What We’ve Been Writing About


Balli, Tyler. “Reading Zion: Book Cultures of Mormon Youth, 1869-1890”

Legg, John. “Unforgetting the Dakota 38: Settler Colonialism, Indigenous Resurgence and the Competing Narratives of the U.S.-Dakota War, 1862-2012”

Stewart, Emily. “Standardization, Segregation, and Professionalization in Virginia Public Schools, 1898-1917”


Furrow, Heath. “‘We can do very little with them’: British Discourse and British Policy on Shi’is in Iraq”

Martin, Kaitlyn. Religious Practices in Classical Thebes” 

Walters, Kathryn. “20,000 Fewer: The Wagner-Rogers Bill and the Jewish Refugee Crisis”

Wesdock, Ryan. “The Floatplane Controversy: Proscription, Procedure, and Protection in Carroll County, Virginia, 1992. 

Wild, Emily. The Women of Waterford, Virginia: Gender, Unionism, Quakerism and Identity in the American Civil War” 


Boggs, Ellen. That mountain is like a drug store”: Knowledge and Medicine in Southern Appalachia, 1900-1933

Brown, Katie. ‘When This You See, Remember Me’: Visual Culture and Civil War Soldiers’ Views of Permanence

Harmon, Emily. Shaping the City from Below: Urban Planning and Citizens’ Battle for Control in Roanoke, Virginia, 1907-1928

Hemmingson, Grace. “‘This was a man’: Masculinity and Student Life at Virginia Military Colleges, 1905-1920”


Atkins, David. ‘Perfectly White’: Light-Skinned Slaves and the Abolition Movement 1835-1865

Caprice, Kevin. Won but Not One: The Construction of Union Veteranhood, 1861-1917

Cherry, Earl K. Jr. “Training Virginians: The Rural Training Schools of Virginia’s Segregated Education System, 1895-1955

Keller, Chris. “‘The Freshest and Yet Oldest Sound’: Flatt & Scruggs, Martha White, and the Negotiation of Change and Nostalgia”

MacDonald, Jonathan. Reel Guidance: Midcentury Classroom Films and Adolescent Adjustment

Nehrt, Jenny. Promoting Positivity: Securing Memphis’s Image in Times of Crisis

Williams, Rebecca. Weird Old Figures and a New Twist: Cultural Functions of Halloween at the Turn of the 20th Century” Also, Rebecca completed a video project as a part of the public history thesis option.


Bolt, Carmen. Dammed If You Don’t: The Palmertown Tragedy of 1924 in Collective Memory

Evenson, Sara.Consuming Trade in Mid-Eighteenth Century Albany

Skiles, Debra Faith. “Building Cultural Bridges: American Women Missionaries in Korea, 1885-1910”

Gogan, Claire. To Play Jewish Again: Roots, Counterculture, and the Klezmer Revival

Nowland, Nicholas. A Unique Hell in Southwestern Virginia: Confederate Guerrillas and the Defense of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad


Carlson, Kristin. “Christian Duty in the Crisis of Secession: A Comparison of Charleston and Philadelphia”

Kelley, Lucas. “Suffrage for White Men Only: The Disfranchisement of Free Men of Color in Antebellum North Carolina”

Seabrook, Tom. “Tributes to the Past, Present, and Future: Confederate Memorialization in Virginia, 1914-1919”

Slough, Spenser. “Germans on the Western Waters: Artisans, Material Culture, and Hybridity in Virginia’s Backcountry, 1780-1830”

Stoltz, Taylor. “Aristocrats, Republicans, and Cannibals: American Reactions to French Women in Violence”

Zlokas, Rosemary. “Consuming Beauty: The Impact of Prescriptive Beauty Literature on College Women, 1940-1950”
Website created as public history thesis project:  www.consumingbeauty.com


Ames, Eric. “‘United in Interest and Feeling’: The Political Culture of Union in the Virginia Borderland, 1850-1861.”

Dowrey, Alexandra. “The Classics and the Broader Public in Philadelphia, 1783-1788: Avenues for Engagement.”

Hight, Alison. “‘What are ye, little mannie?’: the Persistence of Fairy Culture in Scotland,1572-1703 and 1811-1927.”

Jones, Adam. “‘The land of my births and the home of my heart’: Enlistment Motivations for Confederate Soldiers in Montgomery County, Virginia, 1861-1862.”


Paxton, William. “Fear and Fortune: Robbery in London in the Late Eighteenth Century.”

Lennon, Heather. “A Stage for Gentility and the Performance of the Republican Gentleman: Taverns in Richmond, Virginia from 1780 to 1820.”

Vick, Alison. “A Catalyst for the Development of Human Rights: German Internment Practices in the First World War, 1914-1929.”