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The Graduate History Association

About the GHA

The Graduate History Association (GHA) is dedicated to promoting education, facilitating academic progress and offering professional support to the graduate students of the History Department. Interested graduate students are encouraged to join in order to supplement their academic curriculum. GHA meetings are generally held on a monthly basis. Attendance is encouraged and appreciated! You can contact the GHA by emailing

GHA Officers 2017-2018
Heather Brinn              
Austin Clark                 
Brittany Frederick        
Jason Higgins              

The 2017-2018 GHA Officers (Bottom Row): Brittany Frederick, Austin Clark, Heather Brinn, Jason Higgins; 2016-2017 GHA Officers (Top Row): Chloe Spinks, Gregg Mitchell, Katherine Fecteau, Camesha Scruggs


The UMass Graduate Student History Conference 

Each year, the GHA holds the UMass Graduate History Conference, open to graduate students from across the nation and from a variety of disciplines. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to present their work to a broader audience. Be on the look out for news and notifications regarding this event! 

Fall Outing

Every Fall, The GHA organizes a Fall outing for all members. 

Past Conferences 

Putting History to Work 

The 12th Annual GHA Conference, entitled Putting History to Work, was held on March 5-6, 2016. The Graduate History Conference was held in conjunction with a History Communicators workshop exploring effective history communication across disciplines, sponsored by the UMass Department of History. A public panel discussion with Jim Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, and other featured guests, took place on Friday, March 5th. GHA conference presenters were invited to attend a networking dinner that evening with workshop participants, including academic professionals, journalists, science and technology writers, bloggers, fiction and non-fiction authors, and more. Conference presenters investigated how we make history work for diverse communities. 



Transcending Borders and Disciplines 

The 11th Annual GHA Conference entitled Transcending Borders and Disciplines: The Global Importance of Transnationalism was held on March 7, 2015.  Professor  Jennifer Guglielmo of Smith College was this year’s keynote speaker.  Her research focuses on immigration, migration of Italian women, and their radicalism.  This year’s conference also featured the inaugural panel “Teaching for Social Justice and Change” composed of scholars who spoke about the importance of diversifying the university and  offered tips on teaching to a diverse classroom.