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Max Lazar

June 16, 2021

Adviser: Konrad H. Jarausch


Graduate Email: mhlazar927@gmail.com


Curriculum Vitae

Education

BA College of William & Mary, 2012
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021
Dissertation: Jerusalem on the Main: Jewish Integration in Frankfurt, 1914-1938

Research Interests

My research interests include modern Germany, Jewish history, Holocaust history, urban history, and spatial theory. My dissertation, titled “Jerusalem on the Main,” is a local study of Jewish integration in Frankfurt am Main between 1914 and 1938. Until now, there has been a historical consensus that the First World War marked a negative turning point of what, until then, had been an upward arc of Jewish integration in Germany that had begun in the late eighteenth century. I challenge this master narrative of German-Jewish history by arguing that the Jews of Frankfurt continued to enjoy a high level of integration into the political, educational, cultural, and social life of their surrounding society until the Nazi Party’s seizure of power in 1933. Furthermore, I use examinations of local literature, popular culture, and the history of Jewish street names to show how scholars have frequently overlooked continuities in Jewish integration in Germany during the years preceding the Holocaust.

Robin Buller

May 31, 2021

Adviser: Karen Auerbach and Donald M. Reid


Graduate Email: rmbuller@live.unc.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.A. University of Toronto, 2014
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021
Dissertation: Ottoman Jews in Paris: Sephardi Immigrant Community, Culture, and Identity, 1918-1939

Research Interests

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I am a historian of migration, the Jewish Mediterranean, and modern France. I am particularly interested in questions of language, citizenship, and transnational networks. My dissertation (UNC 2021) examined Sephardi Jewish immigrants from the Ottoman Empire in twentieth-century Paris, with a focus on collective identity, communal life, and belonging in the Third Republic. Current and future research projects concentrate on the Holocaust, French colonialism, and immigrant identity in France.

Mark Reeves

May 31, 2021

Adviser: Susan Pennybacker


Graduate Email: mlreeves@live.unc.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.A. Western Kentucky University, 2012
M.A. Western Kentucky University, 2014
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021

Research Interests

My research focuses on the global history of anticolonialism in the twentieth century, especially intersections between anticolonialism and various forms of internationalism. My dissertation, “Lost Horizons: Anticolonial Internationalism, 1930-1970,” compares the internationalist and anticolonial careers of four leaders from different regions: Shukri al-Quwatli (1892-1967), the first president of Syria; V.K. Krishna Menon (1896-1974), the Indian diplomat and Minister of Defense; Carlos Romulo (1898-1985), the journalist and diplomat from the Philippines; and Nnamdi Azikiwe (1902-96), activist editor and first president of Nigeria.

Recent Publications

“‘Free and Equal Partners in Your Commonwealth’: The Atlantic Charter and Anticolonial Delegations to London, 1941-3,” Twentieth Century British History 29, no. 2 (June 2018): 259-283

“Teaching Decolonization beyond the Nation: The Case of West Africa,” World History Connected 13, no. 2 (June 2016)

Daniel W. Morgan

May 31, 2021

Adviser: Marcus Bull


Graduate Email: morgandw@live.unc.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.A. Trinity College, 2013 (History, summa cum laude)
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021

Research Interests

My research is primarily focused on exploring expressions of collective identity in their urban and trans-regional contexts in the medieval Mediterranean. I am particularly interested in the narrativization and memorialization of these identities in the era of First Crusade and the rise of the Italian maritime communes. Through civic chronicles, laws, hagiographies, and contracts, I have endeavored to trace broader conclusions regarding medieval community and historical memory. I am also interested in the historiography of the crusades, medievalism more generally, and the methodological implications of the longue durée. In my master’s thesis, I undertook a close reading of a crusade text by the Genoese chronicler Caffaro, considering its narrative structure and its thematic and tropological relationship to other “eyewitness” texts of the First Crusade. My upcoming research projects are likewise concerned with the communities of Genoa and Liguria in the aftermath of the First Crusade.

Alyssa Bowen

May 31, 2021

Adviser: Klaus Larres and Miguel La Serna



Education

B.S. Bryant University, 2008
M.A. Northeastern University, 2014
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021

Research Interests

Alyssa’s dissertation focuses on the Chile solidarity movements in Western Europe from 1973 until Augusto Pinochet’s arrest in London in 1998. Focusing especially on the movements in France, Italy, and Spain, her project examines the role that the Chile solidarity movement played in the transformation of the European left, from an emphasis on anti-fascism and anti-imperialism to a human rights-based orientation. It also seeks to understand the way that this leftist transformation came to bear on Chile during and in the wake of the country’s “return to democracy,” as Europeans invested their time and financial resources in civil-society building and human rights projects in Chile. While these resources were often offered at the bequest of Chilean elites, such forms of solidarity were routed in specific European contexts and differed notably from the solidarity offered in 1973. In this way, Alyssa’s project looks to both historicize the concept of solidarity and trace the global logic of neoliberalism.

