University of Wisconsin–Madison

History Undergraduate Senior Theses Defended

  • 2016
    • Khalid Abdl-haleem
      “’Tyranny of the weak:’ Eisenhower, the Arab, and the Suez Crisis”
      Advisor: John Hall
    • Andrew Bartch
      “The Romanization of Britain: acculturation and its effects on Celtic society
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Kevin Dlugos
      “Stuck on the sidelines: a history of cheerleading labor in the National Football League”
      Advisor: Sean Dinces
    • Riley Sexton
      “Counterinsurgency and genocide in Guatemala: reverberations of Vietnam”
      Advisor: Florencia Mallon
    • Claire Steffen
      “The white man’s burden: British oppression during the decolonization of Kenya”
      Advisor: Daniel Ussishkin
    • Eva Tao
      “Embracing the misunderstood world: early-modern European imaginations of China”
      Advisor: Johann Somerville
    • Shuang Wu
      “Growing up in the occupied Heimat: German Youths and American GIs, 1946-1956”
      Advisor: Mary Louise Roberts
    • Dan Tagliarini
      “The Goldwater-Nichols Act: Creating an Uncertain Future for Civil-Military Relations”
      Advisor: John Hall
  • 2015
    • Teo Diaconesco
      Jokes and Networks: Everyday Resistance in Nicolae Ceausescu’s Romania
      Advisor: Kathryn Ciancia
    • Peter Geppert
      The Dean of Chastity: An Enforcement History of the NCAA
      Advisor: Sean Dinces
    • Ryan Gesme
      Schleswig-Holstein: A Conflict in Nationalism
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • Leah Hans
      Clash of Popes and Kings: The Development of Papal Authority in the Eleventh Century
      Advisor: Leonora Neville
    • Theodore Heckel
      Unfamiliar Road, Familiar Roadmap
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Max Lykins
      A constructivist reading of Livy
      Advisor: Marc Kleiwegt
    • Matt McElroy
      Barth and Bonhoeffer: religious opposition to Nazism
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • David Meyerson
      Unlikely Coalition: How Blacks and Whites Organized to Dismantle the Racist Housing Market in Oak Park, Illinois
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Abigail Miller
      Congress vs. Veterans’ Organizations on the Medical Care of Veterans
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • John Rizner
      Supermen on the Silver Screen: Nietzschean thought and postwar memory in Stanley Kubrick’s unmade “Napoleon”
      Advisor: Suzanne Desan
    • Julia Robles
      Vietnamese Buddhist Activism and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1963-1966
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Milada Vannarath
      Changes in Lao Buddhist Rituals due to Migration
      Advisor: Michael Cullinane
    • Haochen Wang
      A Spectacle of Good and Bad: British Press on Germany, 1870-1914
      Advisor: Daniel Ussishkin
    • Chenguang Zhu
      The Raj in the Imperial Metropolis: Display of India in Expositions and Museums of Victorian London
      Advisor: Daniel Ussishkin
  • 2014
    • Jamie Botter
      An Accepted Difference: The Marvel Comics Concept and American Culture, 1950-1975)
      Advisor: Cindy Cheng
    • Corina Cheng
      Beyond the Fog of Silence
      Advisor: Judd Kinzley
    • Alex Craver
      The Soviets Go Shopping
      Advisor: Francine Hirsch
    • Jonathon Davies
      Victorian Patent Abolitionism
      Advisor: Daniel Ussishkin
    • Liyao Lu
      Unignorable pressure with inconsistency–US impact on Taiwanese democratization in the era of Chiang Chin-kuo
      Advisor: Judd Kinzley
    • Laura Luo
      Vanishing Mountains: A History of the Ceramic Industry in Jiajiang, China
      Advisor: Judd Kinzley
    • Gretchen Miron
      Seneca’s Epistle 47: An Instructional Attempt for Improved Treatment of Slaves in the Roman Institution of Slavery
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Megan Ness
      Children at Work: Childhood Labor in the Ancient Greek World
      Advisor: Claire Taylor
    • Michael Podgers
      Berlin Means Boys: The Queer Topography of Berlin
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • Amanda Roush
      Ulpian: The Legal Voice of Human Rights in Ancient Rome
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Robert Sass
      From Monarchy to Republic and Back: England the Anglo-Dutch Wars
      Advisor: Johann Sommerville
    • Claire Siedow
      The Queen Caroline Affair
      Advisor: Daniel Ussishkin
    • Ben Siegel
      The Congressman’s Novel and the Evolution of Northern Opposition in the Civil War
      Advisor: Steve Kantrowitz
    • John Wendt
      The Second Way of War: Genteel Honor, Martial Glory, and Frustration in the Antebellum Officer Corps, along the American Frontier
      Advisor: John Hall
    • Greg Yax
      Ivan Kireevsky and the Peasant Commune
      Advisor: David McDonald
  • 2013
    • Joseph Fitzgibbon
      We’re Number One”: The Summit Series of 1972 and Canadian Identity
      Advisor: David McDonald
    • Chelsey Wilson
      Servilia and Atia: The Role of Maternal Power in Late Republican Rome
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
  • 2011
    • Ede Bundity
      From Horthy to Ra’kosi: Political Anti-Semitism under Fascism and Communism
      Advisor: David Sorkin
    • Chris Callahan
      China and Congo: A Relationship of Equals?
