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Peter Anson Williams (Phd 2013)

Damon L Talbott (Phd 2013)

Jonathan Rex Burrow-Branine (MA 2013)

Angela Louise Lindsey-Nunn (MA 2013)

Justine M Greve (MA 2013)

Saoussen Nour El Imene Cheddadi (MA 2013)

Kathryn Elaine Vaggalis (MA 2013)

Thanh Hai Le Cao (PhD 2013)

Qiang Zhao (MA 2012)

Sang Jo Kim (PhD 2012)

Hong Cai (PhD 2012)

Megan E Williams (PhD 2012)

Jordan Leary Wade (MA 2012)

John J Vilanova (MA 2012)

John P Shreve (MA 2012)

Eliott Martin Reeder (MA 2012)

Anja Quisbrock (MA 2012)

Sean E Malone (MA 2012)

Avery Phelan Dame (MA 2012)

Ruben Afagla (PhD 2011) – Maître Assistant Professor, Literature and American Studies, Lome University, Lome, Togo

Rebecca Barrett-Fox (PhD 2011) – Visiting Assistant Professor Sociology, Criminology, and Geography at Arkansas State University

Lindsey Feitz (PhD 2011) – Postdoctoral Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Jeonguk Kim (PhD 2011) – Educator, Korea

Michael Sweeney (PhD 2011) – Adjunct Lecturer, American Studies, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Milton Wendland (PhD 2011) –Faculty & Director of WGS Internships, Dept of Women’s & Gender Studies, University of South Florida

Megan Williams (MA 2007, PhD 2011) –Independent Scholar, Washington, DC

Liz Yeager (PhD 2011) – Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Washburn University, Topeka, KS, Lecturer, Graduate Writing Program, KU

Tyler Branson (MA 2011) – PhD Candidate in Rhetoric & Composition, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX

Lioubov Guinzbourg (PhD 2010) – Interpreter/Translator, United Nations, New York City, NY

Monique Laney (PhD 2010) – Verville Fellowship National Air and Space Museum and Teaching American University, Washington, DC

Hilary Lowe (PhD 2010) – Assistant Professor of History, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Elizabeth Miller (PhD 2010) – Director of Investments, Pooled Money Investment Board, Topeka, KS

Thanh Hai Le Cao (MA 2010) – PhD Candidate and GTA American Studies, KU

Anne Dotter (PhD 2009) –Associate Director, Co-Curricular Engaged Learning Advising, Honors Program, KU

Jacob Bustad (MA 2009) – Adjunct Faculty, Towson University, Baltimore, MD, PhD Candidate  Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Howard Graham (MA 2009) – Associate Director, Office of First-Year Experience, KU

Heather La Bash (MA 2009) – Software Entitlement Coordinator, IBM

Kyle Waugh (MA 2009) – Adjunct Lecturer,  Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY

Phil Hofstra (PhD 2008) – Professor Emeritus of Design and Professor of the Practice, Architecture, KU

Cheryl Ragar (PhD 2008) – Assistant Professor, American Ethnic Studies Program, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Jason Barrett-Fox (MA 2008) – Assistant Professor of English Dept. of English and Philosophy, Arkansas State University

Damon Talbott (MA 2008) –PhD Candidate, American Studies and GTA, Humanities and Western Civilization, KU

Maurice Bryan (PhD 2007) – Associate Director, Student Judicial Affairs, California State University, Chico, CA

Amber Clifford (PhD 2007) – Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Evan Heimlich (PhD 2007) – Research Collaborator, Institute for Research on World-Systems

Jennifer Heller (PhD 2007) – Lecturer/Academic Program Associate, Humanities and Western Civilizations, KU

Andrea Pacor (PhD 2007) – Adjunct Associate Professor, English, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy

Norton Wheeler (PhD 2007) – Assistant Professor, History, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO

Aaron Gilbreath (MA 2007) – PhD Candidate, GTA, Geography, KU

Sheryl Adelman-Kimmel (PhD 2006) – Associate Director in the Undergraduate Advising Center, KU

Walter Fleming (PhD 2006) – Associate Professor, Native American Studies Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Chauncey (Chico) Herbison (PhD 2006) – Assistant Professor, African-American Studies, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

