The Ph.D Program: United States History

Emory has a thriving, nationally recognized doctoral program in U.S. history with 13 faculty members and 8 associated faculty. US History students form close mentoring relationships with faculty amid a lively intellectual community of graduate students from many different fields within the history department, as well as within the larger interdisciplinary community in the Laney Graduate School.  

Students admitted to the U.S. history program receive rigorous and comprehensive training in U.S. history from the colonial period through the twentieth century as well as in their chosen fields of specialization. The program has strengths in U.S. slavery and emancipation; race, ethnicity, and immigration; African American history; gender and sexuality; Civil Rights history; U.S. Religious History; and Modern Conservatism. Comparable strengths in Latin American and African History support the investigation of comparative, diasporic, and transnational histories as well. Students have excellent opportunities for training in the digital humanities through the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and for cross-disciplinary study through the department’s close ties with the programs in Women’s Studies, African-American Studies, Jewish Studies, the Department of Religion, and the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. Additionally, students receive pedagogical training through the nationally recognized TATTO program, which prepares students across the university for the challenges of teaching in higher education institutions.

For more information on research specialties in U.S. History, see the individual faculty webpages.

Recent Graduate Students

Graduation Year PhD Recipient Dissertation Title
2013 Richard Andrew Cook ""[T]heir dear Idol ye Charter": The Second Charter of Massachusetts Bay"
2011 Katherine Armstrong "Thy Will Lord, Not Mine: Parents, Grief, and Child Death in the Antebellum South"
2011 Remalian Cocar "Between a Righteous Citizenship and the Unfaith of the Family: The History of Released Time Religious Education in the United States"
2011 Patrick Connelly "Nietzsche, Christianity, and Cultural Authority in the United States, 1890-1969"
2011 Robert Elder "Southern Saints and Sacred Honor: Evangelicalism, Honor, Community, and the Self in South Carolina and Georgia, 1784-1860"
2011 Natasha McPherson "'There Was a Tradition among the Women': New Orleans¿s Colored Creole Women and the Making of a Community in the Tremé and Seventh Ward Neighborhoods, 1791-1930"
2011 Leah Weinryb Grohsgal "Reinventing Civil Liberties: Religious Groups, Organized Litigation, and the Rights Revolution"
2010 Kelly Erby "Public Appetite: Dining Out in Nineteenth-Century Boston"
2010 Worth Hayes "In Our Own Hands: Black Private Education in Chicago, 1940-1986"
2010 Lisa Vox "The Death Wish of Humanity: Religious and Scientific Apocalypticism in the United States, 1859-2001"
2009 Robert David Carlson "Breach of Faith: Conscription in Confederate Georgia"
2009 Beverly Sylvester "Negotiating Unacceptable Behavior: Southeastern Indians and the Evolution of Bilateral Regulation on the Southern Colonial Frontier"
2009 Michael Thompson "Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Life along Charleston's Waterfront, 1783-1861"
2008 Robin Conner "Gendered Garrisons: Masculinity, Femininity, and Class Identity in the Post-Civil War Western Army, 1865-1898"
2008 Candice L. Harrison "The Contest of Exchange: Space, Power, and Politics in Philadelphia's Public Markets, 1770-1859"
2008 Christopher Allen Luse "'The Offspring of Infidelity': Polygenesis and the Defense of Slavery"
2008 Joseph P. Renouard "Limits and Morality: The Emergence of Human Rights in America's Post-Vietnam Foreign Policy, 1968-1981"
2006 Sylvia Coulibaly "Kelly Miller, 1895-1939: Portrait of an African American Intellectual"
2006 Carolyn Mbajekwe "A Vision for Black Colleges in a Post-Brown America: Benjamin E. Mays, Frederick D. Patterson, and the Quest for a Cultural Pluralism-Based Definition of Collegiate Desegregation"
2006 Paul O'Grady "Vital Arteries: A History of the Streets of New York, 1783-1863"
2005 Carey Latimore "Always a Minority: Richmond Area Free Blacks in the Civil War Era"
2005 H. Paul Thompson "Race, Temperance, and Prohibition in the Postbellum South: Black Atlanta, 1865-1890"
2004 Diane Burke "On Slavery's Borders: Slavery and Slaveholding on Missouri's Farms, 1821-1865"
2004 Brian Luskey "The Marginal Men: Merchants' Clerks and Society in the Northeastern United States, 1790-1860"
2004 Fay Yarbrough "'Those Disgracefull and unnatural Matches': Interracial Sex and Cherokee Society in the Nineteenth Century"