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Patrick Callaway

Fields of study:  Early American Republic, politics and economy

Education:  BA Social Science- University of Montana Western (2004), BS Secondary Education- University of Montana Western (2005), MA History- Montana State University (2008)

Dissertation Topic:  Currently, I am exploring dissertation possibilities focusing on trade between the United States, Canada, and Great Britain during the Napoleonic wars.  Particularly, I would like to focus on the trade in agricultural products during this timeframe, including the continued trade during the war of 1812.


“Fear, Capital Punishment, and Order:  The Construction and Use of Capital Punishment Statutes in Early Modern England and Seventeenth Century New England” in Gordon Morris Bakken, ed. An Invitation to an Execution:  A History of the Death Penalty in the United States. (Albuquerque:  University of New Mexico Press, 2010)

Encyclopedia Terms “Agricultural Subsidies” and “Famine Relief Act of 1921” in The Encyclopedia of the 1920s (Pasadena:  Salem Press, forthcoming)

Encyclopedia Terms “Agrarianism”, “Freethinkers”, “Overproduction Theory”, and “Agricultural Issues” in Alexandra Kindell and Elizabeth Demers, eds. The Encyclopedia of Populism (Santa Barbara:  ABC-Clio, forthcoming)

Encyclopedia Terms “Taylor Grazing Act”, “Farmer’s Organizations”, “Norman Thomas” and “Commodity Credit Organization” in Thomas Tandy Lewis, ed. The   Encyclopedia of the 1930s (Pasadena:  Salem Press, 2011)

Encyclopedia Terms “Great Depression”, “Works Progress Administration”, “Georgia Seacoast”, “Gullah”,  “North Dakota” in Edward E. Curtis, ed. The Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History (New York:  Facts on File, Incorporated, 2010)

Encyclopedia Terms “Quebec City”, “Newfoundland”, and “Charles Chauncy” in Billy G. Smith, ed. The Encyclopedia of American History: Colonization and Settlement, 1685-1763 (New York:  Facts on File, Incorporated, 2009)

Notes of Interest:  Prior to starting his studies at Maine, Patrick was an instructor in the department of History, Philosophy, and Social Science at the University of Montana Western as well as the Historic Preservation Officer in Virginia City, Montana.  Patrick also enjoys hiking in Montana’s backcountry, St. Louis Cardinals baseball and cooking.

William Orin Chesley

Fields: 18th and 19th century American-Canadian religious history; American-Canadian literary history

Advisor: Scott See

Education: B.A., University of Maine-Machias; M.A., University of Maine-Orono

Dissertation topic/title: The Freewill and Free Christian Baptist Movements in Maine and New Brunswick

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Adam Lee Cilli


Fields: American History

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.A., Thiel College (History of Philosophy); M.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Social Science)

Notes of Interest: Adam loves biking, backpacking, any sport (especially b-ball and tennis), reading, and board games.

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Abigail Davis


Fields: Environmental History, History of Science & Technology, Intellectual History, Maine History, Historical Geography, Medieval Pilgrimage History

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.A., Western State College (CO); M.A., University of Maine-Orono

Dissertation topic/title: An environmental, intellectual and cultural history of the Appalachian Trail. I examine evolving ideas of the Trail from its inception in 1921 through the passage of the 1968 National Trails System Act.

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Charles Deshaies


Fields: Canadian-American history

Advisor: Scott See

Education: B.A., SUNY-Potsdam; M.A., SUNY-Empire State

Dissertation topic/title: The Failure of Democratic Socialism to take root in Quebec, 1930-1970

Notes of Interest: Chuck is very active with UMaine’s Club Canada and the Canadian-American Center. He is also an avid baseball fan and is a supporter of the Montreal Expos, but is not a fan of their displaced current incarnation, the Washington Nationals.  Chuck is the proud owner of the department’s greatest mustache, a tribute to some of his favourite stars from the 1970s.

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Jordan Fike


Fields: Colonial America

Advisor: Liam Riordan

Education: B.A., M.A., Arkansas State University

Dissertation topic/title: undecided

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Robert GeeRobert Gee


Fields: Environmental history

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.A., Colby College; M.A., University of New Hampshire

Dissertation topic/title: Atlantic Borderlands and International Resource Management in the Early Industrial Fishery

Presentations: Rob has presented his research at the History of Marine Animal Populations summer meeting at the University of Southern Denmark in 2001, the American Society for Environmental History annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2004, and in Tallahassee, Florida in 2009, the Alice R. Stewart Lecture Series at the University of Maine, and the New England Historical Association conference in 2009.

