Nathan Delaney is a Ph.D. candidate who studies American labor, public policy, and economic history. Over time his interest in these subjects has become transnational, with the movements of people, commodities, and the environment serving as the central foci. His dissertation, which explores the economic and ecological effects of the Atlantic copper trade during the nineteenth century, is titled: "Modes of Extraction: German and American Copper-Mining in Mexico, 1848-1910."
Sam Duncan is a graduate student of the CWRU History Department specializing American Environmetnal History. He earned a BS in Public History from Appalachian State University in 2008, and completed an MA in History from Case Western Reserve University in 2010. Sam has also interned with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. His current work explores the political economy of bottled water in the twentieth century, reconstructing, in the words of William Cronon, "the linkages between the commodities of our economy and the resources of our ecosystem."
Elise C. Hagesfeld is a PhD Candidate and Lecturer in the History Department at Case Western Reserve University. Her area of study is modern American History and Social Policy, particularly regarding child and family welfare, the American nonprofit sector, and foundations and philanthropy. Her dissertation is entitled “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.”
Jonathan Kinser is a fourth year Ph.D. student. His area of expertise is Modern United States History, with a specific focus on Prohibition, organized crime, and the expansion of Federal law enforcement powers. He has been a member of the Graduate Student Senate for two years and currently srves as the organization's Vice President. He has also served as the GSS representative on the Faculty Senate Minority Affairs Committee, the CWRU Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Board, and as a member of the GSS Professional Development Committee. In addition to his studies at CWRU, he is the Director of Social Media Marketing for Smith Corona Corporation and serves as their Corporate Historian.
Elizabeth Salem is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at Case Western Reserve University. She earned a B.A. in History from Notre Dame College in 2002 and a M.A. in History from Case Western Reserve University in 2005. Her research focuses on the nineteenth-century United States, women's history, and the history of medicine. She is currently at work on her dissertation, which examines the origins of the concept of addiction and the figure of the female addict in America from 1770-1870.
Katie Schroeder is a Ph.D. student specializing in History of Medicine and Environmental History. In 2010 she received her B.A. in History from Hiram College and in 2013 she successfully completed her Master’s degree at Case Western Reserve University. Inspired by her Catskill roots, her current research examines early twentieth-century cemetery relocations in the New York City watershed. It seeks to evaluate the liminal status of the corpse after burial, which was simultaneously conceived as an environmental component and a human entity. Other research interests include: cemeteries as a public health threat, the cremationist movement and its relationship to changing theories of contagion, and cultural changes surrounding death in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Jesse Tarbert studies American history, political history, policy history, and business history. His research explores the evolution of federal governing institutions in the United States. His dissertation project, "When Good Government Meant Big Government: Elite American Reformers and the Quest for Efficiency in Federal Executive Agencies, 1920-1933," examines the development of national authority and administrative capacity in the years between the First World War and the New Deal, focusing on the role played by business leaders and their allies, as well as the constraints imposed by racial politics in Congress.