History Department
History Department
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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: Colonial Latin American History, Enlightenment science, the history of economic cultures, political economy, trans-imperial geopolitics, digital humanities


Chukwuemeka Agbo

Graduate student

chukwuemekacagbo@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., History and International Studies, University of Nigeria

Interests: African History, Diaspora Studies, Conflict Studies and Historiography.


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Ahmad Aminpour

Graduate student

mardincan@gmail.com

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin


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Sara Auclair

Graduate student

srauclair@utexas.edu

Interests: Colonial and Modern Latin American History, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity


Christopher Babits

Graduate student

chris.babits@utexas.edu |
Caffe Medici

Education: B.A. (Highest Honors), M.A., Clark University

Interests: American masculinity; gender and sexuality; slavery and abolition; history of psychology; educational history, policy, and reform; historical teaching methods


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

hballard88@gmail.com

Education: B.A., University of Kansas

Interests: Southern History; Social and Cultural History; Race; Texas Borderlands; Native American History


Mark Battjes

Graduate student

markbattjes@gmail.com

Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), University of Southern California; M.S. Management, University of Maryland, University College; M.M.A.S. US Army Command and General Staff College

Interests: U.S. Diplomatic History in the Cold War Era; Vietnam War; History of National Security Policy; History of War; End of Empire.


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Abikal Borah

Graduate student

aborah@utexas.edu


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Stefanie Carter

Graduate student

stefaniecarter@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Converse College, SC

Interests: Social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Great Britain and Ireland, particularly in regards to class and labor; European empires; Renaissance and Reformation.


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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

Ph.D. Candidate

schanis@utexas.edu |
BEL 212Q

Education: M.A., University of South Florida

Interests: Early Modern Europe, Late Imperial China, History of Cartography, Jesuits, Global History


Natalie Cincotta

Graduate student

ncincotta@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. (Hons) in History, Northern Illinois University

Interests: 20th Century Germany; Visual Culture; History of Film and Photography; Second World War


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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, War on Drugs, diplomatic history, and U.S. Latin America Foreign Relations


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David Conrad

Doctoral Candidate

davidconrad@utexas.edu |
512-888-5005

Interests: United States, Japan, East and Southeast Asia, international relations, agricultural history, history of science, history of film and 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).


Ronald Davis

Graduate student

ronwdavis2@utexas.edu

Interests: Comparative slavery, Maroon Communities in the United States, Colombia and Brazil, Slavery and Masculinity


Juan Carlos De Orellana

Graduate student

jdeorellana@gmail.com

Interests: Latin America Colonial History, Peruvian History, Mexican History, Atlantic History, Spanish Empire, Cultural History, Political History, Social History. Political Culture of the 16th - 19th century


Jacob Doss

Graduate student

jacobwdoss@utexas.edu

Education: M.T.S., Boston College, B.A. in History and Anthropology, University of Arkansas

Interests: Medieval Religion; Monasticism; Cistercians; Gender and Sexuality.


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Lizeth Elizondo

Ph.D. Candidate

liz.elizondo@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. Latin American Studies, California State University, San Diego, B.A. & B.S. California State University, Chico.

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


Mackenzie Finley

Graduate student

mackenziejfinley@gmail.com

Education: B.A. History, Clemson University

Interests: African History; Yoruba Studies; Women and Family; British Empire; Subaltern Epistemologies and Historiography


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, British imperial expansion, Atlantic, Pacific and global history, rebellion, popular protest, revolution, and loyalty.


