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Recent Graduates


  • Jingyi Liu, PhD, Dissertation: "Storytelling and the National Security State of America: Korean War Stories from Cold War to Post-911" (Professor Bill Mullen)
  • Keturah Nix, PhD, Dissertation:    "Is the Veil On or Off?: Uncovering America's Racial Tensions Through the Symbolization of Booker T. Washington." (Professor Venetria Patton)

Summer 2019

  • Olon Dotson, PhD, Dissertation: "Fourth World Nation: A Critical Geography of Decline." (Professor Bill Mullen)

Spring 2019

  • Katje Armentrout, PhD, Dissertation: "Notes on the State of American Agriculture: Young Farmers and "The Farm" After the 1980 Farm Crisis." (Professor Sharra Vostral)
  • Esmé Barniskis, MA (Professor Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler)
  • Christpher Munt, PhD, Dissertation: "A Century in the Baths": Allan Berube, Spatial Politics and the History of Gay Bathhouses in the United States" (Professor Marlo David)
  • Pamela Sari, PhD, Dissertation: "Politics of the (Most) High: Transnational Networks between Gospel of the Kingdom Megachurch (Indonesian Mennonite Synod) in Central Java, Indonesia and Pentecostal/Charismatic Institutions in the United States" (Professor Susan Curtis)
  • Jennifer Sdunzik, PhD, Dissertation: "Mapping Whiteness: Uncovering the Legacy of All-White Towns in Indiana" (Professor Susan Curtis)
  • Jeffrey Wimble, PhD, Dissertation: "Survival Technologies: African-American Musical Modernisms" (Professor Bill Mullen)

Fall 2018

  • Arslan Jumaniyazov, PhD, Dissertation: "Americans Discover Central Asia: Russian Studies, Sovietology, and Orientalism." (Professor Rayvon Fouche)
  • Hana C. Lee, PhD, Dissertation: "Re-examining the ‘Heartland’: Korean American religious and ethnic identity formations in the Midwest" (Professors Susan Curtis and Monica Trieu)
  • Abby L. Stephens, PhD, Dissertation: "Unusual Archives and Unconventional Autobiographies: Interpreting the experience of Rural Iowa Women, 1940-1985" (Professor Susan Curtis)

Summer 2018

  • Michelle E. Carreon, PhD, Dissertation: "A Solidarity Economy on the Border: Examining Historical and Contemporary Case Studies in El Paso, Texas as De Facto Contributors to a U.S.-based Movement" (Professor Susan Curtis)
  • Jaimalene J. Hough, PhD, Dissertation: "Virgin Land: Young Women and Sexual Citizenship in the Contemporary United States" (Professor Sharra Vostral)
  • Ping Qui, PhD, Dissertation: "Contested 'Chineseness' in Transnational Narratives: Works by Post-1979 Chinese/American Immigrant Writers Ha Jin and Geling Yan" (Professor Bill Mullen)

Spring 2018

  • Jonathan R. Freeman, PhD, Dissertation: "Artists and Activism: Black Voices of Resistance and the Cultural Boycott of South Africa." (Professor Rayvon Fouche)
  • Leon, Rocio: MA (Professor Monica Trieu)
  • Bethany A. Scettrini, MA (Professor Rayvon Fouche)

Fall 2017

  • Kera N. Lovell, PhD, Dissertation: "Radical Manifest Destiny: Mapping Power over Urban Green Space in the Age of Protest, 1968-1988" (Professor Nancy Gabin)

Summer 2017

  • Lisa Young, PhD, Dissertation: "Lethal Housing: Reading Restrictive Covenants and Urban Black Women's Grassroots Health Activism, 1930-1980" (Professor Venetria Patton)

Spring 2017

  • Andrea Y. Adomako, MA (Professor Rayvon Fouche)
  • Salvador Peraza Gutierrez, MA (Professors Dawn Marsh and Shannon McMullen)
  • Aria Halliday, PhD, Dissertation:  "Fashioning Black Barbies, Princesses, and Sexual Expression for Black Girls: The Multivisuality of Nicki Minaj" (Professors Rayvon Fouche and Shannon McMullen)
  • Michelle Lee, MA (Professor Monica Trieu)
  • Megan M. Williams, MA (Professor Rayvon Fouche)

Summer 2016

  • Arthur Banton, PhD, Dissertation: "Running for Integration: CCNY, and the promise of interracial cooperation through Basketball." (Professor Susan Curtis)
  • Lisa M. Beringer, PhD, Dissertation: "The Invisible Man Paradox" (Professor John Duvall)
  • Maureen L. Marsh, PhD, Dissertation: "Knitting Rebellion" (Professor Susan Curtis)
  • Aubrey M. Thamann, PhD, Dissertation: "Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Study of Funeral Directors in Indiana" (Professor Susan Curtis)

Spring 2016

  • Sascha Angermann, MA  (Professor Bill Mullen)
  • Rachel E. Bonini, MA (Professor Christian Knoeller)

Fall 2015

  • Stephanie A. Allen, PhD, Dissertation:"Marginal & Forbidden: Black Lesbians, Contemporary American Culture, & the Politics of Representation" (Professors Venetria Patton and Bill Mullen)
  • Kathryn E. Hamm, MA  (Professor Susan Curtis)
  • Walter G. Moore, PhD, Dissertation: "This is Not a Dissertation: (Neo) Neo-Bohemian Connections" (Professor Lance Duerfahrd)

Spring 2015

  • Eliot R. Blackburn, MA (Professor Rayvon Fouche)
  • Heather C. Moore, PhD, Dissertation: "I'm The One You Need to be Worried About": The Archetypal Representations of Black Male Students" (Professor Anne Knupfer)
  • Antonio T. Ramos, MA  (Professor Alfred Lopez)
  • Mindy H. Tan, PhD, Dissertation: "Canvas Politics: Norman Lewis and the Art of Abstract Resistance" (Professor Leonard Harris)

Fall 2014

  • Jessica E. Birch, PhD, Dissertation: "Blood, Tears, and Sweat: An Intersectional Excavation of the Literary Vampire in Neoliberal Discourse" (Professor Bill Mullen)
  • Kapri P. Krowley, MA  (Professor Rayvon Fouche)
  • Jingyi Liu, MA  (Professor Bill Mullen)
  • Chelsea M. Stripe, PhD, Dissertation: "Roads of Rebellion: Cultural Contributions by Women of the Beat Generation" (Professor Bill Mullen)

Spring 2014

  • Jenean Cox, MA  (Professors Mangala Subramaniam and Monica Trieu)
  • Shivohn N. Garcia, PhD, Dissertation: "Fiddling About: The Life and Love of Pura Teresa Belpre and Clarence Cameron White" (Professor Susan Curtis)
  • Aria S. Halliday, MA  (Professor Venetria Patton)
  • Stephen K. Horrocks, MA  (Professor Bill Mullen)
  • Maria Daniela Z. Jimenez, MA  (Professor Bill Mullen)
  • Keturah C. Nix, MA  (Professor Bill Mullen)
  • Na'eemah A. Webb, MA  (Professor Bill Mullen)

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