Graduate Students


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John Haberstroh- Co-Chair, GSA Representative
John Haberstroh is a Ph.D. student studying the ancient Mediterranean. He earned a B.A. with honors and an M.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach. John received the 2015 College of Liberal Arts “Best Master’s Thesis Award” at CSULB for his thesis entitled: “Opposing the Panhellenists: The Oligarchic Resurgence in Athens, 413-411.” He also completed the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Classics at UCLA. John’s primary research focus is in ancient Greece during the fifth and fourth centuries BC. His specialties are Panhellenism during the Classical Period, Greek relations with the Persian Empire, and ancient Greek long-distance runners.

kathabKatrin BonifaceCo-Chair, GSA Representative
Kat Boniface is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Riverside, studying horses and horsemanship in early modern Europe. She earned her M.A. in medieval history, with Distinction, from California State University, Fresno in 2015. Her Masters thesis was on the social symbolism of the horse, and the disconnect from its practical value that developed in the late middle ages. A short article version was published in 2015. She graduated from Stony Brook University, in New York, in 2013 with honors in history and a second major in English, both focusing on medieval Europe. Prior to returning to academics, she earned a trade degree in horse training from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre, along with a teaching certification, and ran an equine program in Maryland. Current research areas include medieval and early modern equine nutrition, changing definitions of “humane” treatment in animal training, and genetic history. She is also the founder and current president of the Equine History Collective.

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Margaret Hanson– Secretary & Webmaster, HGSA
Margaret is a Ph.D. student studying Public History and United States History. She received her B.A. in American Studies from Brown University in 2014. Her undergraduate honors thesis, Remaking American Girl(hood): Fan Reuse, Reinterpretation, Alteration and Expansion of the American Girl Brand received the 2014 Lisa MacFarlane Prize for outstanding undergraduate work from the New England American Studies Association. In the summer of 2018, Margaret was a Buchanan Burnham Summer Fellow in Public History at the Newport Historical Society in Newport, Rhode Island.

Alyse Yeargan- Student Affairs Chair, HGSA



Alice Lapoint
Alice Lapoint is a PHD student in History at the University of California, Riverside. She obtained here BA in History from Western Carolina University graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2013 where she also minored in both Art and Cherokee Studies. She obtained her MA in History from the University of Oklahoma in 2015. Her Master’s thesis “The Magic in Our Things” illustrates similarities between Spanish Catholic and Native American beliefs in contact era Mexico. She continues research in religious similarities between Spanish Catholics and Native Americans in Colonial California. Alice is also an artist particularly specializing in nature photography.

sga300Steve Anderson
Steve is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at University of California, Riverside. He received his M.A. from UC Riverside, and he completed his Bachelor’s degree in History at the University of La Verne in Southern California. Steve’s primary research field is Twentieth-Century United States, and his secondary field is Colonial Latin America. Steve is also active in the fields of public history and digital humanities. | @sgahistory |

Mayela Caro

Mayela Caro 
Mayela Caro is a doctoral student with a B.A. and M.A. in history from California State University, San Marcos.  Her research field is in 20th century United States cultural history and public history.  Mayela focuses on the representation of race, gender, and Latinidad in various forms of popular culture of the mid-20th century. Her Master’s thesis entitled, “Hollywoodisms: Latin American Images in Hollywood Films, 1933-1945,” analyses the manner in which Hollywood represented Latinx actors and how the images that conveyed Latinidadshifted with the implementation of the Censorship Code and the onset of WWII. In spring 2017, Mayela co-curated the exhibit, The Latin Wave, with her advisor, Dr. Cathy Gudis. Mayela serves as in the Graduate Academic Integrity Committee, and is a member of the Diversity Task Force for the National Council on Public History. In 2016 Mayela was a graduate intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History under the program of Latino History and Culture. In 2017, Mayela was a fellow for the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program working at the National Portrait Gallery.  Mayela will continue her internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for fall 2017 and winter 2018. | @CaroMayela | LinkedIn 

