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Mark and Lucy MacMillan Stitzer Program Support Endowment in History

Current Recipients:

Scott Doebler

Scott Doebler is a fourth-year Latin Americanist studying with Matthew Restall and Martha Few. His dissertation is a social and environmental history of southern Yucatan and northern Guatemala during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with a tentative working title of "Connected Forests: Spanish, English, and Maya Commodity Ecologies in Southern Yucatán and Northern Guatemala, 1524-1717."

Matthew Douthitt

Matthew is a first-year graduate student in History, specializing in modern China. His research interests focus on secret societies and religious movements during the Republic of China (1912-1949) and how the rising Chinese nation-state contends with religious heterodoxy. He also has an interest in increasingly the accessibility of quality history education to nontraditional students, particularly among the incarcerated.

Nathan Earle

Nathan is a historian of early modern Europe with a special interest in comparative legal history. His research explores the reciprocal relationship between law and society, taking as a working hypothesis the proposition that the 'rule of law' is always more aspirational than real in any given time and place. His master's thesis examined the role of the English Court of Star Chamber in suppressing dissent during the final decade before the outbreak of the English Revolution in 1640. Early Stuart censorship practices form one node of Nathan's broader doctoral project, in which he seeks to develop a comparative framework for understanding the tactics deployed by early modern censorship regimes to consolidate power, impede public criticism of authority, and thwart emergent democratic impulses. Nathan holds an MA in history from Clemson University and a JD from the University of Tennessee, where he served as Executive Editor of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association.

Michael Hicks

Michael is a PhD candidate in the History and African American studies dual title program. His research is at the intersection of Chinese foreign policy in Africa and propaganda outreach to African Americans during the Cold War. Before coming to Penn State, Michael lived in southern China for three years as a high-school English teacher and student of Mandarin Chinese. While living in China, Michael traveled extensively through the country and the Asia-Pacific region. Michael's previous research includes African Americans and the Shanghai jazz scene before World War II and using hip-hop lyrics to analyze the relationship of black and Korean residents in Los Angeles prior to the 1992 Rodney King riots. Michael's current project seeks to interrogate if and what relationship Chinese diplomacy in Africa had to propaganda efforts aimed at African American intellectuals during the Cold War, and to understand how Beijing navigated relationships with Africans and with black Americans.

Seonghek Kang

Seonghek Kang is a third year PhD student co-advised by professors Ronnie Hsia & Amanda Scott specializing in the history of political thought, governance, and religiosity in early modern Spanish Empire. Born and raised as a South Korean national, he is also strongly interested in comparative development of political theologies and imperial systems within the framework of the early modern global history."

Frank Lacopo

Frank is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in early modern global history. He received his B.A. (2016) and M.A. (2018) from Ball State University. His principal interests lie in the history of Mediterranean migration, religious conversion, and confessional boundary-marking in the sixteenth century, while his secondary interests range from the history of the medieval Church's relationships with religious minorities and the so-called "Spiritual Conquest" of Latin America. He has recently published in Clio and Hortulus: The Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, and Renaissance and Reformation. In the recent past, he received a FLAS [Foreign Languages and Area Studies] fellowship from Yale University for advanced Italian-language study and the Adrian Bantjes prize for best paper at RMCLAS [Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies].

Richard Yoder

Rick is a first-year student in the doctoral program, focusing on early modern global history. His main areas of research cover the history of Jansenism, mysticism, and gender in early modern France, with a deeper theoretical interest in the epistemic negotiation of the supernatural in modernity.