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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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Andrew Akhlaghi

Graduate student


Interests: Social history, digital humanities

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Chris Babits

Andrew W. Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative Fellow and Health Humanities Graduate Scholar


Education: Ph.D., 2019, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: U.S. religion, gender, and sexuality; the global history of psychology; conservative politics; education 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

Theodore Banks

Graduate student

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Abikal Borah

Graduate student

aborah@utexas.edu |
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Education: MA (History), The University of Texas at Austin

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

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Courtney Broderick

PhD Student and 2018-2019 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellow

Interests: Mexican American history, Texas history, modern American immigration history, Southwestern United States history, modern United States political history, intersections of culture and policy

John Carranza

Graduate student


Education: M.A. in World History, University of Texas at San Antonio

Interests: History of science, technology, and medicine; disability history; sex education and human reproduction; cultural and political impact of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.; medical humanities; U.S. & Texas history

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Sandy Chang

Graduate student

sandy.chang@utexas.edu |
Caffe Medici

Education: MA, 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


Education: M.A. (History), University of South Florida

Interests: Ming China, Late Imperial China, Guangdong, Early Modern Europe, Global History

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Alexander Chaparro Silva

Graduate student


Education: M.A. and B.A. (summa cum laude) in History, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Interests: Latin American political, intellectual, conceptual and public history; print culture and modern forms of sociability; race and gender relations in political history.

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Natalie Cincotta

Graduate student


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

Interests: Twentieth Century Germany, Visual Culture, Mass Media, Gender and Sexuality, German Culture after 1945, Memory Politics, Popular Culture and Consumerism

Sheena Cox

Graduate student


Education: M.A. History; B.A. History; A.A. Political Science, University of Texas

Interests: Borderlands history. I study early 19th Century Texas and the Southwest with focus on race, class, and nationalism.

Ronald Davis

Graduate student


Interests: 18th & 19th Century American Slavery, Slavery in Texas, Maroon Communities in Texas and Colombia, Gender 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

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Ahmed Deidan de la Torre

Graduate student


Education: B.A. (Honors) in History, UCLA

Interests: Age of Revolutions, Spanish and Spanish American 19th Century, Atlantic History. Political Culture. History of the Spanish Empire. Ecuadorian History, Spanish History, Mexican History, Argentine History, Colombian History. Conceptual History, Cultural History, Political History, Social History.

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Augusta Dell'Omo

Graduate student


Education: Bachelor of Arts, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: U.S. Foreign Policy in the 20th Century, Cold War, Civil Rights History, Race and American International Relations Theory, U.S.-South African Relations, Religion and Culture, Public History, Historical Teaching Methods

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Marcelo Jose Domingos

Graduate student


Education: MA degree: Cultural History: 2005, UnB - Universidade de Brasília

Interests: Brazilian History; Historic memory during the Cold War in Latin America; archives; U.S.-Latin American Relations

Jeremey Donnelly-Rutledge

Graduate student


Interests: History of Medicine; Psychiatry; Colonial Healthcare; West Africa

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Jacob Doss

Ph.D. Candidate


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

Interests: Medieval Religion; Twelfth-Century Renaissance and Reform; Monastic Masculinity; History of Education; Gender and Sexuality.

Gary Leo Dunbar

Graduate student


Interests: Latin America and Atlantic history

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Brittany Erwin

Ph.D. Candidate


Education: B.A., History and Spanish, Northern Arizona University

Interests: Colonial Latin America, Public Ceremonies, Political Ritual, Document Creation, and the Development of Political Identity in the Spanish Empire

Gabrielle Esparza

Graduate student


Education: B.A. History and Spanish, Illinois College

Interests: 20th Century Argentina, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Trauma and Memory Studies, Inter-American Cold War

Dennis Fisher

Graduate student

Interests: Algonquin Anishinabeg politics and culture from 1914 to 2016. I'm also interested in 17th century missions along the Saint Lawrence River as sites of politics and culture.

