Research Theses of Honors Seminar History Majors


Noah Buyon, Cold Warriors, Cold Feet? America’s Uneven Response To Regime Change in Hungary, 1989

Olivia D’Aliberti, Food for Thought: Dining and Discipline at Georgetown College, 1889-1928

Patrick Gage, Georgetown at Nuremberg: Edmund Walsh and the Curious Case of Karl Haushofer

Matthew Hinson, Crimes on Sacred Ground: Massacres, Desecration, and Iconoclasm in Lebanon's Mountain War 1983-1984

Ryan Kuchinski, Yes on Death: California’s 1972 and 1978 Death Penalty Initiatives

Andrew Meshnick, A Morbid Disconnect: The Battle Over Slave Health in the Early American Tobacco Industry

Madeleine Moore, Red Blood and Red Tape: Building the Collections of the National Zoological Park, 1887-1908

Daniel Paradis, The Christianization of the Roman Empire under Constantine

Nicholas Pavlovic, Strange Coalition: Iran’s Resistance Movement Between Coup and Revolution

Matthew Raab, William Walker and the Public Imagination: Cultural Manifestations of American Filibustering in Latin America

Katherine Randazzo, Convivencia Contested: Papal and Monastic Influence on Castilian Royal Policy Toward Religious Minorities

Alyssa Russell, Cleaning Up the Service Sector: The Justice for Janitors 1990s Campaigns in Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA

Zack Saravay, The National Monetary Commission: American Banking’s Debt to Europe

Kyu Won Shim, What They Said and What We Remember: The role of Personal Testimony in National Memory

Nicholas Simon, Georgetown in Gray: The Confederate Students of Georgetown College

Taylor Tobin, Nationalism Can’t Be Built: The Story of Abuja’s Creation


  • Daniel Aherne, Trouble Brewing: Brewers’ Resistance to Prohibition and anti-German Sentiment
  • James Constant, The Day We Lost the Beat: Techno's Journey from Detroit to Berlin
  • Michael Donnay, Under One Management: The Jesuit Colleges in the Maryland-New York Province, 1879-1926
  • James Gadea, Regional Ostracism and Outcast State-Bonding: The Crystallization of Diplomatic Relations between Israel and Communist Romania, 1948-1989
  • Emily Kent, Making French: Redefining the Language of Intellectualism in Sixteenth-Century Paris
  • Samuel Kleinman, State's Spies: The Bureau of Secret Intelligence and the Development of State Department Bureaucracy in the First World War
  • Caleb Morell, Radically [In]tolerant: How English Baptists Changed the Early Modern Toleration Debate
  • Edward Percarpio, Building Glass Castles: Rethinking Privacy andSurveillance from the Pantheon to the Panopticon
  • Matthew Quallen, Making Animals, Making Slaves: Animalization and Slavery in the AntebellumUnited States
  • Emma Schaff, A Fair to Remember: The Gilding of Chicago at the 1893 World's Fair.
  • Lauren Wyszomierski, “He Killed My Ma, He Killed My Pa… I'll Vote for Him”: The Narratives of Liberia's Warlords, and Where the World Stopped Listening


  • Molly DePippo, “We will be the Sufferers if We Let Great Wrongs Occur without Exerting Ourselves to Correct Them”: Evaluating the Roosevelt Administration’s Response to the Jewish Refugee Crisis from 1933 to 1945
  • William Halle, Establishing the Federal Reserve: A Product of Changing Public Sentiment
  • Philip Heyward, The Boycott and the Early Palestinian National Movement: From Non-Cooperation to Nationhood?
  • Philip Layfield, Jihad and Jihadn’t: Emerging Parallels in Twentieth-Century Holy War Propaganda
  • Allison Liotta, Community Action toward the Desegregation of the DC Public Schools, 1947-1954
  • Benjamin Maher, “Every Swamp a Citadel”: The Landscape of Resistance and Removal in the Seminole War
  • Sophie Siebach, “I Will not Feed the One I Fight”: Genocide and the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-1970
  • Brian Wagner, Legionaries Living in Lutetia: A Study of the Socio-Economic Effects of the Roman Army during the Principate
  • Cody Williams (RCST), Popular Rhymes of Resistance and the Rhythm of Agrarian Reform: Brazil, Cordels, and the National Plan for Agrarian Reform from 1986 to 1988


