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2018

James Dupey
Dissertation: Cultivating the Domain: Alexander Campbell and Denomination Building in the Trans-Appalachian West, 1820-60
Advisor: Catherine O’Donnell
Position: Faculty Associate, Eastern Washington University

Morgan Hoodenpyle
Dissertation: Girlie Man: Space, Gender, and Race in Nightlife Performance in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco, 1890-1945
Advisor: Gayle Escobar
Position: Associate Professor, Mt. San Jacinto College

2017

Benjamin Beresford
Dissertation: Stalin’s Jazz: Identity, Modernity, and Early Soviet Culture, 1928- 1953
Advisor: Mark Von Hagen
Position: Faculty Associate, Arizona State University

Linnea Caproni
Dissertation: Casas Montezumas: Chorographies, Ancient Ruins, and Placemaking in the Salt and Gila River Valleys, Arizona, 1694-1868
Advisor: Victoria Thompson
Position: Contract Historian

John A. Goodwin
Dissertation: "Without Destroying Ourselves": American Indian Intellectual Activism for Higher Education, 1915-1978
Advisor: Donald Fixico
Position: History Teacher, BASIS Phoenix

2016

Aaron Byungjoo Bae
Dissertation: The Ideological Impetus and Struggle in Praxis for Multiracial Radical Alliances in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1967-1980
Advisor: Matthew Garcia
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

Rebecca Baird
Dissertation: ‘Where the Flower Children Gathered’: The Los Angeles Free Clinic, 1967-75
Advisor: Matthew Garcia
Position: 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
Position: Assistant Professor, Northeastern State University

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

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


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

Advisor: Kyle Longley
Position: Assistant Professor, Wabash College
 

2015

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

Position: Lecturer, Utah State University

Monika Bilka
Dissertation: Remaking a People, Restoring a Watershed: Klamath Tribal Empowerment through Natural Resource Management, 1960-2010
Advisor: Don Fixico
Position: Lead History Faculty, 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
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

Joan Miller
Dissertation: Shared Tears: Navy Chaplains with Marines in Vietnam, 1962-1972
Advisor: James Rush
Position: 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 
Position: 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
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Rochester

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

2014

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
Position: Adjunct Faculty, Arizona State University & Teacher, BASIS Tucson

Peter Van Cleave
Dissertation: Revolt, Religion, and Dissent in the Dutch-American Atlantic: Francis Adrian van der Kemp's Pursuit of Civil and Religious Liberty
Advisors: Catherine O’Donnell
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

2013

Marco Cabrera Geserick
Dissertation: The Legacy of the Filibuster War: National Identity, Collective Memory, and Cultural Anti-Imperialism
Advisor: Lynn Stoner
Position: Instructor, High Point University

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

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

2012 

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
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: Historical Consultant, Palmer Research, LLC 

Kristin Youngbull
Dissertation: Brummett Echohawk: Chaticks-si-chaticks
Advisor: Donald Fixico and Peter Iverson
Position: 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
Position: Director of Academic Technology, Helix Education 

2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jedediah Rogers
Dissertation: Make Straight in the Desert a Highway: Ideology and Environmental Conflict on the Colorado Plateau
Advisor: Paul Hirt
Position: State Historian, Utah Division of State History

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

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

2010

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

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

Sarah Gerke
Dissertation: A History of National Park Service Interpretation at Grand Canyon National Park
Advisor: Paul Hirt
Position: 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
Position: Instructor, Colorado State University

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

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

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

2009

Elise Boxer
Dissertation: “To become white and delightsome:” American Indians and Mormon identity
Position: 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
Position: 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
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

Elyssa Ford
Dissertation: Race, gender, and cultural identity in the American rodeo
Advisor: Matthew Whitaker
Position: 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
Position: Independent Consultant/Ethnographer, SmartRevenue

Susan Schmid
Dissertation: Anne Boleyn, Lancelot de Carle, and the uses of documentary evidence
Advisor: Retha Warnick
Position: 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
Position: Instructor, American Military University

2008

Mark Ashurst-McGee
Dissertation: Zion rising: Joseph Smith's early social and political thought
Advisor: Brooks Simpson & Richard Lyman Bushman
Position: Historian, Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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

Monica Butler
Dissertation: Check your local listings: Indigenous representation in television
Advisor: Peter Iverson
Position: 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
Position: Professor, Mount Royal University, Calgary

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

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

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

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

2016

David Paul Gurney
Dissertation: Empathy, Enhancement, and Responsibility
Advisor: Joan McGregor
Position: President & Managing Attorney, Southwest Law Center

