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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.

Benjamin V. Allison

Graduate student


Education: MA, History, Kent State University

Interests: International History, Diplomatic History, National Security, United States, Middle East, Soviet Union/Russia, Terrorism, Insurgency, Policing

Gaal Almor

Graduate student


Graduate student

Theodore Banks

Graduate student

Zachary Bradley

Graduate student


Education: Humanities and East Asian Foreign Area Studies, the United States Air Force Academy

Jon Buchleiter

Graduate student


Education: BA Peace, War, and Defense / Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: America in the World, National Security, Diplomatic History, Cold War, Anglo-American Relations

John Carranza

Graduate student


Education: MA-History, University of Texas at San Antonio

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

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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; US-Latin America relations; print culture and modern forms of sociability; race and gender relations in political history.

Sheena Cox

Graduate student


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

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Atar David

Graduate student


Education: M.A. Middle East Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Interests: Middle East, Political Economy, Social History, Environmental History, Food and Agriculture, Globalization

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Ronald Davis

Graduate student


Interests: The history of Black Cowboys and their lived experiences in antebellum Texas, during the Cattle Drive era, and into the 20th-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 * Radical Right * 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; Cold War in Latin America; Human Rights, 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, the Atlantic, and Pacific World 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

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Gabrielle Esparza

Graduate student


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

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

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Jian Gao 高堅

PhD Student

jiangao58@utexas.edu |
PCL 101

Education: BA, MA, MA, ABD, UA / UT

Interests: Modern Mexican History, Chinese Diaspora, Transnational / Immigration History, Latin American History, Asian American Studies, Latin America in a Globalizing World, U.S. West, Borderlands

Ashley Garcia

Graduate student


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

Interests: Communitarianism, 19th C Political History, Intellectual History

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John Gleb

Graduate student


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

Interests: Modern U.S. History, History of International Relations, History of the American National Security State, History of the American Foreign Service, History of Progressivism in the United States

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Diego Godoy

Ph.D. Candidate; Castañeda GRA


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

Interests: Latin American intellectual and cultural history; the history of criminology, crime journalism, lit, and film; museums, archives, libraries, and commemoration.

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Marcus Golding

Graduate student


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

Interests: 20th Century Latin America, the Inter-American Cold War, labor movements and foreign businesses in extractive industries, the Venezuelan petroleum industry and U.S. soft power. Other minor interests include Third-World Nationalism, guerrilla insurgencies, revolutions and counter-revolutions.

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Fei Guo

Graduate student


Interests: Modern and contemporary China, state-building, economic history, ethnicity under Chinese context, East Asia, python, NLP, and ML.

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Isabelle S. Headrick

PhD Candidate


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

Interests: Jews in the Middle East and the Global France. Modern education movement, girls' education, and the Alliance Israélite Universelle Jewish schools in Iran.

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

Diana Heredia-López

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

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Raymond Hyser

Graduate student


Education: M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Interests: Global Environmental History, History of Science, Environmental History of the British Empire, Imperialism and Colonization, Agrarian Studies, Commodities, Knowledge Networks, Coffee Cultures, Ecology, and the Anthropocene

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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, Graeco-Islamicate Medicine, Gender Studies, Sexuality in an Islamicate North India, and Islamic Metaphysics.

James Lacitignola

Graduate student

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Gwendolyn Lockman

PhD Candidate


Education: M.A., History, UT Austin; B.A., American Studies, Georgetown University

Interests: 20th Century U.S. West • Labor • Leisure • Class • Immigration • Urban Development • Land Use • Garden and Landscape Studies • Community Formation • Regional Identity • Women's and Gender Studies • Public History • Historic Preservation

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Vasken Markarian

Graduate student


Interests: Research Interests: Indigenous History, Cold War, Human Rights, Social Revolutions; violence against neighbors, state violence, genocide; trauma and memory studies.

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

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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Rafael Nieto-Bello

Graduate student


Education: BA in History; BA in Political Science; Minor in Philosophy; Minor in German Language and Culture, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Interests: History of Social Sciences, Intellectual History, History of Science, Latin America, Hispanic America, Early Modern Times, Ethnohistory, Political Thought, Relaciones Geográficas de Indias

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Paula O'donnell

Graduate student


Education: MA, New York University

Interests: 20th Century Latin America, Third World nationalism, the Inter-American Cold War, masculinity, military culture

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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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Camila Ordorica-Bracamontes

Graduate student


Interests: Mexican history; Archival studies; Archival history; Memory studies; Women and Gender history; Conceptual history

