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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

Benjamin Allison

Graduate student

Theodore Banks

Graduate student

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Abikal Borah

Graduate student

aborah@utexas.edu |
BEL 212 N

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

Interests: Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa and the Indian Ocean World, Global and Transnational History, History of Migration, History of Violence, Postcolonial Theory

Zachary Bradley

Graduate student

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; print culture and modern forms of sociability; race and gender relations in political history.

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Natalie Cincotta

PhD Candidate

ncincotta@utexas.edu |
GAR 0.110

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

Interests: Twentieth Century Germany, Visual Culture, Mass Media, Gender and Sexuality, Post-1945 Memory Politics, Psychoanalysis during the Cold War

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.

Atar David

Graduate student


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

Interests: Middle East, Political Economy, Social History, Food Supply, Agriculture, The Great Depression, Political Economy, Globalization

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 Sanchez

Ph.D. Candidate


Education: B.A. and License in History, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

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 * 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; 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

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Jian Gao 高堅

PhD Student

jiangao58@utexas.edu |
PCL 101

Education: BA, MA, University of Alabama

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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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 American Foreign Service, History of Progressivism in the United States

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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

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.

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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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Mia Gomez

Graduate student


Education: B.A. History, Montclair State University

Interests: Mexican-American history; Borderlands; Education reform and desegregation

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Fei Guo

Graduate student


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

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María Esther Hammack

Doctoral Candidate

mariaesther@utexas.edu |

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

Interests: Black Women Freedom Fighters, Black Liberation Across Borderlands, African Diaspora, Mexico, Black life in Texas, Slavery in Texas and Mexico, Anti-Slavery and Abolition in Mexico

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Isabelle S. Headrick

Graduate student


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

Interests: Global modern education movement, including education for girls; the "global France"; 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, B.A., History and Art History, University of Virginia

Interests: Global Environmental History, History of Science, Environmental History of the British Empire, Agrarian Studies, Knowledge Networks, Ecology, 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, Medieval Islamic History, Indo-Persian Poetry, Deccan History, Nizam-Maratha history, 1200-1700 India.

James Lacitignola

Graduate student

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Deirdre Lannon

(on leave)
Doctoral Candidate

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Gwendolyn Lockman

Graduate student


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

Interests: 20th Century U.S. West, Labor, Leisure, Urban Development, Race/Ethnicity, Class, Regional Identity, Women's and Gender Studies

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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

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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

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

rd.nieto1592@utexas.edu |
(This semester in Bogota)

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 nineteenth century; Intellectual history; Conceptual history; Postcolonial history; Archival studies.

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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

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Ilan Palacios Avineri

Graduate Student


Education: B.A. in History, Willamette University

Interests: Modern Central America, Political Ethics, Bodily Autonomy, State Repression, Religious Asylum, Immigration Policy, 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

Kirtan Patel

Graduate student


Education: MA in History, Utah State University

Interests: British Empire, Colonial India, Hindu History, Religion and Law, Sectarian Histories and Politics

Abisai Pérez Zamarripa

Graduate student


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

Interests: Ealy modern Iberian empires in America and Southeast Asia, Republic of Indians, 19th Century Mexico, Legal History, Global History

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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

Sarah Porter

Graduate student


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

Interests: 20th Century U.S. Social and Legal History; Mass Incarceration; Black Power Studies; New Left; Women's and Gender Studies

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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

Spenser Rapone

Graduate student

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Brandon James Render

Graduate student


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

Jesse Ritner

Graduate student


Interests: Environmental and Native American Histories, History of Science, Gender, Settler-Colonialism & NAIS Methodology, "Neo-Materialism", Public History

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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

Daniel Samet

Graduate student

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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

Doctoral Student | Managing Editor, Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal


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: 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 American Studies & History, University of California, Davis

Interests: 17th-18th Century West Africa in the Making of Atlantic World Diaspora and Enslaved Resistance

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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

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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: History, Political Science (Summa Cum Laude), West Virginia University

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

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, 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

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 Wilson

Graduate student

Wilsontu@utexas.edu |
512-475-7268 |
GAR 4.124

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

Interests: Black Women's Internationalism, Solidarity Practices, Intersectionality, Pan-Africanism, Women of Color Organizing, and Feminist Movements

Brooks Winfree

Graduate student


Interests: Slavery, Texas history, the US 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: Modern Russia, history of sexuality, the body, narratology

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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

PhD Candidate


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

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

Kevin Zhang

Graduate student