New Degree Candidates in History 

Erin Barr hails from New York State and earned her BA at SUNY Potsdam where she studied history and archaeology. She then earned her MA in history at Illinois State University. Her master's thesis concerned the personal writings, emotions, and day to day lives of Irish immigrant women of the famine generation. Erin has spent this past year teaching both Global and United States history at John A Logan Community College. She wishes to focus on the emotions and experiences of immigrant women as they adjusted to American life, and will be pursuing her PhD. in American History. Erin will be working with Professor Nancy Gabin and Professor Yvonne Pitts.

John “Garick” Chamberlin is an active duty Air Force officer whose studies are sponsored by the Air University Faculty Pipeline program.  He has a BS from Excelsior College, University of the State of New York, and an MA from the Naval Postgraduate School, for which his thesis was “Imagining Defeat: An Arabic Historiography of the Crusades.”  Garick is a former instructor of Arabic and German languages at the US Air Force Academy and comes to us from the Air University staff.  He plans to pursue his PhD focusing on the historiography of US-Arab interactions, working with Professor Cole Jones and Professor Stacy Holden.

Erich Drollinger recently graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Foreign Area Studies. He loves language learning and he has studied Spanish, German, Russian, and a little Chinese. However, his historical interests include the German Democratic Republic and anything concerning the Cold War. He will be pursuing an MA at Purdue under Professor William Gray.

Devan Lindey received both his BA and MA in History from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, the area in which he was raised. His interest in history developed during his senior year of high school, and he once served as a summer docent at The Old Stone House, a roadside inn from the nineteenth century. His research interests include the American Eugenics Movement and Constitutional History and Law. Specifically, he plans to research how the American Eugenics Movement intertwined with arguments about the individual’s rights versus the community’s welfare. He will be working closely with Professor Yvonne Pitts and Professor Wendy Kline as he pursues his PhD.

Tanner Moore earned his MA in History from the University of Cincinnati and BA in History and Comparative Religion from Miami University. His research focuses on Tudor/Stuart Anglicanism. He will be ordained a Transitional Deacon in the Anglican Church in North America in the fall of 2018. He was recruited with a Ross Fellowship and will be working on a PhD under the guidance of Professor Melinda Zook.

James Podgorski is a returning boilermaker, having already received his BA in History from Purdue. James has a strong interest in East Asia, and most of his undergraduate research focused on Korea in the late modern and contemporary period. He will continue that research under Professor Sally Hastings as he pursues an MA in history, with future plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the same area of study. His research has dealt primarily with the construction of nationalism in post-war Korea and its impact to the ideological divide of North and South Korea.

Collin Schnakenberg is originally from a farm outside of Aurora, Missouri, where he developed a deep love of history by visiting the historic sites around the area. He decided to pursue a career in the field by attending Oklahoma Christian University for his bachelor’s degree and Georgetown University for his Masters. He is primarily focused on English politics of the 17th century and will be working with Dr. Melinda Zook.

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