History Department
History Department

List of Ph.D.s awarded in the 1980s, with current positions when available.


Catherine Catalfamo (deceased)
Dissertation: "The Thorny Rose: The Americanization of an Urban, Immigrant, Working Class Regiment in the Civil War: A Social History of the Garibaldi Guard: 1861-1864"
Supervised by: George Forgie

Paul Charney: Associate Professor, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md.
Dissertation: "The Destruction and Reorganization of Indian Society in the Lima Valley, Peru, 1532- 1824"
Supervised by: Jonathan Brown

Judith Doyle
Dissertation: "Out of Step: Maury Maverick and the Politics of the Depression and the New Deal"
Supervised by: Lewis L. Gould

Louis Gomolak
Dissertation: "Prologue: LBJ's Foreign-Affairs Background, 1908-1948"
Supervised by: Robert Divine

John Robson: Managing Editor, Macdonald Laurier Institute, Ottowa, Canada
Dissertation: "Henry Jackson, the Jackson-Vanik Amendment and the Détente"
Supervised by: Robert A. Divine

Yuri Slezkine: Professor and Director of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Univeristy of California, Berkeley, Cal.
Dissertation: "Russia's Small Peoples: The Policies and the Attitudes Towards the Native Northerners, 17th Century-1938"
Supervised by: Sheila M. Fitzpatrick and Sidney Monas


James Boyden: Associate Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, La.
Dissertation: "The Curve of Fortune: Ruy Gomez de Silva and the House of Pastrana, 1516-1573"
Supervised by: Carolyn Boyd

Jesus Francisco De La Teja: Professor, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Dissertation: "Land and Society in 18th Century San Antonio de Bexar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier"
Supervised by: Nettie Lee Benson

Mariano Diaz Miranda: Instructor, Austin, Community College, Austin, Texas
Dissertation: "Dilemmas in the Brazilian Sugar Industry, 1850-1900 : the Obsession with Exports and the Failure of Foreign Investors in Pernambuco"

Sally Hunter Graham: Associate Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.
Dissertation: "Woman Suffrage and the New Democracy" (deceased, 1996)
Supervised by: Lewis L. Gould

George Horton Kelling
Dissertation: "British Policy in Cyprus 1939-1955"
Supervised by: Wm. Roger Louis

Richard McCaslin: Professor and Department Chair, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Dissertation: "Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1962"
Supervised by: Louis T. Ellis

Joan Supplee: Professor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Dissertation: "Provincial Elites and the Economic Transformation of Mendoza, Argentina,1880-1914"
Supervised by: Lewis L. Gould and Jonathan Brown

Ellen Thompson
Dissertation: "Episcopalians Against War: Individual Conscience and Institutional Reform"
Supervised by: G. Howard Miller


Brian Roger Duchin: Professor, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, Wash.
Dissertation: "The New Look: President Eisenhower and the Political Economy of National Security"
Supervised by: Robert A. Divine

Gilberto Ramirez, Jr.
Dissertation: "The Reform of the Argentine Army, 1890-1904"
Supervised by: Jonathan Brown

Eric Christian Rust: Professor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Dissertation: "Crew 34: German Naval Officers Under and After Hitler"
Supervised by: Carolyn  Boyd and Gaines Post, Jr.


Pierre Cagniart: Associate Professor, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Dissertation: "The Life and Career of Lucius Cornelius Sulla Through His Consolship in 88 B.C.: A Study in Character and Politics"
Supervised by: M. Gwyn Morgan

Earl Richard Downes: Associate Dean and Professor, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
Dissertation: "The Seeds of Influence: Brazil's ''Essentially Agricultural'' Old Republic and the United States, 1910-1930"
Supervised by: Richard Graham

James Alan Marten: Professor, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.
Dissertation: "Drawing the Line: Dissent and Disloyalty in Texas, 1856-1847"
Supervised by: Robert Abzug

Joan Ellen Meznar: Professor, Eastern Conneticut State University, Willimantic, Conn.
Dissertation: "Deference and Dependence: The World of Small Farmers in a Northeastern Brazilian Community, 1850-1900"
Supervised by: Richard Graham

Craig H. Roell: Professor, Georgia Southern University, Atlanta, Ga.
Dissertation: "Confronting the Consumer Culture: The American Piano Industry, 1890-1940"
Supervised by: Lewis L. Gould

