History, PhD

The PhD in history offers outstanding opportunities for graduate study in North American and European history with thematic concentrations in indigenous history, American West, urban history, environment and sustainability studies, politics and policy, immigration, gender, race and ethnicity, culture, and world/comparative history.  The Program is also one of the leaders in the field of public history, which trains for careers in historic preservation, museums, historical societies, publishing houses, and government agencies. 

Our Ph.D. graduates cultivate a strong background in historical research methodology and scholarly analysis which is needed to develop expertise in a chosen historical subject area and prepares them for competitive careers.

History Graduate Faculty


Faculty Research Areas


Contact Information:

Lindsey Plait Jones, Graduate Programs Coordinator,  lindseyplaitjones@asu.edu

The Ph.D. Program requires a minimum of 84 credit hours and may be completed in 4-5 years. 

Program Milestones
  • Selection of a Primary Field of Study
    • Europe North America, Public History, and the possibility of a pre-arranged area of study based on a faculty member’s area of expertise
  •  Selection of a Secondary Field of Study
    • Encourages a broader study in an area different from the Primary Field.  It may focus on a geographic topic, involve interdisciplinary interest or a thematic emphasis
  • Coursework
  • Demonstration of an advanced research skill related to the primary field of study
    • Proficiency in  a research skill that supports the students research and may include a foreign language or a non-linguistic skill such as oral history, geographic information systems, documentary editing, statistical analysis, or methodological-theoretical training in a related discipline)
  • Internship (Public History field only)
  • Qualifying examination
  • A dissertation prospectus
  • Completion and final defense of a dissertation

Students with a master's in history may apply 30 credit hours towards the 84 credit hours required.

For more information, please review our History PhD Handbook, 2017-2018 or the SHPRS Graduate Resources Website.

Admission to the History PhD program is selective. Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program or a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program. The most competitive applicants will have a GPA of 3.30 or higher.


  1. Online Electronic Application: Applicants must submit an online Graduate Admissions Application and application fee.
  2. Official transcripts: Official transcripts must be sent directly to Graduate Admission Services from the issuing institution(s).
  3. GRE scores: Official scores must be sent by ETS to ASU using the university code 4007 (department code can be left blank). Scores should be no more than 5 years old.
  4. Letter of application: Addressed to the history admission committee, the letter of applications should explain the applicant's scholarly background and training, career goals, the primary field the applicant wishes to pursue, the proposed research specialization (including faculty they would like to work with), and why the applicant wants to pursue graduate study at ASU (about 500 words in length).
  5. Resume/CV: Upload into online application.
  6. Writing sample: A sample of the applicant's written work should be submitted as part of the electronic application. The writing sample may be an article (published or unpublished), a research paper, or any other extended sample of expository skill no longer than 35 pages in length. Writing samples are expected to include a strong thesis, demonstrated use of primary and secondary source evidence, and solid writing foundations (such as proper grammar and logical organization). Longer writing samples should not be submitted without first consulting the graduate director. Documents and files should not be password protected. Acceptable file types are .rtf, .pdf, and .doc.
  7. References: Applicants are required to submit a minimum of 3 email addresses from faculty or others qualified to speak of the applicant's suitability for graduate study in history. References will be contacted by the University and asked to upload letters and evaluations online.
  8. TOEFL: An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must follow Graduate Admission guidelines for demonstrating English language proficiency. The history program requires an iBT TOEFL score of at least 90 or a PBT TOEFL score of 600. TOEFL scores should be sent electronically from ETS (Educational Testing Services) to ASU.

          Admission FAQs

Financial support is limited and is provided by means of a Graduate Assistantship.  All PhD applicants will be considered and selection will be based on the achievements and qualifications of the applicant as compared with other applicants. There are no additional documents needed for consideration.

Graduate Assistants share an office with several other assistants and typically work twenty hours per week. Assistantships provide a stipend in addition to the cost of tuition and student health insurance for the student.


