PhD Alumni

American Studies @ Brown
Recent Graduate Student Placement


Thomas Chen

Dissertation: "Remaking Boston's Chinatown: Race, Space, and Urban Development, 1943-1994"

Committee: Robert G. Lee, Patrick Malone, Reader, Samuel Zipp, Reader

Current Position: Lecturer, American Studies, Tufts University

Heather Lee

 Dissertation: "Entrepreneurs in the Age of Chinese Exclusion:
Transnational Capital, Migrant Labor, and Chinese Restaurants in New York City, 1850-1943"

Committee: Robert G. Lee,  Robert O. Self, Rhacel S. Parrenas, Daniel Y. Kim

Current Position: Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Foreign Languages and Literature Department, MIT.

Sean Dinces

Dissertation: "Bulls Markets: Power, Place, and Professional Sport in
Late Twentieth-Century Chicago"

Committee: Elliott Gorn, Larry bennett, John Logan, Robert Self

Current Position: Bud Selig Assistant Professor of American Sports History at the University of Wisconsin

Elizabeth Burbank-Gilb

Dissertation: "Advertising Love: Personal Ads, Product Advertisements, and the Consumption of Romance"

Committee: Susan Smulyan, Mari Jo Buhle, Lynn Joyrich



Jin Suk Bae

Dissertation: "Fitting into Multiethnic New York: Korean Immigrants from Latin America"

Committee: Robert Lee, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Kyeyoung Park and Ralph Rodriguez

Current Position: Postdoctoral research fellow, Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University, Seoul

Jessica Johnson

Dissertation: "The Labor of Refuge: Kalmyk Displaced Persons, the 1948 Displaced Persons Act, and the Origins of U.S. Refugee Resettlement”

 Committee: Steve Lubar, Naoko Shibushawa, Susan Smulyan, Ralph Rodriguez, and Robert Lee

Current position: Outreach Director, Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jonathan Olly

Dissertation: "Imagining the Coast: History, Heritage and Tourism in New England"

Committee: Steven Lubar, Elliott Gorn, Patrick Malone

Felicia Salinas-Moniz

Dissertation: "Latina Imprints and Impressions: A Study of Contemporary Popular Fiction for Latina Readers"

Committee: Ralph E. Rodriguez, Susan Smulyan, Robert Lee

Current Position: Assistant Director, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Brown University

Sarah J. Seidman

"Venceremos Means We Shall Overcome: The African American Freedom Struggle and the Cuban Revolution, 1959-1979”

Committee: Anthony Bogues, James T. Campbell, Esther Whitfield 

Current Position: Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism, Museum of the City of New York


Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska 

Dissertation: "Bicentennial Memory: Postmodernity, Media, and Historical Subjectivity in the United States, 1966-1980".

Committee: Steve Lubar, Douglas Nickel, Susan Smulyan and Lynne Joyrich

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of History and Graduate Program in Historical Administration, Eastern Illinois University

Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci

Dissertation: “Conceiving National Bodies: The Trans-Pacific Politics of Birth Control and Eugenics, 1920s-1950s”

 Committee: Naoko Shibusawa, Lundy Braun, Robert Lee, Kerry Smith

Current Position: Lecturer, Program in Feminist Studies, Stanford University


Oscar Vinluan Campomanes

Dissertation: “Figures of the Unassimilable: American Empire, Filipino American Postcoloniality, and the U.S.-Philippine War of 1898-1910s"

Committee: Robert Lee, Mari Jo Buhle, Barton St Armand, Neil Lazarus

Current Position: Department of English at the Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, Philippines), Associate Professorial Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines)

 Joseph Clark

Dissertation: "Canned History: American Newsreels and the Commodification of History."

Committee: Susan Smulyan, Philip Rosen, Lynne Joyrich, Mari Jo Buhle

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Franklin and Marshall College

Eric D. Larson

Dissertation: "Anxieties of Empire: Race, Class, Nation, and Neoliberalism in the U.S. and Mexico, 1986-2004."

Committee: Paul Buhle, Phil Rosen, Josefina Saldana, Patrick Heller

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Mireya Loza

Dissertation: "Braceros on the Boundaries: Activism, Race, Masculinity, and the Legacies of the Bracero Program."

