Current Graduate Students (Fall 2020)

Alaina Albee (M.A. Student)

Advisor: Professor Emeritus Jay Bregman


Alice Baker (M.A. Student)

Advisor: Professor Ngo Vinh Long


Zachary Beals (M.A. Student)

Advisor: Professor Anne Knowles


Abigail Belisle Haley (M.A. student)

Advisor: Professor Anne Knowles


Erin Best(M.A. Student)


John Bily (M.A. Student)

Interim Advisor: Professor Jacques Ferland


Jordan Bruso(M.A. Student)


Sean Cox (M.A. student)

Advisor: Mark McLaughlin


Joseph Collard(M.A. Student(

Advisor: Professor Jacques Ferland


Sarah Domareki (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Libra Professor Emeritus Scott See and Professor Jacques Ferland


Lydia Elwell(M.A. 4+1 Student)


Gregory Gaines (Ph.D. Student)

Fields: Scandinavian studies, Immigration history, Cultural studies, Medieval studies, Digital Humanities.

Advisor: Professor Anne Knowles

Education: B.A. History, Clark University (2015), M.A. History, Clark University (2016), M.A. Medieval Icelandic Studies, University of Iceland (2018).

Research Interests: I am interested in the movement of Scandinavians to North America in the nineteenth century, and how this movement was affected by various cultural artifacts from the Medieval period.



Gavin Glider (Ph.D. student)

Interim Advisor: Professor Jacques Ferland


Brittany Goetting (Cathey) (PhD. Student)

Fields: Early American History, Colonial Canadian History, Religious History, and Education History

Advisor: Liam Riordan

Education: A B.A. History at the University of California, San Diego in 2012, and a M.A. History at the University of Maine in 2015.

Research Interests: The evolution of Protestantism in North New England and the Canadian Maritimes during the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-centuries.


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Group Affiliation(s): The American Historical Association


Dakota Gramour(M.A. Student)


Lucretia Grindle (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Professor Jacques Ferland


Eileen Hagerman Palmer (PhD. Student)

Fields: My primary fields are American environmental and agricultural history. Additional areas of expertise are in the history of science and technology, the intersection of labor history and cultural studies, and East Asian environmental history. My outside field is in human ecology.

Advisors: Professor Emeritus Richard Judd and Professor Howard Segal

Education: BA in History from the University of Louisville (2009); MA in History from the University of Maine (2013)

Research Interests: My MA thesis examined cooperation between back-to-the-landers and locals in building a small and organic farming movement in Maine during the 1970s and 1980s, while my dissertation expands upon this work to include the rest of northern New England and emphasizes the role played by informal and alternative market outlets in shaping an emerging “slow food” and small farm movement during this period. I also have a side project, which examines the development of strip mining in western Kentucky as it relates to efforts by mine owners to control both workers and the natural environment during the early-to-mid twentieth century.

Contacts: (email), (LinkedIn Profile).

Recent Publications:

  • “Water, Workers, and Wealth: How ‘Mr. Peabody’s’ Coal Barge Stripped Kentucky’s Green River Valley,” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 115, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 183-221;
  • “Old Roots and New Shoots: How Locals and Back-to-the-Landers Remade Maine’s Local Food Economy,” Maine History 49, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 177-203.

Group Affiliation(s): American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), Agricultural History Society (AHS), North-East and Atlantic Region Environmental History (NEAR-EH), Maine Historical Society (MHS), Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), and Phi Alpha Theta.


Justus Hillebrand (PhD. Student)

Fields: History of Knowledge, Agricultural History, Environmental History, Maine History, German History, Historical Geography/Spatial History, Digital History, and African-American History.

Advisor(s): Professor Emeritus Richard Judd and Professor Anne Knowles

Education: B.A. History and English Studies, University of Cologne; M.A. History, University of Cologne.

Research Interests: My dissertation explores the transatlantic history of agricultural knowledge in the late nineteenth century and how innovations in science and in practice were negotiated with each other. In particular, I focus on how institutions of agricultural learning in Maine and Westphalia translated between transatlantic and peripheral networks of agricultural knowledge.


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Robert Hodges (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Professor Liam Riordan


Benjamin Hutchins (M.A. Student)

Advisor: Professor Howard Segal


Ian Jesse (PhD. Student, (ABD))

Fields: US Environmental History since 1865, Canadian-American Relations, Northeastern Borderlands, Ethnohistory, and Anthropology.

Advisor: Libra Professor Emeritus Scott See and Professor Mark McLaughlin.

Education: BA Bridgewater State, 2011; MA University of Maine, 2013.

Research Interests: I am interested in comparative Canadian-American environmental history. My research explores the relationship between wildlife and rural economies and how those relationships were managed. Specifically I examine market hunting, woods guides, fur trapping, and fur farming in Maine and New Brunswick. While these two locations are environmentally similar they are politically and culturally different.

Contact(s): (email), @ianjjesse (Twitter handle).