Rebecca Baird
Dissertation: ‘Where the Flower Children Gathered’: The Los Angeles Free Clinic, 1967-75
Advisor: Matthew Garcia
Instructor, Porterville College

Farina King
Dissertation: The Journey of Diné Students in the Four Directions: Navajo Educational Experiences in the 20th Century
Advisor: Don Fixico
Clements Postdoctoral Fellow, SMU

William Kiser
Dissertation: Alternative Slaveries and American Democracy: Indian Captivity and Mexican Peonage in the Civil War Era Southwest
Advisor: Don Fixico
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Evan Medley
Dissertation: Place, Power, and Memory at Fort Union National Monument
Advisor: Don Fixico
Historical Analyst, Research Archives, Salt River Project

Sabrina Thomas
Dissertation: The Value of Dust: Policy, Citizenship and Vietnam’s Amerasian Children

Advisor: Kyle Longley
Assistant Professor, Wabash College



Rebecca Andersen
Dissertation: Between Mountain and Lake: an Urban Mormon Country
Advisor: Susan Gray 

Assistant Clinical Professor, Arizona State University

Monika Bilka
Dissertation: Remaking a People, Restoring a Watershed: Klamath Tribal Empowerment through Natural Resource Management, 1960-2010
Advisor: Don Fixico
Associate Professor, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Victoria Jackson
Dissertation: Title IX and the Big Time: Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1950-1992
Advisor: Brooks Simpson
Lecturer, Arizona State University

Joan Miller
Dissertation: Shared Tears: Navy Chaplains with Marines in Vietnam, 1962-1972
Advisor: James Rush
Pastor, St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Mesa, AZ

Jean-Marie Stevens
Dissertation: Re-Shaping History with Nobility: Conservatives and the American Memory of the Vietnam War in the 1980s
Advisor: Kyle Longley
Instructor, Arizona State University

Brianna Theobald
Dissertation: “The Simplest Rules of Motherhood”: Settler Colonialism and the Regulation of American Indian Reproduction, 1910-1976
Advisor: Susan Gray
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sabrina Thomas
Dissertation: The Value of Dust: Policy, Citizenship, and Vietnam’s Amerasian Children
Advisor: Kyle Longley
Assistant Professor, Wabash College



Jon Flashnick
Dissertation: "Blood is Thicker than Water": Anglo-American Rapprochement in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, 1823-1872
Advisor: Kyle Longley
Faculty, Glendale Community College

John Rosinbum
Dissertation: A Crisis Transformed: Refugees, Activists and Government Officials in the United States and Canada during the Central American Refugee Crisis
Advisors: Dirk Hoerder & Lynn Stoner
Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University & Teacher, BASIS Tucson North



Marco Antonio Cabrera Geserick
Dissertation: The Legacy of the Filibuster War: National Identity, Collective Memory, and Cultural Anti-Imperialism
Advisor: Lynn Stoner
Visiting Asst. Professor, Augustana College

Blake Jones
Dissertation: A Battle for Righteousness: Jimmy Carter and Religious Nationalism
Advisor: Kyle Longley
Assistant Professor, Ohio Valley University

Matthew Parry
Dissertation: From Monsters to Patients: A History of Disability
Advisor: Rachel Fuchs

Meaghan (Heisinger) Siekman
Dissertation: Weaving a New Shared Authority: The Akwesasne Museum and Community Collaboration Preserving Cultural Heritage, 1970-2012
Advisor: Don Fixico
Senior Researcher, New England Historic Genealogical Society



Cody Ferguson
Dissertation: `This is our land, we have the right to be heard': Community-based Environmental Activism in the Late Twentieth Century
Advisor: Paul Hirt
Assistant Professor, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas

Benjamin J. Hruska
Dissertation: "Baptized by Saltwater": Acts of Remembrance and Commemoration Surrounding the USS Block Islands, CVE-21 & CVE-106
Advisor: Victoria Thompson
Teacher, Basis Mesa High School

Carol Palmer
Dissertation: Re-imagining Surprise: The Evolution of a Twenty-First Century Boomburb, 1938-2010
Advisor: Jannelle Warren-Findley
Historical Consultant, Portland, OR 

