Education

George Mason University, Ph.D, History; A.B.D

  • Specializations: Digital History, 20th Century American History, Cold War Era Culture, Politics
  • Advisor: Dr. Meredith Lair
  • Dissertation: “Editorializing the Cold War: Cartoons and Commentary on Nuclear Fear and Anxiety, 1945-1989″

Claremont Graduate University M.A., History; 2010 *

  • Advisor: Dr. Janet Farrell Brodie
  • Thesis: “Herblock’s Korea: The Life and Work of Cartoonist Herbert Block, 1950-1953″
    • This project argues that Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herblock deeply believed in the Cold War “Us versus Them” ideology and this influenced his portrayal of the Korean Conflict. It also examines his artistic style and broader political stance against McCarthyism.

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, B.A., Honors History; 2005 *

  • Minor: Creative Writing

Research

Teaching

  • Instructor on Record: Undergraduate Survey HIST 100: Introduction to Western Civilization, George Mason University; Fall 2014 & Spring 2015
  • Instructor on Record: Graduate Seminar HIST 615: The US in the Cold War, George Mason University; Fall 2014
  • Teaching Assistant for Dr. John Orens, George Mason University; Spring 2011
    • Introduction to Western Cvilization
  • Teaching Assistant for Dr. Martin Sherwin, George Mason University; Fall 2010
    • The Camera and the Cold War
    • Guest Lectured on “McCarthyism” and “Atomic Cafe and the Cold War at Home”

Digital Projects

Conference Papers

  • “Visual Culture and Public Opinion: Assessing Audience Response to Nuclear Anxiety in the Newspapers,” Society for History in the Federal Government Annual Meeting; April 4, 2013
  • “Herblock’s Korean War,” Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Annual National Conference; April 12, 2012 *

Honors / Awards

Scholarships / Fellowships

  • Provost Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University; Summer 2015, $6000
  • University Fellowship for Academic Performance, George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences; 2014, $600
  • Provost Travel Research Fellowship, George Mason University; April 2014, $2700
  • University Fellowship for Academic Performance, George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences; 2013, $1200
  • Swann Foundation Fellowship, Library of Congress; 2013-2014, $1200 *
  • Provost Travel Research Fellowship, George Mason University; April 2013, $1700 *
  • Ida Lloyd Crotty Endowed Scholarship, Claremont Graduate University; 2009-2010 *

* Received / Presented as Alexandra “Sasha” Boni