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.
Education: B.A, History, University of Massachusetts Lowell (2013)
| Fields: Atlantic World, Modern EuropeFaculty: Jennifer Heuer
Education: BA, University of South Carolina, 2011; MAT, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
Interests: Intellectual and cultural history of France and the French Atlantic in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; slavery and race in France (especially in the Atlantic port cities of Nantes and Bordeaux); sociability, sentimentalism, and humanitarian thought in the Atlantic World; historical memory of slavery and the slave trade in modern France.
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Fields: Early America, US Women's History, Irish History
Faculty: Marla Miller
Education: B.A., History and Gender Studies, SUNY-Purchase (2011)
Interests: I'm interested in food and gender in New England domestic spaces in the Early Republic period. My research focuses on early cookbooks, systems of power (class, race, gender, age) among domestic labor particularly within the kitchen space, as well as the political culture of food. Other areas of focus include gender and sexuality within the broader fields of US and Irish history.
Fields: 20th Century US History, Vietnam War, US Foreign Policy
Fields: U.S. History, Public History, and Modern Europe
Faculty: David Glassberg
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.
Fields: 20th Century American History, Social Movements
| Fields: 20th century United States; Public History; Historic Preservation; Modern European History; German History
Education: BA History and BS Historic Preservation, Southeast Missouri State University, 2013
Interests: My interests in History and Public History are vast and wide-ranging. While deciding where to pursue graduate study, the program at UMass-Amherst stood out as a program that could satisfy my multitude of interests. I am primarily interested in 20th century United States history, specifically the American involvement in World War II and post-World War II American culture and politics. A secondary interest is Modern European history and German history, which was cultivated through my undergraduate study abroad experience in Munich, Germany and experience as an undergraduate teaching assistant for a Modern European history course.
I am also exceedingly interested in Historic Preservation and Public History. I am fascinated by the power that these two areas have in not only bringing history into the public sphere but also in aiding the traditional interpretation and investigation techniques more commonly employed by historians. It is amazing to me what historians can learn about a culture through simple examination of the techniques or materials used in historical structures. While pursuing graduate studies, I hope to better incorporate techniques such as examination of structures and material culture into my academic research.
| Fields: Public history, early America, slavery
Faculty: Barry Levy, Marla Miller
Education: B.A. History, Washington College (2012)
Interests: I have a general fascination with Colonial America and the Early Republic, but I am particularly interested in studying the history of slavery. As a graduate student, I want to learn more about the development of slave 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.