Presenters

Ashton W. Bagley

Ashton W. Bagley graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor's degrees in History and Studio Art in December 2012. In the spring of that year, she wrote her senior thesis on fallout and nuclear testing while completing a related body of work in advanced printmaking. She also hosted a radio show on WUOG 90.5 FM entitled "Atomic Cafe," which featured popular music from the era, rare "atomic" songs, and civil defense spots. Her thesis was published in the University of Georgia's Journal for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (JURO), and her letterpress broadsides were selected for a juried exhibition at Agnes Scott College. She is currently applying to doctoral programs in American history.

Jacob Bennett

Jacob Bennett is an Atlanta native that currently lives in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Jacob received his Bachelors Degree in Social Science Education at the University of Georgia in 2008. After graduation, Jacob became a high school History and Economics teacher at Dunwoody High School in North Atlanta. Taking a break from teaching in 2012, Jacob took 4 months to hike the Appalachian Trail, 2184 miles from Maine to Georgia. Upon his return, Jacob married Grace Seckman and the two now live in Nashville, where he teaches US History at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. Jacob hopes to pursue a PhD in curriculum and instruction in the coming years, understanding how race and privilege have played a role in the development of the educational system in the United States.

Amanda Beyer-Purvis

Amanda Beyer-Purvis is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida in the Department of History. She received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Religious Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her areas of focus include American religious history and legal history. Her dissertation will be focusing on religious segregationist academies in the post-Brown South and the constitutional conflicts that arose from civil rights legislation and first-amendment religious clause claims.

Matthew R. Blaylock

Matthew R. Blaylock received his BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2005. He later majored in history at the University of North Carolina Asheville and then received an MA in American History from Western Carolina University in 2011. Matthew is currently working on his PhD in American History at The University of Tennessee. His main historical interests include social and cultural history with an emphasis on the American South.

Jessica Burch

Jessica Burch is a PhD candidate in American history. She earned a BA in Organizational Studies from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges (2000) and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago (2007). Her research interests include cultural history, history of ideas, history of capitalism, and gender history in twentieth-century America. Her dissertation, entitled "'Soap and Hope': Culture, Capitalism, and Direct Sales in Post World War II America," uses the history of direct sales as a lens through which to analyze transformations in the structures of work, and in the ways Americans have conceived of work, class, capitalism, and selfhood as conceptual categories, in post-1945 America. In support of her dissertation research, Jessica has received funding from the Herbert and Blanche Henry Weaver Fellowship and the Binkley Graduate Education Fund at Vanderbilt University, the Bordin Gillette Research Fellowship from the University of Michigan, and from the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History at Duke University. This spring, she will be conducting archival research at the Smithsonian Institution as a Baird Society Fellow.

Michael Camp

Michael Camp is a PhD candidate at Emory University specializing in the environmental and political history of the twentieth century United States. His dissertation examines the nexus of environmental regulation and consumer demands for reliable energy after the 1973 oil crisis. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from the University of Chicago.

Brett J. Derbes

Brett J. Derbes received a bachelor¿s of history (2007) and master's of history (2011) from the University of North Texas. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of History at Auburn University studying the Civil War and Reconstruction under the direction of Professor Kenneth Noe. His article resulted from a course on Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management taught by Professor Aaron Shapiro in consultation with the Montgomery City Planning Department. It documents the history of Hamner Hall and Park, proposes a historical marker, and suggests a location for a new public park in the Peacock Place neighborhood redevelopment project.

Gary G. DeSantis

Gary G. DeSantis received an MA in American Studies from the University of South Florida, where he wrote a thesis on college symbols and myths, and currently is a third-year doctoral student in 20th century American history at Florida State.

Louis Fagnan

Louis Fagnan received his BA and his MA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His masters thesis analyzed the political debate surrounding the appearance of the "parental advisory" label on records in the 1980s. It uses this debate to explore social conservatism and popular culture during Reagan's presidency. He is currently in his 4th year in the PhD program at Emory University. His current focus is 20th century American political history. His dissertation analyzes the developments of the state Republican Parties in the Deep South states between 1940 and 1990.

Richard Harker

Richard Harker is a PhD student in Public History at Georgia State University writing on the State Department funded Museums Connect program. In addition to studying at Georgia State, Richard is a practicing public historian, working at the Education & Outreach Manager at the Kennesaw State University Museum of History & Holocaust Education. He is also the co-editor of a new book "Beyond Rosie: A Documentary Collection of Women in World War II" being published by the University of Arkansas Press in Spring 2014.

Sahalie Hashim

Sahalie Hashim is currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities with an emphasis in History of Ideas at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Nicolas Hoffman

Nicolas Hoffmann is a doctoral student at Georgia State University, focusing on 20th Century American Cultural and Intellectual History. He received his BA in History from Miami University in Oxford, OH and both an MA in History and MAT in Secondary Social Studies Education from Georgia State University. He teaches World History, US History, AP US History and Economics at Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton, GA.

