History Graduate Students

Meet our department's gradaute students and learn more about their work. 

The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) is a vibrant graduate student community. Learn more about current HGSA officers and an annual graduate student conference in Student Association page. 

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Samantha Allie


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JeMiah Baht Israel

Graduate Assistant, History

JeMiah Baht Israel is a first-year Doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati. She is a proud recipient of the John C. Court Archaeological Fellowship from 2020-2022 which contributed to the completion of a MA in Anthropology with a focus on the Archaeology of the African Diaspora/Plantation Archaeology.

The focus of her MA thesis (Critical Race Theory and Enslavement at the Dinsmore Plantation) is the enslavement of Africans and African Americans at the Dinsmore Plantation in Boone County, Kentucky. JeMiah’s research used archival records and archaeological methods to examine enslavement from the perspective of those who were enslaved. The purpose of this research is to give a voice to those who were enslaved on the Dinsmore plantation and to advocate for the importance of educating the community about the history and truth of what took place at this site.

Ultimately, JeMiah’s goal is become a tenured professor in African American History with a research focus on the period of the enslavement of African and African Americans. It is also her fervent hope to use doctorate education in History to help resolve contemporary problems that plague the African American community.
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Nicholas David Brown

Graduate Assistant, History

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Michael Ray Burchett


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Diamond Nicole Crowder

Graduate Assistant, History

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Christopher Dylan Ellingwood

Graduate Assistant, History

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Shepherd Aaron Ellis

Graduate Assistant, History

Hello, my name is Shepherd Aaron Ellis, and I am a Ph.D. student in the history department here at the University of Cincinnati. My research focuses on the religious and political history of the early modern Atlantic World, with a specific focus on the cities of London, Madrid, Boston, and Mexico City in the Atlantic context. I have worked closely with Dr. Erika Gasser and Dr. Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara. This is my first year in the Ph.D. program here, and I was awarded the Niehoff Presidential Graduate Assistantship, which is given to one of the new history Ph.D. students as funding for future dissertation work.  

I previously earned my M.A. in history from the University of Cincinnati in 2022. My thesis, "Religious Conversion in the Spanish Empire: Identity Formation in Hapsburg Spain and Baroque Mexico" won the second place Zane Miller prize, which is given in recognition of excellence in graduate student writing and research. In 2016 I graduated with my B.A. with a double major in history and classics from the University of North Carolina- Asheville.  

Starting as an undergraduate, I have presented my work at numerous conferences, and am an active member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Southeastern Renaissance Conference. On September 29, 2022, I will present my paper “Fruit of the Seventeenth-Century Church: Proto-Nationalism in the Hispanic and British Cis-Atlantic” at the annual SRC meeting. On October 16, 2021, I presented the paper “Transmutation and Refinement: The Metaphysics of Conversion and Alchemy in Renaissance Spain” with the SRC. On March 26, 2021, I delivered my paper “Dynasty, Interrupted: The Stuart Monarchy, the Protestant Reformation, and Early Nationalism” at the South Central Renaissance Conference. On August 23, 2021, I gave a guest lecture at Thomas More University for a world history class, titled Looking for Perfection: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Art.”


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Joseph Solomon Eskin

Graduate Assistant, History

Joseph Eskin is an M.A. student in History at the University of Cincinnati, focusing on the American Jewish experience and Jewish-Evangelical relations. He graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, where he also studied Secondary History and Math Education. Before beginning graduate study, he worked as a high school teacher and grade dean in Deerfield, Illinois, and New York.
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Daniel William Farrell

Graduate Assistant, History

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Alysha Louise Federkeil

Graduate Assistant, History

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Austin Carter Hall

Graduate Assistant, History

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Theodore Francis Jansen

Graduate Assistant, History

Theodore Jansen is a first-year master’s student in history at the University of Cincinnati focusing on American labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 2022 with a bachelor’s in history, and during his undergraduate years worked as a research assistant to Dr. Theresa Leininger-Miller in the department of Art History studying depictions of fruits and vegetables on early twentieth century American sheet music. He is a teaching assistant for Dr. David Stradling’s course “Cities in American History” in the fall 2022 semester.
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Bela Kashyap


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Michael Kilmore

Graduate Assistant, History

Michael Kilmore is a first year master student in History with a concentration in Public History at the University of Cincinnati. He received his BA in History graduating summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 2022. His research interest is the history of Cincinnati. He is the Teaching Assistant for Dr. David Stradling in the Environmental Activism class in the fall of 2022. Kilmore won the Lenore F. McGrane Prize for the most Promising Student U.S. History from the Department of History at U.C. in the spring of 2022.
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Jonathan Gregory Manhardt


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Kyle Lewis McDaniel

Graduate Assistant, History

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Kevin Patrick McPartland

Graduate Assistant, History


I am a PhD student studying Confederate nationalism and Southern identity in the press during the Civil War under Dr. Christopher Phillips. My research focuses on the ways the Southern press helped to create and either sustain or subvert nationalism during the war. While many scholars rely on papers from the large cities in the east, my work looks to examine smaller local papers that were interested in writing for a very local audience about their specific exeperience of the war. I have presented work on the press at the University of Alabama, Louisiana State University, and here at the University of Cincinnati.I graduated from The University of Alabama with my BA in history in 2016 and an MA in history in 2018.
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Charles Wilson Morriss

Graduate Assistant, History

University of Cincinnati
Candidate for Masters in History, May 2023
Concentration in Public History
Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of the Arts, cum laude, May 2021
Majors in History and Film and Media Studies
Minor in American Cultural Studies
Work and Research Experience
Teaching Assistant, Dr. Mark Raider, University of Cincinnati, Spring 2022
Teaching Assistant, Dr. Jason Krupar, University of Cincinnati, Fall 2021
Fellow at the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, Summer 2021
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Erena Nakashima

