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Recent MA Graduates and Thesis Topics

SUMMER 2019

Cunningham, David
Taming the Desert: Fasting, Reform, and the Search for God
Advisor:  Professor Susan McDonough

Ku, Francis
The Price of Dependence: The Deleterious Effects of the Kuomingtang’s Reliance on the United States Aid, 1941-1949
Advisor:  Professor Nianshen Song

SPRING 2019

Piechowiak, Kayla
An Exhibit of Women, By Women, But for Women?: The Limits of Interpretation at the Smithsonian
Advisor:  Professor Denise Meringolo

Ritchie, Jordan

Underwood and Underwood Company: Early Twentieth Century Pioneers of American Photojournalism
Advisor:  Professor Denise Meringolo

Azucena Sandoval, Camilla
“What White Nonsense is this?”  Investigating the Seldom Seen or Heard Stories of Latinxs in the National Register of Historic Places.
Advisor:  Professor Melissa Blair

Rosen, Maayan
Mistresses of the Press: The Roles of Women in Print Houses in 17th Century England
Advisor:  Professor Amy Froide

FALL 2018

Crandall, Heather, Astronomy’s Great Debate Over the Size of the Universe: Scientists’ and Historians’ Changing Assessments
Advisor:  Professor Joseph Tatarewicz

Gibson, Alan, Reciprocity Matters During the Civil War: Canadian Raw Goods and the Union Supply
Advisor:  Professor Anne S. Rubin

Golden, Marshal, The Life and Times of John Graham Chambers: Sports and Commercialization of Leisure in Victorian Britain
Advisor:  Professor Daniel Ritschel

Parker, Samantha, The First Sexual Revolution:  A Comparative Study of Premarital Pregnancy Rates in Maryland and Massachusetts, 1700-1810
Advisor:  Professor Terry Bouton

SUMMER 2018

Laina Miller, Singing Songs and Carrying Candles: The Development of Ashkenazi Jewish Marriage Customs and Rituals from Talmudic and Christian Sources, C. 850-1300 CE
Advisor:  Professor Susan McDonough

Utz, Zachary, Re-Thinking “The American Dream of Integration” in Suburbia: Race, Class and Resegregation in Randallstown, 1956-2003
Advisor:  Professor G. Derek Musgrove

SPRING 2018

Aglietti, Jason, The Religion the Revolution Forgot: The Persecution of the Maryland Quakers During the American Revolution
Advisor: Professor Terry Bouton

Lezgiyeva, Sudaba, Without a Country: A Stateless Armenian Refugees in the USSR and Russia, 1987-2003
Advisor:  Professor Kate Brown

Philpott, Susan, Pride, Inc.: Black Power and Black Capital in Washington, D.C.
Advisor:  Professor Derek Musgrove

FALL 2017

Heidi Carbaugh, “Mappipng Prostitution in Gilded Age Baltimore”
!Advisor: Professor Anne Rubin

Sherry Ryan, “Farms at Gettysburg”
Advisor: Professor Anne Rubin

SUMMER 2017

Tucker Foltz, “Freedom and Total Loss:  Tensions, Identity Formation and the Back-To-The Land Movement in 1970’s Vermont
Advisor:  Professor Denise Meringolo

Sydney Jenkins, “The Arabbers: A History of Baltimore Street Peddlers From 1945 to the Present”
Advisor: Professor Denise Meringolo

Georgia Ladd, “Remembering Dixie in a Border State: Reunion and Reconciliation in Post-Civil War Maryland”
Advisor:  Professor Anne S. Rubin

Robin Martin, “Encounters Through Encroachment: 17th and 18th Century Interactions on Maryland’s Eastern Shore”
Advisor:  Professor Melissa Blair

Molly Ricks, “Buried Memories: The Evolving Symbolic Significance of Black and White Burial Grounds at Mount Vernon, Monticello and Montpelier ”
Advisor:  Professor Anne S. Rubin

Stephanie Smith, “The Canadian Bicentennial of the War of 1812: The Problem of Techumseh”
Advisor:  Professor Daniel Ritschel

