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Rebekah Jo Aycock
PhD Student
213C Bailey

B.A. Media and Journalism, American Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hannah Bailey
PhD Candidate
203D Bailey

B.A. American Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City

PhD Candidate
106 Bailey

M.F.A. Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

B.A. English, Minor: Chicana Chicano Studies & Spanish, San Diego State University


Bobby Cervantes
PhD Candidate

M.S. Technology Commercialization, University of Texas-Austin
B.J. and B.A. Government, University of Texas-Austin

Alex Cloyd
PhD Candidate
2014 Wescoe

M.A. American Studies, University of Kansas
Graduate Certificate Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas
B.A. History, University of Kansas

William García
PhD Candidate
213C Bailey

M.A. Curriculum & Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University 
M.A. History, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
B.A. European History, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras


Chelsea Harbin
PhD Student
203D Bailey

M.A. American Studies, University of Alabama

B.A. English, Minor Pre-Law, University of Texas San Antonio


Neill Kennedy
PhD Candidate
203E Bailey

B.G.S. American Studies, Minor in Latino/a Studies, University of Kansas

Caleb Lázaro Moreno
PhD Candidate
2014 Wescoe

M.A. American Studies, University of Kansas

B.A. Bible and Religion, Minor in Philosophy
Bethel College, North Newton (KS)


Geoffrey J Newman

M.A. History, University of Missouri - Kansas City

M.A. Journalism, Northwestern University


Nicole Price
PhD Candidate
213Q Bailey

B.A. History, University of Dayton

B.S.E. Adolescent to Young Adult Education, University of Dayton

Bobbi Rahder

M.A. Museum Studies, University of Kansas

B.S. Journalism, University of Nebraska at Lincoln


MA/PhD Student

B.A. History, Florida State University

MA/PhD Student
213Q Bailey

B.A. in Psychology

B.A. in American Multicultural Studies (AMCS)

Minor in Film Studies

Sonoma State University, 2016

Ben Schmack
PhD Candidate
106 Bailey

M.A. History, Northern Illinois University

B.S. History, Northern Illinois University

Maya Sellers
PhD Student
106 Bailey Hall

B.A. American Studies, Malacester College

Shannon Spears

M.A. Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville

B.A. Humanities & Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville

Carla Tilghman
PhD Candidate
Bailey Hall

M.F.A. Textile Arts, Kent State University

M.A. Art History, University of Kansas

M.A. Anthropology, University of Kansas

Kathryn Vaggalis
PhD Candidate
203D Bailey

M.A. American Studies, University of Kansas

B.A. English & Women's Studies, Brigham Young University



PhD Candidate, Chancellor Doctoral Fellow
2611 Wescoe

M.A. European-American Studies, University of Regensburg

Elizabeth Wilhelm

M.A. American Studies, University of Kansas

B.A. History & Sociology, Minor in Criminal Justice Studies, University of Dayton

  • Read about Afro-Puerto Rican illustrator Eric Velasquez in this piece written by William García-Medina for Teaching For Change.
  • Geoffrey Newman did a podcast for the journal Kansas History that was broadcast on 91.9 KSDB-FM.  It is available online here.
  • Congratulations to Sam Steuart for being named KU's 20th Truman scholar!
  • This article, written by Geoffrey Newman, was published in the August edition of the Kansas History Journal. Congratulations Geoffrey!
  • Rachel Schwaller and Saoussen Cheddadi successfully defended their respective dissertations on October 29, 2018. Congratulations, Drs. Schwaller and Cheddadi!
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kathryn Vaggalis for being awarded the American Studies Association's 2018 Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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