Brian Jones (M.A. Student)

Interim Advisor: Professor Jacques Ferland


Maggie Kontra-Emmens (Ph.D. Student)

Interim Advisor: Professor Jacques Ferland


Gabriel Levesque (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Libra Professor Emeritus Scott See and Professor Jacques Ferland


Andrew Mallory(M.A. Student)

Advisor: Professors Michael Lang and Joel Anderson


Joseph Miller (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Libra Professor Emeritus Scott See and Professor Liam Riordan


James Mitchell (M.A. Student)

Advisor: Professor Joel Anderson


Ann Morrisette (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Libra Professor Emeritus Scott See and Professor Jacques Ferland


An T. Nguyen (PhD. Student)

Fields: History of U.S. Foreign Relations; Asian/Vietnamese History; Women’s History, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Advisor(s): Professor Ngo Vinh Long and Professor Elizabeth McKillen

Education: B.A. International Relations and Economics (Minor in History), Capital University (Columbus, 2012); M.A. History and Gender Studies, University of Maine (Orono, 2016).

Research Interests: My research addresses a scarcely examined facet of American involvement in Vietnam during the Second Indochina War: the lasting and detrimental impact of American foreign policies as reflected in the responses of the South Vietnamese urban antiwar movements. Known collectively as the Third Force or the Third Component, these movements were led by South Vietnamese intellectuals, students, women, workers, religious leaders, and dissenting veterans and politicians – the majority of whom supported neither the Northern Communists nor the Saigon regime. The research will investigate the ways in which American foreign policies – including the implementation of Vietnamization and various pacification programs – fostered the outbreak and the rise of urban antiwar movements in South Vietnam, especially after the 1968 Tet Offensive. It will also explore how the Third Force had surfaced as a legitimate representative of the South Vietnamese people by January 1973, and the manner in which these movements continued to struggle for peace and democracy throughout the war. Finally, the research will shed light on the aftereffects of President Nixon’s refusal to abide by the Paris Peace Agreement and Washington’s adamant determination to support Saigon in oppressing the Third Force. This last task will be accomplished by probing various primary and secondary documents on the extensive and elaborate American-funded, Saigon-run prison system across South Vietnam.


Group Affiliation(s): The Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.



Martin Novom (M.A. Student)

Advisor: Professor Nathan Godfried

Education: BS in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration.

Research Interests: The history of American fundraising, especially as it relates to the U. S. Sanitary Commission and its role in supporting the Union forces during the Civil War.

Contact(s): (email), (LinkedIn profile).

Recent Publications: “The Fundraising Feasbility Study: It’s Not About the Money,” Martin Novom, editor and contributing author, Wiley & Sons.

Group Affiliations: Association of Fundraising Professionals


Dylan O’Hara(Ph.D. Student)


Carol Patterson-Martineau (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Professor Nathan Godfried


Andrew Reddy(Ph.D. Student)


Lindsay Ropiak (M.A. Student)

Fields: European

Advisors: Professor Mark McLaughlin and Professor Nathan Godfried

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English and an Anthropology minor

Research Interest: Ancient, Europe, Great Britain, Mediterranean, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval


Group Affiliation(s): UNB, the American Historical Association, and the UMaine Graduate History Conference


Elisa Sance (PhD. Student)

Fields: Canadian-American history, Borderlands, Women’s history, and Education history.

Advisor: Professor Jacques Ferland

Education: M.A. in French, University of Maine (2014); B.A. in International Business and Languages, Université d’Angers, France (2011); B.A. in Archival Sciences, Université d’Angers, France (2007); A.A. in International Business and Languages, Université Picardie Jules Verne, France (2006).

Research Interests: My research focuses on identity, language and citizenship. My doctoral research project explores the relationship between teacher training and the education of non-English speaking students in Maine and New Brunswick at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Contacts: (email), @ElisaSance (Twitter handle), (LinkedIn Profile).

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Group Affiliation(s): ACSUS, ACQS, and CHA/SHC.


Hannah Schmidt (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Professor Liam Riordan


Emma Schroeder (PhD. Student)

Fields: Women’s and Environmental history; Science and Technology Studies.

Advisor: Professor Emeritus Richard Judd and Professor Howard Segal

Education: B.A. Biology, Swarthmore College; M.S. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research Interests: My research focuses on women’s involvement in the appropriate technology and ecological design movement from the 1960s through the 1980s. I am particularly interested in the gendered discursive and material aspects of technologies that people imagined could facilitate social change. I am also interested in the ways homes became ecological places at this time.


Recent Publications:

  • “Ecological Homes: Making Women, Men, and Nature.” Edge Effects, October 5, 2017.


Jo Lynn Southard (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Professor Beth McKillen


Darcy Stevens (Ph.D. Student)

Advisor: Professor Liam Riordan


Timothy Whiton (Ph.D. Student)

Advisor: Professor Anne Knowles


Sarah Witthauer (PhD. Student)

Fields: Early American, and Women’s History.

Advisor: Professor Liam Riordan

Education: BA. 2012, MA 2014 – Queens College, Queens NY.

Research Interests: American Loyalist women, and Early American families.