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  • Anna Accettola

    Ancient History field

    Area of Specialization: Ancient Greek Trade; Classical and Hellenistic periods; Nabataean Kingdom; Ancient Economics; Network and Trade Theory

    Field of Study: Ancient

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    Email    ajaccettola@ucla.edu
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  • K Herman Adney

    Kaleb Herman Adney is a PhD candidate whose dissertation research revolves around the political economy of late Ottoman Macedonia and Thrace and the tobacco industry in particular.

    Field of Study: Middle East

    Advisor(s): James Gelvin, Sarah Stein, Sebouh Aslanian, Christine Philliou, Kent Schull

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    kalebherman@g.ucla.edu
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  • Alice Kiwako Ashiwa

    Alice Kiwako Ashiwa is a Ph.D. student specializing in Japanese postwar art and visual culture.

    Field of Study: Japan

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    Email    aliceashiwa@gmail.com
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  • Roi Ball

    Field of Study: Europe

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    Email    roiiball@ucla.edu
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  • Emily Bolender

    My research looks to understand cultural and legal approaches to violence and feud in the Medieval Mediterranean. I graduated with a BA in History with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from University of San Diego in 2018.

    Field of Study: Medieval

    Advisor(s): Jessica Goldberg

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    emilybolender@g.ucla.edu
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  • Tania Bride

    Field of Study: Latin America

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  • Katherine Capuder

    Field of Study: Japan

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  • Jennifer Carcamo

    Field of Study: Latin America

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    Email    jennifer.carcamo@ucla.edu
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  • Jeanette Charles

    My research focuses on the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean with an emphasis on Black radicalism, spirituality, political economy, internationalism, and anti-imperialism.

    Field of Study: Latin America

    Advisor(s): Robin Derby

    Contact Information

    Email    jeanettecharles@g.ucla.edu
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  • Zheng Chen

    Chen Zheng (陳政).

    Field of Study: China

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    Email    zchen0505@g.ucla.edu
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  • Peter Chesney

    Field of Study: United States

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    Email    mrpchesney@gmail.com
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  • Beatriz Cruz-Lopez

    Field of Study: Latin America

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    Email    beatrizcruzl@ucla.edu
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  • Max Daniel

    Max Modiano Daniel is a doctoral candidate in the History department at UCLA.

    Field of Study: Jewish

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    maxedaniel@gmail.com
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  • Michael Dean

    My research centers around the labor history of California's prison system.  From prison guards to convict labor to free workers, my work focuses on the various ways in which people's working lives shaped and were shaped by the trajector

    Field of Study: United States

    Contact Information

    Email    mikefzdean@ucla.edu
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  • Jeffrey Dymond

    I am an intellectual historian specializing in Renaissance and early-modern European political thought.  My present research concerns the period's theories of group cohesion and group personality.  In my PhD dissertation, I examine Itali

    Field of Study: Europe

    Advisor(s): Peter Stacey (chair), Stefania Tutino, Andrea Moudarres, Craig Yirush

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    jeffdymond@ucla.edu
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  • Thalia Ertman

    My research is focused on American feminist activism from a transnational perspective in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Field of Study: United States

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    Email    thaliaertman@g.ucla.edu
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  • Desmond Fonseca

    My research interests include Pan-Africanism, black Marxisms, and anti-colonialism with an emphasis on the decolonization of Lusophone Africa in the 1970s, into the neocolonial and neoliberal turn of the 1980s.

    Contact Information

    Email    dfonseca@g.ucla.edu
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  • Madonna Aoun Ghazal

    My research explores the relationships between gender, property, and women's position in the family in late Ottoman Beirut.

    Field of Study: Middle East

    Advisor(s): Professor James Gelvin

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    madona_aoun@hotmail.com
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  • Amy Gordanier

    Field of Study: China

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    Email    agordanier@ucla.edu
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  • Jacob Green

    Jacob's dissertation investigates the history of psychological research into the nature of mind-altering drugs such as nitrous oxide, caffeine and cannabis between 1870 and 1933, with a focus on the United States.

    Field of Study: Science, Medicine, and Technology

    Advisor(s): Theodore Porter, Soraya de Chadarevian, Michael Meranze and Amir Alexander

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    jacobogreen@gmail.com
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  • Thabisile Griffin

    Thabisile Griffin is a PhD Candidate in History at UCLA, where she specializes in the 18th century Atlantic world.

