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Completed Dissertations

This list of dissertations completed by students in History is in reverse chronological order, with the newer dissertations listed first.

There is also a list of dissertations in progress by students in History.

Completed Dissertations


For all of these dissertations, the database ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I available through the University Libraries allows the viewing of citations, abstracts, and full text. You may also purchase copies in various formats from ProQuest. It appears to take several months for new dissertations to be included in the database.

Beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, dissertations at The University of Memphis must be submitted to the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository (ETD). Authors may allow unrestricted access, allow access by University of Memphis authorized users only, or deny access altogether, so a particular dissertation may or may not be available through the repository.

  • Jack Lorenzini, 2013. “Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand”: Student Activities at Memphis State University in the 1960s. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Brian Marc Edward McClure, 2013. Educating the Atlantic: Foreign Students and Global Exchange at Tuskegee Institute. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Mark D. Janzen, 2013. The Iconography of Humiliation: The Depiction and Treatment of Bound Foreigners in New Kingdom Egypt. Major Professor: Peter Brand
  • Shawn Fisher, 2013. The Battle of Little Rock. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Richard L. Saunders, 2012. “Encouraged by a Little Progress”: Voting Rights and the Contests over Social Place and Civil Society in Tennessee’s Fayette and Haywood Counties, 1958-1964. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Jared Krebsbach, 2012. Turmoil and Conflict: A Thematic and Chronological Study of Dynastic Transition in Late Period Egypt. Major Professor: Peter Brand
  • Katherine J. Fox, 2012. Pidgin in the Classroom: Hawai’i’s English Standard Schools, Americanization, and Hawaiian Identity, 1920-1960. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Carl Edgar Brown, 2012. “Improving the Way to the Land of Opportunity”: Internal Improvements in Antebellum Arkansas. Major Professor: Charles Crawford
  • Chrystal Elaine Goudsouzian, 2012. Becoming Isis: Myth, Magic, Medicine, and Reproduction in Ancient Egypt. Major Professor: Susan Onstine
  • Kevin Johnson, 2012. Transition and Legitimation in Egypt’s Nineteenth and Twentieth Dynasties: A Study of the Reigns of Siptah, Tausret, and Sethnakht. Major Professor: Peter Brand
  • Sheena Harris, 2012. A Female Reformer in the Age of Booker T. Washington: The Life and Times of Margaret Murray Washington. Major Professor: Beverly Bond
  • Richard Harold Nollan, 2012. Heart’s Blood: A Biography of Lemuel Whitley Diggs. Major Professor: Charles Crawford
  • Doris Ann Youngblood Mulhearn, 2012. Southern Graces: Women, Faith, and the Quest for Social Justice, Memphis, Tennessee, 1950-1969. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Marilyn Horton Taylor, 2012. George “Machine Gun” Kelly: His Life and Impact. Major Professor: Charles Crawford
  • Maurice Brown, 2012. Plantation Schools: A History of Rural Black One-Room Schools in the Mid-South and the Mississippi Delta from Reconstruction to 1968.
