Graduate Student Directory

Amy Hart
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg, rm 150 (Grad Lab)
  • Mail Stop History Department

Research Interests

utopian societies, intentional communities, 19th century U.S., women's history

Biography, Education and Training

California Polytechnic State University

Master of Arts, History Awarded June 2015

Thesis Title: Gods and Gurus in the City of Angels: Aimee Semple McPherson, Swami Paramananda, and Los Angeles in the 1920s

 

California Polytechnic State University

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 

Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Honors, Awards and Grants

Don Durnbaugh Starting Scholar Award, Communal Studies Association

2017

Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz

2016-17

Regent’s Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz

2015-16

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, California Polytechnic State University

2014-15

Dan Krieger California History Award, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

2014-15

Baker and Koob Research Endowment, California Polytechnic State University

2014-15

Helen Sandercock Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence, California Polytechnic State University

2014-15

Spencer Wood Memorial Award for Academic Excellence, California Polytechnic State University

2014-15

Graduate Assistant Award, California Polytechnic State University

2014-15

Resident Tuition Waver Award, California Polytechnic State University

2014-15

Graduate Equity Fellowship, California Polytechnic State University

2013-14, 2014-15

College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior Award, California Polytechnic State

University

2010-11

Political Science Department's John H. Lynn Paper Award, California Polytechnic

State University

2010-11

James M. Duenow Scholarship, California Polytechnic State University

2009-10

Selected Publications

“Owned and Controlled by Negroes”: Allensworth and the Study of Subnational Space

Recipient of the Communal Studies Association Don Durnbaugh Starting Scholar Award, upcoming in Communal Societies, Fall 2018

Gods and Gurus in the City of Angels: Aimee Semple McPherson, Swami Paramananda, and Los Angeles in the 1920s

Under Review by Church History

The Gods of the Dunes: The Diverse Spiritual Practices and Beliefs of the Dunites

 

Upcoming in Communal Societies, 37:2, Spring 2018

“Peace in the Land of Upright People: Religion and Violence in Burkina Faso”

Journal for the Study of Religion Vol. 27, No. 2 (2014): 172-194.

“Religious Communities of 1960s America”

The Forum, Cal Poly History Journal, Vol. 7 (Spring 2015): 59-79.

Selected Presentations

“Life After Community: Georgiana Bruce and the Continued Pursuit of Social Reform”                                                                         Communal Studies Association Conference, October 2017                                               

“Religious Diversity within Community”

International Communal Studies Association Conference, July 2016

“Gods and Gurus in the City of Angels: Aimee Semple McPherson, Swami

Paramananda, and Los Angeles in 1923” 

Western Regional American Academy of Religion Conference, March 2015

Presider, “Consuming the Globe” 

Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, February 2015

“Borderlands in the American West” 

Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Conference, April 2014

Teaching Interests

nineteenth century United States

Women's History

Religious History