Graduate Assistant, History

Erena Nakashima [she/her/hers] is a Ph.D. student studying History and memory, Public History, and 20th-century US history. Her research focuses on the work of African American museum professionals and public history practitioners in the late 20th century. 
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Sayre C O'Cull

Graduate Assistant, History

I am a MA student in 19th-century United States history. My current research focuses on nativism in the 1850s with a focus on the Know-Nothing party in Cincinnati and Louisville. I also look at politics, race/ethnicity, and political violence in the antebellum era.
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Sophia Nicole Ospital

Graduate Assistant, History

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Katherine Ranum

Graduate Assistant, History

I am currently a Ph.D. student studying intersections of religion (Protestantism and Judaism) and the body in the British Atlantic with Dr. Erika Gasser. This year (2022-2023) I am being funded by the Dean's Dissertation Completion Fellowship. My research encompasses themes of gender, disability, medicine, death, burial and personal religious practice.

I previously received a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati (2017). My thesis, “With a Mother’s Hand: A Study of First World War Chaplains, Religion and Gender Identity,” was awarded first place for the 2017 Zane Miller Award for original graduate research and writing. I also defended my thesis with distinction. In 2004, I graduated with a B.A. in history from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. I have also taken courses in German language at Columbus State, and the Reformation at The Ohio State University.
As a graduate assistant, I have had the pleasure of serving as a teaching assistant in the courses Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, The History of Show Business, Themes in World History: Immigration, Drugs in the Americas, Human Rights and Security, and U.S. Survey I.
I have also conducted research for other historians including Dr. David Stradling (University of Cincinnati, for his monograph In Service to the City: A History of the University of Cincinnati In Service to the City: A History of the University of Cincinnati, 2018), Dr. Susan Longfield Karr (University of Cincinnati), Dr. Gary Zola (Hebrew Union College), and for popular history author Karen Abbott (for her book The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America, 2019). Researching for others has been an exciting opportunity to expand my exposure to areas outside of my immediate foci, including the history of education, legal history, American Jewish history and crime respectively.
I have been the grateful recipient of several academic awards. Not only did I receive the Zane Miller Prize for my master’s thesis, but I placed first the next year as well for my paper entitled “Hearing the Gospel in a Silent Word: Disability, Gender and Religion in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630-1684.” In 2018, the Department of History awarded me the Niehoff Fellowship, which granted me a no service year as well as providing funding for my research.
I have presented this research at several conferences, including the above papers at the Queen City Colloquium (University of Cincinnati graduate student conference) in 2017 and 2018, respectively. I also delivered a version of “Hearing the Gospel in a Silent World” at Calvin College in 2018 at the Faith and History Conference and at the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife “Living with Disabilities, 1600-1900.” in June of 2021. In 2019 I presented my paper, “Not Cutting Covenant: Circumcision, Rhetoric and Nonconformity in the Early Modern Atlantic” at QCC. I have also been a guest lecturer in the Department of Sociology, presenting on religion and gender, and an invited panelist at the Midwest American Academy of Religion Conveference (2021).
As a member of the Department of History, I have had several opportunities to participate in university service. During the 2017-2018 academic year, I was treasurer for the History Graduate Student Association and helped plan and execute the Queen City Colloquium. The following year I helped spearhead a new, interdisciplinary course entitled Public Fellowship for the Humanities. During the 2018-2019 academic year, I was the graduate student representative to the faculty, and in that capacity assisted in reviewing our curriculum and helped propose reforms. In that year as well, I was invited to serve on the committee conducting the headship search for t
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Disha Ray

Graduate Assistant, History

Disha Ray is a first year Masters student in the Department of History at University of Cincinnati. She completed her Bachelors in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi in 2022. Her research interests lie in modern South Asian history, gender history and history of medicine.

For her Master’s thesis, she will be working on the history of birth control, contraception, abortion, and population politics in colonial South Asia with a focus on the issues of reproduction and sexuality, intersecting with caste, community, class, and race politics. She wants to explore reproductive politics in the context of communalism, nationalism and colonialism and analyse how imperial legal and moral legacies impacted post-colonial policies and shaped people's reproductive destinies.
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Mary C Redmond


Mary Redmond is a first-year history master's student at University of Cincinnati, with a concentration in public history.  Her research focuses on the integration of museums and other public history sights with homeschool culture and curriculum.  She is also interested in how pop culture media shapes public perception of historical events.
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Lev Rooks-Rapport


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Anthony R. Russomano

Graduate Assistant, History

Anthony is a Ph.D. candidate of American History. His research focuses primarily on topics concerning immigration and the politics of whiteness within the U. S. during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Most recently, Anthony's research has dealt with the subject of anti-Italian violence in the American South during the 1890s. Anthony holds undergraduate degrees in History and Political science, as well as an M.A. in American history from the University of Cincinnati. 
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Jason H Rutledge

Mgr Building Ops - Regional Campus, History



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Anna Kathleen Sensel

Graduate Assistant, History

19th-century Americanist with a focus on the culture, politics, and economics surrounding chattel slavery.
My current research focuses on religious perspectives of slavery in New England between the 1830s-1840s.
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Nicholas Benjamin Short

Graduate Assistant, History

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Brittney Lynn Smith

Graduate Assistant, History

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Sage Alessandra Turner


Sage Turner is a first year MA History student specializing in Civil War history.
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Delaney F White

Graduate Assistant, History

Delaney White is a first year MA student studying the American Revolution and the creation of the republic. She received a BA in history from the University of Cincinnati, graduating magna cum laude in 2021.