I advise student research in the fields of the history of the United States in the world and modern international history. In supervising senior theses and doctoral dissertations I am especially interested in working with students who adopt fresh approaches and/or look at hitherto neglected actors, themes, topics, regions, or connections.
Advised projects include:
Ongoing Ph.D. Dissertations:
- Thomas M. Jamison (Topic: "Gunboat Insurgency: Naval War in the Peripheral World and the Global Origins of Military Modernity, 1861-1895")
- Lydia Walker (Topic: "Stillborn States: Nationalism, Internationalism and Decolonization, 1958 - 1966")
Completed Ph.D. Dissertations (primary advisor):
- Steffen Rimner PhD '14. "The Asian Origins of Global Narcotics Control, c. 1860-1909"
- Jane Hong PhD '13. "Reorienting America: Race, Geopolitics, and the Repeal of Asian Exclusion, 1940-1952"
Completed Ph.D. Dissertations (reader):
- Madeleine Dungy PhD '17. "Peace, Power, and Economic Order: International Rivalry and Cooperation in European Trade Politics, 1900-1930"
- Eva Payne PhD '17. "Purifying the World: Americans and International Sexual Reform, 1865–1933"
- Zach Fredman PhD '16. “From Allies to Occupiers: Living with the U.S. Military in Wartime China, 1941–1945” (BU, external reader)
- Asher Orkaby PhD '14. "The International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-1968"
- Kimberly A. Lowe PhD '13. "The Red Cross and the New World Order, 1918-1924" (Yale, external reader)
- Jeremy Yellen PhD '12. "The Two Pacific Wars: Visions of Order and Independence in Japan, Burma, and the Philippines, 1940-1945"
- Erik Linstrum PhD '12. "Making Minds Modern: The Politics of Psychology in the British Empire, 1898-1970"
- Vernie Oliveiro PhD '10. "The United States, multinational corporations and the politics of globalization in the 1970s"
- Ann Marie Wilson PhD '10. "Taking liberties abroad : American and the international humanitarian advocacy, 1821-1914"
- Trygve Throntveit PhD '08. "Related states : pragmatism, progressivism, and internationalism in American thought and politics, 1880--1920"
- Anatol Klass '17, "China's New Order: The Republic of China and the United Nations System in Asia, 1945-1950" (winner, Hoopes Prize)
- Benjamin Harland '16, "Universality and Inclusion or Neutrality and Exclusion: Magen David Adom’s Campaign for A New Red Cross Symbol, 1948-2006"
- Julian Gewirtz ’13, “River Crossings: The Influence of Western Economists on Chinese Reform, 1978-1988” (winner, Hoopes Prize and Philip Washburn Prize). Revised and expanded version published as Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard, 2017)
- David Alan Fuller ’13, “The Balangiga Inflection: Massacre, Media, and the United States’ Understanding of Empire in the Philippines, 1898-1902”
- Peter Gamble Bacon ’11, “Ambassadors with Bulldozers: American Development in Afghanistan, 1945-1959”
- Mohindra Rupram ’10, “The American Intervention in Guyana: International, Regional and Domestic Contexts”
- Robert Gerard King ’10, “Academic Scribblers: Policy Reports and the Making of American Strategy on Latin America, 1948-1980”
- Amy Michelle Zelcer ‘07, “Henry Morgenthau Jr., the Holocaust, and the Transformation of American Jewish Identity” (winner, Lillian Bell Prize in History)