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Graduate Student Profiles

 


 
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George Best

Second 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

Ellen Blackmon

First Year M.A. Student

Email: ellendblackmon@gmail.com

 Current Research Interests and Projects: Public history; holidays, commemorations and collective memory

 Professional Experiences: Formerly the Student Education Coordinator at James Madison's Montpelier

M.T. Chiles

1st Year M.A Student

Email: chilesmt@dukes.jmu.edu

Current Research Interests and Projects: Progressive Era Eugenics, Forced Sterilizations, Government Intervention into late 19th and Early 20th century America.

 Professional Experiences:  Member of Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society, Student Teacher at Richmond Christian School with Teaching Internships at Amherst County High School and Liberty Christian Academy, Volunteer tutor at Jubilee Child Development Center in Lynchburg Va. Teaching Assistant at James Madison University in GHIST 225 US History.

Joseph D'Arezzo

Second Year M.A. Student

darezzja@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects: American History/ American Civil War

Catherine Larson

Second 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 HIST 350 Virginia History

Nils Martin

First year M.A. student

Email: martinnb@dukes.jmu.edu

Current Research Interests and Projects: 20th century Germany, Roman military history, Japanese history

Professional Experiences: taught 6th grade U.S. History for 1 year, TA for GHIST 102, Ran an Outdoor School Program at Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center for 2 years.

Eliza

Eliza McGehee

Second 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

Second 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

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

Second Year M.A. Student

Email: patricje@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects:

Environmental and agricultural history

 Professional Experiences:

Environmental and social history, specially of the Tennessee Valley Authority

Museum education

Luke Roadcap

Luther (Luke) Roadcap

Second 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 teach sixth grade United States history First Place - Phi Alpha Theta - Virginia Regional Conference (March 2014) "The Application and Denial of Self-Determination to Colonies and Oppressed Nations at the Paris Peace Conference"

Marshall Scholar - George C. Marshall Research Foundation (May 2012) "The Maintenance of Empire through the Marshall Plan"

Cameron Shirley

2nd Year MA Student

Email: shirl2cm@dukes.jmu.edu

 Research Interests: the United States in the Atlantic World; transnational history; the social history of capitalism in the United States. I am currently working on a project that looks at the ways planter capitalists in the Beaufort District of South Carolina participated within the larger Atlantic World during the antebellum era.

Mike S

Michael St. Jacques

1st Year M.A Student

Email: stjacqma@dukes.jmu.edu

stjacqma@jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects: World History/Soviet and Post USSR Russian History/Arms Control and Nuclear Weapons

 Professional Experiences Army Veteran, Russian Interpreter, Arms Control Inspector with the On-Site Inspection Agency/Defense Threat Reduction Agency, GTA for Dr. Galmarini


Megan

Megan Sullivan

Second 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

Joseph Wilson

First Year M.A. Student

Email: wilso3jd@dukes.jmu.edu

 Current Research Interests and Projects: Classical History, Islamic History