Jesse P. Karlsberg

Jesse P. Karlsberg is a George W. Woodruff Fellow and Doctoral Candidate in Emory University's Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts. His research places the editions of The Sacred Harp--a shape-note tunebook first published in Georgia in 1844--in their social and political context, and examines interactions between southern Sacred Harp singers and the folklorists and American music scholars who studied them. Jesse is the managing editor of Southern Spaces, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open-access journal about regions, places, and cultures of the U.S. South and their global connections, published online at http://southernspaces.org. Jesse is the Vice President of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the non-profit organization that publishes The Sacred Harp, and is the editor of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter, http://originalsacredharp.org/newsletter/.

Bryan Kessler

Bryan Kessler is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Mississippi, with a concentration on the United States since the Civil War. His research interest is the nexus of religion and culture in the twentieth-century United States with a regional specialty in the American South. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Samford University in 2010, and he returned to the school in 2012-2013 as a one-year research fellow in the Office of the University Historian. He earned his Master of Arts in History at Virginia Commonwealth University, under the direction of Dr. John Kneebone, in 2012.

Julia Lange

Julia Lange studied American Studies, English Literature and Law in Hamburg and Oxford. She received her M.A. in summer 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Hamburg. In her dissertation she examines the interaction between the Holocaust discourse and the memory politics of German-American ethnic institutions since 1945. Having spent a year as a visiting fellow at Harvard University and Columbia University in 2012/2013, Julia is currently a visiting scholar at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Tamla T. Lee

Tamla T. Lee grew up in Greenville, Mississippi in a community of caregivers that included her mom, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. After completing her Bachelors in Arts at Spelman College, Tam enrolled in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to pursue a Masters of Arts in History. Tam is grateful for the continued support of her family and friends. Tam will continue her romance with history as a high school inclusion history teacher after finishing her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree. When not writing or researching, Tam enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sports, music, and good eats.

James Dennis LoRusso

James Dennis LoRusso is a Doctoral Candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. His research focuses on the intersection of religion and business cultures in the contemporary world. Mr LoRusso is currently completing his dissertation, 'The Libertarian Ethic and the Spirit of Global Capital: Post-Industrial Spirituality of the American Workplace.'

Marisela Martinez-Cola

Marisela Martinez-Cola received her BA from the University of Michigan in African American Studies and Psychology. She went on to earn her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. After serving in Higher Education administration for nine years, she decided it was time to join the "academic side" of the house. She is currently a 2nd year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Emory University.

Rebecca Michaud

Rebecca Michaud grew up on John's Island, South Carolina and completed her bachelor's degree at the College of Charleston in 2004, majoring in Mass Media Communication. She is currently attending the joint MA program with the College of Charleston and The Citadel, majoring in History, and expects to graduate in December of 2013. She has been married for almost three years to her husband, Keith, and she has a stepdaughter, Gracie, who is nine years old. She also has a four-legged baby, a terrier mix named Jack.

John H. Miller II, PE

In 1975 John Miller received his Bachelor in Civil Engineering degree and in 1976 his Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree, both from Georgia Tech. He is a retired civil engineer and US Navy Captain, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his Iraq service. In 2011 he received his Master of Science degree in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science. His current studies include researching the use of the electro-mechanical telegraph as a revolution in military affairs and major command and control element in the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Timothy E. Miller

Timothy E. Miller is a MA History candidate at Georgia State University studying early modern England, particularly the Samuel Hartlib papers. Under the advisement of Dr. Nick Wilding, Miller anticipates completing his MA and beginning PhD work in Spring 2014. Tim is a native of Dallas, GA. He holds a BA in history from Shorter University and a MDiv from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Brandi and is father of Ben, Eli, and Sara.

Ansley Quiros

Ansley Quiros is a PhD candidate in U.S. History at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, studying the Civil Rights Movement, Race and Religion, and Southern History and Politics. Under the director of Dr. Gary Gerstle, her dissertation, "'God's on our Side, Today': Lived Theology in the Civil Rights Movement, 1942-1976," explores the role of religious belief in the civil rights movement in Southwest Georgia. A native of Atlanta, and graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC, Ansley keeps finding herself in the South--happily, since she loves college football and homemade biscuits.

Andrea Ringer

Andrea Ringer received her BA in history from Texas A&M University in 2009 and MA in public history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012. She wrote her master's thesis, "Arkansas and the Death Penalty: Responses to Governor Winthrop Rockefeller's Commutations of Fifteen Death Sentences in 1970," under the guidance of Dr. John Kirk. Andrea is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Memphis. This paper, based on her master's thesis, was the 2012 recipient of the Violet B. Gingles Award for best Arkansas manuscript.

Stacy Roberts

Stacy Roberts is a second-year masters student at North Carolina State University. The paper presented at this conference is a chapter from her thesis: "How We Have Forgotten: Chemical Strawberries and Their Archived Alternatives," which examines the history of strawberry production and related agricultural technologies. She works primarily in environmental history and is currently applying to PhD programs in hopes of entering next fall.

Nathan Saunders

Nathan is a PhD candidate in the history department at the University of South Carolina. He primarily studies American religious history, but also does research in modern African history. Nathan works part-time at two archives on campus, and he lives in Anderson, SC with his wife Ruthanne and his daughter Lillian.

