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The Graduate Center's History students are a diverse group, studying topics ranging from early modern food preparation to sexuality in post-war Germany. Read a bit about their scholarly work below.

Early Modern Europe

Julián González de León Heiblum
Major Field: Early Modern Europe
Minor Field: History and Anthropology
Degrees Conferred: MA in History, Concentration in Antiquity and Middle Ages (UNAM-FFL, 2015). BA in History (UNAM-FFL, 2011)
Research Interests: Medieval and Early Modern British Empire; Arthurian Myth; Celtic Cultures; Conceptual History; Theory of Empire; Theory of Myth.
Recent Publications: "The Arthurian Legend: A Vehicle for Symbolic Appropriation of the Insular Space", UCLA Historical Journal 1, 26 (2015): 1-15.
Megan Hills
Major Field: Early-Mid European History
Minor Field:  Enlightenment
Degrees Conferred:  M.A. History, The City College of New York (2012), Juris Doctor, Stanford University (1992), Master of Arts (English), Georgetown University (1989), Bachelor of Arts (English), Georgetown University (1988).
Dissertation Topic:  The Scottish Enlightenment

John T. Massey
Major Field:  Early Modern History
Minor Field:  Medieval
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil. History, Graduate Center; B.A. History, Mathematics Saint Peter's University
Research Interests: I am currently writing a dissertation on the lives of seminarians entering the English College, Rome from 1598-1610 through their responses to the institution's entrance questionnaire. I have secondary interests in early modern medicine and innovations to mathematics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  
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Sophie Tunney
Major Field: Early Modern Europe
Minor Field: Modern Europe
Focus: France in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Degrees Conferred: M.A. in History, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2018); B.A. in History and English Literature, NYU (2015)
Research Interest: I focus on French colonization in the Early Modern Period. I trace the production of travel narratives, scientific/botanical knowledge and natural History in France and its colonies, with a focus on the connections between science, colonization, and the state. I also focus on the institution of slavery in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the Intellectual life of the Atlantic World.
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Katrina Wheeler 
Major Field:  Early Modern Europe
Minor Field:  Modern Europe
Degrees Conferred: MA - History of Christianity, Wheaton College. BA - French and Theology, Whitworth University
Research Interests: I am interested in Christianity in France at the transition point between the early modern/modern periods. My research focuses specifically on the late-eighteenth century, and I am currently charting the diverse experiences and reactions of Catholic clergy during the French Revolution.
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Modern European History

Esther Adaire
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Intellectual History
Degrees Conferred: BA (Hons) Theater & Performance (Goldsmiths University of London, 2011), MA History (Goldsmiths University of London, 2015)
Research Interests: Memory politics in postwar East and West Germany (particularly since 1989); German neo-Nazis and AfD; conceptual history; postmodernist theory; memory studies; European theatre of the political avant-garde. 
Dissertation Topic/Working Title: “German Memory Politics and the Rise of the New Far-Right”
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Barbara Bailin
Major Field: Modern European History (Germany)
Minor Field: Jewish Studies
Degrees Conferred: Combined B.A./M.A. (History) The City College of New York (2011), M. Phil in History (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2016)
Research Interests: My research focuses on the interaction among various agencies of the Third Reich and their role in the development of the Holocaust; I am also interested in 20th century comparative anti-Semitism
Dissertation working title: “Rivals and Partners”:  The Competition for Control of Judenpolitik in Reichskommissariat Ostland (1941-1944).
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Miranda Brethour
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Gender and Sexuality
Degrees Conferred: Honours Bachelor of Arts in History (University of Ottawa), Master of Arts in History (University of Ottawa)
Research Interests: The Holocaust in rural Poland; Jewish-Gentile relations
Dissertation Topic: Sexual violence in hiding during the Holocaust in Poland
Recent publications: 

