Recent Ph.D.s

The list of PhDs is arranged in the order of date awarded, name, dissertation title, advisor (chair of the committee), and employment after graduation.

Yao, Liang
“Consuming Science: A History of Soft Drinks in Modern China"
Advisor: Hanchao Lu
Date awarded: May 6, 2016
Adjunct Instructor of History, Young Harris College

An, Hyoung Joon
“The Origin and Development of the Korean Space Program, 1958-2013"
Advisor: John Krige
Date awarded: December 11, 2015
Associate Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Korea

Atwaters, Sybrina
“Redefining the Sacred in 3D Virtual Worlds: Exploratory Analysis of Innovation and Knowledge Production through Religious Expression”
Advisor: Willie Pearson, Jr.
Date awarded: December 13, 2014
Life Development Director, Gifted Education Foundation

Ross, Gloria
“Race, Poverty, and Food Vulnerability in Atlanta, 1980-2010”
Advisor: Bill Winders
Date awarded: December 13, 2014
Research Analyst, Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Borello, Lisa
“Technological Discipline, Obese Bodies and Gender: A Sociological Analysis of Gastric Banding”
Advisor: Willie Pearson, Jr.
Date awarded: December 13, 2013
Researcher, Kansas State University

Callahan, Angel Long
“Satellite Meteorology in the Cold War Era: Scientific Coalitions and International Leadership 1946-1964”
Advisor: John Krige
Date awarded: December 13, 2013
Associate Historian, Naval Research Laboratory

Nikiforova, Irina
“Turing Award Scientists: Contribution and Recognition in Computer Science”
Advisor: Mary Frank Fox
Date awarded: August 3, 2012
Assistant Professor, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia

Hardy, Eric
“Policy Drought: Water Resource Management, Urban Growth, & Technological Solutions in Post-World War II Atlanta”
Advisor: Steve Usselman
Date awarded: December 17, 2011
Assistant Professor, Loyola University

Maharaj, D. Ashok
“Space for 'Development': US-Indian Space Relations 1955-1976”
Advisor: John Krige
Date awarded: December 17, 2011
Human Resources, TATA, Chennai, India

Yoon, Jungwon
“Exploring Regional Innovation Capacities of PR China: Toward the Study of Knowledge Divide”
Advisor: Willie Pearson, Jr.
Date awarded: December 17, 2011
Research Faculty, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea

Zhou, Fang
“The Wheels that Transformed the City: The Historical Development of Public Transportation Systems in Shanghai, 1843-1937”
Advisor: Hanchao Lu
Date awarded: December 17, 2010
Associate Professor of History, Georgia Gwinnett College

Moon, Nathan
“The Amphetamine Years: A Study of the Medical Applications and Extramedical Consumption of Psychostimulant Drugs in the Postwar United States, 1945-1980”
Advisor: Andrea Tone
Date awarded: December 11, 2009
Researcher, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Tao, Yu
“The Earnings of Asian Computer Scientists and Engineers in the U.S.”
Advisor: Willie Pearson, Jr.
Date awarded: August 1, 2009
Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

McGahey, Christopher
“Harnessing Natures’ Timekeeper: A History of the Piezoelectric Quartz Crystal Technological Community (1880-1950)”
Advisor: Steve Usselman
Date awarded: May 1, 2009
U.S. Patent Office

Zander, Patrick
“Right Modern: Technology, Empire, and the Britains’ Extreme Right Wing in the Fascist Era (1919-1940)”
Advisor: Jonathan Schneer
Date awarded: May 1, 2009
Assistant Professor of History, Georgia Gwinnett College

Phalkey, Jahnavi
“Big Science, State Formation, and Development: The Organisation of Nuclear Research in India, 1938-1959”
Advisor: John Krige
Date awarded: September 12, 2007
Lecturer in History of Science and Technology, India Institute, Kings College, London, UK

Scriven, Olivia A.
“The Politics of Particularism: HBCUs, Spelman College, and the Struggle to Educate African Americans in Science, 1950-1997”
Advisors: Willie Pearson, Jr., Steve Usselman
Date awarded: August 4, 2006
Senior Advisor for Academic Development, Spelman College

Stoneman, Timothy
“Capturing Believers: International Radio, Religion, and Reception, 1931-1970”
Advisor: John Krige
Date awarded: May 6, 2006
Visiting Assistant Professor, Clemson University
Visiting Assistant Professor, GT- Lorraine, Metz, France

Hawley, Elizabeth Haven
“American Publishers of Indecent Books, 1840-1890”
Advisor: Andrea Tone
Date awarded: December 17, 2005
Chair, Special and Area Collections Department
George A. Smathers Library, University of Florida

Kumar, Prakash
“Facing Competition: The History of Indigo Experiences in Colonial India, 1897-1920”
Advisor: John Krige
Date awarded: December 11, 2004
Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University
Associate Professor, History and Asian Studies, Penn State University

Shackleford, Benjamin A.
“Going National While Staying Southern: Stock Car Racing in America, 1949-1979”
Advisor: Steve Usselman
Date awarded: December 11, 2004
Senior Social Scientist, Internal Revenue Service

Toivanen, Hannes
“Learning and Corporate Strategy: The Dynamic Evolution of the North America Pulp and Paper Industry, 1860-1960”
Advisor: Steve Usselman
Date awarded: July 30, 2004
Senior Researcher, Lappeenrata University of Technology, Finland

Sharp, Leslie
“Women Shaping Shelter: Technology, Consumption, and the Twentieth Century House”
Advisor: Andrea Tone
Date awarded: May 1, 2004
Associate Vice Provost, Graduate Education and Faculty Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Hild, Matthew
“Greenbackers, Knights of Labor, and Populists: Farmer-Labor Insurgency in the Late Nineteenth Century South”
Advisor: Robert McMath Jr.
Date awarded: August 2, 2002
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia

Combes, Richard
“The Development of Technology-Based Industry in Atlanta”
Advisor: August Giebelhaus
Date awarded: May 4, 2002
Owner, RC Consulting, LLC

Tympas, Aristotelis
“The Computor and the Analyst: Computing and Power, 1880s-1960s”
Advisor: Steve Usselman
Date awarded: December 15, 2001
Lecturer, University of Athens, Greece

Lands, LeeAnn
“Class, Race, and the Workers’ City: Atlanta, 1880 to 1922”
Advisor: Ronald Bayor
Date awarded: May 5, 2001
Associate Professor of History, Kennesaw State University

Harris, Robin
“‘A New Representative of Southern Intellect: Julia Anna Flisch, A New Woman of the New South”
Advisor: Robert McMath Jr.
Date awarded: September 4, 1998
Associate Professor, Georgia College and State University

Morton, David
“The History of Magnetic Recording in the United States, 1888-1978”
Advisor: Bruce Sinclair
Date awarded: December 9, 1995
Research Historian, IEEE History Center