      Advisor: Florence Bernault
    • Carissa Carroll
      ‘Like Sons of Immortal Spain’: An examination of motivations for American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
      Advisor: Laird Boswell
    • Sean Crocker
      How the Vietnam War Changed Air Power Thinking
      Advisor: John Hall
    • Catherine Diao
      The Heren XVII: Dutch East India Company Management in the 17th century
      Advisor: Lee Wandel
    • Natasha Dockter
      Searching for Home: The Role of Place in the Life of Simon Dubnow
      Advisor: David Sorkin
    • Jeff Eversman
      Germany’s ‘Political Power Factor’: Tirpitz, the Second Navy Law, and the Genesis of an Anti-British Fleet
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Diana Haidar
      Assyrian Iron Working Technology and Civilization
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Jenni Hedeman
      Protest and Violence: A Comparative Study of the 1965 Teach-In and the 1967 Dow Chemical Company Protest at UW-Madison
      Advisor: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
    • Matthew Hoadley
      The Anglo-Saxon Inheritance: Legal Continuity in England after the Norman Invasion of 1066
      Advisor: Karl Shoemaker
    • Robert Howard
      How Playboy and Castro Helped Redefine 1950s American Masculinity
      Advisor: Cindy Cheng
    • Jake Israel
      British Multiculturalism: A Study of Integration Policy in the Context of Muslim Immigration & Post-War Minority Relations
      Advisor: Laird Boswell
    • Jordan Kook
      Claudius Redefined
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Maura Kudronowicz
      The Goddess Isis and the Appeal of Suffering in the Greco-Roman World
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Will Marx
      Francophone Reactions to Defeat at Nicopolis, 1396 CE
      Advisor: Karl Shoemaker
    • Ryan Panzer
      Defying Secularization: Protestant Political Theology and Church Relevance in Post-WWII Germany
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • Laura Stewart
      Crime and Settlement: Extra-Judicial Dispute Resolution in Medieval England
      Advisor: Karl Shoemaker
    • Leila Walker
      Monarchical Identity in Early Modern Britain and its Role in the Development of English Nationalism
      Advisor: Johann Sommerville
  • 2010
    • Paul Axel
      The Evil You Know: How China’s Nuclear Ambitions Changed the Cold War and the World
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Robin Bates
      Gendered Justice: Women on Trial During the French Revolution
      Advisor: Suzanne Desan
    • Adam Breihan
      Triumphant Insurgency: Meyer Adelman and the Emergence of Wisconsin SWOC
      Advisor: William Jones
    • Anthony Canales
      Sinking Hope, The Virtuous One, And The Developing Letter:The Struggle for U.S. Neutrality during the First World War
      Advisor: John Cooper
    • Kristen Cassarini
      West Point in War: The Influence of Antebellum USMA Curriculum on the Use of Hard War
      Advisor: John Hall
    • Daniel Cohen
      Rejecting Eugenics: Franz Boas and the American Jewish Committee, 1906-1935
      Advisor: David Sorkin
    • Kelly Creech
      The American Occupation: The Early Years: A Tale of Two Leaders
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Sarah Dowd
      Tensions in Tory Ideology: 1685-1690
      Advisor: Johann Sommerville
    • Madeleine Dungy
      French Farm Unions and the Political and Ideological Foundations of the Common Agricultural Policy
      Advisor: Laird Boswell
    • Alexandria Dziamski
      City Poles: The Building Blocks that Created and Supported Chicago’s Polish Triangle
      Advisor: Tom Archdeacon
    • Nikita Ernst
      Haole Historians: How the First Writers Transformed the History of Polynesia
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Jack Garigliano
      A Question of Authority: Class Consciousness and Scientific Expertise in Wisconsin Agriculture, 1878-1890
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Joshua Hartman
      Evaluating the Ideal: Roman Influence on Chivalric Ethos
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Saad Jaka
      Bhutto and the Bomb
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Jacob Jurss
      Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker’s Movement: Personalsim and the Seamen Strike of 1936
      Advisor: William Jones
    • Gerald Kapinos
      Enemy Prisoners of Wisconsin: A Comparative Study of the German and Japanese POW Systems
      Advisor: John Hall
    • David Morris