Jaemin Jung
Dissertation: Epistemic Norms and Permissive Rationality
Advisor: Brad Armendt
Position: Faculty, Wonkwang University (South Korea)

2014

Thomas Vierra
Dissertation: Nature's Own Voice: Reason, Nature, and the Birth of Natural Law
Advisor: Michael White
Position: Director of Academics & Philosophy Teacher, Wilson Hill Academy 

Cecilea Mun
Dissertation: A New Foundation for Philosophy and Psychology: Unification without Consilience
Advisor: Cheshire Calhoun
Position: Instructor, Central Michigan University

2013

Danielle Fundora
Dissertation: Exploitation in Clinical Drug Trials
Advisor: Joan McGregor
Position: Instructor, Rock Valley College 

Alexander Novack
Dissertation: Cornering the Truth: A Defense of Scientific Realism
Advisor: Brad Armendt
Position: Faculty, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Jeff Watson
Dissertation: Emergence and Cosmic Hermeneutics
Advisor: Bernard Kobes
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

2012

Scott Scheal
Dissertation: Slaves of the Defunct: The Epistemic Intractability of the Hayek-Keynes Debate
Advisor: Richard Creath
Position: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University 

Zachary Goldberg
Dissertation: Moral Dissilusion: Shattering Moral Illusions for the Sake of Taking Responsibility
Advisor: Peter French
Position: Faculty, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich 

Mayra Valadez
Dissertation: Finding Character: Character and the Challenge from Situationism
Advisor: Cheshire Calhoun
Position: Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University

Valerye Milleson
Dissertation: Enhancement, Commodification, and Human Flourishing
Advisor: Joan McGregor
Position: Senior Clinical Ethics Fellow, UCLA Health

2011

Gerald Marsh
Dissertation: Disputes and Defective Disputes
Advisor: Peter French
Position: Instructor, Western Washington University

Andrew Khoury
Dissertation: Moral Responsibility and Quality of Will
Advisor: Peter French
Position: Instructor, Arizona State University

Parker Crutchfield
Dissertation: Cognition, Perception, and Justification
Advisor: Steven Reynolds
Position: Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University

2010

Christopher Burrell
Dissertation: The Readiness is All
Advisor: Thomas Blackson
Position: Instructor, ASU

Shawn Klein
Dissertation: Seeing As and What If: Appreciation and Imagination in Moral Reasoning
Advisor: Peter French
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

Michelle Saint
Dissertation: Feeling for fictions: An analysis of our emotional engagement with fictional characters in response to Radford's Paradox
Advisor: Peter French
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

2009

Aaron Rizzieri
Dissertation: The role of justification in animal and reflective knowledge
Advisor: Stewart Cohen
Position: Assistant Professor, CUNY LaGuardia

2008

Matthew Scot Cooper 
Dissertation: Young-earth creationism and the logic of fundamentalism
Advisor: Richard Creath
Position: Faculty, South Mountain Community College

Joseph Kim
Dissertation: A properly functioning exclusivism
Advisor: Stephen Reynolds
Position: Executive VP, Christ Bible Seminary (Japan)

Sandra Woien
Dissertation: The concept of well-being and its role in life-affecting decisions
Advisor: 
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

2007

Stephen Dilley
Dissertation: Methodological naturalism, history, and science
Advisor: Manfred Laubichler & Michael J. White
Position: Associate Professor, St. Edwards University 

Teresa Laszlo
Dissertation: Responsibility, *control, will and rationality
Advisor: Peter French
Position: Online Teaching and Learning Architect, Washtenaw Community College

Chong Ho (Alex) Yu
Dissertation: Automated causal modeling, latent constructs, and abductive interference
Advisor: Brad Armendt
Position: Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific University

Heidi Speck
Dissertation: Contextualism: The contingent a priori knowledge problem
Advisor: Stewart Cohen
Position: Instructor, Pellissippi State Community College

2006

Owen Anderson
Dissertation: Theistic proofs, Enlightenment challenges, and the principle of clarity: Redemption and the inexcusability of unbelief
Advisor: Ted Guleserian
Position: Professor, Arizona State University

Loren Cannon
Dissertation: On moral taint
Advisor: Peter French
Position: Lecturer, Humboldt State University

2018

Terry Shoemaker
Dissertation: Competing Christianities: Social Dynamics of Religious Change in the Upper South
Advisor: Linell Cady
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

Jodie Vann
Dissertation: Spiritual Economy: Resources, Labor, and Exchange in Glastonbury and Sedona
Advisor: Tracy Fessenden
Position: Assistant Professor, Dickinson University

