Graduate Studies

Graduate Bios

  • Bellotti, Alissa

    Education
    M.A. in History, University of Connecticut, 2010
    B.A. in International Affairs and Economics, George Washington University, 2004
    Dissertation Title
    ‘Change the World’ Meets ‘No Future’: The Politics of Youth Culture in Late Divided Germany, 1968-1989
    Interest Area
    20th century German social and cultural history, politics of youth cultures, history of the everyday, history of capitalism, gender history
    Publications
    Michael O. Moore and Alissa Bellotti. “Initiating U.S. Free Trade Agreements: How Do Potential Partners Stack Up?” The International Trade Journal. 21, no. 2 (2007): 161-189
    Conference Papers
    “The Real Article: Performing Authenticity in 1980s East and West Germany” at Cultures in Times of Transition, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, July 13-14, 2016.
    “German Culture Twice Performed: 1980s Youth Subcultures in East and West Germany,” ‘All the World’s a Stage’: Performing Identity in Everyday Life, an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Bristol, UK, July 1, 2016.
    “Values and Lifestyle Politics: The Convergence of East and West German Youth Generations Prior to Re-unification,” The German Studies Association (GSA) Annual Conference, Washington DC, October 1-4, 2015.
    Awards/Grants
    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant, 2015
    GuSH Research Funding Awards, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013 & 2015
    German Historical Institute (GHI) Archival Summer Seminar, 2013
    Advisor
    Donna Harsch
    Contact
    abellott@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Bonilla, Francisco Javier

    Education
    M.A. in History, University of Louisville, 2016
    B.A. in History and Political Science, University of Louisville, 2013
    Interest Area
    20th century Latin American environmental history and historical geography, urban history, history of water
    Book Reviews
    Francisco Javier Bonilla (2016) Gordillo, Gastón, “Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction,” History: Reviews of New Books, 44:4, 106-107.
    Francisco Javier Bonilla (2014) Jordana Dym and Karl Offen, eds., “Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader” Historia Ambiental Latinoaméricana y Caribeña 4, n. 1.
    Conference Papers
    “Una Historia Ambiental del Difunto Río Grande en la Antigua Zona del Canal de Panamá, 1520-1955,” VIII Simposio de la Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA), August 3-5 2016, Puebla, Mexico.
    “An Environmental History of the Río Grande in the Panama Canal Zone,” Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, January 3-5, New Orleans, LA.
    Awards/Grants
    2017 Richard and Constance Lewis Fellowship in Latin American and Iberian Studies
    Advisor
    John Soluri
    Contact
    fbonilla@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Bradshaw, Laura Hepp

    Education
    M.A. in History, North Carolina State University, 2010
    B.A. in History, North Carolina State University, 2008
    Interest Area
    20th Century US History; Southern and African American History; Environmental and Energy History; the History of Technology
    Publications
    Review, "Rebecca Sharpless," Cooking in Other Women’s Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865-1960 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010),” Labor/LeTravail 69 (Spring 2012): 228-230.
    Review, “Bynum: The Long Shadow of the Civil War (2010),” Civil War Monitor, 19 October 2011.
    Conference Papers
    2014 panelist, Association for the Study African American Life and History
    2013 panelist, American Society for Environmental History
    2011 panelist, Society for the History of Technology
    Awards/Grants
    NCSU Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year, 2010
    Advisor
    John Soluri and Lisa Tetrault
    Contact
    lbradsha@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Busch, David S.

    Education
    M.A. Carnegie Mellon University, History
    B.A. Kent State University, History and Psychology
    Dissertation Title
    "The Moral Uses of the University: Student Activism and Social Change in American Higher Education"
    Interest Area
    History of higher education; philosophy of education; student social movements; transnational history; African American history; History of development policy
    Publications
    “The Politics of International Volunteerism in the 1960s: The Peace Corps and Volunteers to America,” Diplomatic History (August 2017)"
    Restoring Faith in America: The Civilian Conservation Corps at Virginia Kendall Reserve,” in All Boy Built: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939." Edited by Kenneth J. Bindas. Kent State University Press, 2013.
    Conference Presentations
    “’Socratic Seminar Writ Large’: The Peace Corps and Its Vision for the Liberal Arts.” Paper presented at the Mount Royal University, Calgary, CA. Liberal Education Conference: The Idea of the University & The State of Liberal Education in the 21st Century.
    “‘The Education of America’: The Peace Corps and the Origins of Service Learning, 1960-1970.” Paper presented at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. New Orleans, LA, 2014.
    Awards/Grants
    A.W. Mellon Fellowship for Digital Humanities, Carnegie Mellon, 2017
    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Dissertation Grant, 2016
    Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, 2015
    Advisor
    Nico Slate
    Contact
    dbusch@andrew.cmu.edu
    www.davidsbusch.com »
  • Churilla, Lauren

