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Dale Center for the Study of War and Society

Current War & Society Graduate Students

 

 

 

Amanda Abulawi

Amanda Abulawi 

(M.S., War and Society) BA, 2017, University of Southern Mississippi.

Amanda Abulawi is from Poplarville, Mississippi. Amanda’s past research has focused on the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Amanda also worked at the McCain Archives in historical manuscripts and special collections, as an undergraduate and again while working on her graduate degree. After completion of the program, Amanda aspires to work in an archive or museum.

 Allan Branstiter

Allan Branstiter

(PhD, U.S. History) MA, History, 2012 The University of Southern Mississippi; BA, History, 2010 Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Under the direction of Susannah J. Ural, Allan is currently writing his dissertation “He Who Merits the Palm: California Volunteers and the Civil War,” an examination of how Californians who served in the Union Army reconciled their experiences as veterans and western settlers and constructed a distinctly western memory of the war's place in American history. His dissertation research also explores how the California Volunteers used their social status as veterans to oppose the burgeoning Gilded-Age order, racial equality, political centralization, Native American sovereignty, and Chinese immigration.

 Regina Coffey

Regina Coffey

(MA, European History) BA in History, magna cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi, 2016.

Regina comes from Mandeville, Louisiana. Her undergraduate thesis focused on resistance in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, and she is interested in continuing to study resistance organizations in World War II. 

 Jonathan Harton

Jonathan Harton

(PhD, Early American History) MA, Military History, 2012 University of North Georgia; BA, History, 2009 University of Georgia.

Jonathan is a PhD student interested in the various ways local communities respond to and remember armed conflict, particularly in early North America. Jonathan’s MA thesis investigated how combining historical archaeology and documentary history could augment narrative creation and local memory for northwest Georgia’s U.S. Civil War history. His current research focus examines the martial culture of southeastern militias during the mid to late 18th century. Jonathan investigates how colonial warfare affected militiamen’s agrarian communities and how the South’s agricultural environment shaped militia behavior. Jonathan is working under the direction of Dr. Kyle F. Zelner.

 Hayley Hasik

Hayley Michael Hasik

(PhD, U.S. History) MA, Public History, 2017, Stephen F. Austin State University; BS, History and English with a minor in Astronomy, 2014, Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Hayley is a PhD student at USM whose interests include 20th century U.S. history with an emphasis on war and memory, World War II, the Vietnam War, and veterans' experiences. Hayley’s current research focuses on examining the legacy of the “Helicopter War” in Vietnam. Her project seeks to uncover how and why helicopters became such an integral part of Vietnam War history and memory. Hayley has extensive oral history experience and co-founded the East Texas War and Memory Project in 2012. Her previous scholarly research focused on the American POW experience during WWII and the Vietnam helicopter experience using the life history of a Warrant Officer as a case study.

Hayley has presented at numerous academic conferences and has published several articles in the Sound Historian and War, Literature, and the Arts. Hayley is also a recipient of the 2019 Russell Weigley Travel Grant from the Society for Military History. Hayley is working under the direction of Dr. Heather Stur.

 Wesley Hazzard

Wesley Hazzard

(PhD, U.S. History) MLitt, Battlefield and Conflict Archeology, 2012 University of Glasgow, Scotland; BA, History, 2011 University of South Florida-St. Petersburg.

His MLitt thesis examined Prisoner of War camps during World War II. At Southern Miss Wes’s research interests are in U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean and Latin America during the twentieth century, and his current research analyzes the memory and legacy of the 1965 U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Republic. Other areas of interest include U.S. occupations in the Caribbean during World War I, and U.S.-Latin American foreign policy. Wes is working under the direction of Dr. Heather M. Stur.

 Brennan Kuehl

Brennan Kuehl

(MA, War and Society) BA History, 2016, University of Southern Mississippi.

Brennan graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017 with a BA in history and a minor in English. He was awarded the John E. Wallace award for outstanding history major for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in 2017. He is interested in the differential treat among European and Japanese POWs held in the United States during World War II. He is working under the direction of Dr. Douglas Bristol.

 Taylor Lewis

Taylor Lewis

(MA, War and Society) McNair Scholar, BA, History, 2018 Grand Valley State University.

