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Who Are We?

Department Staff:
Jeffrey Bayliss, Dept. Chair
Gigi St. Peter, Admin. Assistant
Blog Editors:
Brendan W. Clark ’21
Prof. Sean Cocco
Prof. Seth Markle
Prof. Luis Figueroa-Martínez
Campus Address:
Seabury Hall T–127
Postal Address:
History Department
Trinity College
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Telephone & Fax:
Phone: (860) 297.2397
Fax: (860) 297.5111

Procedures for 2014–2015 Senior Theses

Students writing senior theses in the History Department enroll in History 498-01 during the Fall semester. This course is a senior thesis research seminar taught by Prof. Darío Euraque, Chair of the Department. In the spring, students work independently to complete the researching and writing of an historical paper of up to 150 pages. A public presentation of the theses will take place in Seabury 215 on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Senior Thesis Application Procedure

All juniors who would like to write a full-year senior thesis during the senior year must submit a thesis proposal. Applicants will be notified in writing of acceptance by the Department Chair by the end of the Spring semester. (more…)

2013–2014 Thesis Writers

2014 History Senior Thesis Writers

ManuscriptThe following students are writing History senior theses during academic year 2013–2014:

  1. Robert Black – “The Behavioral Ecology of Animals in the Pacific Northwest and how it pertains to the Storytelling of the of the Native Tribes in the Region” – Advisor: Wickman
  2. Nicolette Chasse – “Chivalry and the family dynamic: knighthood and family in literature in medieval France” – Advisors: Elukin and Silk
  3. Hector Guzman – “A Land Without A State: Factionalism During the Warlord Era in China” – Advisor: Bayliss
  4. Michael McLean – “We Thought We Had Some Trouble Last Year: Destruction, Survival, and Community during the Civil War on ‘Indian Territory'” – Advisor: Wickman
  5. Emily Parsons – “U.S. Relations with the Soviet Union and Hungary in 1956” – Advisor: Kassow
  6. Benjamin Plumer – “Southern White Identity and Incidence of Murder in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia” – Advisor: Gac
  7. Mollie Scheerer – “The Maya: Museums, National Patrimony, and Copán” – Advisor: Euraque

History@Trinity will be providing later on more information on each thesis writer and her\his project. Please continue checking our blog in the coming weeks.

Senior Thesis 2013 Presentations

Thesis Writers & their Advisors

On Thursday, May 2nd,four history senior thesis writers presented their research findings to the department. Also in attendance were retired distinguished history professors Painter and Chatfield. The presentations were moderated by Michael Lestz, Chair, and Prof. Cocco, faculty thesis supervisor.

In order of appearance:

Meet Team Thesis AY2012/13

By: Daniel Morgan (History major, Class of 2013)

Is there anything more quintessential to the education of young historians than the thesis exercise? Writing a two semester thesis has long been a staple of the liberal arts curriculum, and rightly so. Through this labor of love, a history major puts all of his or her skills to the test (from critical and analytical reading to the development of a cogent and articulate argument) and ultimately produces a work which adds to the collective body of Trinity scholarship. The History Department thesis writers for the class of 2013 are (alphabetical by last name): Kyle Loder, Kathleen McKenna, Francis Russo, and Emma Sternloff. This writer is also a thesis writer for the 2013 year – however, I would like to step back after this brief introduction, and let my colleagues speak for themselves. I have asked each of this year’s thesis writers to comment briefly on writing a history thesis, as well as their opinions on history scholarship in general.

Into the Archives: CT Historical Society Research Center

(l-r) Prof. Wickman, Francis Russo, & Emma Sternlof

By: Emma Sternloff (History major, Class of 2013)

My visit to the Connecticut Historical Society Research Center with Professor Wickman and Francis Russo offered a unique opportunity to connect with my thesis subject. I’m writing about James Hammond Trumbull, a nineteenth-century scholar and the first librarian of the Watkinson Library, and his study of Native American history and language. Trumbull was a polymath, interested in everything from botany to bibliography, but he had a particular passion for Connecticut’s colonial past. Accordingly, he was an enthusiastic member of the Connecticut Historical Society, joining the organization in 1847 and serving as president from 1863 to 1889. Given Trumbull’s long-standing connection to the CHS, I had high hopes for the archives, and I was not disappointed. I came across several Civil War-era letters written to Trumbull in his capacity as Connecticut’s Secretary of State.

Meet Team Senior Thesis

By Jacob Pronit (Class of 2012)
Seniors are busy people but seniors who write theses are really busy people. Thankfully, because they are super nice and wonderful, each senior history author took a couple minutes to write a short profile for the history blog. We hope you like our questions and their answers!

Schomburg Thesis Research with Prof. Markle

By Joseph Laws, Class of 2012

“Yesterday, Professor Markle took me to the Schomburg Center in New York City. Located in Harlem, the Schomburg is one of America’s best repositories of African Diaspora sources. I did research for my senior thesis, and Professor did some research for his book.” Continue reading HERE: