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Carter Barnwell

PhD Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Modern Europe, Spanish History, Politics and Culture; Frontiers and Borderlands; Intellectual History

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John Behnken

MA Student - email

Education: 2. B.A., English Secondary Education, Minors in History and Religious Education from Concordia University, Texas.

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Late Medieval Byzantine History, Black Sea Studies, Religious iconography, Socioeconomics of the Balkan Slave Trade, and their transmission across the Mediterranean.

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Gina Benavidez

PhD Student - email

Education: MA-Georgia Southern University, History MAT-Armstrong State University, Secondary History BA-University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, History and Humanities

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Modern Europe, Spanish Civil War-Interwar Period, Gender and Sexuality, Politics and Antifascism

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Ramona L. Caplan

PhD Student - email

Education: M.A. University of New Mexico, American Western History; B.A. University of New Mexico, History

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: American Western History

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Rachael Cassidy

PhD Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: The American West

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Meghann Chavez

PhD Student - email

Education: B.A. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs M.A. Florida International University

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Modern Latin America, Politics and Economics

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Janet Coen

MA Student - email

Education: B.A. English Studies University of New Mexico, B.A. History University of New Mexico

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: American West, race relations

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Candolin  Cook

PhD Student - email

Education: BS Southern Oregon University, MA University of New Mexico

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: US West, myth and popular culture, borderlands, race, public history

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James Michael Creighton

MA Student 

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Medieval History, History of Christianity, Crusades, Medieval interrelations between cultures and religions, Ancient History (particularly focusing on Roman History)

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Katie Despeaux

MA Student - email

Education: BA in French and Psychology from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland; MS in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland; currently dual-enrolled in the French and Francophone Studies MA program at UNM

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Late medieval Europe, especially the Mediterranean and the role royal women played in politics, cross-cultural interactions, and responses to trauma; obedience to sovereignty between the late medieval and early modern periods transition; uprisings and societal changes in these time periods; and the role of art in demonstrating cross-cultural interactions, political upheavals, and responses to trauma

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Marvin Dominguez

MA Student - email

Education: B.A., History, minor, Anthropology, Texas A&M International University

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: 19th Century Mexico, Second Mexican Empire, International relations between Mexico and U.S. 

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Sarah Fairbanks-Ukropen

PhD Student - email

Education: B.A. History and Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College M.A., History, University of New Mexico

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Studies of Violence

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Zonnie M. Gorman

PhD Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Native American/U.S. West, Native Masculinity and War, 20th Century U.S. Military History, WWII

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Joseph Paul Hall-Patton

PhD Student - email

Education: B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.A. California Polytechnic State University

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: American West, American violence, local history, public history

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Shoshana Handel

MA Student - email

Education: B.A. University of New Mexico

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Women's History

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Reilly Hatch

PhD Student - email

Education: B.A. Brigham Young University; M.A. Texas Christian University

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests:   American West, race and religion in Progressive-Era America, Mormon history, American Indian history.

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Megan Hattey

MA Student - email

Education: B.A. University of New Mexico, History and Classics

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Medieval history; history of magic, folklore, and superstition; history of religion; lay piety in the Middle Ages; cross-cultural influence on popular culture; gender and identity in the Middle Ages.

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Emily Heimerman

PhD Student - email

Education: M.A. Villanova University - History (Concentration: Medieval Europe); B.A. University of St. Thomas - History major, Theology minor

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: 14th century Medieval European history, the Black Death, and greater themes of religion, disease, death, sainthood, archaeology, material culture, and society.  

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Brett Janos

PhD Student - email

Education: B.A. - History - University of West Florida M.A. - History - University of Texas at Austin J.D. - Litigation - Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests:  U.S. History, U.S. Immigration History, Race and Ethnicity, Immigration Law.  Working Dissertation Title:  “Americans Face Migration:  A Comparative Study of State Immigration Policy by Region, 1865-1925.” Dissertation Adviser:  Dr. David Prior

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Alexandro Jara

PhD Student - email

Education: Current Ph.D Candidate; M.A. University of New Mexico- U.S. Western History (major) and Latin American History (minor); B.A. Santa Clara University- Latin American History (major) and Urban Education (minor).

