Kevin Adams (Class of 2015) won the Kneale History Award and the Mork Scholarship in Global History for his Honors Thesis, “International Women’s Day and Feminism in Iran 1979: Climax or Catalyst?” He also won the Kneale Popular Culture Award for a paper, “Unifying Two Worlds: The Significance of the Romantic Desert in Jane Porter's The Sheikh's Disobedient Bride.” Kevin plans to learn Arabic and continue to study Middle Eastern history
Rosemary Arnold (Class of 2009) finished her MA in Museum Studies from IUPUI in the spring of 2011. She was the Education Programs Manager at Conner Prairie in Indianapolis for many years. In 2016 she moved to Philadelphia and began a new job at the Museum of the American Revolution where she is responsible for school programs and public programming.
Jessica Bair (Class of 2012) is currently working as a youth leader at First United Methodist Church in Wabash and teaching biblical history.
Lynch Bennett (Class of 2012) is pursuing his PhD in American colonial history at the College of William and Mary.
Jill Bosserman (Class of 2015) was the Department of History’s outstanding senior in 2016. She will attend the Columbia School of Journalism in the fall of 2016.
Kelsey Campbell (Class of 2013) graduated in 2014. She is currently a student at IUPUI and working as a medical files clerk at the Meredian Medical Group in Indianapolis.
Cade Carmichael (Class of 2013) has graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law. At Harvard Law I was a Senior Editor on the Harvard Environmental Law Review as well as a reach assistant for Professor Kate Konschink. I was also the recipient of the Tom Barron Fellowship, which honors students who work in public interest law, particularly those who focus on environmental projects in high-need, low-income areas. I am now pursuing an LL.M. in Natural Resources and International Environmental Law at the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) in Reykjavík. At the University of Iceland I am a member of the Law Students' Association and will be preparing a post-J.D. thesis related to an international environmental issue next Spring.
Vince Dahl (Class of 2012) is the International Sales Associate & Operations Supervisor at Northwest Envirofan at the Hydrite Chemical Company in Oshkosh, WI.
Emily Dawes (Class of 2009) completed an MA in history at the American University of Beirut as well as a second MA in International Relations and Diplomacy at al-Akhawayn University in Morocco. Her MA thesis for the American University of Beirut addresses archeology in Iraq between 1869 and 1929, a topic that she first focused on in the History Honors thesis. In 2013, she accepted an appointment at Midlands Tech, South Carolina, as an adjunct professor, teaching Introduction to Politics, International Relations, and Introduction to Western Civilization. She starts a PhD program in September 2017 in history. She will examine missionary efforts in nineteenth-century China among Muslim communities of the northeast. This work will undoubtedly be unique, since there are few who can do research in French, English, Chinese, and, inshallah, a bit of Arabic.
Emily Durkin (Class of 2015) received the James J Shevlin Study Abroad scholarship and the Henry G. Waltmann Award. In the summer of 2015 she was an intern at the Foundling Museum, London, which preserves the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery.
Kyle Dowd (Class of 2012) was the Assistant Rowing Coach at St. Lawrence University and completed an MA in Education. He is now a designer at Blue Sky CGI Studios.
John Foerster (Class of 2013) graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2016 and is currently an Associate at the Law Offices of Susan Fortino-Brown (dedicated to business immigration law services) in Chicago.
Ryan Freeman (Class of 2015) graduated in the spring of 2016; he is currently focusing on his creative writing and seeking to publish his short stories.
Emma Gaier (Class of 2016) was awarded both the Brant Family Indiana Oxygen Company Scholarship and the David W. and Geryl L. Bischoff Undergraduate Scholarships. Over the summer, she plans to volunteer at Prophetstown. She will graduate December 2016.
Katrina Galt (Class of 2011) studied music at the University of North Carolina.
Olivia Hagedorn (Class of 2013) completed her Master’s in African-American history here at Purdue in 2015. Her thesis, which won the 2015 CLA Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, was entitled "'The Real Black Power:’ Mattie Coney and the Pragmatic Politics of Black Conservatism. She is currently a PhD candidate in history at the University of Illinois.
Gregory J. Halmi (Class of 2010) Since he graduated he has served as Assistant Operations Officer of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Company Commander of the 198th Infantry Training Brigade, and is presently Chief of Operations of the 1st Infantry Division. He has served in Italy, Afghanistan, Gerogia, and Korea. Referring to the documents generated in the military, Greg insists that "writing as an army officer is an essential skill, and I have noticed in general that historians...have the strongest abilities compared to other majors." He asserts that promotion in the army requires an officer to analyze battles and foreign countries, and the history honors program has given him an advantage in the research and writing of these required reports: "overall, ...history is an excellent major for a military officer."
Lauren Haslem (Class of 2015) completed her MA in American History at Purdue in 2017. Her thesis, titled "'Too Hot to Handle': LSD, Medical Activism, and the Spring Grove Studies," draws on the records of the Spring Grove State Hospital and examines psychedelic researchers’ efforts to safeguard LSD psychotherapy in the 1960s and 70s. She presented her research at the annual American Association for the History of Medicine conference and won the 2017 CLA Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. Lauren is currently at the University of Minnesota, pursuing a Ph.D. in medical history.