  1. Miranda Brethour, “Jewish-Gentile Relations in Hiding during the Holocaust in Sokołów County, Poland.”  The Journal of Holocaust Research 33 no. 4 (2019): 277-301.
  2. Miranda Brethour,  “Upamiętnianie Zagłady w kraju multikulturalizmu. Kanada wobec spuścizny Zagłady od lat siedemdziesiątych do chwili obecnej.” [“Remembering the Holocaust in the Land of Multiculturalism: Canada and the Legacy of the Holocaust from the 1970s to the Present”]. Zagłada Żydów 14 (2018): 769-789.
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Samuel Bussan
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: History of the Human Sciences
Degrees Conferred: B.A. in History, Lewis & Clark College, 2018
Research Interests: Britain in the 20th century, history of psychology, history of sexuality, labor history, historical materialism
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Davide Colasanto
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Cultural History of War
Degrees Conferred: M. Phil in History (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2015); M.S. in Cultural Management (ESCP Europe Paris and University of Venice, 2012); M.A. in European Literary Cultures (University of Bologna and University of Strasbourg, 2011); B.A. in Literature (University of Bologna, 2009);
Research Interests: Sexuality and Violence from Fascism to Postwar;
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Phil Keisman
Major Field: Modern European History (Germany and Jewish)
Minor Field: Late Antiquity
Research Interests: My research focuses on the genesis of modernity among the Jews of Germany, in particular those who believed themselves to be guardians of tradition. I also examine the reception and retelling  of oral traditions in the context of the Eastern Mediterranean. Other interests include gender and sexuality in religious communities, popular violence and the continuities and discontinuities of antisemitism, and the origins of German nationalism.
Degrees Conferred: BA (History and Philosophy) - Brandeis University 2007; MA (Jewish Education) - Hebrew College 2011
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Andrew Kotick
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: History of Popular Culture
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil, History (CUNY Graduate Center, 2017); MA, French Studies (NYU Institute of French Studies, 2014); BA, History (New College of Florida, 2013)
Research Interests: History of humor and laughter, the satirical press, cartooning and animation, graphic media, political culture, history and memory

Idan P. Liav
Major Field: Modern Europe
Minor Field: History of Sexualities.
Degrees Conferred B.A. in International Relations and English Literature and M.A. in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution.
Research Interests: History of gay conservatism, history of emotions, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nationalism and Homonationalism, oral history

Jarrett Moran
Major field: Modern European History
Minor field: Intellectual History
Degrees conferred: MA, Modern European Studies (Columbia University); BA, Ethics, Politics, and Economics (Yale University)
Research interests: History of criticism and the idea of culture in the nineteenth and twentieth century; history of political thought (particularly liberalism); British History
Dissertation Title: “Culture and Its Discontents: Arnoldian Culture in Britain from the 1860s to the 1960s”
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Yanara Schmacks
Major Field: Modern European History
Minor Field: Intellectual History
Focus: Modern Germany
Degrees Conferred: B.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences (University College Maastricht, 2015), M.A. Interdisciplinary Research on Antisemitism (Technical University of Berlin, 2018)
Research Interests: National Socialism, postwar Germany, antisemitism, the history of feminism and gender, the politics of reproduction and motherhood, ideologies
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Latin American History

Oscar Aponte
Major field: Latin American History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. in Sociology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; M.A. in History, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).
Research interest: My primary research interest is the role of mass media technologies--such as newspapers, photography, radio, television, and cinema--in the shaping of politics, nation, and the public sphere in twentieth-century Colombia and Latin America. I am also interested in labor sociology, connected histories, and critical theory and history.

Recent publications: Mosquera, C., Aponte, O., Garcés, S., López, S. (2017). Trabajadores, recuperación de fábricas y neoliberalismo en Colombia (1995-2015). Revista Colombiana de Sociología 40 (2), 237-254
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Gordon Barnes 
Major Field: Latin American and Caribbean
History Minor Field: Global History
Degrees Conferred: BA in History and Political Science (Temple University, 2010) MA in History (Rutgers University-Newark, 2012)
Research Interests: My research interests are centered around political ideology, violence, and the post-emancipation experience  in the British Empire during the 19th Century. My current research focuses upon the political ideology of the British plantocracy, specifically in Jamaica and Mauritius. I am interested in how the transitions from slavery to apprenticeship and then to “free” labor, in conjunction with episodes of plebeian political violence, influenced planter perceptions of politics, race, and labor.  
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Rafael Davis Portela
Major Field: Latin American History
Minor Field: History of Capitalism
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil in History, The Graduate Center; M.A. in Social History, Universidade Federal da Bahia; B.A. in History, Universidade Federal da Bahia.
Research Interests: History of Capitalism; Transnational History; History of Transportation; Riots and Rebellions in Latin America.
Recent publications: “O Caso da Canoa Incendiada: Perfis e Relações de Pescadores em Salvador (1853-1880)”, Revista Mundos do Trabalho Vol 7 Num 14 (2015).
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Daniela Moraes Traldi
Major Field: Latin America/ Gender and Women's History
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Degrees Conferred: MSc History of International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science); International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (Fordham University); Certificate in Global Affairs (New York University); Bachelor's Degree in Journalism (FIAM Brazil).
Research Interests: women's movements in Latin America; transnational/ global feminism; gender and sexuality; feminist/ gender theory; social and political thought.
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United States History

