History Dissertation Topics Cold War Pictures




John Baden

Title: “Serving from Abroad: Afghan-Americans and Afghanistan, 1978 – 2014”

Topic: This dissertation examines how Afghan-Americans have facilitated interactions between Afghanistan and the United States. It explores transnational activism, identity, and the contributions of immigrants to broader U.S. foreign relations.


Dan Belczak

Title: “‘When the Last Gallows Will Be Thrown Down’: Capital Punishment, Imprisonment, and Criminal Law Reform in Antebellum Wisconsin”

Topic: This dissertation explores the political, religious, and ideological landscape of antebellum Wisconsin as it underwent a process of fundamental criminal justice reform including the construction of the state’s first prison and the abolition of capital punishment.


Nathan Delaney

Title: “Copper Capitalism: The Origins and Making of a Global Market in Metals, 1877-1919”

Topic: In “Copper Capitalism,” Delaney explores the expansion of the copper metal trade from the founding of the London Metal Exchange (1877) until the end of the First World War through the corporate eyes of Metallgesellschaft A.G., a hybrid-trading company that occupied the middle ground between large vertically-integrated producers in North America and the diverse copper-hungry markets of Europe during the era of electrification.


Sam Duncan

Title: “‘Water in the Land of Coca-Cola’: America in the Age of Bottled Water”

Topic: Bottled water is largely seen in popular media as a niche product which owes its success to the industry’s clever advertising and a naïve public. Sam Duncan’s dissertation, “’Water in the land of Coca Cola’: America in the Age of Bottled Water,” challenges that perception by examining the transformation of the bottled water industry in post-WWII America. Duncan claims that government efforts to protect citizens’ drinking water paradoxically generated negative perceptions of the very public services those efforts sought to improve, setting the stage for neoliberal claims to the superiority of private enterprise to best meet people’s basic needs. He further argues that changes in the political economy of bottled water should be understood within the context of a quest for purity that defined the century.


Joe Filous

Title: “Give Instruction: The Beginnings of Denominational Colleges in the Old Northwest”

Topic: In this dissertation, Filous studies the early years of five denominational colleges in order to discover the ways denominational affiliation contributed to their establishment and their growth.


Elise Hagesfeld

Title: “Saving the World by Saving Its Children: The Birth of the Modern Child Welfare Agency and the Children’s Homes of the National Benevolent Association of the Disciples of Christ, 1887-1974”

Topic: This research traces the evolution of the modern child welfare agency from its 19th century roots in the orphanage. By examining the children’s homes founded by the Disciples of Christ, I argue that the Civil Rights movement, the War on Poverty, and the ‘rediscovery’ of child abuse in the 1960s turned these institutions inside out: transforming independent, religiously affiliated orphanages into non-sectarian, community oriented child welfare agencies that were increasingly dependent on government funds. These ‘new’ institutions became the backbone of our modern child welfare system, and continue to be the largest child welfare service providers in most major metropolitan areas across the United States.


Corey Hazlett

Title: “Limited Redemption: Corporate Capitalism and the Environmental Movement in Post-World War II United States”

Topic: This dissertation explores the historical connection between corporate capitalism and the contemporary environmental movement that blossomed in the 1960s and 1970s and evolved into present-day green consumerism. This work seeks to understand the evolving political economy of postwar America and the forces that helped develop a style of environmentalism that offers personal consumption as a solution to environmental problems that are in many ways created by consumption itself.


Michael Metsner

Title: “The American Image in the Soviet Mind: Cold War Travel Literature, 1955-1989”

Topic: My dissertation examines the depiction of the United States in Soviet travelogues in the post-World War II era. More specifically, it analyzes the perceptions and images of postwar United States that Soviet travelers communicated to their fellow citizens in popular, mass circulated travel books and journals between 1955 and 1989.


