Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

Nicole Rae Batten

Nicole Batten
Field of Study: Major – American West, Minor – Public History
Advisor: Dr. Susan Johnson/ Dr. Andy Kirk
Working Dissertation Title: “Fallen Neon: Monuments and Memory”
Research Interest: I am interested in researching and studying the social and cultural history of the North American West at the intersection of environmental, labor, community/identity formation and public memory

Shae Smith Cox

Shae Smith Cox

Field of Study: 19th Century History, Material Culture, and Public History
Advisor: Dr. Michael Green
Dissertation Title: “The Fabric of Civil War Society: Uniforms and Flags, 1861-1939”
Research interest: Shae studies the American Civil War with an emphasis on material culture, memory, and identity.

Neil Dodge

Neil Dodge

Field of Study: North American West - Indigenous People
Advisor: Dr. William Bauer
Dissertation Title: We are the Children of Changing Woman: From Kinship to Membership in the Navajo Nation 1846-1954.
Research interest: I am interested in the ways in which Indigenous people articulate their origins. Also, how they undergo their own process of reimagination into modern times.

Paige Figanbaum

Paige Figanbaum

Field of Study: North American West
Research Interest: Focusing on Nevada History and its relationship with popular media.

Christina M. Lamoureux

Christina M. Lamoureux

Field of Study: 19th and 20th Century Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Nelson
Research Interest: I examine the relationship between prostitution and print culture in 19th and early 20th century American. Primarily I am concerned with understanding the role of media in representation of prostitutes and how that shapes their public identity.

Mary Ludwig

Mary Ludwig

Field of Study: North American West/Public History
Advisor: Dr. William Bauer
Working Dissertation Title: Japanese-American Internment on Native Lands
Research Interest: At the point, I’m exploring this as a possible topic of study. I enjoy researching social and cultural relationships. I am open to ideas.

Brian Neely

Brian Neely

Field of Study: American West
Advisor: Dr. William Bauer
Dissertation Title: Examining how 19th century Protestant missions movements served as a “progressive” tool of Manifest Destiny. Further attention will be given to Indigenous resistance to colonial mission efforts.

Kristen Phipps

Kristen Phipps

Field of Study: American West
Research interest: Salvery in the American West and how it was spread through the military.

Debbie Rayner

Debbie Rayner

Field of Study: 19th Century America
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Nelson
Dissertation Title: For the Love of Church and Country: Charles Hodge and the Dilemma of Slavery
Research Interest: I examine the role of the Presbyterian Church and Princeton Seminary in relation to the definition of biblical slavery. The rhetoric surrounding slavery is more complex than a northern or southern disagreement.

Doris Morgan Rueda

Doris Morgan Rueda

Field of Study: Law, Juvenile Justice & the Border
Advisor: Dr. David Tanenhaus
Dissertation Title: "Saving The Bad Kids, Caging Los Chicos Malos: Racialized Surveillance and Juvenile Justice in The U.S. - Mexico Borderlands 1900-1970."
Research Interest: My work examines the role of the border in the development of juvenile justice and the policing of youth. It explores how in popular culture ideas of juvenile delinquency and impacted local and state surveillance apparatus of marginal communities.

Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith

Field of Study: North American Culture and Society
Research interest: Disability history and legal history

James Steele

James Steele

Field of Study: American Popular Culture of the 20th Century
Advisor: Dr. Michael Green
Dissertation Title: “The Fire Over There”
Research Interest: The media frenzy surrounding the King beating and the subsequent civil unrest did not tell the whole story. This work explores the shortcomings of media coverage and the ways these events were described to the American people and the world.

Masters Students

Timothy Brown

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Field of Study: U.S. History with a minor in Public History
Research interest: Antebellum Politics and Slavery

Samantha Carmer

Samantha Carmer

Field of Study: Major – US History, Minor – Public History
Research interest: I plan to examine the implementation of ADA regulations and its effects on classroom segregation in the United States.

Maribel Estrada Calderon

Maribel Estrada Calderon

Field of Study: North American West
Advisor: Dr. William Bauer
Research interest: I study the history of indigenous nations in the Great Basin.

Matthew Conner

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Advisor: Dr. E. Whitney
Field of Study: European and Public History
Research interest: Medieval European Culture and the Crusade Impulse

Richard Kim

Richard Kim

Advisor: Dr. Tanenhaus
Research interest: My research deals with apartheid and civil rights. My paper discusses the historical significance of mass incarceration in our society.

Jennifer Kimball

Jennifer Kimball

Field of Study: European History and Public History

Rosa V Marx

Rosa V Marx

Field of Study: Major – European History, Minor – World History
Research interest: Philosophy and methodology of history in contemporary times and historical origins and effects of major ideas at the core of institutions and beliefs.

Marimar Rivera Quinones

Marimar Rivera Quinoneo

Field of Study: Latin America
Research interest: I may be focusing on the capitalist enterprise of the US invasion in 1898 in Puerto Rico.

Alexandra "Alex" Shear

Jenni Tifft-Ochoa

Field of Study: U.S. History - American West
Research interest: Public, Nevada, and Indigenous History

Jenni Tifft-Ochoa

Jenni Tifft-Ochoa

Field of Study: North American West
Advisor: Dr. William Bauer
Thesis Title: Apache Borderland Cattle Economy, 1750-1780
Research interest: I examine how the Apache nation modified their economy from hunting bison to herding cattle in the latter half of the eighteenth century and the Spanish response to this new economy.