Arinn Amer
Major Field: US History
Minor Field: Theory and History of Violence
Degrees Conferred: BA, American Studies, Columbia University (2011); MA, American History, CUNY Graduate Center (2016)
Research interests: Early American material and print culture, performance, dress, and sexuality; tarring and feathering
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Israel Ben-Porat
Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Early Modern Europe
Degrees Conferred: BA in History, Yeshiva University (2018)
Research Interests: Hebraism and Jewish-Christian relations in early America
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Amanda Westbrook Brennan
Major Field:  US History
Minor Field:  Gender
Degrees Conferred: BS in Business Administration, Georgetown University (2006), MA in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University (2014)
Research Interests: 20th century US History, mutual construction of race and gender, cultural ideals, motherhood. 
Dissertation Title:  The History of ‘Having It All’: Women and Work-Life Balance from 1890-today
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Maayan Brodsky
Major Field: US History
Degrees Conferred: MA (American History - Tel Aviv University), BA (Comparative Literature and American Studies - Tel Aviv University).
Research Interests: Government secrecy.
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Emily Brooks
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: Urban History
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil (CUNY Graduate Center, 2016), BA (University of Michigan, 2009).
Research Interests: history of policing, gender history, construction of social deviance, urban history
Recent Publications:      “Marijuana in La Guardia’s New York City: The Mayor’s Committee and Federal Policy, 1938-1945,” Journal of Policy History. (Autumn 2016)
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Erin Cully
Major Field: US History
Minor Field: History of Capitalism
Degrees Conferred: BA (2012) and MA (2013) in history, McGill University
Research Interests: History of banking and finance, political economy, global history, 20th century US history.
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Madeline  DeDe-Panken 
Major Field: United States History
Minor Field: Women and Gender History 
Degrees Conferred: B.A., History, Clark University (2012); M.A., History, Clark University (2013)
Research Interests: Cultural history, history of science, late 19th/early 20th century
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Deena Ecker
Major Field:  U.S. History
Minor Field:  Women and Sexuality
Degrees Conferred: B.A., History, Brandeis University
Research Interests:  Prostitution, history of sexuality, history of gender, women’s history, urban history, New York City history.
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Jessica Georges
Major Field:  US 
Minor Field:   Latin America
Degrees Conferred:  BA Simmons College 2013, MA The City College of New York 2016
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Micki Kaufman
Major Field: US History (20th C)
Minor Field: World / International History
Degrees Conferred: B.A., U.S. History with Highest Honors, Columbia University. A.A., Simon's Rock of Bard College
Research Interests: My research focuses on computational research in U.S. diplomatic and international history, most recently an analysis of the tenure of Henry Kissinger as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State using a large collection of the DNSA's declassified U.S. government archives dated 1968-1977. I am co-author of an article on Cold War wargaming and technology forecasting in the December 2012 American Historical Review titled "General, I Have Fought Just as Many Nuclear Wars As You Have," and I received a 2012-2013 Provost's Digital Innovation Grant to expand my research to include additional databases including the 'Foreign Policy Files' of the US State Department (NARA Secret Record Group 59). I have taught undergraduate history at Hunter College and have served as the Technology Coordinator for the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative's 2011 "Summer Fever" and 2010 “Nuclear Summer” research programs.

Marc Kagan
Major Field: American History - Labor History
Minor Field: World History
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Dissertation Title: The Fall and Rise and Fall of TWU Local 100
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Anastasia Kirtiklis
Major Field: US History
Minor Field: Medicine & Health
Degrees Conferred: BA, American Studies, Columbia University; MA, Health Education, Columbia University
Research interests: constructions of mental and physical wellness, identity, consumerism, sexuality, emotions, trauma, spirituality, and religion in 19th & 20th century US and transnational history; intellectual history
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Adam Kocurek
Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Gender History/Feminist Studies
Research Interests: Labor history, LGBT history, History of Sexuality, History of Gender.
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Madeline Lafuse
Major Field:  US History
Degrees Conferred : BA Tulane University in History, Asian Studies, Linguistics, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Research Interests:  I'm interested in the intersection of sexuality, emotion and language in early American history.
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Stephen Lazar
Major Field:  US History
Minor Field:  Undecided
Degrees Conferred: A.B. in Political Philosophy & Religious Studies, Brown University (2004), M.A. in African American Studies, Columbia University (2006)
Research Interests: 20th Century Social Movements; Education 
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Recent Publications: 
Testimony for US Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Fixing No Child Left Behind[]” (2015)
“Septima Clark: Organizing for Positive Freedom” in The New Black History (edited by Manning Marable and Elizabeth Kai Hinton, Palgrave McMillan, 2011)

