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MA in History

Course Description

The Department of History offers both MA and PhD degrees in several major fields, including those that center on the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Ottoman Empire. While concentrating on the history of one nation or geographic area, students are encouraged to develop a comparative or global perspective in their work and may work in thematic areas such as the history of science, medicine and technology; global history; imperialism; and women, gender and sexuality. The department cooperates closely with a host of interdisciplinary programs and departments to offer students additional instruction in comparative and world history perspectives.

Recent doctoral graduate placements include: Assistant Professor at Piedmont Community College, Assistant Professor at Manhattanville College, Assistant Professor at Wilmington College, Associate Research Historian at Princeton University, Assistant Professor at Lycoming College, Fellow at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- Writing sample (a paper submitted for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course)

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Visit the MA in History page on the Binghamton University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Erin Annis

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M.A., Early Modern Europe, Binghamton University
B.A., History, Hillsdale College

Early Modern Europe

I am a native of the small town of St. Johns in Michigan's lower peninsula and traveled all of an hour and a half south to attend Hillsdale College, where I received my Bachelor's degree in history in 2009. After teaching middle school history for a year, I joined Binghamton's history graduate program in 2010. I received my Master's degree from Binghamton in 2012 and passed my doctoral exams in 2013. I am currently working on my dissertation, which focuses on the experiences of four Scottish families within the British Empire. My dissertation examines topics such as family formation across racial and ethnic lines, the impact of slavery and the influence on "enlightened" thinking on these families, and the ways in which Scots in the eighteenth century defined themselves in an era when the concept of "identity," on both a personal and national level, was disconcertingly fluid.


"Experiencing Empire: Understanding the Eighteenth Century through Four Scottish Families"

Grants & Fellowships:

O'Neil Research Grant, summer 2013
Dissertation Year Fellowship, Spring 2014
O'Neil Research Grant, summer 2014
Institute for the Advanced Studies of the Humanities Fellowship, Fall 2014


1st place in the Gale-Cengage graduate essay contest, Spring 2014

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Ryan J. Asher

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M. A.,American University - MA, 2006
B.A., Colgate University - BA, 2001

U.S. History with a focus on the Post-Civil War period


I am a U.S. historian with training to teach both the early and modern periods. My doctoral dissertation focuses on the National School Breakfast Program, which was started by Lyndon Johnson as part of his "Great Society" program in the mid-1960s. Set against the larger story of how the American agricultural system evolved over time, my work with the breakfast program explores the intersection of government policy with the food actually made available to participating students. I explore how the students targeted by these programs—those deemed "needy" according to family income—reveal a national ambivalence toward social welfare even at a time of overwhelming support for the Johnson's War on Poverty.

My future research will take a broader look at how the USDA, which stewards the breakfast program, has shaped the national diet during the twentieth century. With this work I want to explore how the modern agricultural system evolved in the United States and what the changes over time have meant for public health and environmental stewardship. How has Federal agricultural policy shaped individual food choices and the health of Americans/the population and what impact has it had on the relationship between farmers and environmental stewardship?

Before my work at Binghamton University I earned a Bachelor's degree from Colgate University, where I also played varsity lacrosse for four years. After college I spent time living in New Zealand, where I trained and worked as a sous chef, an experience that sparked my interest in food studies, especially issues of sustainability and food security. Upon my return I moved to Washington, DC, where I enrolled at American University, earning my Master's degree in U.S. history, which immediately preceded my doctoral work in the history department at Binghamton University. I currently live in Durham, NC with my wife and a few pets. In my free time I play soccer, am an avid cyclist, and work in our backyard garden.


"Beyond Ham & Eggs: The National School Breakfast Program, 1965-1980"

Grants & Fellowships

2009-2010 Dissertation Year Fellowship, Binghamton University
2009-2010 Melvyn Dubofsky Research Award Grant, Binghamton University


2008 Phi Alpha Theta Society, Alpha-Theta-Epsilon Chapter, Binghamton
2005 Phi Alpha Theta Society, Epsilon-Psi Chapter, American University
1997-2001 B. Jeffrey Ebbels, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Colgate University
2000-2001 Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity Sherwood Blue

(Student Profile)

Tiffany Baugh-Helton

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M.A., US: Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Binghamton University
B.A., History/Women's and Gender Studies, University of Michigan

US: Women, Gender, and Sexuality

I am originally from Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, where I earned my B.A. in history and women's and gender studies from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. I am currently working on my dissertation, which studies the interaction between Detroit-area women's organizations and the state during the Great Depression. By studying women's groups organized around religious, ethnic, racial, and class identities, I hope to answer why and how the city of Detroit during the Depression provided the context for the creation of these groups, and how the labor women performed in and for these groups helped them to interact with or circumvent the state as they attempted to survive to Depression.

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Lorena Campuzano Duque

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M. A., Physics, University of Mexico (UNAM)
B.A., Physics, University of Antioquia

Latin America


I am a physicist by training, having graduated from the Universidad de Antioquia, in my hometown of Medellín, Colombia. After obtaining my BA in physics, I went to the UNAM in Mexico City and did my Master's work in physics. While in Mexico, I became very interested in the history of science and discovered that it was my passion. Among the themes that captured my interest were the techniques used to drain the lake on which Mexico city was built as well as debates about diseases, astronomy and medicine in eighteenth-century Mexico and Europe.

