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Graduate Student List

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Lady Jane Acquah

Graduate student

LJANE26@GMAIL.COM

Education   

B.A. (HONS) HISTORY; MPHIL (HISTORY), UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST, GHANA

Interests

  Research interests are Ghanaian politics, Islam in Africa and the Diaspora, and Gender in the Muslim world.

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Maria Jose Afanador

Graduate student

mjafanador@utexas.edu

Interests

  Natural history, the history of science, nineteenth century political and cultural history, the history of representations about nature, cartography, political economy and geopolitics

Kevin Baker

Graduate student

kpb478@utexas.edu  |  Prufrocks

Interests

  19th & 20th Century Germany, First World War, History of Everyday Life, Advertising and Consumption, National Identity in the German-Polish Borderlands, Visual Culture, Memory

Hannah Ballard

Graduate student

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Juandrea Bates

Graduate student

juandreabates@gmail.com  |  Burdine 416

Education   

M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Colonial and Modern Latin American History, particularly Argentina. Family and Childhood in the Americas. Gender, Urban History. Processes of modernization and globalization.

Frank Benn

Graduate student

spall7@hotmail.com

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Abikal Borah

Graduate student

aborah@utexas.edu

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Chyna Bowen

Graduate student

chynabowen@gmail.com

Education   

B.A. in History, Washington University in St. Louis

Interests

  Gender and slavery, Black criminality in the Antebellum South, Diaspora and Atlantic studies, and Historical memory

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Benjamin Breen

Graduate student

breen85@gmail.com

Education   

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College

Interests

  History of science and medicine in the Portuguese and British empires, environmental history, indigenous history, print/visual/material culture.

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Dolph Briscoe

Graduate student

dbriscoe@utexas.edu  |  BEL 212R

Education   

M.A. (History), Baylor University

Interests

  Texas; Twentieth Century United States

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Matthew Bunn

Graduate student

matthewbunn@utexas.edu  |  Burdine 302/ Caffe Medici

Interests

  modern European intellectual and cultural history, censorship and public communication, Germany before unification

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Mehmet Celik

Graduate student

celik@utexas.edu

Education   

M.A., Bilkent University

Interests

  Urban life, multiculturalism, ethnic conflict and gender in Southeastern Europe and the Middle East

Sandy Chang

Graduate student

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Shery Chanis

Graduate Student, Supplemental Instruction Leader, Teaching Assistant

schanis@utexas.edu  |  BEL 212Q

Education   

M.A., University of South Florida

Interests

  Early Modern Europe, Late Imperial China, Cartography, Jesuits, History of Science

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William Chriss

Graduate student

wjchriss@utexas.edu

Education   

J.D., Harvard

Interests

  Legal History & Constitutional Law, American History, Western History, Texas History, Byzantine History and Canon Law, Military History, Ancient Greek and Roman History

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George S Christian

Graduate student

gschristian@utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., 2000, University of Texas at Austin
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Anelise Coelho

Graduate student

suzaneanelise@gmail.com

Education   

M.A. in History and Political Cultures, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Interests

  Central American history, Cold War, Intelligence Studies, diplomatic history, and U.S. Latin America Foreign Relations

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David Conrad

Graduate student

davidconrad@utexas.edu  |  GAR 0.116

Interests

  United States, Japan, East and Southeast Asia, international relations, agricultural history, history of science, history of popular culture

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Felipe Cruz

PhD Candidate

ffcruz85@gmail.com

Education   

M.A. in History, University of Texas-Austin

Interests

  My dissertation focuses on the history of aviation in Brazil, its cultural manifestations (airmindedness) and its impact on state building and frontier expansion. More broadly, I am interested in the transnational history of technology, the history of meteorologic sciences, and environmental history (especially water management in Brazil).

Michelle Daneri

Graduate student

Juan Carlos De Orellana

Graduate student

Bradley Dixon

Graduate student

Mark Eaker

Graduate student

mark.r.eaker@gmail.com

Education   

BS,MBA,AM,PHD, Washington and Lee, Stanford
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Reem Elghonimi

Graduate student

reem.elghonimi@utexas.edu

Education   

B.S., Information Systems; M.A., Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas

Interests

  Cultural and Intellectual History; Islam in Europe and America; Andalusi Studies; early modern Britain; educational and political theory

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Lizeth Elizondo

Ph.D. Candidate

liz.elizondo@utexas.edu  |  Bellmont Hall 212-ZB

Education   

M.A. Latin American Studies, California State University, San Diego

Interests

  Colonial Latin American History, Family History, Women, Gender, Religion, Sexuality, Mexican-American history, the Spanish Colonial Borderlands (Texas/Louisiana/Northern Mexico regions).