    Advisor(s): Robin D.G Kelley, Carla Pestana, Aisha Finch, Robin Derby

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    thabisilegriffin@gmail.com
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  • Yiming Ha

    My research looks into the institutional, military, and fiscal structures of imperial China from the Song to the Ming period, focusing particularly on how the Mongols impacted the state's employment and retention of personnel.

    Field of Study: China

    Contact Information

    Email    ymingha@ucla.edu
    Office   2169 Bunche Hall
  • Xiaowen Hao

    Field of Study: China

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    Email    haoxiaowen@g.ucla.edu
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  • Genene Hayle

    Field of Study: Africa

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  • Lily Hindy

    Lily Hindy focuses on the history of the modern Middle East, with a specific interest in identity, nationalism, and ethnic and religious minorities, particularly in Iraq and Syria. She is also interested in migration and diaspora.

    Field of Study: Middle East

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  • Philip Hoffman

    Philip Hoffman is a second-year PhD student, researching the framing of land reform in modern Syria.

    Field of Study: Middle East

    Advisor(s): James Gelvin

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    phoffman1@g.ucla.edu
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  • Qianqing Huang

    Field of Study: Japan

    Contact Information

    Email    hqqrory@gmail.com
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  • Sara Hussein

    My research interests include histories of modern Egypt, Pan-Africanism, Afro-Arab anticolonial solidarities, and Third World internationalism. 

    Field of Study: Middle East

    Contact Information

    Email    shussein@g.ucla.edu
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  • Robert Iafolla

    I study political ideologies and political cultures of the later Middle Ages, focusing on the kingdom of Castile.

    Field of Study: Medieval

    Advisor(s): Teofilo Ruiz, John Dagenais, Jessica Goldberg, Peter Stacey, Kevin Terraciano

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Contact Information

    Email    rji1991@ucla.edu
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  • Richard Ibarra

    Richard Ibarra is interested in the construction of community (particularly in urban contexts), the extension of communal memory across time and space, and the social and cultural underpinnings of integration and naturalization.

    Field of Study: Medieval

    Advisor(s): Teofilo Ruiz, Rowan Dorin (History, Stanford), Stefania Tutino, Jessica Goldberg, Meredith Cohen (Art History), Celine Dauverd (History, Univeristy of Colorado-Boulder)

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    richardibarraucla@gmail.com
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  • Erdem Ilter

    Erdem Ilter specializes in the late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic history. 

    Field of Study: Middle East

    Contact Information

    Email    erdemilter@g.ucla.edu
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  • Marissa Jenrich

    Field of Study: United States

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    Email    majenrich@gmail.com
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  • Sarah Johnson

    Field of Study: Jewish

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    srjohnson@ucla.edu
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  • Rachel Kaufman

    Rachel is a PhD student in History at UCLA, where she works on Latin American and Jewish history. Her current research focuses on crypto-Jewish memory practices in New Mexico and Mexico from the late 15th century to the 20th century.

    Field of Study: Jewish, Field of Study: Latin America

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    Email    rachelkaufman@g.ucla.edu
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  • Andrew Klein

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    Email    anck89@gmail.com
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  • Vipin Krishna

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    Email    vipin@g.ucla.edu
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  • Elizabeth Landers

    Elizabeth's research centers on the analysis of everyday life practices and the material realities that sustained marginalized communities throughout the broader Atlantic Caribbean during the early modern period.

    Field of Study: Latin America

    Advisor(s): Robin Derby, Carla Pestana

    Contact Information

    Email    eml@ucla.edu
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  • Sunkyu Lee

    Field of Study: China

    Contact Information

    Email    misp8727@g.ucla.edu
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  • John Leisure

    Field of Study: Japan

    Advisor(s): William Marotti

    Contact Information

    Email    leisure@ucla.edu
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  • Janice R. Levi

    Janice Levi is a PhD candidate in the UCLA History Department. Her dissertation focuses on migration histories and Jewish populations in West Africa.  