David_2013_bw_102913_050837_AMDavid Chávez
David Chávez is a Ph.D. student with a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (2008). He is interested in tracing the genealogies of policing in greater Los Angeles in order to discover connections between state violence and criminalization from the Spanish colonial period to the current formations of policing in LA, be they the LAPD, the Sheriffs Department, vigilance committees, neighborhood watch programs, iWATCH, or other forms of surveillance and policing. He wants to examine the changing definitions and targeting of the “criminal other” based on race, citizenship, age, gender, class, ability, and as determined by the impact of larger sociopolitical narratives throughout the 20th century. His hope is to expand the historical understandings and current discourse on urban policing in greater Los Angeles. His research interests include: LA History, Urban History, Policing, Settler-Colonialism, Carceral Studies, Youth Activism, Ethnic Studies, and Political History.

gcurleyGeorge Curley
George is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside. He holds a M.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach and a B.A. in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. His dissertation, “Indian Labor Arrangements on the California Rancho, 1784-1846”, sets out to study the Alta California rancho workplace during the Spanish and Mexican periods and re-examine widely-held assumptions related to the working conditions and labor arrangements on these ranchos. He received the “Distinguished Graduate Student” award from California State University, Long Beach and is actively researching at the Huntington Library. In addition to his achievements in the field of history, George is also an accomplished Principal Engineer at the IBM Corporation.

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Sam is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, he earned a B.A. in History from Hendrix College in Arkansas before moving to Southern California in order to study seventeenth-century British history under the supervision of Professor Thomas Cogswell. His dissertation explores the impact of new printed discourses of sex and the body on the public life and political culture of the English Revolution. Sam’s research interests include midcentury print culture and polemic, the history of sex, early modern transnationalism, and the British Atlantic World. |

Kristen HayashiKristen Hayashi
Kristen Hayashi is a Ph.D. candidate who is currently engaged in the study of both Public History and the American West at the University of California, Riverside. After earning her B.A. in American Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, she worked at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in various capacities. As a result of being part of the content team for the Natural History Museum’s semi-permanent exhibition Becoming Los Angeles, she has become highly engaged in research into the region’s rich history. Although her interest in Los Angeles spans a multitude of subtopics, she is greatly interested in further examination of the Japanese American community within the diverse social milieu of Southern California in the first half of the twentieth century. The experience that she gained from working at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, interning at the Smithsonian, and collaborating with the Little Tokyo Historical Society has inspired her to continue to pursue a career in museums and historic preservation.
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Alan Malfavón 
Alan Alexander Malfavon is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside.  He received a B.A in History and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Culture from California State University, Northridge in 2015, where he graduated summa cum laude and obtained the College of Humanities Dean’s Scholar Award. His research field is Colonial Mexico with an emphasis on social and cultural history of the Port-City of Veracruz, Mexico, during colonial times. Alan’s interests are that of studying the formation of identity in Veracruz, as well as the distinctive social, cultural and political markers that have differentiated the Port-City of Veracruz from the rest of Mexico across centuries and to this day. Alan is also a musician, playing a wide range of instruments and styles, where diffusing the centuries old musical folk tradition of Veracruz, Son Jarocho, across Southern California has become both an academic and artistic endeavor.

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Carly Maris is a Ph.D. student in the UCR History Department working under Professor Michele Salzman. She holds a B.A. in Medieval Studies from UC Davis, and an M.A. in Classics from UC Irvine. Carly’s research primarily focuses on parades, using theories in Public History to provide theoretical frameworks through which to view the role of processions in ancient communities. Carly likewise is interested in the destruction of ancient sites in contested areas in the Middle East. She also is the co-founder of Tiro, a Digital Humanities bibliography project aimed at making research in the ancient world more accessible to wider audiences through open source and user-friendly databases.

Leanna_McLaughlinLeanna McLaughlin
Leanna is a Ph.D. candidate in Early Modern English history at the University of California, Riverside. She received her BA and MA at the University of Mississippi. Leanna is currently researching her dissertation on political poetry, both print and manuscript, and its influence on popular political action from the Popish Plot to the Glorious Revolution, 1678-1689.

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Moysés Marcos is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History, both from California State University, Northridge. His research interests center on the Latin historian Ammianus Marcellinus, the Constantinian dynasty, prosopography, and the Later Roman Empire in fourth century A.D. Of particular interest are borderlands and frontier policy under the emperors Constantius II and Julian; amici Iuliani; education, philosophy, officeholders, and imperial administration; and the poses, roles, and political participation of philosophers and intellectuals in Late Antiquity. His tentative dissertation topic is a comparative study of the Emperor Julian and the philosopher Themistius.

