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Completed Dissertations

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

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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.

  • Bette B. Tilley, 1974. Aspects of Social and Economic Life in West Tennessee before the Civil War. Major Professor: Gerald Pierce
  • Selma S. Lewis, 1976. Social Religion and the Memphis Sanitation Strike. Major Professor: David Tucker
  • 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
  • John F. Harkins, 1976. The Neglected Phase of Louisiana’s Colonial History: The New Orleans Cabildo, 1769-1803. Major Professor: William Gillaspie
  • Ronald W. Waschka, 1977. United States Petroleum Interests in Venezuela. Major Professor: William Gillaspie
  • David L. Gable, 1977. Italy, Germany, and the Alto Adige Question, 1938-1945. Major Professor: George Leon
  • 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
  • Marilyn R. Hutton, 1978. The Election of 1896 in the 10th Congressional District of Tennessee. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Robert L. Woodall, 1978. The Albanian Problem during the, Peacemaking, 1919-1920. Major Professor: George Leon
  • Lonnie E. Maness, 1980. Henry Clay and the Problem of Slavery. Major Professor: C. Edward Skeen
  • Barbara D. Flanary, 1981. The Conflicts of the Second Spanish Republic: An Historiographical Survey. Major Professor: Anne Leonard
  • Chester M. Morgan, 1982. Demagogue or Democrat: Theodore G. Bilbo and the New Deal. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Lucie R. Bridgeforth, 1982. Medical Education in Mississippi. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Michael T. Meier, 1982. Caleb Goldsmith Forshey: Engineer of the Old Southwest, 1813-1881. Major Professor: Gerald Pierce
  • 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
  • Yao F. Modey, 1983. The Struggle over Prohibition in Memphis 1880-1930. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Demas Brubacher, 1984. Epideictic Rhetoric in the Writings of John Colet. Major Professor: Marcus Orr
  • Cynthia Pitcock, 1985. The Career of William Beaumont, 1785-1853: Science and the Self-made Man in America. Major Professor: Major Wilson
  • James B. McSwain, 1986. The Controversy over Infant Baptism in England, 1640-1700. Major Professor: Robert Frankle
  • Marsha Wedell, 1988. Memphis Women and Social Reform, 1875-1915. Major Professor: Kell Mitchell
  • Charles L. Lufkin, 1988. Secession and West Tennessee Unionism, 1860-1861. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Elissa L. Miller, 1989. From Private Duty to Public Health: A History of Arkansas Nursing, 1895-1954. Major Professor: Kell Mitchell
  • Lewis E. Hicks, 1990. A Case Study of Conservative Political Education: Dr. George S. Benson and the National Education Program. Major Professor: Major Wilson
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gail S. Murray, 1991. Poverty and Its Relief in the Antebellum South: Perceptions and Realities. Major Professor: Major Wilson
  • Peggy B. Jemison, 1992. The History of Housing and Community Development in Memphis and Its Impact on Selected Neighborhoods. Major Professor: David Tucker
  • Linda T. Austin, 1992. Babies for Sale: The Tennessee Children’s Home Adoption Scandal. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Emily A. Baer, 1992. Breaking Patterns, Creating Patterns: Images of the Pinch in Memphis, Tennessee, 1900-1948. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Dixie C. Hicks, 1992. Marcus Garvey and Pan-Africanism. Major Professor: James Fickle
  • Douglas W. Cupples, 1995. Memphis Confederates: The Civil War and Its Aftermath. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Amanda K. Clifton, 1995. Mission Women in the Southeast and on the Southern Plains, 1817-1861. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Marshall Ted Phelps, 1995. Duff Green: American Warwick or Man of Principle? Major Professor: C. Edward Skeen
  • Beverly G. Bond, 1995. “Till Fair Aurora Rise”: African-American Women in Memphis, Tennessee, 1840-1915. 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
  • Marianne L. Leung, 1995. “Better Babies”: The Arkansas Birth Control Movement. Major Professor: Margaret Caffrey
  • 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
  • Daneel Buring, 1995. Building Gay Community Behind the Magnolia Curtain: Memphis from the 1940s through the 1980s. Major Professor: Joseph M. Hawes
  • 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
  • Michael C. Halliburton, 1997. Konrad Lorenz and the Ethological Synthesis: Culture, Nature, Context. Major Professor: Abraham Kriegel
  • David H. Jackson, 1997. Charles Banks: A Black Leader in Mississippi, 1873-1915. Major Professor: Kenneth Goings
  • Melvin E. Bender, 1997. A Small School with a Big Heart: The History of Central Baptist College, 1952-1992. Major Professor: David Tucker
  • Gina Susan Hogue, 1997. The Carter Administration Policy toward Latin America. Major Professor: David Tucker
  • 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
  • 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
  • Peter A. Cash, 1998. The Adams-Onís Treaty Claims Commission: Spoilation and Diplomacy, 1795-1824. Major Professor: C. Edward Skeen
  • 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
  • Nathan Kent Moran, 1999. Isham Harris and Confederate State Government in Tennessee. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • 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
  • Charlotte Ann Power, 2001. A Quiet Revolution: American Women and the Vietnam War, 1966-1975. Major Professor: Margaret Caffrey
  • Betty S. Huehls, 2002. Sue Shelton White: Lady Warrior. Major Professor: Margaret Caffrey