  • Mary Borowiec, Women and the Welfare State: Deconstructing Women’s Relationship to the State in Ecuador from 1925-1938 from the Perspective of Carol Pateman’s The Wollstonecraft Dilemma
  • Alexander Boudreau, What Kind of Example? Elite and Activist Perceptions of the US Reconstruction Period in Subsequent Reform Movements
  • Dwight “Sam” Brothers, The Enemy of My Enemy: The Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979 and the Evolution of the Sino-American Covert Relationship
  • Victoria Edel, God Save the Queen: British Pop Culture and Shifting Perceptions of Monarchy
  • Edward Hocter. The Seeds that Grew: The Rise of Political Theology in El Salvador, 1968-1992
  • Kathleen Kokensparger, Les Mécontentes: Gender and Profession in Third Estate Women's Cahiers de Doléances on the Eve of the French Revolution
  • Mark Lipschultz, The IRCA Experiment: A Failure To Solve America’s Immigrant Problem
  • Kevin Magana, From White to Brown: Top-Down Political Messaging and the Civil Rights Movement in Texas
  • Andrew Markoff, Composing Identity: Richard Wagner’s Legacy in Divided Germany
  • Hannah Miller, Keeping a Nation’s Gates: William Williams, Ellis Island, and Immigration Policy in Early 20th Century America
  • Evan Monod, Société de Liberté: Slavery, Enlightenment, and Revolution, 1788-1802
  • Peter Prindiville, Catholics, Carter, and the Canal: Transnational Religious Identity and Domestic Engagement on Issues of Foreign Policy, 1964 - 1979
  • Clare Southern, From Forest to Table: The Columbian Exchange and the Changing Marketplace
  • Evan Tarte, The 1970s Arab Oil Embargo: Crisis, Response, and Aftermath
  • Roland Templeman, Gold, Garibaldi, and the Italian-American Experience in the Years of Risorgimento
  • Peter Vale, Remembering “Koevoet”: How South Africa has Come to Understand the Covert Police Operations in Angola and Namibia during the 1980s
  • Yongle Xue, Oil for the Engines of China: The Standard Oil Company and the Early Mechanization of China, 1927-1953


  • Bridget Ansel, From “Money Power” to “Slave Power”: The Threat to Thomas Hart Benton’s
  • Jeffersonian Vision
  • Kathleen Bush-Joseph, Ibn Jubayr: The Rihla
  • Carolyn Carson, Sanitizing Africans: Health, Hygiene, and Women’s Work in French West
  • Africa’s Civilizing Mission 1819-1960
  • Jonathan Coumes, Artful Intrigues: Cuban Culture in Times of Peace
  • Joshua Donovan, Becoming God’s Cold Warrior or Destroying an Ideal? John Foster Dulles and
  • the Middle East (1919-1959)
  • Gina Falaschi, Thomas Jefferson’s Table
  • Samuel Gerstle, Pawns in the Cold War: The Indoctrination and Repatriation of Japanese POWs
  • in Siberia, 1945-1949
  • Amanda Lanzillo, Exile and the Mughal Harem: Timurid Cultural Continuities and Adaptations
  • in Early Mughal Imperial Domestic Space
  • Margaret Luther, The Order: The Dawn of a New White Supremacy in America
  • Alexander Miller, Worth a Dime: Edward Wheeler's Critical and Celebratory Portrayal of Black
  • Hills Mining in the Deadwood Dick Dime Novel Series, 1877-1884
  • Roxanne Salas, The Holy See and Cuñadísimo Ramón Serrano Súñer: The Formation of Spain’s
  • Neutrality in World War II between 1939 and 1942
  • Brandon Sharp, Cooperation and Sacrifice: How Divergent Allied Objectives, Interests, and End
  • States Sowed the Seeds of Failure in the China-Burma-India Theater
  • Oliver Silsby, Dogs of War, Knights of Bronze: Reflections on the Condottieri’s Sociopolitical
  • Evolution in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • Cole Stangler, From Revolution to Rights: The Politics of Immigrant Activism in France (1968-
  • 1983)
  • Peter Stanton, Lingít ḵa Waashdan Ḵwáan, the Tlingit and the Americans: Interactions and
  • Transformations, 1856-1896
  • Mark Stern, Speaking with Fire: Evolving Protections for Symbolic Speech in Twentieth-Century
  • American Jurisprudence
  • Charles Tiblier, "Ya la Isla no es la Isla como era de primero”: The Trade Winds that Washed
  • Away Isleño Culture
  • Mary Willis, "The Scandal Greater than Teapot Dome": Huey P. Long's Win or Lose Corporation
  • and the Limits of Corruption in Louisiana


