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Rebekah O'Zell McMillan

Rebekah O'Zell McMillan


J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-3001

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Rebekah McMillan is a PhD candidate in History with a focus on transnational poverty and social welfare history under the supervision of Laurence Hare. Her dissertation “‘The Healing Hand Laid on a Great Wound’: The Elberfeld System and the Transformation of Poverty in Germany, Britain, and the United States" examines the ways in which the evolution of poor relief, the development of the welfare state, and the shifting view of the very idea of poverty, were informed at every stage by dynamic transnational trends, ideas, and encounters. Her work helps to reconsider the global transformation of capital, labor, and poverty in the late nineteenth-century by investigating the mechanisms by which ideas about welfare moved across national borders and between the divides between private and public institutions. Her expected completion date is May 2019.

HIST 1113: World Civilizations to 1500

HIST 1123: World Civilizations since 1500

HIST 2013: History of the American People, 1877 to Present

HIST 3683: Europe in the 19th Century

HIST 2693: Europe in the 20th Century

B.A., History and Secondary Education, Ouachita Baptist University

M.A., History, University of Arkansas

Transatlantic Studies Association Travel Grant, Halle Foundation, 2018

Willard B. Gatewood History Graduate Fellowship, University of Arkansas, 2017, 2018

Doctoral Fellowship, German Historical Institute, 2017

Albert Bernardt Faust Research Grant, Society for German-American Studies, 2017

Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2017

Central European History Society Travel Grant, Central European History Society, 2016

Ralph V. Turner Endowed Travel Award, University of Arkansas, 2016

Goecke and Kennedy Memorial Travel Award, University of Arkansas, 2016

Jesse Taylor Jr. History Scholarship, University of Arkansas, 2012, 2014