  • Darien Nikolaev Stephanov, 2012. Minorities, Majorities, and the Monarch: Nationalizing Effects of the Late Ottoman Royal Public Ceremonies, 1808 – 1908. Major Professor: Kent Schull
  • Cynthia J. Sadler, 2012. Standing in the Shadows: African American Informants and Allies of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. Major Professor: Dr Janann Sherman
  • Leigh Ann Wilson, 2012. Fighting Two “Devils”: Eleuterio Escobar and the School Improvement League’s Battle for Mexican and Mexican-American Students’ Educational Equality in the San Antonio, Texas Public Schools, 1934 to 1958. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Darius Young, 2011. “The Gentleman from Memphis”: Robert R. Church Jr. and African American Leadership during the Early Civil Rights Movement. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Shirletta Kinchen, 2011. “We want what people generally refer to as Black Power”: Youth Activism and the Impact of the Black Power Movement in Memphis, Tennessee, 1965-1975. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Lyndel Fisher, 2011. The Theological Antecedents of the Assemblies of God: Baptist and Presbyterian Roots. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Reginald K. Ellis, 2011. James Edward Shepard and the Politics of Black Education in North Carolina during the Jim Crow Era: 1875-1947. Major Professor: Beverly Bond
  • Daryl Carter, 2011. President Bill Clinton, African Americans, and the Politics of Race and Class. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Joe Frazer, Jr., 2010. The Fourth Parliament of Elizabeth I: A Legislative Statistical History. Major Professor: James M. Blythe
  • Jayme Millsap Stone, 2010. “They Were Her Daughters”: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Grassroots Organizing for Social Justice in the Arkansas Delta, 1963-1967. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Carol Ciscel, 2010. Inseparable Companion: The Consolation of Heloise. Major Professor: James M. Blythe
  • Roy Hopper, 2010. The Monuments of Amenmesse and Seti II: A Historical Inquiry. Major Professor: Peter J. Brand
  • Chris Ivanes, 2010. National Ideology and The Making of a Nation: Simion Bărnuţiu and the Romanian Revolution of 1848-1849 in Transylvania. Major Professor: Daniel Unowsky
  • Kimberly Ellen Nichols, 2009. The Civil Rights Underground: The Movement for Compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Robert Calvin Griffin, 2009. The Worship of Syro-Canaanite Deities in Egypt: Iconographic, Epigraphic, and Historical Analyses of the New Kingdom Evidence. Major Professor: Peter J. Brand
  • Louise Marie Cooper, 2009. Great Overlord of the Name: The Office of Nomarch During the First Intermediate Period. Major Professor: Peter J. Brand
  • John Lawrence Bass, 2009. Bolsheviks on the Bluff — A History of the Memphis Communists and Their Labor and Civil Rights Contributions, 1930-1957. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Horace K. Houston, 2009. Catalyst for Antebellum Conflict: The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Josh Gorman, 2009. Museums and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Major Professor: James E. Fickle
  • Yuan Gao, 2009. Deconstructing the Provincial Identity: A Case Study of Post-Mao Shaanxi. Major Professor: James M. Blythe; Adjunct Co-Mentor: Lung-kee Sun
  • Larry Powers, 2008. George C. Krick — American Guitarist: 1871-1962. Major Professor: Dr Charles W. Crawford
  • Matthew Daniel Mason, 2008. A Partial Presentation of the Past: A Critical Examination of Wisconsin Death Trip. Major Professor: Dr Janann Sherman.
  • Ed Hamelrath, 2008. From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Reform of the German Volkspolizei in the State of Saxony after the Fall of the GDR, 1989-1994. Major Professor: Daniel Unowsky
  • Jonathan Weems, 2008. A Challenge Constantly Renewed: Medicare and the Struggle for National Health Insurance. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Donna Reeves, 2008. Battle for an Image: Black Memphians Define Their Place in Southern History. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Whitney Huey, 2008. Virtue and Authority: A Consideration of Catherine of Siena’s Letters as Political Theory. Major Professor: James M. Blythe
  • Keith Sisson, 2008. Giles of Rome’s Hierocratic Theory of Universal Papal Monarchy. Major Professor: James M. Blythe
  • Paul White, 2007. Kennedy Army Hospital. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Elton Weaver, 2007. “Mark the Perfect Man, and Behold the Upright”: Bishop C.H. Mason and the Emergence of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. Major Professor: Beverly G. Bond
