Current Graduate Students
Below is a compilation of our current Graduate Students in History, including short biographies, CV's and contact information. Graduate students are listed in alphabetical order by last name. A full list of graduate students is linked at the bottom of the page.
Antoinette (Toni) Bettasso is currently pursuing her M.A. in History at Kansas State University. Toni is originally from Fort Riley, Kansas, and graduated with her B.A. in History and a minor in Classic Studies from Kansas State University in 2019. Her research considers slavery and the Continental Army with an emphasis on the fight for the creation of a battalion of enslaved men through the work of Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens and the relationships he forged with Henry Laurens, the Marquis de Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington.
Krysti Carlson-Goering is a Doctoral Candidate in History, with particular emphases in United States History, Gender & Labor History, History of Science and Technology, Women & Technology, Mass Media History. View her full CV.
Lisa Caitlin Highsmith is a Doctoral Candidate at Kansas State University who studies the commercialization of death in nineteenth-century America, Spiritualism, and the role of print media in the emerging funeral industry. Additionally, Ms. Highsmith is the Curator of Angelo State University's Mayer Museum. Before pursuing a doctoral degree, Lisa was the curatorial assistant at the Buddy Holly Center (Lubbock, Texas). Previous degrees include an M.A. in Physical Anthropology from Texas Tech University where she studied degenerative joint disease in skeletons from the St. Nicholas Cemetery in Limassol, Cyprus (2015) and a B.A. in History from Angelo State University (2012).View her full CV.
Melanie Highsmith is a third-year doctoral student at Kansas State University who studies 19th century conceptions of health and wellness, and construction of asylums. Ms. Highsmith is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant who teaches US History to 1877. Previous degrees include two M.A. degrees from Texas Tech University in History (2018) and Physical Anthropology (2015) as well as a B.A. in History from Angelo State University (2012). Theses over power dynamics at St. Elizabeths Hospital and forensic analysis of heavy bladed tool marks provide an interdisciplinary background to draw from. Former work experiences include time as a Biological Science Aid for the USDA and a Dermestid Colony Operator. Her research interests include: Illness and Medicine, Social Deviancy, and Asylum Construction. View her full CV.
Scott E. McIntosh is a second-year Doctoral student at Kansas State University researching Soviet policy regarding the Vietnam War, 1954-1968. Additionally, Mr. McIntosh sits on the Exhibits Committee at the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita and the Editorial Board at The Air Commando Journal. Before pursuing a terminal degree, he headed the Business and Strategic Intelligence curriculum at Newman University (Wichita) and retired as a Foreign Area Officer (Russia/Eurasia) from the United States Air Force. Previous degrees include an M.A. in International Relations and National Security Studies from Naval Postgraduate School (2004), where he studied Russian urban warfare in Chechnya, as well as B.A.s in Russian and East European Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas (1993). View his full CV.
Bryant Macfarlane is a doctoral student researching the co-creation of military society and vertical flight technology. Prior to coming to Kansas State, he completed his MA in History at Southern New Hampshire University in 2019, BA in History at Thomas Edison State University in 2015. He is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History with experience in instructing courses in the History of Technology, American History, Race and US Foreign Relations, and the Vietnam War. View his full CV.
Alec Loganbill is currently pursuing his M.A. in History at Kansas State University. Originally from Hesston, Kansas, Alec graduated from Bethel College (North Newton, KS) in 2019, earning a B.A. in History and a minor in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. Alec’s current research considers how British American clergymen and lay people understood, expressed, and experienced God’s providence during the imperial wars of the 1740s and 1750s. In addition to being a graduate student at Kansas State University, Alec is a graduate assistant in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at KSU, the editorial and production intern at the University Press of Kansas, and a contributing author for anabaptisthistorians.org, a collaborative blog by Anabaptist scholars. View his full CV.
Hannah Palsa is a third-year doctoral student at Kansas State University. Prior to coming to Kansas State, she completed a M.A. in History at Northern Illinois University in 2018 and her B.A. at Purdue University in 2014. Her research is focused on the Dogs for Defense program that was established during World War II by American dog fanciers. Her particular research interests include how children and adults reacted to Dogs for Defense, how Dogs for Defense operated as an American home front organization, how propaganda convinced dog owners to donate their animals to war, and how Dogs for Defense challenged previously held ideas of pet keeping and pet ownership in 1940s America. View her full CV.
Damon Penner is currently a Master’s student at Kansas State Univeristy. He graduated in December of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wichita State Univeristy. Throughout his collegiate career Damon has interned at many Kansas museums, including the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Harvey County Historic Museum and Archives, and the Fort Riley museums, has been selected to accompany an archeological expedition sponsored by Wichita State Univeristy, and presented one of his papers, Project Gemini: Turning “When” Into “Now”, at a conference. A lifelong Kansan hailing from Newton, Kansas, his graduate research being conducted at Kansas State focuses in the area of Nineteenth Century American Military History, primarily the Mexican-American War and American Civil War actions west of the Mississippi River. View his full CV.
Michael Santana is a second-year doctoral student at Kansas State University whose research focus is US and Spanish counterinsurgency and military action in the Greater Caribbean Basin during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Originally from Miami, FL, he attended the Citadel Military College of South Carolina, earning B.A. in History and Spanish. After graduating in 2015, he returned home, and earned his M.A. in History from Florida International University while teaching full time at a local middle school. Currently serving as a graduate teaching assistant, his coursework is focusing on the social and cultural makeup of the United States and Latin America, and the interplay between hegemonic powers and smaller states. View his full CV.
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