Kristin Youngbull
Dissertation: Brummett Echohawk: Chaticks-si-chaticks
Advisor: Donald Fixico and Peter Iverson
Adjunct Instructor, Utah Valley University

Scott Walker
Dissertation: Making the Desert Bloom: whites and Mexicans in the agricultural development of the Salt River Valley, 1867-1930
Advisor: Francisco Rosales



Dana Bennett
Dissertation: "Undismayed By Any Mere Man": Women Lawmakers and Tax Policy in Nevada, 1919-1956
Advisor: Susan Gray
Independent Public Historian

Patricia Biggs
Dissertation: Tangled Truths: The Power of Worldviews, Memories, and Material Interests in NAGPRA Disputes, 1990-2010
Advisor: Don Fixico
National Park Service

Judith Comer-Schultz
Dissertation: History and Historic Preservation in San Diego Since 1945: Civic Identity in America's Finest City
Advisor: Philip Vandermeer
Lecturer, Arizona State University

Jaimee Gruring 
Dissertation: Dirty Laundry: Public Hygiene and Public Space in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Advisor: Rachel Fuchs

Jill Horohoe
Dissertation: First Ladies as Modern Celebrities: Politics and the Press in Progressive Era America
Advisor: Gayle Gullett
Instructor, Arizona State University

Daniel Kiloren
Dissertation: American Indian Water Rights in Arizona: From Conflict to Settlement, 1950-2004
Advisor: Dirk Hoerder
Research Analyst, Salt River Project

Matthew Laubacher
Dissertation: Cultures of Collection in Late Nineteenth Century American Natural History
Advisor: Monica Green
Associate Professor & Head of History Department, Ashford University

Jedediah Rogers
Dissertation: Make Straight in the Desert a Highway: Ideology and Environmental Conflict on the Colorado Plateau
Advisor: Paul Hirt
Historian, History Research Associates, Inc.

William Stoutamire
Dissertation: Creating the Monuments: Exploiting, Owning, and Protecting the Past in Flagstaff, Arizona
Advisor: Janelle Warren-Findley
Director, Frank House Museum, University of Nebraska

Adam Tompkins
Dissertation: Ghostworkers and Greens: Collaborative Engagements in Pesticide Reform, 1962-2011
Advisor: Paul Hirt
Assistant Professor, Lakeland College, Japan



Brian Cassity
Dissertation: Health, sanitation, hygiene, and welfare: Public policy in the age of the Mexican Revolution
Advisor: Arturo Rosales
Associate Professor, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii

Matthew Garrett
Dissertation: Mormons, Indians and Lamanites: The Indian Student Placement Program, 1947-2000
Advisor: Don Fixico
Assistant Professor, Bakersfield College, California 

Sarah Gerke
Dissertation: A History of National Park Service Interpretation at Grand Canyon National Park
Advisor: Paul Hirt
Project Manager, Wass Gerke and Associates

Clara Keyt
Dissertation: A place called home: Place, culture, and politics in three communities near Superfund sites
Advisor: Don Fixico
Instructor, Colorado State University

James McComb
Dissertation: “Foreign Affairs” on German affairs, 1922-1989
Advisor: Roger Adelson
Adjunct Faculty, Irvine Community College

Patricia Roeser
Dissertation: Bunker Hill Monument in memory and rhetoric
Advisor: Jannelle Warren-Findley
Records Administrator, Archdiocese of Corpus Christi, Texas

Stephanie Stegman
Dissertation: Taking control: Fifty years of diabetes in the American Southwest 1940-1990
Advisor: Monica Green
Adjunct Professor, Texas Wesleyan University



Elise Boxer
Dissertation: “To become white and delightsome:” American Indians and Mormon identity
Assistant Professor of History and American Indian Studies, University of South Dakota

Kara Carroll
Dissertation: Coming to grips with America: The Japanese American experience in the Southwest
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College

