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Bouma photoWyatt Bouma

20th Century American Studies, Immigrant/Refugee History

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Logan

Wyatt studies 20th Century American history with a focus on immigration and refugee history and policies. He is researching Haitian immigration into the United States, focusing on the American perception of HIV/AIDS over time, and how that perception affected the immigration/refugee policies towards Haitians.


photo of LucasLucas Fralick

Global Cold War

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Means

Undergraduate Institution: Black Hills State University, B.S. Political Science

Lucas studies Global Cold War politics and law, from 1945-1989. His project, “Dean Acheson’s State Department and the National Revolution in Bolivia, 1948-1953,” looks at the possible influences the United States had on the 1952 Bolivian Revolution. Lucas highlights the shift in United States relations with Latin America into a Cold War mindset. He is interested in exploring the Global Cold War through a series of paradigm shifts in other countries, foreign policies, and relationships with one another during this period.


Gower photoKylie Gower

20th Century American History, Culture, Gender & Women's Studies

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Helfgott

Undergraduate Institution: Oklahoma State University, B.A. History

Kylie studies 20th Century American History, incorporating both culture and gender and women's history to examine how women impacted the production of war propaganda during World War II. Her thesis, "Bess Furman: One Woman's Influence on the Production of Propaganda in the Office of War Information, 1941-1943," takes a case study approach of how women culminated propaganda through the life of Bess Furman. By doing so, Kylie explores propaganda through a gendered lens, allowing for a distinct look into a government office largely dominated by a male population. 


heye-photoBrittany Heye

Native American History, Early Colonial History, History of the American West

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Means

Undergraduate Institution: Colorado Mesa University, B.A. History, Minor in Public History

Brittany Heye’s research is a microhistory of the Native American Boarding School System focused on Teller Indian School in Grand Junction.


heye-photoBianca Infante De La Cruz

Latin American History

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Means

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wyoming, B.A. International Studies, Spanish and Minor in Latina/o Studies

Bianca is a master’s student in Latin American History. She is developing her thesis on the Guatemalan Genocide. Her focus will be on Indigenous Women who have suffered trauma after the Silent Massacre. Bianca will look at how power relations between the Guatemalan government have affected the sovereignty of Indigenous communities. Specially, after Efraín Ríos Montt was accused of genocide and crimes against humanities in 2012.


kubichek-photoShawn Kubichek

World-systems, decolonization, economic & social history

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Kelly

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wyoming, B.A. History, Philosophy, English (distributed)

Shawn is broadly focused on global divisions of labor and the ways in which peoples of peripheralized zones have cooperated to navigate, express agency within, and change the capitalist world-system; and in turn how they were constrained and shaped by it. Of particular interest are Sino-East African ties during the Cold War, their lineages past and present—from the precolonial Indian Ocean trade to the PRC's post-reform presence in the region—and their reciprocal impact on popular social, cultural, and political imaginaries.

john mason photoJohn Paul Mason

Weimar Germany

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Blackler

Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University, B.A. International Studies, Minor in German

John studies the history of the Weimar Republic, with interest to film and how the purpose of film in Germany was defined after defeat in the First World War. Specifically, John is interested in the reception of the abstract animation and avant-garde film movements of the era, as well as the intersection between the political and social issues in Weimar Germany and the production and reception of its national cinema.


baylee.jpgBaylee Staufenbiel

History of Science, Middle Ages, Gender & Women's Studies

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Logan

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington, B.A. History & Medical Anthropology and Global Health, Minor in Classical Studies

Baylee is currently working on her thesis titled, "Scientific Inaccuracies–Questionable Early Modern Era Medical Understandings of Gender and the Female Body." She is researching how and why ancient medical texts (from the Hippocratics and Galen) were referenced through the Early Modern Era (what knowledge remained the same as the ancients and what changed, why some things altered and why others did not). Baylee is examining how this ancient knowledge was then used to prescribe and reinforce gender roles through the establishment and construction of a symbolic female body (usually based upon medical inaccuracies).


Sudol photoChristopher Sudol

Early 20th century Native American and Environmental History

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Means

Undergraduate Institution: Montclair State University, B.A. History, Minor in Business 

Chris studies early-twentieth century environmental and Native American history. His master's thesis,"Dammed Conquest: A History of the Yuma Reclamation Project's Settler-Colonialist Impact on the Quechan Nation, 1880-1920," explores how the United States government used water, a natural resource, as a mechanism to subjugate a minority Native people, which led to the implementation of assimilationist policies within a structure of settler colonialism. Chris is particularly interested in power, law, and the control of natural resources by a hegemonic culture and how they influenced the power dynamics within the turn of the century of American society.





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