Laquanda Walters Cooper, “Every Evidence of Our Progress”: The North Carolina Negro State Fairs, 1879-1907
Advisor:  Professor Michelle Scott

SPRING 2017

Kelly Daughtridge, “Defining Their Past to Immortalize Their Future: Women’s Monuments in Early Modern England”
Advisor:  Professor Amy Froide

Katherine Fusick, “Ladies in Rebellion: Women of the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Risings”
Advisor:  Professor Amy Froide

Andrew Holter, “The Vanguard is Never Caught Napping: Informants and Police Inside the Black Panthers in Baltimore, 1968-1972”
Advisor: Professor Derek Musgrove

Sarah Huston, “The Lives of Enslaved and Free Black Children in Baltimore Under Apprenticeship Laws, 1790-1840”
Advisor: Professor Anne S. Rubin

Jennifer Montooth, “Bridges to Dignity”: Roy Innis, Conservative Black Power, and the Transformation of CORE, 1968-1998
Advisor: Professor Derek Musgrove

Chelsea Mueller, “Ink, Mirrors, and Capes: How Comic Books Mirrored Societal Events in American Culture From 1954-1990”
Advisor:  Professor Meredith Oyen

Fall 2016

Joshua Fertig, “Bars on the Golden Door: Post WWII Security Screenings and Their Administrations”
Advisor:  Professor Meredith Oyen

Summer 2016

Celso Baldivieso, “Irradiating Eden: The El Verde Experiment and the Atomic Energy Commission’s Nuclear Prospecting in Latin America, 1954-1970”
Advisor:  Professor Kate Brown

Spring 2016

Michael Bealefeld, “The Peculiar Fidelity of the Old Line State”
Advisor: Professor Anne S. Rubin

Jacob Benson, “City Architect, County Architect”
Advisor: Professor Melissa Blair

Conor Donan, “The Streets of Baltimore-The Irish in Baltimore City”
Advisor: Professor Anne S. Rubin

Tyler Peterson, “Bridging the Gap: Culture and Politics in Sino-American Normalization”
Advisor: Professor Meredith Oyen

Allyson Schuele, “Marrying Down: A Strategy for Aristocratic Widows in Tudor England”
Advisor: Professor Amy Froide

Michael Stone,”Understanding the Uprising”
Advisor: Professor Denise Meringolo

Coleburn Volman, “Child of Man? Child of God?: Adolescence and the Ambiguity of Parenthood in Early Modern England”
Advisor:  Professor Amy Froide

Fall 2015:

Elizabeth Cusick, “Anarchist Heaven:  Barcelona 1936-1937.”
Advisor: Prof. Daniel Ritschel

Aiden J. Faust, “Neighborhood Matters:  What Baltimore Learned from the War on Poverty.”
Advisor: Prof. Derek Musgrove

Aunaleah Gelles, “Commemorating the Defense of Baltimore, 1815-2015.”
Advisor: Prof. Denise Meringolo

 Summer 2015

Genevieve White, “Gone With Only Memory Left”: The Wartime Memoir of Emily Raine Williams
Advisor: Professor Meredith Oyen

Nichole Zang, “Holy Temples to Dark Rooms: The origins of Baltimore’s Juvenile Reform Movement of the 19th Century”
Advisor: Professor Anne S. Rubin

Spring 2015:

Jessica E. Deane, “Glory Stands Beside Our Grief:  The Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Commemoration and Memorial Efforts in Baltimore”
Advisor: Prof. Anne Sarah Rubin

Talbot A. Kuhn, “Maryland and the Moderate Conundrum:  Free Black Policy in an Antebellum Border State”
Advisor: Prof. Anne Sarah Rubin

Fall 2014:

Susan Chumley, “The United States Air Force Band:  Musical Ambassadors on a Cold War Stage”
Advisor: Prof. Denise Meringolo

Sarah Hammersley, “The Family Bond: Benevolent Black Slaveholding in Early National Maryland”
Advisor: Professor Terry Bouton

Heather M. Steven, “The Use of Gender During the E. G. Wharton Trial”
Advisor: Prof. Michelle Scott

Summer 2014:

