History

Research

Every year senior Susquehanna history majors have the opportunity to do in-depth research on an original project of their choosing. They work closely with a faculty advisor to complete the capstone of their Susquehanna academic career.

2013-14

  • Remembering Slovenian Immigration to the United States and Understanding the Heritage of Slovenian Americans – Sal D'Angelo
  • Making the Grade: Japanese American Language Schools and Ethnicity in America – Michelle Delgado
  • Heroes and Villains: Dr. David A. Day, D.D., Lutheran Missionary in Liberia – Jeremy Hargest
  • The Seeds of Defeat: The Significance of the Southern Yeoman and the Confederate Loss – Rebecca Harrington
  • British Fascism and Economic Policy – Joshua Harrison
  • The Man in the War Machine: Masculinity and Success in P-51 Mustang Pilots – Andrew Jennings
  • “Within the Revolution everything; outside of the Revolution nothing”: Themes within Cuba and Nicaragua’s Revolutionary Political Poster – Maeve Kirby
  • We were Bears, we were Men: The Polar Bear Expedition and Masculinity – Jim Partain
  • Racism Resounds: Reactions to the Penns Creek Massacre – Bill Petersen
  • Heritage and Perceptual Shifts: The Sawdust War of 1872, Then and Now – Alex Ranck
  • Covering Crimes of Culture: The New York Times Reporting of Vietnam War Refugees and the Born to Kill Gang – Kristina Sherman
  • Higher Education in the United States from 1950 to 1980 – Grace Winicov

2012-13

  • Fear of African Americans and Mongrelizers: The Citizens’ Council and Anti-segregation Efforts in the 1950s- 1960s – Kristen Bailey
  • Equality with Unfortunate Outcomes: Female Imprisonment and Institutional Reform, 1964-1996 – Holly Belkot
  • Endless Opportunity: The Lives of Two Susquehanna University Women Before WWII – Andrew Cupp
  • Bloody Sensation: Jack the Ripper and the London Star – Amy Grem
  • The Last Communist Theorist: Trotsky's Writing in Exile, 1929 to 1938 – Ethan Howard
  • Therapeutic Eugenics: The Vision of Paul Popenoe – Aaron Inch
  • The Politics of Medicine: The Fall of the National Board of Health – Sara Kern
  • Purgatorium Nominantes: Defining Purgatory in the Thirteenth Century – Rebecca Krieger
  • Hidden Truth: Finding the Past and the Present in Guatemala’s Diario Militar – MiKaela LaBant
  • Saving the Abused: Insane Asylums in the Northeast United States 1850-1900 – Sarah Martin
  • On the "Periphery": An Early Eighteenth Century Examination of the Politics of Religious Conflict in Oaxaca, Mexico – Megan McDonie
  • Creating a Fear of the Enemy: Racism in American Propaganda Posters against Japan – Jacob Mitnick
  • Carlisle and Three Mile Island: Socioeconomic and Reactions to the Accident – Blake Morris
  • “Unmolested and Unidentified”: The Paxton Boys Rebellion and the Changing Systems of Power in Eighteenth Century Pennsylvania – Kristin Shanabrook
  • "A Far Greater Menace than Anarchy or Crime": Vivisection in the Gilded Age – Justin Showalter
  • The Primary Concern of the United States in the 1964 Cyprus Crisis – Josh Spesaison
  • Mental Illness from Dorothea Dix to John F. Kennedy: A Century of Legislation, Litigation, and the Regulation of Institutional Psychiatry 1880s-1980s – Nicole Wranovics
  • The Soldier and the Philosopher: A Commentary of Self – Seth Yoder

