The Graduate Program


Dissertations-in-Progress

Students begin research for the dissertation after they receive their M.Phil. degree, which is earned after successful completion of required course work, language exams, and an oral qualifying exam that covers three subjects in the student’s major field of study and one in their minor field. Students typically reach this stage during their third year of graduate study, although some do not complete these tasks until the fourth year.

More information may be found at the American Historical Association page for the department.

2019-20 Department of History Dissertation-in-Progress

Dissertator: Almukhtar, Amnah
Advisor: Elshakry, Marwa
Dissertation title: Imagined Futures: Political and Social Thought in Iraq, 1906-1930.

Dissertator: Atassi, Nader
Advisor: Elshakry, Marwa
Dissertation title: Practicing Economy: Capitalism, Political Economy, and Economic Thought in the Late Ottoman Empire.

Dissertator: Azarbadegan, Zeinab
Advisor: Khalidi, Rashid
Dissertation title: Bloodless Battles: Sovereignty and Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Ottoam Iraq.

Dissertator: Bar Sadeh, Roy
Advisor: Elshakry, Marwa and Rao, Anupama
Dissertation title: Islamic Modernism and the Eurasian Origins of the Idea of Minority, 1857-1947.

Dissertator: Bautista Gonzalez, Manuel
Advisor: Weiman, David
Dissertation title: One City, Many Monies: Domestic and Foreign Currencies in New Orleans, Interregional and International Trade of the Antebellum South, 1822-1862.

Dissertator: Beckhart, Sarah
Advisor: Piccato, Pablo
Dissertation title: Defined by Drugs: The Cultural and Political Ramifications of Drug Consumption in Mexico, 1960-1986.

Dissertator: Buljina, Harun
Advisor: Mazower, Mark
Dissertation title: Bosnia’s Last Ottoman Generation: Networks of Islamic Reform in the Late and Post-Imperial Balkans, 1901-1935. 

Dissertator: Cchattopadhyay, Sohini
Advisor: Rao, Anupama
Dissertation title: The unclaimed and the pauper corpse as an urban problem: Calcutta and Bombay City, 1896-c. 1960.

Dissertator: Cho, Eunsung
Advisor: Armstrong, Charles
Dissertation title: The Thread of Juche: Negotiating Socialism and Nationalism through Science in North Korea.

Dissertator: Coggeshall, Samuel
Advisor: Evtuhov, Catherine
Dissertation title: Consular Networks and the Creation of National Space Between Empire and Revolution, 1898-1934.

Dissertator: Corban, Robert
Advisor: de Grazia, Victoria
Dissertation title: Bitter Harvest: The Weaponization of Agriculture in Mussolini’s New Order, 1925-1945.

Dissertator: Dayton, Lindsey
Advisor: Kessler-Harris, Alice
Dissertation title: Union House: Service Work in the Twentieth-Century United States.

Dissertator: Donovan, Joshua
Advisor: Elshakry, Marwa and Khalidi, Rashid
Dissertation title: The Transnational Nationalism of the Unorthodox Orthodox: Liberalism, Identity, and Diaspora in Greek Orthodox Syria and Lebanon.

Dissertator: Ferguson, Susanna
Advisor: Khalidi, Rashid
Dissertation title: Tracing Tarbuya: Women, Education and Childrearing in Egypt and Lebanon, 1865-1939.

Dissertator: Frith, Eric
Advisor: Piccato, Pablo
Dissertation title: Political Economy in Mexico, 1760-1857.

Dissertator: Gao, Hong Deng
Advisor: Ngai, Mae
Dissertation title: Forging Connections: Chinese Americans and Health Activism in New York City, 1943-1985.

Dissertator: Giordani, Angela
Advisor: Elshakry, Marwa
Dissertation title: Making Falsafa in Modern Egypt: Towards a History of Islamic Philosophy in the Twentieth Century

Dissertator: Glade, Rebecca
Advisor: Mann, Gregory
Dissertation title: Political Movements and the Struggle for the State in Sudan, 1964-1985.

Dissertator: Glasserman, Aaron
Advisor: Zelin, Madeleine
Dissertation title: Ruling Death: Ritual, Law, and the Bureaucratization of Islam in Modern China

Dissertator: Glickman, Susannah
Advisor: Jones, Matt
Dissertation title: Quantum Futurism.

Dissertator: Golaszewski, Devon
Advisor: Mann, Gregory
Dissertation title: Reproductive Labors: Mande Reproductive Expertise and Biomedical Legibility in West Africa.

Dissertator: Gonzalez Le Saux, Marianne
Advisor: Milanich, Nara
Dissertation title: The Lawyer’s Rule: Legal Aid, The Legal Profession, and the Rule of Law in Chile, 1925-1989.

Dissertator: Halevy, Dotan
Advisor: Khalidi, Rashid
Dissertation title: Gaza 1840-1950: A History of a Palestinian Borderland.

Dissertator: Hein, Alana
Advisor: Moyn, Samuel
Dissertation title: Prophets of a New World: Utopia, Rupture, and Literary Practice among the Russian and German Enchanted Intelligentsias, 1900s-1920s.

