Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Doctoral Outcomes

Each year, Loyola bestows PhD degrees on candidates who go on to enter a variety of career fields in the academic departments, public history avenues, among many other fields.  From 2000 through August 2020, 88 students received Loyola doctoral degrees in History. Of the 88 recipients, 27 currently hold tenure-track appointments, 27 others hold full-time teaching or administrative appointments in educational institutions, and 34 others hold full-time positions in public history or cultural institutions or in a variety of employment settings.

Research Coordinator, Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project, St. Louis University
Dissertation: "We heard sometimes their earnest desire to be free in a free country": Enslaved People, Jesuit Masters, and Negotiations for Freedom on American Borderlands, 1823-1930
Adivsors: Kyle Roberts and Theodore Karamanski
Chelsea Denault
Michigan Digital Preservation Network Coordinator, Midwest Collaborative for Library Sciences, Lansing, MI
Dissertation: "We All Live Downwind:" Trash, Technology, and "Terrorism" in Detroit, 1973-1989
Advisor: Elliott Gorn
Ruby Oram
Assistant Professor of Practice in Local and Community History, Texas State University - San Marcos Campus, San Marcos, TX
Dissertation: Useful for Life: Women, Girls, and Vocational School Reform in Chicago, 1880-1930
Advisor: Timothy Gilfoyle
Public Historian and Co-Founder, Omnia History
Executive Director, Urban History Association
Coordinator, Career Diversity for Historians, American Historical Association
Dissertation: Mobilizing the Past: Local History and Community Action in Modern Metropolitan Chicago
Advisor: Patricia Mooney-Melvin
Curator, Winnetka Historical Society
Contract Researcher at U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association
Dissertation: Exhibiting Sovereignty: Tribal Museums in the Great Lakes Region, 1969-2010
Advisor: Theodore Karamanski
Nicole Perez
'The Audacity to Dream': Black Suburbanization in Metropolitan Detroit, 1920-90
Advisor: Michelle Nickerson
Freelance Public Historian and Web Designer
Dissertation: All and More That Was Owed: American Indians and Settler Capitalism on the Upper Mississippi, 1805-1890
Advisor: Theodore Karamanski
Nathan Jérémie-Brink
The L. Russell Feakes Assistant Professor of the History of Global Christianity, New Brunswick Theological Seminary,  New Brunswick, NJ
Dissertation: “Gratuitous Distribution”: Distributing African American Antislavery Texts, 1773-1845
Advisor: Kyle Roberts
Rachel Boyle
Public Historian and Co-Founder, Omnia History
Board of Directors of the National Council on Public History (2020-2022)
Dissertation: "She Shot Him Dead: The Criminalization of Women and the Struggle over Social Order in Chicago, 1871-1919"
Advisor: Timothy Gilfoyle
  Amy Oberlin
Senior Associate of Investigations and Disputes, Kroll Associates, Inc., New York, NY
Dissertation: "Love and Loyal Actions: Ritual Affect and Royal Authority, 1688-1760"
Advisor: Robert Bucholz
Noah Phelps
Director of Information Management, Sigma Chi Foundation, Evanston, IL
Dissertation: "Transport for Early Modern London: London's Transportation Environment and the Experience of Movement, 1500–1800"
Advisor: Robert Bucholz
  O. Eliot Pope
Upper School History Teacher, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, IL
Dissertation: "Forgotten Soldiers from a Forgotten War: Oral History Testimonies of African American Korean War Veterans"
Advisor: Christopher Manning
Chris Ramsey
Team Manager, Hudson Legal, New York, NY
Dissertation: "Forgetting How to Hate: The Evolution of White Responses to Racial Integration in Chicago, 1946-1987"
Advisor: Timothy Gilfoyle
  Marisol Rivera
Assistant Professor of History/Political Science, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Dissertation: "Survival Under Oppression: The Puerto Rican and Allied Struggle for Representation in Chicago, 1950-1983"
Advisor: Christopher Manning
  Gregory Ruth
Social Studies Department Co-Chair, Asia Pacific International School, Seoul, South Korea
Dissertation: "Pancho Gonzales' Racket: Citizenship and Celebrity in the Creation of Modern Tennis"
Advisor: Timothy Gilfoyle 
  Amelia Serafine
Instructor (Tenure Track), History, San Antonio College, Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, Texas
Dissertation: "Let's Get Together and Chew the FAT: Women, Size, and Community in Modern America"
Advisor: Michelle Nickerson

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