For my doctoral research, I am interested in the history of Colombian mining and its relationship to technological and scientific growth in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I would like to study the role of scientific communities and the hierarchy of scientific discourses that emerged with the boom in resource exploitation in Colombia.

I would like to view these themes through the lens of environmental history the ways in which scientists, foreign companies, and the Colombian state have managed the environment and interaction with communities and labor involved in the mines.

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Michael Cangemi

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M.A., History, Binghamton University, 2012
M.A., Liberal Studies, State University of New York, Empire State College, 2011.
B.A., History, State University of New York, Empire State College, 2009.

US: 20th century, U.S. diplomatic/foreign relations, modern Latin American, and human rights history.

I study diplomatic history and U.S. foreign relations with Latin America. My doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled "'The Church Does Not Propose a Peace by Force': The Holy See and U.S.-Guatemalan Relations, 1976-1988," explores how state and nonstate actors in the United States, Guatemala, and the Holy See understood and responded to changing social and political currents during this period. I argue that the U.S.-Guatemalan diplomatic relationship was influenced on both sides by the Holy See, along with how and why U.S. Catholics became increasingly identified with criticisms of the Reagan administration's policies toward Guatemala and, more broadly, Central America, during the 1980s.

My teaching interests include 20th century U.S., U.S. diplomatic/foreign relations, modern Latin American, and human rights history.


Graduate Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Fall 2015

Dissertation-Year Fellowship, History Department, Binghamton University, Fall 2014.

Joan S. Dubofsky Doctoral Research Grant, History Department, Binghamton University, 2014.

Barry S. Kramer Doctoral Research Grant in History, Binghamton University, 2014.

Barry S. Kramer Doctoral Research Grant in History, Binghamton University, 2013.

Binghamton University Foundation Travel Grant, Graduate School, Binghamton University, 2013.

Foreign Language Acquisition Grant, Binghamton University, 2012.

Graduate Student Teaching Assistantship, History Department, Binghamton University, 2012-2016.


"'Sing Me a Song, You're a Singer': How Ronald Reagan Inspired Heavy Metal's Golden Age," in Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Starts, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture, Jacqueline Edmonson, ed. ABC-CLIO Press, 2013.


U.S. Diplomatic History, 1898-1990

Modern World History, 1500-1914

Foundations of America, 1500-1877

Cancer in the Modern World Modern American Civilization, 1877-1990


American Catholic Historical Association

American Historical Association

Conference in Latin American History

Latin American Studies Association

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations


English (native)

Spanish (proficient reading, competent speaking)

French (proficient reading, competent speaking)

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Todd Goehle

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M.A., History, University of Toronto, 2002
B.A., History, State University of New York at Geneseo, 2002

Modern Europe: German History. Cultural History, Media. Violence, Collective Memory

My dissertation examines the mass media representations of West Germany's "1968," the "afterlives" of these representations in the West German print media, and their effects on a host of West German interests in the 1960s and 1970s, including publishers, editors, and newsworkers; national and local politicians; social and student activists; and finally audiences. From this work, I pursue larger questions concerning media history, the history of social movements, processes of collective memory production, and theories about violence.


Visualizing "1968:" Media, Memory, and Institutional Change in West Germany, 1967-1977.

•Goehle, Todd Michael. "Challenging Television's Revolution.' Media Representations of 1968 protest in West German Television and Tabloids." In "The Revolution will not be Televised:" Media and Protest Movements, edited by Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Erling Sivertsen, Rolf Werenskjold. 217-233. New York: Berghahn, 2014.
•Goehle, Todd Michael. Review of Places of Memory in Modern China: History, Politics, and Identity, Marc-Andre Matten, ed. Frontiers of History in China 8:3 (2013), 461-464.
•Goehle, Todd Michael. "Vigilance, Vigilantism, and the Role of the Citizen in combating German Terror, 1967-1977."Re-Visioning Terrorism: An Interdisciplinary and International Conference, edited by Ben Lawton and Elena Coda. (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2011). Purdue University E-Pubs. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/revisioning/2011/908/8/
•Goehle, Todd Michael. "Embracing Revolution to Reinforce Consensus? Uses and Representations of the Prague Spring in the West German Tabloid Press of 1968." In 1968: Societies in Global Crisis: A Global Perspective, edited by Patrick Dramé and Jean Lamarre. 123-136. Montreal: Presses Universitaires de Laval, 2010.