Dissertator: Heniford, Kellen Elizabeth
Advisor: McCurry, Stephanie
Dissertation title: “Slavery is Slavery”: Early American Mythmaking and the Invention of the Free State.

Dissertator: Hidalgo Garza, Sara
Advisor: Piccato, Pablo
Dissertation title: Defining Workers: Welfare, Inequality, and the Law in Mexico, 1910-1950.

Dissertator: Houwink ten Cate, Lotte
Advisor: Mazower, Mark
Dissertation title: The Darker Side of Intimacy: Familial Violence in Western Europe, 1970-1997.

Dissertator: Igra, Alma
Advisor: Pedersen, Susan
Dissertation title: The Substance of Human Life: The Emergence of Human Nutrition in Britain, 1918-1941.

Dissertator: Jones, Christopher Wayne
Advisor: Van De Mieroop, Marc
Dissertation title: Power and Elite Competition in the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 745-612 B.C.

Dissertator: Joseph, Matthew Eric Pessar
Advisor: Blake, Casey and Hallett, Hilary
Dissertation title: Getting’ Down: Race, Space, and the Representation of Uptown Culture in Twentieth-Century New York City.

Dissertator: Katz, Jordan
Advisor: Carlebach, Elisheva and Smith, Pamela
Dissertation title: Jewish Midwives, Medicine and the Boundaries of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, 1650-1800.

Dissertator: Khalifa, Nada
Advisor: Khalidi, Rashid
Dissertation title: Commissions of Enquiry in Egypt and Greater Syria, 1914-1921.

Dissertator: Koeth, Stephen
Advisor: Katznelson, Ira
Dissertation title: The Suburbanization of American Catholicism: Postwar Political Realignment and Religious Restructuring, 1945-1980.

Dissertator: Kressel, Daniel
Advisor: Piccato, Pablo
Dissertation title: The Age of “Technocrats”: The Argentinian Revolution, and the Opus Dei’s doctrine of development in Latin America’s Southern Cone, 1951-1978.

Dissertator: Kuersteiner, Sarina
Advisor: Senocak, Neslihan and Kosto, Adam
Dissertation title: The Hidden Architects of the Common Good: Notarial Culture, Affect and Paperwork in Northern Italy (ca. 1150- ca.1350)

Dissertator: Lawrence, Scott
Advisor: Stephanson, Anders
Dissertation title: The International Oil Crisis, and US-Saudi Relations, and the Idea of National Security, 1967-1977

Dissertator: Lawson, Owain
Advisor: Elshakry, Marwa
Dissertation title: Power Failures: Engineers and the Litani River, 1931-1965.

Dissertator: Lebovich, Andrew
Advisor: Mann, Gregory
Dissertation title: The Search for the Straight Path: Islamic Reform and Regional Change in Algeria, Senegal, and Mali in the Twentieth Century.

Dissertator: Lerer, David
Advisor: Tooze, Adam
Dissertation title: Managing and Mobilizing the Public Financial Sector in Western Europe, 1881-1945.

Dissertator: Levine, Zachary
Advisor: Moyn, Samuel
Dissertation title: The Illuminating Case: The Case Study Method in the Fin-de-Siecle French Brain and Mind Sciences.

Dissertator: Luo, Weiwei
Advisor: Zelin, Madeleine
Dissertation title: The Buddhist World: China, 1600-1900.

Dissertator: Marcus, David
Advisor: Blake, Casey
Dissertation title: “Fugitive Democracy: The Search for the Political in American Political Thought and Criticism.”

Dissertator: Marris, Caroline
Advisor: Brown, Christopher
Dissertation title: ‘The Silver Sea’ and the Nation State: The Multifaceted Geopolitics of the Early Modern English Channel.

Dissertator: Matthews, Adam Christopher
Advisor: Kosto, Adam
Dissertation title: Sacred Space and Legal Practice in Catalonia and Southern France, 850-1100.

Dissertator: Meberg, Justine
Advisor: McCurry, Stephanie
Dissertation title: The Paradox of Protection: The US Army and Enemy Women in the Second Seminole War and Mexican War, 1835-1848.

Dissertator: McElroy, Micah David
Advisor: Blackmar, Elizabeth
Dissertation title: The Re-inventions of Philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945 to the Present.

Dissertator: McFarlane, Wallace Scot
Advisor: Jacoby, Karl
Dissertation title: The City and the Countryside on Texas’ Trinity River

Dissertator:  Menashe, Tamar
Advisor: Carlebach, Elisheva
Dissertation title: Jews in Cross-Confessional Legal Cultures in Reformation Germany.

Dissertator: Mukherjee, Sayantani
Advisor: Ahmed, Manan
Dissertation title: Between Two Worlds: Qing China, British India and the Technologies of Empire in Tibet in the Nineteenth Century.

Dissertator: Newman Rachel
Advisor: Piccato, Pablo
Dissertation title: Mexican Students in the United States and the Making of Transnational Networks, 1900-1971.