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Ogechukwu Ezekwem

Graduate student

misschristines@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A. History and International Studies (First Class Honors), University of Nigeria

Interests

  African History; Maternal Health and Reproduction; History of Medicine; Nigeria-Biafra War (History, Literature, and Representation); Peace and Conflict Studies; British Empire

Dennis Fisher

Graduate student

Kristie Flannery

Graduate student

kristie.flannery@utexas.edu

Education   

Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences, Honours (Class I) in History, University of Sydney

Interests

  The global Spanish empire, colonial Latin America, Atlantic world, Pacific world, rebellion, popular protest, and revolution.

Carl Forsberg

Graduate student

Signe Fourmy

Graduate student

Francis Goicovich Videla

Graduate student

fgoicovi@uchile.cl

Interests

  Interdisciplinary approaches (ethnohistorical and archaeological) of the Prehispanic mapuche culture and colonial times.

Nicolas Gonzalez Quinter

Graduate student

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Julia M Gossard

PhD Candidate; Supplemental Instruction Supervisor; Teaching Assistant

jgossard@utexas.edu  |  PCL Coffeeshop

Education   

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Early Modern France; Education; Childhood & Family; Women & Gender; 17th-Century Society

Travis Gray

Graduate student

Benjamin Griffin

Graduate student

ben.griffin@utexas.edu

Interests

  Cold War, Insurgencies, Post-Conflict Operations, American Culture in the Cold War

Ryan Groves

Graduate student

rdgroves3@yahoo.com  |  BUR 304

Education   

M.A., University of Central Florida

Interests

  Popular music in Southern Africa, urban history

Brenda Gunn

Graduate student

brenda.gunn@utexas.edu  |  SRH 2.109

Education   

MLIS, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A. and B.A., The University of Texas at Tyler

Interests

  American South, Texas; memory and remembrance; digital humanities

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Celeste Gventer

Graduate student

celeste@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-8936  |  SRH 3.368

Education   

Master of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; B.A. Stanford University
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Peter Hamilton

Graduate student

peter.e.hamilton@gmail.com  |  BUR 306

Education   

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, B.A, Yale College
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Lauren Hammond

Graduate student

lwhammond@utexas.edu

Education   

M.A. in Latin American History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Colonial and Modern Latin American History; African-American History; U.S.-Latin American relations; race and nation building; race and sports; dictatorship in Latin America.

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Alexis Harasemovitch-Truax

Graduate student

alexis.truax@gmail.com  |  Cactus Cafe

Education   

B.A., Occidental College

Interests

  British Empire; The British Mediterranean; Long Eighteenth Century; Cultural and Social History; Maritime History; Legal History; Subjecthood; National Identity.

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Christopher Heaney

Graduate student

chrisheaney@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A., Yale University

Interests

  At UT, Heaney studies the history of archaeology and indigenous peoples in the Americas, particularly Peru, knowledge production in the Atlantic World, museum-building, race and nation-building, and grave-robbing, the world's second-oldest profession.

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Franz Hensel Riveros

Graduate student

franzhensel@gmail.com

Education   

M.A. in Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)

Interests

  I'm following the fantastic intercontinental debate around the "Latin" or "Hispanic" character of nineteenth-century America. After the revolutionary wave, more than scattered nations were in the making; a continent was also in construction. My dissertation tells this story, and the fundamental struggles about the past and the future that all of that entailed.

Mohammed Hadi Hosainy

Graduate student

hadi.hoss@gmail.com

Education   

M.A. in History, Sabanci University, Istanbul

Interests

  history of the Middle East, Islamic law, gender

Cacee Hoyer

Graduate student

cacee.hoyer@gmail.com

Education   

MA in Social Studies Education, University of Iowa

Interests

  race relations in southern Africa, ethnicity and identity, apartheid politics, human rights,

Guangji Hu

Graduate student

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Isabel Huacuja Alonso

Graduate student

isabel.huacuja@gmail.com  |  Away on fellowship during Fall 2012

Education   

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  radio history, post-indepence South Asian history, British Empire, Urdu and Hindi literature, writing pedagogy, ESL teaching

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James Hudson

Graduate student

jjhhisgrad@utexas.edu

Interests

  My primary focus in on modern China, with interest in late 19th, early 20th century urban China, specifically Hunan's capital city of Changsha. I am also interested in nationalism, state making, and visual culture.

