New doctorates at the 2016 History PhD Commencement Ceremony, left to right: Pouya Alimagham, Davide Orsini, Shana Melnysyn, Robyn d’Avignon, Christopher Tounsel, Ismail Alatas, Pascal Massinon, Sherry Funches, Joshua Mound, Nevila Pahumi, Jonathan Farr, Luciana Aenasoaie, Garrett Ryan, Andrea Wright. (Photo: Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)


On April 29, 2016, the Department of History held its annual PhD Commencement Ceremony. Fourteen students from the class of 2015-16 were on hand to celebrate their doctorates in History, Anthropology and History, and the Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History. Professor Kathleen Canning, Department Chair, offered welcome remarks, and Professor John Carson announced the 2016 Arthur Fondiler Dissertation Prize, which was awarded to Elizabeth Kamali for her work, "A Felonious State of Mind: Mens Rea in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century England." The PhD recipients for 2015-16 include:

  • Luciana Aenasoaie (Anthropology and History)
  • Ismail Alatas (Anthropology and History)
  • Pouya Alimagham (History)
  • Emma Amador (History)
  • Gene Cassidy (History)
  • Adriana Chira (Anthropology and History)
  • Joshua Coene (Anthropology and History)
  • Ben Cronin (History)
  • Robyn d'Avignon(Anthropology and History)
  • Tara Diener (Anthropology and History)
  • Jonathan Farr (History)
  • Sherry Funches (History)
  • Amanda Hendrix-Komoto (History)
  • Elizabeth Kamali (History)
  • Pascal Massinon (History)
  • Shana Melnysyn (Anthropology and History)
  • Bertrand Metton (Anthropology and History)
  • Joshua Mound (History)
  • Davide Orsini (Anthropology and History)
  • Nevila Pahumi (History)
  • Holly Rapp (History)
  • Garrett Ryan (Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History)
  • Ali Sipahi (Anthropology and History)
  • Jessica Stephens (Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History)
  • Edgar Taylor (Anthropology and History)
  • Christopher Tounsel (History)
  • Andrea Wright (Anthropology and History)
Juan Cole says a few words about his student, Dr. Andrea Wright. (Photo: Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)
New PhD Christopher Tounsel discusses his experience in the History graduate program and thanks family and fellow students. (Photo: Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)
Proud parents take snapshots of Garrett Ryan (center) with Professor Ian Moyer (left) and Professor Ray Van Dam. (Photo: Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)