Kristie Flannery

Graduate student


Interests: The global Spanish empire, urban history, comparative colonialisms

Carl Forsberg

Graduate student


Education: B.A., Yale University

Interests: International History; The Global Cold War; US and the World; Modern Middle East; Iran's Relations with the Arab World

Signe Fourmy

Graduate student

signepfourmy@utexas.edu |

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

Interests: Slavery, Resistance, Gender, Criminality, US constitutional history, legal history, and early US history

Ashley Garcia

Graduate student


Education: M.A., New School for Social Research

Interests: Communitarianism, Utopian Communities, 19th C Radical Politics, Intellectual Politics

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Alejandra Garza

PhD Candidate and AHA Career Diversity Fellow

alejandracgarza@utexas.edu |
(512) 232-3381 |
GAR 1.104AAC

Education: B.A. (summa cum laude), History, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Interests: Borderlands History; 20th Century Texas History; Historical Memory; Career Development for Historians

John Gleb

Graduate student


Education: B.A., University of California-Berkeley

Interests: Modern European History, Modern U.S. History, History of International Relations, History of the Foreign and Diplomatic Services

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Diego Godoy

Ph.D. Candidate; Castañeda GRA

dgodoy86@gmail.com |
Texas EXpresso (UT Alumni Center)

Education: M.A., History, Claremont Graduate University, CA

Interests: Modern Latin America; intellectual & cultural history; the history of criminology, detection, and crime fiction; banking and financial crimes; journalism and the press; museums, archives, libraries, and commemoration.

Marcus Golding

Graduate student


Education: M.A. in Latin American Studies, Georgetown University

Interests: Latin America during the Cold War, political and labor movements, guerrillas, revolutions and counterrevolutions.

Mia Gomez

Graduate student


Education: B.A. History, Montclair State University

Interests: Contemporary borderlands history; Mexican-American history; Socioeconomics, Narcos, Immigration

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Nicolás González-Quintero

Ph.D. Candidate


Education: B.A. (Honors) in History; M.A. in Cultural Studies, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Interests: Latin American and Caribbean History; Atlantic History; Political Culture in Latin America 18-19th Centuries; Migration, Exile, and Diaspora.

Brenda Gunn

(on leave)
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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Fei Guo

Graduate student


Interests: Modern China, state-building, economic history, and ethnicity under Chinese context

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Celeste Gventer

Graduate student

celeste@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8449 |
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Education: Master of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; B.A. Stanford University

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Maria Esther Hammack

Doctoral Candidate

mariaesther@utexas.edu |

Education: M.A. Atlantic World History; B.A. History | Honors College, East Carolina University

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

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Isabelle Headrick

Graduate student


Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Oberlin College

Interests: Global modern education movement; the "global France"; Alliance Israélite Universelle Jewish schools in Iran between 1900 and 1939

Justin Heath

Graduate student

jmichaelheath@gmail.com |
PCL, 5th Floor (see course syllabus for more details)

Education: M.A. History, University of Georgia (UGA)

Interests: History of Religion in Latin America; Mission History; Jesuitica; Contraband and Commerce; Temporalities and Material Culture; Subaltern Epistemologies; Logistics and Colonialism; Catholic Intellectual History; Church History and Modernity

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Lauren Henley

Doctoral Candidate


Education: M.A. (History), The University of Texas at Austin; B.A. (summa cum laude), Washington University in St. Louis

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

Diana Gabrie Heredia Lopez

Graduate student


Education: B. Sc. (Honors), Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Interests: Science in the Early Modern World, Circulation of Knowledge, Visual and Material Culture of Science

Guangji Hu

Graduate student


Interests: Post-1949 China, Economic History, Foreign trade and industrialization

Daniel Jean-Jacques

Graduate student

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

Anuj Kaushal

PhD Student (UT-Austin)


Education: MPhil, MA, and BA (History), Delhi University (india)

Interests: South Asian History, Medieval Islamic History, Indo-Persian Poetry, Deccan History, Nizam-Maratha history, 1200-1700 India.

