Graduate Student Biographies

Through the efforts of its Graduate Student Representative, the Society is trying to help its graduate students make connections and network with each other and with more established scholars in the field. This list of graduate student biographies, which includes information on theses/dissertations, is one way for the rest of the Society to know what our rising members are working on.

If you are interested in having your information posted here, send your full name, school affiliation, advisor, fields of study, thesis/dissertation title, a brief 250-word bio of either the student or the project, an optional web site and an optional email to nathan.finney@duke.edu. Participants must be members of the Society.

Thesis/dissertation titles in progress follow each name.

  • Michael A. Anderson
  • Tracy L. Barnett - “Armed, Drunk, and Dangerous: White Paramilitary Violence in the Civil War Era South”
  • Brandon S. Bernick - "The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: The U.S. Army’s Partnership with Reinhard Gehlen 1945-1955”
  • Ryan Booth - "Crossed Arrows: The US Indian Scouts, 1866-1947"
  • Delynn Burrell - "Chaplain Prisoners of War: The Lives and Ministries of Father Peter Whelan and Isaac W.K. Handy"
  • Carole Butcher - "A Brave and Gallant Man: William Henry Young and Young’s Scouts"
  • David Byrd - "Recovered Memories: Bringing the Air Force Archive Into the Digital Age - Attributes Correlated with Improved Performance in Textually Digitizing Analog Documents"
  • Alexandre F. Caillot - The Forgotten Boys of the Ninth Corps: Union Conscripts, Enlistees, and Heavy Artillerymen from the Wilderness to Appomattox
  • Sam Canter - "Offset Strategies and the American Approach to Military Competition Against Nuclear Powers"
  • Jacian Carr - "Poro War:  Secret Societies, Spirit Possessions and the Exercise of Violence during the First Liberian Civil War, 1989-1996"
  • Jonathan Carroll - "'God's Work in Hell': Intervening in Somalia, 1992-1995"
  • Anne-Lisa Dall'Agnola - "Harmed Forces. S’engager par corps dans les armées française et américaine aujourd’hui." [Harmed Forces. Engaging one’s body through military service in France and the United States nowadays ] (working title)
  • John DeLee - "Henry Knox and the Development of the United States Indian Policy"
  • John "Kip" DiEugenio
  • Jessica Ellis - "The Dawn of Naval Aviation"
  • Kimberly Ann Enderle
  • Darrell E. Fawley, III
  • Nathan K. Finney - "The Impact of US National Decision-Making on the Mobilization of the American Expeditionary Force for the First World War, 1914-1919”
  • Marco P. Fiorito
  • Matthew A. Frakes - "Rogue States: The Making of America’s Global War on Terror, 1980–1994"
  • Nathan Grau - "France’s Forgotten Soldiers: Local Paramilitaries on the Frontlines of Decolonization, 1945-1962"
  • Joseph Guido - "Contours of the Ogaden War”
  • Heather M. Haley - “Unsuitable and Incompatible: Ensign Vernon “Copy” Berg, Bisexuality, and the Cold War U.S. Navy”
  • Charles B. Harris - "Surest Guarantee of Peace: Rhetoric, Consumer Culture, and the Popularization of American Naval Power, 1883-1909"
  • Aaron Heft - (Untitled) 28th Division at Fismes and Fismette, August-September 1918
  • Alexi Henderson
  • Brianna Kirk - "No Safety for Union Men: Norfolk during Virginia's Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1870"
  • Tristan Krause
  • Eduardo Libed - "The Seaport of San Juan: Military Logistical Infrastructure, 1888-1898"
  • Mike Loveland
  • Scott Madere - “Modern Problems, Ancient Answers: The Influence of Classical Antiquity on Eighteenth-century European Warfare”
  • Patrick John F. Mansujeto - "Wings of Benevolence: The Introduction of Aviation in the Philippines during the American Colonial Period, 1909-1911"