2011-12

  • The USS Monitor: Making Waves In The Revolution of Naval Technology – Matthew Anzalone
  • He’s One of Ours: Ethnic Preservation in the Slovak Catholic Church in Schuylkill County, PA, 1920-1930 – Sara Budsock
  • Did They Kill God or Did They Kill Good: The Christian Socialist Movement and the Victorian Construction of God – Samantha Clements
  • Irish Violence to Achieve Freedom – Tim Daley
  • Borgias: Sensationalized Gossip or First Crime Family – Nicole Farparan
  • Hildegard of Bingen: Power and Status in the Middle Ages – Jacklyn Fisher
  • France and L’Exposition coloniale: The Jewels of the French Empire on Display – Kaylin Froehlich
  • Indigenous Past, National Present: Lacrosse and the Imagining of Canadian National Identity (1850-1930) – Trae Humphreys
  • Material Minimalism in Punk Rock – Clint Johnson
  • Women of the Empire: A Tale of Culture, Gender, and British Women in Imperial India – Pamela Keilig
  • Blood for Coal: The Abhorrent Social Profiling of the Molly Maguires – Sean McCarroll
  • Deficiencies, Inadequacies, and a Capable Enemy: The Union Blockade during the American Civil War – Michael McLain
  • War, Nation and Race: Portrayals of the Battle of Guadalcanal in AmericanFilms and Memoirs – Peter Meloni
  • “An Erroneous Idea Entertained that the Common School is at War”: Resistance to Centralized Control of Public Schools in Pennsylvania, 1834-1854 – Sarah Myers
  • Dunmore vs. Scranton: A Critical Analysis of Ethnic Communities and Identities – Richard Palazzi
  • The Divided House: The Demise of Republican Dominance in Depression-Era Pennsylvania – Trey Price
  • Stormcloak Rebel or Imperial Soldier: Creating a Historically Accurate World in Skyrim Through the Use of Multiple Narratives and Player Interaction – Caitlin Rine
  • “I…Began to Be Afraid”: The Individual Motivations Behind Native Americans Alliances in the Susquehanna Valley – Joseph Sherlock
  • “Take Us Out of This Poverty Isle”: Oppression, Poverty and Famine in the Letters of Irish Migrants, 1840-1851 – Christopher Tilley
  • Clerical Merits: The Relationship of the Crown and the Church in Tenth Century Germany – Gary Wagers
  • “Christian, Patriotic People of the North”: The Elicitation of Union Women’s Support during the Civil War – Kahla Woodling

2010-11

  • A University at Risk: The Susquehanna University Curriculum Change of 1984 – Elizabeth Beatty
  • Generation XXX Pornifying America: Kinsey to Bratz – Amanda Blackman
  • Under Pressure: Washington at Valley Forge and Monmouth – Christopher Blake
  • The True Reactions Toward the Hashshashin – Michael Boley
  • The Puppeteer of the Internment Camps – Christopher Chamberlin
  • Transcripts of Resistance: Examining Spanish and Aztec Accounts of the Conquest of New Spain – Megan Culkin
  • Mes esame Lietuviai! We are Lithuanians!: A Study of Lithuanian Festivals, Culture, and Religion in late 20th century Anthracite Pennsylvania. – Natasha Eisenhart
  • Ain’t I a Reformer?: Slave Women’s Narratives as Participating in and Extending Progressive Discourse in the Nineteenth Century – Kathryn Falvo
  • Masculinity in Overdrive: Power Within Nineteenth Century Frontier Mobile Communities – Dakota Gessner
  • To Be, Or To “Boondoggle”? That is the Question: The Conflicts of Art, Relief, and Economics within the Federal Theatre Project – Rachel Gilbert
  • Why Pick Athletics Alone? The University of Miami Ohio and the Civil Rights Movement – Cameron Henry
  • The Embrace of Private Religion and its Failure to Hinder Genocide: An Examination of the Rwandan Genocide – Nolan Kennedy
  • The CIA at War: The Shift from Covert to Overt Operations in the War on Terror – Joseph Klass
  • Samizdat to Dissident: De-Stalinization through the Publication of Gulag Narratives in the USSR during the 1960s and 1970s – Kenneth Lakes
  • Two Approaches to Medicine at the End of the Middle Ages – Charles Lamade
  • Nationalism on Trial: Competing Views of Serbian Nationalism in the Early Twenty-First Century as seen through Slobodan Milosevic's War Crime Trials – Kristin Lemunyon
  • A Teacher's Guide to Les Salonières: The Philosophers of Eighteenth-Century Paris – Jessica Maillie
  • Soviet Military Culture during World War II: A Lesson on how Losers Became Winners – Sean Metz
  • The Middleton Family: South Carolina’s Forgotten Legacy – Cody Miller
  • The German Mob: Dutch Shultz's Effect on New York Law Enforcement – Jenifer Moore
  • America’s Response to the Jewish Question Immigration Policy and Practice 1941-1945 – Jacqueline Morton
  • Stopping the Cycle: the Rise of Shamokin’s Miners’ Hospital – Jacob Mowery
  • Sunbury, PA: Demonstrating Proper Reasoning, Economics and Construction of Flood Control – Michael Roan
  • The Wonder Year, 1566‐1567: The Politicization of the Dutch Iconoclasm – Emily Rummel
  • “Driving the Majestic Highway:” Consumer Marketing and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 1935-1942 – Ryan Shanely
  • The Witch-Hunt in Andover, Massachusetts – Jennifer Tarbox
  • Dust Clouds, Dump Sites, and the DER: Pennsylvania’s Local Environmental Movement 1970-1986 – Anthony Valusek
  • Mastery over Mammoth Cave – Nolan Wilbur
  • Forgive Her, She is only a Woman – Alycia Woodruff
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: How to Fight for Rights in a Media Culture – Laura Zanetti
  • The Not-So-Little Phil Sheridan – Philip Zuhusky