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Ilan Palacios Avineri

Graduate Student


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

Interests: Modern Central America, State Repression, Militarization, Political Ethics, Bodily Autonomy, Human Rights, Historical Memory

Jonathan Parker

Graduate student


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

Interests: Central & Eastern Europe circa 1848-1948; Global History of Nationalism and National Identity; Habsburg Empire; First Czechoslovak Republic; State- and nation-building; Museum Studies

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Kirtan Patel

Graduate student


Education: MA in History, Utah State University

Interests: Colonial India, Hindu Sectarianism and Devotional Traditions, Religion and Law, Reform, and Nationalism

Maria Jose Perez Sian

Graduate student

Abisai Pérez Zamarripa

Graduate student

Education: MA International History, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

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Alyssa Peterson

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


Education: History PhD, UT Austin

Interests: Eighteenth-Century Atlantic History, Environmental History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (HSTM), Disaster Studies, Environment and Earthquakes, Early Modern Disease and Medical Theory

Bryan Port

Graduate student


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Sarah Porter

Graduate student


Education: B.A., Texas A&M University, College Station

Interests: 20th Century U.S. Social Movements, Mass Incarceration, Civil Rights and Black Power, New Left, Women’s and Gender Studies, Public History

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David Rahimi

Graduate student


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

Interests: Modern Middle Eastern History; 19th-20th Century Iranian Social, Cultural, and Economic History; History of Consumer Capitalism; Comparative Empires, Moral Discourses; Islamic Law and Religious Authority; Christian Missionaries in the Middle East

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Spenser Rapone

Ph.D. Student


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

Interests: Modern Arab intellectual history, Modern Middle East and North Africa, metaphysics, consciousness, political theology, decolonization, violence

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Brandon James Render

PhD Candidate


Interests: Twentieth-Century U.S. Social and Intellectual History; Post-1945 Social Movements and Culture Wars; Race and Public Policy

Jesse Ritner

Graduate student


Interests: Environmental Technology, Race & Environment, new materialism/posthumanism, NAIS.

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Rodrigo Salido Moulinié

Graduate student


Education: Licenciatura, Politics and Public Administration, El Colegio de México

Interests: History of Photography; Anthropology and Ethnography; Politics of Representation; Miguel Covarrubias; Modern Mexico

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Danielle Sanchez

Graduate student


Education: B.A. History, Baylor University

Interests: 20th Century United States history, Civil Rights and Black Power movements, religious-based violence and oppression, African American religion

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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

PhD Candidate


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

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

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Jonathan J Seefeldt

Graduate student


Interests: Environmental History of Early Modern South Asia; 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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Clifton Sorrell III

Graduate student


Education: B.A., African & African American Studies; History, University of California, Davis

Interests: Slavery; African Diaspora; Empire; 17th-18th Century Caribbean-Atlantic World

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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, Revolutionary groups and the New Left, Dictatorship and The Disappeared in Chile, Surviving indigenous communities in the Amazon, the phenomenon of the "company town" in remote areas of Latin America

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Julia Stryker

Graduate student


Education: MA, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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

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Alexander Taft

Graduate student


Education: Ph.D. Student, Early Modern French History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Early Modern France, 16th/17th Centuries, History of Sexuality, Sodomy, Legal History, Social History

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


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

Interests: Post-1865 U.S. History, Post-1848 Mexican American History, Urban/Metropolitan History, Politics, Social Movements, Community Organizing, Environmental Justice, Racial Capitalism

Timothy Vilgiate

Graduate student

tjvilgiate@gmail.com |
719-502-0574 (text before calling)

Education: MA in History, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Interests: Transnational history, the environment, the rights of nature, indigenous knowledge, science and technology, grassroots resistance, political theory, semiotics

Felipe Vilo

Graduate student

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

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Edward Watson

Graduate student


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

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

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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, Sexual Health, Disease Surveillance, Development, Foreign Aid and Investment, Pharmaceutical Contracting

Niria White

Graduate student


Interests: Black Midwifery, Reproductive Justice, Maternal and Infant Health, Social Movements, Black Power

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 U. Wilson

Graduate student


Education: M.A. History, University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Social Studies Education, SUNY Buffalo State College

Interests: Black Women's Intellectual History, Black Internationalism, Solidarity Practices, Women of Color Organizing, and Feminist Movements

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Peter Worger

Graduate student


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

Interests: Modern Russia, intellectual history, cultural studies, history and philosophy of science; sexuality, embodiment, ideology, language

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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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Jing Zhai

PhD Candidate

zhaijing@utexas.edu |
Prufock's Java City Cafe ( By the entrance of the PCL library)

Education: B.A. History, M.A. history, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

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