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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!


Hello, I’m Dan Cabral! I am a junior History student, also majoring in Political Science and pursuing an International Relations certificate. I’ve been in the UMass concert band and have spent time studying Italian, on top of my History endeavors. I’ve studied many different eras of history, covering a variety of geographical locations, such as Latin America, South Asia, China and United States. Outside of history I like to read, write, hike, run and watch soccer. I’m very excited to use my experiences at UMass to help my fellow history majors with any questions that you guys can come up with! Or if you just feel like saying “hi,” feel free to stop by!  Office hours will be Monday/Wednesdays 12:30-2 this fall 2014.





Hi! My name is Victoria Burns and I study History, Art History, and Film. I’m especially interested in Modern European and American History, 20th Century art, and documentaries. I’m writing my thesis on American scientific extremity throughout World War II. Last spring, I studied in Heidelberg, Germany and traveled to Spain, France, Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. I work at Rao’s Coffee in downtown Amherst and I am an intern for UMass Film Studies. I love to write and edit works and would love to help students with their papers and projects. I’m really looking forward to helping in any way that I can!  Office hours will be Wednesdays 10:30-12:30 and Thursdays 2:30-3:30 this fall 2014.







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 me and the department a little better.  Office hours will be TuTh 9:45-11:15 this fall 2014.