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Graduate Students

I have enjoyed and benefited from working with graduate students in History and neighboring fields since I first began teaching in September 1967. Here are graduate students for whom I have served as major professor or committee member since 1990.

University of Pittsburgh

Major professor for:

Matt Drwenski, Matriculated at Pitt 2013. I serve as major professor. Specialization in World
    History with interest in world-historical data, including historical silver flows and global
    economic inequality.

Ahmet Izmirlioglu. Entered History MA program 2009, MA 2011, ABD 2012. I serve as major
    professor. Dissertation in process, "A Parliament of Rooks: Ottoman and European Networks in
    the Tanzimat."

Bennett Sherry, MA, University of Montana, 2012. Matriculated at Pitt 2013. I serve as major
    professor. Specialization in World History with interest in 20th-century refugee populations
    and their governance under League of Nations and United Nations.

Madalina Veres. Matriculated 2008, MA 2010, ABD 2011. Specialization in European and World
    History. I serve as major professor with co-director Pinar Emiralioglu. Dissertation in process,
    "Constructing Imperial Spaces: Habsburg Cartography in the Second Half of the Eighteenth
    Century"

Daniel Bisbee. Matriculated 2009, MA 2011 in Empires in World History. Now ABD in Pitt Graduate
    School of Public and International Affairs.

PhD Committee member for:

Jack Bouchard, Atlantic History. MA, McGill University, 2013. Matriculated at Pitt 2013. Major
    professor Marcus Rediker. Research interest: North Atlantic maritime history, fifteenth to
    seventeenth centuries.

Titas Chakraborty. Indian Ocean History. Major professor Marcus Rediker. Dissertation project,
    "Trade, Work, and Society in the Factory Towns and Port Citiesof the Northern Bay of Bengal,
    1632-1710."

Isaac Curtis. Atlantic and Latin American History. Major professor Marcus Rediker. Dissertation
    project, "The Common Sea: Masterless People and the Making of the Colonial Caribbean,
    1620-1713."

James Hommes. Japanese History. Major professor Richard Smethurst. Dissertation project,
    "Verbeck of Japan: Guido F. Verbeck as Missionary, oyatoi, and Hero."

Tamara Meisner. Ph.D. 2014 (Geology & Planetary Science). Major professor Daniel Bain.
    Dissertation, "Geochemical and lithologic response of an upland watershed over the past 800
    years to landscape changes in Saône-et-Loire, France."

Christopher Myers. ABD, European History. Major professor Seymour Drescher. Dissertation
     project, "Implementing "Professional Nationality": Scottish Education, Tropical Medicine and
    Scientific Reform of the Royal Navy, 1815-1860."

Rachel Miller. ABD, History of Art & Architecture. Major professor Ann Sutherland Harris.
    Dissertation project, "Apostle to the Indies: The Global Iconography and Dissemination of
    Images of St. Francis Xavier."

Sardana Nikolaeva, Ph.D. 2013 (Education). Major professor John Weideman. Dissertation, ""Not
    Tainted By The Past": Re-Constructions and Negotiations of Coloured Identities Among
    Coloured University Students in Post-Apartheid South Africa."

Lars Peterson. Ph.D. 2014. Latin American History. Major professor George Reid Andrews.
    Dissertation, "In the Shadow of Batlle: Workers, State Officials, and the Creation of the
    Welfare State in Uruguay, 1900-1920."

Steven Pitt. ABD, Atlantic History. Major professor Marcus Rediker. Dissertation project,
    "Seafarers, Commerce, and War: The Rise and Decline of Boston as an Atlantic Port City, 1689
    -1763."

Yevan Terrien. ABD, Atlantic History. Major professor Marcus Rediker. Dissertation project,
    "Forced migrants, displaced people, and refugees in Lower Louisiana (1710s-1810s)."

Kenyon Zimmer. Ph.D. 2010. U.S. History. Major Professor Marcus Rediker. Assistant Professor of
    History, University of Texas – Arlington.

Northeastern University

Major professor for:

Joshua Weiner. PhD. 2009. Admitted 2000; MA thesis 2003. I served as major professor.
    Advanced to candidacy in July 2003, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of
    dissertation topic: "'Discoveries are not to be called Conquests': Narrative, Empire, and the
    Ambiguity of Conquest in Spain's American Empire." Now Instructor of History at American
    River College.

Aiqun Hu. PhD 2007. Admitted 2000, matriculated 2001. I served as major professor. Advanced to
    candidacy in November 2003, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of
    dissertation topic: "Social Insurance: Modern China in Global Context." I became her major
    professor in June 2004. She is Assistant Professor of History at Arkansas State University.

Tiffany Trimmer. PhD 2007. Admitted 1998, completed MA degree 2000. I served as major
    professor. Took leave in 2000, and returned to doctoral study in 2002. Advanced to candidacy
    in July 2003, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of dissertation topic: "'Hubs'
    of Migration Traffic." Assistant Professor of History at University of Wisconsin La Crosse.