  • Judy C. LeForge, 2002. Tennessee’s Constitutional Development, 1796-1870: A Struggle toward Democracy. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Mantri Sivananda, 2002. Controversial Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb III, 1920-1992: A Biographical Study. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Julie Elb, 2003. Beauty and the Feast: Food and Feminine Identity in England, 1750-1850. Major Professor: Walter R. Brown
  • Caroline M. Getaz, 2003. The Ways of Death in Early Modern England: Traditions and Attitudes in an Age of Change. Major Professor: Walter R. Brown
  • Hong Li, 2003. “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
  • 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
  • Alyson Gill, 2004. Balaneia: A Sourcebook for the Greek Bath, from the Archaic to Hellenistic Periods. Major Professor: Peter Brand
  • Lawrence Gundersen, 2004. Elite Young Women, Community, and Reform: A History of the Jackson Cotillion Club, 1935-65. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • John Has-Ellison, 2004. True Art is Always an Aristocratic Matter: Nobles and the Fine Arts in Bavaria, 1890-1914. Major Professor: Daniel Unowsky
  • Marcel Oyono, 2004. Colonization and Ethnic Rivalries in Cameroon since 1884. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Raybon Joel Newman, 2005. Race and the Assemblies of God Church: The Journey from Azusa Street to the “Miracle of Memphis.” 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
  • Paul White, 2007. Kennedy Army Hospital. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • Keith Sisson, 2008. Giles of Rome’s Hierocratic Theory of Universal Papal Monarchy. Major Professor: James M. Blythe
  • Whitney Huey, 2008. Virtue and Authority: A Consideration of Catherine of Siena’s Letters as Political Theory. Major Professor: James M. Blythe
  • Donna Reeves, 2008. Battle for an Image: Black Memphians Define Their Place in Southern History. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Jonathan Weems, 2008. A Challenge Constantly Renewed: Medicare and the Struggle for National Health Insurance. Major Professor: 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
  • Matthew Daniel Mason, 2008. A Partial Presentation of the Past: A Critical Examination of Wisconsin Death Trip. Major Professor: Dr Janann Sherman.
  • Larry Powers, 2008. George C. Krick — American Guitarist: 1871-1962. Major Professor: Dr Charles W. Crawford
  • 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
  • Josh Gorman, 2009. Museums and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Major Professor: James E. Fickle
  • Horace K. Houston, 2009. Catalyst for Antebellum Conflict: The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • 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
  • Louise Marie Cooper, 2009. Great Overlord of the Name: The Office of Nomarch During the First Intermediate Period. Major Professor: Peter J. Brand
  • 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
  • Kimberly Ellen Nichols, 2009. The Civil Rights Underground: The Movement for Compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • 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
  • Roy Hopper, 2010. The Monuments of Amenmesse and Seti II: A Historical Inquiry. Major Professor: Peter J. Brand
  • Carol Ciscel, 2010. Inseparable Companion: The Consolation of Heloise. 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
  • Joe Frazer, Jr., 2010. The Fourth Parliament of Elizabeth I: A Legislative Statistical History. Major Professor: James M. Blythe
  • Daryl Carter, 2011. President Bill Clinton, African Americans, and the Politics of Race and Class. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • 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
  • Lyndel Fisher, 2011. The Theological Antecedents of the Assemblies of God: Baptist and Presbyterian Roots. Major Professor: Charles W. Crawford
  • 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
  • Cynthia J. Sadler, 2011. Standing in the Shadows: African American Informants and Allies of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. Major Professor: Dr Janann Sherman
  • Leigh Ann Wilson, 2011. 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
  • Darien Nikolaev Stephanov, 2012. Minorities, Majorities, and the Monarch: Nationalizing Effects of the Late Ottoman Royal Public Ceremonies, 1808 – 1908. Major Professor: Kent Schull
  • 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.
  • Marilyn Horton Taylor, 2012. George “Machine Gun” Kelly: His Life and Impact. 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
  • Richard Harold Nollan, 2012. Heart’s Blood: A Biography of Lemuel Whitley Diggs. Major Professor: Charles Crawford
  • Sheena Harris, 2012. A Female Reformer in the Age of Booker T. Washington: The Life and Times of Margaret Murray Washington.
  • 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
  • Chrystal Elaine Goudsouzian, 2012. Becoming Isis: Myth, Magic, Medicine, and Reproduction in Ancient Egypt. Major Professor: Susan Onstine
  • Carl Edgar Brown, 2012. “Improving the Way to the Land of Opportunity”: Internal Improvements in Antebellum Arkansas. Major Professor: Charles Crawford
  • Katherine J. Fox, 2012. Pidgin in the Classroom: Hawai’i’s English Standard Schools, Americanization, and Hawaiian Identity, 1920-1960. Major Professor: Janann Sherman
  • Jared Krebsbach, 2012. Turmoil and Conflict: A Thematic and Chronological Study of Dynastic Transition in Late Period Egypt. Major Professor: Peter Brand
  • 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
  • Shawn Fisher, 2013. The Battle of Little Rock. 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
  • Brian Marc Edward McClure, 2013. Educating the Atlantic: Foreign Students and Global Exchange at Tuskegee Institute. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
  • Jack Lorenzini, 2013. “Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand”: Student Activities at Memphis State University in the 1960s. Major Professor: Aram Goudsouzian
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