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Current Graduate Students

 

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Said Sultan Al Hashimi
Ph.D. Student in Modern Arab History
Advisor: Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Major Field: Modern Arab History
Minor Field: Transnational History
Research Interests: Anti-colonialism; Imperialism; Revolutions and Resistances in Oman and Arabian Peninsula
Publications in Arabic:  Oman: Human and Authority, A Primer to Understanding the Modern Omani Political Landscape (2014)
Novels and Prison Literature in Arabic: “If the Trees Fell in Love”; “The Shadow’s Lullaby”; “What the Cell Left Behind for the Rose: The Papers of a Prisoner in 2011”; “Jasmine of Absence: Letters from Solitary Confinement”; “Omani Spring: Reading into the Contexts and Significance”; The Sacred Valley Infantries: Studies and Readings in Sufi Life in Oman 
Undergraduate: Political Sciences and Economics, University of Kuwait, 1999
M.A.: Strategic Studies, University of Aberdeen, 2006
ssalhash@cougarnet.uh.edu

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 Allison R. Anderson
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Nancy Beck Young
Major Field: U.S. History in the 20th century
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: U.S. Politics, Modern Conservatism, Women’s History
Digital Projects: Contributor to the CPH podcast, Public Historians at Work; Digital Projects Intern, Historical Resources Center at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Medical Library
Undergraduate: History Pre-Law, Western Illinois University, 2019
arander6@cougarnet.uh.edu 

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Erica Augenstein 
Ph.D. Student in Modern Middle East
Advisor: Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Research Interests: Palestinian left in the 1950s and 1960s—particularly Palestinian activists in the Communist Party of Israel
M.A.: Middle East Studies, University of Chicago
ezaugens@cougarnet.uh.edu

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Dmitrii Blyshko
Ph.D. Student in European History
Advisor: Alexey Golubev
Major Field: European History (20th-Century Russia and Nordic Europe)
Minor Field: History of Science
Research Interests: History of Science; History of Russia; History of Archaeology; Archaeology of Nordic Europe
Undergraduate: Specialist Degree with Honors in History from Petrozavodsk State University, Russia, 2011
M.A.: Anthropology and Ethnology from European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 2013
dblyshko@cougarnet.uh.edu

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Eric Boutin-Bloomberg
Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History
Advisor: Mark Goldberg
Major Field: U.S. History (19th Century)
Minor Field: World History
Research Interests: Canadian-American Borderlands; Whiteness Studies; Race and Ethnicity
Undergraduate: History, University of Houston, 2015
Dissertation: “British Imperialists and Reluctant Americans: The Transnational Colonization of the Canadian-American Borderlands, 1776-1900”
Website
enboutin@central.uh.edu

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Stephon Boykin
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Linda Reed
Major Field: U.S. History since 1877
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: African American history in the US during the 20th century with a focus on Black social and cultural institutions, civil rights, and Black radical movements in the American South 
Fellowship: University of Houston Presidential Award for Graduate Study
sboykin2@cougarnet.uh.edu

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Heather Butina-Sutton
Ph.D. Candidate in Latin America
Advisor: Philip Howard
Major Field: Transnational History (18th-19th century Atlantic World)
Minor Field: Public History 
Research Interests: Black Labor and Entrepreneurship; Women and Gender Studies; African-American History; Afro-Latina/o/x History; Digital Humanities
Undergraduate: Cultural Anthropology, University of Houston, 2014
Twitter: @hbsutton
hbsutton@central.uh.edu

"History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read.  And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past.  On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do." -James Baldwin


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Valerie N. Butler-Harris
Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History
Advisor: David McNally
Major Field: U.S. History (15th century-Modern)
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: African American History (New Negro, 1920s-1965); Civil Rights Movement (1950s-1965); Women's History: Labor History
Undergraduate: Health and Physical Education, Texas Southern University, 1980
Masters: Master of Education-Educational Administration, Texas Southern University, 2000; M.A. in History, Texas Southern University, 2019
vbutlerharris11@gmail.com

"Won't it be wonderful when Black history, and Native American history, and Jewish history and ALL U.S. History is taught from one book. Just U. S. history.” -Maya Angelou

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Nicole Deere
Ph.D. Student in European History
Advisor: Kristina Neumann
Major Field: European History (Ancient Mediterranean from 100 BCE-100 CE)
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: Roman Empire (Principate); Roman Republic; Social and Political Change; Power Structures and Dynamics
Undergraduate: Anthropology and Classics, Texas A&M University, 2021 
cndeere@cougarnet.uh.edu

 

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Samantha de León
M.A. Student in Public History
Advisor: Nancy Beck Young
sndeleon@cougarnet.uh.edu

Thomas Doser

Thomas Doser
Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History
Advisor: Nancy Beck Young
Research Interests: urban/suburban history, environmental history, race and ethnicity, immigration, public history
tcdoser@cougarnet.uh.edu

