I am interested, broadly speaking, in the British Empire during the late 19th and 20th centuries. My dissertation analyzes the ways in which British imperial actors constructed Antarctica as a colonial and post-colonial space. Along the way, I will also examine themes of masculinity, leisure, and the Cold War's influence on decolonization. I am a member of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research-Humanities and Social Sciences (SCAR-HASS) expert group. You can see my and other member profiles here: http://antarctica-hasseg.com/2018/05/andrew-j-avery/
Advised by Erik Scott
Dissertation Title: "Land of the Midnight Sun: Antarctica and the British Empire, 1768 - Present"
My research interests include American environmental history. My research focuses on the interplay between race and the environment, specifically examining to what extent environmental change affected the racial dynamics in and around Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.
Advised by Sara Gregg
My research interests include Nineteenth-century U.S. History; American Civil War/Reconstruction; Environmental History; and Food History
Advised by Jennifer Weber
Dissertation title: "Civil War in a Can: War as an Agent of Change in Food Consumption and Production, 1850-1870"
I study gender relations in Japanese food history. Specifically, my research analyzes the presence of gender roles associated to ingredients and techniques in cookbooks during the transition from Edo period to Meiji period.
Advised by Eric Rath
My research interests include U.S. Military History, 20th Century U.S. History, Civil-Military Relationships, Counterinsurgency, & Psychological Warfare.
My research focuses on the relationship between U.S. military personnel and local populations in the Middle East in early 21st century conflicts. I am particularly interested in understanding how changes in the troops’ cultural training helps to shape their behavior and experience in theater.
Advised by Beth Bailey
My research interest centers upon late medieval Christianity. Specifically I study the effects of Reformation ideology upon more traditional forms of Christianity during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. My interests extend to the role of the Church and influence of monasticism upon spiritualism in English society.
Advised by Steven Epstein
Dissertation Title: "The English Carthusians: Spiritual Idealism in the English Reformation"
My research focuses on modern Russia and Eastern Europe, aftermath of war and the Holocaust, and historical memory. In my dissertation I examine how after WWII, amid broader political aims, Communist regimes and citizens in Poland and Lithuania pursued retribution and justice on a spectrum for Jews murdered in the Holocaust. I have received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies to support my research on justice and society in Eastern Europe.
Advised by Nathan Wood
Dissetation title: "Holocaust Justice and Retribution in the Polish-Soviet West, 1944-65"
I am interested in family and gender dynamics in the early modern Italian and Spanish worlds and how these helped to shape group identity. I study the fluidity of group ties and how personal connections between the nobility shaped the formation of early modern states.
Advised by Luis Corteguera
Dissertation Title: "Princes and Popes: Family Ties and the Creation of the Early Modern State"
I study the spiritual encounters that occurred in sixteenth-century Mexico between the Spanish and the native Nahua. Specifically, I look at the ways in which both "sides" perceived, received, transferred, adapted, and adopted Christianity.
Advised by Robert Schwaller
My research interests include Modern Latin American History with attention to Brazilian History after the 1930 revolution. He currently teaches the courses HIST124/LAA100 Latin American Culture & Society and LAA300 Interdisciplinary Themes in Latin American Studies.
Advised by Elizabeth Kuznesof
My research interests include Modern US History,, with a focus on US and the World, Policy history, the US Presidency, and Political history.
Advised by David Farber
Dissertation Title: "President Richard M. Nixon, the War in Vietnam, the National Security Council, and the Architecture of the National Security State"