New Degree Candidates in History 

Chantalle Brown is a third generation Boilermaker who graduated from Purdue with a B.A. in History and Religious Studies. She received her M.A. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where she studies U.S. history, focusing on the intersection of race and gender. For her PhD, she plans to analyze how gender norms changed by focusing on prostitution reform efforts in the U.S. during the Progressive Era. She will be working under the direction of Dr. Yvonne Pitts.
Email: brown166@purdue.edu


Caroline Fish
comes from a family dedicated to the education of women and is a fifth-generation female college graduate. She earned three BAs in European History, Political Science and Spanish Literature from Arizona State University and a MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include gender and politics in early modern Spain, particularly concerning noblewomen and ambassador's wives while serving at foreign courts. She will be working with Professor Silvia Mitchell.
Email: fish9@purdue.edu


Cameron Hackney
comes back to Purdue with a Bachelors of Arts in history, political science, and communications. While pursuing his undergraduate degrees at Purdue he also earned minors in human rights and OLS. Cameron spent seven years in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst which led to his position as an Intelligence Analyst at Allied Universal in his gap year in between bachelors and graduate studies. Cameron will be pursuing a MA and his research interests include European strongman politics, communism, and fascism under the guidance of Professor Klein-Pejsova.
Email: chackney@purdue.edu

Ryan Hurst earned his BA in Cinema at San Francisco State University. As a documentary producer, his work has appeared on numerous TV networks, including the History Channel, the Weather Channel, and the American Heroes Channel. He is a life-long World War II buff, having interviewed dozens of veterans throughout his career. Ryan is pursuing an MA in U.S. History at Purdue, where he plans to focus on American foreign policy during the Cold War. His academic advisor is Dr. Randy Roberts.
Email: hurst45@purdue.edu


Zach Logsdon is from Columbus, Ohio. He received a BA in History from Miami University and stayed there to earn his MA in History. His research interests focus on American diplomacy in the early 20th century and on American overseas imperialism. His master's thesis examined the division of power between mainlander colonial officials and Puerto Rican politicians in the Puerto Rican government from 1898 to 1923. He will be pursuing his PhD under Dr. David Atkinson's guidance.
Email: zlogsdon@purdue.edu


Jacob Mach is originally from Xenia, Ohio and graduated from Cedarville University with a BA in History in 2018 before attending Bowling Green State University for graduate school. He completed his MA in the spring of 2020 and has come to Purdue to pursue his PhD in US History. His historical interests include the Civil War/Reconstruction and the Second World War, as well as the broader fields of 19th and 20th century American history. His MA thesis, covering the early years of the Reconstruction era in the state of Ohio, focused on the Republican Party’s political evolution, specifically its pursuit of African American suffrage in 1865-1867. He plans to work on his PhD under Dr. Yvonne Pitts and to continue his research on politics and society of the Reconstruction North.
Email: jmach@purdue.edu


Emma Maggart is originally from Dallas Texas. She grew up traveling all over the United States which fostered her passion and deep appreciation for American history. She received her BA in History from Purdue in May of 2020. During her undergraduate degree she conducted university funded research in London England as well as a research trip to Duluth Minnesota. This research contributed to her undergraduate thesis which focused on the connections of 19th century modern science to British literature. In her master’s research she plans to build on this field focusing on 19th century medical history in connection to Euro-American culture under Dr Larson’s guidance.
Email: emaggar@purdue.edu


Samantha Powell is from Houston, Texas, where she earned a double major in History and Religious Studies at the University of Houston. Her area of focus encompasses Maximilien Robespierre and his religious influence within the short-lived cults of the French Revolution. She will be pursuing an MA at Purdue and will be working with Dr. Whitney Walton.
Email: powel191@purdue.edu

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