898-1913. Specifically, I examine violent crime as an interpersonal rather than as an inter-confessional phenomenon and thus add a new social and cultural dimension to the study of violence in late Ottoman Crete, which thus far centers on its political context. Additionally, I study the interactions between the gendarmes on Crete and the rural population which is important for bridging together the social and political history of the island.

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Michael Kenny

    Advisor: Patrick Patterson

  • Young Hyun Kim

    Young Hyun Kim

    B.A. in History, State University of New York at Albany
    M.A. in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, State University of New York at Albany

    I study the articulation of Indian self-consciousness of Aymaras and Quechuas, the two most prominent native groups in the Bolivian Andes. I understand history in accordance with the Aymara/Quechua notion of time (pachakuti), according to which the past and the present are intertwined as a coherent space/time in connection with the future. My history of the Andes, therefore, does not view time in a linear manner but as a space, where people¹s collective imagining and remembering is condensed into images, memories and narratives about the past as envisioned by those in the present in relation to the future tied to the past/present. I study how Aymaras and Quechuas articulate rebellious Indian self-consciousness in this space/time, where the future, the past, and the present become a coherent whole. The Aymara notion of ch'ixi is a central concept in my envisioning of the Andean history as it means ³stain,² connoting the double origin of human being, and a state of being under which one is something and is not at the same time. This is a crucial idea for understanding the multicolored nature of social formation in Bolivia without negating the existence of the "included third." (Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui; René Zavaleta Mercado) Since "everything is a pair in this world," as an Andean saying goes, I look at the Indian self-consciousness in the Andean cosmological and gender notions of jaqichana and chchawarmi. My study is an effort to contribute to the decolonization of Euro/U.S.-centric knowledge production by shedding significant light on the Indian humanity articulated through their own ideas of gender, history, space, and time.

    Advisor: Christine Hunefeldt

  • Benjamin Kletzer

    Benjamin Kletzer

    B.A. in History, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Research Interests:

    Modern Chinese History and Sino-Soviet relations, specifically the economic and industrial development of China during the era of Sino-Soviet cooperation (1949-1960). I am also interested in the political economy of China from 1949-1976, and how policies and trends from this era impact modern China.


  • Troy Kokinis

    Troy Kokinis

    Office: Pepper Canyon Hall, CAT Offices

    B.A. in Philosophy Politics and Economics, Pitzer College
    M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of California San Diego

    Troy Andreas Araiza Kokinis is a PhD student in Latin American History and Teaching Assistant in Sixth College's Culture, Art, and Technology Writing Program. His dissertation, titled “Anarchism and Armed Struggle in Midcentury Río de la Plata,” investigates the role of anarchist organizations during the Dirty Wars in Argentina and Uruguay. He specifically focuses on the relationship between anarchist groups and populist political movements, such as Peronismo and the Frente Amplio. Other interests include Fascism in Latin America, Spanish and Italian anarchism, Situationism, Chicano art history, Southern California micro­punk scenes, and Morrissey.

    Advisors: Eric Van Young and Michael Monteon

  • Francisco Laguna Alvarez

    Advisor: Christine Hunefeldt

  • Jorge Leal

    Jorge Leal

    Office: HSS 6037

    B.A. in Journalism and History. California State University, Northridge
    M.A. in History, California State University, Northridge
    C.Phil. in History, University of California, San Diego

    Jorge N. Leal is a PhD candidate in the History Department at UC San Diego whose research focuses on the historical trajectory of transnational Latina/o urban communities in Southern California in the last third of the twentieth-century. Leal explores the generative articulations of participatory and cultural citizenship and the reshaping of the urban space in South East Los Angeles. Leal first wrote about South East L.A. as journalist assigned to cover Los Angeles politics and the Latina/o cultural beat for publications in Southern California, Mexico, and Spain. Leal holds a Masters in History from California State University, Northridge and is presently working on his dissertation entitled, "It looks like our homeland, not like the United States: Latina/o community building and belonging in South East Los Angeles: 1970-1997".

    Drawing on my research into how Latinas/os have reshaped the built environment of the American Metropolis, I published the essay, "Las Plazas of South L.A." included in the anthology "Post-Ghetto Reimagining South Los Angeles" (UC Press, 2012). In this piece, I examine how a Latina/o-themed mall has become a commercial and cultural anchor for residents in the rapidly transforming city of Lynwood.

