PhD Candidates

Below is a select group of SHPRS PhD candidates. This group has passed their comps and had their prospectus approved, as well as opted in to having their information shared on this page. 

History

William Holly

PhD Track: Modern United States Culture, Law, and Race
Dissertation Title: The Mountain Is Part of Us: The Legal & Cultural Conflicts Over Development on Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks, 1970-1984
Advisor: Julian Lim
Publications:  “Good Country Music From Amarillo and Abilene: West Texas and the Creation of Modern Country Music.” West Texas Journal of History vol. VII, 2019.
Presentations: "Lubbock Calling: Alternative Music in the Hub City" West Texas Historical Association Conference, Spring 2020
“West Texas & Country Music,” West Texas History Symposium Spring 2019
Awards Received: Jo Stewart Randel Research Grant, West Texas A&M University, Center for the Study of the American West, Summer 2019
Graduate Research Grant, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, 2018
Graduate Excellence Grant, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, 2018
 

Daniel Milowski

PhD Track: American history
Dissertation Title: Mainstreet of America: The Railroad, Route 66, and Regional Transformation in Northwestern Arizona, 1882 – 1989
Advisor: Christopher Jones
Publications:  “Could new legislation lead to a Route 66 economic revival?” The Conversation, June 29, 2018
Presentations: Conference Panel Chair and Panelist, Is it Time to Mobilize?, National Council on Public History Annual Conference (Held virtually due to COVID19), Spring 2020
Conference Panel Chair, Issues in Commodity Production and Quantification, Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Fall 2019
The Railroad Giveth and the Railroad Taketh Away: The Santa Fe Railway, Route 66, and the Development of Seligman, Arizona, 1910 – 1985, Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Fall 2019
The Railroad Giveth and the Railroad Taketh Away: The Santa Fe Railway, Route 66, and the Development of Seligman, Arizona, 1910 – 1985, American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Annual Conference, Summer 2019
The Railroad Giveth and the Railroad Taketh Away: The Santa Fe Railway, Route 66, and the Development of Seligman, Arizona, 1910 – 1985, UC-Irvine History Conference, Spring 2019
Park Central Mall Oral History Project, National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Spring 2019
Trade Versus Aid: FAO Executive Leadership and the Limits of Development 1947 – 1993 Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Fall 2018
Land Use Conflicts in the San Juan – Marshall Neighborhood Texas A&M History Conference - Conflicts and Resolutions, Spring 2018
Geographic Information Systems in Digital Humanities Workshop Arizona State University, Fall 2017
Awards Received: Grand Canyon Historical Society Research Grant, Spring 2020
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Excellence Award, Spring 2020
Arizona State University School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Research Grant, Spring 2020
American Society for Environmental History Travel Award, Spring 2020
Stowe Foundation Student Travel Award, National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Spring 2020
Max Millett Family Endowed Fund Research Scholarship, 2019 - 2020 academic year
Arizona State University Graduate College Fellowship, Fall 2019
Arizona State University Graduate College Travel Award, Fall 2019
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University PCB-AHA Graduate Student Travel Award, Summer 2019
Arizona State University Graduate College Travel Award, Summer 2019
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Excellence Award, Spring 2019
Stowe Foundation Student Travel Award, National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Spring 2019
National Council on Public History Travel Award, Annual Conference, Spring 2019
Social Science History Association Travel Award, Annual Conference, Fall 2018
Research Grant, Article research and writing for “Trade Versus Aid: FAO Executive Leadership and the Limits of Development 1947 – 1993,” Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, Arizona State University, Summer, 2018
Website: danielmilowski.com

Philosophy

James Fanciullo

Dissertation Title: Reviving Hedonism
Advisor: Doug Portmore
Publications:  “The Psychological Basis of Collective Action." Philosophical Studies. doi 10.1007/s11098-020-01439-6.
“Do Fitting Emotions Tell Us Anything About Well-Being?” Utilitas 32(1): 118-125.
“Human Enhancement and the Proper Response to Climate Change.” Ethics, Policy & Environment 23(1): 85-96.
“What Is the Point of Helping?” Philosophical Studies 177(6): 1487-1500.
“Imprecise Lexical Superiority and the (Slightly Less) Repugnant Conclusion” Philosophical Studies 176(8): 2103-2117.
Website: philpeople.org/profiles/james-fanciullo

