History and American Studies Symposium–April 26, 2024

History and American Studies Symposium 

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Cedric Rucker University Center, Friday, April 26, 2024


SESSION ONE. Colonnade Room. 9 AM—Religion and Sports in US History and Culture

Moderator: Dr. Erin Devlin

Margaret Jones, “Norman Vincent Peale and His Capitalistic Venture”

Joey Welch, “Bill Russell, Sports, Race, and Media: Examination of the Media Narratives Surrounding One of Basketball’s Legends”

Darian James, “The Recovery of New Orleans and The New Orleans Saints Post Katrina”

Anna McCandless, “The Media Portrayal of NCAA Transgender Student-Athlete Participation”


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Fall 2024 Courses

Postcard of Monroe Hall, 1930-1945

Monroe Hall postcard, ca. 1930-1945, via Boston Public Library

Looking for more information on History and American Studies courses for Fall 2024? See here for a full listing and descriptions.

Fall 2023 Symposium – 12/8 – All Welcome!

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – December 8, 2023

Monroe 111 and 210


SESSION ONE. Monroe 210. 9 AM—Hot & Cold Wars: Experience, Opinion, Critiques
Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Gavin Leonard, “Alfred Duff Cooper, Anti-interventionism, and Interventionism: American Public Opinion from 1939 to 1941”

Thomas Knight, “Letters and Diary Writing of the Pacific War”

Morgan Kelley, “Secrets, Soviets, and Sverdlovsk: Critiques of the Biological Weapons Program and Biosecurity in the 1970s and 1980s”


SESSION TWO. Monroe 111. 9 AM—Colonialism, Identity, and Conflict: Historical Perspectives Moderator – Dr. Will Mackintosh

Ryan Llufrio – “An Analysis on the Armeno Tatar War in Baku and The Origins Behind Today’s Armenian-Azerbaijan Conflict”

Justin Henle – “Colonial Conundrum: France’s Authoritarianism and the Algerian War”


SESSION THREE. Monroe 210. 10 AM– Papers in US and Global History: Newspapers, Literature, and Song

Moderator: Dr. Erin Krutko Devlin

Lilia Vanderhoof – “The Image of Andrew Jackson: The Role of Newspapers in the Representation of Andrew Jackson”

Brandon Rojas – “Revolution Rejuvenated: The Song of Youth and its Uniqueness and Continuations”

Karla Perez – “The Emergence and Evolution of Contemporary Christian Music in the United States”


SESSION FOUR. Monroe 111. 10 AM—Constructions of Power: Three Studies

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Garrett Welch – “Connecting Inquisition: The Missing Step needed in the Study of Ecclesiastical Inquisition”

Lance Hungar – “From Goths to Romans? Changing Conceptions of Visigothic Kingship in the Reigns of Leovigild and Reccared”

Kyle Khan – “Centers of the Court: Water Gardens of Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur”


SESSION FIVE. Monroe 210. 11 AM–-Selected Papers in American Studies and History.

Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Jacob Martin – “The Establishment of Fort A.P. Hill and its Effects on Residents in a Rural Community”

Taymar Gorelick – “Unveiling Her Legacy: Examining the Contributions of Female Activists in Birmingham, 1963”

Christian Zapatero – “Army Regulations No. 600-45 & The Medal of Honor: From Theory to Practice”


SESSION SIX. Monroe 111. 11 AM—Topics: ‘Moral Treatment’, The American Indian Movement, and Another Look at Standards of Learning

Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

RJ Davis – “John M. Galt’s ‘Moral Treatment’ at America’s First Mental Institution”

Kendell Jenkins – “The American Indian Movement and Their Role in Crafting the Future of Freedom”

Teresa Felipe – “Teaching the Vietnam War: A ‘Band-Aid’ to Assist Teachers”


Spring ’24 Course Flyers

Registration time has arrived and the course catalog is available for Spring ’24!

Interested in learning more about courses in History and American Studies? See the link above for the full listing, and below for flyers that are available.

Questions? Drop your professor an email and they’ll be happy to help.

Click the flyer for a full screen view:

HIST 142 Asian Civ 2 Flyer

HIST 142: Asian Civilizations II

HIST 300D2 Africa since 1800

HIST 300D2: Africa since 1800


HIST 300-B3: Native American History since 1890

HIST 300-D4: The Soviet Century

HIST 300D4–The Soviet Century

HIST 310 Urban History

HIST 310:
Urban History

HIST 324 Chinese Cinema

HIST 324: Chinese History through Film (online)

HIST 368 Gender in Chinese History Flyer

HIST 368: Gender in Chinese History

HIST 390 The United States and Vietnam

HIST 390: The United States and Vietnam

HIST 444 American Slavery

HIST 444: American Slavery



HIST 468 Stalinism flyer

HIST 468: Stalinism

HIST 337 -- Medieval Islamic Civilization Flyer

HIST 337 — Medieval Islamic Civilization

HIST 338 From Mongols to Ottomans Flyer

HIST 338 – From Mongols to Ottomans

HIST 471 Problems in Genocide Studies Flyer

HIST 471 – Problems in Genocide Studies

Internship Opportunity – Chesapeake Gateways Ambassador


The Appalachian Conservation Corps and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park are hiring a Chesapeake Gateways Ambassador intern to help share the incredible stories of the park through an equity lens. This position is open to young adults aged 18-30, or 35 if veteran, and is ideal for recent graduates of communications, history, education, etc. The Park is looking for candidates local to the area.

The intern will develop and present inclusive interpretation materials, write digital media resources and host community programs. This 50-week position will begin September 18th, 2023, and is based out of Church Creek, MD. For more information and to apply, visit this website.

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Group portrait of graduating students with Dr. Allyson Poska


The Department of History & American Studies is delighted to congratulate our graduating majors. We were happy to toast them at our reception on May 5th. We also shared news of this year’s awards:

Almont Lindsey Award for Excellence in History: Katrina Smith
Glen R. Thomas Award for Highest GPA in American Studies: Tyler Carnohan
Joseph Carroll Vance Award for Excellence in Historical Research: Madeleine Gulbransen and Elizabeth Rybarczyk
Phi Alpha Theta Award for Highest GPA in History: Lyndsey Clark
Willie Lee Rose Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership: Delaney Dunnigan

Departmental Honors were also awarded to:
Laura Baldwin, Lyndsey Clark, Helen Dhue, Madeleine Gulbransen, Cegan Hinson (Class of ’24), Andrew Hudgins, and Elizabeth Rybarczyk

Cheers to all awardees and to all Class of ’23 graduates!

History and American Studies Symposium–April 21, 2023

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 21, 2023


SESSION ONE. Monroe 111. 9 AM—Foreign Wars, Imperial Entanglements, and US Foreign Relations in Historical Perspective

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Jordan Leahey, “Ferdinand Marcos and the U.S. Congress: Power vs. Ideals”

Ricky Muñoz, “An Empire to Be: American-Dominican Relations and the Spectre of Imperialism”

Daniel Walker, “One Percent Ideology and the War in Iraq”

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