Notes of Interest: Rob has been an adjunct instructor of history at Southern New Hampshire University and Hesser College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is a Registered Maine Guide with Coastal Kayaking in Bar Harbor, Maine.

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John Hall


Fields: Colonial U.S.

Advisor: Liam Riordan

Education: B.A., University of Maine-Farmington; M.A., University of Southern Maine

Dissertation topic/title: John’s dissertation examines the uses of literacy in Colonial America.

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Robert HodgesRobert Hodges


Fields: Revolutionary America, 1765-1815

Advisor: Liam Riordan

Education: B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., Rutgers University

Dissertation topic/title: In his dissertation, Robert is examining morality in New England, in the forty years after the American Revolution, through the lens of primary and secondary education.  He is also looking into the role that morality played in helping form a nascent sense of nationalism in the Early Republic.

Presentations: Robert has given a number of conference presentations, his most memorable being “An Exploration into Historical Memory: Lumber, Roadside Attractions, and the World’s Largest Axe!” presented at the University of Maine – University of New Brunswick International History Graduate Student Conference, in September 2009.

Publications: “Unionism and Wartime Reconstruction in West Virginia and Tennessee,” Journal of East Tennessee History, Vol. 82 (2010).

Awards: Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2009, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Maine; Presidential Teaching Fellow, Spring 2011, University of Maine.

Notes of Interest: Robert enjoys long walks along the beach, going to baseball games (Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays), cooking, pet dogs, wolves, and watching movies starring Christian Bale (the worlds greatest, most handsome actor).

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Charles H. LagerbomCharles H. Lagerbom


Fields: American History, Maine History

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.A., Kansas State University; M.A., University of Maine

Dissertation topic/title: The Connections Between Maine and the Polar Regions: Historical, Economic, Scientific & Cultural

Publications: The Fifth Man: Life of H.R. Bowers (Caedmon of Whitby, 1999)

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Edward Martin


Fields: 19th Century U.S. History, Maritime History

Advisor: Liam Riordan

Education: M.A. Boston College

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Tom McCord


Fields: 20th century U.S., urban history, history of technology and society, U.S. religion

Advisor: Howard P. Segal

Education: M.A. University of Maine; B.A. Western Kentucky University

Dissertation topic/title:  “A House That’s Always Haunted: Urban Renewal in Bangor, Maine, 1945-1985,” a study of the city’s post-World War II development, focusing on its housing, wholesaling, retailing, and transportation structure, as well as its reuse of Dow Air Force Base.

Presentations: “Sherman’s March Through Urban Renewal: A Planner’s Challenge of Federal Rules for Small-Town Revival in Maine, 1966-1971.” New England Historical Association fall meeting, Biddeford, Maine, October 16, 2010.

Dissertation topic/title: “Soul of a City: Memory, Modernism, and Urban Renewal in Bangor, Maine.”

Interesting Notes: McCord teaches the American history survey at University of Maine at Augusta.  He spent 30 years in journalism, including stints as a reporter for The Associated Press in Tennessee and as an editor at the Bangor Daily News.  He lives in Winterport.


Cody P. Miller


Fields of Study: 19th and 20th Century U.S, especially Appalachia, The American South, and New England; Environmental History, Agricultural History, Native American History, Cultural History, Intellectual History, Economic/Business History.

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.A, History, with a minor in American Indian Studies, Virginia Tech; M.A., History, University of Maine

Presentations: “Farmers, Cans, and Culture: The Rise of the Canned Sweet Corn Industry in Northern New England,” American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 2014.

“The Debate Over the Value of Agricultural Work in Northern New England, 1870-1905,” Fourteenth Annual University of Maine/University of New Brunswick International Graduate Student Conference, Orono, Maine, October 2012.

“Walter Plecker, the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Racial Integrity Act of Virginia,” Eighth Annual Undergraduate Research and Prospective Graduate Student Conference, Blacksburg, VA, April 2010.

Dissertation topic: A comparative environmental, agricultural, and cultural history of two Appalachian Mountain regions: Northern New England’s Hill Country and Southern Appalachia

Notes of interest: Prior to enrolling at UMaine, Cody worked at the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C.  He also really enjoys backpacking and camping throughout the Appalachian Mountains.

