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George Best

First Year M.A. Student

Email: bestge@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Early America and the War of 1812

 Professional Experiences:

TA for GHIST 101, world history to 1500

Park Ranger (historical interpreter) at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

 

Hope Byers

Second Year Graduate Student

Email: byershe@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Urban History, Criminal Justice, Charities, and Corrections.

 Thesis Topic: Divisions of Delinquency: Private and Public Reform Institutions in Late-Nineteenth Century Baltimore.

 Professional Experiences:

Volunteer/Intern, York County Heritage Trust, Spring 2011

Richard C. Keller Award for Academic Excellence in American History, Millersville University, Spring 2011

Teaching Assistant, World History: 1500 - Present, James Madison University, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant, American History, James Madison University, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014



Christopher Carlberg

Second Year M.A. Student

Email: carlbecj@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

I am interested in twentieth- and early twenty-first century German history. Currently, I am looking into how German-made historical films have depicted Germans as victims of the Third Reich. More specifically, I am focusing on films that were released in theaters or shown on German television

between 2001 and 2008 and their subsequent relationship to the discourse of Germans-as-victims of National Socialism that reemerged after reunification.

Professional Experiences:

My experiences as a graduate student at JMU include assistantships in the Office of Admissions and the Department of History. As a graduate assistant in Admissions, I designed and implemented an e-mail recruiting campaign for international students and assisted with open house events for

potential new students. My graduate teaching assistantship placed me in an American History survey course (GHIST 225) where I lead weekly undergraduate discussion groups, answer student questions, and help grade exams and papers.

 

 

Tessa Evans

 Tessa Evans

Second Year M.A. Student

Email: evansta@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Cultural, religious, and environmental history of the antebellum and postbellum South

I am currently working on how the enslaved used marginal landscapes in Arkansas and Louisiana for their own religious, economic, and pragmatic reasons before the Civil War, and how this pattern changed immediately after Emancipation. Professional Experiences:

Teaching Assistant for 225 American History Survey (Fall 2012-present)

Various conference presentations (LSU Graduate History Forum, UNC-Charlotte Graduate History Forum, Southern Forum on Environmental, Agricultural, and Rural History)

Jefferson's University and Early Life at the University of Virginia-Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at University of Virginia (summer 2013-present)

 

 

Lauren Fleming

  Lauren Fleming

Second Year M.A. Student

Email: fleminlm@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

My general research interests are the decorative arts, material culture, digital history, and mid-nineteenth century asylums in America. I'm primarily interested in conveying academic history to the general public in an engaging and educational manner.

 Thesis Topic: Unchaining Madness: The Question of Restraint in the Moral Asylum

 Professional Experiences:

Editor of the "Madison Historical Review"

Mellon Curatorial Intern at Colonial Williamsburg in 2013

Summer Fellow at Historic Deerfield in 2012

Intern at the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House in Milledgeville, GA in 2011

 

 

Gray Kidd

 Gray F. Kidd

Second Year M.A. Student

Email: kiddgf@jmu.edu

Website: http://sites.jmu.edu/kiddgf

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

I am working with questions of femininity and masculinity in turn-of-the-century Brazilian millenarian movements. For my master’s thesis I am examining the Canudos War (1896-1897) and the sertão as distinctly gendered spaces.

 For fall/winter 2013, along with Dr. William Van Norman, I am coauthoring an Oxford University Press annotated bibliography on Brazilian popular religion. I am also working on a paper entitled “(En)Gendering the Canudos: A Reassessment of Gender Dynamics in the Sertão” for the Second

Annual Graduate Student Conference on the Global Gulf to be hosted by Tulane University in February 2014.

 Professional Experiences:

Phi Beta Kappa

Graduate Student Representative for the history graduate program

Graduate student assistant for the organization of a cross-disciplinary symposium on Mexico in March 2013: Cultura y Comunidad: Mirando hacia México

Editorial board for The Madison Historical Review at JMU

Contributor for the University of Virginia’s graduate journal, Essays in History

Member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Brazil Section of LASA

Teaching Assistant for the JMU Department of History


Catherine Larson

First Year M.A. Student

Email: larsonca@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Catholicism in the British Isles; Jesuit Missionaries

 Professional Experiences:

Student Teacher at Warhill High School in US History and World History

Teaching Assistant at James Madison University in GHIST 225 US History

 

 

Eliza

 Eliza McGehee

First Year M.A. Student

Email: mcgeheem@dukes.jmu.edu

Current Research Interests and Projects:

Civil War, Reconstruction, and women’s history

 Professional Experiences:

Research Assistant for the History Department at Vanderbilt University, 2013

Presenter at the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Writing Symposium, 2012, paper entitled "The Influence of Confederate Identity in Reconstruction Virginia"

 