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Deirdre Lannon

(on leave)
Doctoral Candidate

John Lisle

Graduate student


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

Interests: History of science; science attachés; scientific intelligence; Cold War

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Gwendolyn Lockman

Graduate student


Education: B.A., American Studies, Georgetown University

Interests: 20th Century U.S., Cultural History, Labor, Leisure, Sports, Race, Class, Urban Development, Regional Identity, American West

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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, Human Rights and Policing, Forced Military Recruitment, Trauma and Memory Studies

Ian Marsh

(on leave)
Graduate student


Alan Mattay

Graduate student


Education: MA and BA in History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Interests: African-American history, history of childhood and youth, generations, nineteenth-century United States, freedpeople, labor, migration

Holly McCarthy

Graduate student


Education: M.A. - Security Studies, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

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

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Ernesto Mercado-Montero

Graduate student


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

Interests: Social and Political History of the Early-Modern Circum-Caribbean Region

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Kazushi Minami

Ph.D. Candidate

kazushiminami@utexas.edu |
GAR 4.124

Interests: United States in the World, Modern China & East Asia

Charalampos Minasidis

Graduate student


Education: B.A. in History & Archaeology, B.A. in Political Sciences, Master in Balkan & Turkish History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; M.A. in The History of Warfare, King's College London

Interests: Modern History of SE Europe & Ottoman Empire/Turkey; history of warfare; social history; collective action; history of ideas; cultural history

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Elizabeth A O'Brien

PhD Candidate


Interests: The history of medicine, science, and surgery; Mexico, Latin America, and the World; gender, race, and cultural studies; reproductive politics; the Catholic Enlightenment, political philosophy in history.

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Paula O'donnell

Graduate student


Education: MA, New York University

Interests: Argentina in the Falklands / Malvinas War, territorial nationalism, masculinity, the Inter-American Cold War

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Madeleine Olson

Graduate student


Interests: Catholicism in Latin America, 20th century Mexico, Religious Violence, Papal diplomacy, Mexican Church-State Relations, Political development, and Catholic social activism

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Albert A. Palacios

Doctoral Candidate, LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator

aapalacios@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-7714 |
SRH 1.206A

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

Jonathan Parker

Graduate student


Education: International Masters (Central and East European Studies); MA (European Studies), University of Glasgow; Jagiellonian University

Interests: Central Europe 1848-1948; Global History of Nationalism and National Identity; Habsburg Empire; First Czechoslovak Republic; State- and nation-building and maintenance

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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, the black diaspora in the 19th century West, gender and slavery

Kirtan Patel

Graduate student


Education: MA in History, Utah State University

Interests: British Empire, Colonial India, Hindu Religious History, Monastic Leadership and Culture, Migration History, History of Emotions, Religious Community Formation

Abisai Perez Zamarripa

Graduate student


Education: M. A., International History, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE, Mexico)

Interests: The Philippines and the Spanish Empire, Republic of Indians and Regular Clergy in the Philippines, Colonial Latin American, Latin American 19th Century, Spanish Empire 19th, Imperial History

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Jimena Perry

Graduate student


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

Interests: Modern Latin America, digital humanities, violence, memory, trauma, and museums

Alyssa Peterson

M.A., Eastern Illinois University; B.A., Indiana University


Education: History PhD, UT Austin

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David Rahimi

Graduate student


Education: MA in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests: Middle Eastern intellectual history; Iranian social and cultural history, moral discourses; Islamic law and religious authority; Missionaries in the Middle East

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Brandon Render

Graduate student


Interests: Twentieth-Century U.S. Social and Intellectual History; Public Policy; Post-1945 Social/Intellectual Movements; the Black Intellectual/Radical Tradition

Jesse Ritner

Graduate student

Interests: Environmental and Native American Histories, Gender & Sexuality, Settler-Colonialism & NAIS Methodology, Material Culture, Public History, Digital Humanities

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Christopher Rose

Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-20), Institute for Historical Studies


Education: PhD, History, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Social history of disease and public health; Egypt in the Islamic period; development and urbanization in pre-modern and early modern Cairo

