Fall ’22 HISA Research Symposium Schedule – All Welcome!

Department of History and American Studies Symposium – Fall 2022
University of Mary Washington
Friday, December 2, 2022.

All sessions will be held in Monroe Hall.


SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210. New Perspectives on Local History
Moderator: Professor Erin Devlin

Olivia Foster. “Singapore, Michigan: The Life and Legacy of Michigan’s Most Famous Ghost Town”

Ashleigh Fritcher. “Rebuilding Idaho: A Case Study in Religion and Disaster Relief”

Caperton Beirne. “Significance of Historical Imagery in Civil Rights Protest in Richmond, Virginia”


SESSION TWO. 10 AM. Monroe 210. Native Americans, Land Management, and Political Legacies
Moderator: Professor Will Mackintosh

Delaney Dunnigan. “James Monroe’s Forgotten Legacy”

Katrina Smith. “The Taking of Indigenous Land for the Creation of Yellowstone National Park “

Lukas Trick. “Wanton Destruction and Unmitigated Evils: How Fire Suppression Policies Marginalized Native Americans in the Early Twentieth Century”


SESSION THREE. 10 AM. Monroe 111. Cultural Productions: 18th c. Japanese Puppet Theater and World War Two Propaganda
Moderator: Professor Susan Fernsebner

Kayla Savoie. “Gender and Passion in 1700s Japanese Puppet Theater”

Audrey Schroeder. “For the War: Propaganda and Public Opinion in World War II Era Films” [JM]


SESSION FOUR. 11 AM. Monroe 210. Culture, Race, and Politics in U.S. History
Moderator: Professor Steven Harris

Anthony Adams. “Northern Teachers, Northern Biases”

Sam Weinstein. “Equality in Sports: How Business Brought Integration”

Bryan Rivas. “Johnson’s Road to Victory in the 1964 Presidential Election”

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”


HISA Research Symposium – Friday, 4/22

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 22, 2015

Senior thesis and digital history project presentations. All are welcome!


SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210— Race and Ethnicity in American Life

Moderator:  Dr. Porter Blakemore

Ashlyn Dacey—Domestic Violence on Indian Reservations in the United States

Shannon Ball—“Woman Must Have Her Freedom”: Birth Control Activism as Viewed Through The Birth Control Review and the Influence of Margaret Sanger

Lila Spitz—The Depiction of African Americans in Six High School United States History Textbooks from the 1980s and the Early 2000s


SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 111—Representations of Women in History

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Francesca Dinger—Sky High Standards: Female Flight Attendants of the 1960s

Carolyn Ann Kowalewski—From Wives to Public Conduct: Protestant Reformer’s Views on Women in the Sixteenth Century

Ashley Jenkins—Portrayal of Republican Era Chinese Women in Popular Culture


SESSION THREE. 10 AM. Monroe 210—20th Century German History

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Dana Baumgartner—Jugend Dient Dem Fuerher: Growing Up in the Hitler Youth

Zach Young—The German Nuclear Program: How Germany’s Technological Progress Failed to Produce the Atomic Bomb

Kathleen MacIndoe—The Forgotten Faces of Operation Valkyrie


SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 111— Forging and Breaking Social and Economic Bonds in Times of War and Peace

Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Victoria Bond—Captivity and Native American Customs during the Seven Years War

Corey Dyke—Under Siege: The Struggle to Form and Maintain Allegiances in the American Civil War

Lydia Hope Jones—The Demise of a Town with Promise: A Comparative Look at the Towns of Dumfries and Alexandria and Their Varied Responses to Colonial Pressures


SESSION FIVE. 11 AM. Monroe 210—Women in American History and Contemporary Life

Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Mercia Spicer—Choosing to Stay: Seeking to Understand the Choices of Women Captives

Mary Fesak—“The Ideals of Pine Mountain”: Gender, Progressive Thought, and the Built Environment at Pine Mountain Settlement School


SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 111—Cultures of Food and Sports in American History

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Jenna Williams—“It’s Going, Going, Gone”: The Policies and History Surrounding Cuban Baseball Defections in the 1990s

Elizabeth Eiseman—Lacrosse the Nation: How Sport Benefits Native Americans

Peyton Brown—Big on the Pig: Pork Culture and Barbecue Culture in North Caroline History


SESSION SEVEN. 1 PM. Monroe 111—Representations of Sexuality and Gender Relations

Moderator: Dr. Jeff McClurken

Emily Bostaph—Stuck in Their Ways: The Portrayal of Homosexuality in Popular Sitcoms and News Segments from the 1950s to the Late 1980s

Bailey Ivancic—“Are You Popular?” The Depiction of Women in Postwar Social Guidance Films

Megan Rebennack—Feminist Reading on Amy Schumer


SESSION EIGHT. 1PM. Monroe 210—Explorations in Late Antique, Byzantine, and Medieval European History

Moderator: Dr. Steven E. Harris

Barry Lucero II—Constantine: The Driving Force of a Christian Revolution?

