Current History Graduate Students
I am a second-year Ph.D. student studying with Dr. Matthew Sutton. My research interests center around the attraction of evangelical ministries to Colorado Springs, Colorado, after the Second World War. There upon the foothills of the Rockies, elements of both the Bible Belt and the Sunbelt merged to create an important center of American evangelicalism. Starting with a couple of small international ministries in the 1940s and 1950s, Colorado Springs soon gathered other evangelical groups, eventually packaging itself to target these groups to diversify the city's economy. In Colorado Springs, these ministries affected and were affected by important religious, social, and political changes in post-1945 America. It was a pleasure to be elected the Graduate Studies Representative, and I look forward to serving as a bridge between graduate students and the faculty to further strengthen the department overall. In another life before the all-consuming responsibilities of graduate school, I hiked, biked, and remodeled cars and houses. Given the right amount of peer pressure and favorable social conditions, my friends and colleagues can still lure me back into these pastimes.
I am a third-year PhD student working with Dr. Jesse Spohnholz. My research fields are Reformation, early modern Europe and world history. I received my B.A. in history from Whitworth University and I completed my M.A. in ancient history at Kingís College London. My research examines the role of recusant widows in the preservation of Catholicism in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.
Michael "Mickey" Dennis
Joni Ford is a first year Masters student. She received her BA in Social Science: History from Lewis-Clarks State College in 2013. She focuses on US History, primarily 20th century, with an emphasis in women and gender.
I am a second-year Ph.D. student focusing on U.S. race and ethnicity. I grew up in Norway, but earned my academic degrees in the United States. I did my M.A. at Montana State University, Bozeman, where I received the history department's Best Paper by an M.A. student award, in 2010, for a paper entitled "The First and the Sixth Pearl Harbor: Norwegian-American Identity at the Onset of World War II." In Pullman, I offered a poster presentation on "Bleached Dresses Only: The Absent Ethnic Dimension in the Vineland Irrigation Project" at the 2012 Academic Showcase. I also served as a student curator on this topic for MASC's exhibit "Vineland: Shaping Paradise – Lewiston–Clarkston Improvement Company Records, 1890–1920," which opened in April 2012. I recently published the paper "When the Beast Saved the Day and Yellow Jack Got Lost: The Story of General Butler and the Yellow Fever Epidemic That Never Took Place" in the spring 2012 issue of the Southern Historian. I am currently a GTA for the RCI program at the Vancouver campus, and I serve as the Vancouver HGSA representative.
Fred hails from the wonderfully diverse and scenic state of Kansas! He graduated with a Bachelor in history and Master from Friends University in Kansas. Currently a first year Doctoral student, Fredís interests lay in the general field of World history, with a primary field focus on West Africa and a secondary field focus in Atlantic world. His current research is engrossed on the history of African archery technology throughout the continent, but in particular the dispersion of that technology to other peoples outside Africa.
My name is Tyler Kinsella and I just moved to Pullman from Saint Paul, Minnesota. I attended Saint Johnís University in Collegeville, MN for my undergraduate work and received my major in History. Here at Pullman, Iím in my first semester of a Masterís program and focusing my work in Modern Germany, particularly World War II and Holocaust memory.
I received my BA in History (2006) and my MA in Modern European History (2009) from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. I am currently a fourth year doctoral candidate, with Heather Streets-Salter as my advisor. My areas of study include: Modern Europe, Modern Britain, and Imperialism. My dissertation examines the role of British Parliament in the process of detention during Kenya’s State of Emergency, 1952-60. I am specifically interested in how Parliament handled allegations of abuse from the numerous detention camps and villages that handled an estimated one million detainees.
Sarah is a first-year M.A. student working with Dr. Raymond Sun. Her research fields include Modern Germany, Modern Europe, memory and world history. She received her B.A. in history with a minor in political science from California State University Stanislaus in Turlock, California in 2012. Her current research focuses on the memorialization of a set of smaller concentration camps developed under the Nazi regime beginning in 1933 called the Emslandlager (camps in the Emsland region located in north-western Germany). She is specifically interested in the process of memorialization in this region and how it compares to larger memorialization projects in Germany before and after unification.
Dong Jo Shin
I am a fourth year PhD Candidate working with Dr. David Pietz. My research fields are Modern China, World History, and Global Environmental History. After I graduated from Beijing Normal University with a M.A. degree in 2010, I entered the PhD program at WSU. My research focuses on the ecological, social, and cultural constructions of tobacco growing and tobacco industry in North China during the early twentieth century.
Brian Stack is a first year Masters student. He received BAs in History and Philosophy and a minor in Latin from the University of Rhode Island in 2012. He focuses on 20th Century United States history with an emphasis in the history of sexuality.
Mandy Townsley is a Doctoral Candidate working with Dr. Raymond Sun. Her research fields are Modern Britain, Modern Europe and World History. She received her bachelor's degree from The University of Montana and her Master's from Washington State University. Her dissertation focuses on the concurrent remembering and forgetting of the Great War in Ireland during the war and through the Irish Free State period.
My name is Jacki Hedlund Tyler and I am a fourth year PhD Candidate working with Dr. Peter Boag. My research fields are American History, Public History, and World History. I received my B.A. in History from Washington State University (2008), and my M.A. in History from Arizona State University (2010). My research focuses on the construction of gender, race, and citizenship through immigration restrictions and legal exclusions in Oregon, from 1830 to 1859. I recently had my article "The Color and Gender of Citizenship: Immigration Restriction in the Development of Oregon," published by the journal Western Legal History.
My name is Ai Wang and I am a doctoral Candidate studying with Dr. David Pietz. I received my bachelorís and masterís degrees in Tianjin Normal University. I am interested in Modern East Asia, Global Environmental history and World History. My dissertation focuses on water conservancy constructions and urban histories of Chinese coastal cities from the late Qing Dynasty to the pre-Communist era.
Jacob received his BA in History from the University of Alabama in December of 2012. He is currently studying under Dr. Jesse Spohnholz and is studying religious and political relations during the Protestant Reformation. Other interests include how both Protestants and Catholics were effected during the Thirty Years War and the Jewish experience during the Protestant Reformation. He is also a Teaching Assistant for the Roots of Contemporary Issues program.
My name is Joseph Wilson, and I'm in the World History program at WSU. I'm enrolled in the thesis option, and my thesis will compare the relative success of Amilcar Cabral and Samora Machel as revolutionary leaders in their respective struggle for independence from Portugal. I will use the concept of Trust and Trust Theory to help make my argument.
I'm originally from Westland, Michigan. I'm married, and I have two children, both boys, aged 7 and 11. I'm currently in my 21st year of active duty service in the US Army. I'm assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan, and currently serving in the Philippines. I'm a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan, with a BA in History and English. I enjoy reading and participating in running events. I am a sport fan, and I'm loyal to all my hometown Detroit sports teams; but I always root for the Cougs (unless they're playing the Wolverines).