    During my graduate training at UCSD, I created a collaborative group consisting of students of color and allies to organize events and programming to support each other and to connect with senior scholars for guidance. As a result of these initiatives, I along with my colleagues, co-wrote an article with Dr. Miroslava Chavez-Garcia (UCSB) entitled, "Future Academics of Color in Dialogue". This piece was published in the volume Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color (Taylor and Francis, 2014). As part of my continuing interest in transnational urbanism and social spaces, for my next project I will examine how Latino masculinity has been mapped out, challenged, and redefined in the public space of the American metropolis.

    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and David Gutierrez

  • Kimiko Nicole LeNeave

    Advisor: Matthew Vitz

  • Ho Chiu Leung
  • Hyesong Lim

  • Yang Lin

    Yang Lin

    B.A. in International Law, Foreign Affairs College, China, 2000

    Research Interests:

    Political campaigns and mass movements in the People's Republic of China; intellectual history; Chinese Communist Party's policies on ethnic minorities; Islam and Xinjiang.

    Advisor: Karl Gerth


  • David Livingstone

    David Livingstone

    A.S. in Criminal Justice, Moorpark College, 1992
    B.A. in History, Cal State Northridge, 2002
    M.A. in History, Cal State Northridge, 2004

    I specialize in modern European social and cultural history with minor fields in modern Africa and early modern Europe.  I am particularly interested in the effects of modern war on postwar German society.  My dissertation examines the West German Border Police, 1951-1978, as a case study in the methods post-dictatorial, democratizing regimes employ to re-civilize state security.

    Advisor: Frank Biess

  • Edwin Lopez Rivera

    Edwin Lopez Rivera


    B.A. in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota
    M.A. in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota

    I am interested in studying the relationship between health, standard of living and economic development in Colombia. Also, I have especial interest in estimations of national income, economic inequality and fiscal issues in Colombia and Latin America during the nineteenth century.

    Advisor: Christine Hunefeldt

  • Graeme Mack

    Graeme Mack

    B.A. in History, University of British Columbia
    M.A. in U.S. History, McGill University

    My work focuses on California and the greater Pacific Ocean. I am especially interested in the connections of Pacific merchants from the US eastern seaboard to pre-Gold Rush California. From 1787 and 1848, Pacific merchants developed a maritime trading system that transformed California's geopolitical, social, and environmental character by connecting it to manufactured goods, raw resources, and communities from across the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and East Asia. 

    Long before California's Gold Rush, I argue, Pacific merchants' maritime activities converted California from a Spanish-mercantilist society of scattered pueblos, missions, and presidios into a cosmopolitan, transpacific, free trade community. Their efforts also drew California into the economy of the greater Pacific Ocean and forever connected its landward histories to communities across the globe. My research engages with scholarship focused on the US West, Pacific Worlds, Latin American independence, the Spanish Empire and colonial Mexico, and maritime history.

    Advisor:  Mark Hanna and Rachel Klein

  • Kevan Quinn Malone

    B.A. New York University, 2006
    M.A. in American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 2009

    My research examines a central paradox of the US-Mexico border: that its "twin" cities grew in tandem with one another, becoming more and more interconnected, during a period in which the United States erected increasingly impenetrable barriers on the international boundary between them.

    Research Interests:

    US-Mexico borderlands; urban history; environmental history; transnational migration.

    Dissertation Title: "The Magnetic Frontier: Urbanization and the Making of the US-Mexico Border, 1920-1997"

    Advisor: Nancy Kwak

  • Patricia Martins Marcos

    Patricia Martins Marcos

    Licenciatura in History, New University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2006
    Master of Social Science, Roskilde University, Denmark, 2012
    Master of Public Policy, Oregon State University, 2015

    Research Interests:

    History of Medicine; History of Public Health; History of Science; Enlightenment Science; Postcolonial STS; Feminism; History of the Body, Science and the State; Lusophone History; Portugese Empire; and Colonial Brazil.

    Dissertation Title: Health Politic: Medical Reform and Imperial Rehabilitation Across the Portugese Atlantic 1720-1808

    Advisor: Cathy Gere

  • Jonathan Francis Martin

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Jamie Marvin

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Manuel Morales Fontanilla

    Manuel Morales Fontanilla

    B.A. in History, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2005)
    B.A. in Law, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia (2010)
    M.A. in History, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2011)

    Research Interests:

    Sports, Popular Culture, and Environmental Policy.

    Dissertation Title: We Will Conquer These Mountains: Cycling and the Intricacies of Identity in Colombia, 1930-1958.