  • Kevin Baird, Interests and Ideals: Sources of British Worker Opinion on the American Civil War
  • Clark Bakewell, The Development of American Intellectual Property Policy in East and
  • Southeast Asia, 1868-1994
  • Emily Bierman, David and Goliath: How the McClellan Committee Inspired Robert F.
  • Kennedy's Fight to Bring Down Labor Giant James R. Hoffa
  • Alexander Bodaken, Reimagining Nixon's Civil Rights Legacy: A Re-Evaluation
  • Cyrus Bordbar, A Laboratory of Labor Ideology: The International Workingmen's Association in
  • the United States
  • Michael Boyajian, The Dangerous Pattern of Genocide and the Armenian Precedent
  • Kinne Chapin, "Good Taste and Delicacy": Female Sexuality in the Production Code Era, 1930-
  • Tucker Fross, Imperial Disposition : The Impact of Ideology on French Colonial Policy in
  • Madagascar from 1883-1895
  • Robert Kaminski, The Military in the Relationship Between the Transcontinental Railroads and
  • Congress, to 1880
  • Satinder Kaur, Equating the Indigène and the Ouvrier: French Communist Party Relations with
  • Native Algerians and French workers in Light of a Saint-Simonian Past
  • Benjamin Kirschenbaum, The High Priest of Nature [Isaac Newton]
  • Taylor Lescallette, "Vietnam is the Auschwitz of Our Generation": National Socialism, the
  • Holocaust, and the Cold War in the Writings of the Red Army Faction, 1968-1977
  • Rebecca Moses, A Queen, and a Queen of England Too: The Intersection of Gender and
  • Nationality for Mary and Elizabeth Tudor
  • Carolyn Shanahan, Bridging the Gap: Yuri Norstein, Tale of Tales and the Great Russian Cultural
  • Divide
  • Zoe Walder-Hoge, Watching a River Flow to the Sea: How Three Greco-Roman Cities on Asia
  • Minor's Western Coast Adapted to a Shifting Natural Environment


  • Francis Gieringer, "Born into the Purple": American Perceptions of the Japanese at the Lewis and
  • Clark Centennial and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
  • Samuel Harris, Our Historic Elysium: The Forging of Modernity in Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • during the Country Place Era, 1880-1920
  • Kristen Leung, Digesting Southern Food: How New Deal Cultural Programs Constructed a Folk
  • Image of Southern Food
  • Jennifer McCarter, Mul s-sa'a: the "Great Man of the Hour"—An Analysis of the Political
  • Opportunity Structures that Facilitated Tribal Mobilization in the Rif War, 1921-1926
  • Charles McElyea, The Paradox of Apartheid: Social Segregation and Cultural Collaboration in
  • Medical Discourse
  • Keith Rafferty, A Few Clerics at Court: Catholic Clergymen in the Lay Politics and
  • Administration of Spain during the Reigns of "Los Austrias Mayores", Charles V/I and Philip II:
  • 1516-1598
  • Kristen Sandgren, Sorrow Unspent: Professional Discourse Between 1960 and 1980 Concerning
  • the Development of a PTSD Diagnosis
  • Caitlin Shea, "John Bull's Other Island" and British Identity in an Era of Imperialism: The
  • Reactions of the Anglo-Irish Literary Elite to the Execution of the Leaders of the Easter Rising
  • and the Trial and Hanging of Sir Roger Casement (1916)
  • Victoria Stulgis, Operation Soft Energy: The Energy Crisis and the Environmental NGOs Behind
  • the Anti-Nuclear and Solar Movements