Carl Forsberg

Graduate student


Signe Fourmy

Graduate student

signepfourmy@yahoo.com |
Belmont 212Q

Education: B.A. University of Notre Dame, J.D. University of Houston Law Center

Interests: 18th and 19th Century Southern history, particularly issues of slavery and freedom, gender, resistance, and maroon communities in the American South; issues concerning criminality, gender, and the legal system; constitutional history


Alejandra Garza

Graduate student


Diego Godoy

Graduate student

dgodoy86@gmail.com

Interests: History of crime; cultural and intellectual history; drugs and alcohol; northern Mexico; film and visual culture; race and national identity ; memory and commemoration


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


Travis Gray

Graduate student

travis.gray@utexas.edu

Interests: Post-war Soviet Russia, World War II, Communism, Cold War


Benjamin Griffin

Graduate student

ben.griffin@utexas.edu

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


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


Maria Hammack

Graduate student

mariaesther@utexas.edu |
252-367-6282

Education: M.A., History, East Carolina University; B.A., History/Political Science, East Carolina University

Interests: African Diaspora, Mexico, Atlantic World, Texas Borderlands, Latin American, Politics


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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.


Justin Heath

Graduate student


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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


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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

guangjihu@utexas.edu


Elizabeth Icenhauer-Ramirez

Graduate student

eicenhauer@gmail.com

Interests: Soviet Union, Stalin's Great Terror, WWII, Soviet Occupation of Post WWII Germany, Gender Relations during Wartime, Gender and Sexuality


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Chloe Ireton

PhD Candidate

c.ireton@utexas.edu

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.


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Kody Jackson

Graduate student

kody.s.jackson@utexas.edu |
PCL Student Learning Commons

Education: B.A., Baylor University

Interests: Catholic History; Transnationalism; Business History; Social Movements; Psychology and Religion


Daniel Jean-Jacques

Graduate student


Rebecca Johnston

Graduate student


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


Clay Katsky

Graduate student

ckatsky@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., History, George Washington University; B.A., History, Pace University

Interests: US Diplomatic History, Cold War, Congress, CIA, US-Latin American relations


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.


John Lisle

Graduate student

johnlisle7@gmail.com

Education: B.A. History and English, Texas A&M University

Interests: History of Science and Technology


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Jack Loveridge

Ph.D. Candidate

loveridge@utexas.edu

Education: M.Phil. Oxford, B.A. Stanford

Interests: Modern South Asia, British Empire, Decolonization, Economic Development, Agriculture, Nutrition


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


Vasken Markarian

Graduate student

vgmarkarian@gmail.com

Education: AA degree of Liberal Arts (2011) / BA degree of Arts (2015), CUNY Queensborough CommunityCollege / CUNY Queens College

Interests: Research Interests: State violence, Cold War politics, Post-modern theory and subaltern studies,


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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


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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


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Simon Miles

Ph.D. Candidate

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


Kazushi Minami

Graduate Student

kazushiminami@utexas.edu |
BEL2.212V

Interests: U.S. Foreign Relations, Modern and Contemporary East Asia, Sino-American Relations


Charalampos Minasidis

Graduate student

ch.minasidis@utexas.edu

Interests: Modern & Contemporary History of SE Europe & Turkey; history of warfare; mobilization; civil-military relations; mass politics; WWI; especially the study of war-related mass violence from a political and social perspective within a trasnational and comparative framework.


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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.


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Albert A. Palacios

Graduate Student, Ransom Center Film Curatorial Assistant

palacios.hrc@gmail.com |
HRC 7.208

Education: M.S. in Information Science & M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Book history, censorship, Spanish missions, cognitive mapping, museum studies, and exhibition design


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

Graduate student

rjparrott@utexas.edu

Education: Master of Public Policy, University of Virginia

Interests: American Politics, Cold War Foreign Policy and International Relations, Southern Africa, Late Lusophone Colonialism, Decolonization, International Civil Rights


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Jimena Perry

Graduate student

jimenaperry@utexas.edu

Education: MPhil Social Anthropology, MA History, University of Cambridge, UK; University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Representations of violence in contemporary Latin America, memory, trauma, and museums


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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


Scott Pittman

Graduate student

sapittman@utexas.edu

Interests: Latin America, State Formation, Violence, Radicalism, Anti-radicalism, Narcos, and Inter-American Relations


