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Recent Dissertations

These are the most recent dissertations by students in the field of History.

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Recent 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.

  • 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
  • Daren 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: Suzanne 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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