Project Titles & Abstracts

Fall 2017

Daniel Denlinger
The Quest for Iranian Modernity: From Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Through the Reign of Ayatollah Khomeini

Matthew Quesenberry
Robert E. Lee in Confederate War and Southern Memory:  1863-1885

Ariana Sabatini
Historical Relationships in Rust Belt America: An Analysis of How Nietzsche’s “Uses and Abuses” Can Illuminate Contemporary Struggles in the Rust Belt

Spring 2017

Matthew Aurin
The Reasons for the Cultural Revolution

Dylan Bish
Smuggling in Eighteenth-Century New Granada

Eric Brill
The Shafer Commission and the Effect of Conservative Ideology on the Republican Party and Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs

Parker Codd
A Dying Breed: Why U.S. Army Paratroopers are Being Phased Out of Modern Warfare

Laura Cooper
“Ils Vinrent en Allies et Nous Quitterent en Amis”: An Examination of the Collective Memory of World War I in France and America and the Centennial Commemoration of Base Hospital No. 8 in Savenay, France

Meredith Dreistadt
Do You Hear the People? The Construction of the People of the 1789 French Revolution

Louis Feher-Peiker
“Yesterday Today and Forever:” Exploring the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Incorporated’s Ideological Social-Impact in Denver, Colorado – 1920-1926

Danielle Flexer
Representing Mr. John Adams

Patrick Hollenbeck
Let the Games Begin: The Role that Corruption, Sports, Politics, and Propaganda Play in Shifting the Historical Meaning of the Olympic Games over Time

Andrew Hopf
Turn On, Tune In: Dismantling the Mythos of the ’70s Sitcom

Sofia Kaufman
The Supremes: How the Death of Liberty of Contract Led to Increased Tandem Polarization and Changed Supreme Court Nominations

Joshua Knupp
The Deification of Men: A Comparison Between the Personality Cults of Mao Zedong and Adolf Hitler

Kevin McIntyre
Taking Action Into Their Own Hands: The Struggle for African American Freedom and Citizenship During the Civil War and Reconstruction

Emily Rajakovich
The Role of Legal and Social History in Evaluating Presidential War Time Decisions

Victoria VanVleet
A Hundred Years of Denial: A Study on Turkey’s Treatment of the Armenian Genocide

Evan Zabriski
Mao Zedong’s & Deng Xiaoping’s Educational Legacy

Alec Zamet
Louis XVI: The Decision That Lead to Death

Fall 2016

Justin Broyles
The Fissures of Revolution: A Comparative Analysis of the American Revolution, French Revolution and their Relationship to Modern Day America

Ian Edwards
Saving the Soul of a Nation

Zachary Hale
American Phantom: The Union Veteran’s Post-War Experience

Patrick Orr
The Trial of Joan of Arc: Judicial Misconduct

Quintin Peacock
A Woman’s City: The Dynamic of Women’s Social Reform within Rochester, NY between 1820-1920

Robinson Whitaker
Textbook History: A Comparative Analysis of U.S. History Survey Textbook Narratives of Slavery and Their Representations of Shifts in Historical Inquiry Between 1950 and 2010

Spring 2016

Kevin Caler
The Crowning of a Democracy: The Role of the Spanish Monarchy in the Democratization of Spain

Walter Cowles-Costigan
The Boar who came out of Windsor: The Intersection of Chivalric Legacy and the Realities of Warfare in the First Phase of the Hundred Years War, 1337-1360

Alex Dow
Dying Days: The Narratives and Rhetoric that Emerged From America’s Ordeal with Spanish Influenza

Stephanie Engel
Screwed Out of History: Re-Evaluating Che! in the Contemporary American Theatre Canon

Joshua Gentile
Otto I’s Territorial and Cultural Warfare: 10th Century Incompatibility Between Otto and the Slavs

Rachael Gottlieb
Is Punk Dead? The Ordeal of Pussy Riot and Western Ideals of Dissent and Activism

Justin Kallams
Medical Ethics: The Development of the Current Ethical Landscape within the United States

