Recent Ph.D.s and Placements

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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