Class of 2024

BD5565B1-285F-4E42-AB7C-1654E3FE0616 - Mae Early-Wilmer
Mae Early-Wilmer is an interdisciplinary scholar, merging her primary discipline of history with other transdisciplinary methodologies to create comprehensive and expansive research on Genocides since the nineteenth century, the role of social and national identities in perpetrator behavior in genocidal societies, the genocide of Native Americans during westward expansion in the United States, and decolonial epistemologies. Although she earned her undergraduate degree in history from Southern New Hampshire University, the bulk of her coursework was completed at Appalachian State University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in History at Virginia Tech and is planning to accelerate into the Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought doctoral program at Virginia Tech post-graduation. Mae grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, but lived in North Carolina for many years and did a bit of international travel before deciding to move back to the area to pursue graduate school. She currently works in the Department of Sociology, where she runs administrative operations and is also the graduate program coordinator.

Bailey Evans is pursing his MA in History. He earned his Bachelor’s in History from West Virginia University. He minored in English. He is from Woodbridge, Virginia. He is keenly interested in military history and aviation history, but also has a passion for all historical topics. After graduation he plans to continue his education and apply for a Ph.D. program or apply to law school for a JD.

Kaitlynn Harless is pursuing a MA in History. She completed her undergrad at the University of Colorado Boulder and earned a Bachelor’s in History. She is from Giles County, Virginia and resided in Boulder and Denver, Colorado from 2015 to 2022. She is interested in the history of her home region of Central Appalachia, especially in unionization labor movements in coal mines and factories and the roles of women in these movements.

Jared Kimball is pursuing an MA in history at Virginia Tech. He received his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He is from Atlanta, Georgia. He is interested in modern European history. He is interested in 19th-20th century German Intellectual History, especially the synthesis of religion and Marxism in the Zionist Movement. After graduation, he plans to pursue a PhD in history.

Julia Lucas grew up in Riner, Virginia, not too far away from Virginia Tech. Her interests lie in the history of the New River Valley and Virginia during the nineteenth century, genealogical work, digitization, archiving, preservation, and research. These interests highly influenced her Bachelor’s in History from Radford University (2021). Her undergraduate thesis focused on the lives of African Americans in the Valley and their economic influences to stay in the region.Now, Julia is a second-year History M.A. student also earning a Certificate of Public History. Her research involves the Civil War home front in Pulaski County, Virginia. She is the intern for “Crossing Divides” 2023 NEH Veterans Oral History K-12 Institute hosted on Virginia Tech campus and in D.C. She hopes to work at a museum after she graduates to continue her research and love for history.

Jonathan Okoe is pursuing a Master of Arts in History with a Certificate in Public History. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in History with an English Minor. He also holds short course Certificates in Business Studies and Insurance. His central academic focus lies in the History of Health and Medicine with concerns in Health and Medicine Policies and Practices, Health Promotion, Education and Management. After completing his Master of Arts program, he aims to pursue a PhD degree in History focusing on the same thematic area―the History of Health and Medicine.

Tim Pfeifer is pursuing a MA in History. He is from Baltimore, Maryland and completed his undergrad at Virginia Tech. He earned a BA in History and Political Science alongside education in Spanish and Chinese. He has a strong interest in intellectual, political, and cultural history with a focus on the history of political philosophy. After graduation, he plans to continue his education in a Ph.D. program.

Elizabeth Bucklen is pursuing her M.A. in History. She is from Saugerties, New York. She has two children Bubba 3, and Faye 7 months. She completed her associates degree in Foreign Language and Liberal Arts from Thomas Nelson Community College. She completed her Bachelor’s in History from Virginia Tech. She has a strong interest in Colonial American history, the Civil War and environmental history. A research topic she is interested in is the environmental impact of the Civil War. After graduation, she plans to pursue both an M.A. in French and a Ph.D. in History.

Devon Reynolds is pursuing a M.A. in History, as well as a M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Science Education. Devon completed his undergraduate studies from George Mason University, where he earned a History B.A., with a Minor in American Government. He is from Haymarket, Virginia. His research interests are in U.S. History and European History. Devon plans on becoming a high school dual enrollment instructor after completing the program.