  • Pedro Panera Martínez - "Informing from Abroad: The Spanish Military Attachés in the period 1880-1921"
  • Philip McCarty - "Point of Failure: British Army Brigadiers in France and Norway, 1940"
  • Meaghan McClure - "Hans von Seeckt and the Anti-Democratization of the Reichswehr"
  • Justine Meberg - "The Logic of Protection: the US Army and Enemy Women in the Second Seminole War and Mexican War, 1835-1848"
  • Andrea Miles - "Black Rebels: African American Revolutionaries From North Carolina During And After The War Of Independence"
  • Raymond Mitchell
  • Johannes Nagel - "The U.S. Military Transformation and the Observation of the World, 1865–1905"
  • Christopher Narayanan - "Preparing case of incorporating food and agriculture security concerns into the National Security Strategy"
  • Laurence Merl Nelson III - (untitled) U.S. Occupation of Nicaragua, 1927-1933
  • Pete Owen - “US Marine Corps Aviation in the Second World War: It’s Effectiveness in Support of the Pacific Fleet.”
  • Eileen Palma
  • Hannah Palsa - “'We love dogs, but we love our soldiers more': Dogs for Defense"
  • Lindsey R. Peterson - "'No North, South, East, West': The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Place in Western Union Civil War Commemorations"
  • Manaswini Ramkumar - "Call of Duty: Military Responses to Undemocratic Leadership"
  • David Retherford - "How did combat intelligence develop in the AEF during The First World War."
  • Heather Salazar - "'We Are Not in Anybody's Backyard, And We Are Definitely Not For Sale': Grenada's Challenge to United States' Cold War Policy"
  • Matthew J. Saxton - "Loyalty or Treason: Men of Hancock at Bennington"
  • Stanley Schwartz - "From Battlefields and Campgrounds to Podiums and Paperwork: Civil War Veterans' Politics and Policymaking, 1870-1900"
  • Barry Scott - "Future of Strategic Education"
  • James Smith - "Deconstructing the Seapower State: Britain, America and Defence Unification 1945-1964"
  • Gregory Stern - "Designing Victory on the Civil War’s Sea: The Development and Use of Ironclad Warships in the American Civil War, 1830-1865"
  • Bryan Strawser - "How does the alt-right perceive truth?"
  • James Szpajcher - "Aircrew Survival Rates in Bomber Command and the Eighth Air Force: An Investigation into the Question of Bearable Casualty Rates, 1 February 1942 – 19 April 1944"
  • Carson Teuscher - "War Without Borders: An International History of Allied Coalition Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1942–1945"
  • Kate Tietzen - "Saddam Hussein’s Security Apparatus, 1968-1980"
  • Brian Valimont - "Riots in the Union Resulting from the Military Draft during the U.S. Civil War"
  • Matthew Vajda
  • Ashley Vance - "Cold War Soldiering: The US Army in Germany, 1945-1960"
  • Mel Vasquez - "The Morikami Museum and Gardens: History, Culture, Functionalism, and Community Affairs"
  • Richard A. Wasserman - "New Jersey’s support to The First World War and It’s Memorialization"
  • John C. Wendt - "Contracting Conquest: The Development of American Civil-Military Business Relations in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, 1835-1866"
  • Rob Williams - “The Airborne Mafia: Organizational Culture and Institutional Change in the U.S. Army, 1940–1965”
  • Danielle Wirsansky - "'Doing a Real Job': The Evolution in Women's Roles in British Society Through the Lens of Female Spies, 1914-1945"
  • Michael Wynd - "The Royal New Zealand Navy in the Pacific War 1941-1946: A Small Nation’s Navy in a Big War and Our Relationship to the United States Navy"
  • Jennifer Yip - "Of Rice and Men: Nationalist Grain Procurement and Transportation Policies in Wartime China, 1937-1945"
  • Cameron Zinsou - "The Strategic and Operational Debate over Operation Anvil: The Allied Invasion of Southern France in August, 1944"