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Haley Schroer

Graduate student


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

Interests: Colonial Latin American History, Race and Society, Visual and Material Culture

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Alina Scott

Graduate Student, Social Media Manager- UT History Department


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

Interests: 18th and 19th-Century; Native American Culture and Politics; Petitions; Gender; Digital Humanities; Environmental History

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Jonathan J Seefeldt

Graduate student


Interests: Early Modern South Asia, particularly Mewar and Rajasthan; Environmental History; Water Management and the State; Digital Humanities

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Stefanie Shackleton

Graduate student


Education: BA, Converse College, SC

Interests: Research interests are in the social and cultural history of modern Britain and its empire, focusing on the role of knowledge and learning as means of self-improvement during the changing culture of Victorian society.

Cali Slair

Graduate student

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Nathan Stone

Graduate student

nathan23609@utexas.edu |
512 360 7365

Education: MA English, UT Austin

Interests: Modern Latin America, Cultural History, Dictatorship and The Disappeared in Chile, Surviving indigenous communities in the Amazon, the phenomenon of the "company town" in remote areas of Latin America

Julia Stryker

Graduate student


Education: MA, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Interests: Nineteenth Century Britain and Empire, Gender and Labor History, Maritime History, Digital Humanities

Alexander Taft

Graduate student

ataft@utexas.edu |
+1 (304) 579-3278

Interests: Early-Modern French History, History of Sexuality, the Mediterranean World

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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Micaela Valadez

Graduate student


Interests: U.S. Latinx History, Urban/Metropolitan History, Politics, Social Movements, Community Organizing, Environmental Injustice and Disasters, Racial Capitalism

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Christina Villarreal

Graduate student


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

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

Jared Wait

Graduate student


Interests: Early stage contact between Spain and the American continents; Conflict and resolution among conquistadors; The Spanish guitar's development, culture, and conveyance

Rupali Warke

Graduate student


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Edward Watson

Graduate student

e.watson@utexas.edu |
Caffé Medici

Education: B.A. History; M.A. Modern History, The University of Sheffield

Interests: Modern British History; Punk, Youth Culture, and Popular Music; Gender; The Long 18th Century; 19th and 20th-Century Visual Culture; Social and Cultural History

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Andrew Weiss

Doctoral Candidate

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

Education: Bachelor's of Science, Vanderbilt University

Interests: Colonial and National Latin America; Modern Mexico; Relationship between the Mexican State and Catholic Church; Priísta Mexico (1929-2000); International History, Politics, and Diplomacy; United States; Religious Studies; Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern Europe; Antiquity (Greece, Rome, and the Near East).

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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

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Emily Whalen

Graduate student


Education: B.A., The University of Virginia

Interests: Diplomacy, National Security, Middle East, Cold War, US History, US Foreign Policy, Lebanon, Europe, Islam, 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.

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Tiana Wilson

Graduate student


Interests: Twentieth Century U.S. History, Black Women's Internationalism, Social Movements, U.S.-Latin American Relations, and Pan-Africanism

Brooks Winfree

Graduate student

Interests: Slavery, Texas history, the Old South, Native American history, borderlands, environmental history

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Peter Worger

Graduate student


Education: B.A. History (High Honors), University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Russian intellectual and cultural history since the late-nineteenth century; gender and sexuality; history of the body.

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Benjamin Wright

Graduate student

b.wright@austin.utexas.edu |
512 592 0061

Education: BA History, MA in Modern History, King's College London

Interests: U.S. History and Memory, Confederate Statues and Symbols, U.S. involvement in World War I, Defeat in American Culture

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Ben Yeager

Graduate student


Education: BA History, Centre College

Interests: Maoist China, comparative studies of East Asia, state-building, group politics, intellectuals, propaganda, ideology, totalitarianism, foreign policy

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Jing Zhai

PhD Candidate


Education: MA History, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Interests: History of Modern and Contemporary China, Comparative Communism, History of Gender and Sexuality, History of Childhood