Dissertator: Ng Tam, Yung Hua Nancy
Advisor: Ngai, Mae
Dissertation title: The Chinese Restaurant Diaspora: Chinese Restaurant Networks and Their Role in Supporting Migration throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Dissertator: Nofil, Brianna
Advisor: Ngai, Mae
Dissertation title: Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Construction of Immigrant Incarceration.

Dissertator: Okan, Orcun
Advisor: Khalidi, Rashid
Dissertation title: Coping with Transitions: The Connected Construction of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, 1918-1928.

Dissertator: Padilla-Rodriguez, Ivon
Advisor: Ngai, Mae
Dissertation title: Hidden in the Fields: Invisible Agricultural Child Labor in the American Southwest and the Limits of Citizenship, 1938-1990s.

Dissertator: Pesaran, Natasha Guiti
Advisor: Khalidi, Rashid
Dissertation title: The “Third River”: The Iraq-Mediterranean Oil Pipeline and Politics in the Middle East, 1920-1968.

Dissertator: Plasek, Aaron
Advisor: Jones, Matthew
Dissertation title: Genealogies of Machine Learning, 1948-2015.

Dissertator: Provenzano, Luca
Advisor: Moyn, Sam
Dissertation title: Under the Paving Stones: Militant Protest and State Responses in France, West Germany, and Northern Ireland, 1968-1985.

Dissertator: Purcell, James
Advisor: Kosto, Adam
Dissertation title: Parsing Truth in Merovingian Gaul: Evidence and the Early Medieval Critic.

Dissertator: Raine, Barnaby
Advisor: Tooze, Adam
Dissertation title: Lost Horizon: Visions of Ending Capitalism and Britain’s Twentieth Century.

Dissertator: Reich, Robin
Advisor: Kosto, Adam
Dissertation title: Copper-Alloys and Cures: A Material History of Spices and Scientific Translation in Norman Sicily.

Dissertator: Roady, Peter
Advisor: Jones, Matthew
Dissertation title: “National Security”: A History.

Dissertator: Rosenblum, Noah
Advisor: Moyn, Samuel
Dissertation title: The Tribe of the Eagle: Presidential Democracy in Thought and Practice, 1927-1952.

Dissertator: Rutherford, Emily Margaret
Advisor: Pedersen, Susan
Dissertation title: Universities, Gender, and Coeducation in Britain, 1860-1930: A Political and Affective History.

Dissertator: Ryan, Thomas Michael
Advisor: 
Dissertation title: The Prose of South Korean Counterinsurgency: War, Resettlement, and Development in Korea and Vietnam, 1952-1973.

Dissertator: Sarwate, Rahul
Advisor: Ahmed, Manan
Dissertation title: Religion, Caste and Literary Culture in Modern South Asia: Maharashtra, 1899-1966.

Dissertator: Schwartz, Joshua Simon
Advisor: Blackmar, Elizabeth
Dissertation title: Pictures: Life and the Times of Charles Dana Gibson and John Sloan.

Dissertator: Serby, Benjamin
Advisor: Blake, Casey
Dissertation title: Gay Liberation and the Politics of the Self in Postwar America.

Dissertator: Slezkine, Peter
Advisor: Moyn, Sam and Stephanson, Anders
Dissertation title: Free World: The Creation of a US Global Order.

Dissertator: Somotan, Titilola Halimat
Advisor: Diouf, Mamadou
Dissertation title: “In the wider interests of Nigeria as a whole”: Lagos and the making of Federal Nigeria, 1951-1976.

Dissertator: Subramanian, Divya
Advisor: Pedersen, Susan
Dissertation title: Global Townscape: The Rediscovery of Urban Life in the Late 20th Century.

Dissertator: Swett, Brooks Tucker
Advisor: McCurry, Stephanie
Dissertation title: The Process of Political Reconstruction: Policymaking in the United States and Britain in the 1860s and 1870s.

Dissertator: Turtur, Noelle                
Advisor: de Grazia, Victoria
Dissertation title: Settling Ethiopia: Between Fascist Colonialism and Western Neocolonialism, 1935-1950

Dissertator: Vendell, Dominic
Advisor: Dirks, Nicholas
Dissertation title: Insurgent Empires: Maratha Politics and the Origins of the British Conquest of India, 1755-1827.

Dissertator: Vuljevic, Suzana
Advisor: Mazower, Mark
Dissertation title: Cosmopolitanism, (Cultural) Diplomacy and Literature: The Curious Case of Union in the Post-Ottoman Balkans.

Dissertator: Woker, Madeline Valerie
Advisor: Saada, Emmanuelle
Dissertation title: Empire of Inequality: The Politics of Taxation in the French Colonial Empire, 1918-1939.

Dissertator: Woodsum, Antonina Griecci
Advisor: Jacoby, Karl
Dissertation title: Fiesta Immemorial

Dissertator: Yan, Laura Wing Mei
Advisor: Nguyen, Lien-Hang and Ahmed, Manan
Dissertation title: Port Lives: Migrant Workers and the Makings of Singapore and Dubai, 1938-1979

Dissertator: Zuber, Thomas
Advisor: Mann, Gregory
Dissertation title: Calibrating Childhood: Social Services, Social Sciences and Households (Burkina Faso 1950s-1980s).

 


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