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Current Graduate Students


Jeremy M. Albers, PhD Candidate





Matthew Thomas Arendt, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Matthew specializes in Antislavery movements and abolitionism in the United States and Great Britain. His other interests include political ideology, political history, and intellectual history.





Katherine Elizabeth Bynum, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Katherine specializes in black and brown civil rights movements; gender and sexuality; policing and mass incarceration.






Jason Andrew Cannon, PhD Candidate





William Patrick Cohoon, PhD Candidate

Major Field: Colonial Latin America

William specializes in the role of communication and its infrastructure in Latin America during the late-colonial and early-modern eras. His dissertation, tentatively titled “Caminos del poder: Communication, State Centralization, and Resistance in Bourbon Peru, 1763-1824,” examines the role of communication as a means to centralize government in late-colonial Peru.





Bryan Allen Cupp, PhD Candidate





Kendra K. DeHart, PhD Candidate

Major Field: Modern U. S. History since 1877

Kendra specializes in Women’s History, the American West, Native American History, Texas History, and Public History. She currently teaches  at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She is currently finishing her dissertation examining West Texas clubwomen in the postwar period.



Shawn B. Devaney, PhD Student

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Shawn’s research focuses on the Republican Party during the 1850s. He is examining how the Republican party formed a successful political strategy to rebound from its defeat in 1856 to secure victory in 1860. In addition to political history, he has an interest in memory studies, social, military, and legal history.





Stephen Jay Edwards, PhD Candidate

Major Field: Civil War Era War and Society, U. S. History to 1877

Stephen is interested in the American Civil War era with an emphasis on the occupied South and how Reconstruction impacted non-combatants. Stephen is examining the origins of Federal Reconstructive policy in the South during the war. Stephen hopes to explore Confederate loyalty, violence, and crime in Union-occupied areas.





Sherilyn Farnes, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Sherilyn focuses on the western Missouri borderlands during the Jacksonian Era. Her studies emphasize religious and cross-cultural interactions. She has presented and published at multiple conferences, primarily on early Mormon history and cartography.





Elaina Friar-Moyer, PhD Student

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877, Women and Gender Studies, War and Society

Elaina’s research focuses on gender dynamics during conflicts in American history. She seeks to illustrate how women claimed agency and defined themselves during World War I.




Michael Anthony Gomez, PhD Candidate




Naiomi Gonzalez, PhD Student

Major Field: Modern Middle East and Latin America.

Naiomi’s research focuses on American foreign policy toward the Middle East and Latin America during the mid- to late-twentieth century.




Michael Edward Green, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Michael studies disability and the American welfare state in post-World War II Texas. His dissertation focuses on Texas’s State Supported Living Centers, formerly called State Schools, for people with intellectual disabilities.



Moises Gurrola, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Moises specializes in the history of incarceration in Texas during the twentieth century. 




Blakeney K. Hill, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Blakeney focuses on the Civil War with an emphasis on the material culture of the common soldier and military history. His dissertation is currently titled “Anything Blue Would Do: Union Soldiers and their Uniforms.”


Cecilia N. Sanchez Hill, PhD Student

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Cecilia’s specializes in the Mexican American Civil Rights Movements. She hopes to highlight the struggle for political inclusion, educational equality, and upward mobility endured by Mexican Americans in North Texas.





Zsofia Hutvagner, MA Student

Zsofia is currently a Fulbright Scholar at TCU.



Scarlet Faith Jernigan, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Scarlet’s research focuses on the dynamism of an antebellum southern town. She is evaluating Macon, Georgia, in part through the mapping of its cityscape— determining where people chose to live and where they decided to lay their dead. She is curious about the extent to which people did or did not cross religious, ethnic, occupational, socio-economic, and regional lines in life and death.





Katharine Kaitcer, MA Student






Courtney Kimmel, MA Student

Major Field: U. S. History

Courtney specializes in American political history. In particular, she hopes to examine politics at the federal level including campaigns and elections. She is also interested in the achievements of political administrations during their elected terms.