WIN_20160109_16_31_40_ProAmber Mc Dermott
Amber Mc Dermott is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside. She received her B.A. in History from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2012 after completing an undergraduate thesis entitled “Surviving Betrayal: The Liberal Nobility in Revolutionary France.” Her research field is Early Modern Europe with an emphasis on 18th century France. Amber’s current research focuses on suicide as a site of cultural contradiction, specifically in relation to the ways in which art and literature represent this controversial topic.

Ragan, ShawnShawn Ragan
Shawn Ragan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside, working under Professor Michele Renee Salzman.  He has an M.A. in History from UC Riverside and a B.A. magna cum laude in History from Boise State University. His research interests focus on political, social, and religious history in the Roman Empire and the late-antique Roman world.  Using numismatic, epigraphic, and literary sources, his dissertation, “Inter Divos Referri : Roman Imperial Cult in the Third Century C.E.,” explores the evolution of the Roman imperial cult over the course of the third century and the ways in which the centers of power and those in the periphery used the cult to legitimate authority in a time of political instability.  Shawn completed a complementary Ph.D. field on Comparative Empires and Religion, which focused on comparisons between the Roman Empire and China (the Period of Disunion, between the Han and Tang Dynasties).  Shawn is the President of the UCR Graduate Student Association and of the Riverside and the Inland Empire local society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).  He was accepted as a Fellow at the American Research Center in Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2018, has participated in classes through the UC Tri-Campus Classics Program, the British School at Athens, the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (KNIR) and the German Archaeological Institute in Rome (DAI), and is a member of the UC California Consortium for the Study of Late Antiquity. | @Shawn_Ragan | Academia | |

IMG_5650Nicolette Rohr
Nicolette Rohr is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation project explores popular music and fandom in American women’s lives during the 1960s. Drawing on her research on women and public spaces in the 1960s, she co-curated an exhibition of photographer Garry Winogrand’s Women are Beautiful collection, Confessions* of a Male Chauvinist Pig: Rethinking Winogrand’s Women, at the California Museum of Photography in 2013. She earned her M.A. in Public History at UCR in 2013 and has been a part of the Riverside Art Museum’s Student Curatorial Council and a range of programs devoted to cultivating family and community storytelling in her hometown of Riverside. In 2015, she was a Gladys Kriebel Delmas Visiting Scholar at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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SchuttenCarolyn Schutten
Carolyn Schutten is a Ph.D. candidate in History. She holds an M.A. in History with an emphasis in museum curatorship from UCR, and she has as an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in environmental planning from California Polytechnic University Pomona. Carolyn’s work as the Community Engagement Curator for the Riverside Art Museum explores interactive and discursive approaches to engaging the public sphere in participatory arts programming. She is the founder of the Outreach and Education Director for Art VULUPS, where she curated exhibitions and developed programming that educated the public about urban and sustainability at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, the UCR/CMP, Riverside Arts Projects, Riverside Community Arts Association Gallery, Riverside Ballet Arts and the College of the Desert. Carolyn recently worked on the “Guantanamo Public Memory Project” as well as the “Geographies of Detention” exhibition at UCR ARTSblock. Drawing on notions of death, absence and memory that manifest in the body through sound and silence, she curated Luz María Sánchez’ sound art project 2487 for the Riverside Art Museum, where she also recently curated the work of digital muralist Ed Fuenteson the history of Casa Blanca. Carolyn has also worked in collections in the photographic archives at the UCR/CMP and has worked as an historic preservation architectural intern for the modernism context of the City of Riverside. Carolyn’s research interests include 19th and 20th century urban and environmental history, social art practices, history of photography, built environment studies, history of the senses, and social and environmental justice. Her dissertation project explores the environmental and public history of the Tijuana River at the U.S.-Mexico border.

