Recent Ph.D.s and Placements

This page lists recent Ph.D.s awarded and placement information.

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Ph.D.s Awarded


Monica Bykowski
"The Prince, the Bailiff, and the Mir: Power, Politics, and Agency on a Russian Serf Estate, 1810-1858"

Jairo Campuzano Hoyos
"The Quest for Material Progress in Global Perspective: Colombia 1840s-1900s"

Bethany Montagano
"Sites of Slavery: Gender, Race and Tourism in the Construction of America's Slavery Memory"

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

David Morris
"Apocalypse Now or Later: The Manuscript Tradition of the Super Prophetas (Super Essaiam) of Pseudo-Joachim of Fiore"

Madeleine Klem
"The Most Sacred Rights of Parents: English-speaking Catholics and Parental Rights in the Schools Question"

James Strasburg
"God's Marshall Plan: American Protestantism and the Democratization of Germany, 1910-1963"

Alexander Wimberly
"Present Witness: The Confession of 1967 and the Travails of Presbyterians in American Society"


Rachel Banke
"Bute’s Empire:  Reform, Reaction, and the Roots of Imperial Crisis"

Keelin Burke
“Gender and the Politics of the Irish Free State, 1922–1937"

Samuel Fisher
"Fit Instruments: Gaels, Indians, and the Diverse Origins of Imperial Reform and Revolution"

Adam Foley
"Homer's Winged Words and Humanist Latinity: The Task of Translating Homer in the Italian Renaissance"

Erin Kraus
"Becoming American: Revolutionary Exiles and the Shaping of the Early American Republic"

Meredith Meagher
“Ireland, The United States and the Nation of Immigrants, 1914-1965"

Sean Phillips
“Pox and the Pulpit: The Catholic Church and the Propagation of Smallpox Vaccination in Early Nineteenth-Century France"

Samuel Rostad
"Heirs of Augustine: Benedictine Popular Preaching in Late Medieval England, c. 1350-1500."

Michael Skaggs
"Reform in the Queen City: Religion and Race in Cincinnati in the Era of Vatican II"

William Smith
"A Heavenly Correspondence: Benjamin Colman's Epistolary World and the Dissenting Interest"

Curtis Urban
“An Emotional Revolution: Fearing France in New England, 1754–1794"


Adam Duker
“Providence Under Pressure: Israelite Identity and Siege Warfare in France and Geneva, 1562-1602”

Allison Edgren
“The Needy, the ‘Lazy,’ and the ‘Lying’: Beggars and Begging in Late Medieval Germany”

Kirk Farney
“Golden Mouths, Ethereal Pulpits: The Remarkable Radio Success of Reverend Walter A. Maier, Ph.D. and Monsignor Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D.”

Philipp Gollner
“Good White Christians:  How Religious Immigrants Shaped Race, Ethnicity and Privilege in America”

Craig Kinnear
"The Legend of Logging: Timber Industry Culture and the Rise of Paul Bunyan, 1870-1945"

Victor Maqque
“From the Cacique to the Community:  Political Transformations in the Antiplano 1750-1850”

John McCormack
“Wounded Faith:  Monarchy and Memory in the French Wars of Religion, 1559-1629”

Belen Vicens Saiz
“Negotiating Power and Privilege: Written Law, Monarchy, and the Nobility in Late Medieval Aragon.”

Benjamin Wetzel
“American Crusade:  Lyman Abbott and the Christian Nation at War, 1861-1918”

Lindsey Passenger Wieck
“Contesting the Mission: The Cultural Politics of Gentrification in Postwar San Francisco.”


