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Current M.A. Students


This page is intended to give a sense of the range and focus of graduate student research in our department. You may write to current students care of the Department of History, Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts, 161 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003-9312. View graduate student office hours here.

 

Thamyris Almeida

Fields: Modern Latin America, Colonial Latin America, Global History
Faculty: Joel Wolfe
Education: B.A. History, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Interests: Yoga, music, the Internet.
E-mail: talmeida@history.umass.edu

 

 

 


 

Janelle Bourgeois

Education: B.A, History, University of Massachusetts Lowell (2013)
E-mail: jbourgeois@history.umass.edu


 


Katherine Garland

Fields: Public History, Early American Religious History
Faculty: David Glassberg, Rob Cox
Education: BA in History, Messiah College, 2012

Interests: I am particularly interested in how public historians talk about the history of religion, as my research centers on early American religious history. In summer 2013, I was a Buchanan/Burnham fellow at the Newport Historical Society in Rhode Island. To help celebrate the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island's charter which granted religious toleration to the colony's inhabitants, I composed a series of essays about the history of religion in the colony. My essays can be found at: http://www.spectacleoftoleration.org/blog/

I am also pursuing a certificate in Arts Management through the Arts Extension Service here at UMass. Taking classes in financial management, board development, marketing, and the like will prepare me to run a non-profit institution when I graduate.

E-mail: kegarlan@history.umass.edu

 

Rose Gallenberger

Fields: Early America, Public History, Early Modern Europe
Faculty: Sam Redman
Education: B.A. History, Wisconsin Lutheran College (2014)

Interests: Revolutionary America, German Americans, Material Culture, Eighteenth Century Western History

E-mail: rgallenberge@umass.edu

 

 

Matthew Herrera

Fields: Modern America, Global History, Landscape and Memory
Faculty: Christian Appy
Education: BA, Humboldt State University, 2013
Interests: Changing perceptions of the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War in the eyes of the Americans. In particular, looking at the way American views of the Vietnamese landscape and people shifted during the war as it raged on through sensory and emotional approaches in history. French Imperialism during the 19th and 20th centuries.
E-mail: mherrera@history.umass.edu



Michael Holmes

E-mail: mrholmes@history.umass.edu

 

Emily Hunter

Fields: 19th and 20th Century U.S. History (Emphasis on Women's History), Public History, European History
Faculty: Marla Miller
Education: B.A. History, State University of New York at Oneonta, 2013
Interests: Growing up in Cooperstown, NY, home to several museums and to the New York State Historical Association Library, I developed an appreciation for public history at a young age. Throughout my middle and high school years, I enjoyed working as a volunteer interpreter at The Farmers' Museum, a living history museum which recreates life in an 1840s village. As a history major at the State University of New York at Oneonta, I began to focus my passion for public history on archives and special collections libraries. Through an internship at the New York State Historical Association Library and as an intern and researcher in the archives at my university's Milne Library, I accessioned and created catalogues for archival materials, conducted oral history interviews, compile materials for library publications, and participated in outreach programs which introduced the public to the archival holdings. For the las two years, I have served as a moderator at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, an annual event hosted by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

I chose the History Program (and the Public History Concentration) at UMass-Amherst because it will allow me to combine historical research and writing with the skills I will need for my career in archive management. I was drawn to the program because of the rich archival resources available through the Five College Consortium and because of the professors whose areas of expertise link to my own research goals. At UMass, I plan to focus my research on progressivism and 19th and 20th century women/women's movements.
E-mail: ejhunter@history.umass.edu


 

Deborah Kallman

Fields: Early U.S. History, Public History, and Modern Europe

Faculty: Alice Nash, David Glassberg, Jennifer Heuer

Education: MBA, University of the Pacific; BBA, Georgia State University

Interests: My interests are diverse. My interests in early U.S. History (mid- to late eighteenth century) and the Public History Certificate program both drew me to UMass. The Five College consortium and the resources it offers to students in terms of faculty, course offerings, scholarship, and opportunities for involvement add to the appeal of the program. I have taken a somewhat nontraditional route to UMass. My professional career encompasses twenty-five years in finance and accounting with the last fifteen being in higher education financial administration. In my professional work, I observed the importance of education to society and through visits to various historical sites, I have seen the impact that public historians have in creating environments that make history accessible to the general public. I look forward to my work at UMass and to taking my place in the field of history.