Albert Holmes Tillison, Jr.: Professor, The University of Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
Dissertation: "Political Culture and the Social Conflict in the Upper Valley of Virginia, 1740-1789"
Supervised by: Philip L. White


Henry William Brands, Jr.: Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Dissertation: "The Eisenhower Administration and the Cold War"
Supervised by: Robert A. Divine

Michael Eugene Jones: Professor, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Dissertation: "Provinces of Iron and Rust: The End of Roman Britain"
Supervised by: Janet Meisel

Teresita Martinez Vergne: Senior Policy Associate, Public Education Network, Washington, D.C.
Dissertation: "An Experiment in Capitalism: Central San Vincente, 1873-1892"
Supervised by: Richard Graham

Robert Allen Wooster: Regents Professor of History, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas
Dissertation: "The Military and United States Indian Policy, 1865-1903"
Supervised by: John Sunder


Ana Maria Dos Santos
Dissertation: "Agricultural Reform and the Idea of ''Decadence'' in the State of Rio de Janiero, 1870-1910"
Supervised by: Richard Graham

Sandra Idonia Garrett
Dissertation: "Crises in the Lives of Elizabethan Women"
Supervised by: Patricia Kruppa

Michael Lowery Gillette: Director, Texas Council for the Humanities, Austin, Texas
Dissertation: "The NAACP in Texas, 1937-1957"
Supervised by: Joe Frantz

Martha Clayton Skeeters: Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
Dissertation: "The Clergy of Bristol, c.1530-c.1570"
Supervised by: Myron Gutmann and Brian Levack

Douglas Alan Washburn
Dissertation: "The Bourbon Reforms: A Social and Economic History of the Audiencia of Quito, 1760- 1809"
Supervised by: Nettie Lee Benson


Mary Anne Braunagel-Brown
Dissertation: "The Pineapple of Philanthropy: Aspects of Philanthropy and Charity in Early Nineteenth-Century Paris"
Supervised by: Nancy Nichols Barker

Miguel Enrique Soto Estrada: Professor, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Dissertation: "The Monarchist Conspiracy in Mexico, 1845-1846"
Supervised by: Nettie Lee Benson

Louise Erwin Heenan: Adjunct Professor (retired), St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas
Dissertation: "Russia's Fatal Blunder: The Summer Offensive 1917. Diplomatic, Military, Political and Social Aspects"
Supervised by: Oliver H. Radkey

Alida Christine Metcalf: Professor, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Dissertation: "Families of Planters, Peasants, and Slaves: Strategies for Survival in Santana de Parnaiba, Brazil, 1720-1820"
Supervised by: Nettie Lee Benson, Richard Graham

Emilio Zamora: Professor, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Dissertation: "Mexico Labor Activity in South Texas, 1900-1920"
Supervised by: Juan Gomez-Quinones and Ricardo Romo


Linda Jo Arnold: Professor, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Dissertation: "Bureaucracy and Bureaucrats in Mexico City: 1742-1835"
Supervised by: Nettie Lee Benson

William Ralph Childs: Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Dissertation: "Trucking and the Emergence of Federal Regulation, 1890-1940 A History of the Interactions of Technology, Business, Law, and Politics"
Supervised by: Lewis L. Gould

Gary William Gallagher: Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Dissertation: "Stephen Dodson Ramseur: A Biography"
Supervised by: Lewis L. Gould and Barnes F. Lathrop

Patrick Dale Gammill
Dissertation: "The Evolution of Spectator Sports and the Emergence of the Garrison State: The Nixon Sports Campaign"
Supervised by: Thomas L. Philpott

Sandra Lauderdale Graham: Associate Professor (retired), University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Dissertation: "Protection and Obedience: The Paternalist World of Female Domestic Servants, Rio de Janeiro, 1860-1910"
Supervised by: Thomas F. McGann and Standish Meacham

Adriaan Cornelis van Oss: Lecturer, University of Leiden (deceased, 1984)
Dissertation: "Catholic Colonialism: A Parish History of Guatemala, 1524-1821"
Supervised by: Richard Graham and Stanley R. Ross


William Stuart Callaghan
Dissertation: "Obstacles to Industrialization: The Iron and Steel Industry in Brazil during the Old Republic"
Supervised by: Richard Graham