Max Deardorff
“A Tale of Two Granadas:  Tridentine Reform, Rebellion, and the Formulation of Christian Citizenship in Southern Spain and the Andes, 1563-1614”

James Donahue
“The Quest for a Global, Godly Order”:  Transnational Protestantism, International Politics, and the State, 1907-1948"

Kathleen Kole
“The Nature of Colonial Bodies:  Public Health in Lima, Peru, 1535-1640”

David Komline
“The Common School Awakening:  Education, Religion and Reform in Transatlantic Perspective, 1800-1848”

Christopher Lane
“The Diversity of Vocations:  Choosing a State of Life in Early Modern France”

Dixie Lane
“Skipping School:  Homeschooling in Los Angeles County 1950-2010”

Eleanor Pettus
“Reforming Boys:  The English Reformation and the Conversion of Humanism”

Eli Plopper
“Protestants and the Acceptance of Contraception in Britain and the US”

Courtney Wiersema
“All Consuming Nature:  Provisioning in Industial Chicago, 1833-1893”

Caroline Wilky
“Chronicling Creation:  Nature and History Writing, c. 1150-1250

Aaron Willis
“The New Laboratory for Empire:  Quebec and the Reformulation of British Imperial Practice and Ideology, 1763-1776”

Damian Zurro
“We All Work in Common:  Medieval Cistercian Lay Brothers in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries”


Stephen Case (HPS)
“John Herschel and Changing Perceptions of the Stars during the Victorian Period”

Peter Choi
“George Whitefield, the Imperial Itinerant:  Religion, Economics, and Politics in the Era of the Great Awakening”

Jeff Bain-Conkin
“The Refinement of Religious Practices in Nineteenth-Century Louisville, Kentucky”

Nathan Gerth
“A Model Town:  Tver’, the Classical Imperial Order and the Rise of Civic Society in the Russian Provinces, 1763-1861”

Andrew Hansen
“Protestant Theology in Transatlantic Context, 1815-1880”

Michael Kelly
“Sacrilege in Early Modern England”

Joshua Kercsmar
“The Politics of Husbandry:  Managing Animal and Slave Labor in England and America, 1550-1815”

Anne McGinness
“Catholic and Protestant Encounters in Colonial Brazil:  Religious and Economic Priorities in Early Modern Christianity, 1554-1654”

Stephen Morgan
"Shepherds of a Dying Flock:  The Rhenish Mission, the Herero, and German Colonial Conquest in South-West Africa

Susy Sanchez Rodriguez
“From the Father to the Motor of the Nation:  The Metamorphosis of the Politics of Commemoration in Nicaragua (1936-1997)”

Elizabeth Strauss
“The Elderly in the Ghettos:  A Study of Lodz, Vilna, and Riga, 1939-1944”

Mike Westrate
“Under the Falling Red Star:  The Lives of Eastern Ukraine’s Military Families from the 1960s to the Present”


Jessica Baron (HPS)
“Reforming the Raj:  Florence Nightingale’s biomedical liberalism in British India”

Tuan Hoang
“Ideology in Urban South Vietnam, 1950-1975”

Richard Oosterhoff (HPS)
“The Circle of Jacques Lefeve d’Étaples, Mathematics and Philosophy for University Reform”

Laura Porter
“Church, State, and the Social Order:  Religious and Civil Government in the Upper South, 1831-1877”

Maria Rogacheva
“The Soviet Scientific Intelligentsia from Stalin to Gorbachev, 1956-1985:  A History of A town That Did Not Exist

Glen Ryland
“Translating Africa:  Rhenish Missionaries and German Notions of Race, 1829-1939”


 Martina Cucchiara
“‘Bitter Times:’ The Poor School Sisters of Notre Dame in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945”

Heath Carter
“Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago”

Melinda Grimsley-Smith
“Politics, Professionalization, and Poverty: Lunatic Asylums for the Poor in Ireland, 1817-1920”

Amber Handy
“The Specula Principum in Northwestern Europe, 650-900: The Evolution of a New Ethical Rule”

Lourdes Hurtado
“Unido a la Historia por Fecunda y Viril Tradicion”: Race, Gender and the Military in Cold War Peru (1961-1980)”

 Sarah Miglio
"’Civilizing the World’: Progressive Religion and Politics from Chicago to the Middle East, 1890-1925”

Sheila Nowinski
“Peasants into Farmers: The Jeunesse agricole catholique and the Modernization of Rural France, 1930-1960”

Charles Strauss
“Catholicism, Central America, and United States Politics During the Cold War, 1943-1988”


Danielle DuBois Gottwig
Before the Culture Wars: Conservative Protestants and the Family, 1920-1980

Christopher Osborne
Written into the West: Print-Visions and the Revolutionary Inheritance in Early National America’s ‘Western Country’