Megan C. Maxwell, “Black Faces in Blue Uniforms:  Integrating the Baltimore Police Department, 1920-1950”
Advisor: Prof. Michelle Scott

Nancy Watts, “The History of Kindergarten in Baltimore City, Maryland”
Advisor: Prof. Anne Sarah Rubin

Zachary Garceau, “Johnny Unitas: Baltimore’s Cold Warrior”                                                                                                                                                     Advisor: Professor Derek Musgrove

Spring 2014:

Christopher Brown, “The Writing on the Walls and Other Places: American Civil War Graffiti”
Advisor: Prof. Anne Sarah Rubin

Katherine Dufresne, “Images and Reality: War Brides and Media Representation”
Advisor: Prof. Meredith Oyen

Steve Flint, “The Vietnam War: Communist Mass Mobilization at the Local Level”
Advisor: Prof. Ka-che Yip

Courtney Hobson, “A Mother’s Inheritance: Women, Interracial Identity, and Emancipation in Maryland, 1664-1820″
Advisor: Prof. Marjoleine Kars

Jacob Hutton,”The Other Side of the Riots”
Advisor: Prof. Derek Musgrove

Colin Leach, “Waiting for Supertrain: Trains, Technocracy, and the Great Society”
Advisor: Prof. Christy Chapin

Caitlin McGeever, “’That Which is Spirit is Spirit’: Male and Female Quaker Perspectives in Political Context”
Advisor: Prof. Amy Froide

David Warner, “Executive Privilege and the Spirit of Republicanism in the Washington Administration”
Advisor: Prof. Marjoleine Kars

Fall 2013:

Shae Adams, “Identity in Black and White: Indian Boarding School Postcards”
Advisor: Prof. Terry Bouton

Dorothy Alexander, “Hilltop:  A Historic African-American Community”
Advisor: Prof. Denise Meringolo

William J Carroll, “Beer Wars:  The Fight for Independent Brewing in Baltimore”
Advisor: Prof. Denise Meringolo

Theresa Donnelly, “George Washington’s Laboring Women:  The Work and Lives of the Enslaved Female Field Workers at Mount Vernon, 1785-1787”
Advisor: Prof. Marjoleine Kars

Karl Dotterweich, “’And the Hand of the Lord Was With Them’:  The Effects of Planters’ Socioeconomic Status on the Capital Trials of Enslaved Africans in Colonial Maryland, 1729-1775”
Advisor: Prof. Marjoleine Kars

Gary McMullin, “Country First:  African Colonization and the Role of Southern Unionists, 1817-1862”
Advisor: Prof. Anne Sarah Rubin

Summer 2013:

Christy Gretsinger, “Oblivion: An Analysis of the Decline of Feminism Within the Owenite Movement”
Advisor: Prof. Daniel Ritschel

James Reaves, “Making Down: The Life of a Pullman Porter”
Advisor: Prof. Denise Meringolo

John J. Soos, “Jacob Beser: The Forgotten Hiroshima and Nagasaki Crewmember and the Construction of Atomic Memory”
Advisor: Prof. Joe Tatarewitz

Spring 2013:

Mia Brown, “Lyndon Johnson and the Race for Peace: The 1967 Outer Space Treaty”
Advisor: Prof. Joseph Tatarewicz

Dominique L. Covino,  “‘In Great Danger of Perishing Through Poverty’: Kinship, Charity and Public Poor Relief in Somerset County, Maryland, 1665-1760”
Advisor: Prof. Marjoleine Kars

Jenny Lee Hansen, “Genocide: What Genocide?”
Advisor: Prof. Meredith Oyen

Elizabeth Pente – “Death for Dishonor in Danville”
Advisor: Prof. Michelle Scott

Johanna Schein – “Heeding Hetch Hetchy: A Public History Project”
Advisor: Prof. Denise Meringolo

Amy Zanoni – “‘Working on Many Levels’: A History of Second-Wave Feminism in Baltimore”
Advisor: Prof. Michelle Scott

Fall 2012

Brigette N. Cascio, “The More Personal Civil War: The Impact of the Civil War on Marriages”
Advisor: Dr. Anne Rubin