Mitchell G. Klingenberg, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Mitchell is the author of numerous articles and reviews on themes of Civil War-era military and cultural history. His dissertation examines the life and command of Union Major General of Volunteers John Fulton Reynolds; it develops themes of professionalization and socialization in the antebellum army, command in the Army of the Potomac, northern conservatism and the politics of Union in the Civil War era, and Protestant-Catholic relations in the Civil-War North. His research has also centered on the intellectual history of the Old South. You can read more about his work at




Andrew Llewellyn Klooster, PhD Candidate





Merrissa Elaine Kuylen, MA Student





Leah Roberta LaGrone Ochoa, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Leah is interested in the intersections of societal perceptions of morality with political and economic policy. She plans to include discussions of gender, class, and race in Texas in her dissertation, tentatively titled “‘A Woman’s Worth’: The Politics of Prostitution and Living Wages in Early Twentieth Century Texas.”







Ray Frank Lucas III, PhD Student

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Ray’s research focuses on the Early Republican period in American history. His current project examines how the American Enlightenment influenced United States expansion in the Spanish Borderlands of the Old Southwest between 1795 and 1800.





Amanda M. Milian, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Amanda specializes in American history during the Early Republic and Antebellum periods. She focuses on the links between food and material cultures with the American Presidents. She also has a strong interest in archival work.







Sarah Elizabeth Miller, MA Student





Catherine Elizabeth Murtagh, PhD Candidate





Bobby Joe Oliver, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Bobby specializes in the methods, motives, and reasons for voter disenfranchisement in post-Reconstruction Texas, specifically the origins of white-only political candidate selection primaries for the Democratic Party in Texas between 1878 and 1923. His work examines the county by county adoption of the white primary, the definition of whiteness and its evolution, and how targets for disfranchisement changed from only excluding African Americans to also include Mexican Americans and others.




Andrea Erin Ondruch





Jackson Wiley Pearson, PhD Student

Major Field: Spanish-American Borderlands in the Gulf South, U. S. History to 1877

Jackson’s research investigates the implementation and observance of the “Neutral Ground Agreement” negotiated by American and Spanish officials in 1806. He hopes to reveal how individuals negotiated and exploited the geopolitical and environmental conditions of the Neutral Ground for individual benefit. His research illuminates how the imperial struggle for regional sovereignty in the Louisiana-Texas borderlands shaped individual identity and the environment.





Peter Porsche, PhD Student

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Peter’s interests include nineteenth-century United States, the intersection between race and religion, slavery, emancipation, and post-emancipation. His research focuses on the relationship between Freedman’s Bureau Commissioner Oliver Otis Howard and the freed people during Reconstruction.





Michele Robertson, MA Student

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Michele specializes in military history during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is particularly interested in studying veteran communities, female veteran narratives, military literature, and the Global War on Terrorism.






Gerardo Rodríguez, PhD Student

Major Field: Colonial Mexico

Gerardo is interested in the colonial period of Mexico, especially the last three decades of Spanish control in the viceroyalty of New Spain. His research focuses on how corruption and natural disasters affected the economy of the Spanish Crown, and how these royal economic problems led to the eventual loss of its viceroyalty in 1821.




Codee Scott, PhD Student

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Codee’s research focuses on women’s employment in the United States during the early twentieth century. Her dissertation focuses on Texas women’s employment patterns from 1900 to 1940.



Timothy Snell, PhD Student

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Timothy’s research interests focus on the American Civil War and Antebellum periods. He specializes on the application/power/use of “information” in both military and social environments. His dissertation will explore the creation and development of Union military intelligence practices and its impact on the Civil War as a broader conflict of informational warfare. He hopes to bridge the social and cultural underpinnings of the conflict as well as the political and military spheres through the lens of information in the war.





Johnny Hampton Spence II





Michael Toth, MA Student

Major Field: U. S. History

Michael holds an interest in the social, economic, and political effects and impacts of maritime technological advancements and the various interactions between cultures and societies throughout the Atlantic world. 




Daniel R. Vogel




Michael Thomas Wood, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History since 1877

Michael specializes in American-Latin American relations, particularly cultural exchanges between the United States and Cuba. His dissertation, “American Football and Cuba: An Analysis of Transnational Gridiron Clashes between the U.S. South and Havana, 1907-1933,” examines American football games between teams from the U.S. South and Cuba during the first half of the twentieth-century. In addition to survey courses in American and Latin American History, this project and my graduate studies open the possibility of teaching upper-level courses on the U.S. Diplomatic History, U.S.-Latin American Relations, the New South, and Cuban History. He also has experience teaching sport studies courses including “Football and Culture” and “Football in American Culture.”





Nicholas Abram Yeakley, PhD Candidate

Major Field: U. S. History to 1877

Nicholas’ research focuses on military and religious history during the Civil War era. He also holds interests in European history and War and Society.