Graduate Students


A student in the Ph.D. program, Blake specializes in the politics and culture of the eighteenth-century Mid-Atlantic. His MA Thesis considered the discourse surrounding elections in colonial Philadelphia and compared the practices of candidates for the Assembly and for city offices.  He has been a Teaching Assistant for several history courses including the European survey, America Since 1939, American Military, and Modern Latin America. He is a recipient of a Presidential Fellowship (2013), a Dean's Summer Research Fellowship (2015), and the Dowling TA Award (2016) from Lehigh University.

Early America, British Empire, Latin America
M.A. History, Lehigh University (2017) 
B.A. History, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania (2013)


Since my M.A. Thesis titled “The King, a Queen, and an Oath Sealed by Blood: A Cultural Re-Evaluation of the Bois-Caiman Ceremony and Its Impact on the Early Haitian Revolution,” I have focused my attention on exploring how the cultural and spiritual practices of enslaved men and women in Saint-Domingue impacted the formation of moments of social action and collective violence in the late eighteenth century. Conceptually, I am currently looking at how inter-disciplinary methods (historical, anthropological, literary) can help historians come to new understandings of the past. My work broadly focuses on the Greater Caribbean area and, in particular, those areas that were under French colonial control. 

Grants and awards from Dale S. Strohl, the Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Office of International Affairs have graciously funded much of my research. I currently hold a teaching assistant position in the history department and I am the department's graduate Dean's Council representative.  

Colonial Black Atlantic and Slavery, Modern Caribbean, Anthropology and History
B.A. Anthropology, Muhlenberg College (2005)
M.A. History, Lehigh University (2016)


Christopher Brockman is a PhD student in the Department of History with a dual focus on issues of class, labor, and politics in twentieth century America as well as the use of digital historiography in academia today.  Interested in the Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Digital History, his current research focuses on the importance of the Fireside Chats within the scope of the New Deal and the use of digital scholarship within the field of American social history.  Professionally, he currently serves as a teacher within Pennridge School District in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.


My name is Nicholas Stark, and I am in the History Ph.D. program, currently attending on a full-time scholarship from the university. My research is primarily in Modern Europe, with an emphasis on the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era. Born and raised in Philadelphia, I earned my B.A. in History and French from West Chester University. I earned my M.A. in History from Florida State University, where I was part of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, writing my thesis on Franco-Irish revolutionary movements. I am a fellow of the Masséna Society and the International Napoleonic Society, an honorary member of the Napoleonic Society of Ireland, and a member of Nu-Sigma chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society. I am also presently teaching as an adjunct at Union County College.


Atlantic History, Colonial American History, Native American History
B.A, History, Messiah College (2006), M.A. History, Lehigh University (2014)

As an historian, I have focused my research on the multi-cultural political environment in the 18th-century trans-Appalachian West. Specifically, I am interested in uncovering the political voices of 18th-century Native Americans as they negotiated their places within expanding North American empires. 

I received the Lehigh College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Master's Thesis Award in 2015. I currently teach Native American Cultures at Messiah College.


A Ph.D. candidate since 2014, Christine specializes in early American religion with interests in cultural, intellectual, and public history. Her dissertation, “’Physicians of the Soul,’ ‘Physicians of the Body,’: Religious and Medical Discourse of Health and the Body in Puritan New England, 1660 to 1730,” examines the reciprocal and communal nature of ministers' and physicians' printed exchange of ideas and the crucial role this transference played in notions of gender, religious orthodoxy, and cultural status, and the subsequent emergence of two specialized vocations. Christine recently presented a paper, entitled “To ‘Dwell in Houses of Clay’: The Paradox of the Material Body” at the 2016 Ways of Knowing 5th Annual Conference on Religion at the Harvard Divinity School. Her other accomplishments include a curatorial internship at Martha Vineyard's Museum, a scholarship to attend Winterthur Institute's two-week decorative arts course, and a practicum for the creation of an interpretative sign for a public greenway. Christine is also the recipient of several fellowships and grants from the Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Kritzer Family Foundation, Lehigh’s History Department, and Lehigh’s College of Arts & Sciences.


Zachary Arms is a first year Ph.D. student in History from Tennessee with a focus on the late nineteenth/early twentieth century U.S. History, particularly the era’s cultural, intellectual, and gender history. He received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in History from Lee University in 2010 and an M.A. in History from Indiana State University, with the thesis “Brotherhood of the Hunt: Outing Magazine and the Progressive Era Masculine Sportsman.” He does not currently have a dissertation topic chosen, though it will likely continue to focus on hunting magazines and masculinity in the Progressive Era. He is a recipient of the University Fellowship from Lehigh.


I am from Philadelphia, PA and am working on a Ph.D. specializing in urban, African American, late nineteenth/early twentieth century, and gender history. I received my B.A. from Villanova University in 2008 and my M.A. from that institution in 2011. Before coming to Lehigh University, I taught at Strayer University and Delaware County Community College. I held a teaching assistantship during the 2016 spring and fall semesters.

Kristin E. Tremper is a Ph.D. Candidate in History with interests in the cultural and social history of early America, particularly political culture, gender, and slavery in the colonial and revolutionary periods. She received her B.A. with Honors in History from George Mason University in 2008 and her M.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Her dissertation, “Beyond the Grave: The Politicization of Death in Eighteenth-Century America,” examines how news of death and memorialization shaped social relations, political ventures, and power. She has received generous research support from Colonial Williamsburg’s Rockefeller Library, the Virginia Historical Society, and Lehigh University’s History Department, Humanities Center, and College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Hoben Teaching Fellowship from the History Department for Spring 2016.


Samuel is a Dean's Fellow in Lehigh’s doctoral program. He earned his master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he received the Caldwell Prize. Samuel's research focuses on American religious history with minor fields in Colonial America, Latin America, and British Empire.
Samuel worked on the editorial staff for the Journal of Mormon History and interned for the Joseph Smith Papers project. He is the co-editor, with Dr. Steven C. Harper, of the historical anthology Exploring the First Vision. He has taught at Salt Lake Community College and worked as a teaching assistant at both UMass and Lehigh.