Christopher Sawula

Christopher Sawula entered the History program at Emory University in 2008 after receiving his BA from Boston College. His work focuses on how ideologies like race, ethnicity, class, and gender influenced early American culture and society. His dissertation examines the emergence of laboring identity and distinct working communities in Boston in the first decades of the nineteenth century. This paper explores some of the issues that will be present in the larger work.

Joyce Danielle Sharpe

Joyce Danielle Sharpe is a graduating junior at the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in History, Technology, and Society. Beyond undergraduate research, Joyce Danielle is involved with the Ivan Allen College Student Advisory Board and Westside Communities Alliance. She has worked for the Georgia Tech Archives, Office of Policy Analysis and Research at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Center of International Strategy, Technology, and Policy. She is also involved with community service initiatives at the Sheltering Arms Child Care Center and Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. Joyce Danielle hopes to pursue a career that merges her interests in emerging technologies, security policy, and urban security/planning. She would like to thank Prof. John Tone of the School of History, Technology, and Society for his guidance and support.

Jillian Staurowsky

Originally from Collegeville, PA, Jillian Staurowsky earned her BA in American History from the University of Delaware in 2010. After graduating, Jillian spent two years working for the National Park Service at sites such as Fort Sumter National Monument, Minute Man National Historical Park, and Grand Canyon National Park. She is currently pursuing a Master¿s degree in Public History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her thesis focuses on the illegal trans-Atlantic slave trade in South Carolina. Ultimately, Jillian aspires to work with the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger.

Krystle Stricklin

Krystle Stricklin is a second year master's student in the art history department at Florida State University. Her area of focus is in twentieth century visual culture, cultural theory, and film and photo history. She is currently working on her thesis concerning photographs and films of the Japanese American incarceration.

Daniel Szokoly

Daniel Szokoly recently earned his degree in History and a large portion of my research centers on the lives of Native Americans, particularly during the Removal Era and the Civil War. This coupled with his interest in war refugees led to his senior thesis on the subject of Native American refugees during the Civil War. Additionally, He is very interested in the coping mechanisms used by Native American families who were forced to flee their homes, both during Removal and the Civil War. As a graduate student in Social Studies Education he is attempting to learn how to implement his knowledge of the plight of minorities into a high school level curriculum in order to create culturally and socially responsible students.

Shane Tomashot

Shane Tomashot is a PhD candidate in the history department at Georgia State University and a part-time instructor at Georgia Gwinnett College. His dissertation focuses upon the political economy of the Inter-War period, focusing especially upon Trans-Atlantic, Western business and government collaboration and free market rhetoric.

Hannah Weksler

Hannah Weksler is a doctoral student studying United States history. Her research focuses primarily on business, technology and food systems, particularly poultry, in twentieth century America . She completed her qualification exams in the field of American business and technology; food in the world economy, and modern American history.

Danielle Wiggins

Danielle Wiggins is a second year in the PhD at Emory, originally from Maplewood, NJ. She received her BA in History from Yale University in 2012. She is interested in twentieth century African American history, with a focus on political culture. Her current research focuses on black Republicans in Atlanta over the course of the twentieth century.

Jamie Diane Wilson

Jamie Diane Wilson is a US History PhD Candidate at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is working with Dr. Mark M. Smith and Dr. Lawrence B. Glickman on a dissertation entitled "Transatlantic Influences on the Pro-Slavery Convictions of Presidents and Professors of South Carolina College, 1801-1865" which examines the ways antebellum Southern intellectuals' European travel experiences and observations strengthened their pro-slavery attitudes and actions. Additional studies include public history and European history and she is currently a teaching assistant for a course in ancient and early modern European history.

Kelly Diehl Yates

Kelly Diehl Yates is a PhD student in historical theology at the University of Manchester, U.K. An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, she has served as lead pastor and associate pastor in churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma. She currently teaches at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma, in the School of Theology and Ministry and the School of Professional Studies.

Conference Organizers

Scott Libson

Scott Libson is a fourth year PhD student in US History at Emory University. His work focuses on American religion in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Scott's dissertation considers religion as a business and examines fundraising of foreign mission societies between the Civil War and Great Depression. He asks to what degree the mission movement achieved popular support, how missionary fundraising impacted later secular philanthropies, and how socially constructed divisions reinforced or undermined ideal fundraising practices. His work is and has always been interdisciplinary, engaging questions of history, religion, politics, and culture. As an undergraduate, Scott studied archaeology, French, and religion and wrote a thesis on the early history of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. His master's degree is in the history of Christianity. He has also worked in academic libraries for nine years.

Colin Reynolds

Colin Reynolds is a doctoral candidate at Emory University. He received an an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2009 and a BA in History from Grinnell College in 2007. He is interested in the intersection of conservative politics and religious faith during the second half of the twentieth century. His dissertation examines the influence of anti-Communist conspiracy theorists--particularly those close to the John Birch Society--on conservative ideas and politics.