    Co-Advisors: Christine Hunefeldt and Robert Edelman

  • Jordan Mylet

    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and Daniel Widener

  • Leonidas (Lance) Mylonakis

    Leonidas (Lance) Mylonakis

    B.A. in History, University of California, San Diego, 2010
    M.A./C.Phil. in History, University of California, San Diego, 2014

    My dissertation will explore the impact of piracy on nation-building and state formation programs in Greece and the Ottoman Empire, focusing on the Aegean as a zone of entanglement and contention. I provide two important historical revisions. First, I expand the narrative of Mediterranean piracy beyond 1830, the terminal point for most studies of Mediterranean piracy, when French colonization of Algiers brought an end to the last remaining corsair society. I do so by turning my attention to pirates outside the corsairing societies of Malta and North Africa. Aegean pirates were typical sea-robbers that, unlike corsairs and privateers, were not inherently employed by the state. Second, my study will contribute to the current literature by showing that piracy, much like banditry on land, played a critical role in nation-state formation during the nineteenth century. At the state level, Greek and Ottoman officials viewed banditry and piracy as potential precursors of Greek nationalism and irredentism. On the local level, the Aegean community crossed sectarian lines in both committing acts of and defending against piracy.

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Kristopher Nelson

    Advisor: Tal Golan

  • Joshua Newton

    Joshua Newton

    Office: HSS 6017

    B.A. King’s University, 2009
    MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary

    I specialize in early twentieth-century United States religious history and relational race and ethnicity. I am particularly interested in the role of religion in the racialization of Mexican Americans and immigrants in Los Angeles. My current research examines Mexican popular religion and culture as a response to the attempted imposition of competing Catholic and Protestant visions of religion, citizenship, and race through Americanization programs from the 1920s to 1940s.

    Research Interests:

    Relational Race and Ethnicity, Religious History, Urban History, and U.S-Mexico Borderlands History.

    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and David Gutierrez

  • Joel Palhegyi

    Advisor: Patrick Patterson and John Marino

  • Russell Peck

    Advisor: Mark Hendrickson

  • Johanna Peterson

    Johanna Peterson

    B.A. in History, California Lutheran University, 2008
    M.A. in History, California State University, Fullerton, 2011

    Johanna's research interests focus on the modern Middle East and questions of nationalism, citizenship, and gender. For her Master's thesis, Johanna examined the development of a Syrian-and Lebanese-American identity among Syrian and Lebanese immigrants in the United States during the interwar period, focusing on the role women played in that development. For her disseration, Johanna is looking at the intersection of gender, nationalism, citizenship, and education in the context of French mandate Lebanon (ca. 1919-1951). In particular, she explores the central role of girls' education, educational institutions, and the female students, teachers, and administrators that comprised them in the contestation and formation of ideas about female citizenship in colonial and emerging nation-states.

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Ivana Polic

    Ivana Polic

    B.A. in History and English Language and Literature – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 2011
    M.A. in History and English Language and Literature (Teacher Course) – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 2014

    I am interested in modern history of Southeastern Europe, with particular emphasis on post-1945 history of Yugoslavia and its successor states.  My research focuses on topics such as popular culture, interrelationship between gender and politics, and various forms of political propaganda. My current project deals with the question of how the indoctrination of childhood reflected the process of nation building in Croatia after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

    Advisor: Patrick Patterson

  • Jorge Ramirez

    Jorge Ramirez

    A.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Santa Rosa Junior College, 2011
    B.A. in Black Studies and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014
    M.A in History, University of California, San Diego, 2017
    Ph.D. in History, University of California, San Diego, in progress

    My research examines how people struggle for their liberation across time, space, and borders under conditions of violence related to capitalist modernization, state formation, and agribusiness. More specifically, I am interested in how the Triqui people from southern Meixco made sense of, navigated, and reconstituted who they were, amidst the differential forms of violence they faced in the cold war Mexican countryside and as diasporic people in the agricultural fields of the Pacific Coast (Baja California and California), in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. My prior training includes what the Guyanese historian Walter Rodney termed as "groundings" with the indigenous and Oaxacan diaspora, the community of scholars in the Black studies department at UC Santa Barbara, and the Chicana/o historians at Santa Rosa Junior College. Indebted and guided by the Black radical tradition, I am interested in the self-activity of ordinary people; the dialectics of struggle in the relationship between Latina/o immigrant labor and racial capitalism; and lastly, indigenous and Black movements in the Americas and its relation to the world-system.

