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Marshall, Sylvia
. “Nourishing the Movement: Georgia Gilmore’s Club from Nowhere during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-1956.


  • Brotze, Blake. “Man’s Best Friend: Britain, the Great War, and the Making of the Modern Dog.” (Chair: Professor David Johnson)
  • Catton, John. “”¡Dios No Muere!”: The Cristo Rey Monument and Chaurch-State Relations in Revolutionary Guanajuato 1914- 1950.” (Chair: Professor Jurgen Buchenau)
  • Cullinan, Brian. “Free People of Color in the Indian Trade in the American Colonial South.” (Chair: Professor John David Smith)
  • Dains, Shelby. “Museums in Peril: An Exploration of the Effects of Neoliberalism on History Museums in North Carolina, 1980-2020.” (Chair: Professor Mark Wilson)
  • David, Breanna. “Building La Casa de España: The Spanish Intellectual Experience in Mexico City, 1938-1941.” (Chair: Professor Jurgen Buchenau)
  • Gates, Douglas J. “Thinking About the Children: Juvenile Justice Reform and Racial Disparities in Charlotte, NC, 1990-2021” (Chair: Professor Tina Shull)
  • Glynn, Hannah. “‘In Hist Country’s Service:’ Irish Catholic Military Participation if the First World War. (Chair: Professor Heather Perry)
  • Marlowe, Kathryn B. “Genocide Activism: Generational Interpretations within African American and Native American Organizations, 1948-1978.” (Chair: Professor Tina Shull)
  • Martin, Alyssa. “The “Disposable Others”: Settler Colonial Processes of Industrial Pollution in Cancer Alley, Louisiana, 1964-2022.” (Chair: Professor Tina Shull)
  • Nance, Logan. “Popular Purity: Change over Time in the Racial Views of H.P Lovecraft, and the Spectrum of Racial Ideas as Promoted by Popular Culture: 1917-1936” (Chair: Professor Mark Wilson)
  • Stumpff, Will. “The Study of Micro-Artifacts Extracted in Archaeological Flotation from the Mount Zion Excavations.” (Chair: Professor Shimon Gibson)
  • Telljohann, Paul. ““Canary in the Coal Mine”: The Relationship between the United States and Chinese Mexicans, 1882-1933.” (Chair: Professor Jurgen Buchenau)


  • Chadwick-Schultz, Kayla. ““We won’t die secret deaths anymore”: Education, Memory, and Screen Media in Public Understanding of the American AIDS Crisis, 1981-2000.” (Chair: Professor Peter Thorsheim)
  • DelGuidice, Erin. “The Faithful and the Fallen: Magdalene Laundries and the Work of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Albany and Troy, New York, 1880-1920.” (Chair, Professor Karen Cox)
  • Johnson, Caleb. “A Dark Enlightenment: Julius Evola and the Temptation of Esoteric Fascism.” (Chair: Professor Steve Sabol)
  • Johnson, Sydney. “Wilmington Student Stories: Violence and Desegregation in the US South, 1968-1971.” (Chair: Professor Tina Shull)
  • Kinny, Paul R. “The New Orleans Citizens Committee: Unheralded Activists who Challenged Jim Crow in Plessy v.Ferguson” (Chair: Professor John David Smith)
  • Lowenstein Teresa. “An Undeveloped Picture Comes Into Focus The Role of Women in Irish Nationalism, Suffrage, and The Easter Rising.” (Chair: Professor Peter Thorsheim)
  • Marshall, Sylvia. “Nourishing the Movement: Georgia Gilmore’s Club from Nowhere during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-1956.” (Chair: Professor Karen Cox)
  • Mefferd, Zebulon. “1948 and the Bounding of Thought: Zionist Discourse, the New Historians, and American Jewish Public Intellectuals.” (Chair: Professor Ella Fratantuono)
  • Wyatt, Carter. “Sisterhood: The Role of Female Friendship among Allied Nurses in the Second World War.” (Chair: Professor Peter Thorsheim)
  • Mastrokolias, Olympia. “The Warrior and the Maiden: The Participation and Representations of Laskarina Bouboulina and Manto Mavrogenous in the Greek Revolution. (Chair: Professor Christine Haynes)


