Meet our Graduate Students

Evan AshEvan Ash

I was born, raised, and attended college in Green Bay, WI.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2017 with a double major in Theatre and Democracy & Justice Studies and a History minor.  I study 20th century United States history, my current focus being cultural history, specifically the battles over children reading comic books in the late 40s and early 50s.  I am involved in the GSTEP program and plan on acquiring my teaching license at Miami once my masters is complete.  Outside of school, I enjoy reading detective novels, video games, and you guessed it, collecting comics.


Hannah BlubaughHannah Blubaugh

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, I graduated from Miami University in 2016 with a BA in history.  My historical interests include Native American history, the American West, and 1960s/70s youth culture.  My undergraduate research looked at the relationship between British traders and the Creek Indians in the Southeast during the 18th century.  As a graduate student, I am hoping to research 20th century Native American activism.  When I'm not overwhelmed by schoolwork, I'm either doing gymnastics, watching anime or documentaries, or listening to rock and roll.


Margaret Breidenbaugh Margaret Breidenbaugh

Born and raised in Ohio's first capital, Chillicothe, I completed my undergraduate work in vocal performance and music composition at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.  As a historian I am primarily interested in 19th-century German cultural history, particularly nationalistic and personal conceptions of Heimat.  My current research revolves around a mid-19th-century German travel diarist and her niece, a Weimar-era novelist, two women whose lives bookend the 1834 purchase and 1945 Soviet occupation of their family home seventy-five miles west of Berlin.  In the future I plan to continue balancing my musical and historical activities.  My ultimate goal is a second career in public history.


Adam BrunoAdam Bruno

I was born outside of Newark Ohio, but grew up in Bloomington Illinois.  I graduated from Valparaiso University in 2017 where I studied History and Secondary Education.  I study 20th century American political and social history; my focus is on backlash and the rise of conservatism.  In particular how backlash has been employed in electoral rhetoric.  Outside of school I enjoy running some mileage, as well as watching sports and comedy tv shows.


Alexandra FairAlexandra Fair

Born in Ohio, I attended college here at Miami University where I wrote a senior thesis on the influence of Black Power ideology on Planned Parenthood and their local reproductive healthcare clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I plan to continue studying reproductive justice in post-WWII America as it pertains to race and gender.  Outside of school I enjoy going for walks and learning to (sometimes successfully).


Conor GahreConnor Gahre

I was born and raised in Southern California, and I have a Bachelor's in History as well as Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino, where my undergraduate thesis project involved comparative revolutionary philosophy of Thomas Paine and Chairman Mao.  At Miami, I plan on researching modernity in East Asia.  When not engaged with school work I enjoy Game of Thrones, hiking, and listening to podcasts.


Austin HallAustin Hall

I was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania north of Pittsburgh.  I attended Thiel College in 2017 and earned a BA in History, English Writing and English Literature with a Minor in Latin.  My research focuses on the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism in Germany throughout the early part of the Twentieth Century, particularly in the political and nationalistic spheres.  When I am not working on my studies, I enjoy watching Netflix, reading, or cheering on my Steelers and Bucs!


Erin JohnsonErin Johnson

Born in Toledo, Ohio, I have also lived in Michigan, West Virginia, and New York.  After returning home, I earned a BA in History from the University of Toledo in 2014.  Here at Miami, my research interest concerns the politics and monitoring of women's bodies in Early Modern England, particularly regarding the roles and representations of midwives.  When not working, I enjoy spending my time with my daughter and husband, traveling, and discussing all things Harry Potter.


Amanda LawsonAmanda Lawson

I was born and raised in Lima, Ohio.  I attended Miami for my undergrad and majored in both History and Latin American, Latino/a, Caribbean Studies, with minors in Spanish and Entrepreneurship.  After graduating in 2015, I spent two years in Columbus as a youth director before being drawn back to my alma mater.  My graduate focus is on US foreign relations history as it relates to Latin American development.  When I'm not doing history things, I love to travel, watch movies, and play with puppies.


Paul LudiPaul Ludi

I was born and raised in South Africa in places most people won't know.  I completed my MA in History at the University of Pretoria, along with a BA in History and Archaeology, before coming here to Miami.  In my previous MA I focused on Comparative History, specifically on an individual called Jan Christiaan Smuts.  In Miami I hope to focus on a study involving southern Africa and the American West with regards to colonialism.  When not working I enjoy nature, rock music, reading and having fun.


Eric RhodesEric Rhodes

I was born in Akron, Ohio:  the erstwhile home of Devo, LeBron James, The Black Keys, and American rubber manufacturing.  I attended Antioch College in my beloved Yellow Springs where I earned a BA in History and French and undertook coursework in the media arts.  A lover of cities, I have lived and worked in London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Lille, and, most recently and happily, New York City.  My research focuses on 20th century urbanity, with particular interests in inequality, housing, arts and culture, region, and intellectual history.  When I'm not in my office, I enjoy watching and making non-fiction films, listening to podcasts, and sampling fine ice creams.


Heather SommerHeather Sommer

I am a Brookville, Ohio, native who graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2016 with a BA in History and a minor in Public History/Museum Studies.  I study political culture and civil society in the Early American Republic during the French Revolution.  My specific research interests involve American attitudes toward Louis XVI and the French royal family.  Outside of academia, I am a harpist, pianist, reader, writer, composer, and Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Marvel enthusiast.


Edward StrongEdward Strong

I was born near Rochester, New York.  I attended undergrad at Wittenberg University, class of 2011.  I received a BA in History with minors in English and PAST.  My historical interests are mainly in US 19th and 20th century politics and culture.  When not working, I enjoy Movies, the New York Yankees, and listening to podcasts.