Graduate Student News

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Graduate Student Spotlight

We are very proud that our graduate students are recognized as among the very best in the nation. Here are some recent highlights of their accomplishments.

Marissa Rhodes, PhD, and Joshua Schroeder, PhD

Marissa Rhodes, PhD, and Joshua Schroeder, PhD.
Marissa Rhodes, PhD, and Joshua Schroeder, PhD.

Congratulations to Marissa Rhodes and Joshua Schroeder for successfully defending their dissertations this spring! Rhodes’ dissertation is entitled “Working Bodies: Wet Nursing and Economies of the Breast in London and Philadelphia, 1750- 1815.” Schroeder’s dissertation is titled “Building a Godly World: The Efforts to Create a Puritan Atlantic in the Early Seventeenth Century.”

Publications and Exhibitions

Richard Deverell wrote a reflection on the life of Comic Book Legend Stan Lee published on the UB History Facebook Page.

Justin Higner had an exhibit at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University on shipbuilding. Justin also exhibited a model sculpture of the Mighty Fitz during “A Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald,” presented by the Lewiston Council on the Arts.

Jonathan Makeley’s article on Alfred and Charles Manierre was posted on the website of the Partisan Prohibition Historical Society.

Elizabeth Masarik published, “Por La Raza, Para La Raza: Jovita Idar and Progressive Era Mexicana Political Maternalism along the Texas-Mexico Border,” in Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Andee Nero contributed a section on the Louisiana Purchase to American Yawp, an open-source history textbook.

Alexandra Prince published a blog post on The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s blog Fugitive Leaves.


AHA Annual Conference: Elizabeth Masarik was part of a roundtable on public feminist history. Marissa Rhodes presented on middle class maternity in the Anglo-Atlantic world. Elisabeth Davis presented on women religious in the antebellum period.

Tanya Blakeley-Clark presented her paper “Making Saints, Making Whores: Female Gospelers and their Challenge to Hegemonic Masculinity in Tudor England” at the 68th Annual Meeting of the New York State Association of European Historians.

Shanleigh Corrallo presented her recent research at the Erie County Community Library during one of our Brown Bag series meetings.

Elizabeth Masarik gave a talk at the Teddy Roosevelt Inauguration site titled, “Women, Babies, and Death: The U.S. Children’s Bureau in Progressive Era America.”

Victoria Nachreiner presented at the UT Arlington Transatlantic History conference.

Alexandra Prince presented her research on Christian Science as a historical cause of medical madness at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Marissa Rhodes presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the New York State Association of European Historians.

Katie Smyser presented at the North American Conference on British Studies, and presented on her recent research conducted in England during the Department’s Brown Bag series.

Awards and Fellowships

Emily Bowlus-Peck was accepted into a seminar program at the Folger Library Institute and the Residential Summer Institute in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the Huntington Library. Emily also received a Mark Diamond Research Grant to fund her dissertation research.

Shanleigh Corrallo received a competitive Fellowship on Women & Public Policy through the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, through the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

Elisabeth Davis received the John Tracey Ellis Dissertation Award from the American Catholic Historical Association, a grant from the CUSHWA Center at Notre Dame University, and an Advanced Dissertation Fellowship from the Humanities Institute at UB.

Victoria Nachreiner received a pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the West African Research Association.

Andee Nero received a fellowship from the Lapidus-Omohundro Institute in Boston.

Chris Notaro received his MA conferral. His thesis received funding from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Mark Diamond Research Fund.

Alexandra Prince received the Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship from the Gender Institute at the UB and a Public Humanities Fellowship.

Shuko Tamao received an Advanced Dissertation Fellowship from the Humanities Institute.

Derek Taylor received a dissertation research award from the Andrew C. Duncan Catholic History Trust, and an award from the David Rogers Research Fund.