Michael Casavantes
Dissertation: Polishing the jewel: The “Arizona Republic” and the growth and development of Phoenix, 1920–1958
Advisor: Philip VanderMeer
Lecturer, Arizona State University

Elyssa Ford
Dissertation: Race, gender, and cultural identity in the American rodeo
Advisor: Matthew Whitaker
Assistant Professor, Northwest Missouri State University

Diana Meneses
Dissertation: “It is what holds us together as a people”: A history of the Ak -Chin Indian Community
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Independent Consultant/Ethnographer, SmartRevenue

Susan Schmid
Dissertation: Anne Boleyn, Lancelot de Carle, and the uses of documentary evidence
Advisor: Retha Warnick
Manuscript Editor

Tamrala Swafford
Dissertation: The gadu:gi spirit: Community development strategies among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, 1934 to 1984
Advisor: Don Fixico
Instructor, American Military University



Mark Ashurst-McGee
Dissertation: Zion rising: Joseph Smith's early social and political thought
Historian, Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Michelle Benavides
Dissertation: Smokeless factories: The decentering of U.S. legal and moral boundaries by Mexico’s transnational divorce industry, 1923-1970
Advisor: Lynn Stoner

Patricia Blaine
Dissertation: “I had to come here for my family:” Mexican migrant deaths in the Arizona desert, 1990–2005
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Chair, Department of History & Philosophy, South Texas College

Monica Butler
Dissertation: Check your local listings: Indigenous representation in television
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Professor, Seminole State College of Florida

Shawn England
Dissertation: The curse of Huitzilopochtli: The origins, process, and legacy of Mexico's military reforms, 1920–1946
Advisors: Asuncion Lavrin & F. Arturo Rosales
Professor, Mount Royal University, Calgary

Bradley Gills
Dissertation: The Anishnabeg and the landscape of assimilation in Michigan, 1854–1934
Advisor: Susan Gray
Research, Tribal Claims, History Research Associates, Inc.

Richard S. Hopkins, Jr.
Dissertation: Engineering nature: Public greenspaces in nineteenth-century Paris
Advisor: Rachel Fuchs
Assistant Professor, Widener University

Stephanie Molholt
Dissertation: A buck well spent: Representations of American Indians in print advertising since 1890
Advisor: Brooks Simpson
History Faculty, Community College of Baltimore County

Azusa Ono
Dissertation: Crossroads of Indian country: Native American community in Denver, 1950–2005
Advisor: Don Fixico
Assistant Professor, Osaka University of Economics

Brock Ruggles
Dissertation: Not so quiet on the Western front: Punk politics during the conservative ascendancy in the United States, 1980–2000
Advisor: Kyle Longley
Instructor, Arizona State University

Tara Wood
Dissertation: “To the most godlye, virtuos, and mightye princes Elizabeth”: Identity and gender in the dedications to Elizabeth I
Advisor: Retha Warnicke
Assistant Professor, Ball State University



Bard Baukol
Dissertation: William Prynne and the politics of reaction
Advisor: Retha Warnicke
Faculty, University of North Dakota

Luisa Bonillas
Dissertation: Pushing for change: Women of color at Wellesley College, 1966–2001
Advisor: Janelle Warren-Findley
Adjunct Professor, Mesa Community College

Ute Chamberlin
Dissertation: Coal, beer, and steel: Women in a manly city, Dortmund 1860s to 1914
Advisor: Rachel Fuchs
Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University

Virginia Espino
Dissertation: Women sterilized as they give birth: Population control, eugenics, and social protest in the twentieth-century United States
Advisors: Vicki Ruiz & Noel Stowe
Oral Historian, University of California, Los Angeles

Patricia Harms
Dissertation: Imagining a place for themselves: The social and political roles of Guatemalan women, 1871–1954
Advisor: Asuncion Lavrin
Assistant Professor, Brandon University, Canada

Nancy Hill
Dissertation: The imprint of cotton production on Arizona landscapes
Advisor: Janelle Warren-Findley
Convener, Culture, Community and Education Concentration, Doctoral Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education 