Teaching Credentials:

SUNY Geneseo
History 393: Senior Year History Honors Thesis
History 388: Twentieth Century Europe and the Globe
History 339: The French Revolution

SUNY Binghamton
History 591: The Teaching of College History
History 386H: Discipline and Surveillance in Modern Societies
History 386B: Global Histories of Terrorism

Teaching Awards:

Joseph O'Brien Award for Excellence in Part-time Teaching, SUNY Geneseo (2013)
Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award, SUNY Binghamton (2008-2009)
Nominated, Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award, SUNY Binghamton, (2007-2008)

Scholarship Awards:

Faculty Travel Grant, SUNY Geneseo (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)
Graduate School Conference and Research Travel Fund Grant, Graduate School Organization, SUNY Binghamton (2010)
Graduate Travel Grant, SUNY Binghamton (2009)
Dissertation Year Fellowship, SUNY Binghamton (2008)
Melvyn Dubofsky Travel Scholarship, SUNY Binghamton (2007)
Rosa Colecchio Travel Award, SUNY Binghamton (2007)
Kramer Travel Scholarship, SUNY Binghamton (2006)

Finalist: Fulbright Scholarship, Germany (2007)

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Bradley Hutchison

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M.A., History, The University of Memphis, 2013
B.A., History, The University of Memphis, 2011

Modern Middle East and the Ottoman Empire, Gender, Nationalism, Transnational History

I am interested in migration between the modern Middle East and the United States, with a focus on Lebanese migrants in the first half of the 20th century. My current research attempts to connect Lebanese/Arab-American diaspora with processes of nation-building in the post-Ottoman Levant. I hope to expand this project to encompass other major sites of Lebanese diaspora as well as transitory stops in European port cities. Before coming to Binghamton University, I received my B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

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Shenglan Li

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M.A., History, Binghamton University
B.A., Nankai University, China

East Asia: History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and Global History.

I am from the "star city" of China-Changsha. With a BA degree from Nankai University in Tianjin, I came to Binghamton to continue studying history. My research interests include modern China, war and society, women and gender, history of science, technology, and medicine, as well as global history. My dissertation project focuses on nursing, gender, and modernity in wartime China.

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Chieh-Ju Wu

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M.S.Sc., Santé, Populations, Politiques Sociales (SPPS), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, 2008
M.A., Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan, 2006
B.Sc., Public Health, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan, 2003

East Asia, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and Empire and Modernity

About Me:
I am from Taiwan, where I received my BSc in Public Health and MA in History of Medicine at Taipei Medical University. Supported by the Erasmus Mundus scholarship of the European Commission from 2006 to 2008, I have studied health and welfare in the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris for the second master's degree.

Because of bedtime stories about colonial Taiwan from grandmother in my childhood and early training in public health, I have specific interest in the colonial medicine of the Japanese Empire. The topics of my previous works include the cultural history of consumption and tuberculosis, public health and racial implications of tuberculosis, and institutional history of public dispensary.

After the training in Binghamton, my research interests extend to animal studies and environmental history. My dissertation explores how scientific and medical research on venomous snakes in colonial Taiwan incorporated into Japan's imperial agenda of southward expansion, the development of Japanese tropical medicine, and local participation in managing tropical colonies.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants
•Academia Sinica Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2015-2016
•Kramer Doctoral Research Grant in History, Department of History, Binghamton University, 2015
•Teaching Assistantship, Department of History, Binghamton University, 2013-2015
•Language Acquisition Grant, Department of History, Binghamton University, 2013
•Studying Abroad Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, 2011-2013
•Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for non-European Students, European Commission, 2006-2008


Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students - No. of awards TBC

The Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships for Graduate Students, named for Clifford D. Clark, a former president of the University, are designed to support students who contribute to the diversity of the student body. The Clark Fellowship funding package, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit, includes an academic-year stipend, full-tuition scholarship, health insurance, research and travel opportunities and other benefits. Clark Fellows are guaranteed to receive support for a specific period, assuming satisfactory academic progress.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Candidates must:
-Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
-Be newly admitted to a graduate program; and
-Demonstrate how they will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program.

Application Procedure

To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Essay.

Further Information



Doctoral Research Grant in History - No. of awards TBC

Established in 1991 by alumnus Barry Kramer '67, '72 this grant is awarded annually to a doctoral student in history to support his or her research or writing activity.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The recipient must have demonstrated potential for excellence as a scholar and teacher. The historical significance of the research is also taken into consideration.

Application Procedure

Recipients chosen by the Department of History.

Further Information



Joan S. Dubofsky Doctoral Research Grant - No. of awards TBC

Established in 1998 by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Melvyn Dubofsky in memory of his wife, this grant is awarded annually in the spring semester to a doctoral student in history to support his or her research or writing activity.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The recipient must have demonstrated potential for excellence as a scholar and teacher.

Application Procedure

Recipients chosen by the Department of History.

Further Information



Elizabeth A. Knapp Scholarship for Adult Women - No. of awards TBC

Established in 1985 by colleagues of Elizabeth A. Knapp to honor her 19 years of service to the University, this scholarship assists non-traditional female students with demonstrated financial need who have experienced delays pursuing their education.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The scholarship is awarded to women at least 25 years of age who are admitted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, with planned enrollment of at least 6 credits per semester.

Application Procedure

To apply or for more information, see the Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship webpage.

Further Information



University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Other criteria considered include overall financial need; a recent or current demonstrated commitment to community service; and a clear vision of intended career goals. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Established in 2003 by the University Women's Club, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, second-year female graduate student who demonstrates academic merit and a GPA of at least 3.7.

Application Procedure

To apply, complete and submit the University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship Application form.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university; AND Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required.

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