IMG_6025Andrew Shaler
Andrew Shaler is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside, working under Professor Clifford Trafzer. His research focuses on nineteenth-century Native American History and the American West, with an emphasis on California. He holds an M.A. in Public History from UC Riverside, and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he graduated magna cum laude with Highest Honors in the Major. His Public History Field Report, “Indians, Murders, and Mistrials: Archiving Riverside County’s Violent Pasts in the Victor Miceli Collection, 1894-1901,” drew on his work as an archival intern at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. His doctoral research examines the violent histories of settler colonialism among indigenous communities in California’s Gold Rush Era. This research specifically examines the histories of Miwok, Yokuts, Paiute, and Mono peoples, as well as their reactions and responses to the colonial encroachments of the Gold Rush, including the violent Mariposa and Tule River militia campaigns. He has presented portions of this work at the annual conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory, and at “Unratified: A Symposium on the Eighteen Treaties Between California Indians and the United States, 1851-1852.” | LinkedIn

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Madeleine is a Ph.D. student in the history department, working under Professor Michele Salzman. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University (Thesis: Apocalypse Nowish: Rethinking Christian Apocalyptic Discourse in Late Roman Gaul), and a certificate in Classics from UCLA. She is primarily interested in the 4th and 5th centuries of the western Roman Empire, and plans on investigating how attitudes and orientations to the “fall and decline” of the Roman Empire was expressed through writings and the performance of power. She is also interested in the digital humanities, especially approaches to digital pedagogy and methods for visually modeling data.

Megan Suster
Megan Suster
Megan Suster is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Public History program at the University of California, Riverside. She completed her B.A. at University of Redlands and M.A. at UCR, both in Public History. Megan has worked at the Mission Inn Museum in Riverside, the Drury Center in Volos, Greece, and the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) in San Diego, as well as collaborated on exhibitions including Geographies of Detention: From Guantanamo to the Golden Gulag and Confessions* Rethinking Winogrand’s Women, both at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside. She has also participated in both the Riverside Art Museum’s Student Curatorial Council and the community engagement project Art Make. Megan spent the summer of 2014 living and working at Bodie State Historic Park, the fall of 2015 with the Hawai’i State Historic Preservation Division helping conduct architectural surveys and community outreach, and the winter and spring of 2016 as the Volunteer Program Coordinator at California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside. In 2017, she served as the Public Humanities Fellow for the California State Parks Relevancy and History Project, part of a new partnership that aims to enhance the relevance of the past for Californians today. That summer, Megan completed a National Council for Preservation Education summer internship with Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Her dissertation analyzes the historical formations and strategies of commemoration of select sites in Hawai’i, and how their interpretative approaches have changed over time in response to larger events and local trends. Megan’s current position as interpreter at California Citrus State Historic Park continues much of her ongoing work with State Parks and the Relevancy and History Project. | LinkedIn

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Daisy Vargas
Daisy Vargas is a doctoral candidate with an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Denver. Her dissertation, Mexican Religion on Trial: Race, Religion, and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands traces the history of Mexican religion, race, and the law from the nineteenth century into the contemporary moment, positioning current legal debates about Mexican religion within a larger history of anti-Mexican and anti-Catholic attitudes in the United States. Daisy serves as ethnographic field researcher for the Institute for the Study of Immigration and Religion, and has served as an educational programming intern for the California Museum of Photography. She serves as co-chair of the Latina/o and Latin American Religion section for the American Academy of Religion-Western Region, and a steering committee member for the Religions in the Latina/o Americas unit for the American Academy of Religion at the national level.  In 2017, Daisy was awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
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Untitled_Clipping_110513_061348_AMDavid Wagner
David is a Ph.D. candidate who received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University, respectively. He is interested in public history (particularly regarding place), American intellectual and urban history, and Soviet history. His dissertation examines the history of Soviet-American Friendship societies of the 1920s-1960s, with the aim of determining how the individuals involved fit into American intellectual history.

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Jeremiah Wishon is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside. He holds B.A.s in History and Philosophy, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an M.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside. His research and teaching interests include the USSR, India, cultural and world history, and popular culture (primarily comics and film). Jeremiah’s dissertation project, “Reorienting Khrushchev’s USSR: Cultural Diplomacy and India, 1948-1968,” explores Indo-Soviet cultural exchange and how Soviet “soft power” in India produced changes in both countries. His project has taken him to research sites in Moscow, Russia, and New Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta), and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India.