Michael Lee
American Revelations: Biblical Interpretation and Criticism In America, Circa 1700-1860

Nicholas Miller
The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestantism And the Separation of Church and State” 

Suzanne Orr
“‘Caging the Red Menace’: Russian Immigration and Anti-Radicalism during the First Red Scare in Chicago, 1917-1921”

Erik Peterson (HPS)
“Holism and Evolution in Biology and Anthropology:  The Challenge of Gregory of Bateson and C. H. Waddington to Biological Orthodoxy, 1924-1980”

Elizabeth Webster (HPS)
“‘Men of Real Science’: Politics and the Authorities of Natural Knowledge in the Early American Republic, 1780-1837”


Martin Beisswenger
Inventing” Eurasia: The Life and Ideas of Petr Nikolaevich Savitskii (1895 – 1968)

Sean Brennan
The Politics of Religion in Soviet-Occupied Germany: The Case of Berlin-Brandenburg 1945-1949

Grant Brodrecht
“‘Our Country’: Northern Evangelicals and the Nation in the Civil War and its Aftermath” 

Benjamin FItzpatrick
“‘Negroes for Sale’: The Slave Trade in Antebellum Kentucky

Gavin Foster
The Social Structures and Cultural Politics of the Irish Civil War

Micaela Larkin
Labor’s Desert: Mexican Workers, Unions and Entrepreneurial Conservatism in Arizona, 1917-1972

Matthew Salafia
Searching for Slavery: Slavery and Freedom in the Ohio River Valley Borderland, 1787-1850

David Swartz
“‘Left Behind’: The Evangelical Left and the Limits of Evangelical Politics

Tammy Van Dyken
In the Sweet Bye and Bye


Angel Cortes
Student Idealists and the Specter of Natural Science, 1870-1910

Steve Schroeder
Reconciliation in Occupied Germany, 1944-1954” 

Ben Secunda
In the Shadow of the Eagle’s Wings: The Effects of Removal on the Unremoved Potawatomi


Sarah Davis-Secord
Sicily and the Medieval Mediterranean: Communication Networks and Inter-regional Exchange

Michael DeGruccio
“Unmade: Manhood and Self-Making in the American Civil War

Nahyan Fancy (HPS)
“Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection:  The Interaction of Medicine, Philosophy and Religion in the Works of Ibn al-Nafis (d. 1288)”

Timothy Gloege
Consumed: Reuben A. Torrey and the Creation of Corporate Fundamentalism, 1880-1930

Andrew Orr
“‘La Grande Muette’: Gender, Race, and Anti-Republicanism in the French Army, 1918-1934

Justin Poche
Religion, Race and Rights in Catholic Louisiana, 1938-1970


Jonathan Couser
Mixing the Chalice: The Formation of Christian Identity in Early Medieval Bavaria

Jonathan DenHartog
Patriotism and Piety: The Religious Dimension of Federalist Political Culture

Matthew Grow
Thomas L. Kane and the Culture of Reform

Tomasz Rzeznik
Spiritual Capital: Religion, Wealth, and Social Status in Philadelphia, 1880-1950


Margaret Abruzzo
Polemical Pain: Slavery, Suffering, and Sympathy in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Moral Debate

Darren Dochuk
From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Southernization of Southern California, 1939-1969

Laura Dull
Writing Legitimacy: Gender and Conduct in the Book of the Knight of the Tower

Kristin Kobes DuMez
The Forgotten Woman’s Bible: Katharine Bushnell, Lee Anna Starr, Madeline Southard, and the Construction of a Woman-Centered Protestantism in America, 1870-1930

Patrick Gillen
The Intellectual Origins and Original Understanding of the Religious Liberty Provisions

Tiffany Grade
Warfare, the Royal Image, and National Identity: Succession and Propaganda During the Hundred Years War, 1337-1422

Angela Gugliotta
Hell with the Lid Taken Off: A Cultural History of Air Pollution – Pittsburgh

Claudrena Harold
The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918-1942

Frederick Jordan
Between Heaven and Harvard: Protestantism and the American Boarding School Experience, 1778-1940

