Student Research

New Histories Researched and Written by UMKC Students and Alumni


Undergraduate Theses

Cochran, Cole, “A Journey from City-State to Empire: A Modern Outlook on the Athenian Empire,” 2020.

Fenn, Lisa, “Ties Between Us: How Protest Turns to Unrest,” 2020.

Hanners, Katie, “Differing Perspectives: Coverage of Civil Rights Activism in Kansas City from 1954-64,” 2020.

Masah, Yujay, “Civil Rights Photography and Consensus Memory,” 2020.

Nold, Amber, “A Too Independent Spirit”: Gender Roles and the New Zealand Army Nursing Service’s Marriage Ban,” 2020.

Pennington, Josie, “Music of the Civil Rights Movement: Reflections in Kansas City, Missouri,” 2020.

Pritchard, Ryanne, “The New Jim Crow of Kansas City: Establishment Led Oppression & the Black Working Class,” 2020.

Rowland, Ryan, “Militarizing the Dead: Anglo-Boer War Memorials and the British Collective Memory,” 2020.

Sprague, Michael, “Lift Up a Standard for the People” – William T. Vernon, and the Educational Philosophy Guiding Western University at Quindaro, Kansas,” 2020.

Theel, Laura, “Multitasking in the Fifteenth Century: Margaret Paston, Wife of John Paston I,” 2020.

Wiedeman, Katie, “From Curse to Icon: Kansas City Shuttlecocks,” 2020.

Wilcox, David, “Martin Bucer’s Middle Way: The Distinctive Anglican Identity,” 2020.

Wyzard, Christian, “Remembering the Forgotten War,” 2020.

MA Theses

Hayward, Paula, “From the King’s Will to the Law of the Land: English Forest Litigation in the Curia Regis Rolls, 1199-1243,” 2020.

Lee, Jisung, “A Glittering Hope at the Darkest Time: Refugees and the Western Sanitary Commission During the Civil War,” 2020.

Leisinger, Brooke, “‘Legal Schmegal’: An Analysis of Lesbian Activism in the Non-Urban Midwest,” 2020.

Spachek, Michael, “Coyotes, Science, and the American Psyche,” 2020.

PhD Theses

Reeves, Matthew, “Making the Frontier’s Anatomical Engineers: Osteopathy, A. T. Still (1828–1917), his Acolytes and Patients,” 2020.

Steed, Brian, “Narrative as a Critical Component for Violent Weaker Actor Success,” 2020.

Spring 2020 Capstone Program

Alumni Publications

Beavis, Mary Ann, and Ally Kateusz (Eds.). Rediscovering the Marys: Maria, Mariamne, Miriam, T&T Clark, 2020.


Undergraduate Theses

Ashby, Chip, “Dehumanizing the Dirtbag: How Cinema Created and Cultivated a Culture Capitalizing on Chopper Consumers,” 2019.

Bartosh, Joe, “Consequences of a Crusade: How the Religious Right and the Gay Community Used Anita Bryant’s Crusade for National Attention,” 2019.

Bergthold, Makay, “Hebrew Scribes and the Production of Ancient Biblical Manuscripts,” 2019.

Boehnke, Matt, “18th & Vine: Putting Kansas City on the Map,” 2019.

Brewer, Grace, “Medieval Female Mystics: Religious Visions and Power,” 2019.

Chicoine, Joshua, “The Dawn of Bronze: Kurgan, Hyksos, and the Rise of the New Kingdom in Egypt,” 2019.

Cline, Taylor, “The Militarization of the Dark Knight: Batman, the Police and Urban Decay in 1980s America,” 2019.

Decker, Ethan, “Karma and the Unfortunate Cycle of Underestimating Afghanistan,” 2019.

Disorbo, Shaleana, “The Philippine-American War: How Racial Attitudes Affected Torture during the Philippine-American War,” 2019.

Dungan, Savannah, “Our Social Construction and the Making of a Serial Murder,” 2019.

Garland, Cameron, “Opportunities Caused by the Great Fire of London,” 2019.

Gordon, Brittany, “American Education and the Impact of Race-Blind Language,” 2019.

Greene, Alexander, “The Occult Nature of Language and Race,” 2019.

Gutierrez, Jonny, “Mendez vs. Westminster: The Unsung Case,” 2019.

Holliman, Jacob, “Missing Pages: What is in the missing pages of Darwin’s Transmutation Notebooks and what was he thinking?,” 2019.

Jennings, Jacob, “Unmaking Maya: Deconstructing the Illusion of the Thuggee Death Cult,” 2019.

Kovar, Carolyn, “Working Between the Lines; the Failure of Section 235 and the Role of the Government in Undermining Residential Integration in the 1970s,” 2019.

Lopez, Anthony, “The New Sun: Understanding Transition through Media,” 2019.