E. P. Miller

Title: “‘The Fields Are Black Unto Harvest’: African American Evangelicals, Inner City Ministry, and the Reinvention of Christian Conservatism, 1963-2008”

Topic:  In this dissertation Miller examines the rise of evangelical inner city ministry as a way of revealing how Christian conservatives re-branded their crusade for faith and family values in the post Civil Rights era. By connecting their agenda to the language of social justice, evangelicals placed themselves at the center of debates about urban policy and social welfare by the end of the twentieth century.


Elizabeth Salem

Title: “Gendered Bodies and Nervous Minds: Creating Addiction in America, 1770-1900”

Topic: This dissertation examines how Americans understood and portrayed substance abuse from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. I argue that the evolution of “addiction,” from a bad habit, to a disease, and, ultimately, a problem for the criminal justice system, must be situated within the context of medical understandings of anatomy and expectations regarding gender roles.


Jesse Tarbert

Title: “When Good Government Meant Big Government: Nationalism, Racism, and the Quest to Strengthen the American State, 1918-1933”

Topic: This project follows the efforts of nationalist Republicans and business leaders to build central power in the federal government during the 1920s, against opposition from Southern Democrats and others who feared central power.

Jobs and Fellowships

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is offering the following Grant Opportunities in conjunction with the Eleventh Annual ASMEA Conference being held November 1 - 3, 2018 in Washington, D.C. 

The ASMEA Research Grant Program (https://asmea.nonprofitcms.org/c/conferences/7/pages/researchgrant) seeks to support research on topics in Middle Eastern and African studies that deserve greater attention. Applicants may submit paper proposals on any topic as long as it is relevant to the five qualifying topic areas outlined on our website and constitutes new and original research. Grants of up to $2500 will be awarded. Successful research grant applicants are required to present their research at the Eleventh Annual ASMEA Conference and provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication in our peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

Separately, ASMEA is offering two conference Travel Grant (https://asmea.nonprofitcms.org/c/conferences/7/pages/travelgrant) opportunities. The first is for scholars of the Middle East and the second is intended for scholars of Africa focused on the world of Islam, Islamism, and related issues in the continent. Funds provided through this program may be used to cover expenses associated with attending the ASMEA Annual Conference. Up to $750 will be awarded to successful applicants.

Applicants can apply for both grants but will only be awarded one. The application deadline for both grants is April 15, 2018.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program – 2018 Fellowship Competition

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the eighth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. This initiative places humanities PhDs in substantive roles in diverse nonprofit and government organizations, demonstrating that the knowledge and capacities developed in the course of earning a doctoral degree in the humanities have wide application beyond the academy. The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $67,500, health insurance coverage for the fellow, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds.

In 2018, ACLS will place up to 25 PhDs as Public Fellows in the following organizations and roles:

  • Center for Popular Democracy (Brooklyn, NY) – Strategic Research Associate
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA) – Digital Engagement Manager
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Chicago, IL) – Research Associate, Global Cities
  • Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (Madison, WI) – Global Programs Manager
  • Council of Independent Colleges (Washington, DC) – Development Officer
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center (Chicago, IL) – Senior Research Analyst, Transportation Innovation
  • Innocence Project (New York, NY) – Content Strategist
  • Lapham’s Quarterly (New York, NY) – Digital Producer
  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission (Los Angeles, CA) – Cross Sector Analyst
  • Los Angeles Review of Books (Los Angeles, CA) – Associate Executive Editor and Assistant Director, LARB Books
  • MinnPost (Minneapolis, MN) – Audience Development and Engagement Manager
  • The Moth (New York, NY) – Impact and Evaluation Officer
  • National Immigration Law Center (Washington, DC) – Research Program Manager
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC) – Manager of Curatorial Innovation
  • Participatory Budgeting Project (Brooklyn, NY) – Participatory Design Strategist
  • PolicyLink (Oakland, CA) – Associate, Equitable Economy Research
  • Public Radio International (Minneapolis, MN) – Associate Editor, Global Nation
  • Race Forward (Oakland, CA or New York, NY) – Narrative Impact Analyst
  • Rockefeller Archive Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY) – Outreach Program Manager
  • Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (Washington, DC) – Program Manager for Cultural Disaster Analysis
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of International Relations (Washington, DC) – Global Science Officer
  • Social Science Research Council (Brooklyn, NY) – Program Officer, Media and Democracy Project
  • Stockholm Environment Institute – US Center (Seattle, WA) – Climate Policy Associate
  • United Negro College Fund (Washington, DC) – Policy Analyst
  • United Neighborhood Houses (New York, NY) – Policy Analyst

Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2014 and June 22, 2018. Applicants must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2018. The deadline for submitted applications is Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9 pm EDT.

Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS online application system (OFA). Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/ for complete position descriptions, eligibility criteria, and application information. This program is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For Advanced Doctoral Students
July 22-27, 2018
Beaver Creek, Colorado

Policymakers frequently attempt to draw on historical knowledge to gain perspective on contemporary national security issues. Meanwhile, historians and other scholars frequently comment on present-day decision-making problems and sometimes aspire to influence policy debates. Yet policymakers and scholars generally occupy separate intellectual and institutional universes. Especially in recent years, they have had little to say to one another. The result, arguably, has been the impoverishment of both communities.

From July 22-27, 2018, the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin will convene a weeklong seminar for doctoral students focused on the connections between statecraft and history. Several sessions will examine the ways in which policymakers have used or misused historical knowledge in the past, and how different scholarly disciplines approach history. Sessions will also ask how policymakers should use history and what methods might be available for refining the use of the past in decision-making.

The seminar will also examine the problem from the other direction, examining how scholars might be more productive and influential voices in deliberations on foreign and defense policy. When have historians and other social scientists played a useful role in the past? What insights might be drawn from those cases?

The Clements Center invites applications to participate in this program, which will take place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains at the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Applicants should be advanced doctoral students in history, political science, or related fields interested in careers in either academia or policymaking. The seminar will feature in-depth discussions with top scholars and senior policymakers and intelligence officials, as well as sessions devoted to academic publishing and strategies for approaching the academic and policy job markets. Each day will also have recreational time for participants to enjoy the mountain surroundings.

The Clements Center will cover all travel and related expenses for participants. Applicants should visit the Clements Center’s website for complete application instructions. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2018. Please direct questions to Jennifer Johnson at [email protected].

Larry J. Hackman Research Residency
The New York State Archives offers grants for qualified applicants to conduct research using historical state government records in the Archives. The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program supports advanced work on New York State history, government, or public policy by defraying travel-related research expenses. Residents conduct research at the State Archives in Albany, NY.
Previous Residents have included academic and public historians, graduate students, independent researchers and writers, and primary and secondary school teachers. Residencies range from a few days to several weeks depending upon the nature of the research and volume of records consulted. Contact the Archives Researcher Services staff to discuss your research topic and the records you propose to use: [email protected] or 518-474-8955.
Learn more at: archives.nysed.gov/grants/hackman

The Robert L. Ruth and Robert C. Ruth Research Fellowship

The Fellowship is offered to graduate students enrolled in a graduate-level history program at an accredited university or college located in the United States. The Fellowship is awarded annually to provide funding to support the awardee for a concentrated 3 week period of research at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at the U.S. Army War College.  Funding for the award is graciously provided by AHCF Board Member, Christopher Gleason, in memory and to honor the service of family members Robert L. Ruth (World War II), and Robert C. Ruth (Vietnam).
Applications are due to the Foundation by February 28, 2018. Notification is provided to the recipient by April 1st. For more information and the application form, click or contact the Foundation at [email protected] or call 717.258.1102.

