Student Contacts

The following individuals will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the program. The contacts are separated by geographic area of inquiry, and list their advisor, major field, minor field, research interests, and e-mail address. If you are not sure which area you are interested in feel free to contact any individual or the members of HGSA, and they would be happy to point you in the right direction. When you e-mail us please reference "Purdue HGSA" or "Questions about Purdue" in the subject line so we know you are not junk mail. We look forward to hearing from you!


Brian Alberts
Primary Advisor: Professor Larson

Major Field: 19th century US History
Minor Fields: US in the World 1789-1918 (emphasis on transnational approaches), and Travel History Research Interests: I focus on US history prior to the Civil War, both the Early Republic and Antebellum periods. I am particularly interested in slavery and the cultural roots of sectionalism, as well as connecting the Civil War era to broader transnational trends. An excellent window into these connections are travelers, both inter- and intranational, who penetrate highly disparate regions, introducing as well as reacting to foreign ideas.

Trevor Burrows
Primary advisor: TBD
Major field: 20th Cent US History
Minor field: Modern Jewish History
Research Interests: US Religious History and Interfaith/Interreligious dialogue and collaboration.

Mauricio Castro, PhD Candidate
Advisor: Professor Darren T. Dochuk
Major Field: 20th Century U.S. History
Minor Field: Gender and national identity in global history
Research Interests: Latino/Latina popular culture

Josh Jeffers, PhD Student
Advisor:  Drs. Frank Lamber and Dawn Marsh
Major Field:  British North America and the Atlantic World
Minor Field:  Native North America and early modern Britain
Research Interests:  Post-structuralism, environment history of contact in North America, ethnogenesis of the Shawnee Confederacy


John E. Fahey, PhD Student
Advisor:  Drs. Charles W. Ingrao and Michael Smith
Major Field:  Habsburg Monarchy
Minor Field:  Late Imperial Russia, transnational history
Research Interests:  Central and eastern Europe, transnational history, military history, diplomacy, empires

Timothy J. Olin, PhD. Student
Advisor:  Drs. Charles Ingrao and Michael Smith
Major Field:  Eastern Europe and Russia/USSR
Research Interests:  Early modern empire, Germans as colonists, nationalism, Russian borderlands, Soviet ethnic policy

Liberty Sproat, PhD. Student
Advisors:  Drs. Will Gray and Jennifer Foray
Major Field:  Twentieth-Century Europe
Minor Fields:  Imperilaism and Women's Studies
Research Interests:  Global Europe, decolonization, Indonesia and the Dutch Empire, women's organizations

Yasir Yilmaz, Ph.D. Student
Advisors:  Dr. Charles Ingrao, Dr. Michael Smith, Dr. Virginia Aksan (MacMaster University)
Major Field:  Central Europe and Habsburg Monarchy
Minor Fields:  Early Modern Ottoman and Russian Empires
Research Interests:  Comparative history and historiography of early modern Habsburg, Russian and Ottoman Empires, Economic historiography and Industrial Revolution

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