  • Raybon Joel Newman, 2006. Race and the Assemblies of God Church: The Journey from Azusa Street to the “Miracle of Memphis.” Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • John Has-Ellison, 2005. True Art is Always an Aristocratic Matter: Nobles and the Fine Arts in Bavaria, 1890-1914. Major Professor: Daniel Unowsky
  • Marcel Oyono, 2005. Colonization and Ethnic Rivalries in Cameroon since 1884. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Lawrence Gundersen, 2004. Elite Young Women, Community, and Reform: A History of the Jackson Cotillion Club, 1935-65. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Alyson Gill, 2004. Balaneia: A Sourcebook for the Greek Bath, from the Archaic to Hellenistic Periods. Major Professor: Peter Brand
  • Gary Edwards, 2004. Yeomen Families in a Slaveholders’ Democracy: Conflict, Community, and the Transition to Capitalism in Antebellum Southwestern Tennessee. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Caroline M. Getaz, 2004. The Ways of Death in Early Modern England: Traditions and Attitudes in an Age of Change. Major Professor: Walter R. Brown
  • Julie Elb, 2004. Beauty and the Feast: Food and Feminine Identity in England, 1750-1850. Major Professor: Walter R. Brown
  • Hong Li, 2004. “Speaking to the Wind”: American Presbyterian Missionaries in Ningbo from the 1840s to the 1860s. Major Professors: Joseph M. Hawes and Lung-kee Sun
  • Steven Patterson, 2003. Tin Gods on Wheels: Gentlemanly Honor and the Imperial Ideal in India. Major Professor: Abraham Kriegel
  • Mantri Sivananda, 2002. Controversial Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb III, 1920-1992: A Biographical Study. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Judy C. LeForge, 2002. Tennessee’s Constitutional Development, 1796-1870: A Struggle toward Democracy. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Betty S. Huehls, 2002. Sue Shelton White: Lady Warrior. Major Professor: Margaret Caffrey
  • Charlotte Ann Power, 2001. A Quiet Revolution: American Women and the Vietnam War, 1966-1975. Major Professor: Margaret Caffrey
  • Montgomery Kurt McBee, 2001. They Also Played the Game: A Historical Examination of the Memphis Red Sox Baseball Organization, 1922-1959. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Nathan Kent Moran, 1999. Isham Harris and Confederate State Government in Tennessee. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Eda C. Fain, 1999. “Cut Loose the Corset Strings of Dull Times”: Attending Carnival in Memphis, TN, Through Newsprint Coverage, 1872-1901. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Peter A. Cash, 1998. The Adams-Onís Treaty Claims Commission: Spoilation and Diplomacy, 1795-1824. Major Professor: C. Edward Skeen
  • Jonathan M. Jones, 1998. The Making of a Vice-President: The National Political Career of Richard M. Johnson of Kentucky. Major Professor: C. Edward Skeen
  • Floyd Montgomery Sharp, 1997. The Desegregation of the Memphis City Schools under the Direction of US Judge Robert Malcolm McRae Jr. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Gina Susan Hogue, 1997. The Carter Administration Policy toward Latin America. Major Professor: David Tucker
  • Melvin E. Bender, 1997. A Small School with a Big Heart: The History of Central Baptist College, 1952-1992. Major Professor: David Tucker
  • David H. Jackson, 1997. Charles Banks: A Black Leader in Mississippi, 1873-1915. Major Professor: Kenneth Goings
  • Michael C. Halliburton, 1997. Konrad Lorenz and the Ethological Synthesis: Culture, Nature, Context. Major Professor: Abraham Kriegel
  • Barbara Okerson, 1996. Weyapiersenweh: Blue Jacket, War Chief of the Shawnees, and the Contest for Possession of the Ohio River Valley. Major Professor: Joseph M. Hawes
  • Beverly G. Bond, 1996. “Till Fair Aurora Rise”: African-American Women in Memphis, Tennessee, 1840-1915. Major Professor: Margaret Caffrey
  • Daneel Buring, 1995. Building Gay Community Behind the Magnolia Curtain: Memphis from the 1940s through the 1980s. Major Professor: Joseph M. Hawes
  • Timothy R. Campbell, 1995. Agriculture’s Second Great Depression of the 20th-Century Federal Policy and the Agricultural Economy of the 82-County Primary Memphis Trade Region between 1969 and 1987. Major Professor: F. Jack Hurley
  • Marianne L. Leung, 1995. “Better Babies”: The Arkansas Birth Control Movement. Major Professor: Margaret Caffrey
