Current and Past Honors Students

Honors Students and Their Proposed Thesis Topics, 2013-14

Jacob Addelson
Law and Land in Berkshire County:  1770-1789
(Advisor: Professor Spero)

Sharon Bollinger
Godzilla: Monstrous Legacy of the Cold War
(Advisor: Professor Siniawer)

Jason Briggs
The Past as Prologue: A 20th Century Guide to the Future of Cyber-Warfare
(Advisor: Professor Wood)

Linda Chu
A Lost Generation in the Americas: The Historical Memory of the Chinese Cultural Revolution from the Chinese Immigrants in Peru and the United States
(Advisor: Professor Wong)

Nataly Garzon
Emerging from The Shadows – ‘Latino’ Immigration to Columbia, South Carolina
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

Isabel Greer
The Art of Survival
(Advisor: Professor Kohut)

Annie Jeong
Impact of Westernization on South Korean Ideas of Beauty
(Advisor: Professor Long)

Sara Kang
Caught in the Crossfire: Issues of Racism and Discrimination in Okinawa (1945-1972)
(Advisor: Professor Siniawer)

Leo Obata
Exposed Warriors: Changes in the Visual Portrayal and Remembrance of Imperial Japanese Forces, 1945-Present
(Advisor: Professor Siniawer)

Alexandra Oviedo
Sympathizer for the Arab Cause or British Imperial Agent?: Gertrude Bell’s Role in the Formulation of British Imperial Policy in the Middle East During the Cairo Conference
(Advisor: Professor Bernhardsson)

Eilin Perez
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”: The Rhetoric of Revolution in the DPRK
(Advisor: Professor Reinhardt)

Joon Hun Seong
From Volksgemeinschaft to Dictatorship of the Proletariat: Transition to Communism in the German Democratic Republic
(Advisor: Professor Kohut)

Quinn Solfisburg
Imposed Identities: Narrating Indigenous Politics in Ecuador
(Advisor: Professor Kittleson)

Nathaniel Sutton
Fremont, Ohio – A Community at War
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

Nicholas Tyson
Diverging Paths of Modernization: Reforms of Reza Shah and Ataturk 1923-1941
(Advisor: Professor Bernhardsson)

Qaim Wynter
The British and Dutch East India Company’s Entry Into Japan
(Advisor: Professor Reinhardt)

Honors Students and Their Thesis Topics, 2012-13

Courtney Alexander
In Spite of It All:  Sexuality and Motherhood in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
(Advisor: Professor Long)

Thomas Daubert
A Cause Not Lost:  The Unyielding Struggle of Confederate Veterans to Preserve White Supremacy During North Carolina’s Reconstruction
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

Tyler Holden
One Country, Watching Television:  How Kennedy Became the First Television President
(Advisor: Professor Chapman)

Christine Hulsizer
Reconciling Sein and Schein:  Writing Modern Lives in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
(Advisor: Professor Fishzon)

Hannah Kaemmer
Hall Overhaul:  The English Gentry and their Great Halls at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century
(Advisor: Professor Knibbs)

Kevin O’Connell
Ideology and Infrastructure:  Internal Improvements & the American Constitution
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

Grace Rehnquist
Letters Divided:  An Experiential Deconstruction of the Nisei Collective During Wartime Internment
(Advisor: Professor Wong)

Kristen Sinicariello
Reconciliation without Justice:  The Politics of Memory in Post-Dictatorship Uruguay
(Advisor: Professor Kittleson)

Sungik Yang
Rioters, Victims, or Heroes:  Transforming Narratives about the Gwangju Uprising
(Advisor: Professor Siniawer)

 

Honors Students and Their Thesis Topics, 2011-12

Evelyn Denham
Between Sublime Porte and Hofburg: Negotiating European Identity at the Eighteenth-Century Habsburg Court
(Advisor: Professor Kohut)

Charlotte Kiechel
Coming of Age during the Holocaust: Representing an Adolescence of Survival
(Advisor: Professor Garbarini)

Adriana Mendoza Leigh
‘Re-membering’: The Struggle for Memory in Postwar Peru
(Advisor: Professor Kittleson)

Alison Pincus
The Mark of Reliability? A Documentary Study of the Closing of the Sprague Electric Company Facilities in North Adams, MA
(Advisor: Professor Dubow)

Lily Wong
Remembering the Nanjing Massacre: Transnationalism and Atrocity
(Advisors: Professors Wong/Garbarini/Reinhardt)

Amanda Reid
‘I’m Crowning You Myself’: The Miss World Beauty Pageant and the Performance of Jamaican Nationalism
(Advisor: Professor Benson)

David Samuelson
Writing for Geneva: Japanese Foreign Relations Rhetoric Surrounding the Manchurian Incident
(Advisor: Professor Merrill)

Glynis Startz
Through the Lens of Japanese American Internment: Twentieth-Century Changes in West Coast Agricultural Counties
(Advisor: Professor Wong)

Honors Students and Their Thesis Topics, 2010-11

Mary Freeman
Civilian Soldiers:Letters Home in the American Civil War
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

Iliyana Hadjistoyanova
“I Feel Pretty American . . . But Then I Also Feel Very Cuban”: Exploring Hyphenated Identities in ¿Qué pasa USA?, 1977-1980
(Advisor: Professor Benson)

William Harron
Wars and Rumors of Wars: Three Northern Communities During Lee’s Gettysburg Invasion
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

Peter Hick
Writing for Stalin: Anglo-American Journalists and the Soviet Famine, 1928-34
(Advisor: Professor Wood)

