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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. 


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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