Jacob Landau
Sand and Snow: Legitimacy, Peasantry, and the Historiography of the Russian and Mexican Revolutions

Abby Lombard
“Under Fire”  Pennsylvania’s Volunteer Fire Departments and Post-World War II Social Change

Marlana Margaria
“We’re on the Eve of Destruction:” Myth, Memory, and the Search for the Origin of SDS

Shanile McPherson
Privileged Space; How the Domestic Violence Sheltering System is Failing Marginalized Women

Maya Metzger
The Downfall of Deus lo Volt: The Fracture of the Ruling Class of Nobility in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, c. 1163-1187

Andrew Sestina
Lincoln’s Military Mind

Joseph Winkler
Old Yew: The Value of the English Longbow in the Hundred Years War

Fall 2015

Kelsey Angeli
The Spanish Seamen in the Sixteenth Century

Taylor Shaw
Sharing the Field: The Integration of College Football and the Southeastern Conference

Brandon Smith Jr.
Marginalized: How the Civil Rights Era Marginalizes Black History

Charles Tyler Triolo
Defining and Interpreting Latin American Greatness: The Hero, Caudillo, Intellectual, and Symbol

Spring 2015

Heather Baumeister
Rewriting the Old South: Iconic Identities of the Antebellum Southern Elite Planter Class, 1790-1860

Cecilia Bruni
“The Lavender Menace:” The Complicated Relationship between Feminism and Lesbianism in the Second Wave of Feminism

Morgan Daley
Why Build a Navy? Navy and Maritime Policy from 1790-1815

Alexis Eldridge
Horse Culture and Equestrianism in 14th Century Europe

Julian Henderson
Negro Baseball and Entrepreneurship: History of Cumberland Posey and Gus Greenlee

Dalton Johnson
Into the Night: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and the Early Icelandic Night Time

Will Kawalec
How the West Won the War: Union Dominance in the Western Theater of the Civil War and its Direct Link to a Northern Victory

Jessie Lamb
Transcending Jim Jones: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple Community

Kushtrim Miftari
The Forgotten Feminists: Older, White, Middle Class Women’s Participation in the American Labor Force and their Defiance of Societal Gender Norms, 1945-1963

Kaitlin O’Brien
The Jurisprudence of Justice Jackson: Why National Security Trumped Individualism During the McCarthy Era

Joseph Olivia
The Forgotten Members of the Black Panther Party: The Gender Politics and Women Leaders of the Black Panthers

Zachary Palmer
“To Block a Sword Thrust at the Heart of the North” Reexamining the Gettysburg Campaign as The High Tide of the Confederacy

Elena Potts
Prostitute to Artist: How the Allied Occupation of Japan Transformed the Status of Geisha

Zachary Rodgers
Unethical Human Experimentation in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Timi Sgouros
Margaret of Anjou: Queen and Mother at the Loveday of 1458

Mary Grace Warren
The Trial of La Pucelle: Political Motivations for Judicial Misconduct

Annabel Zinn
American Protestantism and Commercial Culture: Friends or Foes?

Fall 2014

Gordon Day
Mao Zedong: A Liberator or Tyrant of China? (1880-1976)

Samuel Flowers
Reconsidering Abraham Lincoln: Reevaluating the Legacy of America’s Sixteenth President

Jessica Gruber
The Inseparable Separate Spheres:  Northern Middle-Class Women and the Fight for Women’s Rights and Equality, 1850-1880

Scott Keefer
Bleacher Bums and Black Belt Fans: Social Divisions and the Cubs-White Sox Rivalry, 1871-1921

Zachary Mosel
Reshaping the Underworld of America: How Atlantic City Fostered the Future of Organized Crime 1918-1941

Anthony Tebaldi
Francis of Assisi: The Great Rebellion

Marcus Webster
“Free Now”: Anti-Miscegenation and the Chesapeake

Spring 2014

Samuel Hyun
Stokely Carmichael: The Transition from Non-Violence to Violence in Self-Defense