Taylor Lewis is an MA student from Edwardsburg, Michigan. He is primarily interested in counterinsurgency warfare and how the United States conducted counterinsurgency operations in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition to traditional written research, he has explored counterinsurgency warfare through oral history interviews. He is also interested in the cross-cultural interactions between American soldiers and their native allies in the field. Through his research, Taylor has covered additional topics such as the American Civil War, the Second World War, the School of the Americas, and the Hundred Years’ War.  Taylor is working under the direction of Dr. Andrew Wiest.

 Billy Loper

Billy Don Loper

(M.A., American History), B.A. 2019 University of Southern Mississippi.

Billy is a Master’s student pursuing an M.A. in U.S. History. Originally from Seminary, Mississippi, Billy graduated with a B.A. from Southern Miss in 2019, and his past research includes studies on community Civil War history and memory. During his undergraduate years, Billy worked alongside Dale Center co-director Dr. Susannah J. Ural on the “War Stories: Civil War and Reconstruction Governors of Mississippi” project and was a two-time recipient of the Jack Lucas Award for War and Society at USM’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. His research focuses on Civil War memory in the Mississippi Piney Woods under the direction of Dr. Susannah Ural.

Maeve Losen

Maeve Losen

(MA, U.S. History) BA History, concentration in Public History, minor in Anthropology, summa cum laude 2018, Longwood University.

Maeve is a Master’s student pursuing a dual M.A. degree in U.S. History and Anthropology. A Richmond, Virginia native, Maeve graduated summa cum laude from Longwood University in 2018 with a B.A. in History (concentration in Public History) and a minor in Anthropology. She has worked as an education assistant with Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie L. Walker National Historical Site. Maeve is interested in focusing her graduate research on culture during the Second World War.

Justin Major

Justin Major

(MA, War and Society) BA History and Film and Media Arts, magna cum laude, 2017 Louisiana State University.

At LSU, Justin won the McCormick Prize for the best undergraduate paper in military history at the 2018 Missouri Valley History Conference. His research focuses on the Vietnam War, particularly the history of Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and of U.S. combat operations from 1965-68. He is working under the direction of Dr. Andrew Wiest.

John Mortimer

John J. Mortimer 

(PhD, U.S. History) MA, History, 2013 Indiana University of Pennsylvania; BA, European History, 2010 Framingham State College.

John Mortimer is a PhD candidate with research interests that focus on contemporary U.S. diplomacy. More specifically, he examines the assiduous struggle between power and principal in U.S. foreign relations during the Ford and Carter Administrations. His dissertation analyzes both presidents, as they sought to find a balance between national security interests and human rights within the context of détente. In doing so, he focuses on several pivotal moments in American foreign policy that include but are not limited to the Vietnamese humanitarian crisis, Helsinki Accords, and Camp David Accords. He is working under the direction of Dr. Heather Marie Stur. 

In the summer of 2015, John attended the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. He was the recipient of the Lamar Powell History Graduate Scholarship for 2016-2017. For the 2018 academic year, John was a Graduate Research Assistant at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He is currently a Dissertation Fellow at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He has published several encyclopedia articles, book reviews, and is currently working on a journal article.

 Amy Myers

Amy Myers

(MA, U.S. History) BA History (Social Studies Licensure), 2016, The University of Southern Mississippi.

A native of Mississippi, Amy graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with Highest Honors with a BA in History (Social Studies Licensure). She won the John E. Gonzales Award for Most Outstanding Senior and the Most Outstanding Student Teacher Award in 2017 and represented the College of Arts and Letters and the History Department as an Ambassador for the 2015-2016 year. In addition to acquiring an MA in U.S. History, as well as a Public History Certificate, she is interested in studying topics and events that ultimately led to the Civil War.  Amy is working under the direction of Dr. Susannah Ural.

 Aderian Partain

Aderian K. Partain

(PhD, History) MA, War and Society, 2018 University of Southern Mississippi; BA, History, summa cum laude, 2016 Mississippi State University.

Aderian is a native of Sebastopol, Mississippi and a PhD student at USM. His major interests lie in the history of naval warfare. Aderian’s MA thesis research, under the direction of Dr. Susannah J. Ural, explored the officer partnerships between the Union Navy and Army during combined riverine operations in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. He plans to further his research of inland waterway naval operations into the Vietnam War under the direction of Dr. Andrew Wiest.

 Lindsey Peterson

Lindsey R. Peterson

(PhD, U.S. History) MA, History, 2015 The University of South Dakota; BA, History and Political Science, 2013 Buena Vista University.