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Annie Tock Morrisette


Fields: Collective Violence, 17th-19th Century British Atlantic, Maritime

Advisor: Scott See

Education: BA, Hanover College; MA, Eastern Illinois University

Dissertation Topic: I am currently considering two potential projects. One would investigate smuggling in British North American colonies between 1749 and the end of the American Revolution. I am particularly interested in the connection between smuggling and revolutionary politics among the lower classes. The second would explore episodes of collective violence in Atlantic Canada during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, especially as they related to the Orange Order and the ritual calendar of Catholic–Protestant violence.

Presentations: “‘I see by this woman’s features, that she is capable of any wickedness”: Murderous Women, Public Justice, and the Social Order in Eighteenth-Century London”

“‘Damn your eyes, we are resolute!’ Smugglers on Trial at the Old Bailey, 1733–1814” UMaine/UNB Graduate Conference, University of New Brunswick, October 2011

Strathairly: Voyage to Disaster”; “Eighteenth-Century Merchant Ship Construction: A Historiography”

Publications: “An Inadequate Ideology: Republican Motherhood and the Civil War,” Historia, 2005

“Literary Law Enforcement: Gender in Crime Ballads in Early Modern England,” Historia, 2004

Strathairly: Typicality and Tragedy,” Tributaries, October 2011.

Note of Interest: Annie trained for a career in underwater archaeology before deciding to spend most of her time on land. Aside from doing history, she enjoys reading, playing soccer, following the Cubs, traveling, exploring Maine, spending time with family and friends, and good beer. Annie lives in Old Town with her husband, Adam, and their three dogs.

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Joshua PardaJoshua Parda


Fields: U.S. environmental history

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University

Thesis topic: The relationship between religion (specifically Christianity) and the American environmental movement.

Notes of Interest: Josh is co-founder of a movement to replace the Black Bear mascot of the University of Maine with Rufus the Rottweiler.  He also occasionally plays the drums in his band: J.P. and the Other Two.

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John Paton


Fields: International History, U.S.-Latin American Relations

Advisor: Elizabeth McKillen

Education: B.A., University of Southern Maine; M.A., University of Southern Maine

Dissertation topic/title: Popular opposition to U.S. intervention in the Dominican Republic

Presentations: Norlands Humanities Conference, 2008

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Erik Reardon

Advisor: Dr. Richard Judd

Notes of Interest: Erik just completed and defended his Master’s Thesis this past year entitled “‘From Time Immemorial’”: Massachusetts Farmer-Fishermen and the Merrimack River, 1800-1846.”  This project explored the role of river fisheries in the Merrimack Valley’s pre-industrial economy.

Beyond history, he enjoys playing music (guitar and piano), spending time outdoors, fishing, and running and walking with his dog Boone.

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Andrew Reiser

Fields: American History, Canadian History, Native American History

Advisor: Professor Ferland

Education: MA- University of Houston, BA SUNY Geneseo

Dissertation topic: My dissertation will examine how the Six Nations of the Iroquois have utilized the political border between the United States and Canada for political, economic and cultural leverage in the early twentieth century.


“Native Nations and the League of Nations: Deskaheh’s International Diplomacy” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, June, 2012

“Chief Deskaheh and the League of Nations: The Grand River Iroquois Quest for International Recognition” Conference on Iroquois Research, Cornwall, Ontario, October, 2011

“Canadian Hypocrisy at the League of Nations” Houston History Consortium, University of Houston at Clear Lake, April, 2011

“The Grand River Iroquois Struggle for Sovereignty” The Milton Plesur Conference, University at Buffalo, March, 2011

“Educating for Social Justice” Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement, and Talent Day, SUNY Geneseo, April, 2008

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Greg Rogers


Fields: Colonial North America, War & Society, Frontiers & Borderlands, Political History

Advisor: Jacques Ferland

Education: B.A., SUNY Geneseo (Political Science); M.A., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (History)

Presentations: “Imperial War and Provincial Self-Interest: The Government of Colonial Rhode Island, 1739-1748,” Ruptures of War Conference, Claremont Graduate University, April 2010

“Human Cargoes: Privateering Captives in Newport, Rhode Island in the Mid-Eighteenth Century,” Piracy Conference, Brandeis University, October 2010

“Eden with Iroquois: Pierre Boucher’s L’Histoire Veritable et Naturelle and the Colonial Argument for the Second Conquest of New France” UNB/University of Maine Graduate Student History Conference, University of New Brunswick, October 2011

“‘Avowed Enemies:’ The Rhode Island-Massachusetts Border Dispute, 1739-1746″ UNB/University of Maine Graduate Student History Conference, University of Maine, October 2012

“The Curious 1653 Siege of Trois Rivières: Warfare, Intercultural Alliances, and Historical Memory” Quebec Studies Colloquium, Sarasota FL, November 2012

Publications: “Seeing Pennsylvania as the Keystone of the Revolution: Charles H. Lincoln’s Treatment of Ethnicity,” The Forum: Cal Poly’s Journal of History 2, Issue 1 (Spring 2010)

Dissertation topic: A borderland study of the Lake Ontario region involving New York, New France, and Iroquoia, with a particular interest in the relationship between power, mobility, violence, and proximity at the popular level.