E-mail: dkallman@history.umass.edu


 

Michael Jirik

 

Fields: 19th Century U.S., African American History, Latin America
Faculty: Sarah Cornell, Manisha Sinha, Joel Wolfe
Education: B.A. History, Gustavus Adolphus College
Interests: 19th Century U.S. history with an emphasis on Slavery, Emancipation, Abolition, and the Civil War Era.

 

Chelsea Miller

Fields: Early Medieval Mediterranean, Public History, Comparative Empires

Faculty: Anne Broadbridge

Education: B.A. History, Mount Holyoke College (2014)

Interests: Material culture, archaeology, imperialism, early Islamic Empire, environmental history

E-mail: chelseamille@history.umass.edu

 

 

 

Jared Muskovitz

Fields: LGBT History, History of Sexuality, 20th Century U.S.
Faculty: Jennifer Fronc, Laura Lovett
Education: BA, The College of St. Scholastica (Secondary Education, History), 2011
Interests: LGBT politics, social justice, Minnesota politics, deaf culture, and post-9/11 America
E-mail: jmuskovitz@history.umass.edu


 

Jacob Orcutt

Fields: Early America, Native American History, Public History
Faculty: Alice Nash
Education: B.A. History, Anthropology & Archaeology, SUNY Potsdam
Interests: Contact and early colonial period encounters between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in North America; colonial New England; environmental history; ethnohistory; material culture; museum studies; archaeology
E-mail: jorcutt@history.umass.edu

 

Julie Peterson

Fields: Public History, 20th Century U.S. History, Built Environment
Faculty: David Glassberg
Education: BA, History & Hispanic Studies, Lewis & Clark College, 2012
Interests: As an undergraduate, I studied the built environment in order to understand how the actions of people throughout history have impacted the physical environment, the political landscape, and the cultural milieu of the United States.  Analyzing the ways that groups of people have expressed themselves—or conversely, been repressed—through the landscape is my primary interest in history, which led me to the field of public history; historical sites, house museums, and walking tours represent spaces in which these ideas can best be expressed.  Other areas of academic interest include: oral history, race and ethnicity, social justice, the rise of the prison-industrial complex, the digital humanities, and modern Latin America. When I’m not investigating these subjects, I can be found running, practicing guitar, doing the NY Times crossword puzzle, listening to podcasts, drinking craft beer, or exploring foodie culture!
E-mail: jgpeterson@umass.edu

 

 

Rebecca Schmitt

Fields: Public History; Historic Preservation; Modern US History; Modern German History & Memory

Faculty: David Glassberg, Max Page, Jon Olsen

Education: BA History and BS Historic Preservation, Southeast Missouri State University, 2013

Interests: Historic Preservation, specifically the intersections between preservation planning, private property rights, preservation law, culture, memory, and Public History. I am also interested in architectural history and analyzing buildings as objects of material culture. Much of this interest is driven by my recent internship with the Maryland Historical Trust (State Historic Preservation Office for the state of Maryland). Other interests include Memory in US Modern History, Modern German History and the memory of World War II; Heritage Landscapes; Heritage tourism, especially dark tourism.

E-mail: rrschmitt@history.umass.edu



 

 

Charles Weisenberger

Fields: African American History, Digital History, Global History
Faculty: Barbara Krauthamer, Jon Olsen
Education: B.A. History, Washington College (2012) 
Interests: I have a general fascination with Early American history, but my primary research interest is slavery in the Chesapeake region during the Early Republic. As a graduate student, I want to learn more about the development of enslaved communities as well as transnational influences on American slavery. As an aspiring public historian, I also hope to develop strategies and techniques for representing the experiences of enslaved people to the broader public.     
E-mail: cweisenberge@history.umass.edu