  • Berdusis, John T. “Crossing the Pond: How General Winfield Scott Imported the BMitchell, Jillian ritish Model of Military Occupation for Use in the United States Army in the Early Nineteenth Century.” (Chair: Professor Christine Haynes)
  • Durani, Qaisara. “Seeking an Identity: Kabul’s Enduring Struggle with Modernization (1960-1979).” (Chair: Professor Steve Sabol)
  • Grey, Gabrielle Joanna. “And the Categories Are: Sexual ‘Realness,’ Individualism, and the Paradox of Categories in Ball Culture.” (Professor Gregory Mixon)
  • Holt, Bradley Kelson. “The Champions of Popular Rights: North Carolina’s Political Reformation, 1850-1862.” (Chair: Professor Mark Wilson)
  • Mitchell, Jillian. “Following in the Footsteps of Homer, Plato, Caesar and Augustus: French-British Competition to Re-Claim Ancient Egypt After the Napoleonic Wars.” (Chair Professor Christine Haynes)
  • Roberson, Keira. “Underground Circles and Clandestine Romance: Queer Resistance under the Third Reich.” (Professor Heather Perry)
  • Sorensen, Niles. “The New World Meets the Old: German-Americans and the Temperance Struggle in Ohio, 1870 – 1875.” (Chair: Professor John David Smith)
  • Tandy, Hannah. “Woodward, Watson, and the White Supremacy: Examining Race in the Histories of Thomas E. Watson, 1899-1912.” (Chair: Professor David Goldfield)
  • Wood, Joseph G. “Jackboots, White Hoods, and the White Bible: The Fusion of the KKK, the American Nazi Movement, and Christian Identity.” (Professor David Goldfield)


  • Baisley, Richard. “North Carolina Protestant Theologians and the Idea of Death during the Civil War”
  • Burgess, Laura. “‘A Mother Specific Disorder for a Mother Specific Crime’: Alienists, Infanticide and Puerperal Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Britain”
  • Ellingwood, Christopher. “No Covenant with Sin: Religious Fervor and the Abolition Movement in Massachusetts, 1820-1860”
  • Frye, Lincoln. “Nobility and Witchcraft in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century England”
  • Gaskin, Rachael. “Dr. Madge Baker Gaskin: The Making of a Woman Physician in the 1920s”
  • Hasian, Adam. “War and Remembrance: Al-Nakba as a Structure in the Preservation of Identity and Palestinian Conciousness”
  • Marks, Taylor. “The Jewish Problem: Anti-Semitic Admissions Quotas in Southern U.S. Medical Schools, 1920s to 1960s”
  • Oliver, Brigitte. “‘Worked for the Sheer Love of It’: Women’s Belonging and Adversity in the Black Mountain College Art Department, 1941-1954”
  • Stevens, Megan. “A Missing Mountain Memory: The Marion Manufacturing Mill Strike of 1929”
  • Warlick, John Thomas, IV. “‘What’s Past is Prologue’: North Carolina’s Forgotten Black Code”
  • Wood, Tabitha. “More Than Just the Backbone? Women in Loyalist and Republican Paramilitary Organizations during the Northern Irish Troubles, 1968-1998”


  • Barnett, Melissa Leigh. “The City of Kings Mountain: The Historical City with a Misplaced Identity”
  • Battista, Nancy M. “The Case for Prostitution in El Paso, Texas, 1910-1929”
  • Brown, Savannah Clare. “‘The Court Devoured Him’: The History of the North Carolina Juvenile Court Statute of 1919″
  • Croot, Mitchell Lee. “‘Downright Roguish Practices of Ignorant and Unworthy Men’: The North Carolina Regulator Rebellion, 1768-1771”
  • Dixon, Kenneth A. “From Tee to Green: Municipal Planning, Golf, and Mountain Progress”
  • Gregory, John Michael. “Drafting Disney for Victory: Animation, Propaganda, and Political Resistance, 1941-1942”
  • Grover, Thomas. “‘The Burthen Now upon Our Hands’: The Treatment of British Prisoners of War in the Revolutionary South, 1780-1781”
  • Hoverman, Louanne Michelle. “Culture Clash and Administrative Reactions: The Evolution of Dissent at Kent State University, 1954-1970”
  • Kane, Nicholas Ian. “‘Arms an Employment’: Motivations for Enlisting in the 18th Century British Army”
  • King, Elizabeth. “Lorain: Ohio’s First Colonia, A Blueprint for Midwestern Mexican Migration”
  • Kunz, William. “The Lion’s Redemption: Decolonization, and the Evolution of British Foreign Policy in the Decade following the Suez Crisis”
  • McManimen, Rachel Ruth. “Rebellious and Reserved: The Fluidity of African American Slave Masculinity”
  • Rhinehart, Madison P. “’International House, Where Charlotte Welcomes the World’: A Case Study of an Immigrant-Serving Nonprofit in an Emerging Global Gateway City, 1980-2010”
  • Stroud, Lucinda K. F. “The Goldmar Strike: Formative Years of the MCOP, 1977-1979”
  • Whittington, Quinn. “‘Pioneer Americanas’: American Protestant Missionary Women in the Philippines, 1898-1910”
  • Wilds, Sarah V. ”‘And the North Carolina Morons Lived; Happily Ever After’: The Human Betterment League of North Carolina, 1947-1988″