Gwyn Mellinger (PhD 2006) – Associate Professor, Journalism, Baker University, Baldwin, KS

Ray Pence (PhD 2006) – Lecturer, American Studies, KU

Efugbaike Ajayi (MA 2006) – Advisor, Education Administration, KU

Shannon Ikerd (MA 2006) – Case Manager, Douglas County AIDS Project, Lawrence, KS

Erin Gingrich Gaylord (MA 2005) – Development Associates, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Sang Jo Kim (MA 2005) – PhD Candidate, American Studies

Ami Marie Sommariva (MA 2005) – PhD Student, Cultural Studies, UC Davis, Davis, CA

Ulrike Spiegl (MA 2005) – Educator, Santa Barbara, CA

Bradley Carter (PhD 2004) – Associate Professor, Military History, US Army, Fort Gordon, GA

David Anthony Tyeeme Clark (PhD 2004) – Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Aaron Ketchell (PhD 2004) – Lecturer, Religious Studies, KU; Chair, History, US History, Barstow School, Kansas City, Kansas

Todd Ormsbee (PhD 2004) – Associate Professor, American Studies, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Amber Reagan-Kendrick (PhD 2004) – Assistant Professor of English, Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS

Jamie Gassmann (MA 2004) - Director of Operation, Alupa Creative and Editor at Real Estate Economics, Lawrence, KS

Sirkka (Bertling) Howes (MA 2004) – Acquisitions Editor, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, MD

Diane Khady (MA 2004)Banking, Lexington, KY

Hang Le (MA 2004) – Dean of College, Hanoi, Vietnam

Trevor Loney (MA 2004) –PhD Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Cornelius Minor II (MA 2004) – Educator, NYC Public Schools, New York, NY

Rebecca Ramspott (MA 2004) –Public Information Specialist/Technology and New Media, Department of News & Media Services, Frostburg State University, MD

Megan Rocha (MA 2004) – Associate Faculty, Native American Studies, College of the Redwoods, Klamath-Trinity, Eureka, CA

Chelsea Schlievert (MA 2004) – Membership Programs Coordinator, Development Division Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

LynnAnne Smucker (MA 2004) – Community Living Opportunities, Lawrence, KS

Michele Casavant (PhD 2003) – Coordinator of Advising, School of Education, KU

Todd Starke-Meyerring (PhD 2003) – Professor of English, Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Greg Ventello (PhD 2003) – Associate Professor, Humanities, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS

Hong Cai (MA 2003) – PhD Candidate, American Studies and GTA Humanities & Western Civilization, KU

Monika Pacziga (MA 2003) – English Language Teacher, Patrona Hungariae High School, Hungary

Battsetseg Serg (MA 2003) – PhD Candidate, American Studies and GTA, Center for East Asian Studies, KU

Nicolas Shump (MA 2003) –Instructor, Ancient History, Barstow School, Kansas City, KS

Ann Birney (PhD 2002) - Performer & Director, Ride into History Cultural Project, Admire, KS

Cotten Seiler (PhD 2002) – Associate Professor, American Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Deborah Whaley (PhD 2002) – Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Clara Baker (MA 2002) – Secondary Educator, Bass Harbor, ME

Stefan Klinke (MA 2002) – PPC Specialist and Google Ad Words Trainer, Atlanta, GA

Alison Watkins (MA 2002) – Communications Director, International Programs, KU

Jong-Kweon Yi (MA 2002) – Korean Buddhist Organization, New York, NY

Junfeng (David) Zhang (MA 2002) – English Department, Central China Normal University, Wuhan Hubei, China

Michael Ezra (PhD 2001) – Associate Professor of American Multicultural Studies, Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA

William Stewart Lawler (PhD 2001) – Lecturer, Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Carol Matthews (PhD 2001) – Assistant Professor, History, Philosophy & Geography, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

David McElwain (PhD 2001) – Professor, Mass Communications/Journalism, Wayne State College, Detroit, MI

Janet Rose (PhD 2001) – Lecturer, American Studies & Communications, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Moussa Sissoko (PhD 2001) – Professor, English, University of Mali, Bamako, Mali

Douglas Sudhoff (PhD 2001) – Assistant Professor, Mass Communications, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