Lindsey R. Peterson is a Ph.D. Candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Susannah J. Ural in the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at Southern Miss. She received a M.A. in history from the University of South Dakota (2015) and a B.A. in history from Buena Vista University (2013). Her dissertation project examines the intersection of race, gender, and place in westerners’ Union Civil War commemorations to reveal how western Unionists remembered and celebrated the American Civil War to bolster their competing visions of western expansion and social order. Lindsey is the recipient of several fellowships, including the 2018 Baird Fellowship for the Center for the Study of the Gulf South, the 2017 Dale Center Graduate Fellowship, and the 2015 Margaret Boone Dale Fellowship from the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society. She currently serves on the Graduate Student Connection Committee for the Society of Civil War Historians and teaches the U.S. History sequence and upper-level history courses as an instructor at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. Based on her M.A. thesis, her article, “’Iowa Excelled Them All’: Iowa Local Ladies’ Aid Societies Relief on the Civil War Frontier, 1861–1865” appeared in the fall 2016 issue of The Middle West Review.

 Kurt Rass

Kurt Rass

(MA, War and Society) BA, History, minor in Political Science, 2018 Mississippi College

From Flowood, Mississippi, Kurt spent the past four summers working on a research project at the Mississippi Department of Transportation in Jackson, Mississippi, which chronicles the 100-year history of the department and discusses the role that department played in industrializing the state. Kurt is interested in studying the diplomatic relations between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, particularly focusing on communication and the use of rhetoric during moments of heightened tension. Kurt is working under the direction of Dr. Heather Stur.

 Tyler Rotter

Tyler Rotter

(PhD, Early American History) MA, History, 2010 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; PBS, Museum Studies, 2010 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; BA, History, 2007 University of Missouri.

Tyler is a PhD candidate specializing in the cultural history of seventeenth-century New England with minor areas in War and Society and Latin America. His research interests include the way in which clergy used their leadership and influence to create propaganda in support of war, how this promotion differed from the religious language utilized by New England’s civil and military leaders, and how the overall conception of religiously prescribed warfare evolved as New England became increasingly integrated into the larger British Atlantic and played an greater role in imperial conflicts with other European states. Additionally, he is also interested in the religious characteristics of colonization in Latin America and how they compared to those of British North America. Tyler was awarded the department’s McCain Fellowship for 2015-2016 and also currently serves as an editor for H-War. Tyler is studying under the direction of Dr. Kyle F. Zelner.

Lucas Somers

Lucas R. Somers 

(Ph.D., U.S. History) MA, History, 2015 Western Kentucky University; BA, History, 2013 Western Kentucky University.

Lucas is a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi focusing on the era of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. His previous graduate research focused on scrutinizing significant aspects of Abraham Lincoln’s personal worldview by analyzing the president’s reported dreams, visions, and ‘night terrors.’ Lucas is working on a dissertation entitled "Embattled Learning: Education and Emancipation in the Post-Civil War Upper South," which is directed by Dr. Susannah J. Ural. This project uses a lens of education to examine ways communities in Kentucky and Tennessee experienced the process of emancipation after the Civil War. He hopes to advance current scholarship by emphasizing social changes on the local level that do not fit within the accepted political framework of Reconstruction.

Lucas is also currently in the Graduate Certificate Program for Public History at USM. He received the Colonel W. Wayde Benson Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year, which allowed him conduct preliminary research for a dissertation project.

Lindsey Stobaugh

Lindsey Stobaugh

(MA, European History) BA, Social Studies Education, BA History, minor in English, summa cum laude 2018, University of Mississippi.

Lindsey graduated from the University of Mississippi with majors in Social Studies Education and History in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate career, she completed research in a variety of fields, such as United States, European, and Middle Eastern history. After graduating, she worked as a seventh grade United States history teacher in Southaven, MS. She is primarily interested in post-World War II Germany and researching the impact of American culture on German youth during occupation (especially Cold War culture and the impact of occupying American military forces on German culture). Lindsey looks forward to continuing her teaching career upon completion of the graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Cody Turnbaugh

Cody Turnbaugh

(MA, War and Society), BA History, 2019 Saint Francis University.

A native of central Pennsylvania, Cody graduated from Saint Francis University where he received grants from the Saint Francis History Department to conduct research in the National Archives in Washington D.C., as well as at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. While at Saint Francis, Cody received the Margaret M. Tobin Award for Outstanding Library Research for his piece on psychological trauma in American military history. Cody plans to focus his graduate research on mental trauma in the American Civil War under the direction of Dr. Susannah J. Ural.

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