Cat Ariail is a third year doctoral student, researching women's sports history in the late-twentieth century United States and Caribbean.  She is particularly interested in the politics of gender, race, class, space, and nationalism in track and distance running in the 1950s and 1960s. Cat earned her B.A. (2009) in American Studies from the University of the South. She received her M.A. (2013) in U.S. History from the University of Georgia. A University Fellowship recipient, Cat works under the direction of Dr. Donald Spivey. She can be reached via email at


Anna Bennett is a third-year doctoral student of culture, gender, and society in Renaissance Italy and premodern Europe, working under the guidance of Dr. Guido Ruggiero. She is particularly interested in analyzing witchcraft and popular magic in early modern Venice through the lens of material culture. The culmination of research conducted in the Venetian state archives in the summer of 2016, her seminar paper entitled “Bagatelle or Stregamenti: The Spiritual Potential of Material Objects and Spaces in Late Rinascimento Venice, 1580-1630” received the 2017 Journal of Women’s History Graduate Student Article Prize, and is now under review for publication in the JOWH. Anna’s current research employs material culture methodologies to examine the dynamic role of magic in Venetian daily life throughout the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, a topic that she first began exploring as an independent researcher at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice during the summer of 2017. Anna received her B.A. in History from Berry College in Rome, Georgia (2012) and subsequently completed her M.A. in History at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingston, Rhode Island (2015). While at URI, Anna wrote her master’s thesis on politically-motivated accusations of witchcraft brought against socially influential women throughout the late medieval period, and presented this research at the ninth annual University of Rhode Island Graduate Conference in 2015. Anna can be reached by email at



Jacob (Jake) Brannum is a first-year graduate student studying the economy and society of late medieval and early modern Europe under the direction of Dr. Guido Ruggiero. He is particularly interested in analyzing how poverty, wealth inequality, and systematic political exclusion contributed to instances of violence and social unrest in the city-states of Renaissance Italy. Jake holds a B.A. in Honors History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he hails from originally. He has previously worked as a tutor for students of history and economics as well as those who study the Latin and Italian languages. Jake has also served as a historic interpretation intern at Bulltown National Battlefield near Burnsville, WV, and as an intern at the Museo di Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, Italy. He can be reached at



Ian Bussan is a first year doctoral student studying Early Modern England under the guidance of Dr. Karl Gunther.  Ian received his B.A. in 2016 from Hope College in Holland, Michigan with a double major in Honors History and Philosophy.  He was also a Mellon Scholar which provided research funding for projects completed during the summer which included developing an online resource on Holland, Michigan’s local history (at and a team project on the United War Work campaign during WWI which included research conducted at the Library of Congress (at  Ian assisted his advisor in writing a pair of scholarly books on major religious figures in modern Britain; the first of its two volumes (Mere Believers) has been published.   He also spent a semester at the Newberry Library in Chicago conducting research centered on interpretations of the difference between urban and rural life, with a particular emphasis on 17th century Britain and the Antebellum United States.  He can be reached at


‌‌Valerie Chamorro is a sixth year graduate student studying modern Europe with a specialization in nineteenth-century France, advised by Professor Michael Miller.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2007 with honors in History.  She is particularly interested in the social and cultural impacts of military encounters and is currently at work on her dissertation: "Occupied France: Local Experience and National Authority Under Foreign Rule in the Nineteenth Century.”  She can be reached by email at


Matthew Davidson, a second-year doctoral student, is a Distinguished Fellow of the Miami Institute for the Americas. His research focuses on U.S. empire and public health in the Caribbean during the early twentieth century, and is currently studying under the direction of Dr. Kate Ramsey. Matthew completed his M.A. from Trent University in Peterborough, Canada, where he wrote a thesis on the 1915-1934 American occupation of Haiti. He was subsequently employed as the Coordinator of the Peterborough chapter of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. Matthew has presented at a number of international conferences, has contributed book reviews and entries for various journals and projects, and  has also published articles in numerous magazines. Matthew can be reached at



Gabriela (Gaby) Faundez is a first year doctoral student studying the development of English identity during the Anglo-Norman period, under the supervision of Dr. Hugh Thomas. She is particularly interested in researching what aspects of the Anglo-Saxon legal and political culture remained in England under the Norman kings and how these affected the development of the idea of “Englishness” in the medieval world.  Gaby grew up in Virginia and graduated from Marymount University in the Spring of 2010 with her Honors and Bachelor's degree in History. She continued her education at Marymount in the Humanities program, obtaining her Master's Degree in the Fall of 2012. After a year of working for the historic district of Alexandria, VA, she returned to Marymount as an Adjunct and later an Assistant Professor for the History and Politics Department. She has taught courses in Western Civilization, Research and Writing, Women and Power, Modern British History, and Virginia History.  Gaby can be reached at