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Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez

Graduate student

rirlawyer@gmail.com  |  512.477.7991 (office) 512.507.6066 (cell)  |  1103 Nueces Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Interests

  The American Civil War, Lincoln, The Politics of Slavery, The American Revolution, British History

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Chloe Ireton

Graduate Student, Supplemental Instructor & Teaching Assistant

c.ireton@utexas.edu / chloe_ireton@hotmail.com  |  Cafe Medici, Guadalupe St

Education   

M.A. History, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Atlantic History, Iberian Imperial Expansion, Religion and Culture, Colonial Latin American History, African History, Mediterranean World.

Kody Jackson

Graduate student

Kody.s.jackson@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A., Baylor University

Daniel Jean-Jacques

Graduate student

Monica Jimenez

Graduate student

majimenez@utexas.edu

Education   

J.D. and M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Empire and Colonialism, Legal history of the U.S. and Puerto Rico, History of the Caribbean, Political movements and nation building, Race and diaspora

Brian Jones

Graduate student

jonesbp@me.com

Janine Jones

Ph.D. Candidate

MEZ 3.306

Education   

M.A. (Middle East Studies: History), The University of Utah

Interests

  Middle East; Modern Arab Intellectual History; Comparative Religion (Islamics, Jewish Studies); Economic History; Gender History; Globalization and Transnational History

Sean Killen

Doctoral Candidate

spkillen@gmail.com

Education   

M.A. - South Asian Studies (The University of Wisconsin at Madison), M.A. - Psychology (Brandeis University)

Interests

  Modern India, British Empire, Imperial and International Legal history, Globalization

William Kramer

Graduate student

william@ninja.net

Interests

  Early Modern Ireland, Early Modern Religious History, Early Modern Britain and Scotland, The European Witch-Hunts

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Deirdre Lannon

Graduate Student

deirdrelannon@utexas.edu

Interests

  U.S. cultural, social, and labor history, race and ethnicity, historical musicology, social movements, women’s and gender history, identity and media.

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Jack Loveridge

Graduate student

loveridge@utexas.edu

Education   

M.Phil. Oxford University, B.A. Stanford University

Interests

  British Empire; Modern India; Decolonization; Development; Science, Medicine & Society

Ian Lyles

Graduate student

iblyles@aol.com

Education   

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Modern Latin America, U.S.-Latin America relations, Military History, Cold War in Latin America, Economic Development Theories

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Valerie Martínez

Graduate student

vamartinez@utexas.edu

Education   

M.A (History), Texas Tech University

Interests

  Mexican-American/Latino History; Borderlands; Women and Gender's Studies; Labor; Military History; Race, Ethnicity, Identity

Adrian Masters

Graduate student

elestrechodudoso@gmail.com  |  Expresso Café, Alumni Center

Interests

  Ideas of genealogy in the Spanish Empire, ancient history-writing in the Spanish colonies, the creation of the term 'mestizo,' Church history

Cameron McCoy

Graduate student

cdmv@utexas.edu

Education   

M.A. in U.S. Military History, Texas A&M University

Brian McNeil

Graduate student

brianmcneil@utexas.edu  |  Bur 306

Education   

M.A., Mississippi State University

Interests

  U.S. Foreign Policy; Nigerian Civil War and Biafra; Africa; Globalization; Human Rights; The 1960s and Protest Politics

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Cristina Metz

Graduate student

cvmetz@gmail.com

Education   

M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego

Interests

  Colonial and Modern Latin America; U.S.-Latin America relations; 20th-c. urbanization; criminality; Guatemalan women's history

Simon Miles

Ph.D. Student

simon.miles@utexas.edu

Education   

MA, London School of Economics and Political Science; BA, University of Toronto

Interests

  Cold War diplomatic history; US foreign relations; Soviet foreign relations; Leadership transitions; Canadian foreign relations

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Cheasty Miller

Graduate student

cheasty.anderson@utexas.edu

Education   

M.A., University of Texas

Interests

  Public Health, Central American revolutions, international Cold War policies, transnational networks