Brian K. Fennessy

May 31, 2021

Adviser: Harry L. Watson


Graduate Email: fennessy@live.unc.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.A. Sewanee: University of the South, 2012
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021

Research Interests

My dissertation, “Reconstructed Rebels: The Ex-Confederate Allies of Congressional Reconstruction,” examines former Confederates who joined the Republican Party. My research interests include 19th and 20th century U.S. history and the long history of American empire, nation-building, political institutions, and citizenship.

Lucas Kelley

May 31, 2021

Adviser: Harry Watson


Graduate Email: lucaspk@live.unc.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.A. Centre College, 2013
M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2015
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021

Research Interests

My research interests focus on Native peoples, the United States during the Early Republic, and the U.S. South.

Recent Publications

“A Divided State in a Divided Nation: An Exploration of East Tennessee’s Support of the Union in the Secession Crisis of 1860-1861.” Journal of East Tennessee History 84 (2013): 3-22.

“‘The Noblest Enterprise of Modern Times’ : Robert Y. Hayne’s 1836 Address to the Knoxville Convention.” Journal of East Tennessee History 87 (2016): 93-107.

“Ardent Nullifier and Gradual Emancipator: The Paradox of Virginia Governor John Floyd.” Southern Historian 37 (Spring 2016): 23-45.

Daniela Weiner

June 12, 2020

Adviser: Konrad H. Jarausch and Karen Auerbach


Graduate Email: drweiner@stanford.edu



Education

AB Vassar College, 2012 (History and Italian)
MS Johns Hopkins University, 2014 (Education)
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017 (History)
PhD University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, 2020 (History)
Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies, 2020

PhD Dissertation: “Teaching a Dark Chapter: Representations of the Holocaust and the Second World War in East German, West German, and Italian History Textbooks, 1943-2000”

Research Interests

Daniela R. P. Weiner is a Jim Joseph Postdoctoral Fellow in the Concentration in Education & Jewish Studies at Stanford Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.

She is a historian of modern European history and the Holocaust. Her current monograph project explores how the post-fascist countries of East Germany, West Germany, and Italy taught about the Second World War and the Holocaust in their educational systems. It specifically explores the representations of these events in textbooks. A future project will focus on baptism and conversion during the Holocaust.

Weiner’s research has been funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C., and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. During summer 2020, she was a Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar Follow-Up Grantee at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Recent Publications

  • Weiner, Daniela R. P. “American and British Efforts to Democratize Schoolbooks in Occupied Italy and Germany from 1943 to 1949.” Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society 12, no. 1 (2020): 121–45.
  • Weiner, Daniela R. P. “Tendentious Texts: Holocaust Representations and Nation-Rebuilding in East German, Italian, and West German Schoolbooks, 1949–1989.”Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 17, no. 3 (2018): 342-60.
  • Joshua Tait

    June 12, 2020

    Adviser: Benjamin Waterhouse


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    Education

    B.A. The University of Canterbury (2011)
    M.A. The University of Canterbury (2013)
    M.A. Thesis: “The Right, With Lincoln: Conservative Intellectuals Interpret Lincoln, c. 1945-1989”
    PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2020)

    Research Interests

    My dissertation is entitled Conservatism and the American Political Tradition. It analyzes conservative efforts to construct historical narratives about the American past. My broader research interests are 20th century conservatism, the American right, right-wing intellectual and political history and new trends in right-wing thought.

    Recent Publications

    “Mencius Moldbug and the Reactionary Enlightenment” in Key Thinkers of the Radical Right, (Oxford University Press, 2019)

    Larissa Stiglich

    June 12, 2020

    Adviser: Konrad H. Jarausch


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    Curriculum Vitae

    Education

    B.A. Willamette University, 2011
    M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
    M.A. Thesis: “A Crisis of Marriage? The Debate on Marriage Reform in the Social Democratic Weimar Women’s Press, 1919-1933”
    PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020

    Research Interests

    My dissertation, entitled “After Socialism: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Eisenhüttenstadt, 1980-Present,” explores Eisenhüttenstadt’s transformation from the thriving socialist model-city to a declining eastern German town on the Polish border. My research interests include urban history and everyday life in a united Germany and the former Eastern bloc.

    Recent Publications

  • Review of Back to the Postindustrial Future: An Ethnography of Germany’s Fastest-Shrinking City, by Felix Ringel. EuropeNow, published 2 July 2018.
  • Review of Four Germanys: A Chronicle of the Schorcht Family, by Donald S. Pitkin, The Public Historian 39:4 (November 2017): 182-183.
  • “Tales from the Archive: The Extra-Archival Encounters of a Contemporary German Historian,” Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (Spring 2017): 218-221.