Meet our Graduate Students

Pheeraphong Jampee

Phee (Pheeraphong) Jampee is a Ph.D. Candidate. Phee is researching Colonial and Post-Colonial Southeast Asian history, particularly Indochinese refugees and women and Thai nationalism in the post-WWII period from 1945 until 1975. As a native speaker of Thai and its minority dialects, Phee has a personal connection with mainland southeast Asian history, in particular, the topics of nationalism and the creation of the Thai identity in the aftermath of the Second World War. Phee chose to be a graduate student at NDSU because he wanted to research deeper into Southeast Asian history and share his knowledge with other students and scholars. In Southeast Asian History, the expectations concerning nationalism, gender, and refugees in the twentieth century are endless, and that is what excites Phee most about his field. There are indeed plenty of sources that have been sitting in archives around the world untouched for many reasons, and that is what makes Phee excites most about his research.

The following is a link to Phee's Academia page:

Laura Kluckman

Laura Kluckman is a Ph.D. student focusing on gender in 1920s Vaudeville. She is particularly focused on comparing male and female impersonation in Vaudeville, and why one became hugely successful and the other did not. She is pursuing her degree in order to become a college professor.

Levi Magnuson

I am researching the eugenics and progressive movement here on the Great Plains for my master's degree. The reason I find the topic so compelling is due to how obscure it is, despite the impact we are still feeling to this day. Great Plains and Midwestern history interest me because of how often it is overlooked despite it being a rich area of study. I am hoping to eventually get my PhD in history and become a Professor in American history. I picked NDSU because of the good recommendations I had from my undergraduate advisor and being able to have a teaching position for my time here. 

Jon Rundquist

Jon Rundquist (they/them) is a Ph.D. student studying the history of rural LGBTQIA2+ Minnesotans. Their current focus is on the history of Two-Spirit people from Northern Minnesota and the current realities they face as advocates for their communities. As a Trans/Non-Binary scholar living in rural Minnesota, Jon has always felt at home among the rolling prairies of the Red River Valley, and wonders what helps LGBTQIA2+ Minnesotans living on the prairies, hills, forests, and lakes of Greater Minnesota – thrive – despite the metrocentrist ideals of American society. Another aspect that fascinates Jon is how religion and spirituality intersect with rural LGBTQIA2+ Minnesotans, with steeples and cemeteries down nearly every country road. Jon hopes to one day teach at a Minnesota college or university to further their studies by teaching Minnesota history to high school and college students. North Dakota State University was Jon’s original choice for colleges when they graduated high school, but life had other ideas. Many years later, they arrived on NDSU’s campus as a Ph.D. student with big ideas. NDSU might not be in Minnesota, but Jon is growing in their appreciation for North Dakota’s rich history of rural survival politics.

Emma Tomb

Emma Helen Tomb is a Master's student focusing on late 20th-century feminist work in North Dakota. Her research looks at forms of activism surrounding women's bodily autonomy, specifically comparing the movements for abortion rights and the movement to end sexual violence in the state, to understand how feminist activism transformed throughout the changing political climate in the late 20th century. Emma chose the program at NDSU so she could work under her advisor Dr. Ashley Baggett, to learn how to take a gendered and multi-disciplinary approach to history, and so she could continue her work at the Plains Art Museum in downtown Fargo. She hopes to be able to take both her training as a feminist historian, and her experience as a museum curator, to develop and push boundaries in museums, and to help the general public access academic ideas in a museum setting. 

Graduate Program Alumni

Angela Beaton 
Graduated December 2019
Library technician, MSUM Archive, Moorhead MN

Kacy Johnson
Graduated May 2020
Curator, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, Alexandria MN

Chelsea Olmstead
Curator, Durham Museum, Omaha NE

Stacy Reikowsky
History Instructor, Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown MD

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