The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Alumni and Student Accomplishments 2021

Our current History students and alumni are ending 2021 with a bang-let’s take a look at their incredible achievements!


Marcella Bencivenni (PhD, 2003) recently published: “American Communism, Anti-communism, and the Cold War: The Case of Carl Marzani, 1947-51” in the anthology, The Bridge in the Parks: (University of Toronto Press, 2021) and “The Italian Immigrant Working Class Experience in the United States” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, Oxford University Press.  In March of 2021 Marcella was appointed to serve in the planning commission for the CUNY “Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative.”  

Miranda Brethour had her article entitled “Life and death in the shadow of Sobibór: economic dimensions of Jewish-Gentile relations in the town of Włodawa, 1939-1944” published in Holocaust Studies in September.  

Carla J. DuBose-Simons (PhD, 2013) earned tenure and was promoted to Assistant Professor at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York.  

Kathy Feeley (PhD 2004) has been named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Redlands and has recently published “Listening Her Way to an Historic Victory: On Hillary Clinton’s 1999-2000 Senate Campaign,” in The Hillary Effect: Perspectives on Clinton’s Legacy and “‘The Great and Important Thing in Her Life’: Depicting Female Labor and Ambition in 1920s and 1930s U.S. Movie Magazines,” in Mapping Movie Magazines  

Hilary A. Hallett (PhD, 2005) is publishing her new book, Inventing the It Girl: How Elinor Glyn Created Modern Romance and Conquered Early Hollywood with Liveright-Norton in June 2022.  

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff (PhD 2009) launched an education and information campaign, FranceAndUS, that highlights French and American cultural relations through sports past, present, and among the rising generation, a trend illustrated in last summer’s Tokyo Olympics (Krasnoff, “The US and France Might Be the Next Big Olympic Basketball Rivalry,” Washington Post, July 27, 2021).  

Miriam Liebman accepted the position of Assistant Editor of the “Adams Papers” at the Massachusetts Historical Society beginning January, 2022.  She also has a newly published chapter titled, “Diplomat, Republican, Lady: Louisa Catherine Adams and the Missouri Crisis,” in A Fire-Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200, Volume 2: The “Missouri Question” and Its Answers, eds. John Craig Hammond and Jeffrey Pasley, (Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, December 2021).  

Carl Lindskoog (PhD 2013) published his article, “Violence and Racism Against Haitians Was Never Limited to Agents on Horseback”, in The Washington Post, September 30th, 2021.  He also joined Migration Scholar Collaborative (MiSC) ( and co-authored this piece with fellow MiSC member Elliott Young: “Abolish Migrant Prisons: A Manifesto”Public Books, July 6, 2021.

Timothy Lynch (PhD, 2004), the current Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Queensborough Community College, has just been named as the Interim President of the College of Staten Island.

Kat Mahaney (PhD, 2018) is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. 

Logan McBride (PhD, 2018) was hired as a Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College, CUNY.

Stanly Mirvis (PhD, 2013) was promoted to Associate Professor at Arizona State University.

Diana Moore (PhD, 2018) has had her book Revolutionary Domesticity in the Italian Risorgimento Transnational Victorian Feminism, 1850–1890 published by Palgrave.

Laura J. Ping (PhD, 2018) was the David Jaffee Visual and Material Culture Fellow at the American Antiquarian.  She is a NEH Postdoctoral fellow at The Library Company of Philadelphia . Laura also received a Gilder Lehrman Institute scholarly fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. In 2022 she will be a Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellow at the New York Public Library.  Laura’s blog post “Insurrections Old and New: Teaching Perspective on the Events of January 6, 2021,” was published in Muster: How the Past Informs the Present, the Journal of the Civil War Era in 2021.  Her article  “A Tale of Two Bloomer Costumes: What Mary Stickley and Meriva Carpenter’s Bloomers Reveal About Nineteenth-Century Dress Reform.” was published in Dress, the Journal of the Costume Society of America.  In April 2022 she will be speaking at the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Fireside Chat Series.

Luke Reynolds (PhD, 2019) accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford Campus.  His first book, Who Owned Waterloo? Battle, Memory, and Myth in British History, 1815-1852  will be published by Oxford University Press in June 2022.

Andrew DJ Shield (PhD 2015) published “Queer Migration and Digital Media” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication.  His research was animated by Leiden University, where he is Assistant Professor of Migration History.

Branko Van Oppen (PhD, 2007) recently published his co-edited conference paper, “Hellenistic Sealings & Archives: Proceedings of The Edfu Connection, An International Conference”

Antonella Vitale (PhD, 2020) is the Co-founder/Deputy Director of Girls Saturday Academy.

Mark B. Wilson (PhD, 2017) published Dictator: The Evolution of the Roman Dictatorship (University of Michigan Press, 2021).