Lauryn Reiff
“Determined to Prove a Villain”: An Examination of Richard III’s Character in History and on the Stage

Bryan Benhart
American Impact on WWI

Kyle Davis
The Art of English Warfare: Strategy and Tactics, 1337-1360

Thomas DeAscentis
The Rise of a Great Power: America’s Emergence on the Global Stage

Claire Sullivan
Collective Memory and the Vietnam War Era: The Shifting Image of the Vietnam Veteran through Personal Narratives and Televisual Reproductions

Sarah Lerch
Educating a Gentleman: The Evolution of the Classical Education of the Antebellum Southern Male Planter Elite at South Carolina College, 1800-1860

Austin Rock
The Saddlebag Preacher and the Fighting Parson of the American Revolution: The Face of a Changing Lutheranism in North America

Jared Wyda
Medieval Renegades: Mercenary Companies and the Decline of Chivalry

Alison Buzzard
Beyond the Code: Chivalry and its Implications in Fourteenth Century France

Joseph Pierce
The Launch Pad: A Better Deal for African Americans

Mary Bonacchi
A Southerner, a Professor, and a Progressive: Woodrow Wilson’s Multifaceted Approach to the American Presidency

Sumner Beal
Father and Son Relationships in Early Colonial America: A Case Study of Increase and Cotton Mather

Rachel Kosla
Knocked Up and Knocked Down: America’s Treatment of Unwed Mothers, 1945-1960

Stephanie Marchincin
Margaret Sanger: Birth Control Activist and Public Health Visionary

Bridget Hubbard
Suffering and Self-Sacrifice in Ireland’s Collective Memory: The Hunger Strikes of Terrence MacSwiney and Bobby Sands

Haley Moorman
Efficiency of Chemical Regulation as examined through the Biological and Historical study of Flame Retardants

Sarah Klein
Under the Shadow of War: Propaganda in Cuba, Spain and the United States during the Era of the Spanish American War

Emily Capone
Media, Politics, and the Olympic Games

Matthew Mucci
Paving the Way for Oligopoly: Assessing the Impact of Airline Deregulation in the 1970s

Fall 2013

Elizabeth Krochka
“Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson and the Rise of the Iconic Frontier Image in American Culture”

Kristina Martin
“The Marshall Plan:  American Involvement in the Restabilization of Western Europe 1948-1952”

Hillary Baughman
“Dynasticism Within the Neville Family During the Fifteenth Century”

Abby Beerman
“The Role of Resistance in Medical Progress”

Kyle Smith
“Saladin’s Jihad in the 12th Century”

Spring 2013

Sarah Barlow
“Twentieth Century War and Evolution of Liberal Arts of Education at Allegheny College”

Matthew Bocchi
“Courtesans of Venice: Social Fluidity in the Time of Renaissance”

Timothy Croskey
“Die Herrnhuter: Moravians Among the Indians and the Gnadenhutten Massacre of 1782”

Jeffrey Dassner
“Democracy’s Darkest Hour: The Internment of Italian, German, and Japanese Americans in the United States During World War II”

Jacob Forstyk
“Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement”

Marisa Halm
“Creating a Nazi: The Influence of the Hitler Youth on the Male German, 1933-1945”

Brennan Hamilton
“The Meeting of Heaven and Earth: The Lay Construction of Seville’s Holy Week”

Alexa Hight
“Women, Marriage, and Money: Jane Austen’s Representations of Women’s Choices in Marriage in Pride and Prejudice Persuasion”

Lauren Karl
“A Pioneer for Women”

James Ketterer
“The Greatest Ballad Ever Written: Progressive Era, Hermann, Biggs, and Public Health Reform”

Abigail Kmiecinski
“June 1976: The Intersection of Liberation, Education, and Powerful Young Generation in Soweto, South Africa”

Aaron Ledbetter
“Transforming American Military Medicine: How the Civil War Fostered an Elite Profession”

Patrick Aaron Lynch
“The American Reaction to Communism: 1945-1954”

Daniel Marcus
“Race and Culture in the NBA”