Seth Archer, Ph.D.
Seth earned his Ph.D. in 2015.  His fields of interest include Native American and Indigenous history, colonial North America, American religion, and the history of medicine in society. His advisor is Steven W. Hackel. In Spring 2015 Seth will defend his dissertation, “Sharks upon the Land: Epidemics and Culture in Hawai‘i, 1778–1865.” He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, UC Humanities Research Institute, UC Pacific Rim Research Group, and the Huntington Library, where he was the Molina Fellow in the History of Medicine. Seth holds a B.A. in Religion and English from the College of William and Mary, an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. in History from William and Mary. His work has appeared in Southwest Review (2006, 2009), the Pacific Historical Review (2010), and is forthcoming in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and the Pacific Historical Review (2015).

Julia L. Bourbois, Ph.D.
Julia Bourbois earned her Ph.D. in 2016. Her primary research field is Native American History, focusing on labor and family economic practices, along with Environmental History and Digital Humanities. Her dissertation examines the trajectory of labor and Native economies in western San Diego as a response to a changing economic environment. Julia evaluates Native American economies and labor and how Native Americans of San Diego adapted to spatial and economic changes by incorporating labor into their kinship networks.

russell_fehrRussell Fehr, Ph.D. 
Russell earned his Ph.D. in 2016. He holds a B.A. in History from California State University Sacramento, an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and an M.A. in History from the University of California Riverside. His dissertation, “Anxious Electorate: Urban Politics In Mid-1920s America”, is a comparative study of elections in Boston, Chicago, and Detroit, demonstrating that the decade was a time of serious contestation in the urban sphere. He has received grants for his research from the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California Riverside, the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, and the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.

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Josh Lieser earned his Ph.D.  in 2014. He received his M.A., CA Single Subject Teaching Credential, and B.A. in History from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. He teaches US and World History at MiraCosta College in San Diego, CA and previously taught Advanced Placement United States Government, United States History, and Modern World History at Paso Robles High School for seven years prior to entering the Ph.D program U.C. Riverside. Josh’s research interests center on the Cultural Cold War and the subsequent blend of political and cultural history. His dissertation is “Corporate Sponsorship, Cultural Constructs, and the Cold War: The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.”

SeekatzSarah (McCormick) Seekatz, Ph.D.
Sarah Seekatz earned her Ph.D. in 2014. Her work explores the date industry of the Coachella Valley and the “Arabian” fantasies developed in the region, which are based upon the crop’s Middle Eastern origins and the desert setting. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Autry, The Huntington Library, and the UC California Studies Consortium, and her work has been featured on CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera America,, the Autry Blogs, and KQED’s The California Report. Formerly the director of the Mexican American Pioneer Project at the Coachella Valley History Museum, Seekatz currently volunteers as the organization’s social media coordinator. Her research interests include American Orientalism, Public History, Chicano/a History, California, and the West. She holds a M.A. in Public History from UC Riverside and B.A. from UC Irvine.

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Przeklasa earned his Ph.D. in 2015, is the former Graduate Student Representative, and founding co-Chair of the History Graduate Student Association. He finished his B.A., M.A., and teaching credential at CSU, Fullerton. Bob’s dissertation, “Reservation Empire: The Mission Indian Federation and Native American Conservatism,” examines conservative politics in twentieth century Southern California Indian Country. | | trprzeklasa

Untitled_Clipping_102913_071711_PMJames N. Stroup, Ph.D.
Jimmy earned his Ph.D. in 2015 and received his B.A. and M.A. in American Studies from California State University Fullerton. His dissertation (“Jitneys, Buses, and Public Transportation in 20th Century Los Angeles”) traces the evolution of public transportation in the city from privately-owned streetcars to publicly-owned buses. In 2013 he received the John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in support of its writing. He is interested in urban history in a general sense and transportation history more specifically under the pretense that urban organizational decisions both reflect and encourage social behavior. He also holds a soft spot for colonial American history.

DSC00129_102913_052854_AMColin Whiting, Ph.D.
Colin earned his Ph.D. in 2015, working under Prof. Michele Salzman. His research focuses on Christianity in late antiquity, and in particular his dissertation concerns a Christian community known as the ‘Luciferians’ and what they can tell us about the mechanics by which community identities were established or destroyed in the fourth century. He is also interested in ecclesiastic history as a genre in late antiquity. He is currently in Greece as a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. The picture was taken atop Mt Kotylion in the Peloponnesus.