David Charles Champagne: Deputy Comander for Research, Analysis and Civilian Affairs, 4th Psychological Operations Group, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Dissertation: "The Afghan-Iranian Conflict over Heart Province and European Intervention 1796-1863: A Reinterpretation"
Supervised by: Hafez Farmayan and Patricia Kruppa

David Odell Damerall
Dissertation: "The Modernization of Massachusetts: The Transformation of Public Attitudes and Institutions, 1689 to 1715"
Supervised by: Michael Hall and Drew McCoy

Judith Ann Head: Dean of the Faculty, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Dissertation: "Russian Attitudes Toward Germany and Austria, 1909-1913"
Supervised by: Oliver H. Radkey

Paul Jacob Hiltpold: Professor, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis, Obispo, Cal.
Dissertation: "Burgos in the Reign of Philip II: The Ayuntamiento, Economic Crisis, and Social Control, 1550-1600"
Supervised by: Carolyn Boyd

Harold James Hopkins
Dissertation: "Thomas Larkham's Tavistock: Change and Continuity in an English Town, 1600-1670"
Supervised by: Brian Levack

Stephen Lee McFarland: Professor of History and Dean of the Graduate School, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
Dissertation: "The Crises in Iran, 1941-1947: A Society in Change and the Peripheral Origins of the Cold War"
Supervised by: Hafez Farmayan

Allan Robert Purcell: Professor and Chair, History Department, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
Dissertation: "The History of the Texas Militia, 1835-1903"
Supervised by: Norman Brown and Lewis L. Gould

Gail Noble Raether
Dissertation: "Italy and the Diplomacy of the Grand Alliance, 1943-1944"
Supervised by: Robert A. Divine

Raymond Augustus Smith III
Dissertation: "A Traveler's View of Revolutionary America"
Supervised by: Philip L. White

Richard Randall Tansey
Dissertation: "Economic Expansion and Urban Disorder in Antebellum New Orleans"
Supervised by: Thomas L. Philpott


David Block, III: Ibero-American Bibliographer, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, N.Y.
Dissertation: "In Search of El Dorado: Spanish Entry into Moxos, a Tropical Frontier, 1550-1767"
Supervised by: Jay. F. Lehnertz

Robert Marshall Blum
Dissertation: "Drawing the Line: The Origin of the American Containment Policy in Southeast Asia"
Supervised by: Robert A. Divine

Ted Galen Carpenter: Vice President, Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.
Dissertation: "The Dissenters: American Isolationists and Foreign Policy, 1945-1954"
Supervised by: Robert A. Divine

Barry Mendel Cohen
Dissertation: "Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov: His Life and Work"
Supervised by: Sidney Monas

Emma Louise Moyer Jackson
Dissertation: "Petticoat Politics: Political Activism among Texas Women in the 1920's"
Supervised by: Norman Brown

Patricia Dolores Luan-Miller
Dissertation: "U.S. Direct investment in Mexico, 1876-1978: An Historical, Theoretical and Empirical Analysis"
Supervised by: Nettie Lee Benson

Henry Ozelle Malone, Jr.: Historian of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Monroe, Va. (deceased, 2008)
Dissertation: "Adam Von Trott Zu Solz: The Road to Conspiracy against Hitler"
Supervised by: Willard A. Fletcher and Clarence G. Lasby

Richard Todd McCulley: Historian, Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Dissertation: "The Origins of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913: Banks and Politics during the Progressive Era, 1897-1913"
Supervised by: Lewis L. Gould

Jesus Mendez
Dissertation: "Argentine Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century, 1900-1943"
Supervised by: Thomas F. McGann

Fernando Agustin Ponce
Dissertation: "Social Structure of Arequipa, 1840-1879"
Supervised by: Thomas F. McGann

Joseph Charles Porter: Chief Curator, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, N.C.
Dissertation: "John Gregory Bourke, Victorian Soldier Scientist: The Western Apprenticeship, 1869- 1886"
Supervised by: William H. Goetzmann

William Farnam Sanford, Jr.
Dissertation: "The American Business Community and the European Recovery Program, 1947-1952"
Supervised by: Robert A. Divine

Richard Wayne Slatta: Professor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
Dissertation: "The Gaucho and Rural Life in Nineteenth-Century Buenos Aires Province, Argentina"

Joseph Earl Sweigart: Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, New York, N.Y.
Dissertation: "Financing and Marketing Brazilian Export Agriculture: The Coffee Factors of Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1888"
Supervised by: Richard Graham

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