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Brian "Ty" Erickson
M.A. Student in Public History
Advisor: Nancy Beck Young and Kristina Neumann
Major Field: Public History
Minor Field: Ancient History
Research Interests: Greek History; Mediterranean History; Classical Studies; Digital Humanities
Undergraduate: History, University of Houston, 2020
btericks@cougarnet.uh.edu

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." -Pericles 

 

Jonathan Fairchild
Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History
Advisor: Todd Romero
Research Interests: Native American Studies, 19th-century US, Borderlands, Race and Ethnicity, Oral History
Dissertation: "They Intend to Conduct Us Out of Their Country: The Choctaw Diaspora"  
Website
jrfairch@cougarnet.uh.edu

 

 

David Guzman
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: David McNally
dguzman8@central.uh.edu

 

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Patrick Higgins
Ph.D. Candidate in Modern Arab History
Advisor: Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Major Field: Modern Arab History (1940s-1970s Palestine)
Minor Field: Transnational History
Research Interests: Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory; Anti-Imperialism; World-Systems; Dependency; Unequal Exchange
Undergraduate: Journalism, Wayne State University, 2012
M.A.: Middle East Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2015
phiggins2@uh.edu 

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Paula Davis Hoffman
M.A. Student
Research Interests: Miami's Cuban-exile community
Thesis: "Rise of the Chongas: How Loud and Lipsticked Cubanitas Burned Their Community’s Racial, Sexual, and Class-Based Pedestal to the Ground"
pdhoffma@cougarnet.uh.edu

 

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Derek Ide
Ph.D. Candidate in Modern Arab History
Advisor: Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Major Field: Modern Arab History
Minor Field: Transnational History
Research Interests: Internationalism; Empire; Anti-colonialism
Dissertation: "Panthers, Palestinians, and the Pig Power Structure: Black Internationalism and the Palestinian Revolution, 1967-1982"
Fellowships: Houston Endowment Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2022
Undergraduate: Education and History, University of Toledo, 2011
M.A.: History, University of Toledo, 2015 
Website
daide@cougarnet.uh.edu

“Most young men and women (...) grow up in a sort of permanent present lacking any organic relation to the public past of the times they live in. This makes historians, whose business it is to remember what others forgot, more essential (...) than ever before.” -Eric Hobsbawm

 

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Caitlyn Jones
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Nancy Beck Young
Major Field: 20th-century U.S. History
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: U.S. Political History; Women and Gender Studies; Media History; Digital Humanities; Public Memory
Digital Projects: Writer and Producer for Public Historians at Work (podcast through the UH Center for Public History); Graduate Research Assistant for Sharing Stories from 1977
Undergraduate: Journalism, University of North Texas, 2015
M.A.: Public History, University of Houston, 2022
Website
cjones8@cougarnet.uh.edu

"It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.” - Journalist Molly Ivins 

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Priscilla JudsonWallace
Ph.D. Student in Transnational History
Advisor: David McNally
Major Field: Transnational History
Minor Field: African American Studies 
Research Interests: Black Radical Tradition; Black Radical Intellectuals; Franz Fanon; Resistance Movements 
Dissertation: "The Global Impact of Black Radical Tradition on Social and Political Movements"
Undergraduate: History, University of Texas at El Paso
judsonpriscilla@gmail.com

“The function of history is not simply to teach breadwinning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.”  ―W.E.B. Du Bois 

 

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Fadi Kafeety
Ph.D. Student in Modern Middle East
Advisor: Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Major Field: Transnational History
Minor Field: Modern Arab History
Research Interests: Marxism; Political Economy; Revolutions and Revolutionary Thought; Tricontinentalism; History from Below 
Undergraduate: Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University, 2017
M.A.: Middle East Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2019
Position: Administrative Coordinator, The Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies
Website
FKafeety@uh.edu

"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living." -Karl Marx

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Nancy Katz
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Mark Goldberg
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: World History
Research Interests: Atlantic World; Early U.S. Colonies; Crypto-Judaic Stories; U.S. Southern Borders; British Colonialism
Undergraduate: History (with Classical Studies, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies), University of Houston, 2021 
Website
nlkatz@cougarnet.uh.edu

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Karla A. Lira
Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History
Advisor: Mark Goldberg
Major Field: U.S. History (20th Century)
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: Latinx, Sports, Race and Ethnicity, 20th Century, Public History, Intersections of Latinx and Black college athletes during Jim Crow
Dissertation: “For the City: Latinx and Black Athletes in Houston, 1950s-1970s"
Undergraduate: History, University of Texas at Pan-American, 2014
M.A.: History, University of Texas: Rio Grande Valley, 2017
Website
kalira@uh.edu

"¡Sí Se Puede!" -Dolores Huerta 

 