Amy Heaney (Class of 2010) is currently studying art history at the University Illinois in Chicago.
Madison Heslop (Class of 2014) was a Marshall Scholarship Nominee and won the American Studies’ Outstanding Senior Award, the Department of History’s Outstanding Senior Award, and the College of Liberal Arts Honors Outstanding Senior Award. She is currently attending the University of Edinburgh, pursuing a Master's degree in American History.
Mark Johnson (Class of 2008) completed an MA in US history at the University of Maryland in 2011 and a PhD in African American social and political history at the University of Alabama in 2016. His dissertation focuses on the presence and participation of disfranchised groups at formal political events throughout the South from 1870-1932. He has published, “‘The Best Notes Made the Most Votes’: W. C. Handy, E. H. Crump, and Black Music as Politics," was published in Southern Cultures, 20/2 (summer 2014): 52-68; and “‘A Red Flag Before an Army of Old Vets’: Black Musicians and the United Confederate Veterans Reunion in New Orleans, 1903,” in Louisiana History 56/3 (summer 2015): 315-343. He has also written a book entitled, An Irresistible History of Alabama Barbecue: From Wood Pit to White Sauce, scheduled to appear in summer 2017 with The History Press. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He writes: “In the History Honors program, I learned how to motivate myself. I still use the time management skills I learned to complete all my necessary work and get ahead on future projects.”
Andrea (Matio) Kirschling (Class of 2016) Based on research for her honors thesis, she published short essays on the silent films "The Sheik" (1921) and "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924) in Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green's Race in American Cinema (ABC-Clio, 2017). The summer after her graduation, she was a Reception and Placement intern at the Exodus Refugee in Indianapolis, where she helped assist and acclimate Syrian refugees. Currently, she runs the only fair housing testing program in the state, which evaluates housing policies and uncovers housing discrimination. She notes that History Honors gave her tools that contributed to her professional success because shse became a more independent and disiplined worker. "Setting up an honor's thesis," she says, "really called on me to commit to a task and execute it at a higher level." Andrea tailored her honor's thesis to her interest in Arab experiences, and she reports that this: "helped me empathize with different groups of people and piece together current events. The world if forever changing but history has helped me form a more thorough picture of what systematic discrimiination looks like."
Robert Kugler (Class of 2015) earned the Department of History's Outstanding Senior award when he graduated in 2016, and he reports that "the honors program challenged me in ways that I wasn't being challenged in some of my other classes." After graduating he played football briefly with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent. Building upon his love for football and academics, he is now planning on working as a graduate assistant coach while pursuing an MA degree in Leadership studies at the University of Texas-El Paso.
J. T. Lang (Class of 2012) after teaching English in Spain for two years, J. T. began a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Literatures at Indiana University where he is also teaching Spanish as an assistant instructor.
Rebecca Lutton (Class of 2010) received an MA from New York University in European and Mediterranean Studies in 2011. She is currently the Senior Administrative Assistant in the Dean’s office in the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Indiana University where she is in charge of coordinating special events for the whole university.
Katie Martin (Class of 2014) won Honorable Mention at the Liberal Arts Honors Colloquium for her History Honors poster on “Race and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Indiana, 1934-1941” and her Honors thesis "We Can Take It!": Race and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Indiana, 1934-1941" was published her work in the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research. In 2015, she won Outstanding Senior in American Studies and in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and was awarded the History Department's "Senior Graduating with Excellence" award. She is currently working toward a Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University.
Meredith Horn Masterson (Class of 2008) received an MA in Public History at IUPUI and is the Assistant Director of Education for Dayton History, Ohio, overseeing seven historic sites: Carillon Historical Park, the Archive Center, Hawthorn Hill, the Patterson Homestead, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, the Old Court House and Memorial Hall. She is headquartered at the largest of these sites, Carillon Historical Park, home to the second oldest airplane in existence, the 1905 Wright Flyer III. Meredith acts as a historical interpreter at each of the Dayton History sites, coordinating and presenting all educational programs as well as training staff and volunteers. In Meredith’s own words, “I have a fun job and I have Purdue to thank for helping put me on this path.”
Emma Meyers (Class of 2008) is pursuing a Ph.D. in South Asian history at Emory University.
Siobhan McGuire (Class of 2008) received her M. Phil. at Trinity College, Dublin, in medieval history. She is currently working in medical research at the IU Center for Aging Research (affiliated with IU School of Medicine) in Indianapolis and is a co-author for an article published in Dementia and two other articles on aging that have recently been submitted for publication.
Samuel Needham (Class of 2009) received an MA in theology at the University of Notre Dame in spring 2011; he worked for United Methodist campus ministry at Kansas State University from 2011-2012. He is currently finishing a Masters of Divinity at Boston University and was recently appointed as the new associate pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elkhart, Indiana.
Kristen Blankenbaker Noel (Class of 2013) completed her MA in modern American women’s history here at Purdue in 2015. Her MA Thesis was entitled, "Midwives and Madonnas: Motherhood and Citizenship in the American Counterculture." She is currently working as a Research Associate for the Purdue Research Foundation.