  • Barnes, Emma. “Advertising the Old North State: 1945-1955”
  • Gable, Bryan. “City of Racers: The Growth of the Nascar Industry in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1949-2000”
  • Hunt, David L. “A United Front: The American Relief Administration in Ukraine”
  • Jutila, Alex. “‘An Abyss of Anarchy, Nihilism, and Despair’: Historical Representations of Anarchists in Britain”
  • Kane, Sean. “The Bloody Ground: The Chickamauga Wars and Transappalachian Expansion, 1776-1794”
  • Matthews, Taylor Marin. “The Appalachian Regional Commission’s Use of Tourism as an Economic Development Tool in Eastern Kentucky: 1965-Present”
  • Plough, Christine. “Mary Boleyn: ‘A Great Whore, Infamous Above All'”
  • Slawson, Larry. “Crime and Punishment: Peasant Resistance in the Ukraine, 1927-1933”


  • Doss, Henry. “Piers Plowman, Poverty, and the Medieval Church”
  • Gillespie, Hallie. “Swimming for the Fatherland: Journalism, Pronatalism, and Modernization in the World of Weimar Sport”
  • Kojima, Jordan. “The Chicago Resettlers’ Committee and Chicago Japanese American Resettlement”
  • McLain, Denise. “Memories of Mont Amoena Female Seminary: ‘An Island of Culture in the Difficult Years,’ 1859-1927”
  • Moore, Casey. “Persecution and Perseverance: Black-White Interracial Relationships in Piedmont, North Carolina”
  • Needham, Matthew. “War of the Words: Propaganda, Public Opinion and Revolutionary Mexico During the Great World War”
  • Thomas, Christina. “‘Our Children’s Children Live Forever’: The Educational Activism of the Sawyer-Flowers-Wilson Family in America from 1866 to 1986”
  • Westpfahl, Jocelyn. “Separate and Unequal: Segregation in North Carolina’s Asylum System 1856-1905”
  • Willard, Joseph. “Ebony in Exile: An Examination of Revolutionary Black American and the Cuban Influence, 1960s-1980s”
  • Wright, Christina. “‘How Could Love be Wrong?’: Gay Activism and AIDS in Charlotte, 1970-1992”


  • Andrade Diniz de Araujo, Maria Paula. “The Catholic Church and the Free Womb Law in Recife, PE, Brazil: An Analysis of Its Social Development, 1870-1878”
  • Branch, William Armstrong. “Calcutta and J.Z. Holwell, A Man on the Periphery”
  • Dancy, Brianna Michelle. “Duke and Reynolds: Urban and Regional Development through Business, Politics, and Philanthropy”
  • Gregory, Bethany Rebekah Holt. “Commemorating Queen Charlotte: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Memory, 1750 to 2014″
  • Hardman, James Brian. “‘Plucking Roses from a Cabbage Patch’: Class Dynamics in Progressive Era Louisville as Understood through the Contested Relationship of Mary Bass and Alice Hegan Rice”
  • Hawks, Julie. “Two Days and Seventy Years: Sites of Memories and Silences from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the United States”
  • Howell, Randi M. “‘That Much-Maligned Monster – New Math’: An Examination of Teacher Preparedness and Training in the Era of New Math, 1950 to 1975″
  • Kinley, Christopher. “Reclaiming the Unredeemed: Irredentism and the National Schism in Greece’s First World War”
  • Lopez de Arcia, Gabriela Patricia. “Beyond Religion: Liberation Theology and the Theology of the Hammer in El Salvador, A Comparative Analysis”
  • McIntyre, Larry. “The South Carolina Black Code and Its Legacy”
  • McLain, Kyle . “The Survivor’s Hunt for Nazi Fugitives in Brazil: The Cases of Franz Stangl and Gustav Wagner in the Context of International Justice”
  • Miller, Allyson. “From Cotton Fields to Cobwebs: A Case Study of Community and Preservation in the Textile Industry of Belmont, North Carolina”
  • Moore, Kate. “Strange Business for a Lady: Single Women’s Work in Mecklenburg County, NC, 1774-1860”
  • Nichols, Marissa. “The Greatest Enemy?: Smallpox, Elimination, and Politics in Mexico, 1942-1970”
  • Ross, Lucas Charles. “Charlotte’s Airport Enters the Jet Age: Charlotte Douglas, 1954-1983″
  • Sullivan, Michael. “‘You ain’t from around Here, are You?’: A Biographical Study of Harry Golden and the History of His Quest for Tolerance and Justice in the State of North Carolina”


