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Graduate Student and Alumni Publications

James K. Nelsen (PhD 2012)
Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools (Wisconsin Historical Society, forthcoming 2015)

Dawson Barrett (PhD 2013)
Teenage Rebels: Stories of Successful High School Activists From the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow (Microcosm Publishing, 2015), “D.I.Y. Democracy: The Direct Action Politics of U.S. Punk Collectives,” American Studies 52.2 (2013): 23-42.

Matthew J. Prigge (MA 2012, PhD program)
“The ‘Girl-Man’ of Milwaukee: The Lives of Cora Anderson,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 96/2 (Spring 2013); “Dangers in the Dark: Motion Picture Reform in Progressive-Era Milwaukee, “Film History 24, 1 (2012): 74-81; “Fade to Blue,” Marquee: The Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America 43/3 (Fall 2011): 4-13.

Jackleen Salem (PhD 2012)
“Exploring the Activism of Immigrant Muslim Women in Chicago: Exploring the Frontiers of Engagement,” in Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, ed., Feminism and Migration: Cross-Cultural Engagements (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012), pp. 283-302.

Ashley Zampogna-Krug (PhD 2012)
“La Famiglia Modotti: A Transnational Family,” in Diasporas 19 Histoire et Sociétés: Italians in the Americas, Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2012; “Immigration vs. Emigration: The Internationality of U.S. Immigration Policy,” 49th Parallel 27 (Winter 2012): online; “The Forgotten: Transnational Migrants and Deportees of the 1920s and 1930s,” Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies 1 (Summer 2011): 173-184. “Canoli in the Cream City,” e.polis 3 (Fall 2009): 70-93, (online).

Brice Smith (PhD 2010)
“Hanging On: Lou Sullivan and the Embodiment of Gay Identity,” in Trystan Theosophus Cotton, ed., Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men (Oakland, CA: Transgress Press, 2012), pp. 37-56.

Raul Galvan (PhD 2010)
“Photographs of Early Twentieth-Century Cuba by Sumner W. Matteson,” Hispanic Research Journal, 12/5 (2011): 417-437.

Dan Sokolovic (PhD program) co-author (with Prof. Glenn Jeansonne and David Lurhssen)
Elvis Presley: Reluctant Rebel – His Life and Our Times, (New York: ABC-CLIO, 2010).

Diana Belscamper (PhD 2014)
Entries in Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, Hasia R. Diner, ed. (New York: Facts on File, 2010) on Ida Craddock, Frances Kellor, Lillian Leitzel, Agnes Nestor, Anna Caroline Maxwell, Charlotte Angas Scott, Anna Garlin Spencer, and Alzina Parsons Stevens; “The Case of the Paradoxical Teenage Girl: How Nancy Drew, Corliss Archer, and Gidget Pacified Patriarchal Concerns and Appeased American Girls,” book review of American Sweethearts: Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture by Ilana Nash in the Journal of Girlhood Studies, 1/1 (2008).

Mark E. Speltz (MA 2008 — Public History)
Bottoms Up: Wisconsin's Historic Taverns and Breweries, co-authored with Jim Draeger, (Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012); Fill 'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations, co-authored with Jim Draeger, (Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008). This book received the “Award of Merit” from the American Association for State and Local History in 2009; “If Ordinary Walls Could Talk: Piecing Together the History of My House,” Wisconsin Magazine of History, Spring 2008, Vol. 91, No. 3. This article was awarded the 2008 William Best Hesseltine Award by Wisconsin Historical Society for best article in Wisconsin Magazine of History.

Anthony Zignego (MA, 2009)
Published his MA thesis as a book, Milwaukee’s Italian Heritage: Mediterranean Roots in Midwestern Soil (New York: The History Press, 2009).

Katie Blank, (MA/SOIS 2009)
“Archives and Ethics Explored in Seminar,” Archival Outlook, January/February 2008.

Amelia Klem Osterud (MA, 2008)
Published her MA thesis as a book, The Tattooed Lady: A History (San Francisco: Speck Press, 2009).

Nick Hoffman (MA 2006 – Public History) and Jesse Gant,
Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State (Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2013).

PhD Dissertations


Diana Belscamper, “‘Your Ticket to Dreamsville’: The Functions of 16 Magazine in American Girl Culture of the 1960s”


Barrett Dawson, “Neoliberalism and the Struggle for American Democracy since the 1960s”

Beth Robinson, “Toward Collective Liberation: The Rise and Fall of American Anti-sweatshop Movements”


Peter Janecky, “Mayors and the Media: History of their Symbiotic Relationships in Milwaukee, 1948-1988”

James Nelsen, “From No Choice to Forced Choice to School Choice: A History of Educational Options in Milwaukee Public Schools”

Jackleen Salem, “The Birth and Growth of a Muslim Community: Religion, Ethnicity, Women, and Citizenship in Chicago”

Ashley Zampogna-Krug, “Navigating the Nation State: Italian Migrant Transnationalism in the 1920s and 1930s”


Raul Galvan, “Nineteenth-century Cuban Transnationals: Sugar, Revolution and Citizenship”

Brian Kangas, “Tragedy, Myth, and Memory: The “Lady Elgin” and Irish-American Nationalism”


Brice Smith, “’Yours in Liberation’: Lou Sullivan and the Construction of FTM Identity”


Zacharia Nchinda, “Poverty and Intervention Programs in Cameroon: 1946-1982”