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Michael Brennan (PhD Student)20140608_183018

Fields:  Environmental History with a focus on urban environmental and modern US history

Adviser:  Dr. Richard Judd

Education:  B.S. University of Maine Farmington,  Secondary Edcation/Social Science, 2001;  A.L.M. concentration history, Harvard Extension School, 2012

Research Interests:  For my dissertation I plan on exploring the Environmental Justice Movement in Boston. The work will focus on connections: from ecological conditions, to the spatial and built environment, to human ecology, to cultural and environmental resistance. I hope exploring these factors will develop a strong context. I feel that a local history will provide the means to examine these global topics in a complex and nuanced manner. It is my hypothesis that the Environmental Justice Movement serves as an undervalued group illustrating a model for a more sustainable existence.

Email:  michael.brennan@umit.maine.edu


Brittany P. Cathey (M.A. Student)History Pic

Adviser:  Dr. Liam Riordan

Education:  B.A. History, University of California, San Diego, 2012

Research Interests:  My research looks at the the evolution of children’s primers, curriculum and teaching practices in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. My thesis is specifically about the contributions of Rev. Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine through his children’s primer and interests in the educational opportunities of his community.

Email:  brittany.cathey@maine.edu


Adam Lee Cilli (ABD)

Fields:  African-American History; Labor History; US History in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Adviser:  Dr. Richard Judd

Education:  BA in History and Philosophy at Thiel College, 2005;  MA and M.Ed. at Edinboro University, 2010

Research Interests:  My research explores black civil rights activism in Pittsburgh during the 1920s and 1930s. I examine the ways by which black professionals and southern migrants were affected by and responded to Jim Crow segregation, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and labor unionism in the Steel City.  Through the records of the Urban League, NAACP, Pittsburgh Courier, and other institutions, I explore the diverse and sometimes contradictory strategies black leaders adopted to combat discrimination, examine how their ideologies and methods evolved over time, and evaluate their relationship with migrants and other working-class blacks.

Email:  adam.cilli@umit.maine.edu


Eileen Hagerman (PhD Student)

Adviser:  Richard Judd

Education:  B.A. History, University of Louisville, 2009;  M.A. History, University of Maine, 2013

Research Interests:  Most of my work has been concentrated at the intersection of Environmental and Agricultural History. My M.A. thesis examined the back-to-the-land and organic farming movements in Maine during the 1970s in terms of their impact on the state’s food system and regulatory infrastructure. My dissertation will expand upon this research, examining the proliferation of and connections between local farms, farmer’s markets, and food cooperatives across New England during the 1970s and 80s.

Email:  eileen.palmer@maine.edu


Justus Hillebrand (PhD Student)K1024_DSCN0162

Fields:  Maine History; History of Belonging; German History; African-American History

Adviser:  Dr. Richard Judd

Education:  B.A.  History and English Studies, University of Cologne, Germany, 2012;  M.A. History, University of Cologne, 2014

Research Interests:  I am interested in the dialectic relationship between rural people’s sense of belonging and what is commonly referred to as “progress”. My particular project is set to investigate this relationship in a comparative perspective of two places in the late 19th century: Maine and the Sauerland in Germany.

Email:  justus.hillebrand@umit.maine.edu


Edward Andrew Kobylarz (M.A. Student)Photo for HGSA Profile

Adviser:  Dr. Liam Riordan

Education: B.A. History, Colorado Mesa University; Minor in English Literature; Minor in Classical Studies

Research Interests:  Colonial America, American Revolution, Early American Republic, Race, Religion, Social Memory

Email:  edward.kobylarz@maine.edu


Jennifer Ricker (Phd Student)

Fields: Modern United States History

Adviser:  Dr. Nathan Godfried

Education:  B.A. Psychology and History, Bowling Green State University, 2004;  M.A.  Policy History, Bowling Green State University, 2007

Email:  jennifer.ricker1@maine.edu


 

EngagementElisa Sance (PhD Student)

Fields: Canadian-American History; Transnational Borderlands History

Adviser: Dr. Jacques Ferland

Education:  M.A. French with a concentration in North American French, University of Maine 2014; B.A.  International Business and Languages, Universite d’Angers 2011; Bachelor degree Archival Sciences, Universite d’Angers 2007

Research Interests:  My research revolves around the language rights act of 1969 which established New Brunswick as an officially bilingual province. I am interested in how language policies in general and the language rights act of 1969 in particular affected the population living on both sides of the border between Maine and New-Brunswick.

Email:  elisa.sance@maine.edu


Rachel A. Snell (ABD)

Fields:  Canadian-American History, Gender History, Borderlands, and Food History

Adviser:  Dr. Liam Riordan

Education:  M.A. Early American History, University of New Hampshire, 2008; B.A. American History, University of Maine, 2006

Research Interests: My dissertation, in progress, titled “‘Mistress, Mother, Nurse and Maid’: Women ‘Having it All’ in the Anglo-American World, 1830-1880, is focused on the everyday experience of domesticity. This project examines discourses of domesticity (printed and manuscript cookbooks, household manuals, account books, diaries, and letters) to better understand how married, middle-class women conformed to and negotiated with expectations of their household labor and role in society. Women’s recipe collections and their personal writing reflect women’s agency in the definition of their roles and reveal new perspectives on women’s networks, education, the cooperative nature of the middle-class household, and domestic partnership of wives and husbands.

Email:  rachel.snell@umit.maine.edu


DHW_Surfacing_DanielSoucier_100713_16Daniel S. Soucier (PhD Student)

Fields:  Environmental History, American Revolution, Transnational/Borderlands History, Modern British Empire, Historical Geography.

Adviser(s):  Dr. Richard Judd; Dr. Liam Riordan

Education:  M.A. American History, University of Maine, 2013;  B.A.  American History, University of Maine, 2011

Research Interests:  My research looks at the intersections between environmental, military, and borderlands history to elucidate eighteenth-century ideas about nature.  It shows how these ideas – and the material reality of the environment – shaped relationships between British and Continental Armies with various French, Acadian, and Native American groups encountered in the Northeastern Borderlands stretching from the Eastern Country of Massachusetts Bay Colony (present day Maine) to the New York frontier.  Diaries, letters, and reports from officers and enlisted men highlight the meaning of nature in these wilderness campaigns and reveal the ways in which the environment structured military and diplomatic relations in this frontier region.

Email:  daniel.soucier@umit.maine.edu


Rebecca White (ABD)

Fields:  Canadian-American History; Gender History

Adviser:  Dr. Scott See

Education:  M.A. European History, University of Pittsburgh, 2002; B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, 1998

Research Interests:  My dissertation, in progress, is titled “Mothers on the Edge: The Politics of Mother’s Aid Programs in Maine and New Brunswick, 1915-1960. This research explores the intentions, ideologies, and lived experiences of mothers’ aid programs in Maine and New Brunswick in the first half of the twentieth century. Mothers’ aid programs were premised on highly gendered assumptions about family, women’s citizenship, and the needs of families and the nation.Through case records, annual reports, newspaper reports, and other sources, I trace these programs from idea to implementation within the framework of two different political(though culturally similar) systems, the state and the province. My research reveals a wide gap between the rhetoric and reality of the programs in both places, and also analyzes the complex costs and benefits of this transfer of power from locally-managed poor relief to much larger, state run bureaucratic systems.

Email:  rebecca.white1@maine.edu


 

 
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