    Research Interests:

    Modern Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Latina/o studies, the Southwest, American West, Hemispheric Indigenous Studies, Post-War Social Movements, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity.

    Advisors: Luis Alvarez and Natalia Molina

  • Kelly Silva

    Advisor: Rachel Klein

  • Reuben William Silverman

    Reuben William Silverman

    B.A. in History, University of Washington, 2006
    M.A. in International Studies, University of Washington, 2012

    I am interested in the 20th century in general. It is a time of great social change and experimentation; where people sought to make the world a better place--sometimes successfully, sometimes not, but never in vain. While such themes are hardly limited to one moment or place, I am particularly interested in Turkey and the experiences people living there had during the 1950s--a time when democratic possibilities (both there and throughout the world) seemed to be both growing and shrinking.


    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Dionysios Angelos E. Skouloudis

    Dionysios Angelos E. Skouloudis

    B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Economics and History & Minor in International Relations, The American College of Greece, 2017

    I am a graduate student in the Department of History of UC San Diego in the field of modern European history. My research will focus on Greece during the latter part of the nineteenth century. In particular, I will focus on the interaction of private and state actors and the impact of their actions on the international relations of the Greek kingdom in the overarching context of the Eastern Question.

  • Lauren Smit

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Benjamin Smuin

    Benjamin Smuin

    B.A. History, Weber State University, 2007
    M.A. History: Middle East Studies, University of Utah, 2011

    Research Interests:

    Middle East; Islam; Empire, Nation and Imperialism; Nationalism; Citizenship and Nationality.

    Dissertation Title: "Speaking to the State: Petitions, Citizenship, and the Legacies of Ottoman Reform in Syria, 1868-1936"

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Dimitrios Stergiopoulos

    Dimitrios Stergiopoulos

    B.A. in Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 2013
    M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands, 2015

    My research interests are centered on the transformation of Southeastern Europe and the Middle East from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries due to the incorporation of the region in the capitalist world economy of Western Europe. In my PhD, I am focusing on the political views of the Ottoman Christians, with a special emphasis on Ottoman Greeks, in the second part of the nineteenth century. Specifically, I investigate whether the Ottoman Greeks supported the modernizing reforms of the Ottoman state and how they negotiated their status as Ottoman subjects with the potential appeal of Greece, which aimed to serve as the national center for the Ottoman Orthodox Christians. For my research, I am mainly using primary sources from non-state social actors, such as newspapers, pamphlets, ego-documents, biographies, memoirs and private correspondence.

    Advisor: Thomas Gallant

  • Carrie Streeter

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Amanda Mcgovern Tarkington

    Advisor: Edward Watts

  • Baris Tasyakan

    Baris Tasyakan

    B.A. in Management, Bogazici University, Turkey
    M.A. in Ataturk Institute of Modern Turkish History, Bogazici University, Turkey

    My research interests are the economic, urban and environmental history of the late Ottoman period. I focus on the transformation of Ottoman cities following urban disasters such as fire, earthquake, and disease.

    I have written an MA thesis titled 'The Volunteer Firefighters of Istanbul, 1826-1923'. I've tried to explain the various responses developed by the inhabitants of the Ottoman capital during the last hundred years of the empire to the frequent fires they experienced.

    I am currently writing my dissertation with the working title 'Disasters and Transformation of an Imperial City: Ottoman Bursa in the mid-nineteenth Century' which is a comparative disaster case study that attempts to conceptualize multiple disasters in an urban context within the framework of economic crisis.

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Paul Tchir

    Paul Tchir

    B.Sc. in Management Science, University of California, San Diego
    M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin

    Focusing particularly on Egypt from the British occupation to the present day, my dissertation research examines the ways in which sport and its concomitant discourse allows elite ideas to be presented in ways that are easier for broader segments of the population to internalize and act upon. I hypothesize that one key advantage of spot in facilitating the dissemination of ideology is that it can be engaged by individuals regardless of their educational background, literacy, or conscious attachment to nationalist sentiments, thus increasing its appeal and mobilizing power. I therefore seek to restore the agency of a broader segment of the population to negotiate the meaning, and ultimate impact, of particular ideologies. 

    Since May 2009, I have also been an active contributing scholar and writer with Bill Mallon's Olympic research group OlyMADMen.


    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Robert Terrell

    Robert Terrell

    B.A. in History, North Carolina State University

    M.A. in European History, Villanova University
    C.Phil. in European History, University of California, San Diego

    I am a historian of modern Germany and Europe with a focus on the twentieth century, the history of consumption and commodities, beer and food history, and the history of Islam in Europe. My research agenda extends from the local to the regional, national, continental, and global.