Myriam Vuckovic (PhD 2001) – Assistant Professor, International Health, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Brent Campney (MA 2001) – Assistant Professor, History and Philosophy, University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, TX

Ingerlene Voosen-Embry (MA 2001) – Associate Editorial Director, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Rochelle Votaw (MA 2001) – youTHink Youth Art Project, Los Angeles, CA

Jianxia Zhao (MA 2001) – Tourism Management School, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou Henen, China

Maria Alcocer (PhD 2000) – Adjunct Faculty of Languages, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA

Jean Attebury (PhD 2000) – Social Studies Instructor, Landon Middle School, Topeka, KS

Natalie Dykstra (PhD 2000) – Associate Professor of English, Hope College, Holland MI

Suzanne Heck (PhD 2000) – Program Coordinator, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Social Services, Mayetta, KS

Joel Morton (PhD 2000) – Hotline & Resource Network Coordinator, Farm Aid, Cambridge, MA

Maria Novo-Fraga (PhD 2000) – Lecturer of English, Helmut Schmidt Universitaet, Hamburg, Germany

Richard Schur (PhD 2000) –Associate Professor of English, Drury College, Springfield, MO

Nancy Strow Sheley (PhD 2000) – Professor, English & Liberal Studies, California State University, Long Beach, CA

Isabelle DeFeo (MA 2000) – Owner, Web Design Firm, Chicago, IL

Chalermsri Chantasingh (PhD 1999) – Professor, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Helen Sheumaker (PhD 1999) – Lecturer in History and American Studies, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH

Amanda Rees (PhD 1998) – Associate Professor, Department of History and Geography, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

Gretchen Eick (PhD 1997) – Emerita Professor of History, Friends University, Wichita, KS

Cathy Ambler (PhD 1996) – Historic Preservation Consultant, Tulsa, OK

Brian Black (PhD 1996) – Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Penn State University, Altoona, PA

Andrea Katzman (MA 1996) – Pre K, General Studies Teacher, Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

Willie Dobak (PhD 1995) – Historian, US Army Center of Military History, Washington DC

Adel Jendli (PhD 1995) – Associate Professor, College of Communications and Media Sciences, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Saralyn Hardy (MA 1994) – Director, Spencer Museum of Art, KU

Zhong-Ping Liang (MA 1990) – Attorney, Arlington, VA

Maria Stampino (MA 1990) – Professor of French & Italian, Miami University, Coral Gables, FL

Jean Van Delinder (MA 1990) – Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Annette Kuhlmann (PhD 1989) – Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, Baraboo, WI

Linna Place (PhD 1989) – Director, International Academic Programs, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Mitsuko Nakashima (MA 1988) – Assistant Professor, Chair of the Aging Specialization, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD

Melvin Thorne (PhD 1986) – Teaching Professor, Linguisitics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; Director of the Humanities Publication Center

Kathleen Wells-Morgan (MA 1986) – High School Teacher, Columbia, MO

Sue Zschoche (PhD 1984) – Associate Professor and Chair, History Department, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

William Dinges (PhD 1983) – Professor, Religious Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

L. Thomas Pollard (PhD 1983) – Professor, Department of Social Sciences, National University, San Jose, CA

Joel Paddock (MA 1982) – Professor, Department of Political Science/College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Paul Ceruzzi (PhD 1981) – Curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing, Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC

Alan Milstein (MA 1978) – Attorney, Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose & Podolsky, Pennsauken, NJ

Jill Niebrugge Brantley (PhD 1977) – Scholar-in-Residence, Department of Sociology, American University, Washington DC

Tim Miller (PhD 1973) – Professor, Religious Studies, KU

Lee Hales (MA 1972) – Management Consulting, Richard Muther & Associates, Marietta, GA

Mary Jane Rambo (MA 1972) – Manager, Direct Mail, Police Athletic League, New York, NY

Steve Siegel (MA 1972) – County Supervisor; Union Staff Representative, Wapello County, IA; AFSCME/Iowa Council 61, Ottumwa, IA

Ivan Goldman (MA 1967) – Columnist, The Ring magazine; author, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • Congratulations to Christopher Perreira for receiving the National Academies Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center for 2017-2018.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
  • Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Schwallerhas been awarded the Hall Center's Sias Fellowship for Spring 2018.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
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