Matthew Makley
Dissertation: “These will be strong”: A history of the Washoe people
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Eric Meringer
Dissertation: Miskitu takaia: Miskito identity and transformation, 1600–1979
Advisor: Lynn Stoner
Assistant Professor, Fredonia State University of New York

R. Eric Nedergaard
Dissertation: Duty, honor, country, and race: The failure of desegregation at West Point in the nineteenth century
Advisor: Brooks Simpson
Advanced Instructor Pilot, Aviation Performance Solutions

Debra Neill
Dissertation: Jasenovac and memory: Reconstructing identity in post-war Yugoslavia
Advisor: Stephen Batalden
Instructor, Arizona State University

James Precht
Dissertation: “The lost tribe wanders no more”: Indian gaming and the emergence of Coushatta self-determination
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor, Penn State Fayette

Joel Satterlee
Dissertation: Olaus Petri, Gustav Vasa and the early Swedish Reformation
Advisors: Andrew Barnes & Philip Soergel
Associate Faculty, University of Phoenix

Scott Stratton
Dissertation: The end of aviation's honeymoon and “the world's greatest air race”: The new age of airmindedness and the 1934 MacRobertson air competition
Advisor: Noel Stowe
History Instructor, Washington State University (deceased)

Tara Travis
Dissertation: Continuity and change in the Navajo community of Canyons del Muerto and de Chelly
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Museum Curator, Mesa Verde National Park



AnCita Benally
Dissertation: Diné binahat'á', Navajo government
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Program Manager, Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education

Brian Collier
Dissertation: St. Catherine Indian School, Santa Fe, 1887–2006: Catholic Indian education in New Mexico
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Faculty, University of Notre Dame

David Dean
Dissertation: Soldiers and scientists: The politics of exploring the American West, 1803–1879
Advisor: Brooks Simpson
Faculty, Grand Canyon University 

Rosemary Diaz
Dissertation: El senador, Dennis Chávez: New Mexico native son, American senior statesman, 1888–1962
Advisor: Noel Stowe
Owner/Consultant, Origins & Legacies Historical Services

Jason Gart
Dissertation: Electronics and aerospace industry in Cold War Arizona, 1945–1968: Motorola, Hughes Aircraft, Goodyear Aircraft
Advisor: Noel Stowe
Senior Historian, History Associates, Inc.

Melody Miyamoto
Dissertation: No home for domesticity? Gender and society on the overland trails
Advisor: Susan Gray
Professor, Collin College

Laura Munoz
Dissertation: Desert dreams: Mexican American *education in Arizona, 1870–1930
Advisors: Vicki Ruiz & Gayle Gullett
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M

Francinne Valcour
Dissertation: Manipulating the messenger: Wonder Woman as an American female icon
Advisor: Gayle Gullett & Vicki Ruiz
Coordinator of Academic Services, Community College of Vermont


Laurie Arnold
Dissertation: The paradox of a house divided: The Colville tribes and termination
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Faculty, Columbia Southern University

Michele Curran
Dissertation: United States Board on Geographic Names: The impact of controversy, 1890--present
Advisor: Mary L. Rothschild
Architectural Historian, Midwestern Regional Office, Omaha, National Park Service

Karin Enloe
Dissertation: Willie, Waylon, Buck and Merle: Nashville outlaws and the American West
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Instructor, Arizona State University

Christine Marin
Dissertation: Always a struggle: Mexican Americans in Miami, Arizona, 1909–1951
Advisor: Edward Escobar
Emeritus Professor, Arizona State University

Scott Stabler
Dissertation: Race, reaction, policy and perception: A tri -cultural study of postbellum America through the life of General O. O. Howard
Advisor: Brooks Simpson
Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University



Alton Carroll
Dissertation: Medicine bags and dog tags: How the military influenced American Indian traditions and how the image of Indians influenced the military
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia Community College 

Julie Davis
Dissertation: American Indian Movement survival schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, 1968–2002
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Associate Professor, St. Johns University