Michael Person
“Land and Power: The Collapse of Native American Life in Colonial New England”

Amy Pinc
“Order Through Witchcraft: The North Berwick Trials”

David Thachik
“Nothing but Envy and Malice: The Curious Case of John Godfrey”

Fall 2012

James Baker
“A Cantorian Set History”

Hannah Davis
“The Widely Unexplored Role of Privileged Prisoners in the Nazi Death and Concentration Camps”

Corey Groh
“Hero, King, God”

Jocelyn Levis
“Discovering Independence: Elite Plantation Women’s Identity in the Civil War South”

Alex Perlman
“Forging His Own Path: John Dickinson and Revolutionary America”

Laura Seifiert
“Women in the Nazi Concentration Camps”

Kyle Starkey
“Germany and the Reformer: Martin Luther’s Effects on German Nationalism from the Protestant Reformation”

Haley Woodman
“The Captive Heart: Morality in European Adoptees of the Iroquois Indians”

Spring 2012

Kerry Bornstein
“From Socialite to Suffragist: The Evolution of Alva Belmont”

Emily Benner
“British Imperil Identities: An Analysis of the Upper and Lower Classesin Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper and The Times, 1892 and 1899”

Janelle Diethelm
“Housing America: The President’s House and American Values”

Andrew Glod
“Andrew Carnegie: A Business Philanthropist”

Derek Gonano
“Internal Streif of the NAACP: The Power Struggle of Walter White and W.E.B. Debois”

Sean Griffin
“The Modernization of the People’s Liberation Army: The Relational Evolution Between Party, Military, and State in Twentieth Century China”

Zada Johnson
“Fashion on the Feminine Frontier: The Clothing and Fashion of American Pioneer Women from1875-1885 and its Discussion in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House”

Elizabeth Keene
” ‘Holocausts of Herself’: The life of Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederacy”

Ainsworth Kerr
“Let’s Laugh at Bondage: An Exploration of Comedic Servitude in Plautus and Shakespeare”

Alana Marchetti
“Creating a Wicked Queen: The Misconceptions of Marie Antoinette”

Marla Rogers
“The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn”

Amy Sapalio
“A Move Towards a More Complete Truth: Complexities of World War II”

Margaret Topel
A Family of Witches: The Towne Family and Witchcraft Accusations in Seventeenth Century Massachusetts

Stephanie Zellers
“Social Justice and Great Tragedy: Greek Society and Plays that Represent their Lives”

Fall 2011

Benjamin Biddle
“The Last Son of Rome: Constantine XI Dragas and the Fall of Constaninople”

Kevin Brazda
“A City without Order: Violent American Masculinity in the Dirty Harry Series, 1960’s – 1970’s”

Mary Ellen Costello
“Ziegfeld: A Hidden Theatrical History”

Tyler Dreiblatt
“The Crusades and Their Effects on the Jews”

Nathan Ehrmann
“The Democratization of Post-Facist Italy: How Allied Policies and Goals during their Occupation of Italy Created the Base for a Democratic Future”

Amy Frake
“Language Reform is Not a Dinner Party: The Evolution of Language, Literacy, and Identity in China”

Shane Gallocher
“Bringing Swords to a Gunfight: Hand-to-Hand Combat in the Battles of Breitenfield and Lutzen”

Heather Nilson
“No Such Thing as a Teenager: Female Adolescent Rebellion in Colonial New England”

Courtney Rice
“What a ‘Peace’ of Work: A Cultural Commentary on America’s Tribal Love-Rock Musical”

Forrest Smith
“Count Stephen of Blois: Victim of History”

Henry Wade
“Fort Presque Isle: ‘A Chain of Events'”

Alicia Watts
“From Dresses to Flight Suits: The Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II”

Quinn Wright
“Awakening for Modern Democracy: Discretionary Power and the Modern Executive”

Spring 2011

Jessica Boyle
“The Internal Division of the American Catholic Church: The Effects of Vatican II, Humanae Vitae, and Roe V. Wade on the Church in the United States”