The James C. Bradford Dissertation Research Fellowship in Naval History
Awarded by the North American Society for Oceanic History

Amount: $1,000
Closing Date for Applications: 15 March 2018
Send Application Materials To: [email protected]
Announcement of Award: 15 May 2018

The North American Society for Oceanic History is offering one dissertation fellowship in U.S. naval or North American naval history for 2018. The fellowship is named in honor of NASOH past-president Dr. James C. Bradford, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field of American naval history.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. at the time of application and have an approved dissertation proposal on file at their degree-granting institution. Topics in all periods of United States and North American naval history, including strategy, tactics, and operations; institutional development and administration; biography, personnel, and social development; exploration, science, and technology and science; and policy and diplomacy.
Application Documents: Applications should include:

  • A completed and signed application cover sheet (the blank application cover sheet is available at www.nasoh.org);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Copy of approved dissertation proposal;
  • Description of the status of the project (not over 1,000 words);
  • Brief statement of proposed use of the fellowship funds;
  • The names and contact information for the dissertation committee chair and two other individuals asked to submit letters of recommendation.

Submission and Deadline: All application materials and letters of recommendations are due on 15 March 2018 and should be sent by e-mail with pdf attachments to: [email protected]

Selection: Applications will be evaluated by a three-person committee of NASOH members and the recipient notified by 15 May 2018.

Graduate Students - The Tenth Mountain Division Foundation has just established a new scholarship. The Military History Scholarship is open to any graduate student (MA or PhD level) that is conducting a study that directly relates to "the US Army's 10th Mountain Division and affiliated units, from 1941 through the current active-duty actions, or to the post WWII contributions of these soldiers." The award is for $5,000.

The deadline is April 30.

The scholarship is #3 on this list: http://www.tenthmountainfoundation.org/?page_id=18

The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute will award a $3,000 grant to a graduate student in history or related field working on a dissertation in the area of Cold War history. The award is intended to promote innovative scholarship on Cold War topics. The Adams Center invites proposal in all subject areas—including international security affairs, military strategy, leadership, and operations. All periods of Cold War history are welcome. The prize is made possible through the generous support John A. Adams and George J. Collins Jr.

To be considered, graduate students must submit a brief proposal (prospectus) describing their doctoral research, a project timeline, and curriculum vitae with a list of references. Applications should be delivered, electronically, to the Adams Center at [email protected] by 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Friday, March 2, 2018. Direct questions to Adams Center director Bradley Lynn Coleman.

Deadline for submissions: March 2, 2018

Submissions to:

[email protected]

Questions to:

Bradley Lynn Coleman, Ph.D.
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
[email protected]


Ms. Deneise Shafer
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
Fax: 540-464-7246

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Previous Recipients:

Kate Tietzen, “Iraq in the Cold War and beyond the fall of the Soviet Union, 1968–2003,” Kansas State University.

Susan Colbourn, “Defining Détente: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Struggle for Identity, 1975–1983,” University of Toronto, Canada.

Kuan-jen Chen, “U.S. Maritime Policy in East Asia during the Cold War era, 1945–1979,” University of Cambridge, UK.

Nathaniel R. Weber, “U.S. Military Assistance and Advisory Groups, 1945–1965,” Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Brett M. Reilly, “International Military Advising and the Armed Forces of the State of Vietnam and Republic of Vietnam, 1948–1975,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Fatih Tokatli, “Turkish-American Military Cooperation and Transformation of Turkish Military in the Cold War, 1947–1954,” Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the LTC John William Whitman Research Grant.  This grant of up to $1,750 is designed to provide monetary support to unfunded independent researchers who are working on under-explored topics of military history.  Funded research is to be conducted at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pa. 
Funds to support a grantee’s research is calculated on the following basis – up to $1,750 to cover lodging and meals for any nights spent in the local area when conducting research, mileage reimbursement or airfare to USAHEC and an allowance for photocopying. Upon the submittal of vouchers and receipts, the Foundation will reimburse grantee for expenses related to research.
Grantees retain intellectual property rights for the materials develop as a result of this research.  The Foundation may use your name and likeness on our website and in promotional materials for the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Individuals interested in the LTC John William Whitman Research Grant should submit the applications packet that is available on the Army Heritage Center Foundation website at https://www.armyheritage.org/research/research-fellowships/ltc-john-william-whitman-research-fellowship.  Applications are due not later than March 1, 2018.

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