Gilbert Ramirez Gonzales
Dissertation: Strategy and stopes: Mines, management, and community in Superior and Jerome, Arizona, 1900–1955
Advisor: Noel Stowe
Chief Information Officer, University of New Mexico

Katherine Rolison
Dissertation: The Cherokee Nation from Indian Territory to statehood and the impact of allotment: One family's story
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Lecturer, California State University, San Marcos

Elizabeth Sowards
Dissertation: Outdoor living: Suburban landscapes, sense of place, and environmentalism in the American West
Advisor: Peter Iverson & Steve Pyne
Office of Assessment and Learning, Washington State University



Melissa Bingmann
Dissertation: Prep school cowboys: The education of the elite at Western ranch schools
Advisor: Noel Stowe
Director of Public History, Associate Professor, West Virginia University

Todd Bostwick
Dissertation: Revisiting the dean: Byron Cummings and southwestern archaeology, 1893–1954
Advisor: Noel Stowe
Director of Archaeology, Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Eve Carr
Dissertation: Missionaries and motherhood: Sixty-six years of public health work in South El Paso
Advisor: Rachel Fuchs & Vicki Ruiz
Independent Research Consultant

Sharon Firestone
Dissertation: To plant with women: Women's lives in Savage Cove, Newfoundland
Advisors: Mary Rothschild
Librarian, Arizona State University (deceased)

Andrew Fisher
Dissertation: People of the river: A history of the Columbia River Indians, 1855–1945
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Associate Professor, William & Mary University

Tonia Horton
Dissertation: Indian lands, American landscapes: Toward a genealogy of place in national parks
Advisor: Robert Trennert
Historian & Landscape Architect, National Park Service Headquarters

Michael Lawson
Dissertation: Baskets, pots, and prayer plumes: The *Southwest ethnographic collections of the Smithsonian Institution
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Instructor, University of New Mexico 

Jeffrey Pappas
Dissertation: Forest scholars: The early history of nature guiding at Yosemite National Park, 1913–1925
Advisor: Janelle Warren-Findley
Instructor & State Historic Preservation Officer, University of New Mexico and Government Administration

Andrew Russell
Dissertation: American dreams derailed: Japanese railroad and mine communities of the Interior West
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College

Stephen Sloan
Dissertation: Negotiating a sense of place in the Salt River Valley: Urbanites and the desert
Advisor: Noel Stowe
Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Oral History, Baylor University

Mary Ann Villarreal
Dissertation: Cantantes y cantineras: Mexican American communities and the mapping of public space
Advisor: Noel Stowe & Vicki Ruiz
Director, Strategic Initiatives & University Projects, California State University, Fullerton

Scott White
Dissertation: A history of the Poncas in Nebraska: A struggle for survival
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Instructor, Scottsdale Community College



Stephen Amerman
Dissertation: Making an Indian place in urban schools: Native Americans and education in Phoenix, 1941–1984
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor of History, Southern Connecticut State University

William Carter
Dissertation: Indian alliances in the Southwest, 1300–1706
Advisor: Asuncion Lavrin
Instructor, South Texas College

John D’Oney
Dissertation: A history of the Houma Nation, 1682-2002
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor, Albany College of Pharmacy

Leah Glaser
Dissertation: Rural electrification in multiethnic Arizona : a study of power, urbanization and change
Advisor: Janelle Warren-Findley
Faculty, Quinnipiac University

Tim Hodgdon
Dissertation: Manhood in the age of Aquarius: Masculinity in two countercultural communities, 1965–1983
Advisor: Vicki Ruiz
Reading Room Supervisor & Reference Associate, University of North Carolina

Andrew Honker
Dissertation: A river sometimes runs through it: A history of Salt River flooding and Phoenix
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Academic Advisor, Arizona State University

Kathleen Howard
Dissertation: Creating an enchanted land: Curio entrepreneurs promote and sell the Indian Southwest, 1880–1940
Advisor: Robert Trennert
Senior Historian, Historical Perspectives & Research Associate, Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ)