    Field of Study: Africa

    Advisor(s): Ghislaine Lydon, Andrew Apter, Sarah A. Stein, Robin D. G. Kelley, Aomar Boum

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    jrlevi@ucla.edu
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  • Fredrick Walter Lorenz

    Field of Study: Africa, Field of Study: Middle East

    Advisor(s): James Gelvin (chair) , Sarah A. Stein, Aomar Boum, Miloš Jovanović, Isa Blumi (Stockholm University)

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    florenz@g.ucla.edu
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  • Marcellin Ma

    Field of Study: Europe

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  • Amanda Marie Martinez

    Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Eric Avila (Chair), Robin Kelley, Robert Fink, Charles Hughes (Rhodes College)

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    Email    amamartinez@ucla.edu
    Office   amandamariemartinez.com
  • Rebeca Martinez

    Field of Study: Latin America

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    rmartnz165@g.ucla.edu
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  • Michael R. Matthews

    Mike Matthews graduated from Augustana College in 2013 with a BA in Honors History & Classics; a year later he graduated from the University of Chicago with a MA in Humanities.

    Field of Study: Ancient

    Advisor(s): Dr. David Phillips (History, UCLA)

    Contact Information

    Email    mmatth62@g.ucla.edu
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  • Joshua McGuffie

    I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at UCLA. My research focuses on the doctors and biologists who first studied the biological effects of radiation from the 1920s through the 1960s.

    Field of Study: Science, Medicine, and Technology

    Advisor(s): Soraya de Chadarevian, Stephen Aron, Ted Porter, Elizabeth DeLoughrey

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Current/Former HGSA Member

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    Email    jmcguffi@ucla.edu
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  • Ethan Mefford

    Field of Study: Europe

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  • Sean Messarra

    I study the intellectual history of early modern Europe and the wider history of European political thought.

    Field of Study: Europe

    Advisor(s): Peter Stacey (chair), Andrea Moudarres, Anthony Pagden, Stefania Tutino 

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    smessarra@ucla.edu
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  • Rebekka Michaelsen

    My research looks at the intersectionality of race, gender, and mental illness in the late nineteenth-century U.S. South. 

    Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Dr. Brenda Stevenson 

    Contact Information

    Email    rmichaelsen@g.ucla.edu
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  • Juan Pablo Morales Garza

    Field of Study: Latin America

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    Email    juanpablomg7@gmail.com
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  • Patrick Morgan

    I study the legal history of the Kingdom of Sicily in the twelfth century and its connections to the Mediterranean world.

    Field of Study: Medieval

    Advisor(s): Jessica Goldberg (Chair), Teo Ruiz, Sharon Gerstel (Art History), Luke Yarbrough (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), Alexander Roberts (Classics, USC)

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    patmorgan@g.ucla.edu
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  • Javier Muñoz

    Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Robin D. G. Kelley (Chair)

    Contact Information

    Email    jemucla24@ucla.edu
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  • Chul Namgung

    Field of Study: Japan

    Advisor(s): Katsuya Hirano

    Contact Information

    Email    chul0376@ucla.edu
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  • Nivedita Nath

    My work examines historical intersections between caste exclusion, colonialism, and cultural affinities towards landscapes.

    Field of Study: South and Southeast Asia

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    niveditanath@g.ucla.edu
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  • Christopher Null

    Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Dr. Michael Meranze

    Contact Information

    Email    crnull@g.ucla.edu
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  • Marina Nye

    Marina is a second year PhD student in the history department. Her research interest lies in 18th and 19th century sartorial and material culture.

    Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Dr. Katherine Marino

    Contact Information

    Email    marinanye@gmail.com
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  • Daniel Ohanian

    Daniel Ohanian is a PhD candidate specializing in early modern and modern Ottoman-Armenian history.

    Dissertation title: "Church of Armenia, Church of Rome: Faith, Print, and Power in Ottoman-Armenian History, 1688–1717"

    Field of Study: Middle East

    Advisor(s): Sebouh Aslanian (chair) James Gelvin Stefania Tutino Tijana Krstić 

    Contact Information

    Email    dohanian@ucla.edu
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  • Bernard James Remollino

    Bernard is a PhD Candidate in the United States field researching the history of Filipino popular culture, labor, and migration in California during the twentieth century.  

    Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Eric Avila (Co-chair, UCLA Dept. of History, UCLA Dept. of Chicana & Chicano Studies), Toby Higbie (Co-chair, UCLA Dept. of History, UCLA Labor & Workplace Studies), Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns (UCLA Dept. of Asian American Studies), George Lipsitz (UCSB Dept. of Black Studies)

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    bremollino@g.ucla.edu
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  • Gregory Sattler

    My research is focused on the history of sea merchants in East Asia from the ninth to thirteenth centuries.