2009-10

  • Intersecting Identities: A Study of Parisian Market-Women and Their Involvement in the October Days – Amande Bongard
  • Track to Interethnic Identity: Historical Case Study of Sayre Pennsylvania 1900 to 1940 – Connor Dugan
  • “A Perfect Gentleman:” The Use of an Idealized Ethnic Identity in the Italian-American Mafia through a Case Study of Hit Man, Jack “the Dandy” Parisi – T'rese Evancho
  • Little League HITS!: The Case of Little League Baseball's Change in Structure and Ideology from 1939-1956 – Andrew Girio
  • A Republic in Name Alone: Rethinking the Fall of the Roman Republic – James Hendershot
  • Counterculture to Common Culture: Tattooing in America from 1960 to 2009 – Jennifer Hero
  • A Nietzschean Odyssey: The History of Overcoming Nihilism in Modern Animation – Jacob Mazel
  • “Take them out, Squeeze them out, Buy them out:” The United States, USSR, Cuba, and the Politics of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 – Hailey McCord
  • Postwar Anime: Japanese and American Values – Janice Middleton
  • Dirt and Skirts: Sex Appeal in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League – Jennifer Neitz
  • ‘The Suffocation of Gilboa:’ The Construction of the Schoharie Reservoir 1917-1926 – Chelsea Smith
  • An Uncertain Depiction: The Spanish Civil War and Women of the Popular Front, 1936-1939 – Rebecca Swanger
  • Destruction: Desolation of the Shenandoah Country – William Tasker
  • The History of Track and Field at Susquehanna University – Paul Thistle

2008–09

  • Faith of the Fallen: American Reactions and Responses to the Armenian Genocide, 1915 and After – Tim Allison
  • Woven by Infant Hands: Child Labor and Constitutional Conflict in early 20th-century America – Sarah Biglow
  • Commercial Warfare: Observing the Use of the American Industry’s Technological Developments during the Gulf War – Rob Campbell
  • Love to Hate You: The Transformation of Afghanistan from Friend to Foe, 1979-2000 – Vince Castellucci
  • Blooming of the Garden Spot: Tourism to Lancaster County 1948-1963 – Jessica Eickhoff
  • Civic Responsibility Amidst the Preservation of Natural Resources: The Conservation Movement from 1901-1939 – Brandon Ewing
  • Doin' it in the Dirt: How Dirt Track Racing in Central Pennsylvania Became More than just a Hobby – Kurt Gladfelter
  • As written by Beveridge: The Construction of the British Welfare State 1945-1951 – Derek Husar
  • Hear No Evil: Propaganda on the Radio from 1933-1945 – Stuart King
  • Nazis, Feminists, and Superman…Oh My!: The Embodiment of Political and Popular Thought in Comics from 1938-1954 – Andy LeClere
  • From Access to Achievement: The US Government’s Goals for the Education System, 1954-1983 – John Lunardi
  • Anthracite and Pigskin: Deindustrialization in the Coal Region – Cecilia Lytle
  • 'Welcomed Mexican Invasion': Catalysts of Mexican Immigration on Both Sides of the Border 1890 to 1920 – David Rimkus
  • German vs. American: The Role of Language in Lutheran Church Splits in 19th-century Pennsylvania – Phil van Orden

