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Rhianna Gordon

PhD, 2023
Advisor: Thomas Slaughter

Major Fields: American History
Minor Fields: History of Activism and Reform, History of the Family, and History of Childhood

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

My primary research interests include gender, social reform, and religion in the nineteenth-century United States. I am currently researching nineteenth-century orphan asylums with a central focus on the experience of the child. My project also explores the history of the family, policy, labor, institutional reform, and charity.


PhD University of Rochester, History, expected 2023.
MA, History, University of Rochester, 2019
BA, History and Comparative Religious Studies, summa cum laude, Cleveland State University, 2017

Selected Publications

  • Article: "Evangelizing Indigents: A Move Towards Professionalization of the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum, 1875-1900,” The Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History 6, no. 1 (2018): 21-44.


  • 2018 Slattery Fellowship, University of Rochester 
  • 2017 Bonnie and Peter Raquet High Impact Learning Fellowship, Cleveland State University 
  • 2017 Jeanette Eckman Tuve Scholarship, Cleveland State University
  • 2017 CLASS Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Scholarship, Cleveland State University 
  • 2017 CLASS Outstanding Scholar Award, Cleveland State University 


  • I enjoy the cold weather, the close proximity to great hiking locations, and the local history.