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Graduate Students

Edward Andrew Kobylarz (M.A. Student)

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


Elisa 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.


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.


Daniel 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.


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.



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Contact Information

History Graduate Student Association
5774 Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04468-5774
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469