Rachel Levit Ades

Dissertation Title: Why Access Matters: Disability Accommodations As A Matter of Justice
Advisor: Joan McGregor
Publications:  "An End To Blind Review" APA Diversity & Inclusiveness Blog Post Feb 20, 2020 
Presentations: "The New (Old) Social Model of Disability" UNCA 3rd Biennial Philosophy of Disability Conference, March 2020
ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) Presenter, March 2019, Un/Knowing Disability Title: “Emancipatory Disability Studies and a Place for Academic Philosophy”
“Human Beings, or, The Modern Hephaestus: A Better Perspective On Emerging Technology and Disability,” April 2018 Section: Disability Studies: Fanfic and Myth New Visions Graduate Conference: University of Arizona
“Visualizing A Deaf City,” April 2016 Section: Seeing Disability New Visions Graduate Conference, University of Arizona
Awards Received: First Place Essay Winner, Disability Ethics Affinity Group, Fall 2018 American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) “Against the Statue in the Stone: Disability Identity and the Counterfactual Account of Harm” ASBH Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA
ASU IHR Research Grant Recipient, Spring 2018 Presenter at Well-Being Roundtable Discussion Paper: “Disability Identity and Harm”
Website: rachellevitades.com

Aubrey C. Spivey

Dissertation Title: Justice, Model-Deviancy, and Prison Policy
Advisor: Joan McGregor
Publications:  Jennings, Carolyn Dicey; Fronda, Regino; Hunter, M. A.; Johnson King, Zoe; Spivey, Aubrey & Wilson, Sharai (2019). The Diversity and Inclusivity Survey: Final Report. APA Grants.
Spivey, A. C. (Winter 2018). Sommer, Talmer, Why Honor Matters. Reason Papers. Vol. 40, No. 2.
Presentations: “Disability, Mental Health, and Incarceration” Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference at Arizona State University, 2020
“Reason, Truth, and Counterexample” Women in Pragmatism International Conference at the Universitat de Barcelona, 2020
“Applying Abstract Principles and Getting it Wrong in the Case of Female Prisons” Intermountain Philosophy Conference at Weber State University, 2016
“Is Herman's Integration of Moral Education in a Kantian Framework Successful?” 61st Annual Meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association, 2015
“Is Herman's Integration of Moral Education in a Kantian Framework Successful?” 16th Annual Graduate Conference at Michigan State University, 2015
“Women in Prisons: A Gender Discrimination Case Study” UF/FSU Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference at the University of Florida, 2014 
“Annual Session on Teaching ‘Philosophy on the Inside: Teaching in Prison’” the 65th Annual Meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association, 2019
ASU Prison Volunteer Panel” the 7th Annual Prison Education Conference, 2018; Public Philosophy 
“Women, Prison, and Policy” SHEROES United Volunteer Reginal Meeting.
“Ethics and Star Wars: Right and Wrong in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” Phoenix Comic-Con, 2017
Awards Received: Arizona State University Graduate College Fellowship, Spring 2020
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Leaders, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections Educational Volunteer of the Year, 2019 
Connected Academics Pitch Competition, April 2019
NEH Institute Workshop on “Writing for a Broader Audience” at Arizona State University, 2019
Arizona State University Graduate College Fellowship, Spring 2019
Arizona State University Graduate College Fellowship, Fall 2018
Arizona State University Graduate Fellowship, Fall 2018
Website: acspivey.com