Madeleine Jacobs
A Modern Strategy for Saving Suez: The Rise of British Information Policy in the United States during the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956
(Advisor: Professor Chapman)

Anne Kerth
Missouri Compromised: The Daily Missouri Democrat, Party Politics, and the Coming of the Civil War
(Advisor: Professor Dubow)

William Lee
“”They Used to Call Us Garment Queens”: Narratives of Decline in New York City’s Chinatown Garment Industry, 1982-2000
(Advisor: Professor Whalen)

Jennifer Potvin
Scaling the Wall: Division and its Opposition in Nicosia, Cyprus, 1956-2008
(Advisor: Professor Waters)

Loretta Shen
Formation of a Lost Generation: The Sent-Down Movement and the “Three Old Classes”
(Advisor: Professor Reinhardt)

Honors Students and Their Thesis Topics, 2009-10

Margot Bernstein
Preston Smith Brooks in the Verbal and the Visual: Showing Face to Save Face and Avoid Disgrace in the Antebellum South
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

Charles Crawford
Breaking with the Past: How the Rwandan State and its Military Moved the Land of a Thousand Hills Beyond Genocide
(Advisor: Professor Mutongi)

Ben Davidson
‘Arches of Fire’: The Civil War and its Aftermath in the Minds of White Southern Children
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

R. Alexander Dyroff
Influence and Impotence: Multinational Corporations and the US Government in Guatemala and Chile
(Advisor: Professor Kittleson)

Cristina Florea
The (After)Life of a Dream: East German Children, Selfhood, and the “Socialist Personality” Before and After 1989
(Advisor: Professor Garbarini)

Lindsey Jones
Hidden Hydra: The Development and Decline of American Mafia Power
(Advisor: Professor Siniawer)

Zach Miller
‘Take Communism Away from the Communists’: The Early Intellectual Crucible of Walt Whitman Rostow and the States of Economic Grown
(Advisor: Professor Chapman)

Honors Students and Their Thesis Topics, 2008-09

Charlie Dougherty
The Elusive Peace: Washington, Saigon, and the Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1966-1969
(Advisor: Professor Chapman)

Ryan Ford
The Founding Fathers as Fathers: Revolutionary Change and Crisis in Authority
(Advisor: Professor Dalzell)

Emily George
Piety, Religion, and Morality: Church, State, and the Constitutional Process in Massachusetts
(Advisor: Professor Aubert)

Jeremy Goldstein
Equally Entitled? Transatlantic Tensions and the Crisis over Representation in Eighteenth-Century North America
(Advisor: Professor Aubert)

Kate Ireland
Ruin in the City of Palaces: The Fall of the Great Agency Houses of Calcutta, 1830-1834
(Advisor: Professor Wood)

Galen Jackson
Militarized Democracy: The American Reactions to the Coups in Turkey
(Advisor: Professor Bernhardsson)

Katie Johnson
Maleficent Eden: French Views of America and its Cultural Products in the Interwar Years
(Advisor: Professor Waters)

Bucky Marshall
For These We Strive: The Philadelphia Light Horse and American Identity
(Advisor: Professor Wood)

Susan Raich
Like Father Like Son? Henry III’s Tomb at Westminster Abbey as a Case Study in Late Thirteenth-Century English Kingship
(Advisor: Professor Peter Low, Art History)

Kevin Waite
The Masculine Divide: Violence, Manhood, and Nationalism in the Plain Folk South, 1820-1861
(Advisor: Professor Dew)

Shawn Woo
Scripture and Tradition: A Rapprochement of the Reformations
(Advisors: Professors Bernhardsson and Goldberg)

Honors Students and Their Thesis Topics, 2007-08

Jimmy Bierman
Foreign Interventions in Lebanon: Misguided Benevolence
(Advisor: Professor Berhardsson)

Megan Brankley
When a Patron Falls: Contesting the History of 1965 in Post-Suharto Indonesia
(Advisor: Professors Reinhardt and Siniawer)

Ashley Burrell
‘One God! One Aim! One Destiny!’: The Use of Christianity in the Universal Negro Improvement Association
(Advisor: Professor Whalen)

Jeff Callahan
Falling Out of Love: Boston, the Big Dig, and the Romance of Automobility
(Advisor: Professor Dalzell)

Jim Clayton
Order Through Confrontation: Lanfranc of Bec’s Search for Religious Stability
(Advisors: Professors Goldberg and Wood)

Katie Edgerton
The Same Old Story: History, Narrative, and Myth in the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-1985
(Advisor: Professor Waters)

Roy Garcia
President Nixon, China, and the Bilateral Strategy: A New Interpretation of Sino-American Rapprochement, 1969-1972
(Advisor: Professor Reinhardt)

Lizzie Gomez
The Puzzle of a Revolution: Sendero Luminoso’s Guerilla War in the Peruvian Highlands
(Advisor: Professor Kittleson)

Aston Gonzalez
‘I Was Walking Every Inch with Those Kids’: Media Coverage of Black Children in Three Civil Rights Event
(Advisor: Professor Long)

David Mathias
The Pauper and the Peasant: Poverty and Class in Carolingian Europe
(Advisors: Professors Goldberg and Waters)

Walker Matthews
Justinian’s Reconquest of the West: Warfare, Ideology, Religion, and Politics in Sixth-Century Byzantium
(Advisors: Professors Goldberg and Edan Dekel, Classics)

Adam Pinto
Comic Books and September 11: Memory and Commodification
(Advisor: Professor Wong)

Alex Roth
Global Strategies, Regional Realities: Moving Towards the Eisenhower Doctrine in the Middle East, 1955-1957
(Advisor: Professor Merrill)