      How the U.S. lost Iran: Washington’s Destabilization of the Shah’s Regime in the 1960’s
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Andrew Myszewski
      Responsible Riches: The Intellectual Development of Corporate Social Responsibility, 1920-1960
      Advisor: Colleen Dunlavy
    • Andrew O’Connor
      The Shifting Shape of al-Qahira: The Question of Change and Continuity in High Medieval Egypt Through the Evidence of Urban Form in Cairo
      Advisor: Michael Chamberlain
    • Mark Otto
      Machiavelli’s Influence on Republican Theory in Early Stuart England
      Advisor: Johann Sommerville
    • Nicole Powers
      Contested Rosies: Portrayals of Women Workers in World War II Magazines
      Advisor: Nan Enstad
    • Neil Sharma
      Mamluk Studies: A State of the Art
      Advisor: Michael Chamberlain
    • Kate Siberine
      Publishers of Truth: The Inner Light and Quaker Autobiography
      Advisor: William Reese
    • Alex Truong
      Ticklers and Songwriters: American Acculturation in the Harlem Renaissance
      Advisor: Nan Enstad
    • Kevin Vrevich
      Federalist Death Nail: A Reanalysis of the Demise of the Federalist Party
      Advisor: Jean Lee
    • Yongqing Douglas Yang
      The Panamanian Paradox: A President’s Struggle to Remove Manuel Noriega
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
  • 2009
    • Matthew Costello
      Early American Intelligence: Race and Gender Tactics in the American Revolution
      Advisor: Jean Lee
    • Staci Duros
      Unnatural Parents: Parent-Child Relationships in the Roman World
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Sarah Klentz
      The Education of John Quincy Adams
      Advisor: Bill Reese
    • Laura McCabe
      Pope Pius and the Catholic church in WWII: Communications to the World and Direct Actions in Italy
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • Arlen McCann
      Short-Lived Correspondence: Gamal Abdel Nasser and John F. Kennedy
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Peter McGarraugh
      The Scholar, the Poet and the Technocrat: Cuban and Filipino Nationalism and the Formation of American Colonial Policy
      Advisor: Francisco Scarano
    • Monica Meyer
      Indecision 1655: The Debate Surrounding the Readmission of Jews to England
      Advisor: Johann Sommerville
    • Lindsay Miller
      Contributions of the Postal Service to Victory in the American Revolution
      Advisor: Jean Lee
    • Andrew Myszewski
      Responsible Riches: A History of Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States, 1918-1968
      Advisor: Colleen Dunlavy
    • Robb Nelson
      Radical Democracy in the Midwest: The Formation of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party
      Advisor: Camille Guérin-Gonzales
    • Evan Nordgren
      Broken Treaties: The Impact of Land Use Change in Sawyer County, Wisconsin on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
      Advisor: Susan Johnson
    • Daniel Rebholz
      Be a Person of Today: The Selling of ‘Modernity’ in Early Postcolonial Kenyan Newspaper Advertisements
      Advisor: Neil Kodesh
    • James Reuter
      Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and its Confrontation with German National Socialism
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • Stephanie Sokolowski
      Charles Wilson Peale: A Revolutionary Marketer
      Advisor: Jean Lee
    • William Thomson
      The Making of the Writ of Liberty: Habeas Corpus, 1200-1628
      Advisor: Johann Sommerville
    • Lance Vest
      The 1830 Trial of Chief Oshkosh and the Career of James Doty
      Advisor: Ned Blackhawk
  • 2008
    • Michael Albrecht
      Spectre of Sedition: The Okhrana, the Cheka, and Suppression as a Means of Bolshevik Statecraft
      Advisor: David McDonald
    • Taylor Anvid
      Prostitutes, Pomegranates, and Patriarchy: The Role of Contraceptives and Abortifacients in Sixth-Century Byzantine Society
      Advisor: John Scarborough
    • Carolyn Arena
      The Hat Act of 1732: American Manufacture and International Competition in Atlantic Markets
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Kerry Bryan
      No Sick Call for the Negro: How Segregation in the United States Army Negatively Affected African American Soldiers’ Health During World War II
      Advisor: William Van DeBurg
    • Kristin Czubkowski
      Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Central-American Asylum-Seekers in the Post-Refugee Act Era
      Advisor: Thomas Archdeacon
    • Benjamin Emmrich