Stacy Tweedy. PhD. 2004. Admitted 2000; MA thesis May 2002. I served as major professor.
    Advanced to candidacy in January 2003, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval
    of dissertation topic: "Staging the Nation, Engaging the World: The Making of a Prism Place in
    the African Diaspora. Sophiatown in Twentieth-Century South African Politics and Popular
    Thought." Law degree (2007) Washington University of St. Louis. Now employed as an
    educational consultant in Baltimore.

Whitney Howarth. PhD. 2004. Admitted 1997. I served as major professor. Advanced to
    candidacy in June 1999, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of dissertation
    topic: "Communalism in South Asia in Global Context." Now Associate Professor of History at
    Plymouth State University.

Deborah S. Johnston. PhD. 2003. Admitted 1997. I served as major professor. Advanced to
    candidacy in October 2000, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of
    dissertation topic: "Reconceptualizing World History: A Curriculum for Secondary and College
    Students." Now teacher of history at Lakeside School, Seattle.

Yinghong Cheng. PhD. 2001. Admitted 1994. I served as major professor. Advanced to candidacy
    in June 1996, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of dissertation topic:
    "Western Intellectuals and Eastern 'New People' -- Western Left-Wing Intellectuals' Response
    to the Emergence of the Communist 'New Man'." Now Associate Professor of History at
    Delaware State University.

Jeffrey Sommers. PhD. 2001. Admitted 1996. I served as major professor. Advanced to candidacy
    in June 1998, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of dissertation topic: "'The
    Business Point of View': Democracy and Hegemony in the World System, Capital's Public
    Relations and Propaganda Agenda." Now Associate Professor of Africology at University of
    Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Eric L. Martin. PhD. 2001. Admitted 1996. I served as major professor. Advanced to candidacy in
    August 1996, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of dissertation topic:
    "Twentieth-century Decolonization: a Connected Global Process." Now Associate Professor of
    History at Lewis and Clark State University.

Pamela E. Brooks. PhD. 2000. Admitted 1994. I served as major professor. Advanced to
    candidacy in August 1996, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of dissertation
    topic: "Boycotts, Buses, and Passes: Black Women's Resistance in Montgomery, Alabama and
    Johannesburg, South Africa, 1946-1960." Now Associate Professor of African-American
    Studies at Oberlin College

David Kalivas. PhD. 2000. Admitted 1996. I served as major professor. Advanced to candidacy in
    August 1996, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of dissertation topic: "Global
    Perceptions, Eurasian Realities: The World of Owen Lattimore." Now Professor of History at
    Middlesex Community College.

Desiree Evans. Admitted 1995. I served as major professor. Two years of course work, with focus
    on Caribbean history. Took leave from the program.

Hector E. Melo. Admitted 1997. I served as major professor. Advanced to candidacy in October
    1998, with passage of comprehensive exams and approval of dissertation topic: "Latin
    American Migrations in the Twentieth Century: A Survey of Trends, Relationships, and
    Development." Deceased in August 1999.

PhD Committee member for:

George Dehner (Wichita State University). PhD. 2004. Admitted 1998, major professor Anthony
    Penna. Advanced to candidacy in May 2001, with passage of comprehensive exams and
    approval of dissertation topic. Now Associate Professor of History at Wichita State University.

Jeremy Neill (Educational Testing Service). PhD. 2004. Admitted 1998, major professor Laura
    Frader. Advanced to candidacy in May 2001, with passage of comprehensive exams and
    approval of dissertation topic. Now a member of the professional staff at Educational Testing
    Service.

Bin Yang (National University of Singapore). PhD. 2004. Admitted 1998, major professor Christina
    Gilmartin. Advanced to candidacy in May 2001, with passage of comprehensive exams and
    approval of dissertation topic. Winner of a Gutenberg-e award in 2005 for his dissertation.
    Now Associate Professor of History at the National University of Singapore.

George Reklaitis (Brookdale Community College). PhD. 2003. Admitted 1998, major professor
    Jeffrey Burds. Now Assistant Professor and Chair of History at Brookdale Community College.

Other Institutions

Nicole Magie (History, Michigan State University). Ph.D. 2014. Major professor Leslie Moch.
    Dissertation, "Italians and Brazilians in a World on the Move: Caxias, Brazil, 1870 – 1910."
    Assistant Professor of History at Olivet College.

Linda Black (Education, Texas A&M University). PhD. 2008. Admitted to doctoral program in
    Education in 2002 for dissertation work on learning in world history classrooms; major
    professor Lynn Burlbaw. Now Associate Professor of Education at Stephen F. Austin
    University.

Armand Garcia (Washington State University). PhD. 2006. Admitted 2000, major professor John
    Kicza. Now Assistant Professor at University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.

H. Parker James (Tufts University). Ph.D. 2001. Under the direction of Lynda N. Shaffer. He
     served as Associate Director of the World History Center, 2002-2004.

John Bernhart (Temple University). Ph.D. awarded 2001 at pTemple University, under the
    direction of Peter Gran.

Rosalie Haines (Bryn Mawr College). Ph.D. 1990 in Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, under the
    direction of Judith Shapiro.

Further, I have advised numerous M.A. students in History, several of whom have gone on to do
    doctoral work at major universities. In years before 1994, at various times I have had primary
    or secondary responsibility for supervising the work of doctoral students in History at Stanford
    University, McGill University, and Columbia University.