Jennifer Garcon is a doctoral candidate in Caribbean and Latin American History focusing on media and twentieth-century politics in Haiti. Her dissertation challenges interpretations that stress a rapid political transformation preceding the 1986 demise of the Duvalier dictatorship by tracing a longer history of political unrest and discontent as expressed in the pages of newspapers, weekly journals and in radio broadcasts. Her work engages a central problematic in Haitian political history: the fifteen-year rule of a brutal regime headed by a seemingly weak dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier. Jennifer received her BA in Literature from Brown University and MA in American Literature from Hunter College. Her work has been supported by a Center for Latin American Studies Distinguished Fellowship, a research assistantship from the Department of History, a McMahon Fund Summer Research Grant, and a College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant. She is the recipient of the University of Miami’s Center for Humanities Dissertation Fellowship for Spring 2016. Her advisor is Kate Ramsey. She can be reached at

Eric Griffin 

Eric Griffin is a first year doctoral student studying Latin American history under the direction of Dr. Eduardo Elena. He is interested in social conflict and identity formation in the Southern Cone during the Cold War. Eric completed his MA at Marquette University in 2017, served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Corrientes, Argentina in 2013, and completed his BA in History and Spanish at Southern Virginia University in 2010. Eric can be reached at



Elizabeth Gonzalez Jimenez is a first year doctoral student in Latin American history. Her research interests include social, cultural and political construction and transformation of sexual and gender identities in Latin America, She is particularly interested in culture and gender history in post-colonial Mexico. Her advisor is Professor Martin Nesvig. Elizabeth received her B.A. in History and Latin American and Iberian Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a former McNair Scholar and can be reached at


I am a second year student under the supervision of Professor Guido Ruggiero. My work deals with soldiers, warfare, and literature in Brazil and the wider Portuguese world during the  seventeenth century. I am particularly interested in the ways soldiers recounted their experiences and how these accounts compare to literary representations of warfare. I received my B.A. and M.A. from York University in Toronto, Canada. I can be reached at


Ashley M. Mateiro is a graduate student of African History at the University of Miami.  She is working with Dr. Edmund Abaka.  She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in International Relations (2006) and her M.A. in History (2010) from Florida International University.  Her research interests include 20th century African history with a focus on Lusophone and African-American studies. Focusing on Gulf Oil Corporation's operations in Angola, Ashley's dissertation explores the dynamics of Western and Portuguese interests in African natural resources, particularly in Angola's decolonization struggle and the destabilization of southern Africa. She can be contacted at: .  


Dale Pappas is a first year doctoral student studying modern Europe with a specialization in the Mediterranean. Dale is particularly interested in the political and cultural impact of architecture and urban planning in Liberal and Fascist Italy. He works under Professor Dominique Reill. Dale earned his B.A. in History and Italian Studies from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2014. Dale recently served as a Hellenic Legacy Fellow at the American College of Greece in Athens, Greece. He can be reached at


Dieyun Song

Dieyun Song is a first-year doctoral student in Latin American History focusing on political economy and diplomacy under the direction of Dr. Eduardo Elena. She is particularly interested in analyzing narcotic-driven policies on militarization and their connections with human rights violations, natural resources development, and foreign relations dynamics. Dieyun grew up in Beijing, China, and earned her B.As in Management and Economic Crime Prevention & Investigations from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia in May 2015. She continued her education at Lynchburg College and obtained her Master’s Degree in History in May 2017. Although specializes in Latin American History, Dieyun also has a strong interest in race relations and social motilities. During her graduate study, Dieyun conducted research on race, freedom, and social mobility of the immigrant, free colored, and white ironworkers of Lynchburg, Virginia during 1850 to 1860, and presented at the Virginia Social Science Association Conference in April 2016. Dieyun currently serves as the history department senator for UM’s Graduate Student Association, and can be reached via email at