  • Carpenter, Layne. “‘Live by the Spirit’: Institutional Discipline for Crimes against Order and Morals, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, 1767-1839”
  • Ervin, Michael. “‘Public Order is Even More Important than the Right of Negroes’: Race and Recreation in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1927-1973″
  • Gann, Gregory Charles, Jr. “Formulating a Revolutionary Ideology, 1776-1788: The Influence of Military Experience on the Ratification Debates”
  • Hijazi, Khalid. “The Effects of Urban Renewal on African Americans in Charlotte, North Carolina: The Case of the Brooklyn Neighborhood, 1960-1974”
  • Hill, Andrew. “Bastion of the Dispossessed: The Free People of Color’s Fluid Identities Across the Haitian Revolution”
  • Hubard, Thomas. “The Fighter Mafia: Vietnam, The Fighter Jet, and the Future of the Air Force”
  • Pack, Andrew. “Battle of the Press: The Nullification Crisis in South Carolina, 1828-1833”
  • Pasquini, Ian. “Tate Street, That Great Street: Culture, Community, and Memory in Greensboro, North Carolina”
  • Steigerwald, Alison Rebecca. “Opposition and Reaction: The Union of Democratic Control, the Press, and the British Government’s Suppression of Dissent during the First World War”
  • Stouse, Eugene. “Bohemian Nationalism and the Impact of Czech and Slovak Nationals Abroad on the Emergence of Czechoslovakia”
  • Taylor, Emily. “Masking Modernity: Black Performance and the Struggle for a Modern Identity in the Progressive Era South”


  • Ashby, Brittany. “Tea Culture and the British Empire, 1600-1900”
  • Beaver, Sarah. “The Museums of the Bozarts: The Role of North Carolina Art Museums in Redefining Southern Identity”
  • Cannady, Michael. “War in the Shadows: IRA Intimidation and Assassination, 1919-1921”
  • Elzey, Amanda. “‘I Think I Prefer His Face:’ Studying Physiognomy in Jane Austen’s Letters and Novels”
  • Labbato, Maria. “Spanish Civil War Exiles in Mexico City: Intellectual Refuge from a Gendered Perspective, 1939-1960”
  • Norby, Daniel. “Origins of American Naval Deployment Policy, 1815-1844”
  • Pimental Otero, Juan. “Latin Americanism in the Music of Ruben Blades and Calle 13”
  • Staurowsky, Jillian. “The Echo Incident of 1858: South Carolina and the Illegal Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”
  • Wilkie, Christine. “Early Gravestone Carvers and Acculturation in the Carolina Backcountry: The Bigham and Caveny-Crawford Stonecutter Workshops”


  • Beckhart, Sarah. “Mexico’s Modernizing Miracle: The Tlatelolco Housing Project, 1960-1964”
  • Bemis, Robert. “Our Devotion to This Union Has Been Strong and Sincere: North Carolina Journalism on the Verge of Secession”
  • Blanchett, Sara. “The ‘Other Side:’ Public Memory and the Life of Sylvia Routh in Houston, Texas, 1837-1859”
  • Dominick, Mary. “The Original Concept and Design of Charlotte College, 1957-1965”
  • Doom, Jason. “Restructuring the United States Information Agency for Dialogue and Human Rights, 1968-1984”
  • Linker, Destiney. “Black Power Worldwide: The International Dimensions of Black Power”
  • Mayer, Susan. “From Rails to Roads: Public Transportation in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1890-1960”
  • Miller, Richard. “A Mountain Oasis: Tourism and Cultural Identity in Western North Carolina, 1880-1930”
  • Parker, Scott. “To the Brink: Anthony Eden and the 1956 Suez Crisis”
  • Riley, Toni. “Environmental Injustice: A History of Advocacy and Oppression in the Lower Ninth Ward”
  • Roswold, Steven. “The Creation of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Police, 1878-1885”
  • Summerow, Kelly. “Charles Kettering and the Intersection of Technology and Human Intellect, 1910-1958”
  • Weese, Joshua. “The Impact of Zionism on the Issuance of the Balfour Declaration”
  • Wiedrich, Alicyn. “Public History, Civil Rights, and the Visitor Experience at Museums, Memorials, and Historic Sites in the South”


  • Faulkenbury, T. Evan. ‘“Telenegro’: Reginald Hawkins, Black Power, and the 1968 Gubernatorial Race in North Carolina”
  • Geske, Kurt. “Where Johnnie Got His Gun: One American City’s Experience with Military Mobilization during World War I – Charlotte and Camp Greene, North Carolina”
  • Johnson, Marissa. “‘Over There Is Here’: Arab Immigrants, Political Tensions, and Acculturation in New York, 1990-2001”
  • Kaylor, Meghan. “Recollecting America’s Past: Civil War Reenactments and American Memory”
  • Roberson, Katherine. “‘Patriotism for the Blacks and Pleasure for the Whites’: Fourth of July Celebrations in Charleston, South Carolina, 1867-1919”
  • Stoner, Cliff. “A Few Dollars More: Funding the American Space Program for 1962 and 1966”


  • Bagley, Kathryn Anne. “Stealing Reproductive Rights: Compulsory Pediatric Sterilization in Georgia, 1939-1962”
  • Bellew, Kathryn Anne. “A Cold November: A Northern Family and the Civil War”
  • Chisholm, Matthew Vernon. “Of Sweat and Earth: Memory and Myth on the Road to Nowhere in the Southern Smoky Mountains, 1943-2001”
  • Cozart, Daniel S. “Mediating the Extremes of Globalization: Peru’s Dirty War and the Limits of Reconciliation”
  • Genkins, Daniel Noble. “Commercial Paradigms in the Revolutionary Atlantic: An Interimperial Comparative Analysis of Three Port Cities during the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries”
  • Gill, Gwendolyn Lea. “Creation and Stagnation: The British Lifeboat Regulations from 1866 to 1912”
  • Harrell, Hannah Beth. ‘“Slap ‘Em around a Little if You Have to but Don’t Hurt ‘Em’: The Lumbees and the Ku Klux Klan Rally of 1958”
  • Jeffers, William Thomas. “‘A Mill to the Mile’: James B. Duke, Charles Christian Hook, and the Impact of the Piedmont and Northern Railroad on Industrial Development in the Piedmont Region of North and South Carolina”
  • McShane, Charles Clifton. “Class, Christ, and Cocktails: The Clash of Business Boosterism and Southern Baptism in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1965-1980”
  • Miller, Hilary Lynn. “To ‘Pursue the Route which will be of the Greatest Public Utility’: The National Road and Washington, Pennsylvania”
  • Moore, Crystal Gayle. ‘“To Chain a Man to Misery ‘Til Death’: Marital Strife in Colonial and Early Republic Virginia”
  • Spencer, Erin Mae. “Elizabeth’s Wing Haven: Environmental Preservation and the Mirror of the Mind
  • Zachary Warren Usher, “Black Chaplains in the Civil War”
  • Ward, Donna. “Dreaming a New Dream: Protecting a Black Middle-Class Neighborhood in 1930s St. Louis, Missouri”
  • Weatherford, Erica Shae. “Gender and Prostitution in Porfirian Mexico City”


  • Castle-Grandstaff, Emma. “Black Soldiers and the American Occupation of Germany, 1945-1960”
  • Harris, Boyd Randall. ‘“A Shameful Reminder’: Commemoration at Fort Pillow Battlefield”
  • Harris, James. ‘“Degeneration’ Revisited: A History of Competing Theories of ‘Degeneration’ in Britain, 1904-1928”
  • Helms, Amy Hamilton. “Foreign Travel and Identity for the British Middle Class in the Nineteenth Century”
  • Howard, Hannah Elizabeth. “Crafting Public Opinion: Printers and Publications in Revolutionary North Carolina, 1764-1776”
  • Kroeger, Tanner Lawrence. “With a Mule Called ‘Struggle’: The Civil Rights Activism of Black Farmers Leading to Pigford v. Glickman”
  • Lalor, Shannon Rose. “‘Mujer y vuida del adelantado’: The Life of Dona Isabel de Bobadilla (1505-1562)”
  • Morgan, Kari Lynn. “Butchers and Banditti: The Assumptions and Adaptations of the Continental and British Regular Armies on the Militia during the Southern Campaign of the American War of Independence, 1780-1781”
  • Panetta, Deanna Lee. “Made in Our Image: Fostering Anticommunism among Children through Juvenile Literature”
  • Segovia-Heredia, Alvaro Mauricio. “The Huánuco Rebellion of 1812”