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests:  U.S. History, 20th Century Urban History, Latino History, Transnationalism, and Immigration History. Dissertation Title: “Latinos and U.S. Transnational Urbanism: Ethnic Mexicans, Culture, and the Politics of Making San Jose, 1940-1980"

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Barbara Korbal

PhD Student - email

Education: M.A. Purdue University, American Studies; B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, English and Theatre (Double Major)

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: U.S. History; Gender, Sexuality, Race and Class Formation and Social Protest in the U.S.; Feminist Studies; Archive Theory and Practice

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Steven R. Kostelecky

PhD Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Modern U.S. History: Radio, Politics, and Culture

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Leah Lam

MA Student - email

Education: B.A University of New Mexico

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Medieval History, Mediterranean History, Piracy, Slavery, Socioeconomics, Religious identity, and Politics and Foreign Relations.  

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Cameron Langner

MA Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: American and Latin American History

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Sean Lausin

MA Student - email

Education: B.A in History and B.S in Spanish from Ferris State University, Michigan

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Latin American and U.S Cold War History as well as U.S Imperialism

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Grace Leishman

MA Student - email

Education: BA International Studies, Magna Cum Laude, minor in History from UNM.

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: United States, twentieth century, the Long and Global 1960s, Black Power, the modern Civil Rights Movement, Rock Music Studies. Race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality

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Ron MacNeil

PhD Student - email

Education: BAFA University of New Mexico MA University of Vermont

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: 20th C. U.S. History, Russia, World War II, CivilRights and anti-communism

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Michelle M. Martin

PhD Student - email

Education: B.A. History, Western Michigan University M.A. History, Western Michigan University

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: United States History from 1619-1920, United States West from 1800-1900, Race and Ethnicity in the Indian Territory 1840-1920, Interracial Marriage in the United States, Indigenous History, Public History/Museum Studies. Michelle’s dissertation, “Gathering Around a New Fire: The Bemo Family, Interracial Marriage, Race, and Power in the Mvskoke Nation, 1871-1897” probes the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, interracial marriage, and power during Reconstruction in the Indian Territory and Mvskoke Nation. Additional Info:  Michelle founded Discovering History, LLC in 2005 to further her work in historical interpretation, public history, and television and digital media production. Her research and expertise has been featured in documentaries that have aired on A&E, PBS, NatGeo, Investigation Discovery, and AHC. Martin engages in consulting work with small to medium sized, community focused and driven museums regarding interpretation, exhibit design, and education outreach. She is the co-host of Around Kansas, a weekly digital program that shares Kansas history and events, and blogs about her work and experiences at

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Alexander Marx

MA Student - email

Education: B.A. University of Heidelberg, Germany, American Studies; M.S. University of New Mexico, Geography

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: German History of the US West and Southwest, Early American History, US West and Southwest, Westward Expansion, US Military History

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Richard Maska

PhD Student - email

Education: MA, the University of Chicago (2018) BA, Lewis University (2017) AA, Joliet Junior Collect (2014)

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: North American Borderlands, U.S. and Canadian West, Indigenous History, Gender, Military History, Space and Movement, Capitalism.  

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Dylan Maynard

PhD Student - email

Education: B.A. Monmouth University; M.A. New York University

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Argentina and Central America; Cold War Militaries; International Counterinsurgency Networks; and Gender & Sexuality.

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Chase H. McCarter

PhD Student - email

Education: M.A. University of Alabama, History; B.A. University of Alabama, History

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Confederate Expatriation Movement; Nineteenth Century U.S. South; U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction; Transnational History; Affective History  U.S. to 1877/Race and Ethnicity

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Kathy McCully

MA Student - email

Education: AA in Liberal Arts, AA in Pre-Management, BA in History and Anthropology, BA in Spanish and Chicano Studies.

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: U. S. West History, New Mexico History Finishing up my Master's Thesis on 20th Century Abiquiu, New Mexico.  It is a oral history work on this small NM town.  

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Edrea Mendoza

PhD Student - email

Education: M.A. Louisiana State University, History, B.A. University of Denver, History

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Latin America; Twentieth Century Latin America; Mexico; Postrevolutionary Mexican State; Mexico's Long Cold War; Gender; Sexuality; Women's history; Mexican Women's History; Reproduction; Family Planning Initiatives; Sex Education Programs; Maternity; State Intervention in Women's Bodily Autonomy.

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Todd Morrison

PhD Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Historical archaeology, Late Antiquity, Celtic and Germanic peoples, the Early Middle Ages, Medieval and Early Modern Britain, and Eurasian nomads

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Hero Morrison

MA Student - email

Education: B.A. Summa Cum Laude, University of New Mexico

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Gender, Sexuality, Identity, and cultural exchanges in the Middle Ages. Past research has focused on queering Viking Age Scandinavia and present research centers on illicit sex and interreligious intimacy in late medieval Spain

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Kaveh Mowahed

PhD Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Medicine, mental illness, and public health in the American Southwest in the 19th and 20th centuries; Native and environmental histories; using accessible mediums to reach broad audiences

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Ezra Orr-Dick

MA Student - email

Education: Bachlors with a double major in History and Japanese, graduated with honors from UNM

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Medieval Europe, Masculinity, LGBT history, Japanese History.

