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2021 History PhD Ceremony

This year's U-M History PhD graduates will convene on April 30, 2021, at 6:00 PM, to commemorate a momentous occasion: the completion of their doctorate degree. A virtual celebration is less than ideal, but it does not diminish the accomplishments of this year’s PhD class.

The History PhD Ceremony is open to family, friends, and History faculty and staff. Please message for registration information.

Other History commencement links: 2021 History Honors Symposium webpage2021 History Undergrduate Commencement webpage.

Ceremony Program

(Downloadable PDF Version)


James W. Cook
History Department Chair
Professor of History and American Studies

Opening Remarks

Farina Mir
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of History

Fondiler Dissertation Prize

Amanda Reid

Dissertation: To Own Ourselves: Dancing Caribbean Radicalism in Post-Independence Jamaica

Presented by Farina Mir

Recognition of Graduates

Amanda Respess
Anthropology and History

Dissertation: The Abode of Water: Shipwreck Evidence and the Maritime Circulation of Medicine between Iran and China in the 9th-14th Centuries

Committee: Kathryn Babayan (chair), Miranda Brown, Jatin Dua, Carla Sinopoli

Jamie Andreson
Anthropology and History

Dissertation: Mothers in the Family of Saints: Gender and Race in the Making of Afro-Brazilian Heritage

Committee: Paul Johnson (chair), Paulina Alberto, Victoria Langland, Gayle Rubin

Molly Brookfield
History and Women's Studies

Dissertation: Watching the Girls Go By: Sexual Harassment in the American Street, 1850-1980

Committee: James W. Cook (co-chair), LaKisha Simmons (co-chair), Nadine Hubbs, Matthew Lassiter

Stephanie Fajardo

Dissertation: Illicit Intimacies: Gender, US Empire, and Nationalist Politics in the Postwar Philippines

Committee: Deirdre de la Cruz (chair), Manan Desai, Victor Mendoza, Anthony Mora

Katie LaPlant

Dissertation: Women's Crime and Social Capital in Eighteenth Century London

Committee: David Hancock (chair), Katherine French, Clement Hawes, Mary Kelley, Marlous van Waijenburg

Nana Quarshie
Anthropology and History

Dissertation: Bounding "Alien Lunatics" in Modern Ghana

Committee: Derek Peterson (co-chair), Vinh-Kim Nguyen (co-chair), Amal Fadlalla, George Steinmetz

Amanda Reid

Dissertation: To Own Ourselves: Dancing Caribbean Radicalism in Post-Independence Jamaica

Committee: Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof (chair), Paulina Alberto, Clare Croft, Paul Johnson