2007–08

  • The Last “Night at Birdland: The Decline of American Jazz in the 1960s – James Baublitz
  • Janes in the Gin Joints: Women’s Illegal Use of Alcohol During the Prohibition Era (1919-1933) – Anne Brockman
  • Under the Cover of Darkness: Rumrunners Rise from Renegades to American Icons – Nicholas DeFoe
  • The Boston Red Socks, Trading, and Baseball in the 1970s – Thomas Driscoll
  • Purchasing Power: Women’s Economic Involvement In Early Republic Philadelphia, 1790 – 1850 – Amanda K. Hawk
  • The Formation of Snyder and Union Counties, Pennsylvania – Edward Jones
  • To Blame an Innocent Man: J.E.B Stuart and The Controversy About the Confederate Loss at Gettysburg – Kirk Ryan
  • Hate Among the Hated: Irish Immigrants and African Americans in the Five Points, 1860-1870 – Tommy Rogers
  • A Better Understanding: Advocacy and Activism in the Irish Traveller Community since 1960 – Whitney Rozelle
  • Anti: The Punk Counter-Culture in Fanzines – Brian Sheppard
  • From Masculinity to Versatility:The Changing Function of Tattoos in Magazine Advertising,1950-2007 – Joseph Thompson
  • The Molly Maguries: Public Terrorism from 1860 -1910 – Thomas Trembulak
  • Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: The Canal Era (1833-1869) – Thomas Weeks

2006–07

  • Combat and the Crucifix: The Reliance on Religion by Irish American Catholics during the American Civil War – Damian Buggy
  • Out of Chaos Comes Order: Franklin Roosevelt and the Rebirth of America – John Clay
  • Separating the Old France from the New Cinema: The Mise en scène of the Post-War and New Wave Film Industries – JP Connolly
  • It Ain't Me, Babe: Bob Dylan and the Counterculture – Allison Handman
  • The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum: A Phenomenon of American History – Rachel Hawley
  • The Origin of Violence: How Post-Independence Nationalism Created Decades of Irish Terrorism – Kelsey Keiffer
  • Finding Centralia: Recreating a Tourist Attraction on the Internet – Caitlin Mahoney
  • Alcohol and Student Tragedies: The Wide-open Relationship Between Universities and Students – Ryan McFadden
  • Surgeons and Soldiers: How the Union’s Medical Divisions during the Civil War Influenced Today’s Military – William Morgan
  • Clara Barton, America’s Mother: How Clara Barton’s Efforts with the American Red Cross Epitomize her Role as America’s Mother – Meghan Murray
  • The Hardships Endured by All: Snyder County and the Civil War – Tristan Norbert
  • "Them Damned Pictures": Thomas Nast's Not-so-hidden Campaign against the Irish – Brad Rousse
  • Mums the Word or the Greatest Show on Earth?: Propaganda Techniques in the Cold War and the Space Race – John Salvatore
  • No Guts, No Glory: The Sacrifice and Resolve of Black Civil War Soldiers in the Face of Discrimination – Jennifer Siegenthaler
  • The Ties That Bind: The Power Behind the Munera Gladiatorum – Kevin Stewart
  • Roll Over Goebbels: Rock 'n’ Roll and Americanization in West Germany after WWII – Jonathan Swartz
  • If Only for a Moment: Why Amos Alonzo Stagg Sr. is Memorialized at Susquehanna University – Justin Van Fleet
  • A Welcoming Like No Other: The Return Home of the Vietnam Veteran – Lindsay White


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