Hannah

 Hannah Moses

First Year M.A. Student

Email: mosesho@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

American education in the Colonial Philippines

Museum education

 Professional Experiences:

Historical Trades Interpreter at George Washington's Estate, Museum, and Gardens, Mount Vernon, VA

Archaeology Intern at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Forest, VA

Education Team Intern at the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

Gilder Lehrman History Scholar, New York City, NY

 

Casey Musselman

Second Year M.A. Student

Email: musselcj@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Constitutional Theory, Sovereignty in the American Revolution and Early Republic

 Professional Experiences:

Civil War Encyclopedia - Contributor

American Revolution Encyclopedia  - Contributor

Journal of Backcountry Studies - Assistant Editor

GHIST225  - Teaching Assistant

Graduate Student Association – President


Saman Nasser

Second Year M.A. Student

Email: nassersr@jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Iraq, nationalism, colonialism, subaltern nationalism, tribal history, urbanism, pan-Arabism and Islam.

Thesis topic:The role of al-Ahali newspaper in the development of “Iraqi” nationalism, 1932-1936.

 Professional Experiences:

Teaching assistant for the JMU Department of Art History: Fall 2012-present

Student assistant for the JMU Department of History: Fall 2011-spring 2012

 Working Paper: “Colonial Cartography in 19th

Century Afghanistan” for the Second Annual Asian Studies Conference at James Madison University. February 14, 2014.

 Past Paper: “Afgani’s pan-Islam, Mahmud Tarzi and Nationalism in Afghanistan from 1880 to 1929” for the Building Knowledge in and of Afghanistan Conference at James Madison University. February 25, 2011.

 

Jeanette

 Jeanette Patrick

First Year M.A. Student

Email: patricje@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Environmental and agricultural history

 Professional Experiences:

Instead of working with a professor in the History Department my assistantship is with the Office of Residence Life.  I find working as a Hall Director very applicable to working in a museum.  While I do not teach residents about history, there are many parts of the job that I feel will transfer to a

"real" job.  JMU's History Department has been very supportive of me working outside of the department.  I hope this experience will help set me apart when applying for internships and jobs.

 

 

Luke Roadcap

 

Luther (Luke) Roadcap

First Year M.A. Student

Email: roadcald@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

My research interests spans twentieth century United States diplomatic history. Specifically, I am interested in the Paris Peace Conference and its relative failure. Unlike other historians, I do not look at the Paris Peace Conference as the catalyst for World War Two - there is too much human

agency within those twenty years to definitely say that the events in 1919 ultimately caused another war. Yet, I do not discount the influence the events in Paris had on the individuals during the interwar period leading to World War Two. However, I focus mainly on the self-determination and

League of Nations aspects of the conference. These areas allow me to focus on the politics not just in Paris, but also in the United States and throughout the rest of the world.

 Professional Experiences:

Currently a sixth Grade United States history teacher


Evelyn

Evelyn Riley

  Second Year Graduate Student

 Email: rileyed@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

 Public History/Local History, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Archaeology, Archives Shenandoah Valley Studies, History of Alcohol in Virginia, Prohibition, Temperance 

 Thesis Topic: Demon Rum in the City of Churches: A Spirited Fight of Alcohol Reform in Danville, Virginia, 1883-1933

 Professional Experiences:

 Graduate Assistant, Carrier Library Special Collections, Fall 2013 to Present

 History United Initiative Intern, Danville Regional Foundation, May 2013 to Present

 Member of editorial staff for the Madison Historical Review, Spring 2013 to Present

 Teaching Assistant, World History: 1500 - Present, James Madison University, Fall 2012 to Spring 201

Curatorial Intern, Hampton History Museum, Spring 201

Exhibit Preparation and Archives Intern, May 2011 to December 2011

Podcast creator for Mariner’s Museum, Fall, 2011

Member of archaeological dig team for the Windsor Castle and Lackey House, Kerrs’ Creek digs

President of Alpha Zeta Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (April 2011 to May 2012)

Member of: Alpha Kappa Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Alpha Phi Omega

 

 

Ena Scott

 Ena Scott

First Year M.A. Student

Email: scottem@dukes.jmu.edu

Current Research Interests and Projects:

Epidemiological history, history of medicine, yellow fever, polio, AIDS

Professional Experiences:

Internship: Archiving garden records at Oatlands historic Mansion in Leesburg, VA June-August 2012.MARCUS Conference: 2011 PAT Regional Conference: 2011, 2012

 Publications: History Matters, Appalachian State University: Spring 2011, "A Cloak to Hide the Heart of a Viper: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia".

 

 

Megan

Megan Sullivan

First Year M.A. Student

Email: sulli3mt@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Pre-Civil War through Civil War era

 Professional Experiences:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Living History Intern