Religious Studies

Eric Breault

PhD Track: Anthropology of Religion
Dissertation Title: An Icon of Death: Material Culture and La Santa Muerte
Advisor: Miguel Astor-Aguilera
Presentations: Death as Lived Religion in Mexico. Presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. November 18, 2018
Christian Antecedents of La Santa Muerte. Presented at the American Association of Anthropology Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. November 21, 2015
Los Santos en México. Presented at La Conferencia, Por una educación sin fronteras at La Universidad Internacional: The Center for Linguistic and Multicultural Studies in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México. June 25, 2015
The Grim Reaper as Religious Icon. Presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. May 16, 2015
Geographic Information Systems in Digital Humanities Workshop Arizona State University, Fall 2017
Awards Received: 2020 Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Research Award, Arizona State University 2020
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2019
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2018
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2017
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Doctoral Fellowship First-Generation College Graduates, Arizona State University 2017
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2016
University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University 2015
Graduate Travel Award, Arizona State University 2015
Graduate Travel Award, Arizona State University 2014
Medieval Graduate Student Award, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University

Beiyin Deng

PhD Track: Anthropology of Religion
Dissertation Title: Journey to the Other: Trading Marble Buddhist Images Across the Sino-Burmese Border
Advisor: Juliane Schober
Publications:  Review of The Buddha’s Wizards: Magic, Protection, and Healing in Burmese Buddhism, by Thomas Nathan Patton. Journal of Dharma Studies, Springer, July 2020
Presentations: SEAP Graduate Student Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY,  “From ‘Burmese Marble’ to ‘Burmese White Jade’: The Cultural Repertoires Behind the Trade of Marble Buddhist Images from Myanmar to China”March 2020
2nd Annual Graduate Symposium, Graduate Association for Religion Studies, ASU, “Sacred Objects and Commodities: Possibilities of the Study of Buddha Images in Myanmar," April 2018
Awards Received: ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2020
ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Fall Research Grant, 2019
ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Spring Research Grant, 2019
ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2019
ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2018
ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Spring Research Grant, 2018
ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2018
University of Wisconsin-Madison Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship, 2017
ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Spring Research Grant, 2017
ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Grant, 2017
ASU Graduate Education Travel Grant, 2016
Website: dengbeiyin.org

Blayne K. Harcey

PhD Track: Religions of Asia
Dissertation Title: Locating Lumbiniī: Transnational Buddhism and the Construction of World Heritage in Nepal
Advisor: Juliane Schober
Presentations: Relics Traces and Indexes The Politics of Territory and the Construction of Memory in Encounter at Sri Pada, Presented to the “Space, Place and Religion: Mountaineering Religion in Asia & Beyond” section at the American Academy of Religion General Conference, November 2016
Website: asu.academia.edu/BlayneHarcey

Mu-Lung Hsu

PhD Track: Anthropology of Religion
Dissertation Title: Engaging Suffering: Free Funeral Service Societies and a Socially Engaged Buddhist Soteriology in Contemporary Myanmar
Advisor: Juliane Schober
Publications:  Making Merit, Making Civil Society: Free Funeral Service Societies and Merit-Making in Contemporary Myanmar. Journal of Burma Studies, vol. 23, no. 1 (2019): 1-36.
(book note) Battling the Buddhe of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built. By Falcone, Jessica Marie. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018. Pp. Xv + 303. Religious Studies Review 45(3): 410. 
(book note) Buddhist Law in Burma: A History Of Dhammasattha Texts and Jurisprudence, 1250‐1850. By D. Christian Lammerts. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2018. Pp. Xi + 288. Religious Studies Review 45(2): 249.
Presentations: Saving Others, Saving Ourselves: "Buddhist" Social Welfare Organizations in Contemporary Myanmar. Presented on March 21 at the 2020 American Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA. (canceled due to COVID-19)
Free Funeral for All: Free Funeral Service Societies and Social Inclusion in Myanmar. Presented on March 21 at the 2019 American Asian Studies Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
Merit-Making in Civil Society: Myanmar’s Free Funeral Service Societies and New Humanitarianism. Presented on March 22 at Inaugural Theravada Studies Conference 2018, Washington, D.C.
Awards Received: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies, 2020
Website: car.clas.asu.edu/content/mu-lung-hsu