    My dissertation, "The People's Drink: Beer, Bavaria, and the Remaking of Germany, 1933-1988," contends that beer, and a particularly Bavarian conception of beer, emerged as a material and symbolic icon part and parcel of 20th century contests over the fate of Germany. The seismic shifts wrought by dictatorship, world war, occupation, economic boom and bust, late modern globalization, and the Cold War exerted crucial transformative pressure on the history of beer and its symbolic and material value. Beer and beer consumption, which had long been part of everyday life, took on multiple important meanings both within and beyond Germany; from fostering public sociability in the 1950s to propping up a global stereotype of Germany as a land of beer drinkers rather than the land of National Socialism. The research has been supported by the J. William Fulbright Program, the German Historical Institute, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). I consulted archival materials in the United States, the U.K., Germany, and Italy, as well as printed materials from more than a dozen countries. Selections of the work have been presented in Oxford, Munich, and across the U.S.

    My second project focuses on the interconnected political and cultural histories of the Weimar Republic and the post-Ottoman Middle East. I am preparing an article on the geopolitics of Islam in interwar Berlin and how the oft-neglected legacies of German imperialism shaped local policies towards Muslim students and immigrants seeking to make a new home in the city. Future research will expand to include material exchanges like the German obsession with Oriental rugs, the emergence of early Near Eastern restaurants and stores, and the expansion of German luxury automobile markets in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.

    For more information, please visit my website:

    Advisor: Frank Biess

  • Trisha Tschopp

    B.A. in English, Religion, Augustana College
    M.A. in Jewish Studies, Hebrew College
    M.P.S. in International Agriculture and Rural Development, Cornell University 

    Research Interests:

    Settler colonialism, history of Israeli/Palestinian science and technology, human geography, nationalism and state formation, and the commodification of agriculture.

    Advisor: Tal Golan

  • Stephanie Violette

  • Teresa Walch

    Teresa Walch

    B.A. in History & German, The College of Saint Benedict, 2010
    M.A. in European History, University of California, San Diego, 2015
    C.Phil. in European History, University of California, San Diego, 2015

    My dissertation project investigates the "coordination of space" in Nazi Germany. I examine how the regime, city officials, and ordinary Germans appropriated and redesigned space (from entire cityscapes down to specific neighborhoods, streets, and buildings) to fit their ideological visions and the extent to which they employed space as a means of social control during the Third Reich, physically demarcating who and what belonged - or did not belong - to the national community. Utilizing concepts developed by urban theorists and human geographers who have shown that spaces and our interactions with them are political, I argue that the concepts of Lebensraum (living space) and "Blood and Soil" ideology constituted dynamic organizing principles for life in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

    Research Interests:

    Modern Germany, Urban History, Global History, Holocaust Studies, Postwar Memorial Cultures and Sites of Memory

    Advisor: Frank Biess

  • Chuchu Wang

    Advisor: Paul Pickowicz

  • Mirna Wasef

    Advisors: Hasan Kayali and Michael Provence

  • Cameo Lyn (Williams) West

    Cameo Lyn (Williams) West

    B.A. in History, University of South Florida, Tampa, 2011

    My broad field of study is U.S. Cultural History, with a concentration on the representation of the South in popular media, and particularly in film. My dissertation project, Show Me That Old-Time Religion: Film and the Idea of the Christian South During the Interwar Era, concerns, broadly, the role of film in forging of a collective national conception of the U.S. South during the early 20th century. I argue that film is an often neglected, but ultimately integral, component in the perpetuation of the idea of the "primitive" South, and religion was used as a visual descriptor of the discomfiting otherness of southerners. Since the evangelical, ecstatic Christianity stereotyped in film is deeply connected to blackness, I contend that is was an effective, racialized rhetorical tool for the arguments that the South should remain of a junior partner, or a colonized region.

    I enjoy hiking, drinking, and, appropriately, watching movies.

    Advisor: Daniel Widener

  • Geoffrey West

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Kevin Westerfeld

    Advisors: Denise Demetriou and Edward Watts

  • Eden White

    Advisor: Rebecca Plant

  • Mathew White

    Advisor: Mark Hanna

  • Matthew Timothy Wills

    Advisor: Karl Gerth

  • Rosana Womack

    Advisor: Christine Hunefeldt

  • Lauren Wood

    Advisor: Nancy Caciola