    Education
    M.A. in Public History: Archival, Museum, and Editing Studies Duquesne University, 2010 Certificate in Women and Gender Studies
    B.A. in History Saint Vincent College, 2008
    Publications
    Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2015
    “Women of the Civic Club of Allegheny County,” Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, (Spring 2014): 48-60
    A Machine in Petticoats: The Political Aspirations and Accomplishments of Mary Flinn Lawrence,” Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, Spring 2011
    Conference Presentations
    Panel Presenter. “Feminine Agendas of the Progressive Era Civic Club” Graduate History Colloquium, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 19, 2010
    Panel Presenter. “Feminine Agendas of the Progressive Era Civic Club” Women and Gender Studies Graduate Student Panel, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 16, 2010
    Awards/Grants
    AASLH Project Management for History Professionals Program, April 2011
    A.J. Palumbo Student Research Grant, April, 2008
    Advisor
    Lisa Tetrault
    Contact
    lchurill@andrew.cmu.edu
  • David, Maroon A.

    Education
    M.A. in History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
    M.A. in History and Museum Studies, Duquesne University, 2008
    B.A. in History, California University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
    Dissertation Title
    "Off the Land: The Homestead Act and the Politics of Dispossession, 1862-1893"
    Interest Area
    U.S. cultural history, identity, and property.
    Awards/Grants
    Recipient of the 2011 Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for Research in U.S. Legal History
    2011 Gush Grant
    Advisor
    Scott Sandage
    Contact
    mdavid@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Gallen, Michael

    Education
    M.A. History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
    B.A. History, St. John’s College, Cambridge University, 2007
    B.A. History, La Salle University 2005
    Dissertation Title
    "Migrant Missionaries: Christianity and the Development of Liberian Society, 1820-1920"
    Interest Area
    The Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World, the United States, Africa
    Grants
    Lynn E. May Study Grant, 2011-Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
    Advisor
    Scott Sandage
    Contact
    mgallen@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Grant, Christine

    Education
    M.A. in History, West Virginia University, 2013
    B.A. in Modern Languages (French and Russian), University of Bradford (UK), 1994
    Dissertation Title
    "Reforming the 'Innocent Culprits': The 'Mettray System' and Agricultural Colonies for Young Offenders in France and Russia, 1839-1927"
    Interest Area
    The role of transnational exchanges in the response to juvenile delinquency in 19th- and early 20th-century France and Russia, and the uses of nature in solving urban problems.
    Grants
    Travel grant, Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
    GuSH Grant, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014
    Advisor
    Katherine A. Lynch
    Contact
    cregier@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Grunewald, Susan

    Education
    M.A. History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014
    B.A. in Russian and East European Studies (minor in German), Lafayette College, 2011
    Dissertation Title
    "German Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union: Life, Law, Memory, 1941-1956"
    Interest Area
    Soviet history, with a focus on social, political, and military history and forced labor during and after WWII; 20th century German history.
    Grants
    A.W. Mellon Fellowship for Digital Humanities, Carnegie Mellon, 2016
    2011-2012 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Ulyanovsk, Russia
    Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, ASEEES, 2016-2017
    Advisor
    Wendy Goldman
    Contact
    sgrunewa@andrew.cmu.edu
    http://susangrunewald.com »
  • Hauser, Mark

    Education
    M.A. History, Claremont Graduate University, 2013
    B.A. International Studies, American University, 2006
    Dissertation Title
    "All the Comforts of Hell: Doughboys and American Mass Culture in the First World War"
    Interest Area
    19th and 20th century US cultural history, popular culture
    Grants
    James P. Danky Fellowship, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI, 2016.
    Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowship, Kautz Family YMCA Archives, Minneapolis, MN, 2016.
    Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Grant, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, WI, 2016.
    Advisor
    Scott Sandage
    Contact
    mhauser@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Katz, Amanda

    Education
    M.A. in History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015
    M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University, 2014
    M.S. in Secondary Education/English and Language Arts, Eastern Connecticut State University, 2008
    B.A. in English, Worcester State University, 2004
    Interest Area
    19th and 20th century U.S. cultural history; American Main Streets; urban, suburban, and rural studies; politics of memory and identity
    Advisor
    Scott Sandage
    Contact
    alkatz@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Koerber, Bennett

    Education
    M.A. in History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
    M.A. in American History, Louisiana State University, 2015
    B.A. in History, Louisiana State University, 2012
    Interest Area
    20th century U.S. cultural history, American identity, sports history
    Conference Papers
    “Nationalization and Regionalism in 1920s College Football,” Louisiana State University Graduate History Conference, March, 2015
    Advisor
    Scott Sandage
    Contact
    bkoerber@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Liu, Zhaokun

    Education
    M.S. in Microbiology at the Ohio State University, 2013
    B.S. in Biological Sciences at Nankai University, with a minor in English , 2010
    Interest Area
    History of Sciences, 20th American History, Human Rights
    Advisor
    Jay Aronson
    Contact
    zhaokun1@andrew.cmu.edu
  • MATSUMARU, MICHAEL

    Education
    M.A. in History, University of New Orleans, 2011
    B.A. in Journalism, University of Oregon, 2008
    Interest Area
    20th Century African American, Asian American, Immigration, Urban
    Advisor
    Joe William Trotter Jr.
    Contact
    tmatsuma@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Neu, Jonathan

