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The Graduate History Association

About the GHA

The Graduate History Association (GHA) is dedicated to promoting all needs of graduate students, whether educational, departmental, or in terms of facilitating academic and professional progress within the History Department. GHA seeks to foster a community among the graduate students and workers of the history department, by connecting students to one another, to the greater department, and to other resources across the university. All graduate students are automatic members of the association, and play an integral role in organizing, planning and directing its goals and activities. You can contact the GHA officers by emailing Students can also stay up to date on events by checking the GHA Facebook and Twitter pages.

Fall 2020 GHA Zoom Office Hours: Have questions about fields, the thesis or dissertation process, or other requirements? Want to find out ways to be an effective TA? Looking to find out how to get more involved in the History Department? Talk with the GHA officers - Brian, Devon, Tianna, and Lauren - each Thursday at 12PM Eastern Time through the month of September to get help answering these questions (and more!)

Follow the link below to drop by, ask some questions, or say hello!


GHA Officers 2019-2020
Tianna Darling                    
Devon King                          
Lauren Robinson               
Brian Whetstone                

The UMass Graduate Student History Conference 

Each year, the GHA holds the UMass Graduate History Conference, open to graduate students from across the nation and from a variety of disciplines. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to present their work to a broader audience, to receive feedback on their projects, and to connect with other students and scholars working with historically minded themes. Be on the lookout for news and notifications regarding this event!

Other Activities

In addition to regular meetings, the Graduate History Association organizes various activities, both academic and non-academic that are open to all members. The nature of these activities are influenced by the needs and suggestions of graduate students and workers, and range from TA workshop sessions to panel discussions. In addition, the GHA organizes annual fall and spring outings that offer graduate history students regular opportunities to connect with one another.