Maxwell, Joshua, “Early 1900s Black Migration to Kansas City and its Impact on Segregation and Suburbs,” 2019.

Noe, Emily, “Bloody Fanaticism vs. Virgin Tolerance: The Role the Religious Policies of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor Played in Forming Their Subsequent Reputations,” 2019.

Ouellette, Taryn, “Branching Out From Balanchine: The Americanization of Ballet in the United States during the Mid-Twentieth Century,” 2019.

Penfield, Araya, “Not What but HOW,” 2019.

Perkins, Wesley, “African American Stereotypes in Advertising,” 2019.

Prymus, Christian, “Kansas City: A Land of Inequality,” 2019.

Samaniego, Dana, “The Impact of American Drug Policies on the Methamphetamine Crisis,” 2019.

Schaible, James, “How Twentieth Century Urban Development Changed and Divided Kansas City,” 2019.

Spencer, Annie,  “Finding Eleanor of Aquitaine,” 2019.

Trafton, Elizabeth, “English Gentleman: Soviet Spies Kim Philby’s and Guy Burgess’ Representation in British Popular Media,” 2019.

Usman, Ambroshia, “The African American Experience in Kansas City: How Racial Residential Segregation Negatively Affected African Americans,” 2019.

Walker, Tiffany, “Thomas J. Pendergast and the Pendergast Machine: How the Corruption of the Pendergast Machine Negatively Impacted the Kansas City Residents,” 2019.

Ward, Haley, “Race, Religion, Patriotism: How Missouri Newspapers Portrayed Barack Obama During the 2008 Presidential Election,” 2019.

Weis, Sam, “From Manly Heros, to Economic Stimulant: U.S. Soldiers in the Korean War,” 2019.

Williams, Leeann, “Analysis of the 1943 Bengal Famine,” 2019.

Zuniga, Andrew, “Emotional and Physical Responses to the Great Plague of 1665-1666 in England,” 2019.

MA Theses

Banks, Alexander, “Stories Untold: The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education’s Testimony Collection Practices,” 2019.

Carpenter, Kathryn, “Access to Nature, Access to Health: The Government Free Bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park, 1877 to 1922,” 2019.

Cline, Randi, The Work and the Glory: Historical Fiction and Cultural Narrative in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” 2019.

Foyer, Jean-Charles, “La France au bord de l’Amérique (France on the edge of America): Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the Twentieth Century,” 2019.

Gipple, Justin, “Pursuing a United Memory: Harry Truman’s Construction of a Collective Memory of the Western Hemisphere,” 2019.

Kane, Seán, “Margaret Roper and Mary Basset: The Influence of Christian Humanism on the Education of Thomas More’s Daughter and Granddaughter,” 2019.

Lyle, Kylie Elizabeth, “Living in Fear: An Analysis of Writings by Elizabeth Tudor, 1544-1565,” 2019.

Rucker, Sarah, “The United States of Embarrassment: How Concerns about the World’s View of America Propelled Justice Department Action in Civil Rights,” 2019.

Scheckel, Thomas, “The Lieber Codes Effectiveness in Jackson County, Missouri,” 2019.

Young, Elizabeth, “O, Beastly Jew!: Allegorical Anti-Judaism in Thirteenth Century English Bestiaries,” 2019.

PhD Theses

Taylor, Debra, “Whitewashing or amnesia: a study of the construction of race in two midwestern counties,” 2019.

Alumni Publications

Kateusz, Ally, Mary and Early Christian Women: Hidden Leadership, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Poston, Brook, James Monroe: A Republican Champion, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2019.

Spring 2019 Capstone Program

Fall 2019 Capstone Program


Undergraduate Theses

Albright, Hunter, “You Came Here Seeking Freedom: World War I Propaganda Posters and Jewish American Identity,” 2018.

Anderson, Nick, “The Plebian Influence on the Marian Reforms,” 2018.

Bilyeu, Zachary, “Survive! Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One as a Reflection on 1970s America,” 2018.

Burton, Sarah, “The Dependents: Women on Their Own in 18th Century London,” 2018.

Culp, Brittany, “The Humanist Influence: Opposition and Affirmation among Preachers in Renaissance Florence,” 2018.

Erikson, Holly, “The Vestal Virgins: An Analysis of the Influence and Power of Female Religious Figures in Ancient Rome,” 2018.

Fanciullo, Jordon, “Imperial Virtus: A Numismatic Study of Emperor Hadrian’s Coinage and Representations of Roman Gender Dynamics,” 2018.

Freiermuth, Samuel, “Facing the Iron Brigade: 10 Years of Conflict and Its Effect on the Kansas Militia,” 2018.

Fulbright, David, “Florentine Historians’ Depictions of the Guelph-Ghibelline Conflict,” 2018.