    Education
    M.A. in Historical Studies, Duquesne University, 2010
    B.A. in History, Gettysburg College, 2007
    Dissertation Title
    "From Civil War to Civic Engagement: Grand Army Veterans and Progressive Reform, 1890 - 1920"
    Interest Area
    Nineteenth-century U.S. cultural history, gender and masculinity
    Awards/Grants
    General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant; U.S. Army Heritage and Research Center, U.S. Army War College; 2016
    Bordin-Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship; Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan; 2015
    Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Grant; Wisconsin Veterans Museum; 2015
    Advisor
    Scott Sandage
    Contact
    jdn@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Nielsen, Matthew

    Education
    M.A. Spanish, University of Wyoming, 2005.
    B.S. History & Spanish, University of Wyoming, 2003.
    Dissertation Title
    “Unruliness at the Margins: The Lower Orinoco in the Eighteenth Century”
    Interest Area
    Environmental history, social history, ethnohistory, transboundary waters, Atlantic World
    Publications/Presentations
    “The Centering and Centrality of Racial Mixture in Latin America”, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Special Issue: Mestizaje, Currently Under Review.
    “Freedom and Flight: The Politics of Runaway Slaves in the Lower Orinoco River Basin, 1770 – 1810,” Resistance and Empire: New Approaches and Comparisons, International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016.
    Awards/Grants
    Alexander O. Vietor Memorial Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Summer 2016/2017
    Graduate Research Grants, Carnegie Mellon University, Summer 2014 & Summer 2016
    NEH Fellowship, Oaxaca: Crossroads of a Continent, Oaxaca, México, 2007
    Advisor
    John Soluri
    Contact
    mnielsen@andrew.cmu.edu
  • PETTLER, LEVI RAYMOND

    Education
    M.A. in History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
    B.A. with Honors in History and English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
    Interest Area
    20th century American social movements, the role of the intellectual in society, intellectual history, African American history, education policy, transnational history
    Awards/Grants
    James Snead Award, 2011
    Arts and Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Award, 2011
    Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program, 2011
    Advisor
    Nico Slate
    Contact
    lpettler@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Sommer, Bradley

    Education
    M.A. in History Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
    M.A. in History University of Cincinnati, 2015
    B.A. in History University of Toledo, 2013
    Interest Areas
    Late 19th and early 20th century American history; working-class and labor; labor movements; class-consciousness and the formation of working-class culture; African American working-class and social organization; urban history; race and class politics
    Publications
    "From Toledo to Standing Rock," Jacobin Magazine, October 7, 2016.
    "The More Things Stay the Same: Lessons from 1934," Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA), June 17, 2015.
    Conference Papers
    "From Fifteen to Ten Thousand: The Electric Auto-Lite Strike of 1934 and the Alternative Unionism of Toledo, Ohio" 2015 Queen City Colloquium Graduate Research Conference, University of Cincinnati, April 2015.
    Advisor
    Joe William Trotter Jr.
    Contact
    bsommer@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Stepp, Jonathan

    Education
    M.A. in History Carnegie Mellon University 2011
    B.A. in History and German Language and Literature Marquette University 2010
    Interest Area
    20th Century German cultural history, East German cinema, socialist cultural production, state policy and its relationship with cultural production, and Communist Party politics and intraparty hierarchies.
    Advisors
    Donna Harsch and Stephen Brockmann
    Contact
    jstepp@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Strellec-Simpson, Christina

    Education
    M.A. (2008) Carnegie Mellon University, History; Ed.M.
    Ed.M. (2004) Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teaching and Curriculum; B.S.
    B.S. (2003) Carnegie Mellon University, Anthropology & History with a minor in Minority Studies.
    Interest Area
    Environmental & African American History, specifically grassroots movements to repair watersheds in Appalachia.
    Advisor
    Joe William Trotter Jr.
    Contact
    css2@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Vaughn-Roberson, Clayton

    Education
    M.A. in History, University of Oklahoma
    B.A. in Sociology and History, University of Oklahoma
    Interest Area
    Post World War II Civil Rights Movement, civil rights in the 1970s, Cold War history, transnationalism
    Awards
    Outstanding student at the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Sociology (2010);
    Outstanding student at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences (2010)
    Advisor
    Nico Slate
    Contact
    cvaughnr@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Winters, Dawn

    Education
    M.A. History - Carnegie Mellon University
    M.A. History - William Paterson University of New Jersey
    B.A. History - William Paterson University of New Jersey
    Dissertation Title
    "Killing King Alcohol: Women’s Violent Temperance Activism, Liquor Regulation, and Community Politics, 1850-1874."
    Interest Area
    Women and gender, social movements, and 19th century American history
    Awards/Grants
    The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, American Historical Education Award Scholarship for Doctoral Candidates in American History, 2013
    Carnegie Mellon University GuSH Graduate Summer Research Grant, 2011 & 2012
    Advisor
    Lisa Tetrault
    Contact
    dmwinter@andrew.cmu.edu