Committee: Matt Garcia, Elliott Gorn, Ralph Rodriguez

Current Position: Assistant Professor, History and Latina/o Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ani Mukherji

Dissertation: "The Anticolonial Imagination: The Exilic Productions of American Anticolonialism in Interwar Moscow, 1919-1939."

Committee: Robert Lee, Mari Jo Buhle, Naoko Shibusawa, Paget Henry

Current Position: Visiting Professor of American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Kelli Shapiro

Dissertation: “Saving Suburban Sites and Rescuing Roadside Relics:  The Historic Preservation of the Recent Past through Adaptive Reuse"

Committee: Patrick Malone, Susan Smulyan, Dietrich Neumann

Current Position: Area Development and Awards Coordinator at Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association.


Melanie Kohnen 

Dissertation: Out of the Closet? The Discourse of Visibility, Sexuality, and Queer Representation in American Film, Television, and New Media, 1969-Present";

Committee: Lynne Joyrich, Wendy Chun, Robert Lee

Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Angela Mazaris

Dissertation: "Claiming History, Claiming Rights: Queer Discourses of History and Politics"

Committee: Steven Lubar, Ralph Rodriguez, Karen Krahulik.

Current Position: Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Center, Wake Forest University

Gabriel Mendes

Dissertation: "Freud Turned Upside Down: Richard Wright, Dr. Fredric Wertham and Harlem's Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic, 1945-1960"

Committee: Mari Jo Buhle, James Campbell, Lewis Gordon, Paget Henry

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California San Diego

Aslihan Tokgoz Onaran

Dissertation: "Turkish Cosmo Girls, Soap Fans and Guitar Heroes: Resistive Pleasures of Turkish Women Consuming and Producing Transnational American Popular Culture.” 

Committee: Susan Smulyan, Philip Rosen, Lynne Joyrich, Mari Jo Buhle

Current position: Instructor in Screen Studies, Clark University

Mario Sifuentez

Dissertation: "By Forests or by Fields: Organizing Immigrant Labor in the Pacific Northwest. 1940-1990"

Committee: Matt Garcia, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Karl Jacoby

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced

Margaret Stevens 

Dissertation: "The Red International and the Black Caribbean Transnational Communist Organizations in New York City, Mexico and the West Indies, 1919-1939"

Committee: Mari Jo Buhle, Anthony Bogues, Paget Henry

Current Position: Chair, History Department, De Anza College.


Gillian Frank

Dissertation: "Save Our Children: The Sexual Politics of Child Protection in the United States, 1965-1990"

Committee: Susan Smulyan, Richard Meckel, Mari Jo Buhle

Current Position: Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion; Lecturer, Department of History, Princeton University

Mikiko Tachi

Dissertation: "The Folk Music Revival Then and Now: Politics, Commercialism and Authenticity in Folk Music Communities in the U.S. and Japan"

Committee: Susan Smulyan, Jeff Titon, Paul Buhle

Current Position: Associate Professor, American Studies and English, Chiba University, Japan

Sarah Wald

Dissertation: “The Nature of Citizenship: Race, Citizenship, and Nature in Representations of California Agricultural Labor."

Committee: Matt Garcia, Arlene Keizer, Ralph Rodriguez, Karl Jacoby

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of English and Environment Studies, University of Oregon


Marcia Chatelain

Dissertation: "The Most Interesting Girl of this Country is the Colored Girl": Girls and Racial Uplift in Great Migration Chicago"


Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University

Matthew Delmont

Dissertaton: "American Bandstand and School Segregation in Postwar Philadelphia"


Current Position: Assistant Professor of American Studies, Scripps College

Caroline Frank

Dissertation: “China as Object and Imaginary in the Making of an American Nation, 1680-1780"


Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies, Brown University

James V. Gatewood

Dissertation: “City Lights Books: the History of a Community”


Current Position: Project Manager at Brentwood Manor Board and Care Facility, Los Angeles, California

Karen Inouye

Dissertation: "Changing History: Competing Notions of Japanese American Experience, 1942–2006"


Current Position: Assistant Professor of American Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

Stephanie Larrieux

Dissertation: "Racing the Future: Hollywood Science Fiction Film Narratives of Race"


Current Position: Assistant Professor of Screen Studies, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University