Edward Harold Scheirer III—Ideal Kingship and the Legitimacy of the Anglo-Saxon State

Shane Carlson—Early Byzantine and Arab Naval Organizations, 655 CE-717 CE


SESSION NINE. 1PM. Monroe 211—War and Nationalism in Colonial America and the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Heidi Scanlon—King Philip’s War: The Attack on Medfield

Megan Bannon—Pioneer Farmer: An Analysis of George Washington’s Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Practices at Mount Vernon

Jake Rieder– Nationalism and the Fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire


SESSION TEN. 2 PM. Monroe 111—Narratives of Exclusion and Inclusion in American History

Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Shannon Green—AIDS: A Catalyst for Queer Representation in the Media

Daniel Webb—Is It Because I’m Black: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In and Its Effects on the Civil Rights Movement

Marie Clifford—Reinterpreting the Civil War: Creating a Narrative with the Voices of Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans at National Park Service Sites


SESSION ELEVEN. 2 PM. Monroe 210—Adventures in Digital History Project Presentations

Moderator: Dr. McClurken

3D Scans from the James Monroe Museum

Mary C. Fesak

Jonathan A. Hernandez

Lila B. Spitz


The Slaughter-Murray Papers

Kimberly A. Carbajo

Matthew R. Gaughan

Kathleen M. MacIndoe

Brexton L. O’Donnell


History of the ITCC/Hurley Convergence Center

Jonathon A. Baker

Andrew B. Boswell

Marissa I. Feldman

Andrew C. Steele


Diary of Civil War Soldier Stephen Gordon

Michael C. Black

Catherine A. Liberty

Alexander C. Privitt

James T. Stewart


Fall Symposium This Friday (12/5)

Department of History and American Studies

Senior Thesis Symposium

December 5, 2014
9 am – 1 pm

Open to all, light refreshments will be served!



9:00 am

SESSION ONE: Topics on Race & Gender in U.S. History

Monroe 210
Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore

Chris Macko, “‘A caravan of wild beasts could bear no comparison with it’: Female Camp Followers and Their Motivations in the American Revolution”

Carla Williams, “The Sportman: White Masculinity in the Late 19th Century”


SESSION TWO: Military History

Monroe 111

Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey McClurken

Will Rogers, “The Saga of John Elphinstone: An Analysis of his Naval Expedition and Service to the Russians in the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774”

Jack Hylan, “Black Officers in the Great War and the Division within The African American Community”


10:00 am

SESSION THREE: Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Room 210
Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska

Katelyn Lewis, “Peace-weaving Wives and Warrior Women: Measuring Mutual Impact on Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian Women in the Viking Age”

Gwendolyn Buyze, “Hernando de Solarte: The Spanish Inquisition and the Basque Witch Persecution”

Kaitlyn Connolly, “Gender, Drinking, and Violence in Early Modern England”

SESSION FOUR: Topics in U.S. History and American Studies: Then & Now

Room 111
Moderator: Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt

Joanna Jourdan, “‘In Remembrance of His Goodness and Truth’: American Contemporary Mourning for President James Garfield”

Trevor Pennington, “The Silent Participant: Study of the Symbiotic Relationship between the Ku Klux Klan and  the Baptist Church in 1920s America”

Margaret D’Amico, “Women: The Forgotten Victims of the War on Drugs”

11:00 am

SESSION FIVE: Cultural History of the United States

Room 210
Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Drew Seymour, “The Grand Ole Opry Insurance Company: How Synergy Between Radio and Insurance Transformed ‘The Athens of the South’ Into Music City”

Morgan Hayes, “The Battle between Two Women: Nancy Drew as an extension of Mildred Wirt Benson and Harriet Adams Stratemeyer”

Jess Reingold, “Mount St. Helens: A Tourist Hot Spot”

SESSION SIX: U.S. Civil War History

Room 111
Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Andrew Masters, “‘Deception is the Ethics of War’: An Analysis of the Campaign of John Singleton Mosby and His Partisan Rangers”

Ryan Quint, “’You snatched Washington out of our Hands’: The Battle of Monocacy and the Redemption of Lew Wallace”


1:00 pm

SESSION SEVEN: 20th Century U.S. Military History

Room 210
Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Elizabeth Henry, “Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye: The Organization and Public Opinion of the Evacuations of Schoolchildren in Great Britain During the Second World War”

James Moore, “Tank Design from the Interwar Period to 1950”

Steven Roper, “Bullets and Brushstrokes: American Military Equipment Art’s Culture Connotations, 1917-1975”

SESSION EIGHT: Topics in United States History

Room 211
Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Lauren Garcia, “To Cultivate Cordial Peace and Friendship: The Evolving Views of Thomas Jefferson Toward Native Americans”

Ronald Vest, “1887: A Year in the Press – The Cherokee Nation, The Dawes Act, and the Local, Regional, and National News”


SESSION NINE: European History – Two Studies
Room 111

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

James Eichner, “The Devolution of Carolingian Statehood”

Emily Hummel, “The Jews of Europe and Germany on the Eve of the First Crusade”

Senior Thesis Symposium This Friday (4/26)

The History and American Studies Department welcomes all to attend this Friday’s symposium in which students will present their senior theses.  Sessions will be held from 9 am to 2 pm and are open to the public. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Schedule:  (see here for a schedule file that can be downloaded)


History and American Studies Symposium


Spring 2013

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies

Friday, April 26, 2013



SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—Politics and Memory of the Civil War Era

Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore


James Hitch—The Federal Folly Along the Rappahannock (JM)


Hannah Laughlin—The Memory of Civil War Ironclads: The Battle of Hampton Roads in American Memory (JM)


Sarah E. Tagg—Analyzing the Rhetoric in the Seven Lincoln-Douglas Debates (WM)



SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 211—Forging National and Ethnic Identities in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History

Moderator: Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt


James Myers—Let Me Be Frank: Conceptions of National Identity in the Frankish Kingdoms, 450-1108 (BO)


William T. Roark—”So Radical a Revolution”: The Ku Klux Act and Trials and the Retreat from Reconstruction (CF)


Stuart Bolling Smith—Warriors of the Faith: Understanding Spartan Identity in the History of Sparta’s Religious and Societal Practices (BO)


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Fall 2011 Symposium Schedule Now Available

Our schedule for the History and American Studies Symposium is now available. Students will share their research completed for senior thesis this past fall semester. The event consists of panels held from 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, December 9th. See below for the full schedule. Refreshments will be served.

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