Stephanie joined the History Department as a PhD candidate in the fall of 2013.  Originally from New England, she attended the College of the Holy Cross, achieving a B.A. in History and English Literature in 2002, and the University of York (United Kingdom), earning an M.A. in Medieval History in 2006.  She spent the last several years working in public history, and, in 2008, she joined the New Hampshire Historical Society staff as Director of Education.  At the Society, Stephanie wrote and delivered history programs to students and workshops to teachers focused on effectively using primary source documents in history classrooms, and she was responsible for the pursuit of grant funding for and the effective management of a department that served the state-wide education community.  While in New Hampshire, Stephanie taught history courses both in-class and online at Manchester Community College, and she served as an officer on the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies and Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire boards.  Advised by Professor Hugh Thomas, Stephanie is particularly interested in local English chronicles composed between the 11th and 13th centuries and the different ways that monastic communities are portrayed by their authors in these sources.  Stephanie lives in Homestead with her partner, Stephen, and their five naturally demanding cats.  Stephanie can be reached by e-mail at:


Hadassah St. Hubert is currently a Ph.D. Candidate and a McKnight Doctoral fellow. Hadassah earned her B.A (2009) & M.A. (2010) degrees in American History from St. John's University in New York. Her dissertation focuses on Haiti's participation in World’s Fairs and Expositions in the twentieth century. Her paper “Crafting Modern Haiti: The International Exposition of Port-au-Prince” won the top prize at the 11th Annual South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference. Her work has been supported by research grants she received from the History department, the Robert M. Levine Latin American History Graduate Student Award, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and the Florida Education Fund. Presently, she serves as the Assistant Editor for Haiti: An Island Luminous, a site dedicated entirely to Haitian history and Haitian studies. An Island Luminous pairs books, manuscripts, newspapers, and photos digitized by libraries and archives in Haiti and the United States with commentary by more than 100 authors at 75 universities around the world. She works under the direction of Dr. Kate Ramsey, and can be reached via email at

J. Camilo Vera

J. Camilo Vera is a graduate student whose work deals with the history of science, medicine, public health, and the African diaspora in Latin America. His research examines the links among bioprospecting enterprises in the region, cartography, frontier encounters, the circulation of scientific ideas across political and geographic spaces, and the development of national identities in the nineteenth century. J. Camilo has presented at several academic conferences and has contributed to the Digital Library of the Caribbean’s Haiti: An Island Luminous. A former Florida Fund for Minority Teachers scholar, he received both his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Miami. He works under the direction of Professor Eduardo Elena and can be contacted at



Drew Wofford has had a life long interest in commercial aviation; having initially completed an undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and a Masters in English Literature, he decided to compliment his work in literature with a second Masters in US Diplomatic History, which he completed in May 2013 at North Carolina State University. His Masters thesis explores the effect that civil aviation had on the "Special Relationship" between the United States and Great Britain, how it challenged it, tested it, and ultimately reinforced it. His thesis was awarded honors for Best Thesis in History for 2013 by NC State. He has presented conference papers at Texas A&M, Temple, NC State and UNC-Charlotte; later in 2012 he presented in London, where his paper will soon be published in the electronic conference proceedings. His first published work is a paper on history and memory, and is a deep textural study of the Civil War diaries of Mary Boykin Chesnut. It was published by Cambridge Scholars Press in December 2012 in a compendium titled "Lesser Civil Wars – Civilians Defining War and the Memory of War." For the academic year 2012 – 2013 he worked as an Adjunct Professor of History at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh. He has also worked as a Teaching Assistant at NC State for a number of years.

Drew enters the PhD program at the University of Miami with a concentration in Modern Europe, working with Professor Michael Miller. For his dissertation he plans on extending his previous work and explore the effect that civil aviation has had on Great Britain's relationship with Europe – France in particular – and how that affected its relationship with the United States. Using Concorde, and perhaps the Airbus Consortium, as case studies, the paper will explore how civil aviation can be used to forge relationships between nations, and to destroy them.  He can be reached at


I’m a second year history doctoral student with a cultural interest in twentieth-century French history, in particular immigration to France. I received my undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in History, and Cinema and Cultural studies (2010). I completed a master’s in French Studies at New York University in 2015. My main research interests concern the representation of immigrants and foreigners in, but not limited to, French cinema, and how the construction and stigmatization of outsiders takes place in moments of crisis like war, epidemics, and economic decline. I recently presented at the English department graduate student symposium, Envisoning Horizons, a paper on consumerism and nihilism in Jean Rouch's Moi Un Noir, Claude Chabrol's Les Bonnes Femmes and Jean-Luc Godard's Deux ou Trois Choses que je sais d'elle. He can be reaced via email at