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Lady Jane Acquah

Graduate student



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


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

Ahmad Agbaria

Graduate student


Interests: History of Arab Universities and printing press in the Middle East, the rise of secular movements in the Levant and Tunisia in post-1967.

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Chukwuemeka Agbo

Graduate student


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

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

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Mardin Aminpour

Graduate student

mardincan@gmail.com |

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

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Sara Auclair

Graduate student


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

Christopher Babits

Graduate student


Education: B.A. & M.A., Clark University

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

Kevin Baker

Graduate student

kpb478@utexas.edu |

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

Mark Battjes

Graduate student


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 |
BEL 212 N

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

Interests: 19th and 20th Century Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa and the Indian Ocean Realm, Global and Transnational History, History of Migration, History of Violence, Postcolonial Theory

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Stefanie Carter

Graduate student


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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Sandy Chang

Graduate student

sandy.chang@utexas.edu |
Caffe Medici

Education: M.A. History, The University of British Columbia

Interests: British Empire; Colonial South & Southeast Asia; Chinese Diaspora; Gender and Sexuality; Inter-Asia Mobilities and Connections

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Shery Chanis

Ph.D. Candidate

schanis@utexas.edu |
Online (please use link on right)

Education: M.A., University of South Florida

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

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Natalie Cincotta

Graduate student


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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David Conrad

Doctoral Candidate

davidconrad@utexas.edu |

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

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


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


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

Juan Carlos De Orellana

Graduate student


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


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


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


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

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Mackenzie Finley

Graduate student


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


Interests: Colonial Latin America, Spain's Asian Empire, Atlantic History, Early Modern Indo-Pacific Worlds, the Social Lives of Cities, Comparative Colonialisms

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


Education: B.A., History, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Interests: Borderlands History, 20th Century Texas History

Diego Godoy

Graduate student


Interests: Modern Latin America; history of crime in Latin America and Europe; drugs; cultural and intellectual history; film and media studies; museums, memory, and commemoration

Francis Goicovich Videla

Graduate student


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

Nicolas Gonzalez Quinter

Graduate student

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Travis Gray

Graduate student


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

Benjamin Griffin

Graduate student


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

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Maria Hammack

Graduate student

mariaesther@utexas.edu |

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

Interests: African Diaspora, Mexico, Atlantic World, Texas Borderlands, Latin America, Slavery in Texas and Mexico, 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


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

Lauren Henley

Graduate student


Education: B.A. (summa cum laude), Washington University in St. Louis

Interests: 19th-20th century, American South, African-American women, girlhood/adolescence, criminality, urbanity.

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Franz Hensel Riveros

Graduate student


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


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


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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Chloe Ireton

PhD Candidate


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


Interests: Russian and Soviet history; cultural policy; cultural development and national identity; the Cold War; the Russian Orthodox Church; gender politics

J. R. Jones

Ph.D. Candidate

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


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


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


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

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Deirdre Lannon

Doctoral Candidate

John Lisle

Graduate student


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

Interests: History of Science

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Jack Loveridge

Ph.D. Candidate


Education: M.Phil. in Development Studies (Oxford University), B.A. in History (Stanford University)

Interests: Modern South Asia, British Colonialism, Decolonization, International Development, Cold War Philanthropy, Ethics of Aid, Population, Migration, Land Rights, Agricultural Science, Nutrition, Food Economy

Ian Lyles

Graduate student


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


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


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

Holly McCarthy

Graduate student


Interests: The Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy, the British Empire, Development Aid, Counterterrorism, Insurgencies, non-state actors,

Cameron McCoy

Graduate student


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

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Ernesto Mercado Montero

Graduate student


Education: M.A. Caribbean Studies, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Interests: Economic and Political History of Central America & the Circum-Caribbean Region, Intercolonial Marronage and Slave Trade

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Cristina Metz

Graduate student


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


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

Interests: Cold War diplomatic history; International history; Nuclear history

Kazushi Minami

Graduate Student

kazushiminami@utexas.edu |

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

Charalampos Minasidis

Graduate student

ch.minasidis@utexas.edu |
Caffé Medici

Education: BA in History, BA in Political Sciences, Master in Balkan & Turkish History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; MA in The History of Warfare, King's College London

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

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Elizabeth A O'Brien

Graduate student


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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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


Education: B.A. in History, summa cum laude, State University of New York-New Paltz

Interests: African-American and Native American history, gender and slavery, history of African-Americans in the Southwest, memory studies

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R. Joseph Parrott

Graduate student


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


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

Scott Pittman

Graduate student


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

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Ava Purkiss

Graduate student


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

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

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


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 Candidate 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


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Samantha Rubino

Graduate student

S.Rubino@utexas.edu |

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


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

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Allison Schottenstein

Graduate student


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

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Mark Sheaves

Graduate student


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


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


Education: BA, Boston College, The University of Texas-Austin

Interests: Modern Latin America; Brazil; Race and Nation; Oral History; Public History

Cali Slair

Graduate student

Andrew Straw

Graduate student


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.

Horus Tan

Graduate student


Education: MA, Peking University

Interests: Economic History, The Trade and Agriculture in 19th & 20th century China & East Asia, History of Agricultural Technology, Military History

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Jermaine Thibodeaux

Graduate student


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


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 Teaching Assistant

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; 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


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


Education: B.A., The University of Virginia

Interests: Middle East, Islam, Cold War, US History, US Foreign Policy

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Henry Wiencek

Graduate student

hwiencek@utexas.edu |

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

Interests: The History of Oil & Gas, Environmental History, The American South, 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


Education: BA, Centre College

Interests: Modern China, East Asia, Ideology, Propaganda

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Susan Zakaib

Graduate student


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