New Degree Candidates in History
Emmanuella Amoh received her BA in History and English at the University of Ghana. After a year of working as a teaching assistant at the University of Ghana, she came to the United States where she earned her MS in History at Illinois State University. Her research interests include black nationalism, women in black nationalist movements and the socio-political impacts of the transatlantic relationship between Africans and Diaspora Africans. Her PhD research will closely examine this transatlantic relationship to measure its impact on Pan-Africanism and the Civil Rights Movement. She will be working under the supervision of Dr. Kim Gallon.
Ryan Barker comes from Tennessee, where he completed his MA in history at East Tennessee State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and English, creative writing from Tusculum College, and before starting his masters, Ryan worked as the Communications Specialist for Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. He is broadly interested in the history of exploration, science, and imperialism. Ryan’s master’s thesis focused on two eighteenth-century expeditions headed by James Cook and Joseph Banks. Ryan used these expeditions to consider the relationship between exploration and later British imperialism. While at Purdue, Ryan will work on his PhD under Professor Frederick Davis.
Yvonne Boyer is from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She earned her BA in history at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She will pursue a PhD in U.S. History because she hopes to become a college history professor. She will focus on the race “riots” that occurred during the Red Summer of 1919. Yvonne will be working with Dr. Nancy Gabin.
Andrea Ens received both her honours BA and MA from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her master’s thesis examined the experiences of twelve same-sex attracted men who sought out psychedelic therapy at Hollywood Hospital, a private Canadian institution, in hopes of better understanding or being “cured” of their sexual attraction to men in the postwar era. Andrea is excited to work with Dr. Wendy Kline in pursuing her PhD. She plans to analyze how North American conversion therapy patients’ self-perceptions and understandings of same-sex attraction changed as this practice moved principally from mainstream psychiatric practice to private organizations in the 1970s.
Xuening Kong earned her MA in Modern Chinese History from the State University of New York at Buffalo and BA in Global History with minors in Psychology and Spanish in Capital Normal University in Beijing. Her MA thesis discusses Beijing Normal University for Women and its socio-political impacts in twentieth-century China, and she will continue to focus on modern Chinese history, history of education, women and gender but from a transnational perspective. She plans to pursue her PhD centering on Chinese immigrants in Latin America and their methods of cultural preservation in foreign countries. She will be working with Professor Margaret Tillman.
Jonathan Soucek is originally from Fairmont, a small town in southern Minnesota, and is the first in his family to graduate from college. History has interested Jon since he was a kid, and he could even list all of the U.S. Presidents in order by the time he entered the first grade. Jon received two undergraduate degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato: one in history and the other in political science. Jon continued his studies in Mankato and received his master's in history, writing his thesis on the 1968 Poor People's Campaign. Because of his working class roots, Jon focuses on the histories of traditionally marginalized groups. Specifically, Jon hopes to study the interconnections between the labor rights and the civil rights movements of the twentieth century, and will be working with Dr. Cornelius Bynum.
Phillip Voglewede is originally from a small farm only thirty minutes northwest of Purdue's main campus and recently graduated with his BA in History, Art, and Educational Studies from Albion College. Phillip developed a strong interest for American history while at Albion and while studying for a semester as a fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. His research interests include American visual culture, Midwestern history, U.S. environmental history, and the U.S. in the World. He will be pursuing an MA and would like to focus on the relationship between photography and environmental conscience under the guidance of Professor R. Douglas Hurt and Professor Fredrick Rowe Davis.
Mindy Williams comes to Purdue with a BA in Music and Business from Otterbein University in Ohio and an MA in European History from Marquette University in Wisconsin. She is also a seasoned grant writer and administrator. Her research interests include late medieval and early modern English queenship, particularly in the areas of patronage, reputation, power, and political influence. She will be pursuing her PhD under Professor Melinda Zook’s guidance.