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History Dept., Herter Hall Room 612
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Tel. 413.545.1330
Fax. 413.545.6137

History Department Peer Mentors


Do you have questions related to the History Major or the History Department? Stop by and meet with a peer mentor in Herter 612!


Peer Mentor Hours: (subject to change)

Mondays: Brooke Parziale, 10:30-12:00; Jorge Reyes-Lebron, 12:00-1:30; Devon King, 2:00-3:30.
Jacob Kosakowski, 9:00-9:45; Frances Fleming, 9:45-11:15; Indira Rao, 1:00-3:00.
Brooke Parziale, 10:30-12:00; Jorge Reyes-Lebron, 12:00-1:00; Devon King, 2:00-3:00
Jacob Kosakowski, 9:00-9:45; Frances Fleming, 9:45-11:15; Inidira Rao, 1:00-2:00.
Jacob Kosakowski, 11:00-12:00; Jorge Reyes-Lebron, 12:00-1:30.


Meet your mentors!

Hi all! I’m Fran Fleming, a junior History major here at UMass in the CHC. In addition to my History major, I’m also minoring in Classics and pursuing a certificate in Professional and Technical Writing. Although I enjoy learning about almost any historical subject, my primary area of historical focus is Public History. I also enjoy ancient history and early American History. I’m particularly interested in the intersection of history and social justice issues, and in how Public History (and history in general) can be harnessed as an agent for social justice education. On campus, I also work as an RA and as a tutor at Athletic Services, and after graduation I hope to work in a museum or library. When I’m not too busy with schoolwork or work-work, I spend my time reading, hanging out with friends, hiking and biking, playing Tetris, and drinking tea. I love meeting new people, especially history majors, so come by anytime with your questions about history, the department, or just to chat!


Hey there, I'm Devon King! I am a junior here in the History Department, also pursuing a Political Science minor. During my first two years as a student, I was a member of the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign. In the spring I took part in the Applied Humanities Learning Lab, an interdisciplinary program with students from each of the five colleges. My studies and interests largely focus on American history, environmental and social justice, and politics. Currently, I am working to become an interpretive ranger with the National Park Service after I graduate. When not studying and working, I enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors, reading, and listening to a good podcast. I look forward to helping my fellow History majors as they navigate their time here at UMass! Feel free to drop by with any questions or to just say, “hello”!


Hey everyone, my name is Jacob Kosakowski. I am a junior at UMass Amherst majoring in History and Legal Studies, hoping to either teach or become a lawyer. My area of interest within history is mainly American History, while within legal studies I am interested in criminal law. On campus, I am involved with organizations such as the UMass Democrats, UMass Pre-Law Society, and UMass Conference Services. Also, I am a transfer student from the University of Connecticut. In my spare time, I love sports, outdoor activities, traveling, going out to eat, and hanging with friends. I hope you can find the time to stop by! I am always here to help with anything in your academic life as well as anything else you may want to talk about!



Hello Everyone! My name is Brooke Parziale and I am a CHC senior at UMass-Amherst studying History and Social Thought and Political Economy. Additionally, I am working towards a International Scholars Program certificate as well. My academic interests are 19th and 20th American history, focusing on gender, sexuality, and imperialism. I have had the opportunity to take a diverse range of classes during my time at UMass and can lend knowledge to those who need assistance with course scheduling. Last summer, I interned for the Sexual Minorities Archives in Northampton, learning the ins and outs of archival work. I spent my last semester studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea taking classes on the Korean War and Korean language. Following graduation, I hope to work for the State Department, working to create more international education opportunities for college students. Outside of school, my interests include running, learning languages, reading, playing piano, and making movies. I look forward to helping you with any of your questions or concerns about being a history major!


Hi, my name is Indie Rao and I am a junior here at UMass Amherst! I am a member of the CHC and I am majoring in History, while pursuing minors in Psychology and Education as well. My historical interests lay both colonial and modern American history. I also enjoy working with children and during the summer of 2016 I interned at an Early Intervention program. Traveling is another passion of mine, and during the summer of 2015 I studied abroad at Trinity College at Oxford University with the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar Program and had one of the best experiences of my life! I also hope to study abroad again in 2017. To me, history and travel are interconnected, and travelling to other places and exploring different cultures enriches our understanding of the history we learn in the classroom. As your Peer Mentor I am excited to meet many of you, and help anyone that may have questions about the History major/minor, study abroad, or anything else that might arise!


Hello! My name is Jorge Reyes-Lebron. I am a Junior at UMass­ Amherst, majoring in History and getting a minor in the Chinese Language. My interest in History include a broad History  of Asia and a focus in Ancient and Modern China. I am working with the International Programs Office (IPO) this year to try and get to China in the summer of 2017 to work on my Mandarin. My involvements on campus include being the President of the UMass Parkour Club, being in RA at Dickinson in Orchard Hill, and being a member of Phi Alpha Theta (the History Honors Society). I am very excited to assist any student with the History major/minor and any questions that may arise.