    Field of Study: China

    Contact Information

    Email    gsattler@ucla.edu
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  • Lisl Schoepflin

    Lisl Schoepflin is a PhD candidate in the UCLA History Department, previously receiving her M.A. at UCLA and B.A. at University of Pennsylvania.

    Field of Study: Latin America

    Advisor(s): Kevin Terraciano (chair), Stella Nair, Efrain Kristal, Juan Ossio, Teo Ruiz

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    lisls@g.ucla.edu
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  • Yu Shi (时昱)

    My research explores the history of popular culture in late imperial and modern China, with a particular focus on performances.

    Field of Study: China

    Contact Information

    Email    shiy@g.ucla.edu
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  • Chase Caldwell Smith

    Chase's research interests center thematically on histories of cultural encounters, race and identity, religious conversion, and knowledge production, and geographically on the early modern Iberian empires in maritime Southeast Asia.

    Field of Study: South and Southeast Asia

    Advisor(s): Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam

    Contact Information

    Email    chasesmith@ucla.edu
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  • Rachel Smith

    Rachel Smith is a PhD candidate in the History Department at UCLA, where she studies modern Jewish history. Her dissertation explores the history of Jewish ethnography in the Ottoman world. 

    Field of Study: Jewish

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    rachel.smith@ucla.edu
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  • David Spielman

    David B. Spielman is an Africanist and Ethiopian historian with a broader interest in the Horn of Africa.

    Field of Study: Africa

    Advisor(s): Ghislaine Lydon (Chair);William Worger;Allen Roberts;Habtamu Tegegne.

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Contact Information

    Email    Dawit7@ucla.edu
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  • Tatiana Sulovska

    Field of Study: Japan

    Advanced to Candidacy

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    sulovska at yahoo.co.uk
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  • Madina Thiam

    I work on Mali and the Sahel, with broad interests in African migrations and the connected social and intellectual histories of Islam across the Atlantic and Saharan worlds.

    Field of Study: Africa

    Advisor(s): Ghislaine Lydon (Chair); Robin D.G. Kelley; Makhroufi Ousmane Traoré; Minayo Nasiali; Andrew Apter 

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    mthiam@ucla.edu
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  • Matthijs Tieleman

    Matthijs’ dissertation examines the transatlantic connections between the American and Dutch Patriot Revolutions in the mid to late eighteenth century. 

    Field of Study: Europe, Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Dr. Carla Gardina PestanaDr. Margaret Jacob

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    matthijs.tieleman@gmail.com
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  • Marques Vestal

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    Email    marquesavestal@gmail.com
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  • WANG Yōu

    WANG Yōu (王悠) is a PhD candidate in Chinese history. Her dissertation project examines how farmers in rural Jiangnan coordinate for water control during the nineteenth century.

    Field of Study: China

    Contact Information

    Email    wangyou@ucla.edu
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  • Rebecca Waxman

    Field of Study: South and Southeast Asia

    Current/Former HGSA Member

    Contact Information

    Email    rwaxman@g.ucla.edu
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  • Avery Weinman

    Avery Weinman's main areas of focus are modern Jewish history, Sephardi/Mizrahi studies, modern Israel, the modern Middle East and North Africa, and the intellectual history of Zionism.

    Field of Study: Jewish

    Contact Information

    Email    averyweinman@ucla.edu
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  • Cristi Whiskey

    Field of Study: Africa

    Advisor(s): Ghislaine Lydon 

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    Email    whiskeycristi@g.ucla.edu
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  • Chloe Wilson

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    Email    cbellwilson@g.ucla.edu
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  • William Wood

    William Wood's research interests are in legal history, particularly California history and the jurisprudence around Native title in California.  He is an Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. 

    Field of Study: United States

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  • Harrison Woods

    Field of Study: Middle East

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  • Masayoshi Yamada

    Masayoshi Yamada is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at UCLA, specializing in the cultural history of the United States.   

    Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Robin D.G. Kelley (Committee Chair)Eric AvilaShana L. RedmondGeorge Lipsitz

    Advanced to Candidacy

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    Email    masayoshi1028@ucla.edu
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  • Christian Zavardino

    I study the intersection of religion and empire in the early modern English Atlantic world.

    Field of Study: United States

    Advisor(s): Carla Pestana

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    Email    czavardino@gmail.com
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  • Mindi Zhang

    Field of Study: China

    Contact Information

    Email    mzhang54@ucla.edu
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