Samantha L. Lanevi

PhD Candidate in American History

Samantha is a PhD candidate in American history at Selwyn College researching foreign war brides in World War II. Her project explores the role of race in shaping fraternization and war bride policy towards German and Japanese brides as well as the immigration polices which both disabled and enabled their subsequent immigration to the United States. Her research is supervised by Dr. Andrew Preston and advised by Dr. Gary Gerstle.

She completed her M.Phil at Cambridge on Confederate secession's centering of perceived white female vulnerability prior to the American Civil War. This dissertation was supervised by Dr. Nicholas Guyatt and supported by the Edna V. Moffett Fellowship for Graduate Study in History. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College where she double majored in History and Latin. She completed a range of independent research projects while at Wellesley on topics such as the Klondike Gold Rush, US federal policy towards Indigenous peoples, and historical memory. While at Wellesley she received the Barnette Miller Foundation Essay Prize for her essay on Holocaust representation at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Shirley Heidenberg Koteen '40 Endowed Internship for Jewish Studies Grant to support her internship at The Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish Studies in New York City.

She currently serves on the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) Steering Committee as one of their Postgraduate Secretaries.

Prior to returning to graduate school, Samantha worked at an international auction house in New York City as their Head of Auction Team and Finance Manager. She is on the University of Cambridge's Blues Golf team, representing Cambridge in the 2023 Varsity Match at Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland and the 2024 Varsity Match at Rye Golf Club. She has served as CULGC Treasurer and will be the 2024-2025 season's captain.

Key Publications

"The Sand Creek Massacre" for British Association for American Studies & Rothermere American Institute's Historical Perspectives on Gendered State Violence Project

Review of Robin Judd's Between Two Worlds: Jewish War Brides after the Holocaust for The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies*

Review of Sonia Gomez’s Picture Bride, War Bride: The Role of Marriage in Shaping Japanese America & Angela Wanhalla's Of Love and War: Pacific Brides of World War II for The Journal of Military History*


Talks & Presentations & Workshops

"The Call of the Wild: Popular Memory of the Klondike Gold Rush" - Harmsworth Symposium in American History - Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford 2023

Susan Carruthers' Dear John Book Talk Panelist - Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) Annual Conference 2023 

"Secession Rhetoric's Centering of (Perceived) White Female Victimhood" - Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) PhD Workshop Spring 2023

University of Cambridge Graduate Research Day - University of Cambridge 2023

"Weaponization of Supposed White Female Victimhood in Secession Advocacy" - University of Cambridge Graduate American History Conference - University of Cambridge 2023

"Jack London's Klondike" - Graduate Article Workshop - Journal of American Studies - 2023

Co-Organizer of Cambridge Graduate American History Conference 2024

"Crossing Lines: United States War Brides in the Twentieth Century" - Cultural and International History VII - "Uncertain Boundaries" - John F. Kennedy Institute Berlin - 2024

Graduate Student Lightning Round - The Organization of American Historians Annual Conference - Chicago, USA - 2025