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Ava Purkiss

Graduate student

avapurkiss@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., African and African Diaspora Studies, Florida International University

Interests: Modern U.S. History, African American History, Women’s History, African Diaspora


Darcy Rendon

Graduate student

darcyrendon@utexas.edu |
Bellmont 2-212 RB

Education: B.A in American Studies and Spanish, Smith College


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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

Doctoral Student in History; Assistant Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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

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


Nadine Ross

Graduate student

nross716@yahoo.com


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Samantha Rubino

Graduate student

S.Rubino@utexas.edu |
4.104

Education: B.A. with Distinguished Research Honors in History & Spanish, The Ohio State University

Interests: Early Modern Spain; Colonial Latin America; Family History; Women & Gender; Religion & Culture; 17th-Century Society


Karin Sanchez Manrique

Graduate student

karinsanchez@utexas.edu

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


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Allison Schottenstein

Graduate student

alleys@utexas.edu

Interests: Twentieth Century American and European Jewish history, Southern history, Texas history, Ethnicity, Ethnic Relations, Religion, Civil Rights,


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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 History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Science and Medicine in the British Empire; Public History; The Early Modern Atlantic World; Spanish Empire; Global History.


Ethan Zachary Shlachter

Graduate student

zshlachter@utexas.edu

Interests: Modern South Asian history, cultural and intellectual history, material culture, empire, gender, history of science in India


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Edward Shore

Graduate student

edwardfshore@gmail.com

Education: B.A., M.A., Boston College, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Modern Latin America; 20th Century Brazil; Race and Nation


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Trevor M Simmons

Graduate student

trevor.m.simmons@utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D. (Expected May 2015), Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: The British Empire, Colonial East Africa, Modern Africa, Global and Transnational History, Modern Europe, History of Tourism, Conservation and the Environment


Cali Slair

Graduate student


Andrew Straw

Graduate student

andydstraw@yahoo.com

Education: M.A. Stanford, B.A. The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Soviet nationalities policy, Central Asia, Islam, the Soviet welfare state, international relations and human rights.


He Tan

Graduate student


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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 capitalism, carceral state, and manhood and masculinities


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Sundara Vadlamudi

Graduate student

sundarv@utexas.edu |
GAR 3.102

Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Modern South Asia - religion, social reform, trading communities, and migration; Indian Ocean Studies


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Christina Villarreal

Graduate student

cmvillarreal@utexas.edu

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

Interests: Spanish Borderlands, Colonial Latin America, Runaway Slaves, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity


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 Dissertation Research Fellow

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

Interests: Colonial and National Latin America; Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Mexico; Mexican Church-State Relations; Catholic Lived Religion; Postrevolutionary Mexican State Formation; Priísta Mexico; Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern Europe; Antiquity (Greece, Rome, and the Near East); 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, Disease Surveillance, Development, Foreign Aid and Investment, Pharmaceutical Contracting


Emily Whalen

Graduate student

eiwhalen@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., The University of Virginia


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Henry Wiencek

Graduate student

hwiencek@utexas.edu |
Quacks

Education: B.A. (History), Haverford College

Interests: The South, Standard Oil, Industrialization, Progressivism, Environmental History, Digital/Public History


Andrew Wilkins

Graduate student

Interests: British and Irish Economic History, the emergence of social, economic, and political modernity, empire, industrialization, and the Anthropocene.


Benjamin Yeager

Graduate student

ben.h.yeager@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Centre College

Interests: Modern China, East Asia, Ideology, Propaganda


Susan Zakaib

Graduate student

szakaib@utexas.edu

Education: MA (History), The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Language policy, the Catholic Church, colonial Mexico, the Bourbon Reforms, and indigenous languages and cultures.


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Zhaojin Zeng

Graduate student

zzj@utexas.edu |
BEL 2.212Q

Education: MPhil, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Interests: Modern Chinese History, East Asian History, Economic and Business History.


Jing Zhai

Graduate student