Current Graduate Students (Fall 2020)

Erin Best(M.A. Student)


Jordan Bruso(M.A. Student)


Savannah Clark(M.A. Student)


Joseph Collard(M.A. Student)

Fields: Contemporary American History, Popular Culture, Technology, New
Media History, Play Studies, Game Studies, Digital Humanities
Advisor: Professor Nathan Godfried
Education: B.A. in Linguistics & TESOL, Stony Brook University (2013)
Research Interests: I am interested in the intersection of playing and
technology in creating and recreating culture, especially cultural hegemony.
My current research focuses on the commercialization of video games in the
1970s and how products were produced, distributed, and exhibited.


David Coombs(PhD. Student)


Scott Deryke(M.A. Student)


Sarah Domareki (PhD. Student)

Advisor: Libra Professor Emeritus Scott See and Professor Jacques Ferland


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.


Professional Website:

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.


John Hall(PhD. Student)

Advisor: Liam Riordan


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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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)          

Fields: Identity, Scottish studies, Canadian studies, Popular Culture, Gender, Digital
Advisor: Professor Mark J. McLaughlin
Education: BA History, Old Dominion University; MA History, Old Dominion
Research Interests: My dissertation will focus on the Scottish diaspora and Scottish
identity and influence in Canada, 1870-1914.  This is a slight change from my Masters
work regarding a formation of Canadian identity through the trench newspapers of the
Great War, although the seed of identity remains strong.  Even though it has been
mentioned that "identity" is the jello of historical topics, my focus is on solidarity or
groupness while still touching on many aspects of its multivalence (such as, nationality,
citizenship, ethnicity, race, name, family, heritage, class, employment, community,
religion, language, and gender).
Group Affiliation(s): American Historical Association (AHA), Phi Alpha Theta Honor
Society, Canadian Historical Association-La Société historique du Canada (CHA/SHC)


James Mitchell (M.A. Student)

Advisor: Professor Joel Anderson


Jennifer Munson(M.A. Student)

Fields: Genocidal Studies. Memorialization History. Immigration History. Dark Tourism

Advisor: Professor Anne Knowles

Education: B.A. History, University of Maine (2020)

Research Interests: I am interested in the memorialization of foreign atrocities on U.S and
Canadian soil and the involvement of immigrants in erecting those memorials.



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: Dual 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 investigates the deleterious and lasting impact of the Nixon Doctrine in Asia from the perspectives of South Vietnamese urban activists. In particular, it probes the various ways in which Vietnamese Buddhist, women, students, and Catholics, as members of the informal Third Force coalition, constituted crucial contributors to peace and change during the Vietnam War. Having both condemned American imperialism and rejected
Communist doctrine, these progressive antiwar movements reflected a short-lived yet pivotal
tradition of political neutralism and nonviolent nationalism in Vietnam’s post-colonial politics.
By exploring the development and consequences of this varied grassroots activism, my
dissertation concurrently refines contemporary understandings about the Nixon Doctrine, by
positing it as an impediment to both indigenous Vietnamese and American foreign policy and
long-term interests in Asia.

Email:; thuyan_ng (Twitter handle)

Group Affiliation(s): Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), National
Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Phi Kappa Phi
Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.

“The Vietnam Women’s Movement for the Right to Live: A Non-Communist
Opposition Movement to the American War in Vietnam (1970-1975).” Critical Asian
Studies 51, no. 1 (2019): 75-102.

Book Review of Dror, Olga, Making Two Vietnams: War and Youth Identities,
1965-1975. H-War, H-Net Reviews. August 2019.

“Nguyễn Thị Bình: ‘Fire and Flower of the Revolution,” book chapter in a
forthcoming book on Old Left women activists, edited by Francisca de Haan (Central
European University), to be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2021.

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: Canadian-American, Cultural
Advisors: Professor Mark McLaughlin and Professor Nathan Godfried
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English and an Anthropology minor
Research Interest: Cultural production and consumers in the 20 th  century, particularly after World War II.  My thesis explores branches of comedy that developed alongside the counter and youth cultures of the late 1950s to 1970s to become mainstream entertainment and a reflection of the experiences and sensibilities of the Boomer
generation as they came of age in United States and Canada.
Group Affiliation(s): Phi Alpha Theta


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)                                                                            

Fields: American Revolution, Early American, Canadian-American Northeast Borderlands

Advisor: Liam Riordan

Education: B.S. History Emporia State University (2005) M.A. American History Emporia State University (2008)

Research Interests: My work focuses on neutrality and allegiance during the American Revolution in the Northeast borderlands of Maine and Atlantic Canada. I am interested in the
ways inhabitants navigated the shifting social and political landscape during and in the years surrounding the American Revolution.

Group Affiliations: American Historical Association, New England Historical Society, Castine
Historical Society, Maine Historical Society, Massachusetts Historical Society, Phi Alpha Theta
Honor Society. 20-21 History Graduate Student Association President, Maine History journal
Book Review Editor.

Recent Publications:
“Performing Allegiance and Neutrality in the Shadow of Fort George” – The Castine Visitor,
publication of the Castine Historical Society, Vol 30, No 3 – Fall 2020

“Fontaine Leval: A Revolutionary Story” – Chebacco, journal of the Mount Desert Island
Historical Society, Volume XXI – 2020


Adam Weyeneth(M.A. Student)


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.



Joseph Wrobleski(PhD. Student)

Advisor: Micah Pawling, Liam Riordan


Evan Zarkadas(M.A. Student)                


Field: European
Advisor: Joel Anderson
Education: B.A. History and Political Science, University of Maine Presque Isle (2020)
Research Interests: I am interested in the relationships between northern and southern
Europeans during the Middle Ages, but also how their cultural subsistence influenced
the later development of modern nations and identity.
Group Affiliations: Phi Alpha Theta, The American Historical Association