People

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  • Recent Graduate
  • Feminist Studies

Berg recently defended her dissertation, Porn Work: Adult Film at the Point of Production, to obtain her PhD in Feminist Studies.

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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Coles is completing a dissertation examining the economic, cultural, and labor history of silk production in Mormon communities from the 1860s to the 1910s, contextualized by national and international silk industries during this period.

  • Graduate Student
  • Feminist Studies

Arielle Concilio is a PhD student in the department of Feminist Studies interested in the political economy of political violence in Latin America, economic history, and LGBT movements in the Américas. 

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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Andrew Elrod is a fourth year PhD student who is interested in the history of American corporatism.

 

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Center for the Study of Work
  • Labor and Democracy
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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Federova is completing her dissertation on American food aid and agricultural development in the Soviet Union during the 1920s and early 1930s.

 

 

  • Graduate Student

Fedorova's research focuses on the circulation of agricultural ideas between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1920s and 1930s, particularly how American agricultural expertise impacted the Soviet agricultural reconstruction in the 1920s and how this experience, in turn, affected American agricultural policies during the New Deal.

In 2018 Fedorova was the recipient of the Darcy Ruth Ritzau Graduate Student Award and a Fellow of the UCSB History Associates. 

Federova's selected publications include:

2018 – “The American Tractor Unit and Agricultural Reconstruction in Soviet Russia, 1922- 1923,” in Anthony J. Heywood, Julia Lajus, and Scott W. Palmer, eds., Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922 (under review)

2017 – Review: William Winders, Grains (2016) in Food, Culture & Society 20, no. 3 (2017): 555-556.

2017 – “The 1917 Revolution and American Food Aid to Europe, 1917-1920,” CLIO-2017, Published Conference Materials, April 2017

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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Ferrari is completing a dissertation on U.S. financialization by examining how General Electric remade itself into a large-scale financial enterprise in the late twentieth century. 

 

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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History
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  • Professor of History
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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Genens is a third year PhD student who is interested in 20th century U.S. social policy and rural poverty. 

 

 

 

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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Halvorsen is completing a dissertation on the logistics industry in Southern California titled, "Moving Goods, Moving America: Technology, Public Policy, and the Struggle Over North America's Largest Port-Logistics Nexus." 

 

  • Graduate Student

Johnson studies the interactions between political economy and technological change in the United States in the decades after World War II.

In 2018 Johnson was the recipient of the William H. Ellison Prize of the UCSB History Associates. 

  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Kassners work examines U.S. Progressive Era social movements through queer theory, examinin interactions between grassroots movements, the state, and public policy.

In 2018 Kassner was the recipient of the Patricia Cohen Endowed Graduate Fellowship, and the Michael Bransfield Prize of the UCSB History Associates.

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  • Professor of History
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  • Professor of History
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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Paulson is completing a dissertation on the connections between environment and economics that originated on the American frontier.

 

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  • Professor of History
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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Rathe's research examines food assistance policies as a lens to understand the changes in public and private provision during the 1970s and 1980s. 

 

  • Recent Graduate
  • Department of History

Smemo's dissertation examines how interracial working-class mobilization shaped the rise (and fall) of the liberal wing of the Republican Party.

 

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  • Recent Graduate
  • Department of History

Sonti completed a dissertation on the politics of inflation in the United States from the 1930s to the 1980s.

 

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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Stephens is completing a dissertation on the reception in the United States of “dependency theory” in the 1960s and 1970s. 

 

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  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Walker is completing a dissertation on the historical origins of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.

 

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  • Professor of Political Science
Photo of Mattie Webb
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Webb is a first year student in the PhD program studying international and diplomatic history with an interest in U.S./ South Africa relations during the 1980s. 

John Baranski (U.S. History, Public Policy, Ph.D. 2004) taught the Center's first set of labor studies courses and coordinated the establishment of the minor in Labor Studies. Currently, he is Associate Professor of History at at Fort Lewis College, a four year public liberal arts college in Durango, Colorado. He remains active in the labor movement.

Jill Jensen (U.S. History, Ph.D. 2011) is Post-Doctoral Scholar with the Labor Rights in a Global Economy Project in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Penn State.

John Munro (U.S. History, Ph.D. 2010) has accepted a position at St. Francis Xaiver University in Halifax, NS after spending 2010-2011 as a Fellow of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University.

Ellie Shermer (U.S. History, Ph.D. 2009) has accepted a tenure-track position at Loyola University Chicago, after spending an academic year as Mellon Research Fellow at Cambridge University in the UK. She has co-edited a volume with Nelson Lichtenstein titled, "The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), her forthcoming book, "Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics" will be released on University of Pennsylvania Press.

Leandra R. Zarnow (U.S. History, Ph.D. 2010) is a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Her research focuses foremost on United States women's and gender history, political and legal development, and the post-World War II period.  She is currently completing, Bella Abzug and the Unmaking of the American Left, to be published by Harvard University Press.