Jonathan Lyon
Cooperation, Compromise and Conflict Avoidance: Family Relationships in the House of Andechs, ca. 1100-1204

Patrick Mason
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Mob: Violence Against Religious Outsiders in the U.S. South, 1865-1910

Mark McCarthy
Religious Conflict and Social Order in Nineteenth-Century Russia: Orthodoxy and the Protestant Challenge, 1812-1905

Owen Phelan
The Formation of Christian Europe: Baptism under the Carolingians

John Turner
Selling Jesus to Modern America: Campus Crusade For Christ, Evangelical Culture, and Conservative Politics

Peter Wallace
“‘The Bond of Union’: The Old School Presbyterian Church and the American Nation

Samy Zaka
Education and Civilization in the French Third Republic: The University of Saint-Joseph, 1875-1914




Rachel Banke, Postdoctoral Fellow in British History, University of Missouri
Jairo Campuzano Hoyos, Profesor de carrera académica, Eafit University, Medellin, Colombia
Max Deardorff, Assistant Professor of History, University of Florida, Gainesville
Victor Maqque, Tecumseh Post-Doctoral Fellow, Purdue University
Bethany Montagano, Associate Curator, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California
Madeleine Klem, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Notre Dame
Jonathan Riddle, Assistant Professor of History, Wheaton College, Illinois
James Strasburg, Assistant Professor of History, Hillsdale College, Michigan
Belen Vicens, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Salisbury University, Maryland
Benjamin Wetzel, Assistant Professor of History, Taylor University, Indiana


Rachel Banke, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Notre Dame
Keelin Burke, Fellowships Manager, Newberry Library
Samuel Fisher, Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America
Adam Foley, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Penn Humanities Forum
Erin Kraus
Meredith Meagher, Ruhama, Organizational Administrator, Dublin, Ireland
Sean Phillips, Further Education, Catholic University of America
Michael Skaggs
William Smith, Academic Advisor & Scholarship Coordinator, College of Arts & Sciences, Oklahoma State University
Curtis Urban, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Notre Dame


Adam Duker, Abdulhadi H. Taher Chair of Comparative Religious History, Assistant Professor of History (tenure-track), and Director of Religious Studies at the American University in Cairo
Allison Edgren, Post-Doc - Marymount University
Kirk Farney, V.P. for Advancement, Vocation, and Alumni Engagement, Wheaton College
Philipp Gollner, Assistant Professor, Goshen College
Craig Kinnear, Researcher - Stay Metrics
Victor Maqque, Quechua Instructor, University of Notre Dame
John McCormack, Assistant Professor, Aurora University
Belen Vicens Saiz, Post-Doc Scholar, University of Notre Dame
William Smith, Academic Advisor and Scholarship Coordinator, Oklahoma State University
Benjamin Wetzel, Post-Doc Scholar, University of Notre Dame
Lindsey Passenger Wieck, Post-Doc Scholar, University of Notre Dame


Max Deardorff, Researcher, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
Kathleen Kole de Peralta, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Latin American and environmental history at Idaho State University.
David Komline, Visiting Assistant Professor of Church History, Western Theological Seminary
Dixie Lane, Adjunct Faculty, Christendom College
Christopher Lane,  Assistant Professor, Christendom College
Stephen Morgan, Visiting Professor of History, Grand Valley State University
Eleanor Pettus,  History Teacher, Atlanta Classical Academy
Eli Plopper, Insurance Agent, State Farm Insurance, Beaverton, OR
Courtney Wiersema, Post-Doc Scholar and interim Director of Undergraduate Studies,  University of Notre Dame
Caroline Wilky, Associate Director and Advisor for the Graduate and Professional Schools, University of Pennsylvania
Aaron Willis, History Faculty, Santa Clara University