  • Michael T. Bertrand, 1995. Southern Youth in Dissent: Rock ’n’ Roll, Race, and Elvis Presley, 1945-1960. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Marshall Ted Phelps, 1995. Duff Green: American Warwick or Man of Principle? Major Professor: C. Edward Skeen
  • Amanda K. Clifton, 1995. Mission Women in the Southeast and on the Southern Plains, 1817-1861. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Douglas W. Cupples, 1995. Memphis Confederates: The Civil War and Its Aftermath. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Dixie C. Hicks, 1992. Marcus Garvey and Pan-Africanism. Major Professor: James Fickle
  • Emily A. Baer, 1992. Breaking Patterns, Creating Patterns: Images of the Pinch in Memphis, Tennessee, 1900-1948. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Linda T. Austin, 1992. Babies for Sale: The Tennessee Children’s Home Adoption Scandal. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Peggy B. Jemison, 1992. The History of Housing and Community Development in Memphis and Its Impact on Selected Neighborhoods. Major Professor: David Tucker
  • Gail S. Murray, 1991. Poverty and Its Relief in the Antebellum South: Perceptions and Realities. Major Professor: Major Wilson
  • Martha J. Feldman, 1991. Never Underestimate Power through Consumption: Women and Advertising in the Ladies Home Journal from the 1880s through the 1920s. Major Professor: Joseph M. Hawes
  • Randolph M. Walker, 1990. The Metamorphosis of Sutton E. Griggs: A Southern Black Baptist Minister’s Transformation in Theological and Sociological Thought during the Early 20th Century. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Lewis E. Hicks, 1990. A Case Study of Conservative Political Education: Dr. George S. Benson and the National Education Program. Major Professor: Major Wilson
  • Elissa L. Miller, 1989. From Private Duty to Public Health: A History of Arkansas Nursing, 1895-1954. Major Professor: Kell Mitchell
  • Charles L. Lufkin, 1988. Secession and West Tennessee Unionism, 1860-1861. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Marsha Wedell, 1988. Memphis Women and Social Reform, 1875-1915. Major Professor: Kell Mitchell
  • James B. McSwain, 1986. The Controversy over Infant Baptism in England, 1640-1700. Major Professor: Robert Frankle
  • Cynthia Pitcock, 1985. The Career of William Beaumont, 1785-1853: Science and the Self-made Man in America. Major Professor: Major Wilson
  • Demas Brubacher, 1984. Epideictic Rhetoric in the Writings of John Colet. Major Professor: Marcus Orr
  • Yao F. Modey, 1983. The Struggle over Prohibition in Memphis 1880-1930. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Lynette B. Wrenn, 1983. The Taxing District of Shelby County, a Political and Administrative History of Memphis, Tennessee, 1879-1893. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Michael T. Meier, 1982. Caleb Goldsmith Forshey: Engineer of the Old Southwest, 1813-1881. Major Professor: Gerald Pierce
  • Lucie R. Bridgeforth, 1982. Medical Education in Mississippi. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Chester M. Morgan, 1982. Demagogue or Democrat: Theodore G. Bilbo and the New Deal. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Barbara D. Flanary, 1981. The Conflicts of the Second Spanish Republic: An Historiographical Survey. Major Professor: Anne Leonard
  • Lonnie E. Maness, 1980. Henry Clay and the Problem of Slavery. Major Professor: C. Edward Skeen
  • Robert L. Woodall, 1978. The Albanian Problem during the Peacemaking, 1919-1920. Major Professor: George Leon
  • Marilyn R. Hutton, 1978. The Election of 1896 in the 10th Congressional District of Tennessee. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Robert M. Watson, 1978. The Anatomy of a Crusade: A Western Reserve Township and the War against the Slaveholders, 1831-1865. Major Professor: James Chumney
  • David L. Gable, 1977. Italy, Germany, and the Alto Adige Question, 1938-1945. Major Professor: George Leon
  • Ronald W. Waschka, 1977. United States Petroleum Interests in Venezuela. Major Professor: William Gillaspie
  • Selma S. Lewis, 1976. Social Religion and the Memphis Sanitation Strike. Major Professor: David M. Tucker
  • John F. Harkins, 1976. The Neglected Phase of Louisiana’s Colonial History: The New Orleans Cabildo, 1769-1803. Major Professor: William Gillaspie
  • Pedro M. Arambide, 1976. The Reaction of the Protestant and Catholic Churches in the United States to the Spanish Civil War. Major Professor: William Gillaspie
  • Bette B. Tilley, 1974. Aspects of Social and Economic Life in West Tennessee before the Civil War. Major Professor: Gerald Pierce 
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