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Elizabeth Nutting

Graduate student

libby.nutting@utexas.edu

Education   

MA, University of Texas, Austin

Interests

  Al-Andalus, Andalusian diaspora, North Africa, Spain, Spanish empire, early modern Mediterranean, women and family, labor history, material culture

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Elizabeth A O'Brien

Graduate student

obriene5@utexas.edu

Interests

  18, 19, and 20C Mexico; Latin America and the World; the history of science; gender; race; performance and cultural studies; medical epistemology and medical culture; reproduction

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Julia Ogden

Graduate student

juliagraceogden@gmail.com

Education   

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Lived experiences and ideas of childhood, youth and sexuality, gender norms, criminal law, and State Formation.

Albert Palacios

Graduate student

palacios.hrc@gmail.com  |  HRC 7.208

Education   

B.Arch. & M.S. in Information Science, University of Texas at Austin

Nakia Parker

Graduate student

nakiadparker@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A. in History, State University of New York-New Paltz

Interests

  Southern history, Black and Native American relations in the South from the colonial era up to removal, comparative slavery

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R. Joseph Parrott

Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellow, Yale University

rjparrott@utexas.edu

Education   

Master of Public Policy, University of Virginia - Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Interests

  American Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations, Cold War Africa, Late Lusophone Colonialism, Decolonization, International Civil Rights

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Jimena Perry

Graduate student

jimenaperry@utexas.edu

Education   

MPhil in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK

Interests

  Latin America - Colombia

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Helen Pho

Graduate student

helen.pho@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A., Yale University

Interests

  20th-century U.S. and international history, U.S. foreign policy, Cold War, Vietnam War, Southeast Asia

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Ava Purkiss

Graduate student

avapurkiss@utexas.edu

Education   

M.A., African New World Studies, Florida International University

Interests

  Modern U.S. History, African American History, Women's History, African Diaspora

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Michelle Reeves

Graduate student

mdreeves@utexas.edu

Education   

M.A., History, California State University Northridge

Interests

  U.S. foreign policy, Soviet foreign policy, the Cold War in the Third World, U.S.-Latin American relations, Soviet-Latin American relations, guerrilla movements and counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, the international drug war

Darcy Rendon

Graduate student

darcyrendon@utexas.edu  |  Bellmont 2-212 RB

Education   

B.A in American Studies and Spanish, Smith College

Kristen Rieger

Graduate student

karieger@utexas.edu

Education   

M.Phil. in History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Interests

  Modern British history, evolutionary theories, history of atheism and irreligion, working-class history, theories on human nature, anthropology, evolutionary psychology

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Nicholas Roland

Graduate student

roland.nick.k@gmail.com

Education   

B.A. in History, Virginia Tech

Interests

  19th century American South; Texas History; Military History; Historical Memory

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Christopher Rose

Graduate student

csrose@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-3582  |  CAL 513A

Education   

MA, Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Egypt in the Islamic period; development and urbanization in pre-modern and early modern Cairo; Mediterranean world systems; medical history; social studies education and curriculum development

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Samantha Rubino

Graduate student

S.Rubino@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A. History & Spanish, The Ohio State University

Interests

  Early Modern Europe; Atlantic World; Imperial Spain; Colonial Latin America

Salvador Salinas

Graduate student

salvadorsalinas@utexas.edu  |  475-7250  |  GAR 3.210

Education   

MPhil, Oxford
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Danielle Sanchez

Graduate student

dcsanchez86@gmail.com

Education   

MPS, Africana Studies, Cornell University

Interests

  Francophone Africa, colonialism, fashion, and cosmopolitanism.

Karin Sanchez Manrique

Graduate student

karinsanchez@utexas.edu

Interests

  Latin America, social history, colonial legacies, Catholicism, inequality, Catholic Social Teaching, Secularization.

Michael Schmidt

Graduate student

mschmidt@mail.utexas.edu

Interests

  20th Century Germany, the History of Listening, Jazz and Popular Music

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Blake Scott

Graduate student

blake.sctt@gmail.com  |  Cafe Medici

Education   

MA in History, University of Georgia

Interests

  Latin America & the Caribbean; history of tourism & travel; environmental history; transnational commodity chains; U.S-Latin American relations

Ran Segev

Graduate student

ransegev@utexas.edu

Interests

  Colonial Latin America, Atlantic Science, Natural History, History of Ideas, Mysticism and Religion

Mark Sheaves

Graduate student

marksheaves@utexas.edu

Education   

MA Latin American History, University of London
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Kyle K Shelton

Graduate student

kyle.k.shelton@gmail.com  |  BEL 212-Y

Education   

BA, Kalamazoo College

Interests

  20th Century U.S. History; Urban History; Environmental History; Community History; Mobility and Transportation Systems.