Vicki Cabot
Dissertation: Lost and Found: Jewish Women Recovering Tradition, Remaking Themselves
Advisor: Joel Gereboff
Position: Faculty Associate, Glendale Community College

Diana M. Coleman
Dissertation: Guantanamo: The Amen Temple of Empire
Advisor: Shahla Talebi
Position: Lecturer, Northern Arizona University

2015

David S. Walsh
Dissertation: Ticho Dene Foodways: Hunters, Animals, and Ancestors
Advisor: Miguel Aguilera
Position: Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College

Patricia Power
Dissertation: Accounting for Judaism in the Study of American Messianic Judaism
Advisor: Joel Gereboff
Position: Faculty Associate, Arizona State University

2016

Stephanie Bilinsky
Dissertation: The Voodoo Spiritual Temple: A Case Study of New Orleans’ Spiritual Churches
Advisor: Moses Moore
Position: Special Education Teacher, Jefferson Parish Schools (Louisiana)

2014

Ann Wertman 
Dissertation: Polygamy, Prop 8, and the Peculiar People: Sexuality and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Advisor: Tracy Fessenden
Position: Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia Community College 

Darren Kleinberg
Dissertation: Hybrid Judaism: Irving Greenberg and the Encounter with American Jewish Identity
Advisor: Joel Gereboff
Position: Head of School, Kehillah Jewish High School (California)

2013

Seth Schermerhorn
Dissertation: Walking to Magdalena: Place and Person in Tohono O'odham Songs, Sticks, and Stories
Advisor: Tod Swanson
Position: Assistant Professor, Hamilton College 

Mariam Cohen
Dissertation: Converts and Controversies -- Becoming an American Jew
Advisor: Joel Gereboff
Position: Psychiatrist, Private Practice

Richard Bennett Furlow
Dissertation: The Spectre of Colony: Colonialism, Islamism, and State in Somalia
Advisor: Abdullahi Gallab
Position: Adjunct Faculty, Phoenix College, Maricopa Community College System

Semiha Topal
Dissertation: Building a Pious Self in Secular Settings: Pious Women in Modern Turkey
Advisor: Shahla Talebi
Position: Assistant Professor, Fatih University (Turkey)

2012 

Brandon Cleworth
Dissertation: Ambivalent Blood: Religion, AIDS, and American Culture
Advisor: Tracy Fessenden
Position: Professor, Glendale Community College 

Seth Clippard
Dissertation: Protecting the Spiritual Environment: Rhetoric and Chinese Buddhist Environment
Advisor: Huaiyu Chen
Position: Assistant Professor, Hung Kuang University (Taiwan) 

Doe N. Daughtrey
Dissertation: Mormonism and the New Spirituality: LDS Women's Hybrid Spiritualities
Advisor: Linell Cady
Position: Instructor, Arizona State University

Samsul Maarif
Dissertation: Dimensions of Religious Practice: The Ammatoans of Sulawesi, Indonesia
Advisor: Christopher R. Duncan
Position: Lecturer and Academic Coordinator, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)

Brooke Schedneck
Dissertation: Constructing Religious Modernities: Hybridity, Reinterpretation, and Adaptation
Advisor: Juliane Schober
Position: Assistant Professor, Rhodes College

Konden Smith
Dissertation: Mormons and the World’s Fair 1893: A Study of Religious and Cultural Agency and Transformation
Advisor: Moses Moore
Position: Lecturer, University of Arizona

2011

Brett Lewis
Dissertation: The Impact of Religious Studies Courses: Measuring Change in Undergraduate Attitudes
Advisor: Joel Gereboff
Position: Instructor, Loyola University of Chicago

2010

Brett Benjamin Hendrickson
Dissertation: Healing Borders: Transcultural Expressions of Mexican-American Folk Healing
Advisor: Tracy Fessenden
Position: Associate Professor, Lafayette College

Eiji Suhara
Dissertation: Embodying the Pure Land: A Multidimensional Analysis of Honen's Nembutsu Practice
Advisor: James Foard
Position: Lecturer, Arizona State University

Elizabeth M. Ursic
Dissertation: Ritualizing Christ Sophia
Advisor:  Linell Cady
Position: Professor of Religious Studies, Mesa Community College

2008

Jeffry R. Halverson
Dissertation: Theology and Creed in Sunnī Islam: Kalām, Islamism, and the Postulates of Political Sunnism
Advisors: Mark Woodward and Souad Ali
Position: Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University