  • Jeffrey Bolling, From Red Wings to Red Stars: Bombers, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, and
  • the Evolution of the Soviet Strategic Arsenal in the Early Cold War
  • Bissie Bonner, “One and Done” or “Long Run” Democracy? The Rhetoric and Behavior of
  • Algeria’s Front Islamique du Salut, 1989-1992
  • Maya Brodziak, “The Pagans are Wrong and the Christians Are Right:” The Evolution of
  • Europe’s Understanding and Perception of the Muslim World During the Crusades, 1095-1291
  • Eliza Buddenhagen, The Taching Oil Field: A Window into the Cultural Revolution
  • Jonathan Cohn, Who Is Out of Line in the March of Progress? Perspectives on Religion and
  • Industry Around the Great Exhibition of 1851
  • Sarah Forrest, The Nation Under Construction: Identity as a Political Tool in the Formation of the
  • Senegalese State (1945-1980)
  • Jeanne Fundakowski, Patent Medicine and the Failure of Federal Regulation in the 1906 Pure
  • Food and Drugs Act: Cocaine, Coca-Cola, and the Evolution of an Industry
  • Matthew Giffin, The Britain of the East: Liberalism, Darwinism, and British Perceptions of
  • Japan, 1851-1914
  • Rebecca Glade, “The Americans Call Me Africa’s Lenin:” Hassan al-Turabi’s Role in Sudan,
  • 1989-2000
  • Adam Kemal, The Limits of Soft Empire: Great Britain, Egypt, and Middle Eastern Defense,
  • 1945-1949
  • Charles Leisure, The Development of the British Capital Markets of the Nineteenth Century and
  • Their Importance in Submarine Telegraph Financing
  • Henri Minion, Community in Diversity: A History of International Students at Georgetown
  • University, 1789-1860
  • N. Blair Munhofen, The Origins of Hizbollah: Lebanon’s Islamic Resistance to Israeli
  • Occupation
  • Dana Patton, “I Gave Them a Sword:” How the Watergate Scandal Contributed to the End of
  • Détente
  • A.E. Talarico, Educating Christianity in Saint Basil’s “Address to the Young Men”
  • Nathaniel Weisenberg, The Unraveling: Seville, the Jews of Castile, and the Road to the Riots of
  • Kevin Windels, The Revolutionaries Who Never Got to Play: An Examination of the Perspectives
  • of Abigail Adams and Madame de Staël on the Aims and Leadership of the American Revolution
  • and the French Revolution


  • Benji Barron, “A Mysterious Revival of Roman Passion”: Mussolini’s Ambiguous and
  • Opportunistic Conception of Romanità
  • J. Patrick Brown, Migrants, Miners, and Mayors: A History of Scranton, Pennsylvania, from
  • 1865-1902
  • C. Hardy Calvert, Conflict and Acculturation. Patterns of Cross-Cultural Exchange in Norman
  • Sicily
  • Lauren Ditty, Knowledge and Complicity: High-Society Women and the Third Reich
  • Annie Evans, “We Shall Never Be the Same As We Have Been”: Northern and Southern Women
  • in the Civil War
  • Daniel Franken, Industrial Modernization in Argentina: Understanding the Economic Strategy of
  • Martínez de Hoz, 1976-1981
  • Daniel Groh-Wargo, Cornerstone or Chimera? The Role of the Jewish National Fund in the
  • Formation of the Jewish State, 1920-1939
  • William Howerton, Le Tigre et Sa Jungle: A Comparative Study of the Political Development of
  • Georges Clemenceau and the French Third Republic from 1871-1906
  • Ava Jacobi, Into the Abyss: The Legacy of the “Rape of Belgium” Propaganda
  • Elizabeth Kerley, Apostates from the Intelligentsia: Personality, Culture, and the Defense of
  • Absolute Values in the Philosophical Thought of Petr Struve, Semën Frank, Nikolai Berdiaev,
  • and Sergei Bulgakov, 1902 to 1918
  • James Leader, Abolition's Unwitting Sacrifice: How the British abolitionist movement betrayed
  • the Black Loyalists in Sierra Leone
  • Benjamin Levandoski, Organic Documents: American History Textbooks from 1944-1985
  • Chris Howard Miller, The Domestic Nation: The Relationship between Nation and Family in the
  • Confederacy
  • Malcolm Munkittrick, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Creation of an Islamic Built
  • Identity, 1976-2007
  • Anthony Piccirillo, "A Vile, Infamous, Diabolical Treaty": The Franco-Ottoman Alliance of
  • Francis I and the Eclipse of the Christendom Ideal
  • Daniel Rendleman, From Revolution to Rebellion: George Washington as Seen by the Literary
  • Societies of the Greater Chesapeake, 1813-1868
  • Zack Tupper, Hoya Paranoia: How Georgetown Found its Swagger During the Reagan Years
  • Rick Umbrecht, "Idle Tales of some Designing Men": the Pennsylvania Assembly and the
  • Wyoming Crisis, c. 1754 – 1810


  • Mary Bracewell, Sendero Luminoso: Organizational Strengths Become Revolutionary
  • Weaknesses
  • Reid Collins, British Counterinsurgency Strategy and the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902)
  • Anne Fauvre, The Bosnian War in a Post-Cold War Context: Russia's Effect on US Foreign
  • Policy and the Creation of Peace in Bosnia, 1994 -1995
  • Eren Jon Gryskiewicz, The Family Jewels: The CIA at the Intersection of Law, Politics, the
  • Presidency, and the People
  • Heather Hosmer, Attaché to Armament: The Impact of the Spanish Civil War on United States
  • Defense Capabilities
  • Stephen Kenny, Rex Anglorum: The Transformative Reign of Alfred the Great and the
  • Unification of England in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries
  • Steven Kensinger, Tuaoi afa ma maninoa [The Hurricane and theCalm are Neighbors]: The
  • Colonial Period in Westeern Samoa, 1900-1935
  • Julia McCarthy, Japan and the International Labor Organization's Emerging Relationship, 1919-
  • Alexander Parkhouse, The British Reaction to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: Efforts to
  • Promote the British Commitment to the European Community
  • Daniel Quinlan, British India from Honourable Company to Honourable Colony: The East India
  • Company and the Charter Act of 1813
  • Lorraine Riley, At the Crossroads: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Father Coughlin, and the Changing
  • Consciousness of Catholic America
  • Rose Katherine Townsend, China's Interest and Africa's Responsibility: An Analysis of China's
  • Post-Cold War Economic Foreign Pooicy on Sub-Saharan African Development


  • Patrick Connolly, The Rise of Immaterialism in Eighteenth Century Britain
  • Emily Curran, Félix Ireta Viveros and la Danza de los Cerdos Corruption, Politics, and Foot-andMouth Disease in 1940s Mexico
  • Gina Farinella, "Breeding an Imperial Race": Fabians, Eugenics, and Empire, 1884-1914
  • Jonathan Fayer, Let the Prodigals be Welcome: William F. Buckley Jr., White Ethnics, and the
  • 1965 New York City Mayoral Election
  • Kara Flook, The Rise and Fall of the Fourth Power: Examining the Mutual Influence of the
  • Independent Russian Press and the First Chechen War
  • Matthew Freeman, New Zealand's Mixed Member Proportional and Maori Representation:
  • Improvement in Rights and Relations
  • Jonathan Gingerich, The Politics of German Idealism: Humboldt, Hegel and the Rise of the
  • Prussian University
  • Robert Heberle, A New Faith in the Balance: Hugo Black, the First Amendment and the
  • McCarthy Era
  • Julia Melle, Educating an Empire: United States Perspectives on Education in Hispaniola During
  • the Age of Imperialism, 1915-1934
  • Kathleen Riordan, No Need of Prayers: The Role of Martyrdom in the Irish Republican
  • Movement
  • Chana Sacks, In the Wake of an Uprising: An MSF Intervention in Chiapas, Mexico, 1994-2004
  • Daniel Starck, The French Empire and the Evolving Image of the Tirailleurs Sénégalais
  • Lucas Wittmann, Writing History in the Present Tense: The Postwar Public Historian in America
  • Ryan Winn, From Brest-Litovsk to Rapallo: The Effect of the German View of Communism on
  • the Soviet-German Relationship
  • Emily Zand, The Saffron Wave Ebbs, Reformism Flows: The Bharatiya Janata Party within the
  • National Democratic Alliance, 1998-2004


  • Bojan Bozovic, American Media Portrayals of the Srebrenica Massacre and Operation Storm: A
  • Study in Media Bias
  • Laura Dziorny, Party Politics in the Congressional Elections of 1930
  • Prashina Gagoomal, Unsung Heroes: An Examination of the Role of U.S. based Filipino Exiles
  • in the Overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos' Regime (1972-1986)
  • Marta Kalabinski, How the New York Times Covered the Warsaw Uprising of 1944
  • Berry Kurland, The Failure of Third Republic Education Policies in Lower Brittany, 1870-1914
  • Jason Meyer, American Involvement in the Clandestine Immigration of Jews to Palestine, 1945-
  • 1948
  • Mark Murphy, Archbishop Oscar Romero and American Foreign Policy toward El Salvador,
  • 1977-1980
  • Kelsey Ruppel, Values of Work in Volga German Culture(s), 1850-1917
  • Stewart Salwin, Shakespeare and the Richard III Debate: A Historiographical Analysis
  • John Sutherland, Aegypto Capta: Finding the Poor in Egypt Under the Roman Empire
  • Vikram Tamboli, Bandits and Mapuche Rebellion: The Development of Indigenous Resistance
  • in 19th Century Chile
  • Nicholas Wheeler, A Voegelinian Interpretation of the Polemical Literature of the Gregorian
  • Revolution

2004 - 2005

  • Liam Ahearn, Irish-American Patriots: The Irish Brigade and their Impact upon Mid-19th
  • Century America
  • Lyndsay Arundel, An Analysis of the 1864 Massacre at Sand Creek: Representations of Various
  • Social Perspectives
  • Gina Castellano, Community Action Programs during the War on Poverty
  • Brian Cwiek, Changing Faces: Picturing Minorities in 20th Century China
  • Robert Houston, Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Role of Near Eastern Symbolism within European
  • Freemasonry through the Establishment of the American Republic
  • Jeffrey Katra, The Politics of Monticello
  • Ilya Kharin, Japanese Orthodox Church: The Trial Year, 1912-1945
  • Eric Lipton, The New Guinea Annexation Crisis of 1883
  • Philip Marcelo, The Relationship between European Settlers and Native Americans in Turn of the
  • Century Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia (Southern Chile and Argentina, 1890-1920)
  • Sara Mills, Two Cultures Collide: The Socio-Cultural Effects of French Occupation on Indochina
  • Philip Pearson, Wool & crime in 19th century Australia
  • Daniel Sirkin, A Third Force or Merely a Third Circle? - British Decision-making regarding
  • European Integratioin, 1951-1956
  • Jordan White, Young Europe: Mazzini's Role in the Development of European Nationalisms