      Livian Emphasis: The Role of Roman Moral Values in the Ab Urbe Condita
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Marissa Floyd
      The Growth of Hamas: An Examination of the Sociopolitical Conditions of the Occupied Territories in the 1980s
      Advisor: Samer Alatout
    • Alex Gagnon
      The Paris Agreement: The Diplomatic Joust Between Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • William Glassman
      Royalism, Resistance and Religion in Restoration Scotland: 1660-1688
      Advisor: Johann Sommerville
    • Jason Heinen
      The Federalism Argument in Civil War Wisconsin: How the State Rights Doctrine Was Debated and Used Between 1854 and 1864
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Matthew Ho
      Chinese Students in America: The Post-Tiananmen Square Campaign of Intimidation
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Lisa Hodkiewicz
      Breaking the Norms: Women and the Modern Olympic Games of Pierre de Coubertin
      Advisor: Laird Boswell
    • Justin King
      Partners and Rivals: Political Economy and American Diplomacy, 1969-1974
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Thomas Kivi
      Montaigne, Descartes, and the Malleable Augustine
      Advisor: Lee Wandel
    • Alex Leites
      Myth and Restoration in the Axial Age: How Writers in Ancient China, Greece and Israel Preserved Oral Teachings through Sociopolitical Decline
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Peter Lund
      Beyond Mantinea: The Theban Tactical Revolution and the Epaminondas Tradition
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Mike Malone
      Reconceptualizing the Roman Soldier: Social Movement in the Late Republican Army as the Foundation for the Roman Revolution
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Benjamin McCready
      From Factories to Fields: The Rise and Fall of Whitewater, WI, 1837-1900
      Advisor: Colleen Dunlavy
    • Jaclyn Mich
      I Was a Suburbanite for the FBI: How the Postwar G-Man Fought Communism in Popular Culture
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Matthew Niemet
      No Place Left for Byzantium: Diplomatic Urgency during the Reign of Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus (AD 1391-1413)
      Advisor: Michael Chamberlain
    • Caitlyn Pisarski
      The Plight of Legal Immigrants: Resistance and Resilience after the 1996 Welfare Reform
      Advisor: Thomas Archdeacon
    • Yolanda Purdy
      A Boat for the Lwa
      Advisor: James Sweet
    • Corey Sheahan
      Byzantium in the early years of Alexius: From Crisis to Stability
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Pavel Sternberg
      Separating Apartheid: The Division Between Rhetoric and Action Toward Apartheid South Africa in the Kennedy Administration
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Jesse Zarley
      Settling the Mapuche Question: Concessionary Colonization in Chile, 1900-1912
      Advisor: Florencia Mallon
    • Lisbeth Zeggane
      Beyond Barbed Wires: The Deterioration of the Japanese American Family
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
  • 2007
    • Talal Al-Rashoud
      Democracy in the Writings of the Ideologues of the Muslim Brotherhood
      Advisor: Michael Chamberlain
    • Sandra Brasda
      Joseph McCarthy and the Wisconsin Republican Party, 1946-1954
      Advisor: John Cooper
    • Joel Feingold
      Red (White and Blue): Communism, Finnishness, and America in the Upper Midwest, 1907-1940
      Advisor: Tony Michels
    • Meryl Hoeft
      Cultural Critics and Reformers: Refining the Greek Ideal in German Education, 1870 – 1914
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • Michael Johnson
      Douglas MacArthur and the Fall of the Philippines, 1941-1944
      Advisor: John Cooper
    • Jason Karnosky
      Nikita S. Khrushchev Visits America, September 1959: Analyzing Khrushchev’s Time in America, and the Attempt to use Personal Diplomacy to Overcome Cold War Ideological Differences
      Advisor: Francine Hirsch
    • Dan Katz
      The My Lai Massacre: Psychological Effects of Guerilla Warfare
      Advisor: John Cooper
    • Patrick Kelly
      Of Pawns and Players: U.S.-British Politics vis-à-vis Jewish Refugess, 1945-1948
      Advisor: Thomas Archdeacon
    • Katrina Kobor
      Transnational Rights Struggles: Aboriginal Australians and the Influence of African-American Movements, 1925-1972
      Advisor: Warwick Anderson
    • John Koczela
      Behold the Man: The Western Search for Muhammad in the “Clear Light of History”
