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A key focus of our faculty is to help graduate students present their work at conferences, getting their work published, and being awarded grants and internships.

 

2014

Stefanie Babb successfully defeneded her thesis "'Othering' Oneself" European Civilian Casualties and Representations of Gendered, Religious, and Racial Ideology during the Indian Rebellion of 1857" under the supervision of Prof. Eric Strahorn.

Alex Jordan (M.A. 2010) was accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of Akron for American History beginning August 2014.

Jason Scott has accepted a position teaching AP World History and AP US History at Bishop Verot High School.

Christopher Harrison,"Herbert Spencer and American Eugenics: Claiming Superiority in the Postbellum Era, 1882–1907," paper presented at Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Regional Conference, Stetson University, De Land Florida, 15 March 2014.  Christopher's paper received the runner-up award for a graduate paper.

Christopher Harrison won the Irvin D.S. Winsoboro History Prize for his paper "Towards the Holocaust: From Initial Intent to the 'Final Solution'."

 

2013

Rick Ramos, who graduated with his M.A. in December 2013, was featured by the Fort Myers News-Press in its coverage of commencement on Sunday, 16 December.  See: http://www.news-press.com/article/20131216/NEWS0104/312160025/Hundreds-students-graduate-from-FGCU.

Hans Jansen successfully defended his thesis entitled "The War of Independence or the American Revolution that was No Revolution: Another Look at the Reasons" under the direction of Dr. Michael Epple, December 2013.

Paul Chartrand successfully defended his thesis entitled "Seeing Red: Paranoia, Politics, and McCarthyism in the 1950 Florida Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate" under the direction of Dr. Michael Epple, October 2013.

Sara Gottwalles, "Humanizing Heinrich Himmler: A Personality Profile of a Studious Boy Turned Anti-Semitic Executioner," paper presented at the Midwest Jewish Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL, 20–21 October 2013.

Christopher Harrison was awarded the FGCU Foundation Scholarship.

Katie Sanders received a summer internship with the Tampa Bay History Center.

 

2012

Ryan Boyer has been appointed as an adjunct instructor at Edison State College.

William Mattingly was accepted to the Ph.D. Program in History at the University of Kentucky. There he will study the early and high Middle Ages under Prof. Abigail Firey.

Dawn Cioffoletti sucessfully defended her thesis entitled "The St. Augustine Protests of 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Revisionist Approach" under the direction of Dr. Irvin D.S. Winsoboro, December 2012.

Beth Hirsch sucessfully defended her thesis entitled "Chinese-Cuban Relations from the Nineteenth Century to the Present" under the supervision of Dr. Nicola Foote, April 2012.

Ginger Kalinski sucessfully defended her thesis entitled "Women and the Construction of the Panama Canal" under the supervision of Dr. Nicola Foote, December 2012.

William Mattingly successfully defended his thesis entitled "Swearing My Life Away: The Evolution of Early Irish Surety from circa 400-850" under the supervision of Dr. Melodie Eichbauer, April 2012.

Ian Morris successfully defended his thesis entitled "Drinking From The Same Well: The Scientists Who Endeavored to Develop the First Nuclear Reactors and Weapons" under the supervision of Dr. Eric Strahorn, April 2012.

Stefanie Babb, review of The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1921, by David Leeson, Essays in History: The Annual Journal Produced by Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia (2012): 294

Stefanie Babb, "'The Great Calcutta Killing' and the Riots of Noakhali and Tippera: An Exploration into Communal Violence in Bengal, 1946," paper presented at the Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student History Conference, Chicago, IL, 3 November 2012.

Andrew Cain, "War Crimes in a Burgeoning Empire: The United States Treatement of Filipino Rebles after the Spanish-American War," paper presented at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention, Orlando, FL, January 2012.

Dawn Cioffoletti, "Stepping Stones to 64: the Passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960," paper presented at the Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student History Conference, Chicago, IL, 3 November 2012.

Dawn Cioffoletti, “The St. Augustine, Florida, Protests of 1964 and Their Influences on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Revisionist Approach,” paper presented at the 2012 Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting and Symposium, Tampa, 26 May 2012.

Joseph L. Cofield, “The Freedmen’s Bureau Impact on Negro Education in Florida,” paper presented at the 2012 Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting and Symposium, Tampa, 26 May 2012.

Ashley Hall, “South Florida’s Gold Coast and Its Resemblance to the Harlem Renaissance,” paper presented at the 2012 Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting and Symposium, Tampa, 26 May 2012.

William Mattingly, “Redefining Macc Surety in Early Irish Law,” paper presented at the special session “The Basics of Medieval Ireland (A Round Table)” at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 10-13 May 2012.

William Mattingly, “Reconsidering the Airechta-text,” paper presented at the 50th International Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, 14-17 March 2012.

Gregory Balan was accepted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to attend their summer seminar "The Founding Era".

Dawn Cioffoletti was awarded the Irvin D.S. Winsoboro Prize for her paper entitled: “The St. Augustine, Florida Protests of 1964 and Their Influences on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Revisionist Approach.”

 

2011

Andrew Cain, "The Benevolent Empire: Origins of the U.S. Empire," paper presented at the 2011 Florida Conference of Historians Annual Conference, Bahia Mar Beach Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 14-16 April 2011.

William Mattingly will be chairing the session State Power and Cultural Repression: Art and Religion in Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany at the Ohio Valley History Conference, Murray State University, 6-8 October 2011.

Heather Kiszkiel, "McKinley and the Modern Presidency: How the Spanish- American War Changed the Power of the President," paper presented at the Florida Conference of Historians Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 14-16 April 2011.

William Mattingly, "Redefining Macc Surety in Early Irish Law," paper presented at the Florida Conference of Historians Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 14-16 April 2011.

Ian Morris, "Slowly, Yesterday Went," paper presented at the Florida Conference of Historians Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 14-16 April 2011.

Donald Routh, "Social Psychology: A 20th Century Scientific Love Story," paper presented as the Wallace Russell Memorial lecture, sponsored by the Society for the History of Psychology, at the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C., 6 August 2011.

Sara Gottwalles accepted a position at the Burroughs House

Aaron Hoppenstedt was offered an Assistant Archivist position at The Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, FL.

Heather Kiszkiel received an award from FGCU's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to conduct research for her thesis "From Presidental Lips to Common Ears: The White House Radio Broadcasting, 1921-1933" at the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

William Mattingly studied in Ireland over the summer. He took beginner and intermediate Old Irish at University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College. At the Dublin Institute for Advanced Study, he studied Early Irish Law, advanced Old Irish, Early Irish Satire, and Early Irish Literature.

Michael Sanchez earned a summer internship at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

 

2010

Ingrid Fernandez, "La Floreana: The First Ecuadorian Colony in the Galápagos Islands," paper presented at the 57th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Concil for Latin American Studies, Boulder, Colorado.