Meghan Colabella, “Beyond its Southern Border: An Examination of U.S. Immigration Policies (IRLA) and Mexican Migration”
Advisor: Dr. Meredith Oyen

Summer 2012:

Kellian Kennedy, “The Civil Rights and Social Justice Movement in Baltimore, Maryland”
Advisor: Dr. Michelle Scott

Spring 2012:

Vicki Heath,” Harris’ List as a Source for the Diverse and Entrepreneurial Nature of Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century London”
Advisor: Dr. Amy Froide

Jessica Keene, “Elite Women’s Protestant Networks in Mid-Tudor England”
Advisor: Dr. Amy Froide

Owen Lourie, “A Revolution Without Change:  The Limited Effects of Suffrage Reform in Maryland, 1803-1813”
Advisor: Dr. Terry Bouton

Trisha Okine, “Real vs Real:  How the Concept of Authenticity Has Influenced Hip Hop”
Advisor: Dr. Michelle Scott

Douglas Oppenheimer, “America’s Revolutionary War”
Advisor: Dr. Terry Bouton

Tarin Rudloff, “Regulating Identities:  Governing Women’s Appearance in Early Modern England”
Advisor: Dr. Amy Froide

Allison Seylor, “In Defense of Slavery:  An Exploration of Queen Anne’s County Slave Owners, 1820-1840”
Advisor: Dr. Anne Rubin

Andrew Young, “Lexington’s Grandsons:  The Northern Response to the Pratt Street Riots”
Advisor: Dr. Anne Rubin

Summer 2011

Erin Estep, “A Chesapeake Childhood:  Childhood in the Colonial Chesapeake”
Advisor: Dr. Denise Meringolo

Laura Rice, “The Experience of an Enlisted U.S. Army Soldier During and After the Punitive Expedition and World War I:  Thomas F. Cunningham, A Case Study”
Advisor: Dr. Denise Meringolo

Coleen Walter, “Conserving Memory:  The Civilian Conservation Corps in Western Maryland”
Advisor: Dr  Kriste Lindenmeyer

Spring 2011

Bailey Ball, “Never Again:  The Impulse to Commemorate the Holocaust in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the British Imperial War Museum”
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Boehling

Bethany Bemis, “The People’s House?  Public Access to the White House”
Advisor: Dr. Denise Meringolo

Daniel Burge, “Manifest or Murky? A Reexamination of the Popularity of Manifest Destiny in the Antebellum Era”
Advisor: Dr. Terry Bouton

Martin Cullen, “Nation Building and Insurgency in Southeast Asia”
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Ritschel

Teresa Foster, “The Passengers of the Ship Gilbert in 1721:  British Female Convict Transportation From London to Annapolis”
Advisor: Dr. Marjoleine Kars

James Furgol, “An Analysis of Discourse and Disagreement:  The British and American Medical Associations Following WWII”
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Ritschel

Jacob Levin, “Blacks and Jews in the Black Power Movement and its Subsequent Scholarship”
Advisor: Dr. Michelle Scott

Laura Marshallsay, “WAC Voices:  The Transition of the Women’s Army Corps to the Integrated Army, 1973-1978”
Advisor: Dr. Denise Meringolo

Homira Pashai, “For the Sake of Power, Prestige or Oil:  Did Cooperation Among the Governments of the United States and Great Britain Contribute to the 1953 Coup of Iran?”
Advisor: Dr. Kriste Lindenmeyer

James Risk, “Ship to Shore:  Infrastructure and the Growth of American Seaports”
Advisor: Dr. Anne Rubin

Carol Van Natta, “Slavery and Free Black Labor in Northern Maryland, 1762 to 1864:  Rethinking the Focus at Hampton National Historic Site”
Advisor: Dr. Denise Meringolo

Fall 2010

Peter Bunten, “A Vigil Strange:  The Civil War and the Creation of Memory in Ulster and Greene Counties, New York”
Advisor: Dr. Denise Meringolo

Jessica Ding, “Political Prophecy in Tudor England”
Advisor: Dr. Amy Froide