Notes of Interest: When Greg isn’t pursuing the study of history he enjoys reading short stories and other literature, canoeing, traveling around America, and watching television.

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Lisa Rude


Fields: Women’s History

Advisor: Jacques Ferland

Education: B.A., Carroll College (Political History; Sociology); M.A., Sarah Lawrence College  (Women’s History)

Presentations: Lisa has presented papers at multiple conferences, including the Mid-America Conference on History in 2008 and the Women’s History Conference at Sarah Lawrence College in 2006 and 2007.

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Rachel A. Snell

Name: Rachel A. Snell

Education: University of Maine, BA History; University of New Hampshire MA History

Fields: Early American History, Women’s History, Early American Religious History, Borderlands, Early Nineteenth-Century Reform Literature

Advisor: Liam Riordan

Dissertation Topic: My dissertation examines persuasion and women’s changing social roles in the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth century. By emphasizing the period 1780-1830, which pre-dates the better studied early national era, I plan to explain how certain women’s self-understanding and social position changed between the American Revolution and the mid-nineteenth century. My focus on the ways that women’s public activities changed in this period will allow a fuller understanding of women’s experiences in the early nineteenth century and help explain the increase in women’s organizations and authorship by 1830. An examination of women’s changing social roles will promote an understanding of the ways women harnessed the developing domestic ideologies and the general reform spirit of the period to advance women’s public role.

 Presentations: “The Sabine Women Re-Imagined: Public Opinion, the Early Nineteenth Century Peace Movement, and the Expansion of the Private Sphere” Grad Expo, University of Maine, April 2011

“The Sabine Women Re-Imagined: Women and the Power of Persuasion in Early Nineteenth-Century Reform Movements” UNB/UMaine Graduate History Conference, University of New Brunswick, October 2011

“’The Little Lady who Started this Great War:’ Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Power of Persuasion” Maine Women’s Studies Conference, University of New England, 2012

“’God, Home, and Country:’” Women, Historical Memory, and National Identity in English Canada and the United States” Middle Atlantic and New England Conference for Canadian Studies, Philadelphia, September 2012

“Disciples of Wollstonecraft: The Constraints of Republican Motherhood” UNB/UMaine Graduate History Conference, University of Maine, October 2012

Note of Interest: Rachel also teaches in the University of Maine Honors College’s Civilizations: Past, Present, and Future sequence. She is also the editor of the Khronikos Blog ( and always looking for new bloggers. Outside of academics, she enjoys cooking, reading non-history books, knitting, and running. She lives in Old Town with her partner, Joe, and their dog and cat.

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Delaina Toothman


Fields of Study: political technology, Middle East, Political Psychology, Islam, Shoah

Advisor: Dr. Howard Segal

Education: MPA Texas State University, MA Texas State University, MBA University of Phoenix, BA Texas A&M

Dissertation title: Technology in State and Local Elections (working title)

Presentations:  “Bureaucracy in American Government,” “History of Bureaucracy,” “Political Divisions in America”

Publications: “Now Playing American Government Through Film”

Notes of Interest: President Central Maine Republican Women, consultant Maine State Senator Doug Thomas, reelection campaign, founder “Grinklings” a graduate discussion group at Texas State University, developed online courses for Texas State University Political Science Department

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Rebecca White


942010_53114_0Fields: Canadian-American, Gender Studies

Advisor: Scott See

Education: B.A., College of the Atlantic; M.A., University of Pittsburgh (European History)

Dissertation topic/title: A comparative history of the origin of welfare in the United States and Canada, particularly focusing on maternalism and social welfare.