Christian Moore
M.A. Student in U.S. and Public History
Advisor: Nancy Beck Young
mooreachristian1@gmail.com

Alex Paul

Alex Paul
Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History
Advisor: James A. Schafer
Major Field: Modern U.S. History (1850-Present)
Minor Field: Modern European History
Research Interests: Race and Ethnicity Studies; War and Society Studies; Immigration History; Gender Studies; Military History 
Dissertation: "Resistance, Coercion, and Americanization: Immigrant Soldiers in the U.S. Army during World War I"
Grant: Travel Grant, Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program
Undergraduate: History, University of Houston, 2017
aypaul@uh.edu

"History is about exploring what it means to be a human being; it should encourage empathy and standing up for one another." -Dr. Irene V. Guenther

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Isabella Rumbough
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Josiah Rector
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: History of Public Transportation; Late 19th and 20th Century Urban History; Urban Planning and the Construction of the New York Subway; Labor and Environmental History
Undergraduate: History, University of West Florida, 2021
irrumbou@uh.edu

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Allison Sáenz
Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History
Advisor: Monica Perales
Major Field: Latina/o/x History
Minor Field: Public History 
Research Interests: Central American Studies; Immigration, Race and Ethnicity; Public History 
Dissertation: "Being a U.S. Central American: Migration, Culture, and Ethnicity in Houston Post-1965"
Digital Projects: Contributor to "Latino cARTographies: Mapping the Past, Present, and Future of Houston Latino Art," a digital project that seeks to highlight Latinx art in the city
Fellowship: University of Houston's Center for Mexican American Studies Graduate Fellowship, 2020-2021
Internship: Latino Political History Initiative at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program
Undergraduate: History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2017
ansaenz@uh.edu 

"If the present had a therapist, it would be history."

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Nella C. Sakic
M.A. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Mark Goldberg
Major Field: U.S. History
Minor Field: European History
Research Interests: Immigration History
Undergraduate: History, University of Houston, 2020
nlsakic@cougarnet.uh.edu

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”  ― Virginia Woolf

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Olabode Shadare
Ph.D. Student in Transnational History
Advisor: Dr. Kairn Klieman
Major Field: Africa History, with a focus on 20th-century Nigeria
Research Interests: Yorùbá Women, Gender and Sexuality
Fellowship: University of Houston Presidential Award for Graduate Study  
Undergraduate: History & International Relations, Osun State University, 2011
M.A.: International Relations & European-Asian Studies, Tallinn University of Technology, 2016; History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2020 

 

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Shine Trabucco
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Raul Ramos
Major Field: U.S.-Mexican Borderlands (19th century)
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: Digital Humanities; Oral History; American Indian Studies; Material Culture; Environmental Studies
Digital Projects: Researcher for "To Bear Fruit for Our Race" (UH Center for Public History); Arte Público Press in the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Digital Collections on an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) project for the book, La Patria Perdida
Undergraduate: Anthropology, Southwestern University, 2018
M.A.: History, St. Mary's University (San Antonio), 2019
Personal Website
sstrabuc@cougarnet.uh.edu

Darah Vann

Darah Vann
Ph.D. Candidate in European History
Advisor: Kristina Neumann
Major Field: Ancient History
Research Interests: Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Ancient Greece, Roman Republic, Late Antiquity
Dissertation: "Rape and Imperialism: Rome's Violent Conquest of Land and Bodies"
Awards: Margaret Hensen Award (2019); Friends of Women’s Studies Graduate Essay Prize (2019)
dpvann@uh.edu

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Claire White
M.A. Student in Public History
Advisor: Nancy Beck Young and Kristina Neumann
Major Field: Public History
Minor Field: European History (Imperial Rome)
Research Interests: Women of Rome; Roman Religion; Provinces of Rome; Nautical Archaeology
Undergraduate: History, University of Houston, 2020
white.claire02@gmail.com

"Aut viam inveniam aut faciam (I will find a way, or I will make a way)." -Hannibal 

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Seth Whitty
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Matthew Clavin
Major Field: Early American History
Minor Field: Atlantic World
Research Interests: Slavery in the United States; Abolition; Acts of Resistance; Haitian Revolution
Dissertation: "Slashed with All the Severity: Resistance and Oppression in Nineteenth-Century Tennessee"
Undergraduate: History, Oklahoma State University, 2019 
srwhitty@uh.edu 

 

 

Ajanae Willis
Ph.D. Student in U.S. History
Advisor: Richard Mizelle 
atwillis@central.uh.edu

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Ezell Wilson
Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American History
Advisor: Philip Howard
Major Field: Latin American History (Colonial)
Minor Field: Public History
Research Interests: Environmental History; Slavery; Atlantic World
Undergraduate: History, University of Houston, 2015
elwilson@uh.edu

“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” -James Baldwin