Elizabeth James
Dissertation: Forging an indigenous future: The Nez Perces, 1893–1934
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Associate Professor, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Richard Kitchen
Dissertation: Mormon-Indian relations in Deseret: Intermarriage and indenture, 1847 to 1877
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor of History, New Mexico Military Institute

Maura Mackowski
Dissertation: Human factors: Aerospace medicine and the origins of manned space flight in the United States
Advisor: Jannelle Warren-Findley & Steve Pyne

Robin Robinson
Dissertation: Vice and tourism on the United States-Mexico border: A comparison of three communities in the era of U.S. prohibition
Advisor: Arturo Rosales
Adjunct Professor of History and Reference Librarian, Austin Community College

Jeffrey Shepherd
Dissertation: Building an American Indian community: The Hualapai Nation in the twentieth century
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at El Paso



Rebecca Bales
Dissertation: “You will be bravest of all”: The Modoc nation to 1909
Advisor: Albert Hurtado
Assistant Professor, Diablo Valley College

Carol Behl
Dissertation: Changing paces: Navajos in Flagstaff, 1930–1970
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Director of Computer Science and Engineering, Arizona State University

Myla Vicenti Carpio
Dissertation: “Let them know we still exist”: Indians in Albuquerque
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

Agnes Kefeli-Clay
Dissertation: Kräshen apostasy: Popular religion, education, and the contest over Tatar identity (1856–1917)
Advisor: Stephen Batalden
Lecturer, Arizona State University

Tracy Leavelle
Dissertation: Religion, encounter, and community in French and Indian North America
Advisor: Peter Iverson & Rachel Fuchs
Assistant Professor, Creighton University 

Penelope Moon
Dissertation: “We have got to lead them in the ways of peace”: The Catholic Peace Fellowship in the Vietnam era
Advisor: Kyle Longley
Director of Online Graduate Programs and Associate Clinical Professor, Arizona State University

Heidi Osselaer
Dissertation: “A woman for a woman's job”: Arizona women in politics, 1900–1950
Advisor: Philip Vandermeer

W. Douglas Seefeldt
Dissertation: Constructing western pasts: Place and public memory in the twentieth -century American West
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska

Adam Sowards
Dissertation: “He's a natural”: Justice William O. Douglas and the American *environmental tradition
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Professor, University of Idaho

Melanie Sturgeon
Dissertation: Social scientists and the National Research Project: A study of technological displacement, 1935–1944
Advisor: Brian Gratton
Director of the Division of History, Arizona State Archives

Bruce Zachary
Dissertation: A nascent federalism: Federal urban relations, public housing, Phoenix, Arizona, and San Diego, California, 1933–1949
Advisor: Bradford Luckingham
Training Professional & Executive Language Coach, Bertelsmann SE & Co.



Jaime Aguila
Dissertation: Protecting ‘México de Afuera’: Mexican emigration *policy, 1876–1928
Advisor: Arturo Rosales
Assistant Professor of History, Arizona State University

Maria Flores
Dissertation: The good life the hard way: The Mexican American community of Fort Stockton, Texas, 1930–1945
Advisor: Vicki Ruiz
Professor, Our Lady of the Lake University

Melissa Jones
Dissertation: Augustine in Russia
Advisor: Stephen Batalden
Managing Editor, American Journal of Critical Care

Peg Lamphier
Dissertation: Kate Chase and William Sprague: Politics and gender in a Civil War marriage
Advisor: Brooks Simpson
Lecturer, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Jaakko Puisto
Dissertation: “This is my reservation, I belong here”: The Salish Kootenai struggle against termination
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Lecturer, California State University, Stanislaus

Mara Rutten
Dissertation: The Sequoyah statehood movement and the Indian fight for sovereignty
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Intelligence Analyst, FBI

David A. Wolff
Dissertation: The Western coal industry in the era of expansion, 1868 to 1913
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Associate Professor of History, Black Hills State University


Degree Offered

History, PhD
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January 15

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