Jeff Bain-Conkin, Concurrent Assistant Professor, Teaching & Learning Technologies, University of Notre Dame
Stephen Case, Professor &  Director of Strickler Planetarium, Olivet Nazarene University
Peter Choi, Senior Fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies, Pastor at San Francisco City Church & faculty member at Western Theological Seminary
Kirk Farney, Vice President, Wheaton College, IL
Nathan Gerth, Assistant Curator Carl Albert Center’s Congressional Archives at University of Oklahoma
Andrew Hansen, Program Director at MacLaurin Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Minnesota
Michael Kelly, Assistant Professor, Christendom College
Joshua Kercsmar, Lilly Fellow, Valparaiso University
Anne McGinness (HPS) Campus Minister, John Carroll University
Richard Oosterhoff (HPS), Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge
Susy Sanchez Rodriguez, Researcher, Association for the Promotion of Historical Studies in Central America
Elizabeth Strauss, Fellow, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
Mike Westrate, Program Director, Grants and Fellowships, University of Notre Dame


Jessica Baron (HPS), Outreach and Communications Coordinator for the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values; Managing Editor of Studies in History and Philosphy of Science, University of Notre Dame
Tuan Hoang, Assistant Professor, Pepperdine University (CA)
Richard Oosterhoff (HPS), Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge
Laura Porter, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Florida (Fall 2016:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Glen Ryland (ABD), Assistant Professor, Mount Royal University (Canada)


Heath Carter, Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University (IN)
Martina Cucchiara, Assistant Professor, Bluffton University (OH)
Melinda Grimsley-Smith, Coordinator of International Scholarships, Western Kentucky University
Amber Handy, Assistant Professor, Mississippi University for Women
Lourdes Hurtado, Assistant Professor, Franklin College (IN)
Sarah Miglio, Director of  Core Curriculum Studies and Assistant Professor of History, Wheaton College
Stephen Molvarec (ABD), Jesuit Novitiate
Sheila Nowinski, Assistant Professor, Thiel College, PA
Charles Strauss, Assistant Professor, Mount St. Mary’s University (MD)


Danielle DuBois, Archivist, National Archives
Christopher Osborne, Sr. VP/Market Manager, US Bank
Andrea Turpin, Assistant Professor, Baylor University (TX)


Nicholas Miller, Associate Professor, Andrews University (MI)
Suzanne Orr, Assistant Professor, Kansas State
Erik Peterson (HPS), Asst. Prof. of History, University of Alabama


Martin Beisswenger, Assistant Professor, National Research University School of Economics
Sean Brennan, Associate Professor, University of Scranton (PA)
Benjamin Fitzpatrick, Instructor, Morehead State University (KY)
Gavin Foster, Assistant Professor, Concordia University (CN)
Micaela Larkin, Policy Analyst, State of Arizona Government
Michael Lee, Assistant Professor, Eastern University (PA)
Matthew Salafia, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the University Honors Program, North Dakota State University
Tamara Van Dyken, Assitant Professor, Western Kentucky University


Grant Brodrecht, Adjunct Professor, Belhaven University (FL)
Angel Cortes, Associate Professor, Holy Cross College (IN)
Steven Schroeder, Assistant Professor, University of Fraser Valley (CN)
William Secunda, University of Michigan
David Swartz, Assistant Professor, Asbury University (KY)


Sarah Davis-Secord,Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Michael DeGruccio, Assistant Professor, St. Peter’s College (NJ)
Nahyan Fancy (HPS), Assoc. Prof. Dept. of History, DePauw University
Andrew Orr, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University
Justin Poche, Assistant Professor, College of Holy Cross (MA)


Jonathan Den Hartog, Assistant Professor, Northwestern College (MN)
Matthew Grow, Director of Publications, Church of Latter-Day Saints
Tomasz Rzeznik, Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University (NJ)
John Turner, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Alabama
Samy Zaka, Assistant Professor, Rock Valley College (IL)


Margaret Abruzzo, Associate Professor, University of Alabama
Darren Dochuk, Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
Laura Dull, Professor of History and Social Sciences Division Chair, Delta College (MI)
Kristin DuMez, Associate Professor, Calvin College (MI)
Jonathan Lyon, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Patrick Mason, Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University (CA)
Owen Phelan,  Associate Professor, Mount St. Mary’s University


Richard Bademan, Director, MacLaurin Institute (MN)
Claudrena Harold, Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Frederick Jordan, Dep’t Chair, Woodberry Forest School (VA)
Michael Kamen, Graduate Programs Director, University of Michigan 
Mark McCarthy, Assoc. Professor, Dordt College, IA
Marcus Meuwese, Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg (CN)