Kathleen M. Creehan
“Taking the “Middle Road”: Katharine Hepburn and the Power of Ambiguity”

Matthew Darrow
“Robin Hood: A Character with Many Contemporary Reflections”

Kevin Dietrick
“Conformity, Ideology, and Obedience: The Life of Rudolph Hoess: Commandant of Auschwitz

Jevon Hatcher
“The Sexual Climate for a New Negro: Countee Cullen, Same-Sex Desire and Racial Representation During the Harlem Renaissance”

Stephen Krivonak
“Stalin’s Great Purge: A Man with a Plan”

Andrew Martin
“Bolshevik Nationality Policy: Inconsistencies and Adaptation, 1917-1924”

Sara Meyer
“Diana Vreeland: Fashion Empress and American Legend”

Zach Nichols
“Nazi Wartime Propaganda: Joseph Goebbels’ Perception of the Vilification of the Other In the Pursuit of Establishing the Third Reich”

Jennifer Shad
“Culture Clash at Cajamarca”

Rachel Smith
“Marriage in the U.S.A: A History of Heteronormativity”

Barry Stoddart
“The Cultural Conquest of Ireland”

Michelle Welker
“The Duel Life of William Penn”

Greg Wilson
“Intelligence Problems in Case Study: The Cuban Missile Crisis”

Fall 2010

Nicholas Balzer
“The Development of 18th and Early 19th Century Slave Communities and Societies in the Southern United States”

Claire R. Berkley
“Translating Mexica to Mexico”

Catherine Conway
“American Women and the Pill: Gender Roles and Sexuality in the 20th Century”

Lindsey M. DiLoreto
“The Impact of Southern Irregular Fighters On the American Civil War”

Katelyn M. Dornburg
“Sisterhood of the Revolution: Friendships between Women in Revolutionary New England as Embodiments of the Ideals of the New Republic, 1750-1800”

Hannah Dunlop
“Antoinette: Death By Public Image”

Alexia Kime
“Resistantes: Women’s Contributions to Resistance in France During World War II”

Brittnay J. Leonard
“Discovering a Belief in Fiction: How Sherlock Holmes Reflected and Shaped the Social and Spiritual Crises of London’s Middle Classes in the Late Victorian Era”

Anne Nybo
“Manipulating the Margins: The Social and Historical Relevance of Jane Austen’s Widow Figures”

Bryan Sciulli
“Different Democracies: The Frontier Thesis, Pragmatism, and the Identity of America”

Nicholas Zapadka
“Rising Up Against Hell: The Revolt of the 12th Auschwitz Birkenau Sonderkommando”

Spring 2010

Lauren C. Birsic
“A Social Worker’s Struggle Against Patriarchy: Causes and Solutions of the Gendered Violence During the Partition of British India in 1947”

Christopher N. Elnicki
“The Power of the Black Press: The Significance of the Pittsburgh Courier, 1935-1945”

Kelby E. Grimm
“Maya Collapse: An Analysis”

Ashton S. Kinney
“Otto Ohlendorf and Superior Orders”

John A. Knapp
“Communication Technology and the United State Supreme Court’s Untraceable Problem of Obscenity”

Joshua A. Lebovitz
“Stalinist Terror and the Common Person: The Roles of Victim and Perpetrator”

Adam S. Napora
“Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The Development of Armed Resistance Through the Coping Strategies and Motivations of the Jewish Youth Movement”

Thomas J. Salopek
“Muhammad Ali: A Divided America in the 1960s and Early 1970s”

Crystal L. Smith
“Breaking and Entering: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 19th Century Female Novelists, Propaganda War over Slavery”

Rodney K. Still
“The S.S. Einsatzgruppen: A Manifestation of State Sponsored Terrorism on the Eastern Front: 1941 – 1943”

Elizabeth A. Tuttle
“Legacy of Empire in Africa’s Great Lake Region”

Gregory M. Waples
“An American Tragedy: A History of Political Corruption in Pennsylvania and the Case Study of State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer”