Graduate Students

crankKevin Crank

I am from Kansas City, MO and earned a B.S. in History from the United States Naval Academy. He graduated with a commission as a Surface Warfare Officer and has deployed to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf serving aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Whirlwind (PC 11). He is currently assigned to Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Unit Miami University as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science and is seeking his Master’s in Early American Naval History.


Louis GrunLouis Grün

I was born and raised in the tiny Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. I attended the University of Luxembourg and earned a Bachelor's degree in European Culture and English Studies.In the fall of 2017 I completed a semester at Miami University as part of my exchange program. I am mainly interested in the First and Second World War and the Interwar period but I also enjoy learning about feudal Japanese and Chinese history and the Renaissance as well as Luxembourgish history.In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, watching movies, gaming and traveling. I also love cheese and trying new kinds of food.


elginWill Elgin

I was born and raised in Worthington, Ohio. In 2019 I earned a BA in History with a minor in Political Science from Miami University. The period of history I will be studying as a Graduate Student will be the Spanish Empire in the Early Modern period and its Habsburg dynasty, from the years 1500-1700. The rise and fall of both that particular family as well as Spanish ascendency within Europe is of great interest to me. When I am not working, I am probably reading anything from fantasy to alternate history, gaming, or traveling.


Nathaniel HieberNathaniel Hieber

I was born and raised in the town of Sugar Grove, OH. I attended Miami University and graduated in the spring of 2019 as a member of Miami's History Honor's Cohort with a Bachelors in History and a minor in Art History. My historical period of interest lies in the time frame from 1850-1950, with specific areas of interest including the World Wars, the interwar period, and the American Cival War. However, I also enjoy learning about ancient Roman and Greek History. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing short science fiction and historical fiction stories and biking.


madesenBre Maden

I was born in Wyoming, but raised in Denver Colorado. I received my BA in Africana Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver. My primary focus is understanding how custom works to circumvent policy in order to maintain and perpetuate racial inequity. Outside of my studies, I enjoy visiting museums, attending documentary screenings for independent films and practicing yoga.


mcloughlinAlly McLoughlin

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Northern Kentucky. I graduated undergrad in Spring 2019. I earned my Bachelors in History and Political Science from Miami University. My historical interests mostly lie in the Antebellum era. I am interested in racial and class issues from this time period, as well as the history of higher education. In my free time I enjoy watching scary movies, following politics, and spending time with my friends!


Patrick MwanjawalaPatrick Mwanjawala

I was born and raised in Malawi, Africa. I obtained my undergraduate degree in History from the University of Livingstonia, Laws Campus. My interest is in understanding Africa and Africans from historical perspective. I am studying MA history with specialties in African nationalism.


Kristin OsborneKristin Osborne

I was born in Michigan and raised in Akron, Ohio. In 2018 I earned a BA in History with minors in German and European Studies from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College. For my graduate research, I am interested in the emergence of nationalism in early modern Scotland and the Scottish Reformation. I am a lover of horses and have spent the past four summers driving draft horses on Mackinac Island in Michigan. When I am not working I enjoy riding and driving my horse, cuddling with my cat, traveling, and watching The Office.


Zinaida OsipovaZinaida Osipova

I was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, which is where I spent the first 18 years of my life before coming to the United States for my education. I got my bachelor's in Biology with a minor in French at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. During my bachelor's, I spent a semester in Paris studying History at the Sorbonne. My master's thesis research explores daily lives of prominent professors during revolutionary Russia and the early Soviet Union.

Outside of school, I love traveling, taking pictures, watching biathlon, and hanging out with my cat.


Mina ParkMina Park

I was born and raised in South Korea. Before I came to Miami, I earned an MA in History from the Chung-Ang University in Seoul, titled "The historical view of Charles H. Haskins through the theory of the twelfth-century renaissance." My current interests are mainly in the U.S.'s 20th century foreign relations in Asia.I like to experience something new like travelling and learning foreign languages or culture.When I am not working on my studies, I enjoy reading philosophy books, watching sports, playing sports, and doing nothing.


Danialle StebbinsDanialle Stebbins

Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, I graduated from Alma College in 2017 with a BA in history, foreign service, and political science. My historical iinterests lie in Modern Eastern Europe, mostly the 1989 revolutions in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland.When not working, I enjoy playing with my cat, reading a good book, and traveling.


Ben SusmanBen Susman

I study American history. I am interested in the turn from the nineteenth iinto the twentieth century. I received bachelor's degrees from the University of Maryland (2015) in history and journalism with a minor in creative writing. After graduation, I was a tutor at a local community college and worked for a mail-order book company. I am from Laurel, Maryland.