Miriam Liebman
Major Field: United States History
Minor Field: Women's and Gender History
Degrees Conferred: B.A. Queens College, CUNY (2014); M.Phil. The Graduate Center, CUNY (2017)
Research Interests: early US history, women's history, transatlantic history, Franco-American connections
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Richard A. Naclerio
Major Field:  American History
Minor Field:  Middle Eastern History
Degrees Conferred: BA in History, MA in History
Research Interests:  U.S. Economic and Banking History
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 David Pultz
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: History of Human Rights
Degrees Conferred: BFA, Media Studies, Emerson College (1976); MA, American History, The City College of New York (2018)
Research Interests: Slavery and abolition in antebellum New York City, with a focus on religious reform movements. Important to my research is the utilization and integration of documentary filmmaking and digital content into traditional dissertation composition.

Evan Turiano
Major Field: US History
Minor Field: Global Enlightenment Thought
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil. in History, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2020); M.A. in History, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2018); B.A. in American Studies, Trinity College, CT (2016)
Research Interests: Early American History; Slave Flight and the Underground Railroad; the Politics of Slavery and Antislavery; Constitutional Law; the Civil War Era
Dissertation Title: “Running toward Abolition: Fugitive Slaves, Legal Rights, and the Coming of the Civil War”
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Katie Uva
Major Field: American History
Minor Field: Urban History
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil (2014), M.A. (2013), B.A. in American Studies and Classics from Boston University (2010)
Dissertation Title: Fair City: Midcentury Urbanism and New York World's Fairs
Research Interests: cultural history, New York City, housing, consumerism, popular culture, public history
Recent publications: "1964 and the State of the City" in World's Fairs in the Era of the Cold War (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019); additionally, people interactives for Robert Moses, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Samuel Lefrak currently on view in New York at its Core at the Museum of the City of New York.
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Erik Wallenberg
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: Environmental History
Degrees Conferred: BS, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont, 2003. MA, History, University of Vermont, 2013
Research Interests: I am researching a dissertation on radical theater groups connected to a variety of social movements organizing environmental, labor, civil rights, and anti-war work in the twentieth century United States. Environmental concerns are what hold each of them together. I am actively working in the fields of environmental history, Black freedom studies, labor history, theater history, and American Studies.
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John Winters
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: Public History
Degrees Conferred: MA (George Mason University, 2013), BA (Rowan University, 2008)
Research Interests: John is ABD at the CUNY Graduate Center. His working dissertation, A Monstrous Heap of Fables: The Empire of the Haudenosaunee in Myth and Memory, is on the memory of the Iroquois empire from its origins in the early 18th century to the Iroquois Influence Thesis of the 1980’s-90’s. John currently leads tours at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College, teaches at Baruch and Hunter College, and before coming to NYC led tours at George Washington's Mount Vernon.
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Helena Yoo
Major Field:  US History
Minor Field:  Undecided
Degrees Conferred: B.A., American Studies, Columbia University (2016)
Research Interests: early US history, transatlantic history, cultural history
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Middle East History

Andrew Alger
Major Field: Middle East
Minor Field: Colonialism
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil, Graduate Center; M.A. and B.A., University of Chicago
Research Interests: labor history, education history, history of colonial disease and medicine
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Dissertation Title: "Building Up Baghdad: A History of Labor, Migration, and Space, 1917 - 1968"

Mohamad J. Hodeib
Major Field: Middle East History
Minor Field: Intellectual History
Degrees Conferred: M.A. Middle East Studies, Graduate Center (CUNY); B.A., Political Science/International Affairs, Lebanese American University
Research Interests: Power, intellectuals, ideology, political culture, cultural history, revolutionary politics, counter-culture, poetry, music, song, civil war, the Arab Levant, Lebanon, Palestine
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Melis Sulos
Major Field: Middle Eastern History
Minor Field: European History
Degrees Conferred: M.Phil, Graduate Center; M.A. and B.A., Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Research Interests: 20th century cultural and intellectual history of the late Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic.
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Dissertation Working Title: “Socio-Spatial Construction of Childhood in Turkey (1917-45): The Children’s Protection Society and the Transformation Childrearing Practices”