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Marcellina Padilla

MA Student - email

Education: BA University of New Mexico Double major in History and Chicano/a Studies

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: 20th century U.S history. Focused primarily on the intersections of social movements, race, ethnicity, and major U.S. involved military conflicts of the 20th century. My area of interest also encompasses modern military history, veterans' lives and experiences, war and society, Mexican-Americans in the U.S. West and Southwest 

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Marisa Pickett

MA Student - email

Education: B.A. German with a minor in Microbiology, Texas State University, 2018 M.A. German, University of New Mexico, 2021

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: My area of study is the historical presence of Black/People of Color (PoC) in Central Europe, specifically in German-speaking countries. I also study the evolving perceptions of Blackness over time in Europe, from colonialism to the present. I hope to utilize this research to combat the antithetical perceptions of German "culture" as a whole and question traditional concepts of "belonging" as a PoC in a traditionally white space.  

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Carlyn N. Pinkins

PhD Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: U.S. since 1877, Race and Ethnicity, 20th Century American Indian History, African -Americans in the Southwest

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Andrej Radic

PhD Student - email

Education: B.S. University of California, Chemistry; M.A. San Diego State University, History

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Politics and Economy, War and Society, Race and Ethnicity

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Angela Reiniche

PhD Student - email

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Social and Environmental Histories of the North American West, Cultural Landscapes of Medicine and Tourism, Women and Gender, Historic Preservation, and Digital Humanities

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Anna Reynolds

MA Student - email

Education: B.A., History and Political Science, minor in Gender Studies Lindenwood University

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: The intersection of popular culture and reproductive history in 20th century US

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Rick Rockett

MA Student 

Education: Current Studies: MA in History, UNM, Professional MS in Global and National Security, UNM (in progress), Critical Technologies Studies Certificate, Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence, UNM. Past Academic & Professional Studies: BA History and Political Science, UNM; National Security and Strategic Analysis Certificate, UNM; AAS Communications, Community College of the Air Force; USAF NCO Academy; USAF Intelligence Operations Course; USAF Meteorology Operations Course.

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests:  Drawing on past undergraduate studies in the history and politics of Cold War and post-Cold War Europe and Russia, including the Impact of NATO expansion on Russia’s relations with the West, Rick's graduate-level focus is the modern American West, World War II, and the post-Cold War cultural and political aftermath into the 21st century;  the history of Intelligence Collection and organizations; Aerospace History and Policy, examining the gender divide, the role of the American West, German and Russian Missile technology, and the science and technology in aerospace history.  Rick is concurrently working on a Professional Master of Science in Global and National Security, examining the national security and policy implications of commercial aerospace and space-based weapons developments, as well as the continued impact of NATO on political, military, and economic stability in Europe.  Rick is an active scholar in UNM’s IC CAE National Security and Critical Technologies Studies Program (NSSP/CTSP).  

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Mateus Santos

PhD Student - email

Education: M.A. Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil); B.A. Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil)

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Public history, digital humanities and Latin America. YouTube link to Mateus's

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Benedict Talley

MA Student - email

Education: B.A. in History and East Asian Studies (Japanese Concentration), UNM 2019

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Meiji Era Japan, Late 19th and Early 20th century America, Intellectual History, Transnational History  

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Joseph Ukockis

PhD Student 

Education: M.A. Northern Arizona University; B.A. University of Arizona

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: U.S. West and Borderlands; Labor and Environment; Race, Ethnicity, and Identity; Violence

Eden Vigil

MA Student - email

Education: BA UNM Intercultural Communications and History

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Christian-Islamic-Jewish intercultural relations, crusades and counter-crusades, medieval Arabic historiography

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Marie  von Haas

PhD Student - email

Education: MA University of Colorado, Denver, Global History, American West BA University of Colorado, Denver , International Studies

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests:  Research interests are focused on the Japanese within broader matrices of the American West and the United States. She also studies U.S. History,  World War I & II,  Japan’s history, and Immigration. Her M.A thesis drew from the experiences of her mother, a “Japanese War Bride” and herself, an “Occupation Baby” post-WWII. 

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Cassidy Zachary

PhD Student - email

Education: BFA in Design and Technology, University of New Mexico, MA in Fashion and Textile Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Area and Thematic Fields/Interests: Fashion, Race, Gender, and Embodied Identity;  North American Borderlands, U.S. West