Greenberg, Matthew, “Huey Long and Anti-Semitism: How Huey Long Masked His Anti-Semitic Views through Anti Banking Rhetoric,” 2018.

Griffin, Ashley, “Prosperity of the 1930s & 1940s: The Success of Nelly Don & the Donnelly Garment Company,” 2018.

Hanson, John, “The Rise of Charter Schools in Kansas City,” 2018.

Holman, Chris, “‘Get Down, You Damn Fool!’ The Birth of the Sniper: How the Whitworth Rifle Helped to Change the Battle Field Forever,” 2018.

Juknevicius, Gaile, “Trimming Down Anglo-Norman History: How the Rise of the Irish Anglo-Norman Aristocracy Was Reflected in the Architecture and Archaeology of Trim Castle in Trim, County Meath, Ireland,” 2018.

Klint, Alyson, “Eugenics—Positive, Negative or Both? The Case of Dr. Florence Sherbon,” 2018.

Laney, Kaija, “Suicide in the Executive Mansion: How the Death of Thomas Reynolds Led to the Creation of Missouri’s First Asylum,” 2018.

Loya, Luis, “The Mexican Urban Experience in Kansas City,” 2018.

Martinez, John, “Winds of Empire: The U.S. Response to Hurricane Disaster in Puerto Rico, 1928,” 2018.

Mason, Andromeda, “Junius Groves: Potato King,” 2018.

Piatt, Joshua, “The Whiskey Rebellion: The First Watershed of Infant American Politics,” 2018.

Prado, Erika, “The Creation of an Icon: The Bolivian Cholita’s Role in Identity Formation In Eighteenth-Century Bolivia,” 2018.

Provo, Zachary, “After Stonewall: Gay Political and Sexual Expression through Dance,” 2018.

Sicola, John, “The Veteran Artist: Max Beckmann,” 2018.

Valdivia, Ray, “Ambrose’s Letters: Blessing and Chastisement,” 2018.

Winkler, Elijah, “Gompers Goes to War: The AFL, the International Workers of the World, and the First World War, 1913-1918,” 2018.

MA Theses

Bye, Taylor, “‘On the Side of Freedom and Loyalty:’ Reconstruction in Western Missouri, 1865-1875,” 2018.

Mika, Joshua Christopher, “Constructing Comanche: Imperialism, Print Culture, and the Creation of the Most Dangerous Indian in Antebellum America,” 2018.

Ploth, Kevin, “When Cultures Collide: How Primitive Masculinity and Class Conflict Derailed the Patrick J. Hurley Diplomatic Mission to China, 1944-1945,” 2018.

PhD Theses

Pingelton, Timothy James, “Three Paths To Religious Integration In Ernest Hemingway’s War Fiction,” 2018.

Alumni Publications

Egli, Rebecca, “‘The World of Our Dreams’: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science,” PhD diss., University of California, Davis, 2018.

Hanzlick, K. David, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2018.

Spring 2018 Capstone Program

Fall 2018 Capstone Program


Undergraduate Theses

Carmona, Jude, “The History of ‘Hiroshima Is a Lie’: The Dissemination of the Nuclear Weapons Hoax Conspiracy Theory,” 2017.

Hampton, Tyler, “The Influence of Pedagogical Practices on Government in Ancient Sparta and Rome,” 2017.

Olson, Maria, “Wife, Mother, Mistress: The Formation of Identity by English Gentry Women in the Late Medieval Period,” 2017.

Pacubas, Mara, “U.S. MASH Nurses in Korea, 1950-1953,” 2017.

Stenger, David, “A Final Quest Concerning the Rectification of Principles,” 2017.

MA Theses

Brown, Kenan Aaron, “Loving all People Regardless of Race, Creed, or Color”: James L. Delk and the Lost History of Pentecostal Interracialism,” 2017.

Peile, Kaylee M, “Building Bridges: An Anthology of the War on Prostitution and the Greater Women’s Movement in Kansas City,” 2017.

Scheil, Luke Slater, “From Pop Culture to Nuclear Debate: The Impact of The Day After in Lawrence and Kansas City,” 2017.

Smith, Gregory S, “The Laboring Irish: Developing Community and Industry in Early Kansas City,” 2017.

PhD Theses

Davis, Justin Allen, “The Theological Edifice of Modern Experiential Protestantism: Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, and Palmer’s Reconstruction of Nineteenth Century Pietism,” 2017.

Kateusz, Allisyn, “An Inquiry into the Relationship between Community and Text: Narratives and Iconography Depicting Christian Women with Authority in Late Antiquity,” 2017.

Kelley, Tanya, “World to Word: Nomenclature Systems of Color and Species,” 2017.

Smith, Dale Warren, “The Victorian Preacher’s Malady: The Metaphorical Usage of Gout in the Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon,” 2017.

Fall 2017 Capstone Program