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Edward Shore

Graduate student

edwardfshore@gmail.com

Education   

B.A., Boston College

Interests

  Modern Latin America; 20th Century Brazil

Sharon Silzell

Graduate student

silzell@att.net

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Trevor M Simmons

Graduate student

trevor.m.simmons@utexas.edu  |  Burdine 302

Interests

  The British Empire, Global and Transnational History, Modern Britain, East Africa, History of Tourism

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Angela Smith

Graduate Research Assistant for IHS

angelasmith@utexas.edu  |  512-471-1362   |  GAR 4.104

Education   

M.A. History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  The history of science, natural philosophy, technology, and medicine, including early-modern man-midwifery, pre-Darwinian evolutionary theory, the philosophy of pseudosciences, and the interrelationship between science and religion in Victorian Britain.

Brian Stauffer

Graduate student

brian.a.stauffer@gmail.com

Education   

M.A., Latin American History, University of New Mexico

Interests

  History of 19th-Century Mexico, Catholicism, Religious Culture, State Formation, Secularization, Agrarian History,

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Lior Sternfeld

Ph.D. Candidate

lior@utexas.edu  |  GAR 4.106

Education   

M.A, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Interests

  Social History, Modern Iranian politics, Left movements in the Middle East, Grassroots movements in the Middle East, Transnational Hisotry.

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Jermaine Thibodeaux

Graduate student

jthib@utexas.edu

Education   

A.B., Cornell University, M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Southern history, African American history, slavery and emancipation, class formation, and manhood and masculinities

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Sundara Vadlamudi

Graduate student

sundarv@utexas.edu  |  BUR 308

Education   

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Modern South Asia - religion, social reform, trading communities, and migration

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Christina Villarreal

Graduate student

christina.m.villarreal@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A. in History and Visual and Dramatic Arts, Rice University

Interests

  Borderlands, Atlantic World, Fugitive Slaves, Colonial Latin America, Race and Ethnicity, Cultural and Social History

David Villarreal

Graduate student

david.villarreal@utexas.edu  |  361-813-8661

Education   

A.B., Harvard University, M.A., Texas A&M University
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John Vurpillat

Graduate student

john.vurpillat@utexas.edu  |  Caffe Medici

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Rupali Warke

Graduate student

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Eyal Weinberg

Graduate student

eyalw@utexas.edu  |  

Education   

B.A. in History, Tel Aviv University ; M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Latin America, particularly twentieth-century Brazil. Dictatorships and military governments; Torture; State violence; Public health

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Andrew Weiss

Doctoral Student and Teaching Assistant

a.e.weiss@hotmail.com  |  Email is the best way to contact me.   |  TBA

Interests

  Colonial and Modern Latin America; Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Mexico; Mexican Church-State Relations/Conflict; Catholic Lived Religion; Post-revolutionary Mexican State Formation; Priísta Mexico; Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern Europe; Antiquity; United States History; Religious Studies; International History, Politics, and Diplomacy.

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Ben Weiss

Graduate student

benweiss13@gmail.com

Education   

B.A. in History, Government, and Humanities, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  HIV/AIDS, Ethnic Conflict, Development, Foreign Aid and Investment, and Pharmaceutical Contracting

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Henry Wiencek

Graduate student

hwiencek@gmail.com  |  Quacks

Education   

B.A. (History), Haverford College

Interests

  The late 19th and early 20th century American South, particularly the economic and ecological impact of oil extraction, transportation and refining.

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Yetkin Yildirim

Graduate student

yetkin@engr.utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas

Susan Zakaib

Graduate student

szakaib@utexas.edu

Education   

MA (History), The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Indigenous languages, the Catholic clergy, Bourbon reforms, theater, and popular culture in late colonial Mexico; Nahuatl language and culture.

Zhaojin Zeng

Graduate student

zzj@utexas.edu

Interests

  Modern Chinese History, East Asian History, World History, Economic and Business History.

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