      Advisor: Michael Chamberlain
    • Lee Kujava
      British Euroskepticism during the Membership Application Process for the European Community, 1969-1975
      Advisor: Jonathan Zeitlin
    • Rich Langweber
      “The Sanction of Law:” The Supreme Court and Civil Rights from Plessy to Brown
      Advisor: John Cooper
    • Brenna Miller
      ‘Justice for Djilas’: The New York Times, Milovan Djilas, and the Fight for Free Speech, Human Rights, and Legality in Yugoslavia
      Advisor: Francine Hirsch
    • Chandra Oroszváry
      African-American Mortality in Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary
      Advisor: Steve Kantrowitz
    • Eli Persky
      The Commercialization of Political Control & The Militarization of Commerce
      US Military Contracting After the Cold War
      Advisor: John Sharpless
    • Liana Prescott
      To Create a New Japan: ‘National Essence’ and the Critique of Modernity, 1880-1937
      Advisor: Louise Young
    • Emily Schmitt
      Rediscovering My Odyssey: An Analysis of One Creole’s Identity during the Haitian Revolution
      Advisor: Suzanne Desan
    • Ann Slabosky
      COYOTE Tricksters: Humor and a New Discourse on Sex Worker Identity San Francisco 1972-1990
      Advisor: Nan Enstad
    • Matthew Tallant
      They Washed Their Hands in the Sea: Origins of the Roman Navy
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Russell Thompson
      Russia, the Jews, and National Policy in the Nineteenth Century
      Advisor: David McDonald
    • Steven von Horn
      Re-conceptualizing Liberia: The Formative Period of 1800-1847
      Advisor: Neil Kodesh
    • Steven M. Weber
      ‘Fighting Bob’ Stops Fighting: Senator Robert M. La Follette, Dissent, and Patriotism
      During World War I
      Advisor: John Cooper
    • Jonathan Wu
      Gaining and Relinquishing the Text: Reading, Writing and Shaka
      Advisor: Neil Kodesh
    • Emily Young
      The Politicization of Lebanese Shiites: 1943-1995
      Advisor: Michael Chamberlain
  • 2006
    • Mei-Ling Anderson
      Situationism in May 1968
      Advisor: Laird Boswell
    • Carolyn Averill
      From Remembrance to Conscience: A Study of the Goals of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • Quilen Blackwell
      Neighborhood Power: Neighborhood Organizing and Business Relations in the United States between 1940 and 1970
      Advisor: Colleen Dunlavy
    • Joey Cienian
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      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Benjamin Dahl
      Help or Hindrance: The Role of Violence in the 1960s Student Movement in West Berlin
      Advisor: Rudy Koshar
    • Daniel Deacon
      The Art of Law: Artificial Reason and Equity in Seventeenth Century English Legal Theory
      Advisor: Johann Sommerville
    • Adam Diederich
      The Origins, Rise, and Transition of Conservative Ideas in American Politics: A Study of National Review Conservatism from 1955-1988
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Emily Fransee
      Victim to Executioner: French Torture and Response during the Algerian Revolution
      Advisor: Lou Roberts
    • Shauna Fitzmahan
      The Sixties Generation: Skepticism in Soviet Ukraine
      Advisor: Jeremi Suri
    • Simon Ford
      Creating the East: Antioch and the Empire, 195-347
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Eric Gifford
      The Unionization of Technicians during the French Popular Front, 1934-1938
      Advisor: Laird Boswell
    • Dan Hudson
      Saffron in the Mediterranean World
      Advisor: Marc Kleijwegt
    • Annie Kahn
      Supporting Reconstruction: Rebuilding Atlanta, 1864-1872
      Advisor: Colleen Dunlavy
    • Trevor Leverson
      The Economic Impact of the ‘Holy Man’ in Byzantium 300-600 C.E.
      Advisor: Paul Stephenson
    • Trevor Owens
      A Child’s Eye View of Life as a Scientist: Science, Society and Gender in the History of Children’s Biographies of Marie Curie and Albert Einstein
      Advisor: History of Science
    • Mike Pangborn
      Wounded Soldier, Disabled Veteran
      Advisor: Thomas Archdeacon
    • Joseph Richie
      Unintended Culture Clash: Temperance Motivations and the Resistance to Prohibition in Wisconsin, 1905-1920
      Advisor: John Cooper
    • Jason Rozumalski
      Vegetable Politick: Enlightenment and English Rural Life
      Advisor: Jean Lee
    • Michelle Wagner
      Six Day War: Questioning Israel’s Use of Force
      Advisor: Michael Chamberlain