Panelist, Rural Women’s Studies Association Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, “Mother’s Aid and Child Welfare in Rural Maine, 1910-1925,” July 2012

First Place Oral Presentation, University of Maine Grad Expo,  “Old, Sick, and On the Farm: Poor Relief in Maine, 1880-1920,”, April 2012

Panelist, Association for the Study of Canada in the U.S. Conference, Ottawa, Canada, “Comparative Maternalism in Maine and New Brunswick, 1917-1945,” November 2011

Panelist, University of Maine-University of New Brunswick Graduate Student Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick,  “A Wage for Mother-work?,” October 2011

Presenter, Canadian Studies Lecture Series, University of Maine, “Mother’s Pensions in Maine and New Brunswick,” October 2011

Presenter,  University of Maine Grad Expo, “Mothers and Social Welfare in Maine and New Brunswick,” April 2011

Notes of Interest: Rebecca and her husband have a large garden and enjoy living in the wilds of Eddington with their three year old and two greyhounds.  She enjoys Netflix, crosswords, hiking, and trying to read history books while her son watches Bob the Builder.

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Helen York


Fields: Media history

Advisor: Nathan Godfried

Education: BFA, Kent State University; MFA, Ohio State University

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Todd S. Blanchette


Fields: Intellectual History, 20th Century America

Advisor: Jacques Ferland

Education: B.A., University of Maine (History; Philosophy)

Notes of Interest: Todd enjoys intellectual history, philosophy, politics, labor history, and soccer.

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James Francis


Fields: Native American history, environmental history, Maine history

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.A, University of Maine

Thesis topic: James is studying the connection between Wabanaki people and the landscape in Maine and the Maritimes

Publications: “Burnt Harvest, Penobscot People and Fire,”Maine History (October 2008).

Notes of Interest: James is a member of the Penobscot Nation and is the Tribal Historian. He is also a photographer, graphic artist and fiction writer.

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Tim GarrityTim Garrity


Fields: Maine in the Civil War, the history of Mount Desert Island

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.S., Southern Illinois University; M.H.S.A., George Washington University

Thesis Title/Topic: Mount Desert in the Civil War. Within this topic, I am exploring the effect of the war on the town’s soldiers, women, and dissenters.


“John Gilley Fell at the Battle of the Wilderness” – A Civil War Cavalryman’s tombstone tells what happened to him, but gets it wrong.

“Casualties: Mount Desert’s Women and the Civil War” – Though separated from battlefields by 1,000 miles, women were profoundly affected by the war.

“The Histories of Saint Sauveur” – A historiography of the 1613 Jesuit settlement.

“The Woman Question: Francis Parkman’s Arguments against Women’s Suffrage” – The eminent historian made the case against women’s voting rights, but prominent suffragists pushed back.

“The Bar Harbor Fire of 1947” – How the town endured the frightening days of the fire, and how it recovered.

Publications: “The Histories of Saint Sauveur,” and “John Gilley Fell at the Battle of the Wilderness,” Chebacco, 2011. “The Woman Question: Francis Parkman’s Arguments Against Women’s Suffrage,” and “Casualties: Mount Desert’s Women and the Civil War,” Chebacco, 2012 (in press).

Notes of Interest: Tim is the Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. He spent twenty-five years as a healthcare executive, and then changed course in 2009, enrolling in the Master’s Degree Program in History at the University of Maine.  He worked as an interpretive park ranger in Acadia National Park in the summer of 2010, when he first encountered many of the topics he covers in his work as a historian. Tim and his wife Lynn enjoy hiking and backpacking, and can’t believe their good fortune to live in a place like Mount Desert Island.

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Tom Gray


Fields: European History

Advisor: Stephen Miller

Education: B.A. European History, minor in English Literature University of Delaware, MAT Social Studies, University of Maine, Orono.

Thesis title: Tom’s particular focus is the impact of contemporary devolution movements on British cultural and national identities

Notes of Interest: Tom has been teaching U.S., World, and European History at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Maine, where he has also served as Social Studies Department Head since

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Ian Jesse

Fields: Canadian-American Gender and Labor

Advisor: Scott See

Education: BA Bridgewater State University

Thesis Topic/Title: Lumbercamp culture, folksongs, and masculinity

Presentations: Ian presented a portion of his undergraduate honors thesis at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2011 entitled “Perspectives on Boston’s Civil War ‘Draft Riot’”

“Manhood in Verse: Connections in Folksong and Masculinity”  UNB/University of Maine Graduate Student History Conference, University of Maine, October 2012

Publications: “In Search of Excitement: Understanding Boston’s Civil War ‘Draft Riot’” Appearing in the NeoAmericanist Vol. 5 No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2011).

