Faculty & Students
History faculty have received national and international recognition in scholarly research and publishing while maintaining a strong commitment to students and teaching. The department has particular strengths in early American history, Southern history, African American history, trans-Atlantic history, public history, and modern U.S. and European history.
The Director of Graduate Studies serves as the primary academic advisor to graduate students. Incoming students are also matched with faculty mentors who share their research interests. Mentors will provide informal academic and career guidance in their areas of expertise, and help students acclimate to the graduate program. Mentors and students meet at least twice each semester, thus strengthening the bonds of our learning community.
Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the History Department’s robust internship program. Graduate internships for the Fall 2018 semester include placements at the American Civil War Museum, VCU Virtual Curation Lab, Virginia War Memorial, the Library of Virginia, and Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
Graduate students who are working on M.A. theses for the 2018-18 academic year include:
Heath Anderson, "The Life and Legacy of General William Mahone and the Construction of Southern Collective Memory," under the direction of Prof. Katy Shively
Stephen Aoun, “Breakdown of Relations: American Expansionism, the Great Plains, and the Arikara People,” under the direction of Prof. Gregory Smithers
Victoria Glover, "The Advancement of Prenatal Care and Childbirth in Early Modern England, 1500-1770," under the direction of Prof. Brooke Newman
Chesney Rhoades, “Using Oral History to Examine Post-Integration Race Relations in New Kent County, Virginia Since 1968,” under the direction of Prof. Brian Daugherity
**Congratulations to Annie Newton, winner of the 2017 VCU Masters Thesis Award, for “Mother Knows Better: The Donna Reed Show, The Feminine Mystique and the Rise of the Modern Maternal Feminist Movement,” under the direction of Prof. Emilie Raymond.**