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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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


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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 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.” On September 29, 2022, I presented my paper “Fruit of the Seventeenth-Century Church: Proto-Nationalism in the Hispanic and British Cis-Atlantic” at the annual SRC meeting. On April 29, 2023, I presented an art history paper, “Understanding Unicorns: Knowledge of the Unknown & Power in the Hispanic Atlantic” at the South-Central Renaissance Conference, hosted by the University of California- Berkley.
I have also published my work. My undergraduate thesis, “Royal Power and Faith: The Tudor Children in the English Reformation” appeared in the University of North Carolina Asheville Journal on Undergraduate Research. My article “Transmutation and Refinement: The Metaphysics of Conversion and Alchemy in Renaissance Spain” was published in the 2021 edition of the journal Renaissance Papers. On September 14, 2022, I was interviewed by Lucy May for 91.7 WXVU Cincinnati’s NPR Station’s segment “Examining the Queen’s Role in British Society and Culture” after the passing of Elizabeth II.
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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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Andrew M. Houghtaling



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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


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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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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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Sophia Nicole Ospital


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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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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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Brittney Lynn Smith

Graduate Assistant, History

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Michael Franklin Stevens


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Nicholas Thompson


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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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Donny J Watkins


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Megan Elizabeth Westermeyer

Student Worker, 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.