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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


Have questions related to the History Major or the History Department? Stop by and meet with a peer mentor!


Meet your mentors!


Hi, my name is Nathan Feshbach-Meriney. I am a Senior History major at UMass and will also complete a French minor. I enjoy studying many areas of history, but in particular enjoy Civil War era U.S. history and Ancient Roman history. I also have studied education and plan to pursue a Master’s in Education after graduating from UMass. Last semester, I was a tutor at Amherst High School, which was a great experience. Some of my interests include soccer and music. While at UMass, I have played on the club soccer team and I have also been an assistant coach for an Amherst youth soccer team. Last spring, I did a study abroad semester in Paris, which was an amazing experience. I highly recommend studying abroad! I am looking forward to helping in any way I can, whether about study abroad, the history major, education, sports, history in general, or anything else.  SPRING OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays 9-11:30.





Hello! My name is Hailey Cherepon. I am a junior at UMass-Amherst, majoring in History and Political Science, and I am also a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. My areas of study have focused mainly on genocide studies, particularly during international conflicts in the 20th century, as well as the history of journalism. I am also very interested in law (including international law) and I plan on going to law school after I graduate. In the last two years I completed internships in Connecticut and Federal justice settings. I work in the Honors College as a Peer Ambassador, and last semester I was an intern at the UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory studies. Outside of my academic work, I love music, current events, reading, and theater. I am part of the Women’s Choir on campus and I currently serve as the Chief Justice for the Student Government Association. I look forward to helping UMass students with any questions they may have about the History major/minor, especially internships, balancing multiple majors/minors, and the Honors College! Feel free to stop by just to chat as well! SPRING OFFICE HOURS Thurs 9-10:30 & Fri 2-3:00.







Hello, I am Bryan Gosciminski. I am a junior History major and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. This is my second semester at UMass Amherst and I transferred here from Holyoke Community College. I have been a commuter student throughout my college experience and have had to balance a full course load with the necessity of being able to finance the whole operation with bar shifts. My historical interests have primarily been focused on the ancient world with the Roman Empire in particular. As for the modern era, I have always held a tremendous interest in the American Civil War and the Antebellum South. I expect to analyze and contrast the systems of slavery between the two for my senior thesis. I hope to be able use my experiences as a commuter, transfer, and UMass student to answer any questions you may have about the history department or at the very least steer you in the right direction. Feel free to stop by & get to know the department and me a little better.  SPRING OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-2:15