The Ph.D. Program in History

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Recent alumni accomplishments

Congratulations to everyone on this list! 


David Aliano (PhD. 2008) has been named editor of the Italian American Review.


Rebecca Amato (PhD, 2013) published “On Empty Spaces, Silence, and the Pause,” a chapter in “Aesthetics of Gentrification” an open-source book. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Illinois Humanities.


Erica L. Ball (PhD, 2002) became the inaugural Mary Jane Hewitt Department Chair in Black Studies at Occidental College. She also recently published two books: Madam C. J. Walker: The Making of an American Icon (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) and Erica L. Ball, Tatiana Seijas, and Terri L. Snyder, eds. As If She Were Free: A Collective Biography of Women and Emancipation in the Americas (Cambridge, 2020)


Emily Brooks (PhD, 2019) is a current Mellon/ACLS Community College Fellow at La Guardia Community College. She will be an NEH Long-Term Fellow at the NYPL starting in September 2021.


Kristopher Burrell (PhD, 2011) earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor at Hostos Community College, and co-organized the CUNY Teaching History Writing Conference. In addition, he published, “When It Comes to Racial Justice, Why Is It Wrong to Demand the ‘Impossible’?”  in Public Seminar and has been named an Associate Editor of the Ethnic Studies Review​​.


Nicole Burrowes (PhD, 2015) joined the faculty in the History Department at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, as an Assistant Professor. She was also awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2020-21.


Vanessa Burrows (PhD, 2015) is leading the Food and Drug Administration’s COVID-19 historical documentation work, including records archiving, artifact acquisition, oral history collection, communications capture and liaising with internal and external partners.  She also published an article, “The Medicalization of Stress” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology (July 2020) and participated in an inter-agency working group that developed the report “Economic Analyses of Federal Scientific Collections: Methods for Documenting Costs and Benefits,” published in December 2020.


Jeff Diamant (PhD, 2016) is a senior writer/editor at Pew Research Center, focusing on religion. He has worked on reports about the faith of Black Americans, Muslim Americans and Europeans.


Carla J. DuBose-Simons (PhD, 2013) co-organized the CUNY  Teaching History Writing Conference.


Glenn Dyer (PhD, 2013) has published an article in the Journal of Urban History titled, “Nearly Got Shot Dead, and He Didn’t Get His Little Check Yet: Workers, Crime, and Law and Order in New York City, 1962-1970.” []


Barry Goldberg, (PhD, 2017)  is a current Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, a program which places recent humanities PhDs in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector for two-year appointments.


David Hamilton Golland (PhD, 2008) was promoted to the rank of professor at Governors State University. His latest book, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican (Kansas, 2019) is the 2020-21 iRead (Freshman common read) selection at Washburn University in Topeka.


Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff (PhD, 2009) is co-director of the Basketball Diplomacy in Africa Oral History Project via the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (SOAS University of London) and lectures on sports diplomacy at NYU’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport.


Marc Levinson (PhD, 2009) will be participating in “Is Globalization Over,” a panel sponsored by the GC’s Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality on April 14. He will be discussing some of themes in his new book, “Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas” (Princeton University Press). Registration for this virtual event is here.


Laura Ping (PhD, 2018) has accepted a National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship to the Library Company of Philadelphia for 2021-2022 and published “Insurrections Old And New: Teaching Perspective On The Events Of January 6, 2021 on Muster.


Carol Quirke (PhD, 2005) published “The ‘Body of Labor’ in U.S. Postwar Documentary Photography: A Working-Class Studies Perspective” in the International Handbook of Working-Class Studies (Routledge, 2020)


Luke Reynolds’ (PhD, 2019) latest article, “There John Bull might be seen in all his glory: cross-Channel tourism and the British Army of Occupation in France, 1815-1818” was published in the Journal of Tourism History. The details/abstract are here: 


Chris Rominger’s (PhD, 2019)  article “Debating the ‘Jewish Question’ in Tunisia: War, Colonialism, and Zionism at a Mediterranean Crossroads, 1914-1920” was published in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 46:3 (2020) .


Andrew Shield (PhD, 2015), Assistant Professor of History at Leiden University, was part of a successful Horizon 2020 grant application entitled ‘Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency’ (total budget: € 3 million). Through the grant, he hired and will co-supervise a PhD student to work on LGBT+ migrant narratives and policies.


Litian Swen (PhD, 2019) published Jesuit Mission and Submission: Qing Rulership and the Fate of Christianity in China, 1644-1735 (Leiden: Brill, 2021).


Branko van Oppen (PhD, 2007) has been appointed as curator for ancient at at the Tampa Museum of Art.


Mark B. Wilson (PhD, 2017) has a forthcoming book, Dictator: The Evolution of the Roman Dictatorship from the University of Michigan Press.


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