About THSO

Founded in 2000, the Transatlantic History Student Organization (THSO) is a one-of-a-kind graduate student organization. THSO’s primary goal is to provide UT Arlington history graduate students an opportunity to discuss issues related to transatlantic studies, and welcomes anyone interested in transnational history or comparative history that deals with encounters, discoveries, and interaction across frontiers and borders situated in the countries and continents surrounding the Atlantic Basin. Our annual graduate student conference is a venue that fosters discussion of the interrelations between peoples and ideas of the “Old” and “New” Worlds.


A Word about The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of History and Transatlantic Doctoral Program

In 1998, UT Arlington’s Department of History implemented the Transatlantic doctoral program. The program focuses on the interactions of people and regions across the Atlantic from the fifteenth century to the present time. The program is not defined by political boundaries, and students explore the interactions and cross-cultural developments between Europe, Africa, and the Americas over the last six centuries. To learn more about the work our fellow students are conducting, please visit the department’s Current Dissertations’ topics page.

In addition to the doctoral program, the History department provides offerings at both the bachelor’s and master’s level.


Our 2016-2017 THSO Officers and Faculty Advisor, and Past THSO Presidents

THSO Officers

Student, THSO President

I started the PhD program at UTA in the fall of 2013.  My interests are broadly speaking the Atlantic world in the early modern period with a particular focus on English privateers and exploration and discovery.  I am currently working on my dissertation which looks at English exploration and activity in the Atlantic during the first half of the sixteenth century.  The strong cartographic focus of our department and the Library’s Special Collections offers me the unique opportunity to do a lot of my research here at UTA. I currently serve as the THSO president.  I received my Masters of Liberal Arts at Dallas Baptist University.

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Student, THSO Vice President

I am in my fourth year in the program and am interested in researching issues connected to smuggling between the American colonies and Latin America. When I find time in between books and papers I enjoy spending time with my wife. When my wife is not paying attention I play golf and video games. I spend the rest of my time apologizing to her about the golf and video games.


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Student, THSO Treasurer

I am in the fourth year of the PhD program.  I am particularly interested in migration history and ethnicity formation and retention.  I am currently working on my dissertation which will examine the determinates of ethnic retention as seen in Walloon migration of the mid-nineteenth century, originating in south central Belgium and terminating in Wisconsin.

Student, THSO Secretary

I am fascinated by migration and various ways that family networks directly shaped movement of people and ideas in the early modern era. I find that the study of gendered power and identity formation related to early Atlantic movement offers a compelling way to explore and explain how the individuals and their communities engaged with national and global influences. UTA’s transatlantic PhD program offers the perfect fit for me to creatively explore my dissertation research.

THSO Faculty Advisor

Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor

Kenyon Zimmer is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, and received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. His research and teaching focuses on transatlantic migration, labor, and radicalism.  He is the author of Immigrants against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America (University of Illinois, 2015), coauthor (with Mario Gianfrate) of Michele Centrone, tra vecchio e nuovo mondo: Anarchici Pugliesi in difesa della libertá spagnola (SUMA Editore, 2012) and co-editor (with Patryk Babiracki) of Cold War Crossings: International Travel and Exchange in the Soviet Bloc, 1940s-1960s (Texas A&M Press, 2014) and (with Peter Cole and David Struthers) Wobblies of the World: Towards a Global History of the IWW (Pluto Press, forthcoming 2017).

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Past THSO Presidents


I am a native of Texas and a 5th year PhD Student in the Transatlantic History program here at UTA. My dissertation is on Irish Protestants in North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with a focus on the Orange Order, an Irish Protestant fraternal organization. I live in Arlington with my wife, two kids, and a one-eyed cat, and spend most of my free time playing guitar in a few local bands.

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