Recent Ph.D.s and Placements

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Fall 2021

Esteban Alfaro Salas

Dissertation: Making Portuguese Colonial Governance: Slavery, Forced Labor, and Racial Ideology in the Interior from Benguela, 1760-1860
Placement: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven CT

Anna Holdorf

Dissertation: A Harvest for Heaven and Earth: Agricultural Missionaries and the Religious Roots of U.S. International Development in Latin America
Placement: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre Dame

Nelia Martsinkiv

Dissertation: Unlikely Dissenters: Origins and Development of the Ukrainian Human Rights Movement from Khrushchev to Gorbachev

Summer 2021

Anna Fett

Dissertation: Peace Education for the World: People-to-People Programs, American Youth, & U.S. Power, 1939-1961

Sejoo Kim

Dissertation: American Postcolony: Imperial Citizenship and the Rise of Garment Metropolis in the Pacific, 1944-1999
Placement: Visiting Lecturer, Ewha Womans University, Seoul Korea

Spring 2021

Nicholas Roberts

Dissertation: A Sea of Wealth: Sayyid Saʿid bin Sultan, His Omani Empire, and the Making of an Oceanic Marketplace
Placement: Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islmaic World History, Norwich University, Northfield VT

Fall 2020

Bry Martin

Dissertation: Court Dusk, Country Dawn: The Ideological Formation of the First Earl of Shaftesbury
Placement: Assistant Professor of Justice Studies, University of Maine at Augusta

Chris Temple

Dissertation: Fostering Elite Science at an American Catholic University: The Rise of a Research Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 1842-1967
Placement: Assistant Registrar, University of Notre Dame

Summer 2020

Andrea Castonguay

Dissertation: "Have you a clear Authority?" Dynasties, da'was, and the rise of Islamic States in Medieval Morocco
Placement: Assistant Professor of Ancient History, Western New England University, Springfield MA

Ashley Foster

Dissertation: Scotland’s Age of Reckoning: British Union and Enlightenment on a Covenanted People

Spring 2020

Eve Wolynes

Dissertation: Migrant Mentalities: Reconstructing the Community Identity and World of Venetian Merchants in the Late Medieval Mediterranean

Philip Byers

Dissertation: How Firm the Foundation: The Lilly Endowment and American Christianity, 1937-1989
Placement: Mellon 5+1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame

Carla Villanueva

Dissertation: The Politics of Repressive Education Reform: The Institutional Relationship between the Secretaría de Educación Pública and Escuelas Normales Rurales in Mexico During the Cold War

Anna Vincenzi

Dissertation: Imagining an Age of Revolution? Interpretations of the American Revolution in the Italian States, 1765-1799
Placement: Assistant Professor in Modern European History, Hillsdale College

John Nelson

Dissertation: The Geography to Command a Continent: Native Peoples, Europeans, and the Chicago Portage
Placement: Assistant Professor in Early American History, Texas Tech University

Nicholas Bonneau

Dissertation: Unspeakable Loss: New England's Invisible Throat Distemper Epidemics, 1735-1775
Placement: Full-Time Lecturer in the History of Science and Public Health, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Consulting Scholar, Mütter Research Institute, College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Fall 2019

Jillian Plummer

Dissertation: Saving Latin America: Catholic Sisters, Communism, and Liberation theology, 1946-1985
Placement: Assistant Lecturer of Catholic Studies, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT

Natalie Sargent

Dissertation: Peculiar Positions of Power: Laywomen as "Good Americans" and "Good Catholics," 1854-1907 
Placement: Academic Advancement Director for Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Summer 2019

Suzanna Krivulskaya

Dissertation: Disgraced: How Sex Scandals Transformed American Protestantism, 1832-1988
Placement:  Assistant Professor of History, California State University San Marcos

Danae Jacobson

Dissertation: Spiritual Geographies: How Nuns Changed the U.S. West
Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Colby College, Waterville ME

Taras Karaulshchikov

Dissertation: A History of Georgian Scientific Intelligentsia: The Case of the Nikoladze Family 1860-1981

Christopher Flanagan

Dissertation: Empire Remade: Refining Empire in the American Revolution, 1774-1795
Placement: Postdoctoral Scholarship, University of Notre Dame (5+1, 2019-2020)

Dylan LaBlanc

Dissertation: The Empire in Chains: British ‘Government Men’ in the Atlantic Slave Trade
Placement: Postdoctoral Scholarship, University of Notre Dame (5+1, 2019-2020)

Andrew Mach

Dissertation: Claiming America: Irish Catholic Memory and the Nation, 1865-1925
Placement: Academic Advisor, Newnan Academic Advising Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Spring 2019

Jonathan Riddle

Dissertation: Prospering Body and Soul: Health Reform, Religion, and Capitalism in Antebellum America
Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of History, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL

Heather Stanfiel

Dissertation: Imperial Heritage: Empire and Commemoration in Pre-Independence Ireland
Placement: Postdoctoral Scholar, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame

Aurelio Valarezo-Dueñas

Dissertation: Para el bien universal y quietud de esta república y provincia: Political Culture, Representation and Policy Making in Seventeenth-Century Northern Andes

Fall 2018

Elizabeth Baker

Dissertation: 'More Romance than Reality': Mary Carpenter, 'Native Gentlemen,' and Female Education Reform in India
Placement: Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Notre Dame (5+1, 2018-2019); Assistant Professor of Modern European History, Grove City College, Grove City PA

Jessica Fisher

Dissertation: The Rise and Fall of the Ribbonmen: Ribbonism in Ireland and Abroad, c. 1810-1858

Garrett Fontenot

Dissertation: Voluntarism and Imperial Supremacy: Politics and the Military Establishment in the Expansion of the British Empire in French North America, 1760-1775
Placement: Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Notre Dame (5+1, 2018-2019); Senior Program Coordinator, Honors Program, Tulane University, New Orleans LA

Yin Liu

Dissertation: Teaching the Secunda Lex: Deuteronomy and Church Reform at Lyon in the Age of Charlemagne

John Shanley

Dissertation: Catholic Freedom, Protestant Slavery? Reconsidering Anti-Catholicism in Maryland, 1688-1776
Placement: Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships, Villanova University

Kathryn Vidrine

Dissertation: Belief in Power: Building a National Church of Ireland, 1660-1689
Placement: Assistant Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships, University of Notre Dame

Summer 2018

Maria Cecilia Ulrickson

Dissertation: 'Esclavos que fueron' in Santo Domingo, 1768-1844
Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of History and Geography, Morgan State University, Maryland

Spring 2018

Jairo Campuzano Hoyos

Dissertation: The Quest for Material Progress in Global Perspective: Colombia 1840s-1900s
Placement: Profesor de carrera académica, Eafit University, Medellin, Colombia

Bethany Montagano

Dissertation: Sites of Slavery: Gender, Race and Tourism in the Construction of America's Slavery Memory
Placement: Associate Curator, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California

Felicia Moralez

Dissertation: From Immigrants to Citizens: Mexicans and Settlement Houses in Gary, Indiana, 1919-1965

David Morris

Dissertation: Apocalypse Now or Later: The Manuscript Tradition of the Super Prophetas (Super Essaiam) of Pseudo-Joachim of Fiore
Placement: Classics and Research and Information Services Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James Strasburg

Dissertation: God's Marshall Plan: American Protestantism and the Democratization of Germany, 1910-1963
Placement: Assistant Professor of History, Hillsdale College, Michigan

Alexander Wimberly

Dissertation: Present Witness: The Confession of 1967 and the Travails of Presbyterians in American Society