Talking History: Dr. Will Mackintosh (3/20)


Talk: Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum (3/22, 7 pm)

In Honor of Women’s History Month
The Program in Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of History and American Studies present

Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum

(Professor of History, West Chester University)

“Intimate Revolution: Communist Women and the Spanish Civil War”

March 22, 7pm, Combs 139

Dr. Kirschenbaum is the author of Small Comrades: Revolutionizing Childhood in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 (2000), The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1995: Myth, Memories, and Monuments (2006), and International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion (2015). She will share intimate stories of women communists in the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) exploring how communist commitments shaped personal lives and personal relationships influenced political understandings.

For more information contact Dr. Allyson Poska

Talking History: Professor Jason Sellers Speaks on Environmental History (2/20)


Talking History – Spring ’17 Schedule


Mt. Vernon Internships (deadline 2/17/17)

Spend a Summer Immersed in the 18th Century at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Each year, Mount Vernon’s Historic Trades accepts a select number of applicants for summer internships. With a focus on the Pioneer Farm and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, these internships provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th century history, agriculture, and industry.

After completing a brief training program, interns will work as full-time Historic Trades interpreters for a period of 10 weeks under the direction of our professional interpretive staff.

    • Live on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate during the internship.
    • Participate in special field trips to other historic sites and museums in the region.
    • Receive reimbursement for travel expenses to and from Mount Vernon, accommodations on the estate, and estimated biweekly wages of $450 (based on hours worked, accommodations in addition, all before taxes).



      • Have a background in history or museum studies.
      • Be comfortable with public speaking.
      • Be available during the entire internship period of June 5 – August 11, 2017. Interns will be expected to work a five-day, 40-hour workweek that will include every other weekend.

We are looking for highly motivated students who will enjoy the challenges and benefits of participating in this program. We will be happy to discuss the internship in more detail with you and any students who are interested in applying.

Completed applications must be returned to Mount Vernon by February 17, 2017 for consideration.


Application Deadline: February 17, 2017

Please find the application and FAQs below or visit the Mount Vernon website.

If you have any questions, contact, or call Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades, at 703-799-8611.


Welcome to the Spring ’17 Semester!

4265614785_92d7fff5b2_mHello All,

Happy New Year! Our semester begins on Tuesday, January 17th.

We have new classes added this this semester–including two with seats still remaining: Dr. Erin Devlin’s AMST 303: Museums in the U.S., and Dr. Susan Fernsebner’s HIST 324: Chinese History through Film.

Also, a reminder to Senior Thesis (HIST & AMST 485) students! Don’t forget to attend the introductory meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 pm. Department Chair Dr. Bruce O’Brien will introduce you to the Senior Thesis process, standards, and also provide helpful strategies for success.

Best of luck on the coming semester!

Image: Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963. Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday and classes will start on Tuesday, January 17. Image: U.S. National Archives / Flickr Commons



HISA Research Symposim – Friday, 12/9

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies

Friday, December 9, 2016


SESSION ONE. 9:00 AM. Monroe 210 – Gender and Immigration in U.S. History
Moderator: Jeff McClurken

Katelynn Matragrano – “‘Serial Killers, Gender, and the Media! Oh My!’: How Media Coverage of Jane Toppan and H.H. Holmes Differed Based on Gender”

Jamie Battles – “Review of Immigration Reform During the Progressive Era of the United States: The Futile Dillingham Commission”

Malin Serifs – “A Long, Long Way to Go: Gender Discrimination in Employment in the United States from the 1960s to the 1980s”


SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 211 – Of King Arthur and Carolingian Counts

Moderator: Susan Fernsebner

Gunnar Gardner – “Arthurus, Rex Quondam, Rex Futurus: Unveiling the Historical Arthur”

Maximilian Starr – Carolingian Counts: A Regional Approach to Their Increased Autonomy during the Eight to Eleventh Centuries”


SESSION THREE. 9 AM. Monroe 111 – Topics in Early American and British History
Moderator: Allyson Poska

Jennafer Payne-Hall“British Accusations against Native Americans During the French and Indian War”

Kevin Sullivan – “Aruba, Jamaica, I Don’t Wanna Take Ya: Economic Causes of the British Abolition of Slavery, 1776-1807”


SESSION FOUR. 10:00 AM. Monroe 211 – The State, Propaganda, and Memory in Mao’s China

Moderator: Porter Blakemore

Catherine Liberty – “‘Pessimism is wrong’: A Critical Analysis of State Sponsored Visual and Verbal Culture during China’s Great Leap Forward”

Shannon Keene – “‘What’s Done Cannot be Undone’: An Understanding of the View of the Chinese Government by Former Red Guards Through an Analysis of Red Guard Memoirs”


SESSION FIVE. 10 AM. Monroe 111 – Legends and Myths of 19th Century U.S. History

Moderator: Jason Sellers

Callie Morgan – “The Donner Party Legend”

Jeffrey Conger – “Custer’s Last Stand: The Myth and Memory of the Battle of Little Bighorn


SESSION SIX. 11:00 AM. Monroe 210 – Gender, Text, and Identity

Moderator: Will Mackintosh

Megan Connor  – “Royal Midwives, Manuals, and the Creation of the ‘Ideal’ Midwife in Seventeenth-Century Europe”

Andrew Muchnick – “Agency Building and Identity Formation: Abigail Levy Franks’ Negotiation of Gender and Commerce in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Economy”


SESSION SEVEN. 11 AM. Monroe 211 – Topics in U.S. History and American Studies

Moderator: Erin Devlin

Nicholas Houff – “Pearl Harbor: The Event that Triggered 60 Years of Prior Prejudice”

Philip Bordone  – “Cartoon Warfare: The Cold War in Political Cartoons 1949-1964”

Julia Peterson – “How To Get Away With Stereotypes: An Analysis of Tropes of Gay Asian American Men and the Character Oliver Hampton”


12-1 pm LUNCH


SESSION EIGHT. 1 PM. Monroe 210 – Photography and the Press in American History

Moderator: Krystyn Moon

Ethan Tobin – “Knights of the Pen: The Politicization of News Coverage at the Battle of Fredericksburg”

Kristen Lambert – “Photographs as Propaganda: Selling the Success of Native American Boarding Schools”

Courtney Squires – “Lewis Hine: The Impact of Social Photography on Child Labor Laws in the United States”


SESSION NINE. 1 PM. Monroe 211 – New Looks at Military History

Moderator: Claudine Ferrell

Andrew Steele – “Constancy or Cowardice? The Trial and Execution of Admiral Byng”

Kelly Haynes – “I’ve Already Been to Hell: American POWs in Berga Concentration Camp”

Natalie Griffitts – “Accommodation or Collaboration: Examining Policy and Life in France During World War II”


SESSION TEN. Monroe 111 – 20th Century Global Topics
Moderator: Nabil Al-Tikriti

Dakota Thompson – “The Effect on Changing Missionary Work on Relief During the Armenian Genocide”

Courtney Burrows – “Expression Under Repression: Women Producing Arpilleras in Pinochet’s Chile”

Eric Sundberg – “Alfabetizacion es Liberacion: the Role of Education and Literacy in Sandinista Nicaragua”