Notes of Interest: In his down time Ian enjoys playing music as well as writing for his co-authored blog at

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Joseph R. Miller


Fields: Canadian American History

Advisor: Scott See

Education: B.A. in History, North Georgia College and State University  (Senior Military College)

Thesis topic: Combat Stress and the Battle of Detroit (War of 1812)

Notes of Interest:

Joseph Miller is presently completing his Master’s degree in Canadian/American History at the University of Maine and a provisionally accepted PHD student. He received his bachelors in History from North Georgia College and State University (one of the four senior Military Colleges in the United States). Joseph was Distinguished Military Graduate, was second in his military class and was ranked 44th Cadet in the 2003 National Army ROTC Order of Merit list.  Joseph served as a resident life advisor, Ranger Challenge team captain (winning both Regional and National Championships) and President of Phi Alpha theta Honor Society. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in December of 2003.Joseph was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. He attended Airborne school, the Infantry Officers Basic, Anti- Armor Leaders Course, Jumpmaster School, Counter Insurgent Leaders course, Military History Instructors Course, and Ranger School. He has served in various capacities and has completed three separate deployments to Iraq in support of national elections and as an Iraqi Army adviser during the 2007 troop surge.  He was injured by an IED during his second rotation and remained in full capacity for two years until leaving active duty for health reasons.  His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Iraqi Campaign medal (with three service stars), Senior Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab. He was recently named the 2011 Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. In his free time he enjoys running ultra-marathons, reading with his wife Rachel and cat Madison, and going on hiking adventures with his dog Darby.

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Eileen Palmer                        


Fields: U.S. Environmental History

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.A. in History with a concentration in Social Sciences and a minor in Social Change, University of Louisville, 2009

 Notes of Interest: Eileen is interested in the land-use practices of intentional communities as well as the intersections of environmental and labor history as they occur in the study of resource-extraction industries. She also enjoys knitting, gardening, playing the piccolo, and escaping into the wilderness from time to time.

 William Quintana

Fields: science and technology, economic history

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.S., Southern Illinois University

Thesis topic: interested in innovators and inventors from Maine

Notes of Interest: William is an expert on the development of human-borne computing for harsh environs.

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Brent Skaggs


Field of Study: U.S. Foreign Relations, specifically in the Middle East

Advisor: Nathan Godfried

Education: B.A., University of Louisville

Notes of Interest: Prior to moving to Maine, Brent spent his summers in Kentucky tutoring children with dyslexia and other learning disorders.  Brent enjoys the study of religion, particularly regarding the interaction between religion, culture and politics.  He
also enjoys playing chess and traveling.

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Daniel S. Soucier

Fields:  Temporally American Revolution, Topically Environmental History and Borderlands

Advisors: Thesis Co-advised by Dr. Liam Riordan and Dr. Richard Judd

Education:  BA University of Maine:  American History

Thesis Topic:  Looking at Benedict Arnold’s March through the Maine wilderness utilizing the lenses of Environmental and Borderlands history.

Presentations: “ ‘News of Provisions Ahead’:  Accommodation in a Wilderness Borderland during the Invasion of Quebec, 1775″ UMaine/UNB Graduate Conference, University of Maine, October 2012

Publications:  ‘News of Provisions Ahead’  :Accommodation in a Wilderness Borderland during Benedict Arnold’s Invasion of Canada, 1775, Maine History Fall 2012



Peter Thompson


Fields: 20th Century German, Intellectual

Education: BA, Colby College

Note of Interest: Aside from studying history and philosophy, Peter spends most of his time playing soccer, tennis, and pub trivia. He is a rabid supporter of both Baltimore pro sports teams. He currently serves as one of the teaching assistants for the Western Civilization (3000 BCE- 1700 CE) course.

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Robert Woods


Fields: Early New England, particularly Maine; early Canada

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: BBA, National University; HBA, University of Utah

Thesis topic: Queen City: Life and Lumbering in Bangor, Maine, 1830-1870

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Fields: Colonial North America, war & society, maritime history, political history

Education: B.A., SUNY Geneseo (Political Science); M.A., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (History)

Presentations: “Imperial War and Provincial Self-Interests: The Government of Colonial Rhode Island, 1739-1748,” Ruptures of War Conference, Claremont Graduate University, April 2010

“Human Cargoes: Privateering Captives in Newport, Rhode Island in the Mid-Eighteenth Century,” Piracy Conference, Brandeis University, October 2010

Publications: “Seeing Pennsylvania as the Keystone of the Revolution: Charles H. Lincoln’s Treatment of Ethnicity,” The Forum: Cal Poly’s Journal of History 2, Issue 1 (Spring 2010)

Notes of Interest: When Greg isn’t reading or writing about history he enjoys reading about other things (very eclectic), canoeing, traveling around America, and television

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