Bradley Pierson (Class of 2014) is currently attending the University of Virginia, School of Law and working at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. His History Honors thesis on the Nixon administration won second place at the university-wide Honors competition, “DiscoverU” and was featured as a "research snapshot" in the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research.
Brittany Poe (Class of 2010) is a graduate student at Fordham University, working toward a PhD in medieval studies.
Grant Priestly (Class of 2014) was accepted into the University of Michigan's Masters of Urban Planning program for the fall 2015.
Samantha Richards (Class of 2014) was admitted to the Teach for America program and taught math to 3rd and 4th graders at the Lyon Academy in Saint Louis, MO for several years. After teaching first grade at Navy Point Elementary, Pensacola, FL, she decided to make a career change. While she loved the kids, and seeing their progress was so rewarding, she no longer wished to continue to work for administrators who break the law, are incompetent or don’t have the kids’ best interests in heart—and get away with it. “It was a very valuable experience, one that definitely helped shape who I am, but too frustrating to pursue.” She is studying hard for the LSAT and researching different law schools. “I feel very positive that law school and a career as a lawyer is what is best for me.”
Mark Robison (Class of 2009) studied Library Science at the University of Indiana, graduating with his MA in 2012. He is currently working at Valparaiso University as a First Year Experience Librarian, where he teaches library instruction and is the liaison to Social Work, Political Science, History, American Studies, ROTC, and area high schools. He reports that he loves demystifying the research process for students.
Kevin Robey (Class of 2014) was one of the 2014 Liberal Art Honors Colloquium Prize Winners for his Honors thesis, “Turning Tables: Gangsta Rap, the LAPD, and the 1992 LA Riot.” He is currently teaching social studies at Harrison Middle School.
Chelsea Rose (Class of 2016) was the 2016 Outstanding Senior in Political Science, a panelist at the Terror in Paris Symposium, and won third place for her Honors Thesis, “Hijacking the Conservative Movement: Terrorism, Civil Aviation Security, and Domestic Politics in the Reagan Era,” at the Liberal Arts Honors Colloquium. Over the summer, she will working with Professor William Gray, studying war and peace in Bonn, Germany. In August, she will move to Copenhagen to participate in a semester-long program studying European security and counterterrorism policy. She will graduate in December 2016 and hopes to find a job in the intelligence community or a think tank before attending graduate school.
Jon Schwoenwetter (Class of 2015) is currently working in real estate and construction and is applying to law schools this fall.
Iyad Shihadel (Class of 2008) received an MA in Modern History at the London School of Economics. He is currently working for Senator Dianne Feinstein as her Constituent Services Representative.
Corrina Smith (Class of 2010) graduated from the IU, School of Law in the spring of 2013. She is currently an associate at Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates, a law firm in Carmel, Indiana, specializing in estate planning, business succession planning, and elder law.
Charlie Spencer (Class of 2009) received an MA at the University of Chicago in 2010. After which he spent two years as a Peace Corp volunteer teaching English in eastern Ukraine. He is now a second lieutenant in the Air National Guard and studying at the flight school for the Air Force in Pensacola, Florida.
Eric Stocking (Class of 2015) received the Department of History’s Stover Scholarship and won 3rd place at the Purdue Undergraduate Research poster fair in the spring of 2015. Over the summer, he interned with the City of Chicago’s Department of Law Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division. He is applying to law schools in the fall and plans to pursue a career in constitutional law.
Maxine Vande Vaarst (Class of 2010) will complete her Master’s Degree in American Studies at the University of Wyoming in the spring of 2016. She is currently applying to PhD programs. Maxine also co-edits (with Katie Morrison) an online literary and photography magazine called Buffalo Almanack which can be viewed at: http://www.buffaloalmanack.com/
Hannah Vaughn (Class of 2015) was a student assistant with the Purdue University Flight and Space Exploration Archives in 2015-16. This coming fall (2016) she will begin her MA program in Library Science at Indiana University.
William Vogel (Class of 2011) History Honors Thesis, “Warships and Disarmament on the Inland Seas: The Great Lakes, 1815-1871” won the award for best presentation at the CLA Honors Colloquium in 2012. He also won the 2012 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award. He is currently at the University of Minnesota studying the history of science and technology.
Sam Walburn (Class of 2016) presented, “LGBTQ Erasure and Reclamation in Collective Memory: Lessons from a Trans-Atlantic Study Abroad,” at the Midwestern World History Association Conference, Wabash College, in 2015. He will graduate from Purdue in 2017 and plans to pursue a PhD in American History.
Nekoda Witsken (Class of 2015) won Best Presentation and Poster for her History Honors thesis, "Dining Room Politics: American and Japanese Women as Agents of Nineteenth-Century Imperialism," at the Liberal Arts Honors Symposium. She is now living in Boston, working in sales and technology with EMC Corporation and furthering her art career as a muralist.
Ally Wong (Class of 2016) presented her History Honors thesis, “The Yellow Peril at Purdue University: An Examination of the Chinese Student Experience during the Exclusion Era,” at the Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center poster presentation. Over the summer, she will be working as a Congressman’s intern in California.